Today’s Homeowner Radio Show | July 11, 2020

Centipede grass

The blistering summer sun doesn’t just make you hot — it also affects your lawn. And it also gets stressed every now and then.

We’ll talk about how to relieve lawn stress, and much more, on this week’s Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.

  • [5:24] What you should know about lawn irrigation maintenance
  • [8:17] Check this right now in your attic
  • [16:31] “Is there a spray to remove rust from a metal shelving unit? I use it outside.”
  • [20:41] Around the Yard: Ways to reduce heat stress on your lawn during the hot, dry summer
  • [28:20] Best New Product: PPG’s Interior General-Purpose, Zero VOC Primer
  • [30:40] Checking in with Chelsea’s latest project: building a planter using cedar
  • [39:32] “Help! Our concrete garage floor is sweating!”
  • [43:15] “Oh, no! The floor of our white fiberglass shower is dirty and stained brown.”
  • [49:40] Simple Solution: An easy and efficient way to sand the edges of rough boards
  • [55:34] “All the paint is off my barn and I was thinking probably an oil-based stain would be better than paint. What do you think?”
  • [56:41] “I’ve got brick with phosphorescence on it. Is there a way to get that white chalky coating off of my brick?”
  • [58:03] “I’m considering buying another property; however, I witnessed moisture on the walls. Help!”
  • [1:01:07] “How can we cover a 1 ½-inch gap under the wood door that leads from our kitchen out to the porch?
  • [1:09:39] “We may replace our windows with vinyl. Is there a way to research a brand we may not have heard of but is used by a professional installer?”
  • [1:16:03] “Noise from the basement travels right through to the upstairs kitchen and family room. What can we do?”
  • [1:24:17] “I have kitchen carpeting that’s seen better days. What can I replace it with?”
  • [1:33:11] Some people wonder whether metal is noisier than other types of roofing material when it rains. Here’s the answer.
  • [1:36:53] “We are buying a slab home and replacing the carpet. We want to put laminate flooring down — tips?”
  • [1:43:14] Simple Solution: How to make a screed from a common garden rake

Around the Yard

This time of the summer, things are getting pretty hot wherever you live. We often talk about protecting ourselves from the heat, and that’s important, but it’s also important to think about protecting your lawn from the heat.

Heat is one of the biggest stresses for a lawn, so do what you can to reduce the stress. Watering is a no-brainer. When it’s hot, you get thirsty, and so does your lawn.

If you walk across the grass and it sounds crunchy or stays bent down, it needs water. Water early in the morning to minimize evaporation.

Speaking of walking on the grass, that’s another thing that causes it stress. So, when it’s really hot and dry, limit foot traffic as much as possible.

While fertilizers help feed the lawn, that push to create new growth also causes stress, so hold off on that until the weather cools a little.

Finally, when you cut the lawn, be sure you only remove the top third of the grass blades. You guessed it — removing more causes stress.

Plus, taller grass plants develop deeper roots, and that makes them more drought-tolerant during the hot, dry summer.  

This Around the Yard segment brought to you by Pavestone.

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