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Going Green – Green Grass Not Only Looks Good But Helps the Environment

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Do you suffer from yard envy? Does the grass seem greener in your neighbor’s yard? Let the Weingartz experts help you improve the look and health of your green grass, while considering today’s environmentally friendly choices.

There are plenty of sound facts to help you justify your time investment in a beautiful yard. Well-maintained grass is far more than just nice to look at. It provides a great benefit to our environment. We all remember learning that healthy green plants convert harmful CO2 to oxygen. This principle applies to all plants, both indoors and out, and grass is no exception. In addition to its oxygen-generating capabilities, there are also some benefits to the environment that are unique to grass.

Grass and plants help moderate the heat of summer with the daily dew and evaporation cycle. Just think of the look of scorched earth that you see in August on any empty lot, and you can visualize how much healthy turf cools the soil. Furthermore, the combination of healthy, aerated soil and grass is very effective in absorbing and dampening sound waves. This helps insulate us from some of the sounds of traffic, voices and other neighborhood noises.

Healthy turf traps dust and many other airborne contaminants, giving us cleaner air to breathe. Strong root systems also assist with minimizing water runoff from heavy rains by capturing and retaining water in the soil and roots, thereby decreasing the stress on sewer systems at peak flow periods and protecting against erosion.

So what strategies can you use to create the healthiest yard, both for the turf and ecologically? It’s not as complicated as you might think. In fact, the two generally go hand in hand. All it takes is consistency and some attention to a few details. The older your yard, the more likely you will need to address issues like compaction or a heavy thatch layer. Both of these conditions will prevent crucial nutrients like water and fertilizer from reaching the important root system of the grass.

Compaction occurs naturally over time, especially on grass with heavy foot traffic like our typical active families. The soil in the yard compresses to the point that water cannot soak in, but rather becomes run-off and ends up in the sewer system. Likewise, thatch can build up between the grass blades and cause the same run-off – becoming a barrier to water and nutrient absorption. By aerating the lawn and removing the thatch layer, the soil opens up again.

Proper aeration takes cores of turf from the lawn and breaks up the compaction. Those cores then break down and become an excellent top dressing for the healthy turf. Also, remember that some thatch is good, but when the buildup is more than ½” thick, it’s a good time to rake (or power-rake) to remove some of that layer. Once you are assured that the grass is able to accept water and nutrients, you can decide on an effective fertilizer. All plants, including grass, benefit from a boost of nutrients.

To guarantee the most effective treatment, try performing a soil test to determine what mix of fertilizer will be most important. Soil tests are relatively inexpensive and can save a lot of money on fertilizers by showing you exactly what the soil needs. Unfortunately, many homeowners have a tendency to go overboard on fertilizer, which can be harmful to both your grass and the environment. Locally, you can go to your MSU County Extension Office to receive personalized results from soil tests performed through Michigan State University. For more information, go to www.css.msu.edu/spnl.

As your grass starts to grow, reconsider the height your mower is set at for cutting. The new rule of thumb is to allow the grass to grow slightly taller than previous years; approximately 3 to 3½” tall and never shorter than 2½” tall. You’ll need to mow more frequently, but will have much healthier grass. Cutting more frequently is the same as pinching back flowering plants to achieve more blooms and thicker, healthier growth. Also, longer grass blades store more water and are less susceptible to heat.

The final, most effective detail of cutting the grass is to use a clean, sharp mower blade to assure that the grass is cut, not torn, and that any possible disease is not transferred across the lawn. One thing that is wonderful about summertime in Michigan is the overwhelmingly green landscape. It is something that many of us have grown up with and would have a hard time leaving. It’s our reward for hard, cold winters.

We may not have realized that these wonderful landscapes are not only beautiful for the green color, but also “green” for the environment.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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11875 Northland Dr.
Cedar Springs, MI 49319
(616) 696-2913
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The Dog Days of Summer

Heat advisory, Ozone Action Day, Scorcher; all different names for the same thing, hot!  You hear it every morning either on TV or on the radio. The newcaster is predicting another hot, humid day.  All of this is an indication that we are deep in the dog days of summer.

Everyone has heard it before, the dog days of summer, but what does it really mean?  The dog days of summer fall from July 3rd to August 11th, the 40 hottest days of summer according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.  Traditionally, the dog days of summer also coincide with the days of the year with the least rainfall in the Northern Hemisphere.  The term dog days actually came from the Ancient Romans and their belief that Sirius, which is one the largest stars of the Canis Major constellation, was the “dog star”.  During the summer months the star Sirius appeared to rise and set with the sun and the Romans believed that the “dog star” added to the heat provided by the sun.  Over time, the Egyptians also argued this to be true.  We now know however, that the increased heat during the dog days of summer is due to the tilt of the earth, allowing the northern hemisphere to receive more direct sunlight.

