Lawn Care News July 2015 Check out the latest from Fairway Green, below! ALERT! Fall Army Worms On June 18th, 2015, NC State Extension Service issued an early warning about Fall Armyworm Activity. They have found many Armyworm egg-masses this year and Armyworm larvae will be entering the turf soon. Issues will be seen mid… Read more »
Check out the latest from Fairway Green, below!
On June 18th, 2015, NC State Extension Service issued an early warning about Fall Armyworm Activity. They have found many Armyworm egg-masses this year and Armyworm larvae will be entering the turf soon. Issues will be seen mid to late summer and into fall. We saw severe outbreaks and damage on all turf types from Fall Armyworms last year.
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.
Yellow Nutsedge is a prolific and very difficult to control weed in many lawns and natural areas. Nutsedge is not a broadleaf weed or grassy weed but is in the sedge family. Yellow Nutsedge is a summer perennial that flourishes from April/May to around September/October. It reproduces from tubers (nutlets) under the soil and can spread from rhizomes. Each plant can produce hundreds of tubers during its growing season. These new tubers will be new plants in the years to come. Nutsedge will have a triangle stem and is easily felt when you twirl a stem between your thumb and forefinger. Yellow Nutsedge will grow much faster than the existing turf and will have a thin shiny appearance.
Post-emergent broadleaf weed controls for weeds like clover and dandelions will not control Nutsedge. There are limited products available for controlling Nutsedge and all of them require frequent applications over multiple years to offer acceptable control.
Core aeration removes a small plug of thatch and soil and should be completed annually on Warm Season Turf (Bermuda, Zoysia and Centipede). Core aeration is significantly important if your lawn received winter injury this year. It should be completed annually from June to August.
Core Aeration Will:
Summer is turf disease season for cool season and warm season grasses. Brown patch fungus on Fescue started in early May this year. We have seen sporadic cases of Pythium and Dollar Spot on warm season turf. Brown Patch Fungus activity has been moderate on Fescue at the end of June due to the high humidity and thunderstorms. It is always better to control diseases preventively vs. curatively.
We are seeing moderate damage to all turf types from heat and dry stress. Heat/dry stress is often misdiagnosed as fungus or other issue. Signs of dry/heat stress include; a darker color to the lawn, visible footprints, and the leaf blade will be folded and thin looking. The grass blade appears to be almost straw like on all types of turf, including Bermuda and Zoysia. If the lawn looks OK in the morning then looks poor in late afternoon, it is probably heat/dry stress. We have about two more months with these conditions.
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!