Thursday, May 27, 2010


The early May flood triggered an early outbreak of fungus.  We are seeing everything from melting out fungus to brown patch.  If you are on “preventative disease control”, know that we are applying a curative rate of fungicide which will stop any fungus already present and prevent it from returning for 21-28 days.  This product can enter through leaves or the roots, so rainfall after a fungicide app will not reduce its effectiveness.  It takes about 10 days for turf to grow out of disease symptoms after a fungicide treatment. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Flood Much???

This past weekend, the rain seemed to never stop!!!  What will this do to my lawn???  It will probably totally wipe out the pre-emergent’s we applied for crabgrass control.  Pre-emergents are very resistant to dilution from rainfall, but over a foot of rain will break down any pre-emergent!!!!!!!It will definitely spawn early fungus and nutsedge outbreaks.  It will also germinate weeds we typically don’t see in lawns.  We will make every attempt to control these weeds with post-emergent herbicides during round 3 in May and June.  However, it will be a battle against weeds and fungus all summer. 


Side Note: We live in Cottonwood Subdivision in Franklin.  Our house flooded like many others near the Harpeth River.  The good news is our family and pets all got out in time!  Our office phone will be forwarded to my wifes (Linda) mobile phone while we make repairs.  You can continue to use 6157917779, just know in advance it will be forwarded and she will try to answer your calls during working hours.  If she is unable to answer her mobile during working hours, we will return your calls in the evening.  Please bear with us for a for (hopefully) a few weeks. We have been able to remove all the water and our carpet/hardwood in the past two days.  We plan on returning to lawn service by this Thursday. Thanks you for your patience!!!

Freeze Damage on Magnolias

Many of our customers Magnolia Trees have suffered severe damage or total kill on SOME of their Magnolias.  It was observed in early spring during our first lawn treatment round.  In most cases, we saw totally healthy Magnolia trees right next to severely damaged or dead trees.  Most of the dead trees are  in the 8-14 ft range.  We were asked if this could be herbicide damage.  We really did not know the answer??? We checked with other lawn care companies, landscapers, and Arborists.  They all had seen similar circumstances.  The one thing we did know is that some of the trees were in grass areas and some were in landscape beds, many feet away from treated grass areas.  This lead us to assume that it was not herbicide injury.  We found out that Dr. Alan Windam, plan pathologist from UT extension service, had seen the same issues.  It is his belief that these Magnolias suffered FREEZE DAMAGE.  They are unsure of the exact circumstances that caused some trees to suffer greatly and some to be uneffected, but assume it is possibly a small genetic difference in the various trees.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Pre-emergent time in TN! 1st Application

Pre-emergent herbicides are applied to prevent the germination of grassy weeds like crabgrass,goosegrass,and annual bluegrass.  They need to be applied prior to the germination of grassy weeds in order to control them.  They do not actually stop the seeds from germinating, they prevent weed grasses by killing the root that the newly germinating seed tries to establish.  They must receive moisture from rain or snow to activate the “barrier” they create.  The longer a pre-emergent sits on soil without being washed in, the more the active ingredient degrades.  We begin applying pre-emergent in early February.  We also mix fertilizer and broadleaf weed control with this application.  This fertilizer app greens up the turf when soil temps warm.