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October News from Fairway Green

Check out the latest from Fairway Green, below! Doveweed Doveweed is our newest problematic and prolific summer annual broadleaf weed invading lawns throughout our area. Doveweed is a very aggressive and rapidly spreading weed with narrow soft low growing leaves that resembles grass. Doveweed is spreading rapidly in individual lawns and geographically. It has become… Read more »

Check out the latest from Fairway Green, below!

Doveweed

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Doveweed is our newest problematic and prolific summer annual broadleaf weed invading lawns throughout our area. Doveweed is a very aggressive and rapidly spreading weed with narrow soft low growing leaves that resembles grass. Doveweed is spreading rapidly in individual lawns and geographically. It has become one of the most problematic weeds to manage for turf managers and property owners. Small blue to purple flowers can be seen throughout the summer. Doveweed is a vegetative type broadleaf weed that spreads by stem nodes and by seed. Doveweed will overtake all turf types leaving bare areas in late fall/early winter when the weed ends its life cycle for the year.

Doveweed with purple flower

Doveweed with purple flower

Close up, Doveweed showing roots at stem node.

Close up, Doveweed showing roots at stem node.

Controlling Doveweed is very difficult. At this time, we do not have a proven post or pre-emergent herbicide available to control Doveweed in Fescue turf. There are some pre and post-emergent herbicides available for Bermuda and Zoysia. However, these products are proving to offer limited success in most cases. Researchers at NC State University have been working with pre and post-emergent herbicides for a few years trying to find control options. Turf managers and property owners dealing with this horrific weed hope control options are found soon. Fairway Green has been using several different combinations to find the best control. We have heard some turf managers calling Doveweed the worst weed they have ever seen.

 


screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-2-33-45-pmThe Ideal Time to Seed Your Cool Season Lawn is Running Out

Fall is the time to seed your fescue lawn in the Transitional Zone, not the spring. Seeding Tall fescue in the fall allows the seedlings and young plants time to develop before the warmer air and ground temperatures start in May. Fairway Green will begin fall seeding around the last week of August and complete seeding around the last week of October.
We offer either slit-seeding or aeration seeding based on the condition of your lawn. Our seed is handpicked for high performing varieties that are Brown Patch resistant as well as heat and drought tolerant. This special mixture is made for use in our transitional zone. Fairway Green’s seed mixture, “Southern Perfection”, has 0% weed and 0% other crop contamination. Southern Perfection is now WaterStar® qualified through the Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance (TWCA).

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If you are not willing to or unable to water, be patient. 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.
Remove leaves from the lawn as soon as possible. All turf types, especially your fescue, can be damaged if the leaves are allowed to stay on the lawn for extended periods. Blowing the leaves is preferred over raking if you have young fescue turf.
Be sure to adjust your mower to the highest setting when it is time to cut the young and mature turf.


Large Patch Fungus on Warm Season Turf

Large Patch Fungus in Zoysia

Large Patch Fungus in Zoysia

A reminder from the last newsletter. 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 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 are the only way to control this disease.


Poa annua (annual Bluegrass) in Fescue

Poa annua (annual Bluegrass) in Fescue

Now is the Time to Control Poa Annua (Annual Bluegrass) in Your Warm Season Turf

Now is the time to apply a pre-emergent for your warm season turf. A quality pre-emergent will help control annual grassy weeds like Poa annua (annual Bluegrass) and some winter annual broadleaf weeds.

 


Possible Impacts of Hurricane Mathew and Your Fescue Seeding

screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-2-18-42-pmPeople have concerns that they lost their grass seed with the hurricane due to massive amounts of rain in the area. It is likely you didn’t lose as much seed as you think. It is possible you could have lost 20% to 40% of your seed in heavy sloped areas that were completely bare. Much of the seed was buried under the soil if the lawn was prepped properly with core aeration. It will take a couple weeks to determine how much seed was lost, if any, as it germinates.
Germination will be a little slower now due to the lower evening temperatures.


Fairway Green Mosquito Control Program

Fairway Green Mosquito Control Program has been very successful. We are receiving several praises from people that feel they can use and be in their yard during the summer again.tiger-mosquito-49141_1280
Safely enjoy the outdoors this summer by controlling disease-ridden mosquitos at home
We all know Mosquito transmit diseases like West Nile Virus, Encephalitis, Chikungumya and Zika!
Fairway Green’s Mosquito Control program can help control Mosquitos giving you and your family peace of mind.
Receive $10.00 off your first application.

*New Mosquito Control customers only, cannot be combined w/other offers.

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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!