Late Spring/Early Summer Turf Tips!

The late cool spring season plus the excessive moisture is promoting disease activity and nutrient deficiency. This combination can result in lawns not looking as good as possible. Remember that a good looking lawn requires constant maintenance in good or bad weather conditions.

It is of major importance to follow a scheduled watering practice. Generally, lawn turf requires .5 to 1.5 inches of water per week. The amount of water you will apply will depend upon weather, soil and thatch conditions. Land-Art newsletters can advise you of proper watering techniques.

For moderately cultured turfgrass, a generally accepted guide has been to remove no more than one third of the leaf blade per mowing. Mow your lawn on a scheduled basis and never scalp the plants. Always alternate your mowing patterns and use sharp blades A. recommended mowing heights of 3 inches this time of season need to be followed.

Whether establishing a new lawn or filling in bare areas, you can obtain the best results with summer seeding with triple rye mixed with favorable bluegrasses or tall turf type fescues. These ryes are fast establishing, attractive, and durable. Improved ryes contain endophytes that naturally resist surface feeding insects such as chinch bugs, sod webworms and billbugs. Remember; always keep newly seeded lawns moist until established. Your Land-Art renovation expert can advise you of the best seeding practices for your lawn.

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