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Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Spring Lawn Care Telenet

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Spring Lawn Care

The main purpose of spring lawn care is to get the grass through the summer. Cool season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and the fescues need to develop a strong root system in order to survive summer's heat and dry conditions.

Ideally, our lawn care calendar should be from September 1 through August 31, and not April 1 through March 31. This would encourage 9 months of cool-season growth before summer's conditions. Thinking that lawn care starts in the spring only allows a couple months of growth before demanding environmental conditions.

However, there are several practices that you can undertake to make sure your lawn has the best chance.

University of Illinois Extension is offering "Spring Lawn Care", a look at what can be done at this time of the year. David Robson, Horticulture Educator, will provide some tips to help your lawn look great throughout the summer.

This program will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at 1:00 p.m.,. There is a $5 charge for the program. It will be held at the Logan County Office using the University of Illinois Extension "TeleNet" system. This "TeleNet" program will feature color power point slides accompanied by the live voice of the instructor as people from all over the state participate at once. You will have the chance to ask questions at the end of the program. If interested please call the office at 732-8289 or email to reserve a space and have an information packet prepared.

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