From The Desk Of Bill Varga

Hey! Calling all fastidious bluegrass lawn lovers!  2021 may be your year to embrace water conservation and get rid of those nasty broad-leaf grassy weeds in your once well-manicured lawn carpet.    It’s all in understanding the nature of grasses.  I was born and raised in northern Ohio, where Kentucky Bluegrass was king.  There were no sprinkler systems, so you would drag a hose and sprinkle around the yard and/or as many would do, simply let the bluegrass go dormant if summer was dry.  I was instructed in the fine skill of sprinkler adjustment and hose reach to keep our lawn the greenest on the block, but low and behold those folks who resisted these skills in summer still had green lawns come fall.  You see, bluegrass is a cool season grass, it greens sooner than a warm  season grass. Buffalo grass, for instance, will rest until mid-May before greening up. So, we put extra effort into the cool season Kentucky Blue to keep it pretty all summer.    Maybe 2021 is the year to learn from my Ohio neighbors and let that bluegrass go dormant.  While dormant, go in and treat those broadleaf grasses with Round-Up.  The broadleaf grasses being green will absorb the herbicide. The dormant bluegrass will shrug off the treatment. Come fall with cooler temperature and hopefully some help with rain from Mother Nature, your bluegrass will rebound less the weedy grasses.    Yep, take advantage of the draught and use 2021 to your advantage.

When Kate was a 20-something college student, she became quite friendly with her study partner, a 64 year old man, who had returned to school to finish his degree.  He confessed, with a wink, that he had one thought more than friendship might be a possibility between them.
   “So what changed your mind?” she asked him.  “I went to my doctor and asked if he thought a 40 year age difference between a man and woman was insurmountable,  he looked at my chart and said, “You’re interested in someone who’s 104?”
Did you know that breeders began developing ORANGE carrots about 400 years ago.  Before that time, they were PURPLE and not very appealing and considered undesirable.  A recent medical study indicates that consuming carrots, pumpkin, squash and red peppers can reduce the risk of stroke by 68%.  The Beta Carotene contents  are also beneficial in lowering blood pressure and preventing some forms of cancer. 

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