– Ben Martens

Where The Green Grass Grows

For the first time in my life, I own dirt! Yard care is a chore for some people, but after years of living in apartments and the condo, I’m excited to have a chance at taking care of a yard. We’ll see long long that feeling lasts!

Since Tim is literally a pro at this, I started peppering him with questions. I was afraid I’d drive him nuts so I fired up Amazon and ordered the top rated book about yards: Scotts Lawns: Your Guide to a Beautiful Yard. It was a winner! I was afraid it would end up being a catalog for Scotts products but they only mentioned Scotts a couple times.

The book was incredibly detailed and I suspect that there are some courses that use it as a textbook. But even though it contained a lot of technical information and science, it was still accessible to a newbie like me. I now feel prepared to mow at the right time (never mow more than 1/3 of your grass height), mow to the correct height (about 2-2.5” for my types of grass), water properly (once or twice a week totaling 1” per week) fertilize with the right nutrients at the proper times, dethatch and aerate when needed, and fight weeds, moss and pests. Along the way I picked up a ton of interesting facts. Did you know I read the book cover to cover and will be going back to it regularly as a reference. Come check out my yard after a year or so and see if it worked!