Louisville Lawn Care Blog
We are entering our 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 two popular seeding options, traditional core aeration and overseeding and our newest organic aeration and seeding 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!!
Armyworms are the blackish, green-striped caterpillar larvae of the adult armyworm moth. They get their name because they travel in small armies, laying their eggs in grassy areas. The eggs hatch and the larvae begin feeding on the blades of grass in our lawns, eating everything in their path. Armyworms have been known to eat their way across an entire lawn in as little as 3 days. They do their major feeding and destruction at night and burrow down into the soil during the day. The larvae stage of the armyworm moth can last up to a month. The most severe infestations can make your lawn appear to actually be moving!
Armyworms love a warm, moist environment, and this year, our summer has given them an ideal climate in which to feed. How do you know if your lawn has been invaded by these destructive larvae? Your lawn will begin turning brown and the brown area will begin spreading at a rapid pace. Peer down closely, and you will find these destructive caterpillars, about a half-inch to an inch or so in length.
What can be done about them? Usually a one-time application of a general insecticide designed for turf areas will be sufficient to eradicate them. Contact Lawn Cure for additional information.
The "dog days of summer" is the time our lawns face the most stressful conditions of the year. There are 4 main issues your turf will go thru and most likely the reason why its under so much stress.
- Lack of water
- Heat stress in the soil/roots
- Fungus breakout
- Mowing too short
Hydration is essential to your lawn’s health. Generally, running your sprinkler (or irrigation system) for 30 minutes 2 or 3 times per week in the early morning hours should suffice to keep your lawn in good health and color. Try to avoid night watering, if possible, as this can lead to disease issues in the lawn. It’s recommended that 1-2 inches of water be applied to the lawn weekly.
Heat stress occurs mainly through the hot summer months in which the soil heats up to undesirable temperatures and damages the roots and grass blades. The root system slowly pulls nutrients from the grass blades to stay alive causing the blades to dull and brown out. Keeping your lawn thick, mowed at a high setting 3”, and watering consistently will help eliminate heat stress.
When mowing your lawn, set the mower on one of the highest settings, one that leaves at least a 3” blade. Leaving the grass blades taller provides numerous benefits towards keeping the soil healthy and productive. Cutting too short will add stress to the lawn and cause color issues. Also, be sure to keep those mower blades sharp!
Lawn Disease or Browning of the Lawn:
Brown spots begin appearing in even the healthiest of lawns due to disease, aka lawn fungus. Fungus can occur when our lawns experience extreme heat and/or night-time water sitting on the lawn. Fungus will typically present as brown lesions on the grass blades, creating large brown spots in the lawn. If the breakout is severe the fungus can cause serious long-term damage. Contact Lawn Cure to learn more about our Fungicide Program.
Stay cool out there!!
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.