Summer Turf Tips!
We are currently in drought conditions that began last September/October and continued through the winter months. The month of April was a period of excessive rain which has been followed by extended drought. During extended drought conditions grasses will yellow and brown and begin to go dormant without adequate moisture. Drought grasses are vulnerable to traffic, but are not dead, and will gradually recover with proper fertilization and cultural practices once adequate moisture returns. Please keep in mind the following recommendations and remember that a lawn can take 3-4 weeks to completely green from dormant conditions. Remember that a healthy good looking lawn requires constant maintenance in good and bad weather conditions.
It is of major importance to follow a scheduled watering practice. Generally, lawn turf requires 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week. The amount of water you will apply will depend upon weather, soil and thatch conditions. If you are not watering during drought conditions to keep things green at least syringe your lawn every 10 days to keep roots active and alive for future recovery. Land-Art service inserts 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 needs to be followed. Remember to alternate patterns to relieve traffic stress and wear of the lawn. Even during grought conditions, your lawn should be mowed when growth warrants a mowing. Avoid letting areas mat down and suffocate areas of your lawn.
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.
This is a great time of season to eliminate summer annual weeds along with other broadleaf weeds. Please remember that weeds germinate and live throughout different periods of the season. All weeds can be controlled with Land-Art’s selective weed killers. With broadleaf weed control, we recommend the following: 1) do not mow the lawn for 1 to 2 days following treatment. 2) Do not irrigate for a period of 8 to 24 hours following the weed treatment. 3) On newly seeded lawns, do not apply weed controls until the grass has been mowed for 3 to 4 times.
A thick lawn is the best measure for grassy weed infestation. If a pre emergence crabgrasscontrol was not applied during March or April and crabgrass plants are now growing in the lawn, it is too late to apply a pre-emergent on established plants. Post emergent controls are available. Be able to identify grass plants. Not all undesirable grasses in an established lawn are crabgrass plants. Coarse field fescue plants can be mistaken as crabgrass plants but are not. These grass plants can only be controlled with non-selective weed controls and reseeding.
Turfgrass diseases are most active during times of high humidity normally encountered during the spring and summer months following a cool growing season. Diseases are most prevalent on lawns that are improperly mowed, watered or selected species. Every lawn has a certain amount of disease activity. Again, following good cultural practices in turf care will minimize turf disease. Please remember that Land-Art offers unique Iron/Fungicide treatments to help prevent and cure lawn diseases. These treatments will improve the overall health and appearance of your lawn. Please call to inquire about pricing and scheduling.
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