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September News from Fairway Green

Lawn Care News September 2015 Check out the latest from Fairway Green, below! Now is the Time to Seed Your Fescue Lawn  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… Read more »

Lawn Care News September 2015

Check out the latest from Fairway Green, below!

Now is the Time to Seed Your Fescue Lawn Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 6.28.28 PM

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 second 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).


Large Patch Fungus on Warm Season Turf 

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 4.59.26 PMLate 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.


Fall Is An Excellent Time to Plant Ornamental Trees and Shrubs Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 8.21.13 AM

Planting ornamentals in the fall allows the plants to establish with less stress from heat and drought conditions. Ornamentals typically do not need watering every day after planting from a pot. A good rule of thumb would be every three days without natural rainfall. Over watering can promote root funguses which are deadly to the tree or shrub. Before planting, review recommended planting depths, locations and special soil or pH requirements. Be sure to not plant too deep. This is a common problem and will eventually cause permanent damage to the tree or shrub.


Controlling Dallisgrass in Bermuda Athletic Fields or Lawns 4

Fall is one of the best times to control Dallisgrass in Bermuda. Excellent control can be obtained when you use a combination of specialty herbicides.  Generally, two applications 14 days apart will offer an acceptable level of control.

 


 Gloomy Scale on Maples 

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 5.19.22 PMGloomy Scale is becoming a problematic insect on Maple trees in the landscape and in the wild. It is easy to spot as you drive around neighborhoods and parking lots that have utilized the popular shade tree.  Most, if not all, of the calls we receive for unhealthy looking maples are due to Gloomy Scale. At first sight one may notice some of the branches have died and/or the tree looks unhealthy. A closer look at the bark will provide tell-tale signs that the tree has Gloomy Scale.  Gloomy Scale will produce a rough black dot appearance on the bark.  A non-infested Maple will have a clean colored and looking bark. You may have to look at the bark up into the canopy to see the scale.

It is a very hard to control armored scale. It is usually too late to offer realistic chemical control if the tree is showing damage from the scale. Horticultural oils can offer a level of control but are difficult to apply correctly once the tree matures.

https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/O&T/trees/note60/note60.html


Important Change For Warms Season Turf Customers

Fairway Green is changing the way we service your Early and Late Fall Service, such as Bermuda and Zoysia. Cool season, Fescue, program customers will not be affected by this change. This change is being made based on the latest research for providing the best possible Poa annua (annual Bluegrass) control in your warm season turf lawn. Poa annua is an annual winter grassy weed that is problematic in warm season turf. Fall and Late Fall Services will now be applied closer together than in the past. We will monitor the ground temperatures and apply the Fall Service when it is ideal. Fall Service will begin around the end of September. The products we are using require this tighter application schedule to offer the best level of control. This is not an extra application in your turf program; they are being applied a little closer together than in the past.

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!