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Lawn Care How would you recommend repairing the damage caused by voles? This damage usually repairs itself – eventually. To expedite repair, rake the damaged area with a leaf rake and overseed.

What is the best way to repair the damage caused by winter kill? Winter kill can be repaired pretty much the same way as vole damage. Rake the dead grass tissue out, then scratch the soil to create a surface to hold the seed. After you seed the affected area, sprinkle wood fiber mulch over it, then water. Keep the area moist with daily or twice daily watering and the grass should begin filling in within a week.

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When should you fertilize a lawn during the season and what is the best type of fertilizer to use? Fertilize only during active growth periods, when you are mowing in the spring and again in the fall. As a broad generalization, you should fertilize sometime between Memorial Day and the 4th of July, and again around Labor Day weekend. Use a high nitrogen fertilizer, one that is designated for lawn use, with an analysis something like 28-3-12. These numbers are generally found on the front of the fertilizer bag.

What is the best way to contain weeds? By maintaining a dense lawn through regular, high mowing (2.5 - 3.0 inches), timely irrigation cycles, and regular fertilizer applications.

Do you recommend bagging or mulching lawn clippings? Mulching the clippings gives the lawn an extra fertilizer application roughly equal to 0.75 to 1.00 pound of nitrogen per 1000 square feet per year. Bag the clippings if the mowing gets out of sequence and the grass is too long.

What is the best lawn watering strategy? Ideally, you should water just before the grass wilts! Of course, you don’t know when that will happen, so this is easier said than done. But the right way to water a lawn is certainly not the way most people do it. Basically, a typical lawn in our part of the country needs about 1.0 to 1.25 inches of water per week to look good and keep it

Outdoor Design & Living Guide - Summer 2009  

Issue 1 - Summer 2009 issue of Outdoor Design & Living Guide of Fargo-Moorhead