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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keep the grass 2.5 to 3 inches high in the spring and 3 to 3.5 inches in the drier summer. To get the best cut, keep your mower blades sharp and wait until the grass is dry. If you use a lawn service, stipulate at the outset that the company clean its equipment between jobs. You don't want to pay someone to track another customer's diseased or weed-infested grass onto your property. six Let Clippings Lie When clippings decompose, they'll enrich the soil. Do, however, break up clumps of grass that could block the sun. Even better, use a mulching mower. seven Spread Compost A quarter-inch layer of fine compost will further enrich your soil. Use a wheelbarrow and shovel the compost about or rent a spreader machine. Afterward, water the lawn so that the compost will sink in. eight Overseed in Late Summer The best defense against weeds is a thick lawn. Spread site-appropriate seeds over your lawn in the fall up to October 15. The days are cooler, but the soil is still warm. Unlike in the spring, the new grass won't be competing with weeds. Scratch up the surface, perhaps with an aerator, before seeding. nine Choose Your Battles with Pests In the fall, you may notice spots of your lawn browning. That could be a sign of Japanese beetle grubs. Before applying pesticides that could kill the microbes that help grass grow, pull up a square foot of lawn and count the grubs. If you have fewer than 10 and the root system doesn't appear compromised, don't worry. Otherwise, ask your nursery about biological agents that will target the grubs without otherwise harming your lawn. ten Go Organic It's tough to stay on top of weeds but going organic (and skipping toxic herbicides) is better for the environment and your health. Use slow-release fertilizers containing water-insoluble nitrogen, which is broken down by microbes and then taken up by the grass. For organic weed control, use a product containing corn gluten. For existing weeds, use vinegar/acetic acid products. C U L T U R A I M A G E S ( C U L ) 29 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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