Lawn Care News August 2015 Check out the latest from Fairway Green, below! August is a good time to start lawn renovation if you have a fescue lawn with perennial grassy weeds. Most grassy weeds will require a non-selective weed control like RoundUp® to control grassy weeds like Dallisgrass, Orchardgrass, Bermuda or Bahia. Bahiagrass is… Read more »
Check out the latest from Fairway Green, below!
August is a good time to start lawn renovation if you have a fescue lawn with perennial grassy weeds. Most grassy weeds will require a non-selective weed control like RoundUp® to control grassy weeds like Dallisgrass, Orchardgrass, Bermuda or Bahia. Bahiagrass is the one that produces a tall seed head shortly after mowing. The seed head is split; similar to when you make the peace sign with your fingers. Bermuda and Bahia will require up to three applications two and a half weeks apart to provide the best long term control in the lawn. You may want to consider a Bermuda suppression program after removing it from your fescue lawn in the coming years. This will help control most of the Bermuda that will tend to return to the lawn in the future.
The proper time to seed tall fescue in the Transitional Zone is at the end of August to mid-October; not the spring. Ground and air temperatures are in the best range for the longest period time for germination and root development. Many fescue lawns will require seeding this fall due to our early hot dry spell in early summer and heavy disease damage. Fescue lawns that did not receive regular preventative fungicides appear to have the worst damage once again this summer.
Core aeration seeding is a common practice to seed in the fall. Core aeration helps reduce upper soil compaction and prepares a seeding bed at the same time. A seeding bed is needed to have the best seed to soil contact for the best possible germination rate and establishment.
Fairway Green is booking now for core aeration or slit seeding. Book early since we have limited weeks to complete all of the core aeration or slit-seeding jobs. Contact us today!
Fairway Green uses and offers to customers and non-customers its very own hand selected turf type tall fescue mixture; “Southern Perfection”. Fairway Green’s “Southern Perfection” contains a mixture of 35% Falcon IV, 30% Shenandoah III, 30% Shenandoah Sport and 3% Guinness Kentucky Bluegrass. Turfgrass for the next century…winning the fight against surface-feeding insects, grows low but grows strong…your lawn will never be greener, naturally cut down on clippings and mowing. Falcon IV, Finelawn and Shenandoah Sport are the best tall fescue varieties available in the industry. Tested across multiple states, locations and environments these varieties exhibit improved turf quality, vibrant turf color, excellent disease resistance and improved stress tolerance. Guinness Kentucky bluegrass is the fastest establishing elite Kentucky bluegrass available in the lawn care industry. Looking for elite turf, fast germination and enhanced knitting of turf for improved sod strength and traffic tolerance? Look no further than Guinness. In addition to all these great qualities, Southern Perfection contains 0% weed seed and 0% other crop seed.
Falcon IV, one of the varieties in our seed mixture, is now Water Star® qualified by the Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance (TWCA).
If you have a fescue lawn, now is the time to put out Dolomitic Limestone. Dolomitic limestone has some micronutrients and is the work horse for all soil types. Limestone should be applied annually at a rate of 10 to 20 pounds per thousand square feet to maintain your current pH level. A soil sample may offer suggested rates to help bring your pH level up to a desired level for your turf. Having the correct pH level will help your turf better utilize nutrients coming from the soil.
It is not uncommon to see Crabgrass in the lawn this time of year even if you utilized the proper types and rates of pre-emergent in the spring. Pre-emergents break down in late summer allowing you to seed your tall fescue in the fall.
As of the end of this July we have not seen any Armyworm outbreaks, this is a good thing. However, it was in August 2014, that we saw a major outbreak throughout North Carolina and the Triangle.
Armyworms lay eggs on structures like homes, trees and shrubs. Eggs hatch as larva, drop to the ground and start feeding heavily on healthy actively growing turf for about two to three weeks. After feeding and damaging the turf, they will bury in the ground and pupate. This life cycle continues till October/November. North Carolina could see two to four generations of Fall Armyworms. It is thought that they do not survive winter months in North Carolina.