Taking Care of Your Healthy Lawn
The process of pulling cores of soil from the lawn’s canopy to better allow air, water, and nutrients to enter the soil. In addition, aeration reduces compaction that builds up from constant mowing and foot traffic. It also reduces thatch buildup which occurs naturally over the life cycle of grass plants. Aeration is one of the best ways to restore a damaged lawn and to improve the overall health of existing lawns.
We use pre-emergent weed control to inhibit the germination of crabgrass and other grassy weeds. We do this because grassy weeds can be difficult to control once they start growing. The second part of weed control is broadleaf weed treatment. Broadleaf weeds consist of clover, dandelion, and thistle etc. We apply treatments as needed to inhibit the growth of broadleaf weeds. Keep in mind that a healthy lawn that is properly fertilized and watered will produce a tight-knit canopy of grass that provides the best defense against noxious weeds.
There are also two parts to insect control.
Part One is the treatment of root feeding insects like white grubs. Grub control treatments are essential to prevent these voracious insects from feeding on your lawn. Grub damage is best diagnosed when the dead grass can be pulled up like carpet, or when there are patches of grass lifted by animals that are feeding on the grubs. Grubs feast on the roots thus severing the plant’s connection with the soil.
Part Two is the control of surface feeding insects like cutworms, chinch bugs, and weevils. These insects devour the leaves of plants and can create devastating results
Lawn Diseases and Control
One major problem effecting lawns in our area is disease. Diseases in grass, just as in humans, become a problem when the conditions are optimal for their survival. Disease spores grow and multiply most effectively in warm, moist conditions. Diseases can pop up literally over night, especially on hot, humid nights in July and August after rainstorms. Common diseases for our area are Red Thread, Dollar Spot, Rust, Pythium.
Some diseases are worse than others. For example, if left untreated, diseases like dollar spot and pythium can kill large portions of a lawn that will ultimately need to be re-seeded or resurfaced with sod. Although diseases are best treated preventatively, curative treatments can work as well. The biggest key to disease treatment is timing and knowing when the conditions are just right.