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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, 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!

What's Happening Now

This year our lawn’s growing environment has not been ideal.  It has been put under some extreme stress with a snow covered March, an extremely wet spring, and then into 90+ degree heat and high humidity.  Weather and mowing are the two biggest factors in grass being stressed and bringing on disease. 

To help in times of stress:

- Be sure to MOW THE LAWN ONLY WHEN NEEDED.  Do NOT mow during the hottest point of the day or with dull mower blades.  Mow at a height of at least 3 1/2 - 4 inches.  This helps the grass to retain moisture and shades the roots from the sun.  Disease organisms spread easily in fresh cut grass, and the newly cut blades offer an opening for infection.  Lawns are mowed approximately 30 times during the season.  What that means is, the grass plant is cut/injured at least 30 times, making it susceptible to disease each time.  Try to limit the amount of traffic on the stressed areas.

- It is recommended (based on our area, types of grasses, soil composition) that lawns should be fertilized approximately 3 to 4 times per year.  Fertilizers applied during June, July and August are slow release, heat friendly, and designed specifically for summertime use.  It only releases from moisture, not temperature.  Catching a few rain showers over a few week period will help keep the root system strong as well as help grow out disease and mowing stress.

- Summer is also a good time for insect controls (preventative grub control, surface feeding insect control, tick control, etc).  When turf is weak, insects can attack.  Most often, the damage goes unnoticed because it mimics stressed/diseased turf.

We are now applying slow release FERTILIZER/CRABGRASS & BROADLEAF WEED CONTROL.  (Broadleaf weed control will help control broadleaf weeds present in the lawn at the time of the application.  Weeds germinate every day and should be tolerated between visits.  Broadleaf weeds that germinate after this application will be taken care of with the next service.  Broadleaf weed control does not prevent broadleaf weeds from coming up later.) 

The following will help lessen crabgrass: Raise your mowing height, do not weed whack aggressively along the edges, do not over water (if you are sprinklered). 

We are also applying PREVENTATIVE GRUB CONTROL.  White Grubs are the larvae of many different species of BEETLES.  In July, beetles lay their eggs in the soil. Grubs emerge between late August through the beginning of November and feed on the grass roots.  This is the only time frame that grubs can cause damage to the turf. The damaged turf dies, turns brown and can be pulled up like a piece of sod.  After grubs are done feeding, they go deep into the soil where they stay for the winter.  During the spring, grubs work their way to the surface to come out of the ground (June/July) as the beetle.  As grubs are coming to the surface during the spring, skunks, moles, crows and blackbirds can create damage to the turf by digging for them.  Applying preventative grub control in July or the first half of August is 100% guaranteed that the turf will not be damaged by grubs this season.

 

Lawn Disease Alert:

Red Thread, Dollar Spot, Leaf Spot and Ascochyta Leaf Blight are appearing in lawns.  These diseases are most easily seen right after mowing as pink/red (red thread), white/brown patches that appears like "cob webs" in the early morning (dollar spot), bleached tire tracks (Ascochyta Leaf Blight).  These diseases usually do not cause permanent long-term damage.

         

 

Applying a fungicide can stop turf diseases from spreading for up to 3 weeks.  Before and afters below.  Fungicide was sprayed and 18 days later the after photo was taken.