Louisville Lawn Care Blog
We are quickly approaching the early fall season which means it's primetime for lawn seeding. We LOVE to hear that our clients are planning fall seeding!! Seeding is the most successful when done in the early fall and is just what your lawn needs to help fill in any bare areas that may be present in your lawn.
We will be seeding many of our clients' lawns this fall with our popular aeration and overseeding service. If we are seeding for you, know that we will already have made the adjustments necessary to your remaining lawn applications to best enhance your new seed.
For those clients of ours who choose to do their own fall seeding, we are so happy you have made this wonderful decision for your lawn. You MUST, however, tell us about it!! Once we know you will be seeding, we will make the necessary adjustments to your program as well to accommodate your new seed. Please let us know your plans by either calling our office or logging into your account from this website and sending us a message.
Don't wait! Make your fall seeding plans now! Your lawn will thank you with a thick, lush stand of turf next spring!!
There are many insects that eat the top portion (blade) of our lawns. In these cases, the root and crown of the plant are strong enough for the plant to recover. Not so with grub worms!
The grub is the larval stage of many beetles, such as the Japanese Beetle. Adult beetles lay their eggs, which then hatch into grub worms, usually around early August. If you have noticed a large population of adult beetles feeding on your landscape plantings in June and July, odds are your lawn may become infested with grubs.
Once hatched, the grub develops quickly, as it eats the root system of your lawn. Because grubs feed during the heat of summer, when heat is high and rainfall is low, grass is already under stress. Therefore, once the root is compromised by the grub, the upper portion of the plant dies. The now dead turf can be picked up in big, brown clumps. Reseeding of the lawn in fall will then become a necessity to reestablish the lost turf.
Avoid unnecessary grub damage! Both preventative and curative products are available should your lawn become susceptible to grubs. All grub-control products must be watered into the soil profile for maximum effectiveness. Contact your lawn care provider for further details.
With the heat of summer settling in, we begin spotting our lawn sprinklers and irrigation systems hard at work.
When is the best time to water my lawn?
MORNING!! (Approximately 5-9 a.m.) Morning is the best time to water for maximum benefit. The soil will become nicely saturated with morning watering, but the turf blade will be allowed to dry more quickly, helping prevent lawn disease. Evening watering will keep the grass blade wet overnight, which then becomes a major breeding ground for fungi.
How much water should I apply?
Water deeply and infrequently, usually 1-inch per watering session, 2-3 times/week, more if we are in drought conditions. Water pressure and irrigation heads may alter water output, so set out a shallow bucket while watering the first few times and allow an inch of water to collect. Note the time the sprinkler/irrigation was running in order to accumulate the inch of water and then you will know for a certainty how long to let your sprinklers/irrigation system run at each session.
What will happen if I decide not to water my lawn and my area is in a drought?
If we experience drought conditions and you choose not to irrigate, the turf will go dormant to protect the root system of the plant. The grass will green right back up with adequate water following mild to moderate drought conditions. If our area experiences an extended drought, some areas of the turf may be thinned or even completely die off. If this occurs, plan to seed (and water!) in the fall.
Generally, most insecticide applications applied to our lawns are geared toward limiting damage from turf-eating insects like grub worms, army worms, and sod webworms. However, protecting our families and our pets is becoming an ever-greater concern as diseases spread by flea and tick bites are becoming more and more prevalent.
Keeping your property properly maintained and clean will help to minimize flea and tick infestations. Properly EPA labelled and applied host-specific insecticides are also available, both in granular and liquid formulations. Whether you treat the problem yourself or hire a certified applicator to assist in this matter, know and follow the label directions.
Follow-up applications may be necessary. Your licensed lawn care operator can assist you with these services!!
Following a lush and verdant spring green-up, early summer now brings with it certain undesirable conditions that directly affect our turf. For the most part, lawns in our area fall under the category of "cool-season" turf. This includes tall fescue, bluegrass and rye grass varieties. These turf grasses tend to thrive in spring and fall. However, once 80-90 degree temperatures arrive, along with higher humidity levels and the occasional late-evening thunderstorm, our lawns and plantings become susceptible to diseases.
Lawns specifically see such problems as:
- Red thread
- Dollar spot
- Brown patch
- Necrotic ring spot
- Slime molds
- Fairy ring
To minimize disease outbreak, follow these guidelines:
- Mow at a 3"-4" cutting height
- Keep your blade sharp! A dull blade tears the grass and makes the plant more open to disease entry
- If you irrigate, water your lawn in the morning. Evening/nighttime watering keeps the leaf surface wet and more prone to the spread of disease during the active overnight hours.
- Consider a fungicide application. While the product can be costly and the control limited, it is an option and may be especially recommended for newer stands of turf that can suffer permanent damage from disease.
In most cases, the brown spots disease can cause are more of a visual nuisance that the lawn will grow out of as weather patterns change.