This year proves that there is not one easy lawn grass to grow in our area.
Grass likes water, but too much still causes problems. Diseases of brown patch and dollar spot have been quite active in our lawns. Both warm and cool season grasses have had issues.
Now is the time to be planning for lawn recovery.
If starting over is your decision, the application of a non-selective herbicide should be applied in the near future.
These products work best when the targets are actively growing. In other words, water and fertilize your weeds to set them up for the kill.
A good goal is to have the non-desirable plants dead by the first part of September.
Product labels will have different waiting times before planting. The quickest one I have encountered is four days. Most indicate seven days. Some require two weeks or longer.
Planting suited grasses is the most important step in lawn care.
K-State trials new grasses for turf use every year right here at the Rocky Ford Turfgrass Research Center. Finding the best grasses to use is their job and we can take advantage of that information.
There are too many favored ones to list but their names can be obtained from the Extension Office and online. Search for “highest rated turfgrasses for Kansas.”
These grasses will perform the best possible. They don’t necessarily have resistance to disease and other pests. Cultural practices are the best strategies to reduce these issues. Proper mowing, fertilization and watering is required to reduce pests.
Kansas weather will intervene in our best management practices.
One can do everything right and still end up with issues. I looked at a buffalograss lawn that had a disease even though the best management practices were implemented. It can and will happen here in Kansas.
I hope you can join me on Aug. 24 for a program on lawn care. The program begins at 10 a.m. at the Gardens at Kansas State University’s maintenance facility. It is just north of Call Hall. Parking is available behind Coles Hall.
Come see how the common equipment for lawn seeding and maintenance perform.