lawn care

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The cooler weather we've been hoping for is finally here, and the forecast indicates it's here to stay.

This season's welcoming temperatures encourage specific lawn diseases and weeds. Large patch is a prevalent lawn disease this time of year. Large patch loves cooler nights and warmer days. Optimum conditions for this disease involve temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees at night and temperatures not above 85 to 96 degrees in the day.


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One could argue October to be the most critical month for lawn maintenance. Work you put in now may not show immediate results, but that work will create a healthier lawn in the spring and summer to come.

This is the time of year summer weeds begin to finish up for the season. Simultaneously, winter weeds are beginning to emerge.


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Mid-summer marks the time when we need to begin scouting for insects in the lawn.

Two below-ground insects that can pose a problem to lawns in the summer are grubs and mole crickets. Above ground insects to watch for include chinch bugs and the sod web worm.


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If you have bare spots in your lawn, June is still an acceptable time to lay sod. Leaving bare areas unattended in your lawn will lead to additional weed problems later in the growing season.

Large areas with no competition from gress are perfect for weeds. If your bare areas are too large, you might consider sod.


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Go down the pesticide aisle at your local nursery. There are so many different herbicides to choose from. There's a difference between the different types of herbicides. But herbicides are just one of the ways to manage weeds.

Mowing your lawn at the right height is actually a very effective management technique against weeds. If you mow your grass at the right height, you'll need much less herbicide to manage weeds.


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As the days shorten and temperatures begin cooler, it's apparent that summer is finally ending. Lawn care definitely begins to change this time of the year. The growth of popular turf grasses, like Saint Augustine, Centipede Bermuda and Zoysia, begin to slow down this time of year. You should still mow your fall grasses to maintain a proper height.


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The reason why we wait till late March to feed the grass is it's best to allow it to wake up, grow a strong new root system, and fungal diseases tend to be worse if we fertilize too early.


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Jul 13, 2013
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It's tempting to let the days go by between mowing, but letting the grass get high and then cutting it back really short is bad for your lawn.