Growing Grass

Choosing A Grass Type For Your Yard

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Spring is coming (or is already here) and you’ve probably looked outside with mixed feelings as your eyes land on your lawn. You think about lawn maintenance, weeds, or the lovely and fickle Missouri summers that either drown or desiccate grass until it just gives one last sigh and gives up the ghost. Grass isn’t just one giant green blade, there are many, many varieties and some are ideally suited for our area. Paying attention to what seed you toss out will go a long way toward keeping your lawn green and happy.

Lawns are normally grouped into a couple of catagories; warm season or cool season.  Warm season grasses such as  bermudagrass, zoysiagrass or buffalograss are good for the southern areas of the US where summers are hot and winters are mild. Some such as zoysiagrass will tolerate our northern Missouri climate but will go dormant when temps go below 50 degrees and are among the last of the grasses to green up in late spring. However, they tolerate our burning summers very well and may be the only green on the block when Independence Day comes. It does need at least 6-8 hours of sunlight so avoid planting in large shady areas as the turf will be as thin as a bald man’s head.

Cooler season grasses are best for areas with warm summers and cold winters such as Kansas City. These grasses include fine and tall fescues, bluegrass and bentgrass. They’ll grow well in the spring and fall and then slow during the summer heat. Fescues are a good all around choice as unlike the majority of cool season grasses they are shade tolerant and perform well in the transition areas that bisect Missouri into cooler and warmer zones. It becomes more wear tolerant when mixed with a small amount of rye. Bluegrass is another fine choice and is more wear tolerant than fescue or buffalo grass so is great for high traffic areas. Golf courses love it for fairways, tees and roughs. It has runners that allow it to  spread and fill in bare spots.Cool season grasses can also be seeded in the fall over warm season grasses. This provides a green cover during a period when the warm season lawn goes dormant and turns brown.

Regardless of what type of grass you use in your lawn they will all GROW. And if you have a busy summer schedule you know how mowing can get away from you. We’ve all seen how one good rain can seem to make your grass grow an inch overnight. So if you find yourself coming home after dark so your neighbors can’t gang up on you or you wake up one morning to find your lawn mower sporting a bow on the front porch call us at Olympic Lawn and Landscape. We mow and trim your yard so that it’s clean and crisp. Our professional mowers take time to mow in straight lines and attractive patterns. We understand how to mow grass to encourage healthy grass growth. In short, we know grass!

Help Your Lawn Recover from Last Year's Drought

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Kansas City went through a severe drought  in 2012. With these conditions, your lawn has become water stressed. This will cause many lawns to go dormant and turn yellowish or brown. It’s possible for your lawn to then go from dormant to dead.

The easiest way to determine signs of drought stress is through the color of your grass. If your grass has discolored to yellow or tan, your lawn is experiencing drought dormancy. Drought dormancy can be somewhat good news because it hasn’t died, it just simply stopp

ed growing. Once you have determined that your lawn needs some extra care in recovering from the drought, it’s time to dethatch. Thatch is a layer of dead organic matter, likes leaves and grass clippings, between the green matter and the surface of the soil. It’s important to remove these after a drought so that new grass doesn’t root into the thatch, but into the soil. It’s important to remove these during or after a drought so that new grass doesn’t root into the thatch, but into the soil. Once the thatch has been removed, you can begin to aerate the soil. In other words, puncture holes in your lawn. This way, any moisture will go directly to your lawn’s roots.
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To begin replenishing the nutrients that were lost during the drought, feed your lawn with a fertilizer developed for grass. This will especially help with the bare spots. If rain isn’t in the forecast, it’s time to start watering deeply once or twice a week. As the temperature rises, begin to increase the length of time you are watering.

Now you’re probably wondering- to mow or not to mow? It’s ok to mow if you mow high and mulch your grass clippings. This will also help retain any moisture.

Once your lawn begins to slowly recover from its dormancy, you can start seeding and treating the weeds. If you have any further questions about recovering your lawn from a drought or other lawn care, contact Olympic Lawn and Landscape, Inc.

Lawn Seeding in Spring

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So it’s time. Either you’ve got big brown patches of dirt that need filled, or your yard needs a little “improvement.” This spring, several homeowners will break out the extra grass seed and overseed their lawns in hopes of covering up the dog spots, neglected areas, or even areas of high foot traffic in the yard. And while fall is typically the preferred time to seed your lawn, those who grow grass in early spring have found success, too.

Overseeding your Lawn in Spring

This spring, to seed your lawn, first rake up the extra leaves the thatch from your yard. This will begin to aerate the soil, and loosen it up for grass roots to grow. You might also consider aearing your entire yard if your soil is heavily compacted. This will allow oxygen to get into the soil, and for your grass to grow better.

You want to make sure the temperatures have started to warm up, but not too much to the point that the soil is already dried and compacted. The ideal temperature for your soil when planting grass seed in spring is 40-45 degrees. You’ll want to make sure the soil can be raked up enough to cover the new seedlings. Make sure you plant when the risk of snow or freezing has passed, but before the hot summer days are here.

Overseeding your Springtime Yard

If you have a few patches of grass you’re looking to overseed, it’s easy to grow grass on your own. Remove the area from any debris, and rake up the soil. A garden tool, aerating tool or hoe also work well to break up the soil. Make sure the soil is free of acidity for checking for moss growth, and add lime, if needed. Sprinkle grass seed in the area, and then add a fertilizer, too. Many homeowners have found it helpful to then cover up the grass seed with hay or moss to prevent the seeds from traveling. Keep an eye on the area, and make sure it stays watered.

Have Fun in the Sun Without Killing Your Grass

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There’s nothing better than running through a sprinkler and playing in the water on a hot, Kansas City summer day. While sprinklers and water play are fun, they can be damaging to your grass and landscaped areas. If you’re looking for a way to have fun with water play, yet not ruin your grass, here are a few tips:

Move the Sprinkler Around the Yard

If you’re old-fashioned and enjoy running through the traditional sprinkler, make sure to move it around the yard each day. If you leave the sprinkler in one place, it will not only saturate the yard, but your grass will be trampled on in the same spot. This can kill your grass quickly, so keep it moving around the yard. They also make sprinklers designed specifically for children that have lower water pressure and use less water.

Get out the Water Guns and Water Balloons

One alternative to water play is to skip the sprinkler all together and play with water guns and water balloons. This will allow you to avoid the concentrated traffic and spread the water out throughout the whole yard. Just make sure to pick up the bits of water balloons if you go that route.

Head to the Crown Center Fountains or McCoy Park

There are a few great spots in the Kansas City area that offer free fountains for kids to play. The fountains at Crown Center area always a town favorite, as parents can sit under an umbrella as they watch kids run through the tall fountains. McCoy Park near the Truman Library also has fun fountains for play. This will allow your kids to still get in the water, yet not run through your grass.

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