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Preparing a new lawn for the new year 2011

This article is intended for all new gardeners who would like to have an excellent lawn.

A new lawn can be started from seeds, live stems(sprigs), solid sod or plugs which could be purchased from your Local Nursery and these should be free of weeds and pests.

Commencing your work: You should have a plan of your proposed lawn and being by digging the area and removing foreign materials. Add some top soil or organic materials such as peat moss and rake and level the area. Sprinkle a granular fertilizer containing a combination of(27-3-4)and using lawn spreader to cover the area.

Sod strips provide a quick lawn: The sod comes in strips approximately 16x24x1?inches thick. Do not purchase sod that is dry, spotted with brown or yellowing. The sod with any of these characteristics has not been grown under healthy conditions. It may be old or have been stored improperly or damaged.

These sod strips should fit smugly against each other and the joints should be sealed with a layer of sand. You should water daily to keep the soil moist if there is no rainfall. Test for sod rotting by tugging gently at the corner of a strip.

Signs of sod failure: If any of your newly laid areas begin to turn yellow, then brown, this is a sign of sod failure and you should water it diligently and it may recover with good care.

Mowing of a new lawn: A new sod lawn should be mowed when the grass is at least three inches high and after this initial mowing, you should keep your lawn at a height of two inches. Your lawn mower should be provided with a grass catcher to collect the grass clippings.

Starting a lawn from sprigs or plus: The preparation of your lawn will be the same as used above for Sod Strips.

Sprig Planting: This consists of inserting runners(stems)into slits in the solid so that the leaves on one end show above ground while the other end is buried deeply enough to reach continuously moist soil. The soil should be firmed over the buried portion of the sprig. New growth will be evident from the joints within a few weeks.

Plug Planting: These are essentially small sections of sod which can be grown in pots. You can make your own plugging tool by using a 1?inch diameter galvanized pipe that has been sharpened at one end and should be about 2 feet 6 inches long with a tee at the other end to provide a handle. This tool could be used to dig sod pieces from any established portion of a lawn for planting in your new lawn area or repairing damaged areas in your established lawn. Plugs are a dependable way to start a new lawn. Both sprigs and plugs need watering at least twice a week if there is no rain.

Bahamas Met. Office(1971 2000)Average Rainfall for January: 1:55 inches

Planting Guide for January 14, 2011

Vegetables: Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Corn, Celery, Collard, Cucumber, Egg Plant, Onion, Parsley, Peas, Pumpkin, Peppers, Potatoes, Radish, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Tomato, Turnip, Watermelon

Flowers: Ageratum, Alyssum, African Daisy, Aster, Begonia, Balsam, Calendula, Candyturf, Celosia, Carnation, Cornflower, Dianthus, Delphinium, Gailllardia, Gerber, Hollyhock, Larkspur, Lupine, Marigold, Nasturtium, Pansy, Petunia, Phlox, Salvia, Shasta Daisy, Snapdragon, Stock, Sweet Pea, Sweet William, Verbena, Vinca

Grasses: Bahia, Centipede, Grass, Zoysia Grass

For help with your garden problems write to Garden Korner at P.O. Box N 3011, Nassau

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