Uncle's Tool Box
Pick the Right Tool for the Right Job
If the majority of your lawn is crabgrass or other weeds and very little desirable grass, Loveland Lawns
Uncle's Idiot Proof Fall Renovation Program™ using Glyphosate
(Round-Up®) should start in August. Short days, cool nights and welcome rain promise lower
water bills in September for fall seeding and sodding projects. Homeowners should take a tip from Mother Nature and start
their fall over seeding program today. August is a perfect time to plant grass seed.
The Right Seed
homeowners want a soft friendly feel and lush thick look to their turf, then they should seek out selected bluegrass
varieties. Varieties like Corsair® and Baron®
with their distinctive dark color and growth habit will sharpen the appearance of the entire landscape. To improve heat tolerance,
add Midnight® to your lawn mix. For the best bluegrass blend
BlueMaster® is a blend of fine bluegrasses specifically
blended for the Omaha area. When pampered it will give your lawn the soft, well manicured look of a golf course fairway.
Bluemaster® is an aggressive
bluegrass blend that will fill in routine damage from normal wear and tear. In many seasons it will outcompete fescue turf
and give your lawn a striking green color when zoysia has turned toasty brown.
If homeowners want to increase wear tolerance and playability
without sacrificing good looks, a fine leafed turf rye blend such as Stadium Special™
can be mixed with bluegrasses. These varieties are used on golf courses and sports fields throughout the country for their
durability and good looks. For a fast start choose Green Love®.
For disease resistance look for Apple®.
Homeowners that place low maintenance at top
of their priority list should choose some of the excellent new turf fescues now available. Bullseye® and Arid 3® have developed a reputation for maintaining a dark
green color and low growth canopy. Falcon4® and Overtime® show improved disease resistance and dark color, root strength
and durability. These seed varieties are significant advances over coarse early fescue types.
is a top quality hardy fescue blend specifically mixed for Omaha. Fescue varieties are chosen for color, wear, heat
and drought tolerance. Overtime® is blended and tested to be
free of noxious weeds. Weed contamination routinely found in coarse fescue blends is never found in Overtime®.
When choosing a grass seed mix, read the label carefully. Avoid mixes that contain
course bladed varieties such as K-31 pasture fescue and other coarse fescue types. In our area, K-31 is a special problem.
By itself, it is a coarse bladed grass best suited for pastures and landfills.