A little prevention and protection can save your grass

  • Wednesday, August 7, 2013

While cleaning out a file cabinet, I was reminder why I’m a big believer in prevention and protection.

The following is paraphrased from an American Nurseryman article dated July 1, 1989.

An Israeli women’s overzealous attempt to rid her home of a cockroach led to the hospital where her husband was treated for burns, broken ribs and a cracked pelvis.

As told in the National Arborists newsletter, the woman crushed the bug and deposited it in the toilet. However, as cockroaches so often do, this one refused to die, so the woman sprayed an entire can of insecticide in the toilet.

Her husband, unapprised of the situation when he came home, went to the toilet, sat down and lit a cigarette. After finishing it, he flicked the cigarette butt into the toilet, igniting the pesticide. Certain parts of his anatomy were burned in the resulting flames.

As for his broken ribs and pelvis, those occurred when the paramedics were carrying him out. When the paramedics learned how the man burned himself in such an unusual area, they broke into hysterics and lost control of the stretcher, adding injuries to insult.

Prevention and protection – can save your grass, house and landscape plants.

August is here. With all the rain, get your preemergent products out early this year. Annual bluegrass loves moist, damp soils and we have plenty of those this year.

Any bare areas in the lawn should be teased with cotton burr compost, so the grass will fill in. Weeds love to move in on thin turf.

Time to fertilize the trees and shrubs with 17-00-09 or whatever your soil test indicates.

Mosquitoes are still a major issue. Cyonara, IC3, Mosquito Repelling Granulars, Mosquito Beater and many others will do a great job for you.

Always read, understand and follow product label. The product label is a federal law.


Bill Lamson-Scribner can be reached during the week at Possum’s Landscape and Pest Control Supply. Possum’s has three locations, including one at 481 Long Point Rd. (971-9601). Bring your questions to a Possum’s location or visit us at http://www.possumsupply.com. You can also call in your questions to “The Garden Clinic,” Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m. on 1250 WTMA. The Horticulture Hotline is available 24 / 7 at possumsupply.com.

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