We moved into this house about a year ago in Mansfield. The house is about 5 years old, and I have no clue what the former owner used.
My father has been organic for years, so I know the value in it. However, even after hearing him talk about it for years, I still feel clueless. I just got married in May, and am trying to convert my husband. He has been a little reluctant, and I commend him for trying.
We have Bermuda, not sure the specific type though. Below is a summary of what we have done so far.
July 06 - bought the house and grass was in good shape; did nothing but mow and water until spring
March 07 - CGM, Lady Bug Fertlizier, and foliar feed formula from gardner in Arlington (didn't know if I could mention her name); looked awesome and hubby was amazed
June 07 - downpour started; couldn't mow often; grass started looking dead;
1st weekend of July 07 - Nature's Guide (couldn't get to location that sold LB) and HG's Garrett juice foliar feed (back yard) and lady's foliar feed (front yard). I only put down one bag since that was how much LB I put down, but didn't realize Nature's Guide needed 20#/1000, so I am not sure I applied enough. I used 2 different foliar sprays to compare them. Back yard - green and soft, but it was mowed shorter than front to begin with. Front yard - still brown and crunchy.
Sunday, July 22 - HG's foliar feed on front yard only
After doing some research, I think we have been mowing it too high. So we just started a couple weeks ago mowing it progressively shorter. It may be close to 2 inches now, but probably almost 3 1/2 before. We thought it may be tall enough to droop over and hide the "undergrass" from the sun preventing it from getting green. Is mowing it too high my only problem?
Are there some soil amendments I should be using? Compost? Dried mollasses? Should I aerate?
We also were watering it often thinking that was the problem. But I just read on another post that Bermuda needs less water. So we haven't watered since last week.
HELP!! I want to get my husband on board, but the brown grass in the front yard isn't helping.