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The What What about Watering

Steven Hutchinson

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WATERING

Proper watering is key for a great lawn. Without sufficient water, your lawn will look and feel dry and rough, weeds (which don’t require as much water) will creep in, and your grass could die.

You need to get water, as well as nutrients and air, 6-8” deep into the soil for healthy, strong roots. But, careful, too much water will drown the roots by cutting off oxygen.

Healthy roots lead to healthy, upright blades that are better able to absorb sunlight energy for food for the grass, and as roots grow deeper, you don’t need to water as frequently.

Increase absorption in compacted soil using exiGrow naturally powerful soil softener and Humic Organic Pellets so more water, air, and nutrients get to the roots.

SO, HOW MUCH AND HOW OFTEN?

Generally, your grass wants 1-2” of water per week, but how often and how much water you should give your lawn depends on your soil conditions, climate, grass type and length, and fertilizer use.

Soil. The type of soil you have determines how water is absorbed and retained.

  • Sandy: large particles allow water to penetrate deep, but since sand doesn’t retain water, more frequent watering is required because the soil dries out quickly. .5” of water over 30 minutes.

  • Clay: tiny, tightly compacted particles block water penetration but retain moisture when wet. You can water less frequently but with more water applied slowly to allow time for the water to penetrate deeply. 1 - 1.3” of water over 5 hours.

  • Loam: best soil with various particle sizes that allow deeper water penetration and good moisture retention. 1” of water over 2 hours.

If you have alkaline soil and hard water like the majority of the US, you likely have a hardened barrier of mineral salts that block water, air, and nutrients from penetrating deep and that raise the soil pH above the desired 5.5 - 6.5 range. Use exiGrow to break up this mineral barrier, release these essential minerals for plant consumption, and optimize soil pH. For clay and sandy soils, consider adding Humic Organic Pellets to increase organic content and absorption and retention.

Climate. The hotter the weather, the more water your grass needs—just like you.

Grass Type & Length. Some grass types (looking at you, Kentucky) are more thirsty and high maintenance than others. Also, the higher you maintain the grass, the less water required.

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Fertilizers. The more you fertilize, the more you need to water—this fertilizer is making me thirsty.

Trees. If you have large, old trees with extensive root systems, you may need to water more since the trees will hog most of the water. In addition, trees may interfere with the grass beneath them from getting enough sunlight, which results in thin, patchy, dull lawn. Some grass types are more shade resistant (require less sunlight) such as Zoysia. 

PRESERVE WATER

  • Avoid runoff. Water in short intervals to allow the water to be absorbed rather than running down the gutter. 

  • Water in the morning when it’s cooler and more humid to avoid evaporation. Don’t water at night to avoid diseases. 

  • Fertilize less.

  • Keep grass length longer.

  • Water less frequently.

  • Allow your lawn to partially dry out between waterings.

  • Increase soil absorption using exiGrow naturally-powerful soil softener and Humic Organic Pellets.

HOW TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH WATER YOU'RE USING?

Place cups or cans at various spots in your yard during a 10-15 minute sprinkler cycle and then measure the water depth using a standard ruler or tape measure (note that the amount in each can may vary a bit). Now you know how long you need to run your sprinklers to achieve the desired volume of water.

SUMMARY

Give your lawn the water it needs (as well as nutrients), and it will give you a beautiful, comfortable area to enjoy.

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Happy Birthday, George Washington!

Steven Hutchinson

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Words of wisdom from our first, great president

  • “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” 

  • “It is better to be alone than in bad company.” 

  • “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” 

  • “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” 

  • “But lest some unlucky event should happen unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I this day declare with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with.” 

  • “A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?” 

  • “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to appellation. ” 

  • “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.” 

  • “In politics as in philosophy, my tenets are few and simple. The leading one of which, and indeed that which embraces most others, is to be honest and just ourselves and to exact it from others, meddling as little as possible in their affairs where our own are not involved. If this maxim was generally adopted, wars would cease and our swords would soon be converted into reap hooks and our harvests be more peaceful, abundant, and happy.” 

  • “Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” 

  • “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” 

  • “99% of failures come from people who make excuses.” 

