LAWN ALERTS-Summer 2017

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Welcome to the dog days of summer!

What kinds of weeds, turf diseases and insects are out this time of year you may ask?  ALL OF THEM, with the exception of snow mold (for obvious reasons).  It is inevitable in temps over 90 degrees that all lawns will have problems; expect them but don’t panic.  We are here to help you and your lawn through this.

We will carefully control weeds, crabgrass, insects and turf diseases, and help nurture your lawn through these next two difficult months.  Weed and crabgrass controls are short lasting (for environmental reasons) and can stress turf in high temps.  Sometimes several light applications are needed to safely control weeds and crabgrass.  If your lawn has any thatch in it, lawn problems increase. Consider core aeration in the fall to help your lawn recover from summer stress.

During the summer months, weeds may appear between services, partially because we favor safer, shorter-acting weed controls, and also because as soil temperatures rise, new weeds will sprout and grow.   We will treat these weeds during the service and, if necessary, with a free service call between services, at your request, if you have our complete 5-step program.  Please remember it can take 10-14 days for weeds to die after an application.

Turf Watering Tips

1.  Water your lawn EVERY OTHER DAY, beginning at 5am, for 30 minutes per zone, if temperatures are 75-80 degrees or 40 minutes per zone, if temps are above 85 degrees.

2.  IN ADDITION TO and ONLY in addition to the watering schedule outlined above:  if temperatures are above 90-95 degrees, you may water every day for 5 minutes per zone any time between NOON & 2PM, to cool the grass and reduce turf stress.

DO NOT WATER IN THE EVENING OR AT NIGHT.  This promotes turf fungus and disease.  Try to have a dry lawn by nightfall.  Different soil types can require variations in the above schedule.  If your lawn is not responding to this watering schedule, please call our office to speak with your lawn expert.

Turf Mowing Tips

Cut your lawn at your mower’s tallest setting.  Your lawn may be 3.5″ to 4″ tall after being cut, which is a good thing because tall grass shades the soil and keeps the root zone cooler.  Be sure to cut with a sharp blade; a dull blade tears the grass and leaves brown tips on the grass blades.

Tree and Shrub Watering Tips

If trees or shrubs are showing signs of drought stress such as wilting leaves, they should be watered, as well.  Trees and shrubs should be watered to at least a 6″ depth in the soil.  For this job, a soaker hose is ideal.  Apply the water slowly for several hours.  For small plants, consider turning the soaker hose upside down so that only the soil is getting wet and the foliage stays dry.  To determine the soil moisture depth, use a screwdriver or a garden trowel.  Push it into the soil and, if you meet little resistance, then the soil is wet.  If it does not push easily into the soil, then additional water will be needed.  Sandy soils will need to be watered more often than clay soils, but less water is needed to wet a sandy soil to the 3″ depth.

Flea and Tick Alert

As you enjoy outdoor activities during the summer months, be on the lookout for ticks on your pets or family.  If ticks become a problem for you, please inquire about The Green Scene’s tick control services by calling our office or requesting a quote.