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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

We are now applying FERTILIZER/CRABGRASS PRE- POST EMERGENT/BROADLEAF WEED CONTROL.  This application 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 scheduled there is at least a 90% control based on changing weather conditions throughout the year.  Post emergent crabgrass control up to 3-leaf stage.  Thin lawns and lawns serviced with a partial program may have less of a control.  Crabgrass does not prevent broadleaf weeds, such as dandelions, from germinating.

A liquid broadleaf weed control is also applied.  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 overwater (if you are sprinklered), do not aerate, spike or dethatch the lawn for 3 months after this service. 

 

Lawn Disease Alert:

After days of rain and lawns being mowed when wet.........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.

 

Mowing 101......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.    

 

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!

 

Lawn Tech does not seed, core aerate, slit seed or dethatch in the spring.

Why we do not seed in the spring……..

We get many requests for spring seeding and our answer is always the same……“We do not seed in the spring”.  

The results of spring seeding are very poor and spotty at best. We know, with over 30 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.  Lawn Tech aerates and overseeds and slit seeds hundreds of lawns every fall. The results are terrific and our customers' lawns improve nicely.