This year has brought a lot of demand for Bermuda turf-sod in our region with the tightened water supply due to the drought we have endured over the past couple of years. Currently, our supply of Midfield #E-29 is limited to 13 acres and is running very short. However, we were able to sprig another 40 acres this year and plan to sprig another 40 acres next year based on demand. Now we are facing the labor some chore of trying to keep the sprigs moist with the constant 100°F temperatures so they can take hold and begin to spread. I will continue to post throughout the summer some more pictures of the field as it progresses.
Joshua Ramsey Cranmer
I’m a little late getting some of these pictures posted of our crew out harvesting before one of the largest winter blizzards in Kansas’s history. A customer was up against a deadline and without hesitation Cranmer Grass Farming, Inc. was there to meet their demands, albeit the conditions were not favorable we were able to get the product delivered and help them to meet their deadline.
Finally, CGF would like to congratulate “The Shox” on a remarkable season and memorable Final Four game. Kansas is a very proud basketball state and you represented not only Wichita, but the entire state with your passion and poise you showed in the national spotlight.
Joshua Ramsey Cranmer
The 2013 Wichita Garden Show will be coming up March 1-3 at Century II in Wichita, KS. We would like to encourage as many people as possible to come out and support this event and become acquainted with some off the areas finest nurseries and landscapers alike. Also, with Spring fast approaching (a slight sense of sarcasm, since we do live in Kansas!) now is a great time to start game-planning for your lawn care needs for 2013. These past couple years have brought some serious hardships to homeowners across the region tyring to maintain a beautiful green lawn throughout the blistering heat we experienced. Therefore, I have a few tips to keep your lawns green and vigorously growing despite what this years extended forecast may bring.
1) Pre-emergent, Fertilizer, & Grub Control
It is important that when temperatures allow that you apply pre-emergent before Digitaria (i.e. Crabgrass) and other broad-leaf weeds begin to take off. A good rule of thumb here is that when Red-buds bloom the Crabgrass is getting ready to sprout. Furthermore, maintaining a good fertilizing schedule throughout the year will provide the lawn with the nutrients it needs. A well balanced fertilizer such as 16-8-8 applied between March-April is recommended. Grub-control should also be applied between April-May. When applying grub control it is recommended that you alternate from year to year so that the grubs do not build immunity towards a certain chemical.
2) Watering Consciously & Effectively
Fescue lawns EFFECTIVELY only needs 1″ of water per week to grow thrive and maintain a healthy root system. Too often in the Spring I will see people running their sprinklers around the clock on a daily basis to have a lush green lawn. Keep in mind, the more water you give the plant when it truly does not need it the more water it is going to take when the scorching summer days come. By CONCIOUSLY watering to keep the lawns green you will stimulate the root system to penetrate deeper and build up more tolerance when the heat comes.
Joshua Ramsey Cranmer
Finally, we have received some relief from the blistering heat that was July and August. That being said we are almost to the end of summer and now is a good time to begin thinking about overseeding your lawn come fall. It is important to note that when overseeding Fescue you want to go about 6-8 pounds per 1000 square feet. Also, a good starter fertilizer such as 16-8-8 will help the seed to germinate quicker.
Spring is right around the corner (Maybe?) and now is a great time to begin thinking about this years upcoming fertilizing schedule. A good Pre-Emergent (Crabgrass Control) is the first step and is usally applied between March 1st to April 15th. We have All Seasons Barricade for $22.99 (5,000 sq. feet) and Howard Johnson’s Barricade (10,000 sq. feet) for $30.99. Also, don’t forget we offer a 10% discount on both our 5,000 and 10,000 sq. feet fertilizer packages that will cover all your needs for the upcoming year.