Louisville Lawn Care Blog
In 2019, the months of August and September brought day after day of hot, dry weather. There was no rainfall for 5+ weeks!! During these stressful conditions, your lawn struggled to remain alive. Since the root is the life source of the plant, the root will draw all of the water and nutrients downward from the top blade, leaving nothing for the grass blade itself. This is why in drought conditions your lawn goes dormant, turning brown on top as the root system does everything possible to stay alive.
We have now received a little rain and the lawns are trying their best to green back up. If your lawn contains turf that is still brown and flat then most likely that turf died during the drought. Your best option is to rake up the dead grass and put turf-type tall fescue seed down to help revive these areas of the lawn. If you do nothing, then those areas will remain dead now and on into spring, with even bigger problems to face next year. Please try to do some fall seeding now!! Remember, if you decide to seed make sure you call your lawn care provider so they can adjust your next application to support the new seed.
Over the next few weeks will be the prime opportunity to help strengthen the turf and its root system with deep fertilization. Even better, try an application of our organic Healthy Grow soil enhancer. This wonderful product will bring additional micronutrients back to your depleted soil. As a bonus, Healthy Grow will cause the soil to loosen up and allow the roots to grow deeper, promoting a greener, more drought-resistant lawn for next year!
We have reached our fall season which means it’s the perfect time for lawn seeding. We LOVE to hear that our clients are planning fall seeding!! Seeding is the most successful when done in September and October and is just what your lawn needs to help fill in any bare areas that may be present in your lawn.
Here are some tips for seeding on your own:
- If your lawn has spots of dead, matted bluegrass or ryegrass that did not survive through this past summer, these spots must be raked and seeded to allow desirable grass to grow. Step 1 is to rake these areas clean
- Step 2 is to add some fresh topsoil or compost to these bare areas
- Next, sprinkle with grass seed and work the seed down into the soil with a garden weasel or rake
- Water each day until your seed germinates, approximately 15-20 days after sowing.
Always use a turf-type tall fescue blend, the best choice for our area. Read any seed package carefully prior to purchase, as many seeds that claim to be fescue have additives like bluegrass or ryegrass. Avoid this problem by purchasing the highest quality turf-type tall fescue. Lawn Cure offers premium Pennington Smart Seed for $2.50/lb. Order today by calling Lawn Cure at 812-246-8800.
Be sure to let your lawn care company know if you have seeded so your applications can be adjusted to best support your new seed!
Want Lawn Cure to do the seeding work for you? Sign up for our traditional core aeration and seeding service or try our new organic aeration and seeding! Call today for further details!!
Don’t wait! Make your fall seeding plans now! Your lawn will thank you with a thick, lush stand of turf next spring!!
As we move through the hottest months of the year, brown spots are showing up in our lawns in great numbers and size variations. These troublesome spots are caused by many different things, including but not limited to:
- Lack of rainfall/watering
- Rocky soil
- Dog urine burns/spots
- Hot mowing equipment, i.e. damage caused from mower tires, exhaust, or engine issues
- Garbage cans and/or recycle bins left out to bake all day
- Fungus Problems, continuing to be a problem even as rainfall amounts diminish
Most brown spots will usually recover on their own once the dog days of summer have gone. In some cases, especially in newer turf, the damage can be more severe and may require a certain amount of fall renovation. Any brown spots still hanging around come mid-late August will need some repair work done in the form of raking and overseeding. Please do not hesitate to contact us for some helpful guidelines on revitalizing these brown spots this fall!
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.
Now that our landscape shrubs and ornamental trees are almost in full-leaf for the season, a wide variety of insects and spider mites are eager to dine, inflicting damage to your landscape investment. While the chewing of leaves is unsightly, the damage inflicted by bagworms to evergreens can be lethal to all or parts of the plant. Protect your plants now and for the remainder of the growing season with appropriate applications of insecticides and miticides.
As an added benefit, these same products can greatly suppress populations of mosquitoes and other biting insects that nest in your landscape.
Contact Lawn Cure today if you need assistance or would like a free assessment of your landscape needs.