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Growing Grass at home ...

... the legal kind of grass ... you know the stuff in your yard.


I love you, listeners!  


Seriously--it's such an acknowledgement of how awesome and tuned in you all are when I'm sent tips about my garden.  


Saturday, I was on-air complaining about my front yard, two areas of which were once jam-packed with irises, tulips, daffodils, etc.--there was also some poison ivy in the mix which we found out after we tore the heck outta of it.  


We then "planted" grass seed.


That was before the triple-digit heat here in central Illinois. 


Well, it's been weeks since the grass was planted and we've watered quite a bit with a looming drought.  


With the possibility of water conservation coming around the corner, I've been apprehensive about watering it.  Then someone told me that chlorine in the water isn't good for grass.  Did I water for nothing?  


An email I got from Andy said that most the chlorine evaporates shortly after being sprayed and that some plants need trace amounts of chlorine.

"Chlorinated water is fine to use... Water deep and infrequently to keep your grass green. If it has turned brown it has gone dormant. Watering it will not bring it out of dormancy ie turn it green. When the temperature outside cools down then commence watering and it will come out of dormancy."


That's a great tip for the backyard, which does have grass but is all brown.    But that doesn't help with the areas I'm trying to grow grass.  (BTW, the past two weekends we've packed at least 12 yard-waste bags full and could easily do more--my yard's a jungle!)


I had a listener stop me after my shift Saturday and he shared with me the key times to plant grass seed in the mid-west and that I should probably replant just before winter or in April.  


Dude also gave me a homegrown tomato!  Still not sure if I should eat it ... >.<


Such great tips about growing grass--please keep them coming!  Email me

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