The summer of 2017 was a hot one here in the Pacific Northwest, and boy did our grass take a beating. It doesn’t help that it costs so much to water here. So we usually just focus our watering attention to our flower pots and gardens. This is not the case in Eastern Washington, our friends cannot believe how brown our lawns get. They are spoiled with the irrigation, and low fees for water, if they have any fee at all. I love a healthy green lawn and unfortunately we just get that in the Spring/Early Summer. Hopefully, 2018 will be better.
Here is a list of things we did for our lawn this year to ensure that we will have a happy healthy lawn. This is what works in the rainy pacific northwest.
The end of March we mowed our lawn for the first time and then applied a Weed and Fertilizer with Scotts. We had a lot of rain and after a couple of weeks our grass was looking the perfect shade of green, but we definitely had some bare spots and a lot of Moss. We decided to try not to worry about the moss because one year we thatched and it ended up looking worse. After all, the moss is a pretty green color and it just ends up blending in with the grass. Randy also dug out all the dandelions by hand, it seemed that they loved the fertilizer.
Randy went to Costco and bought a couple of bags of dirt. We didn’t need too much, plus, it’s easier to man handle a bag than shovel and wheel barrow. We also bought new seed and we applied the dirt to the patches and sprinkled the seed. Don’t they say the “Grass is Always Greener over the Septic Tank?” Not in our case. “Please grow pretty and green, oh little seeds”
Randy has had an old lawn mower (Old Orange) for 20 years we thought it was time to put her in retirement. I believe she deserves that! We decided to buy a lawn mower from Costco. It’s the same brand as Randy’s old lawn mower but with a Honda engine. Like I know anything about engines, but, he got to use it yesterday, and mowed our lawn and he gave it a two thumbs up! Here is the new beauty! Good-bye “Old Orange,” thanks for the many years of keeping us green and short! Hello “Coors Light” (this one is definitely the silver bullet).
Were hoping we have a beautiful PNW summer where our grass will be happy and stay green for as long as we can afford it. Have a great summer that’s filled with green grass, laughter, BBQ’s, corn hole, and friends, and of course WINE! Lets grow our lawns together and share your tips with us!
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under tree’s on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time” ~ John Lubbock