Did you enter the TubShroom giveaway yet?  If you haven’t, go quick.  It ends tonight at midnight!  I’m back today though to tell you about some other ‘shrooms.  Gah, it’s still pains me a little to delve into this topic in order to write about it.  Do you remember when we laid brand new sod in the backyard of our ‘old’ house?

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Yeah?  And it looked as good as it felt to walk and play on.  Remember how we felt like we timed the laying perfectly because we had rain in the forecast which meant free water?  Yeah?  Well that rain came.  And it came.  And it came.  And it came and came and came.  And the new grass?  Well, it rained so often, setting records for our area, that the grass never had a chance to dry out in between rain storms and so it developed a fungus that killed a lot of it.  Sad smile

It was so hard to watch, not only because we had spent so much time and money making it beautiful but because it was such a great feature of the house.  You know, you can water grass when it’s super dry outside and everything will be fine and dandy but you can’t stop the rain falling.  I didn’t take any pictures of the grass after the fungus but it just looked really thin.  Not being botanists, we didn’t really know what was happening at the time.  We knew it was getting too much water and noticed tons and tons of mushrooms popping up but we didn’t know if they were killing the grass or what.  So, Anthony popped on over to the landscape center we bought the grass from and they were SO helpful.  Why am I telling you all of this?  Well, because you never know when you’ll need lessons on how to grow healthy, green grass.  I wasn’t kidding when I said that taking care of our new grass was like taking care of a newborn.  Nor did I fully understand how much care goes into grass, especially when it gets ‘sick’. 

The good news is, we treated the fungus and learned how to take care of any lawn we’ll acquire in the future just by following these handy-dandy sod guides that our landscape center provides online.  We laid St. Augustine sod so, by following the chart under that heading, we should be able to maintain an almost perfect lawn if we go with that sod again in the future.  Our grass still looked a little sad after treatment but was on it’s way to getting back to where it started and it feels good to have the confidence and knowledge to prevent it from happening again.  Most, if not all of the other grasses listed on Woerner’s site are grasses found in the South so if you’re a Northerner wondering about your grass, check your local landscape companies websites.

I hope they’re helpful to you too – save them, print them, pin them, and utilize them!  We’ll be refering to them frequently for our next lawn!

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