Lawn Tips


Planting the Right Type of Grass:
Planting the right type of grass is extremely important.  Some lawns never develop a thick green appearance.  For example, many lawns have Fine Fescue or Turf Fescue grass. This type of grass is often planted in sunny areas, when it should be planted in shaded areas.  During hot dry periods, this grass will die.  Kentucky Blue Grass and Perennial Rye Grass grow better in the sun.  If you do not have the right type of grass planted, your lawn will never look good.  Some grasses are drought tolerant, heat tolerant, or disease and insect tolerant.


Mowing Tips:
Cut your grass higher with sharp mower blades for a clean cut. Dull mower blades shreds your grass, weakens it, and opens it up to disease and insect problems. Higher cut turf helps to crowd out weeds and to keep your lawn cooler. It helps to keep sun loving insects out of your lawn. Less watering is needed if you keep the length of your grass higher.

Watering Tips:
Do not wait until your lawn turns brown to begin a watering routine. The first sign of drought is loss of springiness and a general dull, wilting appearance. Water your lawn in the early morning before 8:00am so that the water can have a chance to get down into the soil before the sun evaporates it. Water it deeply to a depth of about 2 inches at least once per week.

Common Lawn Diseases:

Snow Mold

Winter/Early Spring Disease


Snow mold appears as matted down areas in your grass that is brown. It does not usually kill the grass. You can lightly rake the matted down areas to help get air to the roots. Core aeration would also help to get air circulation to the root area. To help prevent snow mold next year, your last grass cutting should be short. All leaves should be removed from the lawn before the first snow.

Red Thread

Winter/Early Spring Disease


Red thread is a pink to red tip on your grass blade and it usually forms patches of dead areas.

Rust Disease


Spring/Summer/Fall Disease


Rust disease is when there is a rust color to your grass that gets onto your mower and shoes. It appears as yellow flecks on the grass blades which become orange and fuzzy. The whole lawn may have a yellow or reddish cast. Rust will not kill your grass. It will usually clear up if you maintain a watering and fertilizing schedule.

Dollar Spot


Spring/Summer/Fall Disease


Dollar spot: Lawn may appear as a drought stressed with uneven growth with small 2 inch diameter bleached circular areas throughout the lawn.

Tips on Lawn Disease Control:
Sharpen your mower blade, raise your mowing height, bag your clippings the next 3 times you mow, water your lawn in the morning only and allow it to dry out 2 days before watering again, If conditions get worse after about one week, a disease control application may be needed.
Common Insect Damage:  


Grubs feed on turfgrass roots. The grass will turn brown and die. Birds, skunks, and racoons will dig up the yard in search of grubs for food. Early September thru October grubs are active in yards.

Chinch Bugs


Damage is usually first detected when irregular patches of turf begin to turn yellow then straw colored. The straw colored areas may be dead. These patches continue to become larger in spite of watering. June thru September are active in yards.

A healthy and vigorous lawn is a year round task. Use these lawn care tips and techniques to keep your lawn looking beautiful and healthy all year round.

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