Over the last month the weather has been great for growing cool season grasses. While we all love the way Tall Fescue looks in the spring, annual bluegrass can invade your property and cause some problems with your great looking lawn.
Annual Bluegrass, or Poa Annua, is a common, low growing turfgrass that looks very similar to tall fescue when it is young. Once it has matured, the grass starts to send out small white seed heads that are very unsightly and can stick out like a sore thumb. These seed heads grow 3-4 inches tall and are best controlled by regular mowing during the spring.
The good thing about Poa Annua is that it does not like hot weather. Its life cycle ends in May when the hot weather arrives, and it will die off naturally. The best way to really keep the areas free and clear of this unsightly grass is to aerate and seed heavily each fall with a turf type tall fescue. Once seeding has been completed, proper watering techniques will ensure proper germination and establishment to keep Poa controlled throughout the winter months.
If your lawn has an issue with this grass, we can provide pre-emergent products at the end of the year to ensure it does not come back the following spring. If you wish to learn more about this, please let us know.
The weather in Richmond is always hard to forecast, and sometimes it’s harder if you follow more than one weather channel… In one week we went from frost advisories to 91-degree temperatures, and our grass is not happy about it.
With the early arrival of summer temperatures, we suggest you start watering your lawn on a regular basis if you have not already started doing so.
Once your irrigation system is up and running, please check each head to make sure it is properly calibrated and watering the desired areas. Please have any major adjustments done by an irrigation professional.
When setting up your irrigation controller, we would like to have the lawn get around one inch of water per week. On a usual system this breaks down to watering three times per week (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) for 15-20 minutes per turf zone.
Please schedule your watering times for early in the morning (4-6 AM), as this will be when the water soaks into the soil the best and will minimize any issues.
Do not water in the afternoons or at night. When watering in the afternoons or at night you increase the opportunity for disease development as the grass stays wet all night. Please avoid watering during these times.
Thankfully the weather is improving and it’s time to start enjoying the backyard again! As much as we love spending time outdoors, it can be rudely interrupted by mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.
If you are not aware, we do offer a 100% organic program that controls these pesky insects for 21 days! Our products contain a blend of essential oils that will not harm pollinators while controlling unwanted insects.
We started offering this program as an alternative to synthetic pest control programs that use harsh chemicals or neonictinoids to control unwanted insects. We have tested a lot of organic products on the market and have found a good organic solution by mixing a blend of essential oils. These products smell and work great!
Interested in our mosquito control program? Send us an email for a free quote!
Now that the hot, humid weather is here we are going to start to see Brown Patch forming around the area. Our organic blend helps your lawn fight against brown patch but when the environmental factors are perfect we might see some breakthrough.
Brown patch is most severe during extended periods of hot, humid weather. The disease can begin to develop when night temperatures exceed 60°F but is most severe when the daytime and nighttime temperatures add up to 150, respectively. The turfgrass blades must be continuously wet for at least 10 to 12 hours for the brown patch fungus to infect. Poor soil drainage, lack of air movement, shade, cloudy weather, dew, over-watering, and watering in late afternoon contribute extended leaf wetness and increased disease susceptibility.
The symptoms of brown patch vary according to mowing height. In landscape situations, brown patch appears as roughly circular patches that are brown, tan, or yellow in color and range from 6” to several feet in diameter. The affected blades typically remain upright, and lesions are evident on the blades that are tan in color and irregular in shape with a dark brown border.
Please Remember the following guidelines to keep Brown Patch to a minimum:
- Keep your mowing height between 4-4.5 inches for Tall Fescue Lawns
- Make sure your mower blade is nice and sharp to avoid stressing the plants
- Water deep and infrequent, avoid watering in the afternoon and at night
- The best way to prevent Brown Patch from doing any damage is to sign up for our 10-step lawn program.
The best way to prevent Brown Patch from doing any damage is to sign up for our 10-step lawn program. If you are noticing some Brown Patch in your lawn, please let us know by giving us a call or sending us an email. We are here to help and will do everything that we can to fight this summertime issue.