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What you need to do to winterize your lawn

Hey there Lawn Care Nuts, how is your October going? I have been super busy, living that Lawn Care Nut life. Last week I was privileged to visit the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) and take a tour of the plant where our favorite fertilizer, Milorganite is made! I know that some of you are hoping I’m going to drop some dad jokes on you about contributing directly to the success - which I will here soon - but I’m really more looking forward to sharing with you what I learned about the process overall. That video is coming out later this week so be sure to subscribe! But one thing I will say right away is that the folks who work for Milorganite and the folks out at Jones Island: they are really passionate about what they do, and why they do it. I’m hoping my video can convey that. This post isn’t about Milo though, but if you want...

Behind the Scenes: How the LCN Journals Started

Lawn Journals Note For You Mega Fans: Want to know where the term “lawn journal” came from? It’s not what you think actually. Don’t get me wrong, I have always kept lawn notes, for years. But not in a formal journal like I do now. I just wrote stuff down on notebook paper or printer paper and kept it in manilla folders along with product labels and such. Scribbles, everywhere; disorganized for sure. Last October, I happened to have this small red notebook laying around after a conference and I just started writing in it. But if you click here and watch the Halloween Domination video (it’s set to 291 seconds) you will see where I introduced that red lawn journal as a bit of a goof! Thing is, a bunch of you when you saw that, went out and got your own. You started sending me pictures and messages telling me how writing in the journal and documenting your...

Compacted Clay Soil Cure + Project Lawn Update

What’s up ya’ll - can you believe October is here? Time to talk about Halloween Lawn Domination 2018 and then answer some frequent questions revolving around fall aeration and seeding now that your seed has begun to grow. Our project lawn is also shown below so be sure to read all the way to the bottom then back up to the top again! I’ve got something here for everyone - fall is a wonderful time for lawn care, let’s get after it! Cool Season Lawns Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Rye, Fescues If you did NOT seed this fall season, you have lots of options! One thing people keep asking me is “Allyn, if I am not seeding, can or should I still aerate the lawn this fall?” The answer is, yes, but not in the way you think. If you are not seeding, then there is no longer a need for you to mechanically aerate your soil. We have in our...

5 Steps to a Better Lawn by Halloween

In last week’s exciting episode of “Lawns Across America” we pulled a little slice of the Midwest, Miamisburg, OH out into the spotlight and used their weather/climate/forecast as a way to map out a later season fall aeration and seeding plan. If you missed it, I highly recommend you go read it as it will help train your mind on strategy; true lawn strategy. If you did not put down seed this fall you may want to consider a final pre-emergent application for the season to prevent weeds in early spring. If you have a warm-season lawn, then you DEFINITELY want to get a pre-emergent down sometime between now and mid-October. Even though your turf may go dormant for a bit over winter, your soil does not and that’s where the weed seed are. We have two primary choices I recommend. Dithiopyr Prodiamine They both work about the same so get the one that best suits you. I’ll be applying...

Cool Season Lawns Across America: September 2018

What’s up ya’ll, how is your September “fall recovery” plan working out? Hopefully you have one! Or maybe you think it’s too late? Cool season lawns… let’s find out! Cool Season Lawns Hello there Cool Season Friends. That’s you folks with the Kentucky Bluegrass (KBG), Turf Type Tall Fescue (any fescue really) and Perennial Ryegrass. Most of you have blends of these - which is great! So let’s talk through some options and look at the weather to help you decide just where to take action. First off, for a good majority of you across the US, it’s not too late to undertake the big one: the full Fall Aeration, Overseed, Starter Fert and Milo. Me and Jake have been working through it together - here is the full playlist with my vids and his all put together: Now that playlist is our way of working through the very steps that I illustrate in my cool season hybrid organic lawn...