Lawn Care News January 2016 Check out the latest from Fairway Green, below! Another Wet Year for 2015 2015 turned out to be another very wet year with an annual precipitation of 56.6 inches at RDU according to the National Weather Service. This was the third year in a row for record precipitation. In 2014… Read more »
Check out the latest from Fairway Green, below!
2015 turned out to be another very wet year with an annual precipitation of 56.6 inches at RDU according to the National Weather Service. This was the third year in a row for record precipitation. In 2014 we received 55.2” and 2013 50.7 was recorded. To put this into perspective, Seattle, Washington saw 44.8” in 2015 and 48.15” in 2014. Raleigh, North Carolina is in the top 15 cities with over 45” of annual precipitation from 1981 to 2010. Raleigh, NC’s average annual precipitation is 46.5”. Hence, History shows that the southeast does not experience drought conditions for extended periods.
This amount of precipitation can be tough on drought tolerant or Arid Zone plants. Many of these types of plants were planted in fear of possible ongoing drought conditions that we saw in 2007 through some of 2009. However, such plants are typically short lived in the Southeast. These plants do not tolerate consistently moist or saturated soils and show signs of stress and dieback.
We have been seeing injury and stress on warm season turf like Bermuda, Zoysia and Centipede in low lying areas that have high soil saturation rates. These areas are usually where the water will stand or sit below the surface in low sections of the lawn. Saturated soils can displace valuable oxygen that the root systems need to survive. Injury usually shows around late May or early June when warm season turf starts to green up. Cool season turf can receive injury as well but is usually actively growing off and on through the winter.
Various soil borne root disease pathogens can be exacerbated with saturated soils. We experienced turf and plant injury this past spring due to the amount of moisture in the soil promoting the onset of various root diseases.
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.
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 Talprid from Bell Laboratories and Motomco, Mole Killer. These products should be available soon in home & garden centers in your area if they are not already. A very good website for additional information on Moles and Voles is http://themoleman.com
Crabgrass will usually start to germinate in late March or early April throughout the Transitional Zone. Germination will occur when soil temperatures are between 53 to 58 degrees and 3 to 4 inches deep. Crabgrass germination will be seen first in bare spots with little desirable turf and in full sun. January is the time of year when lawn care professionals will apply your first application of Pre-emergent Crabgrass control. It is imperative that this first application is applied by early March. The required second application of pre-emergent will usually follow in about 6 to 8 weeks. Fairway Green is considering a third booster application to offer an extra level of control. Early Crabgrass breakthrough, after proper pre-emergent applications, can be contributed low mowing heights, thin areas in the lawn and aggressive edging along sidewalks and driveways. The booster application could counter that issue.
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!