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Spring has sprung despite the unpredictable April weather. It is a busy time as we all rush around to put those finishing touches on our gardens, flowerbeds and lawns.  Here are a few things that you should pay attention to this month. If you have not already done so, April is a great month to…
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By George Altgelt In our last column there was a mistake in the last paragraph. The comparison I was making was between someone who was hypoglycemic (abnormally low blood sugar) and a plant with low sugar content in its plant sap. A person in this condition can hardly move, a plant in this condition can…
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by George Altgelt Certain Disaster just ahead? Soil nutrients becoming toxic? For whom? “Jeeze Louise” George you make it sound like were on a runaway train about to cross the Pecos river and the bridge is out. OK, OK, so maybe were not all about to die but the living soil that’s about to take…
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By George Altgelt So, how tall should turf grass be? That’s what we were looking at the last time. With turf grass our range of choices are limited to the settings on the lawn mower. Even so, what you choose will have an enormous impact on the vitality and productivity of your lawn. Taller grasses…
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Oak Wilt Prevention

What is Oak Wilt? Oak Wilt is a fungus Ceratocystis Fafacearum, that infects the vascular system of all species of Oak Trees, especially Live Oaks, or properly known as Quercus Fuciformus.  The infection is lethal if left unchecked. It is much easier to take steps to prevent the infection than to try and save the tree…
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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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