Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Weeds/fungus

Soil Temps increased more rapidly this May than in past several years,and we were extremely dry. During late June, early July the rains returned. Therefore, preemergent that normally dissipates in August, right before seeding season, has already dissipated. We apply the maximum legal rate of preemergent each year. We will be battling weeds now through end of August. It may take more than on visit to get them all. We are limited to what we can use because when air temps go over 90 degrees in a day, our nutsedge and weed control will also damage fescue. We will get them all cleaned up by the end of August. Please let us know if you feel you need immediate service call. What can you do to help us? If you have irrigation, make sure it runs deeply and infrequently. Make sure you don't run it more than 3 days a week. Shut it off for a couple dats if we have a heavy thunderstorm. If you have more than a few spots of nutsedge, it means the soil surface is remaining damp every day, and we won't be able to control the nutsedge as fast as it germinates. Bare with us, fall will be here soon.


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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Tree seedling control

Getting alot of weed calls. 95% of them are for tree seedlings. Most of the seedlings are maple trees, but there are other tree seedlings that have germinated recently. Crabgrass preemergent does NOT prevent tree seedlings from germinating. Due to their woody stem nature, broadleaf weed control not very effective either. However, your lawn mower is the key! Once the seedlings reach a height where the mower will cut off the leaves, they will die after a few mowings. Thanks


Friday, May 6, 2016

Tree seedlings abundant right now!

We are getting alot of calls about tree seedlings. Our broadleaf weed control doesn't work well on them, because of their woody tap root. Therefore, the best control is mowing! Once they are tall enough that the mower blades continously cut off the leaves, they die. It usually takes about 3 mowings in May, then they will be toast. Thanks!


Monday, April 25, 2016

Zoysia patch

Though it looks non active with dry conditions, this is a form of "Brown Patch" fungus that occurs on zoysia or Bermuda, usually during spring green up. That's why we never heavily fertilize warm season grasses with nitrogen before May. Nitrogen makes fungus worse. If you have Bermuda or zoysia and see this, please call office. **please check for dry soil first!


Its not fungus, yo.

Having spent the last two days looking at spots that people thought were "Brown Patch". Here's the deal. Brown patch on cool season grasses requires thes items: Water, heat, warm nights, humidity. If one of the above is unavailable for the fungus, it can't develop. Currently, it's WAY TO DRY for cool season brown patch! How can you tell if its just drought stress? Can you easily push a Phillips head screwdriver into soil to the handle? Does your grass look skinny and round bladed? Fescue blades with adequate moisture ate generally flat. As drought stress arrives, the blades will roll into circle (to conserve moisture I believe).


Little Barley

This ugly winter annual is back! Its seeding now and then will die as temos climb. It generally germinates in non-overseeded Bermuda areas or curbs and bare spots.