Progress in Paradise... Yesterday was the first day that the lawn was dry enough to even think about mowing – and the grass was nearly 6" high on average. The rains over the past 10 days really pushed the growth. So I mowed the whole yard, which worked better than I was expecting – the mower never sank into the soil, and the blades never clogged up with wet grass (though I did eject a few truly magnificent grass blobs!).
After I finished mowing, we headed up to WalMart to buy fertilizer. My brother Scott (aka Mr. Green Thumb) recommended Ironite, but the price of that (for our 3 acres of lawn) stopped me. We went for this stuff instead, for a small fraction of the cost. Strictly by the numbers, it should be good stuff, with nitrogen, potassium, and iron. We'll see. I spread 300 pounds of it yesterday afternoon in less than an hour, thanks to the tow-behind-the-mower fertilizer spreader I bought last year. That thing works great!