Check out the latest from Fairway Green, below! Pre-emergent Crabgrass Control Crabgrass will usually start to germinate in late March or early April throughout the Transitional Zone. Germination will occur when soil temperatures are about 53 degrees and 3 to 4 inches deep. Crabgrass germination will be seen first in bare spots with little… Read more »
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Crabgrass will usually start to germinate in late March or early April throughout the Transitional Zone. Germination will occur when soil temperatures are about 53 degrees and 3 to 4 inches deep. Crabgrass germination will be seen first in bare spots with little desirable turf and in full sun. The first application must be completed before Crabgrass starts to germinate. It is always best to control Crabgrass, when possible, before it germinates. Controlling it once it matures is often very difficult. Fairway Green utilizes a split three application pre-emergent process to offer the best summer Crabgrass control possible. This process is used based on local research from NC State University.
Pre-emergent starts to break down around mid-July. The pre-emergent breaks down so fescue seeding can start around the end of August. Early Crabgrass breakthrough, after proper pre-emergent applications, can be contributed to low mowing heights, thin areas in the lawn and aggressive edging along sidewalks and driveways.
Winter annual weeds can be prolific this time of year. These weeds germinate in the fall, grow through the winter months, and reproduce in the spring. The most appropriate time to treat these weeds is when they are young and actively growing. They become difficult to control once they start to flower.
Broadleaf weed control could be difficult this spring due to many Fescue lawns being thin and not completely tillered. Tiller simply means the fescue plant adds additional leaf blades thickening the plant and increasing the ability to compete against broadleaf weeds. In addition, sometimes less effective post-emergent weed controls need to be used to decrease the chance of injuring the immature grass. We will provide very effective broadleaf weed control when the grass is mature enough.
Research has proven that maintaining a mowing height of 3½” – 4” on fescue drastically reduces the amount of crabgrass in the lawn. Mowing at this height will also help promote healthy turf and help control broadleaf weeds.
Fescue turf may have received desiccation of the leaf tissue during the winter months (a yellow or brownish color on the leaf blade). Frost damage causes the tips of the blade to turn yellow, giving the lawn an overall yellow color. This is caused when the moisture in the grass blades freezes and ruptures the cells at the tip of the blades. This will grow out as spring arrives and temperatures become more favorable for Fescue growth. An increase in temperatures along with the early spring application will help the plant recover and flourish.
Time is running out to take advantage of Deep Root Fertilization on ornamental trees and shrubs, which is a key horticultural practice for overall tree and shrub health. A probe is inserted into the feeder root zone and releases a slow releasing fertilizer with Iron. This is done in late winter or very early spring. Only one application, when utilizing the proper rate, is needed to feed the plant through the entire growing season. Many people feel if they feed their valuable ornamentals they will grow more vigorously. However, this is not the case with this type of fertilization. This long chain fertilizer acts more like a nutritional vitamin for your plant not a growth stimulator. This will help the plant recover from winter stress along with natural insect and disease resistance.
February and March are great times to prune you Crepe Myrtles. Avoid pruning much past March. Many people prune Crepe Myrtles incorrectly. The proper way is to trim only the branches that are rubbing or crossing other branches and to improve the natural form. Pruning a Crepe Myrtle is meant to enhance the natural appearance and growth of the individual tree, not to produce more flowers. Many people cut off the top of the branches leaving a stump appearance to the tree; known as topping. This creates several non-productive and supportive branches on the tree. These branches are weak, often producing late and or shorter bloom times and can weaken the overall health of the tree in time.
A few other ornamentals to prune now: Many varieties of Camelia, Rose of Sharron, Butterfly Bush and Nandina.
Fairway Green is excited about the new customer portal that will allow customers to gain access to their accounts. This access will allow you to add additional services, pay for service and get answers to questions you may have about your lawn and service. Please take advantage of this helpful tool.
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!