Whatever the cause, the dog days of summer are hot and miserable for most.  This is the time of year when you drive down the street and see yellow and brown lawns because of the blistering heat and lack of rain.  But, even your lawn can survive the dog days of summer!  Here are a few tips to help keep your lawn green and healthy even when the weather does not cooperate.  First, you need to keep your lawn hydrated.  During this stretch of time there is typically not a lot of rainfall so it is important to keep your lawn hydrated.  When thinking about hydration it is important to water your lawn correctly.  When watering, you need to water deeply.  Many people turn sprinklers on briefly each day, but in order for the water to reach the roots a long thorough soak is necessary.  Also, to get the most out of your watering it is important to water your lawn before the heat of the day.  That way the water is less likely to evaporate before it reaches the roots.  Ideally you should water your lawn before 10:00 am.  Another important consideration to make is how you are mowing.  During the summer months your lawn will stay healthier if you mow your lawn regularly with your blades set at 3.5 to 4 inches.  This will help to shade the soil, promote root growth and preserve moisture.

With a little work and patience your lawn will be able to survive the dog days of summer looking lush and green.  Now remember, when you are working on that lawn in the hot sun to keep yourself hydrated and try to stay cool so that you too can survive the dog days of summer.

Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

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11875 Northland Dr.
Cedar Springs, MI 49319
(616) 696-2913
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Should July 2nd Be Independence Day?

As the summer continues we come to one of America’s favorite holidays, the Fourth of July.  This holiday, in the heat of the summer, is a time of food, fun, and fireworks.  But that’s not all it is.

Independence Day,  July 4, 1776, was the day that Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence and declared independence from Great Britain.  But did you know that some believed that July 2nd should have been Independence Day?  John Adams believed that July 2nd, the day that the vote for independence took place, should be Independence Day.  He believed this so strongly that he actually turned down invitations for celebrations on July 4th as a protest of the date.  Celebrations that included concerts, bonfires, parades, and the traditional firing of canons and muskets marked this first celebration making the Declaration of Independence from England.  The celebrations that took place throughout our young country have evolved into the pomp and circumstance that we have today.

The Fourth of July became more important to the American people following the War of 1812, in which the Americans once again faced off against Britain.  This reminded Americans that “Freedom is never given, it is won.”  For the years following the War of 1812 celebrations grew and evolved, and in  1870 Independence Day, July 4th was declared a federal holiday.

Today, Fourth of July celebrations include barbecues, fun in the sun, and fireworks.  But has the meaning of the 4th been lost in the shuffle?  The true reason for celebration has been lost by some as they focus on preparing for parties, spending the day sun bathing on the lake, and watching the elaborate fireworks displays throughout the area.  Take the time this year to remember the meaning of the 4th of July.  That is a celebration of the efforts of our founding fathers to create this country we now live in today, an independent nation.

So, as you prepare your barbecues, make plans to go to the lake, and load up the car to head to the Metroparks for fireworks remember the meaning of your celebrations.  So raise your flags, and celebrate the bravery, and triumph of our founding fathers and the freedom they helped to achieve.

Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

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39050 Grand River Ave.
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
(248) 471-3050
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Lightning and green grass

Q.  Does Lightning Make Your Grass Greener?

A.  Nitrogen is the nutrient in the soil that is most responsible for the green in your grass. It’s also a common ingredient in fertilizers. The Earth’s atmosphere is approximately 78% nitrogen. Yet, nitrogen can’t be used by grass as raw nitrogen; it needs to be combined with oxygen to create a nitrate. The blade of grass absorbs the nitrate and it is used to create more chlorophyll and—go green.

During a thunderstorm, every time there is a bolt of lightning, electrical energy breaks the strong nitrogen bonds. The nitrogen then quickly attaches to oxygen, forming nitrogen dioxide. Nitrogen dioxide dissolves easily in water, creating nitric acid, which then easily dissolves to create a magic ingredient: NITRATES. The nitrates fall to the ground in the form of raindrops, seeping into your soil and helping your grass to turn green.

There is some debate as to how much the electricity in lightning affects the greening of grass. Some people will say that not enough nitrates are formed to affect the green and are blown many miles away. Thus, the bright green is an illusion that is created from the wet grass sparkling in the sun’s rays. Either way, your grass will likely appear more green after a lightning storm than after a storm with no lightning.

 

Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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5436 Jackson Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 239-8200
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