Will it ever end? Someone must have left the snow-making machine on and broken the switch off. At this point we all need some answers, right?
Thoughts of thawing out my yard get my mental wheels turning.
Mostly my mind is fixated on this year’s garden plan and how it will be set up. The drive to toil in the soil, to plant and figure out what flowers to buy —as well as getting the gazebo set up — are ever present in my head.
It’s a beautiful thing when the snow melts to expose the pale grass underneath and then it seems to come back to life. But, last I remember, the grass looked a little sickly and it makes me wonder what’s buried beneath. I had heard there was something called cinch bugs eating the grass last year. Heaven forbid!
Last year there was lots of media attention given to concerns about hazardous pesticides people were using to kill weeds, and I remembered there was one company that had natural, non-hazardous solutions, safe for families with pets and kids running amok.
So I contacted Nutri-Lawn, and spoke with Dana Kapusta, the owner, to get the lowdown on how to prepare for the worst and anticipate the best.
He recommends a good raking or power raking to take out old thatch build up, followed by a spring core aeration to get oxygen down into the root system and a good spring fertilizer blend to jump start the lawn. Nutri-Lawn uses a Polyon technology coated fertilizer, which has a special coating that breaks down and feeds the lawn evenly.
When I asked Dana about the bad chemicals people are dumping on their lawns for weedless curb appeal, he said his company spot sprays weeds to keep unnecessary herbicide use to 0 per cent.
"We also offer all-natural weed control called Fiesta," Dana said.
This led me to another issue that I think will rise its ugly head this year — cinch bugs. How do I know I have them and how do I get rid of them?
Dana said, "If you had them last year and didn’t treat them, there is a very likely chance they become a problem again this season. It starts with brown patches that spread out and get larger."
Dana at Nutri-Lawn can be reached at 204-477-5296 for more information.
I’m sure we all have our work ahead of us this coming spring, once we find our grass, that is.
Although I’m sure many a Winnipegger would rather mow their lawns instead of shovelling snow.
Happy spring 2014 everyone!
Jasmine van Gerwen is a community correspondent for Island Lakes. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org