- March 15th - cut + bag clipping, put down anti-fungal,
and one of...
- compost cow manure with Scotts "green max" dry southern lawn fertilizer
- pure cow manure followed by a 2-3 week delay before 1/2 normal fertilizer dose
- April 1st - cut + bag clippings
- April 15th - begin cutting each week, do not bag, use side shoot to redistribute clippings
- Aug/Sep - lift mower height by 1" and cut on a two week schedule to reducing "cut" stress.
- Nov - drop mower 1" and stop cutting when the grass stops growing.
NOTE: Fungus (brown patch) will be your biggest problem... First sign of brown patch use anti-fungal granules. Remember anything that feeds the grass will feed fungus (manure & fertilizer)
NOTE: Always water as late in the morning as your schedule allows... Damp cold grass is vulnerable to fungus.
NOTE: Sharping your mower blade - get a standard metal file, rough on one side, smoother on the other.... Tip mower with air filter in the air (otherwise gas will flood your air filter - $15)... Unplug the spark plug (don't want it starting on you - $priceless). File the blade with rough then smooth... rotate and repeat. Put back on wheels, add spark plug, let sit for 10 mins before starting.
That's all there is to it! :-)
Please post tips and suggestions to the comments section.
Updated 4/27/2013 - Compost cow manure behaves differently to regular cow manure, I have updated the blog post accordingly. It appears my local stores have stopped selling regular cow manure!