BoatUS ANGLER: RecycledFish Stewardship Tips
Grass Time: In temperate zones, now is the time to renovate your lawn. If your lawn is bluegrass, or mostly bluegrass, now is a good time to transition to grass that is drought tolerant such as tall fescue. We are partial to RTF Turf Saver. Depending on your weather, Bluegrass requires one to one and one half inches of water every week. In contrast, Turf-Type Tall Fescues require one and a half to two inches every other week.
Roots: A deep root system will increase the drought resistance of any lawn. If you water too frequently, you encourage a shallow root system. Space your watering sessions out and make sure to water deeply (insert a screwdriver into the soil and make sure that the water penetrates at least six inches). To promote a deeper root system, aerate your lawn sometime in the fall (seeding after aeration can help to bring grass seed into contact with the soil).
Water that you conserve by watering your lawn less helps your local fishery. If your municipal water supply also feeds your local fishery, water withdrawals, especially during drought years, can affect water levels. This can ultimately affect fish habitat.
Pests: The varmits are starting to fatten up for winter and are seeking out as many food sources as they can find. You may be frustrated to find raccoons digging up your lawn looking for grubs. While they will cause, seemingly, a great deal of damage to your lawn, they are performing a service for you. Grubs can cause some serious damage and the traditional method of control, pesticides, runs the risk of excessive toxic runoff. Raccoons excel at finding and cleaning up grubs in your lawn. If you can deal with the mess, it is best to let the raccoons do their scavenging and then repair the lawn later in the fall. If you would prefer to control the raccoons, a coyote decoy provides an excellent deterrent. We ran into this situation last year, the methods that we used during the summer did not bring the grubs under control. The raccoons were tearing one section up every evening to find the grubs. We finally just let them do their thing and, not ironically, that section of the lawn was grub free this year. Overall, including the raccoons, we were able to control the grubs without using any sort of nasty pesticides that might end up running off into our local fishery.
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