Friday, May 31, 2019

Tree Seedlings Everywhere

Tree seedlings - lots of oak and maple tree seedlings have germinated. No weed control labeled for them. A few mowings will kill them.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Weed issues

Getting several calls about a stubborn weeds. This first 2 pics are corn Speedwell. They usually are against concrete areas or bare spots. They are difficult to control until temps hit low 80s a few days..

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Got Moss?

Getting alot of calls concerning the amount of moss currently present in the lawns in early 2019. Why do I have so much moss? Do I need lime? What should we do?

1. Moss needs surface moisture to thrive. The amount of rainfall during January and February 2019 is pretty staggering compared to normal. We also haven't had very many "frozen soil weeks this winter. Moss will show up in low light, poorly draining soil areas. Until the surface can dry out for extended periods = more than a day or too, moss will continue to dominate the above environment.

2. Lime - the only time lime will generally be needed to change the soil ph to discourage moss and encourage turf is where moss is actively growing in full sun conditions during dry weather. 99% of the moss we see now are low light, poorly draining areas.

3. What can we do? Once the deluge of rain stops and soil surface can dry, there are herbicides that can effectively control moss without harming turf. If those are used during the wet, cool conditions we have now, new moss will regrow rapidly to replace killed moss. Therefore, that would be wasting the herbicide and not making an improvement in the moss control.

Let us know in ealry April if you have significant moss areas that need addressing. Remember, moss is basically a symptom of wet soil surface. Improving drainage and providing more sunlight are key to long term successful control of moss. Improved drainage + increase sun + moss control herbicide are the combinations needed to reduce moss invasion!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Wild Violet control 2019

For many years controlling wild violets in residential Turfgrass has been extremely difficult. The reason control is so difficult  is the underground structure is very Woody in nature and extremely difficult for herbicides to basically finish the control. Even herbicides like Roundup, that advertise "killing plant's roots in all" , very often would take multiple applications and still not completely destroy the underground tuber. About 10 years ago, there was a herbicide called Confront, that was pretty effective in controlling violets with about two applications. That herbicide was removed from residential use and it's only allowed on golf courses. Another herbicide, Imprelis was briefly released and did an amazing job controlling violets. However, it also controlled evergreens and other fully mature trees. It was completely removed from the market. In 2019, there is a new herbicide on the market, called Sure Power. The university trials have shown excellent control of wild violets and ground ivy without damaging trees. However, it can do substantial damage to cool season grasses if it is applied when the air temperatures exceed 70 degrees. Therefore, we will be applying this herbicide to cool season lawns from early February until the temperatures prevent us from doing so. This herbicide cannot be mixed with other products such as fertilizer. We are providing this application AT NO CHARGE to our customers that take the full cool season package. It will not be offered as a standalone service to non customers or customers that do not take a complete package. We are determined to end the frustration of customers who have had wild Violet issues for years. It is extremely important for existing customers to contact our office by email or phone by January 31st to get on the list! Looking forward to a great 2019!

Robert Stroud "The Turf Doctor"

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Weeds, Weeds, fungus, and more weeds

With soil temps warm and daily rains, we have 2 constant issues arising. Weeds & Diseases!

1.Weeds- nutsedge and summer annual weeds are germinating daily! If you have unacceptable weed populations between our visits please contact us for a service call.

2. Diseases - if you are on our preventive Disease Control package, we typically treat every 25 to 30 days. With this amount of rainfall, diseases will probably break out after 21 days because of the high pressure conditions that exist. Therefore, if you are on our preventive Disease Control package and see disease outbreak before 21 days is up, please let us know.

Having zero weeds and zero disease and these conditions is basically not feasible, but we do the best we can do to keep them under control. The only way we know you were having what you consider unacceptable results is if you contact us to let us know. We have rapid response on service calls usually within 48 hours if the weather cooperates. Just know that we are doing the best we can do based on the weather conditions that are presented.

Thank you for your business and patience! Robert Stroud The Turf Doctor

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Brown Fescue ☹️

Getting several calls/emails concerning the browning of Fescue /Bluegrass/Ryegrass. Right now almost every lawn looks like a brown Bermuda lawn! Basically, with fluctuating cold spells during the winter, the foliage gets basically frozen, inside and out, which browns the leaf blade. We've had a few single-digit cold snaps, so it's more exaggerated this January than it was last year. The good news is as soon as soil temperatures warm a bit, new green growth will pop out and lawn will be fine!  Although it is totally possible to get winter kill all the way to the roots on cool season grasses, I personally I've only seen that one time in 22 years. We will start our first application soon!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Welcome to August!

The weather has been more favorable this summer than 2016!  However, the moisture through early August has presented some issues. The crabgrass preemergent is now been depleted, due to the wet summer. You will notice spurge, crabgrass, and nutsedge invading curbs already. We will get these weeds under control with app# 5,which begins next week. We are also seeing much heavier disease pressure (Brown Patch and Dollar Spot) than normally occurs in August due to the excess late summer rains. Normally, August is very dry and the humidity backs off, both of which reduce disease outbreaks. We have completed all 3 disease prevention apps for those that take the disease control package. You may see some outbreak the last 2 weeks in August. Unless the disease becomes rampant, I don't recommend you spend money for a 4th fungicide this late in the summer, especially if you are on the fall aeration and overseeding schedule. If you do not plan on aerating and overseeding this fall, a 4th fungicide might be worth the $. Call or email with any questions. Fall will be here soon!