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Very active week; Sore; Yard work and pond maintenance this morning.

Saturday, April 21, 2012 by  
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The pond: April 21, 2012.

The pond: April 21, 2012.

After four straight days of mountain biking, I did my upper body workout yesterday. I’m already pretty sore this morning, which is unfortunate because I have quite a few hours of yard work to do today.

After a relatively mild winter all the plants, trees, flowers, shrubs and the lawn are absolutely thriving! Of course all this growth requires a lot of maintenance and care, but it is so worth it. I love being out there, even when I’m laboring. About the only chore I truly detest is weeding, and that’s one of the many items I have on the agenda this morning.

We’ve got house guests coming to stay with us this weekend, and so I need to get busy. Enjoy your Saturday!

John Stone Fitness Comments

4 Responses to “Very active week; Sore; Yard work and pond maintenance this morning.”
  1. Thank you very much. I happily present my tips for an incredible lawn:

    1) Regular granular fertilization and pre-emergent weed control.
    2) Cut lawn on mower’s highest height setting to build height and density (this makes the grass look darker and keeps the weeds out).
    3) Use a “mulching” mower. Bagging removes nutrients from the lawn (and is a pain in the ass!)
    4) Keep mower blade very sharp.
    5) Rotate mowing patterns from one week to the next.
    6) Deep, but infrequent watering (twice per week here in the hot months, less when it rains).

    All of that is very important. Without a healthy turf my greening “secret” won’t work nearly as well:

    7) Granular Ironite. Ironite won’t burn, and it makes the grass incredibly green. Just make sure after spreading it that you use a leaf blower to get any errant iron pellets off the sidewalk and driveway because they will stain.

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    • Dude, thanks! In about two weeks for the first time in my life I’m going to have a lawn to care for…trying to soak in as many tips as possible.

      A few follow-ups if I may:

      1) “Regular” fertilization to my Dad means twice a season, and his lawn is not great. What is your “regular” schedule?

      2) How often with the granular ironite too? Same time as the fertilizer?

      3) How do you sharpen your mower blade? Grind wheel?

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      • Congrats! 🙂

        1) Every 5-6 weeks during the growing season. Of course I’m familiar with Florida/St. Augustine, so YMMV.

        2) Whenever it needs greening. You can’t burn your grass with Ironite, so if you think your lawn could use a little green boost, spread some more and water it in. Most granular fertilizers contain iron (along with nitrogen) and will do a nice job of greening, so Ironite is probably most useful between fertilizations.

        3) I don’t sharpen mower blades, they are pretty cheap these days so I just buy a new one every 2-3 months (as needed). Small investment for a big investment (the turf grass). You can tell if your blade is dull by examining the lawn after mowing; if the cut is not clean and seems ragged, it’s time to sharpen or replace.

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