Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

May 17, 2013

Lawns will need extra TLC this season

TAHLEQUAH — Summer is almost here, and before the mercury hovers at the century mark, local residents are working to get the lawns in shape.

Lawns have taken a beating the past two summers, as the area has experienced record-setting heat waves. According to Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Educator Roger Williams, this spring, fertilizing lawns will be key.

“Fertilizing needs to be done now,” said Williams. “A lot of yards are thinned out because of the past two summers we’ve had, and Bermuda grass roots really took a beating. Considering we’ve had a cool April and May, a lot of cool-season weeds are outpacing the grown of the Bermuda.”

William recommends having soil tests completed to make sure homeowners get the balance right when purchasing fertilizer. He also pointed out that mower wheels could be set a little higher this spring.

“Generally speaking, the ideal mower setting for Bermuda grass is low, to keep it short and control weeds,” said Williams. “But with the Bermuda needing to replenish its root reserves from the hot summers we’ve had, I’ll tell people they may want to set the wheels a little higher early in the year, more so than usual. They can control weeds by spot spraying with RoundUp. You’ll use a little more water caring for the lawn this way, but it will help the Bermuda grass in the long run.”

Tahlequah Lumber is a one-stop shop for people looking for lawnmowers, and Assistant Manager Dave Whittmore said a standard push mower is usually adequate for most lawns in town.

“The main brand we carry is Husqvarna,” said Whittmore. “The differences between the push mowers are the size wheels in the back, and some come with mulching bags that saves a person having to rake the yard after mowing. Another feature the push mowers can have is a self-propelled or ‘auto-walk’ option, which cuts down on the labor of actually pushing.”

For people who own an acre or more, Whittmore recommends investing in a lawn tractor.

“The popular features on these are varying sizes of engines and different cutting widths,” said Whittmore. “Cutting widths range from 26 inches to 26 inches. While they don’t come standard, mulching kits can be ordered to add to some of the lawn tractors, too.”

All mowing machines offered at Tahlequah Lumber are powered by gasoline.

“Electric lawnmowers are pretty much non-existent anymore,” said Whittmore. “You can still get electric weed trimmers, though.”

Consumers purchasing a lawnmower at Tahlequah Lumber will also have the benefit of “gas and go.”

“Once they’ve bought the mower, which comes pre-assembled, we take it over to our rental section, put gas in it and start it to make sure it’s operating properly,” said Whittmore.

Cherokee County has received four solid months of above-average rainfall, according to Williams.

“But if we continue to get these hot, dry winds like we had Tuesday, along with higher temperatures, and watering is going to become a necessity for a green lawn,” said Williams. “Generally, lawns need about an inch of water per week to maintain them. If we’re not getting an inch of rain a week, you may need to set up the sprinklers. But I say it again: These yards are going to need the right kind and right amount of fertilizer every three weeks to a month to get them going.”

Text Only
Local News
  • ts-Tax-free-main.jpg Shopper's delight

    Tax-free weekend coming up Aug. 1-3, just in time for back-to-school savings

    Attention, shoppers: Oklahoma’s Tax-Free Weekend is coming up, beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, Aug. 1.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • ballard-amanda.jpg Woman pleads no contest to molestation

    A Tahlequah woman accused of having more than 20 sexual encounters with a 13-year-old boy has pleaded no contest in exchange for a 15-year prison sentence, though 10 years have been suspended.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-arch-society.jpg Archaeologist: Spiro Mounds may have been ancient music haven

    People gathered from across the country at the “center of the universe,” bringing with them different styles of music and instruments, each thought to have its own power and importance.
    This could be the description of a modern music festival, but to Jim Rees, it is a picture of the Spiro Mounds 1,000 years before Columbus came to the Americas.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Two headed for trial for conspiracy to kill judge and others

    Two of the four people accused of conspiring to kill a Cherokee County judge and several other targets were bound over for trial Friday following a preliminary hearing in Tahlequah.

    July 28, 2014

  • Woman accused in embezzlement sought for arrest

    Court officials have issued a bench warrant for a woman who previously pleaded to embezzling more than $40,000 while she worked for Tahlequah attorney Park Medearis.

    July 28, 2014

  • CN, UKB battle over trust land application

    Two Tahlequah-based tribes presented oral arguments Friday in a protracted fight over a land-in-trust application.

    Over the course of five hours, attorneys for the Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Nation Entertainment and the Department of the Interior made their cases before Northern District Judge Gregory Frizzell in a hearing that was originally scheduled for February.


    July 25, 2014

  • ts-NSU-Main-1-a.jpg No NSU pool, for now

    NSU experiencing delays in fitness center construction

    Earlier this month, Northeastern State University announced it is experiencing delays in the renovation of its fitness center and pool.
    The facility was officially shuttered Sept. 17, 2012, and at the time, the projected completion date for renovation was this fall.

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • jn-Suspect-1.jpg Officials: Images of suspects may help nab church burglars

    Cherokee County investigators hope surveillance footage captured around the Crescent Valley Baptist Church in Woodall helps lead to the suspects accused of breaking into the complex and setting fire to one building this week.
    According to Undersheriff Jason Chennault, cameras captured footage of two suspects on bicycles early Tuesday morning, July 22.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • svw-movie-night.jpg Local library hosts family movie night

    Nova Foreman and her two daughters were about to leave the Tahlequah Public Library Thursday, when they saw the Family Movie Night flyer.
    The three decided to stay and enjoy a movie they had not yet seen at the free, theater-like event.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-Keys.jpg Grant to fund stepped-up Keys PE program

    Kair Ridenhour’s new office is filled with pedometers.
    Ridenhour officially started his new position as assistant elementary principal at Keys Public Schools on July 1.
    But his other role at the school – that of physical education project coordinator – prompted the influx of pedometers.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo


Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow