What is Winter Desiccation?
This past winter there was a lot of turf death. The primary culprit was winter desiccation. The good news is that old varieties that didn’t have the ability to survive have moved on. Also, for some of you, you have integrated newer varieties which have better genetic material. Out with the old and in with the new.
This brings up a good point. Are fungicides, insecticides, etc really helping you or just delaying the inevitable? Is it really a good idea to keep these senior varieties alive? As sad as it is…all things cycle through…including me. Plant breeders are spending countless hours and dollars to stay ahead of the evolution of diseases, pest, etc. Why not take advantage of that and instead of keeping old varieties going via chemicals…seedilize your turf with new varieties which are greener, more salt tolerant, etc. How many of you still have the old Studebaker out back?
Look at your turf right now…before you mow it…what is it trying to do? It is trying to reproduce with another grass plant and create seed which will either drop nearby or fly a short distance and create a new grass plant which is better than the old one? Just emulate nature if you are going to mow the seed heads off. Replace the seed lost via seedilizing/overseeding.
Seed…it can be applied when soil temps are 45 degrees or better. It doesn’t require a license. Look at the big picture and you will see…it is the best way to keep the turf weed free. Don’t avoid planting when it is 90 degrees either. As long as it cools off at night and you have water…it will germ and probably with less competition from weeds.
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