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January News from Fairway Green

January News from Fairway Green

Check out the latest from Fairway Green, below! Summer Crabgrass Control Starts Now Fairway Green and many other turf care managers will start their first application of pre-emergent Crabgrass control this month through early March. Crabgrass will usually start to germinate in late March or early April throughout the Transitional Zone. Germination will occur when… Read more »

Check out the latest from Fairway Green, below!

Summer Crabgrass Control Starts Now

Fairway Green and many other turf care managers will start their first application of pre-emergent Crabgrass control this month through early March. Crabgrass will usually start to germinate in late March or early April throughout the Transitional Zone. Germination will occur when soil temperatures are about 53 degrees and 3 to 4 inches deep. Crabgrass germination will be seen first in bare spots with little desirable turf and in full sun. The first application must be completed before Crabgrass starts to germinate.picmonkey-collage-crabgrass It is always best to control Crabgrass, when possible, before it germinates. Controlling it once it matures is often very difficult. Fairway Green utilizes a split three application pre-emergent process to offer the best summer Crabgrass control possible. This process is used based on local research from NC State University.

Pre-emergent starts to break down around mid-July. The pre-emergent breaks down so fescue seeding can start around the end of August. Early Crabgrass breakthrough, after proper pre-emergent applications, can be contributed to low mowing heights, thin areas in the lawn and aggressive edging along sidewalks and driveways.


Winter Annual Weeds

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.

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Left: Broadleaf weed: Mouse-ear Chickweed, Right: Broadleaf weed: Henbit

Broadleaf weed control could be difficult this spring due to many Fescue lawns being thin and not completely tillered.  Tiller simply means the fescue plant adds additional leaf blades thickening the plant and increasing the ability to compete against broadleaf weeds.

Research has proven that maintaining a mowing height of 3½” – 4” on fescue drastically reduces the amount of crabgrass in the lawn. Mowing at this height will also help promote healthy turf and help control broadleaf weeds.


Deep Root Fertilization for Ornamental Trees & Shrubs

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-10-52-09-amThis is the time of year that Fairway Green starts our deep root fertilization on ornamental trees and shrubs.  A probe is inserted into the feeder root zone releasing a long chain (very slow releasing) liquid horticultural fertilizer.  This specialty fertilizer is applied at a rate to feed the plant for the entire growing season.  Typically, this product will not create flush heavy growth.  This product is more of a vitamin for the plant adding in plant health.  This can be especially helpful during times of stress or poor soil conditions.  


Mole and Voles

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 Tomcat Mole Killer and Motomoco Mole Killer. These products are available in home & garden centers like Home Depot and Lowes (don’t forget to patron local hardware or nursery stores). A very good website for additional information on Moles and Voles is The Mole Man.

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!