by Connie Oswald Stofko
A reader came to me with a gardening question. Do you have any suggestions on how she can resolve her problem? If so, please leave a comment.
Here’s her question:
I have an area of my lawn that has had moss, bare spots and grayish/brown grass for several years.
It isn’t getting smaller despite suggested treatments from my lawn maintenance company. They recommended lime but it didn’t work. They tested the pH and it is within normal limits of 6-7 pH. There is good drainage, it is not a low-lying area and doesn’t have more than an average amount of snow cover in winter. It gets plenty of sun. This company is unable to provide any other treatment.
I talked to a different person and they suggested it was a fungus but were unable to provide a treatment suggestion.
Sometimes readers contact me with questions that I can’t answer. I’m not a gardening expert– I’m a writer by profession. I interview knowledgeable people in order to provide you with great articles on Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com.
So when someone asks a question I can’t answer, I post the question and rely on my readers to share their expertise. If you have advice for Martha, please leave a comment below. If you want to know the answer to these questions, check back later to read the comments.
Sending a question to me to post can be helpful if you’re looking for a wide range of opinions and don’t mind waiting for the answer. If you want to try this route, email the question to me at email@example.com and I’ll pose it to my readers in an upcoming issue.
A more efficient route for getting your questions answered is to turn to Master Gardeners with Cornell Cooperative Extension or to turn to your local garden center.
For Master Gardeners at Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County, call (716) 652-5400 from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. For Chautauqua County, email your question to CCEMGCC@gmail.com; call the Helpline at (716) 664-9502, ext 224, or stop in to the Frank Bragg Ag Center, 3542 Turner Rd., Jamestown, from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.
There are helpful Cornell Cooperative Extension offices in other counties, too. Find contact information here for your county’s Cooperative Extension office.
The businesses that support this magazine have very knowledgeable staff. Check out our Gardening Directory or click on an ad to get their contact information.