Turf Report

Here at Lawn Tech, we work hard to give our customers the best lawn care experience as possible. In addition to providing exceptional service each and every visit, we strive to educate our customers on ways they can keep their lawn healthy and green all season long. Check out our seasonal tips below to learn how you can maintain your turf!

Summer Mowing Tips

We are seeing many lawns being cut short, which is actually very damaging to your turf during the summertime! To avoid damaging your lawn, here are some mowing tips to follow:

  • Mow the lawn between 3 1/2  to 4 inches. This will help retain moisture in the grass as well as shade the grass roots and soil, keeping them cooler during the hotter months.
  • Mow the lawn only when needed, not on a schedule. 
  • Avoid mowing during the hottest part of the day.
  • Avoid mowing when the lawn is wet. 
  • Mow with sharp blades for the best results!

Follow these simple steps to help lessen crabgrass and weed populations in your yard:

  • Raise your mowing height.
  • Do not weed-wack aggressively along the edges of your driveway, walkways, and landscape.
  • Avoid over watering your lawn if you have a sprinkler system.
  • Do not aerate, spike or dethatch your lawn.  If the barrier is broken, crabgrass and weeds can germinate.

What's Happening Now

Fertilizer

  • We are currently applying a slow release fertilizer specifically designed for summertime use. If the first 2 spring services were performed from our lawn care program, broadleaf weeds are also being sprayed right now. Weeds germinate every day, making it a challenge to eliminate all of the weeds in your yard. However, with a regular lawn care program in place, subsequent applications will take care of any new weeds that germinate after this application.  
  • Please note: Our fertilizers are slow release and do not burn lawns when applied in the summer. Temperatures over 85 degrees for extended periods of time, with dry soil and improper mowing is what can cause a lawn to brown out.

Surface Feeding Insect Control

  • Chinchbugs feed on the grass plant, chewing it down to stubs.  The damage mimics drought stress.  This application also targets ticks and fleas.  

           

Lawn Disease

  • Due to the rain and high levels of humidity, lawn disease continues to be prevalent in lawns. Diseases like red thread, leaf spot, dollar spot, ascochyta leaf blight, and more are common for New Jersey homeowners. If the weather pattern continues on the same wet and humid path, disease could become worse. Disease organisms spread easily in fresh cut grass, and the newly cut blades offer an opening for infection. 
  • Fertilizer can help to grow the disease out. However, if the infected areas look as if they are spreading, a fungicide should be applied to stop the disease from getting worse for approximately 3 weeks. If conditions persist, a second application (at an additional charge) may be necessary after 3 weeks.  

           

              

Nutsedge

  • We are also seeing Nutsedge. Yellow nutsedge is a warm season perennial plant. The shallow root system produces many nut-like tubers, which are underground food storage organs.  Each of these tubers can germinate and produce new plants. Each new plant can also produce rhizomes which can give rise to additional new plants. During the summer, germination of tubers and seed produced by plants from previous years are capable of producing new yellow nutsedge plants. Because of the seed and tubers that remain in the soil, repeat infestations in subsequent years should be anticipated.
  • Unlike most lawn weeds, yellow nutsedge is not controlled with applications of traditional annual grassy weed or broadleaf weed control products. This "weed" is a member of the sedge family and requires the use of very specific herbicides to achieve satisfactory control. A nutsedge spray will only kill nutsedge that is up at the time of the application, which is why we recommend waiting until most of the nutsedge has germinated before a control product is applied.

Do You Have a Mosquito Problem?

Try planting the following mosquito-repelling herbs and flowers to reduce the mosquito population in your yard:

  • Rosemary
  • Lemon balm
  • Catnip
  • Lavender
  • Marigolds
  • Basil
  • Peppermint
  • Pennyroyal
  • Garlic