If you are on one of our full season programs your lawn will have the nutrients it needs. Proper organic fertilization and organic weed control; however, are only one aspect to a great looking lawn. Your lawn will only look great if the lawn is also being watered and mowed properly. Please read the following proper cultural practices to find out how to properly water and mow the lawn for the hot summer months.
In addtion to summer lawn fertilizer cultural practices are a very important step in maintaining a healthy lawn. When we speak of cultural practices we mean proper mowing and deep and infrequent watering. In the summer you should mow the lawn on the highest setting of the mower. This is not a joke and this will make protect the lawn from heat and drought stress. The most common mistake most homeowners make is they mow too short. Proper mowing means proper height to mow, proper frequency and proper lawn mower maintenance.
Poor watering practices is the biggest mistake that homeowners make during the hot summer months
In the summer the lawn needs to be watered 3 days a week and never anymore than three days per week. Proper watering includes proper time of day for watering, proper duration based on the type of head and orientation to the sun, properly adjusting sprinkler head coverage, and proper frequency. To learn how to properly water a lawn please follow these recommendations.
Crabgrass is a light colored grass that germinates from late June through late August. It typically grows along the edges of the lawn near sidewalks or in thin areas. Crabgrass is an annual grass and needs to be treated before it goes to seed. If you control the crabgrass before it goes to seed then you will reduce your crabgrass problem for the following year. We use a product called Drive XLR8 to treat for Crabgrass.
Crabgrass is an annual grass that germinates in weak or stressed areas of the lawn. The crabgrass is the light colored grass in this picture.
Ascochyta Leaf Blight / Dollar Spot Fungus is the most common lawn fungus that causes brown spots in the lawn during the hot summer months. Ascochyta/Dollar Spot is a symptom of shallow grass roots, which is caused by improper watering techniques or poor sprinkler coverage.
To quickly get the lawn looking better we recommend making changes to the sprinkler schedule or fixing the sprinkler coverage problem. After the sprinklers have been adjusted water the lawn deeply for 3 consecutive days and then go back to a proper watering schedule. We also strongly recommend a treatment of humate soil conditioner Humate Soil Conditioner.
During the hot summer months the weeds in the areas outside of the lawn can be very aggressive. If they are getting out of hand where you cannot keep up with them by hand weeding we recommend using Avenger which is our organic alternative to Roundup. Avenger is a wonderful product to use in the summer because it works so well and kills the weeds typically within 2 hours after application.
Weeds can take over rock and mulched areas very quickly. BurnOut can take care of these weeds very quickly.
Trees get insect pressure from aphids and mites especially when temperatures are hot. It is important to get the insects treated if they are suffering from insect pressure. Insects can be extremely stressful on trees and can reproduce quickly causing damage to the tree resulting in stunted growth and increased susceptibility to disease and drought.
Symptoms of aphid pressure include: curling of leaf tissue, a shiny sticky substance called honeydew on the leaf tissue, the presence of wasps, and insects feeding on the underneath side of the leaf tissue. Each aphid can reproduce up to 20 more aphids a day so if you have problems contact our office about having the Orthene deep root injection treatment for the infested trees. High risk trees for aphids include: Ash, Aspen (Very High), Birch, Cottonwood (Very High), Elm, Hawthorne, Honeylocust, and Maple.
Symptoms of mite pressure include: yellowing or browning of leaf tissue, and tiny insects crawling on the trees. Some mites are not visible to the naked eye and it is important to look for signs of stress. High risk trees for mite pressure include: Alder, Aspen, Cottonwood, Hawthorne, Honeylocust (Very High), Hornbeam, Linden, and Willow. Note: All trees can get aphids and mites but these are the trees at the greatest risk.
This Ladybug is a beneficial insect and eats aphids. Our tree treatments are injected into the tree’s root zone and therefore they do not harm beneficial insects.