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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 Fertilizer/Crabgrass Pre-Post Emergent/Broadleaf Weed Control.  This application provides the lawn with the correct amount of nutrients and also helps 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.   Post emergent crabgrass control up to 3-leaf stage.  Broadleaf weed control blanket sprayed on entire service area.  Broadleaf weed control will control broadleaf weeds present in the lawn at the time of 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.  Broadleaf weed control does not control Japanese stiltgrass, crabgrass, nimblewill, bentgrass, nutsedge or anything that looks like a grass. Lawns on a partial program may need a second application of broadleaf weed control (additional charge) later in the season.  The lawn is inspected for disease presence.

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 

Lawn Disease Alert:

Red Thread, Dollar Spot and Leaf Spot 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).  These diseases usually do not cause permanent long-term damage.  However, if the weather pattern continues on the same path as last year and the disease looks to be spreading, we recommend applying a fungicide to stop the diseases from spreading for up to 3 weeks. 

    

 

YOU ARE NOT SEEING CRABGRASS................

There are many undesirable grasses that germinate in the spring and crabgrass is not one of them.  Most of what you are seeing is Roughstalk bluegrass and Poa Annua.

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Grass going to seed:

May is the time that you will see grass going to seed.  It may look like a weed, but it is just the grass seeding itself.  This is good!

             

 

Mowing: Do not mow when the grass is wet or during the hottest part of the day or with dull mower blades.  Weather and mowing contribute to DISEASE......such as red thread, leaf spot and dollar spot.  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.    

 

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.