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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 a FALL FERTILIZER and spraying broadleaf weeds where needed.  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 weed control does not prevent broadleaf weeds from coming up later.  Broadleaf weed control does not kill japanese stiltgrass, crabgrass or nutsedge. 

Curative Grub Control....... If you did not have a Preventative Grub Control applied during the summer, there is a chance that your lawn could get grub damage in the fall.  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 timeframe 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 the 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.  Food-seeking predators such as moles, skunks, crows and blackbirds can create damage to the turf by digging for them.  A curative grub control can be applied now to kill grubs that are feeding on the root system.  

                        

Lawn Disease..... Fall is the time we see Rust disease in lawns.  Cool nights with heavy dew add to the ideal conditions for rust to develop.  It is just an aesthetic disease.  When walking through the grass your shoes will turn orange.  Mowers can transfer the disease lawn to lawn.  In most cases, applying a chemical control is not recommended or necessary as the grass will not die off.  If the infection is severe, the grass can get an unattractive appearance.    

The window to perform aeration and overseeding is short........end of August through the first week of October.  WE DO NOT SEED IN THE SPRING.

Core aerating and overseeding takes place between: August 26th - October 7th or 8th (Soil testing required for us to seed.  Dates are weather permitting.  Our schedule is now full).

Core aerating only will be scheduled: October 6th through the beginning of November (weather permitting).

Mowing Tips:  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.  Try to limit the amount of traffic on the stressed areas.  Change direction each time you mow.  Do not leave leafs on lawn for long periods of time.  They will smother the grass underneath them.