Scalped Lawns

Mid summer is when one starts to see more scalped lawns, or lawns that are habitually cut too low and begin turning brown. I will discuss WHY this happens (both plant and people) and WHY it is a poor cultivation/management technique. First, the height you choose for mowing should be determined by the (1) type of grass and (2) conditions. Bent grass, like you find on golf putting greens, can be trimmed as low as 1/2-inch but that is not the grass most of us use for a lawn. Instead, our lawns mostly are some sort of bunch or sod grass and the recommended cutting height for most types is never less than 2.5-inches, but that does not stop 3/4+ of all homeowners from scalping. Moreover, our

Rant of the Month

Unfortunately, most people know little about gardening and environmental issues including many "professionals" employed to choose, install and maintain plants and design landscapes. This page highlights specific issues with commentary on remedy or recommendation for course of action. Examples are numerous and easy to find -- rarely requiring me to travel far from home.  Hopefully, these postings will make the task of finding examples more difficult.  I will occasionally also post outstanding and approved examples in an effort to educate.