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Spring garden care ideas

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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) – They say the grass on the other side of the fence is always greener, but that may not be the case for many this spring.

At the beginning of spring, the look of the lawn can frustrate you. According to Randy Martin of Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation Area, insects are one of the reasons grass can look the way it looks.

“If you are one of the many people who have had problems with beetles on your lawn and have large dead spots, this is something that has only come to our area in the last 3 or 4 years. Beetles are a type of June beetle in this family. June bugs are not the ones who chew your grass roots, but the bugs. “

Martin says knowing your soil pH can help determine your grass needs.

“Lawn grasses have a pH of 6.5 to 6.8, and once you have that range, you don’t need to add lime. If it’s lower, 5.8 to 6, consider adding lime. It is best to add lime in the fall as it rains a lot in the fall and you will not be able to get this into the ground so it will have to wash off. ”

If you put lime in the fall, Martin recommends fertilizer at this time of the year.

“You can hit it with a very light 10-10-10 fertilizer. That’s 10% nitrogen, 10% phosphorus, 10% potassium. You might want to get dressed up there to give the go-ahead in spring. ”

Now if you add lime, “It will wash away at some point, but it takes about a year for lime to work because the soil chemistry is slow. What you put on for lime now will basically benefit from it next year. “

Martin recommends testing the pH on a soil sample to find out which chemicals you need. He adds that the process can take some time, but it will be worth it in the long run.

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