Number one question this week is when will the seed you put down last month germinate? Did it die, maybe freeze or rot? No! Seed basically needs moisture and soil temps above 50 to germinate. There were 5 days between these pictures the thermometer registered 40 March 5th,from surface down to 41 at a 4 inch depth. on March 10th, soil surface temps had risen to 56. We will now see fescue and perennial ryegrass germination over the next 10 days. We may have to apply Drive herbicide to keep weed grass Germination down for about 30 days, without harming new fescue seedings. That will provide a window for new seedings to grow. Real preemergent can be applied by late April. This past winter killed many freshly germinated seeds, especially in shaded areas.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Tested soil temps today from just under surface to 4 inch depth. Temps in Full sun right under surface right at 40. Temps rose only slightly to 41 @ 4inches. Therefore, shaded soil temps still in 30's,so all touch up seeding done in early 2014 still just sitting there doing nothing! Germination will not come for probably another 14 days minimum. However, we can delay preemergent at least until April 10th this year if you are waiting on new seed to germinate. It will happen!
If you have low cut, high traffic bermuda, you better be spend the extra money on Ronstar or at least Oxadiazon generic. Otherwise, you will have to waste money on Charcoal when you sprig or sod this year. Ronstar not great on crabgrass, but excellent on the goosegrass you will be fighting this summer, especially if you have to sprig! So far, I will be shocked if at least between hash marks on football fields isn't toast! Getting random/scattered kill results from early plugs. Ronstar won't root prune nearby as bad as Prodiamine or Dithiopyr! In Nashville, I also expect to see some of the lousy old El Torro zoysia that is still around, to be greening up around really late,if at all!
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Haven't seen this in a while in our area. We have been touching up seed jobs this week. Haven't had to break up the soil in most lawns because the freezing and thawing cycles over the past few weeks have done it for us. Basically, ice crystals form below soil surface and grow towards the direction of heat loss, and it almost looks like grub damage or skunk damage when they dig for grubs. The only real negative is immature seedlings from the fall seeding can be uprooted and killed. I will post some pictures tomorrow of a few dead seedlings. The good news is heaving soils make a decent seed bed! Seed we plant now will usually germinate by early March, but then again in TN it could be snowing or 85 in March! We will wait until new seedlings emerge before applying first application of preemergent on reseeded spots.
Monday, January 6, 2014
What is needed for winter kill on hybrid Bermuda? I have found 3 consecutive days with single digit lows will cause significant death on hybrid Bermuda in two situations. If mowing height is one inch or lower or if an area gets lots of traffic, like between hash marks on football field.. The best case for preventing this is hopefully you applied potassium before the plant went dormant. Having at least an inch of snow cover prior to the temperature drops will also reduce winter kill significantly. zoysia can also experience winter kill, but has better cold tolerance than hybrid Bermuda, Common Bermuda is very hardy, so winter kill is rare on common!
Thursday, December 26, 2013
We recently attended the Ohio Turfgrass Conference. There were several new products we looked at. The most exciting was RENEWtrients! RENEWtrients offers economical organic fertilizer in granular and liquid form. It is a poultry fertilizer that does not stink! The manufacturing process produces electricity and a sustainable, non burning plant available fertilizer, that returns organic matter to the soils. It is created in an anaerobic digester, so it doesn't have the smell like composted products. The anaerobic process kills all the pathogens and weed seeds. The process also produces a poultry fertilizer that has 3 times higher nitrogen than composted chicken and 9 times higher than composted cow manure. And, did I mention it DOES NOT STINK! This line of fertilizer will be the perfect addition to our Sumagreen product! We will be applying beneficial soil microbes with Sumagreen, nutrients and organic matter from RENEWtrients fertilizer, to make grass healthy and GREEN! I will be using and distributing Sumagreen and RENEWtrients products in 2014. If you have any plants, crops or gardens that you would like to use organic products on, I will be happy to provide you with more information. Call me 615-394-6867 or shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your business in 2013. I look forward to some really green lawns in 2014!
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
When we make an application to yards, we put a small sign in them with the date treated on it. There are two reasons for this:
1. So the homeowner will know we have made an application
2. So the mowing companies know when the lawn was treated.
We try to time lawn applications after lawns have been recently cut. However, it is impossible to know when mowing companies are coming when we have had rain events. It throws off their schedules. When we approach a lawn that is being mowed, we come back another time. We expect the same courtesy from them. Please advise your mowing service that if there is a sign in the lawn, to please look at date on the sign. Please tell them if it was treated the day they arrive, to please NOT mow and come back the next day.
The following problems have occured:
1. Mowing services ask us if its okay to mow once we are done. We tell them it is not okay. They wait until we are gone and proceed with their cutting. We have caught them more than once.
2. They totally see the sign and ignore it because it is not convenient for them to come the next day.
3. We have also been told "I don't think our mowing guys can read english" . Unacceptable.
We have always returned and retreated lawns when this occurs at our expense, but it is getting too costly. We will do it once, but after it happens one time, we request the homeowner communicate the situation with lawn treatment flags and let the lawn mowing service know that if it happens again, the cost of the lawn application retreatment will be deducted from mowing bill to pay for retreatment.
I would greatly appreciate it if my customers would take a proactive approach next time you pay your mowing service. Just a quick note or phone call to let them know they are expected to observe lawn sign postings and if treatment was made the day they come, to reschedule there mowing for the following day.
Thanks for your time and your business!