  • “I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” 

  • “There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.” 

  • “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” 

  • “Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.” 

  • “Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.” 

  • “Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.” 

  • “Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.” 

  • “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” 

  • “Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession. ” 

  • “A sensible woman can never be happy with a fool.” 

  • “Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world.” 

  • “the harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.” 

  • “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.” 

  • “Worry is the intrest paid by those who borrow trouble.” 

  • “The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.” 

  • “Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause.”

  • “As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.” 

 

Did you know?

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  • Washington was unanimously elected president … twice.

  • He could have served a third term but set the precedent of voluntarily stepping down as president after two terms.

  • His formal education ended at 15, but became a surveyor at 16 and continued self learning his entire life.

  • He eventually owned about 50,000 acres of land.

  • He was the first to sign the Constitution.

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  • He never had any of his own children.

  • He had all his troublesome teeth removed at 57 and replaced with ivory false teeth in a silver plate.

  • He was one of the largest presidents at 6’2” and 200 pounds—the average height of men at his time was only 5’8”.

  • He never occupied the White House—until it was completed (after his death), the US capitol was in New York and then Philadelphia.

  • He lost more battles than he won.

  • After a series of lost battles, he turned the tide of the Revolution with his daring winter crossing of the ice-clogged Delaware and decisive battle.

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  • He owned his first slave at the age of 11, and eventually owned about 300 slaves.

  • He freed all his slaves through his will.

  • His wife, Martha, burned most of the letters they wrote each other, but a few survived. “I retain an unalterable affection for you, which neither time nor distance can change,” he wrote her.

Abraham Lincoln Quotes & Interesting Facts   

Steven Hutchinson

Our 16th president is well known for ending slavery and keeping the nation together through the Civil War.

 
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Did you also know?

  • He was the tallest president at 6’4”.

  • He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with a record of about 300 wins and only 1 loss.

  • The day before he died, he told his bodyguard that he dreamt he would be assassinated.

  • He created the Secret Service just hours before he was assassinated, although their original mission was only to combat counterfeiting and not protection.

  • Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth’s brother, Edwin Booth, saved the life of Lincoln’s son Robert just months before Lincoln’s death.

  • He often stored documents in his stove-piped hat.

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” 

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” 

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” 

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” 

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.” 

“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.” 

“I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down.” “Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all.” 

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.” 

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves” 

“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” 

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” 

“There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes.” 

“Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.” 

“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.” 

“I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.” 

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” 

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” 

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to

succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.” 

“If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?” 

“I would rather be a little nobody, then to be an evil somebody.” 

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” 

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” 

“Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.” 

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” 

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” 

“No man is poor who has a Godly mother.” 

“I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all. ” 

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” 

“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.” 

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” 

“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us

from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” 

“Achievement has no color” 

“When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.” 

“No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. ” 

“Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.” 

“I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.” 

“We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.” 

“I have come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying, and for this reason, I can never be satisfied with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me.” 

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” 

“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” 

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” 

“You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.” 

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.” 

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” 

“If there is anything that links the human to the divine, it is the courage to stand by a principle when everybody else rejects it.” 

“Get books, sit yourself down anywhere, and go to reading them yourself.” 

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. … that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.” 

“Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.” 

“Hypocrite: The man who murdered his parents, and then pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.” 

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” 

“If this country is ever demoralized, it will come from trying to live without work.” 

“Stand with anyone that is right; stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.” 

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” 

“Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves.” 

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” 

“Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” 

“It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.” 

“My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don't deny it. I'd rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh -- anything but work.” 

“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar” 

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” 

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” 

“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” 

“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.” 

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” 

“All I have learned, I learned from books.” 

“I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” 

“Every man's happiness is his own responsibility.” 

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” 

“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” 

“It's not me who can't keep a secret. It's the people I tell that can't.” 

“The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them.” 

“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.” 

“You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.” 

“You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.” 

“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” 

“You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry” 

“It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.” 

“A house divided against itself cannot stand."

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.” 

“The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.” 

“I am not concerned that you have fallen -- I am concerned that you arise.” 

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