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FAQs:

  1. How do I winterize my lawn?
  2. When should I plan my lawn?
  3. How to plant a lawn in 10 easy steps
  4. How often should I mow my lawn and how tall should it be?
  5. Do I need to pick up the grass clippings or can I leave them on the lawn?
  6. How to fertilize a lawn for winter

1. How do I winterize my lawn?

In late summer and early fall, let the lawn maintain a height of 3 inches. After a couple of HARD frosts, cut the lawn to a height of 1 to 1.5 inches. Apply winterizing fertilizer as shown on the instructions on the bag. Note: Do not apply winterizing fertilizer too early as it can initiate a flush of new growth and reduce the hardiness of the lawn as winter approaches. We stock two excellent brands: Ace and Scotts Winterizing Lawn Fertilizer.

2. When should I plant my lawn?

The best time to plant a lawn is between May 15th and June 1st. Although you can be successful planting up until August 15th.

3. How to plant a lawn in 10 easy steps:

  • Prepare the seed bed:
  • Make it level and firm. Following the lay of the land is fine but avoid depressions where water can pool. We rent lawn rollers that can help you compact the soil properly.
  • Apply 4 to 5 pounds of lime per 100 square feet. Do this once per year.
  • Apply 1 pound 8-32-16 or 10-20-20 fertilizer per 100 square feet. Only do this in the Spring.
  • Apply 1/2 pound high nitrogen fertilizer per 100 square feet. Do this both in the Spring and Mid-Season.
  • Stir into the top 2 inches of the seed bed.
  • Lightly rake the seed bed in one direction to make mini-furrows.
  • Sow the seed evenly at the rate of 4 to 5 pounds per 100 square feet. We rent seed spreaders that can help you spread the seed evenly.
  • Lightly rake the seed bed at right angles to the mini-furrows made in the earlier step to cover the seed.
  • Apply a dusting of peatmoss (no more than 1/8 inch) to protect the seedlings from drying out.
  • Keep moist constantly for one month, until the young grass has sufficient roots to get moisture deeper down in the soil.

Remember, Don Abel's stocks a number of different seed types including our exclusive "Juneau Blend" our growers custom mix for the special needs of Southeast Alaska. We also sell peatmoss, Scotts Fertilizers, Ace Fertilizers and all lawn care tools you will need to create a beautiful lawn. And Airport delivery is free!

4. How often should I mow my lawn and how tall should it be?

Maintain a height of 2.5 inches to 3 inches. Mowing your lawn once a week is usually necessary for a healthy lawn. However, near the end of the season, when the temprature drops, you can decrease mowing frequency to every 10 to 14 days.

5. Do I need to pick up the grass clippings or can I leave them on the lawn?

Since our cool climate does not allow clippings to breakdown readily, you need to remove grass clippings. Leaving the clippings on the lawn can lead to "thatch" problems. This is when the dead grass cuttings build a suffocating layer that causes a lawn to do poorly.

6. How to fertilize a lawn for winter:

  • In the late summer let your lawn maintain a height of 3 inches.
  • After a couple of hard frosts cut your lawn height to 1 to 1.5 inches.
  • Apply a winterizing fertilizer at the spread rate stated on the fertilizer bag.
Application Tip: Do not apply the winterizing fertilizer to early in the season! This will initiate a flush of new growth and reduce the hardiness of the lawn as winter approaches.

 

Have questions? Garden Center E-mail: gardencenter@donabel.biz

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