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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!

We are now applying a SPRING FERTILIZATION AND CRABGRASS PRE EMERGENT.  This application provides the lawn with the correct amount of nutrients to help recover from winter dormancy.  It creates a barrier within the top 1-2” of the soil to help prevent crabgrass from germinating later in the summer (crabgrass pre-emergent is not 100% guaranteed due to many factors beyond our control.  For example, weather, mowing, weed whacking, etc.).  When two crabgrass pre-emergent applications are applied in the spring, there is at least a 90% control based on changing weather conditions throughout the year.  Thin lawns and lawns serviced with a partial program may have less of a control.  Crabgrass pre-emergent does not prevent broadleaf weeds, such as dandelions, from germinating.

Depending on weather, a liquid broadleaf weed control will be applied where needed.  During early spring not all broadleaf weeds have germinated yet.  Broadleaf weed control will 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), do not aerate, spike or dethatch the lawn for 4 months after this service. 

What's Happening Now 

Disease

Snow mold.... appears in two varieties (pink and gray).  Snow mold is a fungus that kills grass in late winter/early spring when the snow starts to melt.  Just because your lawn has never had it, doesn’t mean it can’t take hold in the right conditions.  This fungal growth from snow mold can cause grass to take a little longer to green up in the spring.

 

 

Vole tunnels

Voles (also known as meadow voles, or meadow mice) are common rodents active underneath the snow cover – eating the grass foliage and roots, and creating trails, traveling to and from different locations.  The only way to try and get rid of them is to use traps or poison.  You can also use a shovel or spade to turn the soil over to collapse the holes/tunnels.  However, as we move further into the spring, they move back into the mulch areas and the grass will repair itself over a few months by itself.

 

Reasons why we stay away from seeding in the spring.........

We get many requests for spring seeding.  The results of spring seeding are very poor and spotty at best. We know, with over 34 years of experience, that the results will not be up to our customers’ expectations. Why?

There are three very big reasons:

1.  When you seed in the spring you cannot apply crabgrass pre- emergent in a timely fashion.  By the time seeding is completed, the window to prevent crabgrass from germinating in the summer will most likely have passed. Crabgrass pre-emergent cannot be applied to newly seeded areas until the new grass has been cut a minimum of three to four times.  By the end of June/beginning of July, the crabgrass will begin to overwhelm the new grass.

2.  New grass does not have a deep root system to start, which means it can dry out quickly.  Going into the heat of the summer, with unpredictable periods of drought, can cause damaging stress on new grass. During the summer is when crabgrass starts to take over; this is because the crabgrass pre-emergent could not be applied in the spring.  Also, new grass cannot withstand dormancy as well as established grass can during drought/heat conditions.

3.  New grass that germinates in the spring is highly susceptible to disease. Most university researchers indicate that the likelihood of disease in spring seeding is nearly 50%.

When you invest in seeding, you want to do it at the most ideal time to ensure a nice lawn.  We core aerate and overseed and slit seed hundreds of lawns every fall (last week of August through the first week of October).  The results are terrific and our customers' lawns improve nicely.