Louisville Lawn Care Blog
Brown spots are the most common summer problem in our lawns and there are 2 main reasons why:
#1 – FUNGUS!
Summer can bring the most stressful conditions lawns face all year. The excessive heat and high humidity can contribute to major disease outbreaks like brown patch and dollar spot. Lawn disease especially targets grass planted within the last 1-2 years.
A good Fungicide Program can help to reduce disease activity in the lawn during peak summer months. Check out Lawn Cure’s Fungicide Program to help combat this big summer lawn problem!
#2 – LACK OF RAINFALL/WATERING!
Your lawn is a living, growing thing that needs regular water to survive. We simply cannot count on rainfall in the summer to provide our lawns with an adequate amount of water. Irrigation is essential!
Water your lawn in the morning approximately 4 days/week. Let your sprinklers run long enough for approximately 1” of water to be applied to the lawn.
Remember, a few extra dollars spent on watering your lawn to keep it healthy in the summer is much more cost effective then trying to seed and a water a brand-new lawn in the fall!!
If you are unsure if your brown spots are due to fungus or water, do not hesitate to call Lawn Cure. Remember, service calls for our clients are always done within 2 business days and are always no charge!
After 17 years of feeding on tree roots, Brood X, the largest brood of the 17-year periodical cicada have emerged. Here are some good facts to know:
- Life cycle: Adults have black bodies with red wing margins and red eyes. In May, the nymphs crawl out of the ground and molt into adults. They will be around for about 45 days.
- Population: Up to 1.5 million cicadas can emerge. (That’s 34 per square foot!)
- Location: Generally, only areas that had trees on it 17 years ago and still have trees there today will experience the cicada population.
- Expectations: Their daytime calls can be deafening, but they are quiet at night. As masses of cicadas die, the smell can be quite unpleasant.
- Damage: Short term…Trees in the landscape may experience some damage. Young trees may suffer, while large trees should be just fine. If you have a couple small trees, you can use 1/2″ mesh netting to protect them. Long term: Mature trees will produce new branches. Cicadas have been referred to as ‘Nature’s pruners”.
- Treatment options: Application of insecticides is not recommended, as they are not eating the leaves and, if present, their numbers are simply overwhelming. Hosing young trees down with water daily can be a deterrent. Netting of smaller trees, as noted above, is the best action.
With April upon us, spring is in full swing. Lawn mowers are cranked up again and landscape mulch is flying off the shelves.
Crabgrass, though, has yet to germinate, as it requires warmer soil temperatures before it ever begins to sprout. Therefore, we still have ample time to apply pre-emergent for crabgrass control.
At least a dozen common weeds are currently flourishing in lawns, which also makes this an optimal time to apply post-broadleaf weed controls. Happy spring lawn spraying!!
Springtime is here and time for a little yard work to be done. Here are some suggestions to help get your lawn ready for the growing season:
- Spend some time removing leaves, tree limbs and other debris out of your lawn. Leaving these items to sit on the lawn can cause major problems with the turf later in the year.
- If you have matted grass and/or dead crabgrass or weeds in your lawn, rake these areas well. Leaving the last year's dead crabgrass in place will only encourage new crabgrass later this summer.
- Have your lawn mower serviced and the blade sharpened. Mowing of turf is generally best done at 3" (usually about 1-notch down from your highest mower setting). Taller grass will build a stronger root systems and help protect your lawn during heat stress periods. Be sure your mower is set on the mulching setting – do not bag the grass. Those grass clippings provide vital nutrients to your lawn.
Enjoy your time outdoors and our beautiful spring season!
After several years with little to no true winter, the winter of 2020-21 has finally brought us some cold temperatures and snowfall. But- no worries! - spring is just a few weeks away…at least on the calendar!
As soon as the grass is clear of snow and ice, the lawn care season will be upon us. The first application of the season sets the stage for the rest of the year for several reasons:
- Pre-emergent, which is designed to control the majority of annual crabgrass and some weed varieties, must be applied prior to seed germination for premium effectiveness. The window of opportunity is generally from now through Derby.
- A properly balanced fertilization is necessary as the lawn comes out of dormancy. This will help the turf recover from this harsh winter and contribute toward a beautiful, healthy green lawn.
- As soon as normal temperatures return, spring weeds will begin to ‘pop’. Appropriate broadleaf weed controls will be applied to keep chickweed, henbit and dandelion populations ‘in check’ as they make their seasonal appearance.
Soon winter will be just a memory. Preparations have already been made to ensure a successful spring season. We hope to see you on your lawn soon!!