Lawn Care News June 2015 Check out the latest from Fairway Green, below! Now Is The Time For Warm Season Core Aeration 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… Read more »
Check out the latest from Fairway Green, below!
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:
There is a weed management program for suppressing and controlling Bermuda in Fescue. This program starts in June and ends in late August to early September. A combination of products are applied every 30 days during this time period to suppress Bermuda from spreading and will slowly eliminate Bermuda growth. It will generally take a couple years to see results of this suppression program.
This program will not help lawns with well-established Bermuda covering large areas. The Bermuda Suppression program is for lawns with scattered pockets of Bermuda with a fair stand of Fescue in those areas. Lawn renovation will be needed, starting in late July, if Bermuda covers large sections of the lawn.
Japanese beetles will be making their appearance this month. Japanese Beetles enjoy eating the leaves of many ornamental trees, shrubs and garden plants. Many have firsthand experience with the damage beetles can create to the desired plants. Roses, Crepe Myrtles and Cherry trees are some of the first in our area to see Japanese damage.
Whiteflies are tiny insects that feed on the phloem sap of ornamental trees and shrubs along with vegetables in the garden. They are most often seen on the underside of the leaf. There are many species of Whiteflies and control can be difficult at times. Last year was an exceptionally bad year for white fly and it appears to be the same so far, this year.
Damage is often seen as yellowing leaves, poor or stunted growth and sooty mold on the upper portion of the leaf from the honeydew excretion.
Several ornamental plants have been injured this winter and are struggling to recover. Gardenia is one such plant that will have to be monitored since Whiteflies are typically a problem on this plant.
We are seeing early signs of heat/dry stress on all turf types as of the end of May. Heat/dry stress is often misdiagnosed as fungus or other issue. Signs of drought 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. Most turf types will require about an inch of water a week to look their best. If the weather pattern changes soon, most of the turf will recover and be fine.
Summer is turf disease season for cool season grasses. Brown patch fungus started in early May this year. It is always better to control diseases preventively vs. curatively.
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.