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You CAN maintain a healthy, pest free lawn without using synthetic chemicals. m, involving the use of natural organic fertilizer, proper watering, mowing and de-thatching, will keep your  lawn thick, green and relatively pest free. More importantly, you will avoid the potential risks associated with the use of synthetic lawn chemicals.

Mowing practices influence lawn grass density, health, uniformity and aesthetic quality. Each time a lawn is mowed, it goes thru a period of stress. The degree of stress is determined by mowing height. When grass is cut short, the following problems arise;

1. Photosynthesis, a process by which plants use energy from the sun to produce sugar, which cellular respiration converts into the fuel for regrowth, is disrupted.

2. Grass develops shallow roots. Shallow rooted grass cannot take up sufficient moisture and nutrients to sustain healthy grass growth and, as a result, the lawn can become susceptible to drought and nutrient stress.

To optimize  Photosynthesis and limit drought stress, avoid cutting more than one third of the grass blade in any one mowing. Twice a year,  the first cut in the spring and the last cut in the fall, cut to a height of 2 inches. The spring cut is intended to remove winter fungus and the fall cut is intended to prevent or limit the establishment of fungus during the winter. Typically, tall grass is more stress tolerant, has a larger root structure, which increases uptake of water and nutrients and provide shade which limits or prevents weed growth..

When normal rainfall does not provide sufficient moisture, grass can go dormant and turn brown. Under this condition  the lawn must be watered. Apply water in the early morning, before mid-day, when the evaporation rate is low. Applying water  in the evening can encourage disease development. Too much water can cause thatch, fertilizer leaching, increased disease and weed growth. Too little water, applied frequently, can result in shallow rooting  which can result in disease, drought stress or winter injury.

The amount of water required for the average lawn is around 1 inch / week. Slopes, areas near buildings, curbs, side-walks and light sandy soils may require more. Low-lying areas, shaded areas and heavy soils may require less. To determine the amount of water required,  place a straight sided container in the area being watered and run the sprinkler apparatus for 15 minutes. Check the water level in the container. If the watering apparatus  produced 0.25  inches water in 1 hour,  you will need to water for 4 hours to get the required 1 inch of water.

Thatch is a layer of organic matter, made up of decaying grass leaves, stems and roots, that build up in between the lawn and soil surface. This is common in established lawns, that have been under watered and over fertilized using synthetic fertilizer. Thatch can harbor insects and diseases and restrict grass roots from growing into the soil resulting in a shallow rooted lawn. Thatch also reduces water infiltration. To determine the degree of thatch, use a  knife to remove a small segment from four different areas of  the lawn. Measure the width of the layer between the soil and the green vegetation. If the layer is one half inch or less, the accumulation might not adversely affect the health of the grass. If the layer exceeds one half inch, thatch removal should be considered. Thatch can be biodegraded with CB-712 Thatch digester. CB-712 can be applied any time during the growing season. 

A properly conditioned soil provides vital nutrients to plants, retains water, limits pest infestations and plant disease, and supports indigenous soil microorganisms and beneficial insects. All of these elements are important to growing a healthy lawn. For a healthy pest resistant lawn, apply CBLC Lawn & Turf Conditioner  in early spring, mid summer and late fall when the grass has stopped significant blade growth and is storing nutrients in the root system.   Fertilizing in the fall will also encourage fast green-up in the spring and may delay the need for spring fertilization.  


Table 1.  TYPICAL APPLICATION INTERVAL - CBLC & CB-712

PRODUCT

1st. APPLICATION

2nd. APPLICATION

3rd. APPLICATION

 CBLC

Early Spring

Mid Summer

Late Fall

 CB-712

When Ambient Temp Reaches 55 - 60 F

When Thatch Thickness Exceeds 1 inch

N/A

 

Table 2.  TYPICAL APPLICATION RATE CBLC  / 1000 SQ. FT.

LAWN CONDITION

1st. APPLICATION

APPLICATION

3rd. APPLICATION

 GOOD  6 - 10 oz.  6 - 10 oz.  6 - 10 oz.
 AVERAGE 10 - 12 oz.  10 - 12 oz.  10 - 12 oz
 POOR  12 - 20 oz.  12 - 20 oz.  12 - 20 oz.

NOTE:
CBLC will not burn or damage plants - Over application can be a benefit.

 

Table 3.  TYPICAL APPLICATION RATE  CB-712 / 1000 SQ. FT.

THATCH THICKNESS

APPLICATION RATE

INTERVAL

 < 0.5 in. (Prevention)  15 oz. /  5 to 7 Gal Water  Once / Season
 1 in.  (Reduction)  1 Litre / 5 to 7 Gal. Water  Once / Season
 > 1 in. (Reduction)  1 litre / 5 to 7 Gal. Water  Twice / Season

NOTE:
For thatch prevention apply once per season.
For thatch reduction apply 2 times per season depending on the thickness of thatch.
CB-712 will not burn or damage plants - Over application can be a benefit.
CB-712 can be mixed with CBLC for ease of application.

 
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