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by George Altgelt How tall should turf grass be? Well, what do you want to end up with? Something nice to walk on? The manicured look? Easy maintenance? Minimum water usage? The best place to start is with a look at the physics of light and heat. When sunlight reaches the surface of almost any…
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Turf Grass Selection Pt 4

by George Altgelt The selection process for turf grass, based on “What do you want it to do?”, has now reached the question of foot traffic. Buffalo grass, while beautiful to look at from a distance looks lousy up close after a party or a Bar-B-Que. It looks obviously trampled and does not recover quickly.…
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Turf Grass Selection Pt 3

by George Altgelt As promised, this month we’re going to talk about turf grass selection. The best question, as always, is: “What do you want it to do?” We’ll start with the amount of water it will use. The real question is how much water you’re going to put on it – enough to keep…
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Turf Grass Selection Pt 2

Just as I promised there will be more discussion on turf grass selection this month. However, now is an excellent time to explore the fundamentals of soil structure and function as it pertains to turf grass production. Understanding these things will lead us directly to the satisfaction and bliss that comes from that sea of…
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Turf Grass Selection Pt 1

By George Altgelt At Geo Growers we get so many questions about turf grass it’s hard to know where to begin. The best place to start is to ask what you want to end up with; how easy is it to maintain, and, most importantly, how much water will it require?  Quite often, the most recommended…
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Organic Fertilizer

HOW ORGANIC FERTILIZER WORKS Organic Fertilizer versus Chemical Fertilizer To begin with, let us recall some basic facts about plant nutrition. Green plants obtain raw materials for their biosynthetic processes in rather simple forms: carbon dioxide, water, nitrate, phosphate, and ionic forms of potassium, calcium, and other essential elements. Nitrogen, to choose a particularly contentious…
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Lawn Tips

The seven low-cost, no-cost things you can do to conserve water and save money and labor with your lawn. 1. Mow your grass as high as the mower will allow. The taller the grass, the more roots will develop below the soil. The taller the grass, the cooler the soil will be. Cooler soil means…
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Return to the Carbon Cycle

Turf Grass Production and Stewardship 1. Turf grass is generally grown within a monoculture system, and as such, has a delicately balanced ecosystem. 2. All too often, lawns have way too much phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), and not nearly enough nitrogen (N). 3. Carbon-depleted soils cannot effectively hold nitrogen for the length of time…
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