WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Before we get to the tips, let's acknowledge the built-in contradiction in the premise of this advice column. "A lawn is a very unnatural condition," said Bruce S. MacDowell, Jr., owner of The MacDowell Company, a Weston landscape architecture firm. Left untended, your lawn will turn into a hodgepodge of wildflowers, weeds, and, perhaps, some grass. The key to establishing a lush expanse of lawn, MacDowell notes, is balancing stewardship with "managing what nature wants to do." MacDowell, along with Laurie V. Sullivan, residential estate division manager for Greater Boston, Schumacher Companies, and Nick Kiernan, estate care manager, Sudbury Design Group helped to compile the following tips. For more local resources, see the box at the end of the article. 10 tips for … " G R E E N " W A Y S T O K E E P Y O U R L A W N G R E E N S T E V E M A A S writer one Test the Soil Fundamental to a healthy lawn is healthy soil. UMass Amherst offers a simple test kit that measures acidity, nutrient levels, and the presence of toxic substances. Equipped with the results, you can apply the right amount of lime (to adjust acidity) and fertilizer. Soil teems with microbes that break down nutrients into a form that grass can digest. Your goal is to keep those microbes happy. For more details, visit ag.umass.edu/services. two Aerate A core aerator machine, which you can rent at a local hardware store, removes plugs of soil and thatch, allowing water and air — and ultimately roots — to reach deeper into the soil. Aerate at the start and end of the growing season, more often in heavy-traffic areas, where the dirt has been compressed and water tends to pool. The deeper the roots, the better the grass will withstand periods of drought. Weeds thrive in compacted soil. three Manage Watering Water every three or four days for a prolonged period, rather than for short bursts every day. With a good soak- ing, water seeps deep into the soil. And roots follow the water. If you water daily, your root system will be shallower S T O C K B R O K E R X ( S B X ) 26 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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