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Summer Rocks

I think “summer rocks” as evidenced by these pictures. Years ago people would invite friends to their house and set up a Kodak slide projector to show them endless pictures from their summer vacation. You would have to be creative to come up with some lame excuse to get up and leave (I’m not feeling well…. cough cough) or not go at all.

For those of us who were in high school in the 70’s we remember Cheech and Chong and Sister Rosetta’s assignment What I did on my summer vacation.

“The first day on my vacation, I woke up. Then, I went downtown to look for job. Then I hung out in front of the drugstore. The second day on my summer vacation, I woke up, then I went downtown to look for a job. Then I hung out in front of the drugstore. The third day on my summer vacation, I woke up…… Now that`s fine, young man! ………Then I went downtown to look for a job……..
Now that`s fine, young man! ………..Then I got a job, keeping people from hanging out in front of the drugstore. The fourth day on my”…

Today you can just take a couple pictures and post them on your blog or Facebook and everybody is happy….no excuses needed.

Stacey, Rick, Angie......2 photogenic girls can make anyone look good!

Here are a couple of my “Summer Rocks” pictures and if you find yourself yawning feel free to Google something else. In the meantime I’m going to go hang out at the drugstore and get a Big Gulp or Slurpee or something like that……….

Angie and me.......Summer Rocks!

I can be a little over the top sometimes

Summer Rocks!

I "pine" for a little relaxation

A kick in the plants!

Have a great summer everyone!

Lawn-Gevity

The record breaking heat and humidity this summer has had an effect on “Lawn-Gevity” …….physiologically cool season grasses do well when air temperatures are in the 60 to 75 degree range…….a couple months of 80’s and 90’s can create real difficulties for grass. When soil temperatures heat up the grass starts to stress, yellow and wither. Grass has an ability to cool itself through something we call evapotranspiration…….it’s something like people perspiring. The roots draw up water from the soil and it evaporates through the leaves dissipating heat. The problem is roots aren’t as active in summer as they are in spring and fall…..they even shrink reducing their water absorbing ability. Contingent on how healthy your lawn was heading into summer the stress can exacerbate other issues like grub damage or diseases. Raise the deck on your mower to shade the roots and crown of the grass plants. You may want to “syringe” the lawn during the days of greatest heat stress. Syringing is a very light application of water to wet the leaves of the grass but not necessarily to get water down into the soil. Water in the morning hours to get sufficient supplemental water to the roots, mow less frequently raising the deck on the mower and consider syringing during the hot part of the day to cool the turf and reduce heat stress. Don’t syringe in the evening hours because wet foliage at night can encourage disease issues.                                                                                                  We see problems like rust

Rust on grass blades

or red thread when the lawn is under stress and growing slowly due to the season and environmental factors.

Fortunately in my opinion the period of August 15 through October 15 is the perfect time of the year to repair, re-seed, over-seed, take out weeds, core aerate and feed lawns to reverse the damage done by stressful summer weather.