Louisville Lawn Care Blog
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.
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.
Want some more personalized lawn tips? Join us at Walnut Ridge Nursery and Garden Center's Open House in Jeffersonville, IN on Saturday April 6, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m. for a discussion and Q & A with our own service manager and lawn expert, Jeff Smith! He will be discussing current trends in lawn care, how the weather impacts our lawns and answering your lawn questions. Walnut Ridge will be having door prizes and food and drink! Look forward to seeing you there!
Enjoy your time outdoors and our beautiful spring season!
The onset of our spring season comes the time when most people search for and begin a lawn care service. Who to choose? It can be a tough decision, but here are some factors to consider when choosing your lawn care provider:
- 1. Credibility – Lawn Care providers are legally required to carry the proper business license, certification and insurance. Professionalism on all levels should be expected.
- 2. Service – How easy is it to reach your provider? Is it a local call? An email quickly replied to? If additional service is needed, is timely follow-up a company standard?
- 3. Instructions followed – If you are a property owner requiring notification prior to a planned visit, will your request be followed?
- 4. References – Friends and neighbors of the company you are considering should be satisfied with their service and with their results.
- 5. Active in lawn/landscape associations – a reputable company will be active in their industry’s local, state and national associations
- 6. Qualified reviews – visit such sites as the BBB and Google to read the comments about the provider you are considering. Other customer’s reviews can be helpful in the decision making process.
- 7. Personalized service – Be sure your program can be adjusted to accommodate your personalized needs.
- 8. Know exactly what you are getting – Is the number of services being applied in the year clear? Pricing understood? If an introductory price is offered, is there fine print on successive applications?
The basics of lawn care are clear and precise – the lawn care provider you choose should be the same.