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A New Look At the Intermountain Home Landscape Green Spaces: Part 2

By |2018-05-25T12:38:49+00:00August 13th, 2011|Categories: Blogs, The Seasons|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A New Look At the Intermountain Home Landscape Green Spaces
Part 2: Turf Alternatives

By William Habblett, CNP, CPD
Landscape Industry Certified Manager
CWI Horticulture Instructor

You have thought about your personal oasis and have concluded that you have areas where turf in those areas are just for your weekly mowing. There are many great options for these spaces that I will go into more in depth shortly. But first, we should talk about effective ways to get rid of the Kentucky bluegrass.

Before you install your new option, you will need to ensure that the Kentucky bluegrass is killed off so that it doesn’t become a pervasive weed in your new landscape. At this time, the general recommendation at this time is to use a nonselective herbicide; such as glyphosate, to kill off the grass and the root system. You will generally need to reapply in two weeks to take care of any spots that have survived the initial application. If you prefer, you can use horticulture vinegar. You will have to do multiple treatments because vinegar only kills the top plant growth. Depending on what you are applying, it is still best to remove the sod with such tools as a sod cutter. Just using a sod cutter will leave behind small root structures called rhizomes that will grow new tufts of bluegrass in your new environment. There are other techniques that you can do but don’t rely on just shutting the water off. Realistically, Kentucky bluegrass is the most drought tolerant grass with its ability to go completely dormant for extended periods of no moisture.

There are multiple options that are available to you to use as a groundcover and it comes down to function, […]

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A New Look At the Intermountain Home Landscape Green Spaces: Part 1

By |2018-05-25T12:35:38+00:00May 31st, 2011|Categories: Blogs, The Seasons|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The article below is part one of a series graciously contributed by one of our clients. Watch next month for part 2!

A New Look At the Intermountain Home Landscape Green Spaces

By William Habblett, CNP, CPD
Landscape Industry Certified Manager
CWI Horticulture Instructor

Acres upon acres of Kentucky bluegrass (KBG), dusted with some perennial rye cover the landscapes of residential and commercial areas. These fields of green give back a feeling of serenity that stems from the open view that we can see for miles and the actual calming, “negative space” in the landscape where your eyes can rest. All that it asks for is just a few things: weekly mowing, edge trimming and removal from the flower and shrub beds for 36 weeks, at least 36” of moisture through the growing season, 5 pounds of Nitrogen per 1,000 sq ft per year, weed controls and at least aeration once per year. So you ask, what’s the problem with this for the simple visual serenity that has driven us for the last 150 years?

Most people average at least an hour per week mowing and maintaining their lawn. While this can be considered some great physical activity, most of us use motorized equipment that for every hours used, releases more pollutants than ten cars driven for an hour. Moisture? We average eleven inches of moisture per year in snow and rainfall in the Treasure Valley, where KBG requires at least 36” moisture to maintain summer green but will do best with 56” of moisture. But how much water does that equal? You need to apply 22,450 to 34,900 gallons of water per 25’ x 40’ section of turf per year.

Now in fairness, it is also the most drought […]