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
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.
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:
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
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 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
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
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.
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
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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