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!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Preds before Patch!

Preds before Patch!

I am looking to barter out services for a full year(or more depending on lawn size) = 6 basic apps, 3 disease controls, and aeration and overseeding. If you have lower bowl preds tickets and if  by chance you care more about your grass than one game , PLEASE call text, and email me! 6153946867 I will make your lawn Augusta!

Minor side note: we are starting to see some brown patch. All 1st round disease apps will be completed by Friday if weather cooperates!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Why your Bermuda or Zoysia lawn looks like crap right now

We are getting a lot of calls about how terrible customers Bermuda or Zoysia lawns currently look. Here is the situation. We apply pre-emergent to prevent winter weeds. Unfortunately we did not have a winter this year so the pre-emergent ran out before it was time to apply the spring pre-emergent. Also we are normally able to apply low rates of Roundup to warm-season lawns in February to eliminate unsightly cool season grass clumps such as annual ryegrass, perennial ryegrass, fescue, wheat, and annual bluegrass(poa). Roundup only damages plants by entering green foliage it is not active in the soil. Although the leaves of the Bermuda in Zoysia turned brown, the lateral stems called stolons remained green because of the extremely warm winter and could not be treated without doing serious harm to your warm season lawn. If we did do the treatment we normally do, it would have taken your warm season lawn at least an extra month to fully green up. We have been able to control most of the broadleaf weeds such as Clover dandelion and chickweed by carefully applying low rates of broadleaf weed control. Bermuda in Zoysia are only partially green at the moment. This time is called the "transition period" applying herbicides for grass control during the transition period Is a unacceptable practice because of the damage it can do to your lawn. Here's my recommendation. Have the grass cut low at least twice a week to stress out the cool season grasses. In early May the Bermuda in Zoysia should
be fully green and Beyond the transition. When warm season grasses are completely green and actively
growing, they are very tolerant of herbicides applied to remove cool season grasses. One other factor to consider. There is a disease which is basically a cool season Brown patch which is currently attacking Bermuda in Zoysia Lawns. That disease occurs during  transition when we have wet weather and cool nights. Applying heavy amounts of nitrogen during this time of transition would definitely increase your chances of this disease doing damage to your lawn. So we will not fertilize warm season grasses with nitrogen until they are completely green and it is past the time frame where that particular fungus does the most damage. I'm basically asking you to give me three weeks before we can safely control all the weeds that are unsightly including grasses and before we can safely promote those grasses to Green up and start growing. Thank you for your patience. Please let me know that you received this message in your email box and understand it. Sincerely, Robert Stroud The Turf doctor