Friday, April 3, 2015

Plant Health Care

I can honestly say I don't know what is wrong with your, shrubs, trees, or flowers! I am strictly a grass Doctor! If you need help with your landscape plants, the man to call is Gary Claiborne 6157997979. He  excels at plant health care and is a  licensed pesticide applicator. He has an arborist on staff as well. Give Gary a call if you want your plants to look as good as your turf!

Poa Trivialis

Every year brings at least one or two weeds that have a "banner year".  Last spring it was Orchard grass. This years spring winner is definitely Poa Trivialis in tall fescue lawns! Poa Triv is a PERENNIAL meadow bluegrass. It is claimed that it was introduced in the USA in1800s, but who really knows. I counted over 20 states that have some. It germinates really nice during fall aeration and overseeding. The question I am often asked is, was that in your seed blend in the fall? The answer I got from label says no! Poa Triv seed can lay dormant in your soil for years! When conditions are favorable, BAM! You get some! It spreads by stolons(above ground stems). During mid March through mid April, it grows faster than any cool season grass! Its crappy yellow color is genetic! Therefore, when you mow your fescue, the Poa Triv gets scalped because it grows 2x faster than the tall fescue. That leaves you a "nice" high yellow spot with a scalped white stem look as a kicker! The good news, as air temps climb into 80s, its growth almost stops! By June, the leaves turn brown and it looks like its dead! You can no longer find it by July! What sucks is, the stolons and crown survive the heat with irrigation and broken sunlight. Since you can't see it, you can't kill it! There is nothing I have tried that kills it without killing fescue in spring. So, I am telling you to "live with it"! I promise by May, you will be more concerned with nutsedge!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Polyon 2015

We are using a new fertilizer on first application 2015! It is called "Polyon". The advantages to polyon are as follows:
1. This coating allows the steady release of fertilizer based on soil temps and moisture. Therefore, as spring arrives, the turf will receive the correct amount of nutrients each week. This will keep turf green and healthy, but without excess growth.
2. Since the fertilizer releases only what the turf will use each week, it prevents  nutrient runoff thru soil, which is environmentally sound.

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We will see you in February, unless it is snowing! Thanks

Robert Stroud The Turf Doctor

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Armyworm update

Check this out.

UT Entomologist quote is 'we are having a biblical year for fall armyworms on pastures and lawns"

I talked to Dr Frank Hale today to get a better understanding of this outbreak. The moths that lay armyworm eggs don't overwinter here! They moved up from Gulf States through Alabama, now currently damaging TN and NC. they look for lighted areas, such as street lights, flood lights, and landscape lights! Then they lay eggs, but NOT in the soil. They lay eggs on house eaves, poles, and even on underside of landscape plants. Thats why they are so difficult to control! We apply a systemic grub control in mid summer, which reduces grub populations. It works slowly, but long term on grubs, because grubs lay eggs in grass! We also spray bifenthrin with our turf insect control. It is mostly a contact product, with very little residual. Bifenthrin will only control the armyworms population if they are present at time of treatment. They are definitely late this year. Again, if we see damage when we come to seed over next few weeks, we will treat with bifenthrin while we are there, otherwise, they will eat your seed job! Crazy worms!

Monday, September 8, 2014


Record outbreaks of fall armyworms have been showing up in the past week here in Nashville, and in North Carolina. Unlike grubs, armyworms lay there eggs anywhere except the soil! The lay them on light poles, flag poles, trees, etc. When they hatch they go to the buffet to eat. Your yard is that buffet! Especially if you have betmudagrass that is on a slope. Slightly drought striken areas of bermuda are definitely hit first. They will move to fescue, but normally don't begin their "march of destruction" on fescue. However, they will flat pig out on baby fescue seedlings. They will eat all the seedlings in about 24 hours. How do you know if you have these worms? First, have you noticed large areas of bermuda that look like they died really quickly? If so,  look at the edge of the dead area at night with a flashlight. They feed heavily at night. If you see them, please let us know. If we see them when we come to seed, we will treat them so they won't eat the new seedlings. Happy hunting!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Late summer irrigation tips

Over the past two weeks, the cumlative toll of the summer heat is evident on the fescue lawns. The timely rains have ended and the humidity has decreased. Hot dry days with lower humidity have really dried out the soils. Due to the rising soil temperatures, I recommend you do not try to keep your lawn 100% green through the use of irrigation. It would take almost 2 inches of irrigation per week to keep your lawn looking like it did earlier in the summer. That much irrigation would also be likely to germinate nutsedge, crabgrass, spurge, and increase disease occurrence. I do recommend that you apply about an inch a week to keep grass alive, even if it is a little in the "tan" side. Once you get one soaking rain, the grass will Greenup and resume healthy growth. Fall will be here soon!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Flower for Mother's Day!

Oxalis, sometimes known as Yellow Woodsorrel. Bright yellow flower, most often a summer annual (prolific right now). Sneaky little weed that tends to deflect weed control when applied as blanket spray with high water rate! Easy to kill with spot spray low water volume direct hit, especially with a little "Splat" sticker thrown in. Battleship Herbicide. will hammer it!