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Spring, time for lawns and landscaping

Many folks are starting to think about getting their lawns and landscaping back into shape.

Spring is a good time to fertilize and to establish new grasses, shrubs and trees. However, one thing that Larry Lynch, manager of PLPOA’s Department of Property and Environment Management, noticed is that some people tend to fertilize a little too early, like in April. This can often lead to a situation where time and money are wasted, most grasses are not going to begin actively growing until soil temperature are into the mid-50s, which is usually May for us. Fertilizers applied too early often end up not being utilized by plants and can end up being leached away, running off the property after early spring rains. Fertilizers are loaded with nitrogen and phosphorus, which are not good for the environment, especially for our limited and sensitive water resources. Fertilize conservatively, particularly if you are unsure how your lawns and turf are going to react.

Lynch would also like to remind people that we do have a great resource here in Archuleta County: the Colorado State University Extension Office, located at the County Fairgrounds. They have a soil testing program available for county residents. For the fee of $31.25, you can take in a sample of your soil (about a half a shovel full) and that soil will be sent off for analysis. The results will tell the owner what the soil composition is, nutrient levels in the soil and a recommended fertilization or amendment program. Having this information is invaluable for an owner, it tells you when and how much soil amendment or nutrient addition you need. This can possibly save you money in unneeded or over-used material.

Also, for lakefront owners, Lynch wants to remind everyone that the association carries a specially formulated lakefront fertilizer at the office. This is a slow release, sulfur capsulated formula that is specially designed for sensitive environments. It helps insure that large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus do not end up in the lakes which can lead to unsightly aquatic weed and algae growth. The cost of this fertilizer is $16 per 50 pound bag and one bag treats approximately 5,000 square feet.

Easter eggs

I remember Easters of years gone by when our kids were excavating eggs out of snow banks. I guess this won’t be one such year. If you are inspired to create your own Easter egg hunt, I have a procedure that might simplify getting your hard-boiled eggs ready for the table.

Directions: when you boil the eggs, slow boil them for 12 minutes with two inches of water above the eggs. Add one teaspoon of baking soda. After the eggs have boiled, cool quickly by draining off the hot water then add cold water and ice. After the eggs have been successfully found from under your bushes, clean the mud and goose droppings off them, then gently tap both ends to crack the shell. Carefully peel off the bits of cracked shell, and then blow on the small end. With luck, the hard-boiled egg will pop out of the other end. Let me know if it worked for you. I’ve seen a You Tube video that makes this look way cool.

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