Potato harvest spinach sowing sept 14/14

Harvested potatoes got about 12 litres worth More than ten pounds likely 12 Sowed giant winter spinach Dam13 Three close rows in about one third of bedhttp://www.hamiltonturfking.ca/images/postbyemail/photo%201.JPGhttp://www.hamiltonturfking.ca/images/postbyemail/photo%202.JPGGerry T Okimi Turf King Hamilton Halton Haldimand 95 Hempstead Dr Unit 14, Hamilton ON L8W 2Y6 905.318.6677 Website: www.turf-king.ca Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. BLOG: www.turfkinghamilton.blogspot.com http://twitter.com/turfkingofgreen Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TurfKingHamilton Signup for our newsletter http://on.fb.me/TK-signup Before printing this email - consider the environment - save paper when possible ------------------------------------------------------------------------CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE The contents of this e-mail are confidential to the ordinary user of the e-mail address to which it was addressed and is privileged. If you are not the addressee of this e-mail you may not copy, forward, disclose or otherwise use it or any part of it in any form whatsoever. If you have received this e-mail in error please advise the sender by e-mail by replying to this message.

Insects or Disease

Looked at a couple of lawns today-
Excerpts from a email to one of the homeowners-
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Did not see any evidence of insects-damage is not typical of insects like chinch bugs or white grubs. No insects were found.
 Necrotic Ring Spot on Lawn
The main problem you have is what we call necrotic ring spot or NRS
A fungus disease attacking the roots- because of the recent dry weather it is manifesting itself all over the city
 
No easy cure
See our website library for things that can be some to alleviate the symptoms
Roots are not functioning at 100%
During cool moist weather the symptoms are not visible.
Recommend seeding with a mix containing perennial rye grass -30%- a less susceptible species. Fungus will go away in two to five seasons .
To remove by digging you have to remove 6-8" minimum 

Here is the other lawn- visited this front lawn earlier today- homeowner said he had similar symptoms two yrs ago- resodded whole lawn- now it is back- a costly fix that did not work. 
 Necrotic Ring Spot on Lawn
Seeding - much less expensive
 
 
 

The Stony Edges

Patti says she always had problems with the lawn at the end of her driveway. It was always thinner, weaker and more weedy.

I recommended that she seed the lawn to increase the density, to thicken it up to help keep the weeds and crabgrass from taking hold.

She has done a great job of seeding.

Lawns do better without gravel instead of soil

But when I was there, I happened to put my Fiskars Tool into the soil there to help loosen it up a bit. However, the tool hit gravel 3-4 inches below the surface.

It seems to me that, in spite the automatic sprinklers, this patch is likely to continue to be a problem area, The gravel was likely there from when the sidewalk or the driveway was being constructed, installed or paved. The lawn would do better with some good soil of a reasonable depth. Gravel will not hold the moisture. It will also heat the soil in the summer making it harder to grow a decent patch of lawn.

Lawns do better without gravel instead of soil