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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 your lawn’s growing environment has not been ideal.  It has been put under some extreme stress this entire year.  We started with a snow covered March which then moved into an extremely wet spring.  Then lawns began to go dormant the last week of June through the first two weeks of July when temperatures hit 90+ degrees with no rain in site.  They were stressed, and still, most were mowed which created more stress and areas of disease.   When the rain finally came on July 15th, it just didn't stop.  It was wet, hot and humid almost through the beginning of October.  Lawns were being mowed wet and when they were high.  Normally disease activity is short lived.....but not under these circumstances.  Since lawns never really had a chance to dry out, diseased areas got worse on some lawns, but others did bounce back.  Lawns can be over watered......just like a potted plant can get over watered.   

We are now applying the LATE FALL FERTILIZER.  This application will help strengthen the root system of the grass plant through the winter.  This is a dormant feeding which will give the lawn a faster spring green-up. Other benefits in the following season are:  improved turf density, less disease, fewer weeds and crabgrass.

Mowing Tips: Do not mow when the lawn is wet.  Mow the lawn only when needed. Base your mowing schedule on the growth rate of the lawn rather than a time schedule. Never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade at any one mowing.  Removing more than ⅓ of the leaf blade in a single mowing is detrimental to plant health.  Change direction each time you mow.

NOTE:  YOUR LAST MOW OF THE YEAR CAN HELP PREVENT SNOW MOLD

When your turf visibly stops growing is when you should mow your lawn for the last time of the season.  One concern over the winter is the threat of snow mold.  Coming in two varieties (pink and gray), snow mold is a fungus that can damage 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.  The best method of prevention is to lower your cutting blade by about 25% on your final mow of the year.  This will reduce your lawns height which will in turn prevent grass blade matting (the perfect growing conditions for white mold).  Also, clearing the leaves before the first snowfall is another important step you can take to prevent a potential outbreak.