Be Sure To Keep Your Leaves and Other Debris off the Turf It is important to remove and keep leaves off your turf. Severe damage will occur if leaves stay on your turf for extended periods. Damage can be quick and severe for Fescue lawns that had fall seeding or sod. It is best to blow… Read more »
It is important to remove and keep leaves off your turf. Severe damage will occur if leaves stay on your turf for extended periods. Damage can be quick and severe for Fescue lawns that had fall seeding or sod. It is best to blow leaves off of immature turf rather than raking. It is equally important to keep leaves off dormant warm season turf.
Fescue seed is germinating slowly this fall due to the lack of regular natural rainfall. We only had two good rain events in September, October and November this fall making it tough for seed to germinate and develop. Regularly irrigated lawns are faring better but still a little slow. If you are not willing to or unable to water, be patient. We are seeing many lawns that have germinated and stopped developing and actually died because of the dry periods this fall. The lack of natural rainfall has also made it difficult for the seedlings to tiller (adding additional leaf blades) to help thicken the turf stand. These conditions will not improve right now because of shorter daylight hours and cooler air and ground temperatures.
The good news is it appears the dry weather pattern has lifted providing good soil moisture. The bad news is the ground temperatures are colder not allowing the seed to germinate and mature quickly. If ground temperatures are able to average 52 degrees, we will see additional germination and development/tillering. It is not uncommon, in most years, to see germination and development through winter into early spring. Most Fescue lawns should bounce back and look fine by March.
The current conditions on many Fescue lawns will create difficulties in sound broadleaf weed management this winter and early spring. Immature turf could be injured with post-emergent broadleaf weed control so applications of weed control will have to be modified. In addition, turf is thin in many areas and not offering any weed competition making control that much more difficult. Fairway Green is currently discussing application options with NCSU researchers in turf science for the best possible control methods.
Poa annua (annual Bluegrass) is a common winter annual grassy weed in all turf types. It is easily seen in warm season turf during the winter because the turf is brownish in color while Poa annua is green. However, most people with fescue turf do not realize they have it until late spring when the Poa annua produces tan colored seed heads.
There are a couple products available that will control about 70% of Poa annua in Fescue. The product Fairway Green utilizes requires an application in November followed by another treatment approximately thirty days later. You have to utilize the two applications to receive 70% control.
Mole and Vole signs tend to increase this time of year because the soil has better moisture and is easier for the moles and voles to move around. Think about how difficult it is to dig a hole on your property in July and August. Mole control can be frustrating and time consuming. Many people believe that a grub treatment will rid their lawn of moles. However, trying to control moles by controlling grubs is usually ineffective because moles feed heavily on earthworms and other insects. We now have chemical options to control Moles in North Carolina. Several products are now registered for use in our state. The two products that people have had success with are Tomcat Mole Killer and Motomoco Mole Killer. These products are available in home & garden centers like Home Depot and Lowes (don’t forget to patron local hardware or nursery stores). A very good website for additional information on Moles and Voles is The Mole Man.
Now is also a great time to apply Dormant Oil on your ornamental trees and shrubs.
Dormant oil or otherwise known as Horticulture Insecticide Oils can generally be applied safely from now till around March. Horticultural Oils control insects by suffocation and tissue absorption. Horticulture Oils can be a good insecticide to control some of the difficult to control Scale insects. However, oils will not help control all Scale insect and eggs. Knowing your insect and proper timing is always the best way to control insect of all types.
Oils are an effective tool in controlling difficult mites and scale. However, dormant oils can cause plant injury so read and follow the label carefully.
If you have questions about your lawn care services, or would like to request a free estimate, please contact Fairway Green today! We are happy to help you achieve the beautiful lawn you deserve!