We've been seeing some breakthrough of white grubs in turf starting last week. Weather this summer, notably high temperatures was tough on preventative controls applied in June and July. High temperatures and rains break down chemicals used to prevent grubs. The best way to inspect for grub damage is to pull on the browning areas of turf. If the area pulls up like a fresh lawn piece of sod, then you have a problem. Upon further inspection, you will see the small c-shaped grubs with reddish brown colored heads. Dilox is recommended for treatment and it must be watered in.
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We are now pre-ordering mums and winter pansies. We have started installing mums at this time, but remember mum blooming periods are relatively short so you want plan ahead on when you want the color to pop. Pansy flower installation will start with the cooler temperatures of October. Please contact the office for varieties avaliable this year.
If you're overseeding your lawn this year, we highly recommend using only Fescue seed. Turf type Tall Fescue is the most disease and drought resistant type of grass for the midwest. With extreme heat the last two summers, we have seen superior drought resistance with fescue as opposed to Bluegrass. Most of the brown spots in your lawn this summer are most likely the bluegrass plants, not fescue. There are many awesome varieties of fescue available. Please call us if you want recommendations on what type of seed to use.
There are many reasons turf does not thrive in the conditions that we expect them to. In the decision to renovate and to what extent to do so, here are some of the top reasons your turf may not be succeeding.
- Mowing too low
- Over or under-irrigation
- poor or compacted soil from intial construction practice
- Thatch accumulation
- Excessively wet, dry or shaded areas
- Disease and insect stresses
- Too much competition from crabgrass and other weeds
- Improper or poor quality grass species used at point of installation or species of grasses are out of balance
- Improper soil pH, causing nutrient defeciencies
When deciding to complete your fall renovation this year, look to some of these problems and make next year a great year for your turf!
Remember the best time to complete fall renovations is starting NOW!!! Mid-August through Mid-September