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November News from Fairway Green

Check out the latest from Fairway Green, below! Now is the time to apply a quality pre and/or post-emergent for annual grassy weeds like Poa annua in warm season turf. 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… Read more »

Check out the latest from Fairway Green, below!

Now is the time to apply a quality pre and/or post-emergent for annual grassy weeds like Poa annua in warm season turf.
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 another treatment approximately thirty days later. You have to utilize the two applications to receive the 70% control.


Poa annua seed heads

Poa annua in Fescue

Poa annua in Fescue

Be Diligent About Keeping Leaves and Other Debris off the Turfscreen-shot-2016-11-10-at-9-06-19-am

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 equally important to keep leaves off dormant warm season turf.

Fall Fescue Seed Germination is Very Slow this Yearscreen-shot-2016-11-10-at-9-10-45-am

Fescue seed is germinating slowly this fall due to the lack of regular natural rainfall. We have only had two good rain events (as of this writing in early November) this fall making it tough for seed to germinate and develop. Regularly irrigated lawns are faring better but still a little slow. If you are not willing to or unable to water, be patient. We are seeing many lawns that have germinated and stopped developing because of the dry periods this fall. 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.

Large Patch Fungus Still a Concern on Warm Season Turf

Large Patch Fungus on Zoysia fall 2016

Large Patch Fungus on Zoysia fall 2016

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 and early spring is the only way to control this disease.

Dormant Oil for Ornamental Trees & Shrubs

Dormant oil or otherwise known as Horticulture Insecticide Oil can generally be applied safely from now till around March. Horticultural Oils control insects by suffocation and tissue absorption. Horticulture Oils can be a good insecticide to control some of the difficult to control Scale insects. However, oils will not help control all Scale insect and eggs. Knowing your insect and proper timing is always the best way to control insect of all types. Oils are an effective tool in controlling difficult mites and scale. However, dormant oils can cause plant injury so read and follow the label carefully.

Scale on Camelia

Scale on Camelia

White Fly on Gardenia

White Fly on Gardenia


Arborvitaes are being used more and more in our landscapes and the variety Green Giant, can be an excellent replacement for the problematic Leyland Cypress. Arborvitae is a hardy ornamental and relatively insect and disease resistant. Primary insects to watch for will be Scale, Mites, and Bagworms. Diseases to watch for are going to be Blights, Cankers and some root disease. Once again, arborvitae is a very hardy plant but not immune to insect and disease issue.

Recently, we have seen many Arborvitaes under stress due to the extended dry weather and being grown in less than ideal conditions. The extremely hot summer we have come out of has contributed to this extra stress. Be sure plants are planted in locations that they are suited for and keep them from stress by watering during extended dry periods and maintain proper fertility. This is especially important for trees under five years of age.

All varieties of Arborvitaes will have some branchlets that will turn brown and fall off in autumn. This is to be considered normal and not a sign that the tree is under stress.

Coming Soon

Fairway Green is excited to be adding a customer portal to our business software 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 service and lawn.

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!