Be Diligent About Keeping Leaves & 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 important to keep leaves off your dormant warm season turf too.
Fescue seed is germinating slowly this fall and winter due to the lack of regular natural rainfall and lower ground temperatures. Regularly irrigated lawns are faring better but still a little slow. If you are not willing to or unable to water, be patient. It is not uncommon to have seed germinate and develop throughout the winter and very early spring. Usually the turf has developed enough to use pre-emergence safely in late February and early March.
Poa annua 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 a retreat thirty days later. You have to utilize the two applications to receive the 70% control.
Late September starts the Large Patch fungus season on Zoysia, Bermuda, Centipede and St. Augustine. Fairway Green is seeing more cases of this disease every year in our area. Large Patch Fungus is a damaging disease on Zoysia, Bermuda, Centipede and St. Augustine turf in the fall and early spring. This disease is similar to Brown Patch Fungus on Fescue. Large Patch Fungus needs to be controlled with two applications of fungicide in the fall and possibly two in the spring when ground temperatures are between 50 and 70 degrees. Damage occurs before you are aware you have it and is not visible until green-up in the spring. Preventative Fungicide in the fall, early winter and early spring is the only way to control this disease.
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. In North Carolina, the quickest way to control moles is with traps. Traps can be purchased at most hardware stores. Place the trap on a main run for the best results. There are chemical control options if you live in another state other than North Carolina. This is a very good website for additional information on Moles and Voles.
This is the time of year that you may notice an increase in broadleaf weed activity in the lawn. Winter annual and perennial broadleaf weeds are germinating; replacing the summer annual and perennials that have ended their life cycle for this year. Applying the proper post-emergent broadleaf weed control will help control infestations.