Gardening and horticulture news and tips, as well as agricultural information from Amanda McNulty, the host of SCETV's "Making It Grow" and Clemson University Extension Agent. Produced by South Carolina Public Radio.
Don't Apply Phosphorus Without First Testing Your Soil
In many parts of the country, gardeners can’t buy fertilizers that contain phosphorus unless they have soil test results that show the need for that middle number on the fertilizer bag. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are the three nutrients the percentage of each is listed in that order on every fertilizer package. Nitrogen and potassium are both relatively water soluble and seldom are found in soils in high levels. But phosphorus doesn’t move easily downward through the soil profile with
"Scalping" Your Lawn
Scalping your lawn has always sounded absolutely horrific to me, as well as the practice of burning. Actually, there are times when those practices can be beneficial but it all has to do with timing. Extension Agent Adam Gore explained that just as warm-season turf is about to come out of dormancy, scalping or burning can remove the insulating now dead grass residue and help reduce thatch build up; which can be a problem particularly on highly-maintained turf. Burning, Gore added, is hard to do
Too Late for Pre-Emergent "Weed and Feed" on Your Turf
Adam Gore, Extension Agent in Abbeville, who’s getting his PhD in turf, talked with us recently about not being in a hurry to get your warm-season turfgrass greened up. Although those big box stores have weed and feed conveniently and temptingly located near the checkout stand right now, March and April are one hundred percent not the right months to put out these products. As a matter of fact, there is never a time in South Carolina with warm season turfgrass – Centipede, Bahia, St. Augustine
Don't Waste Money - or Nitrogen
When I’ve been to fancy grocery stores in pandemic days, I’m more prone to impulse buying -- why five bags of almond flour and peculiar jars of condiments? The garden centers at big box stores are masters at product placement – with totally inappropriate displays of weed and feed by their check out points right now. Pre-emergent fertilizers for warm season turf needed to be applied in February – it used to be March -- but climate change has required a readjustment, and warm season turf grass
Know Your Grasses
The most important thing you can do to improve the quality of your turfgrass is to every year make entries to your calendar. At Clemson’s HGIC , you can find yearly maintenance calendars for both warm-season and cool-season turfgrasses we grow in South Carolina. Most important is a soil test –I know you get tired of hearing that, but different grasses want very different amounts of fertilizer. Centipede grass is often called “poor man’s grass” - I guess these days I should say “poor person’s
Clemson Extension’s Home and Garden Information Center each week shares a listing of calls they’ve received, ranked by the topics with the greatest requests for help. Number one, leading the list, is always turf grass. A super-managed lawn, with no flowering, so-called weeds doesn’t feed pollinators, needs regular irrigation, and few lawn mowers and such have anti-pollution devices on them. That said, we all need a small turf area for picnics and slip and slides (just about the most fun item
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