Landworks is your expert full service lawn care company to keep your lawn lush and green even through the scorching hot summer months. As the weather heats up, you must adjust your watering and mowing habits as well as regularly checking for turf and shrub disease.
Your lawn needs from 1″ to 1 1/2″ of water per week. Moisture should penetrate 6″ to 8″ into the soil. Trees and shrubs also need a deep weekly soaking in hot, dry weather. Shrubs should be watered three times as long as turf.
It is important not to under or over water. The easiest solution is a sprinkler/irrigation system. A lawn care company like Landworks can design an efficient system for your property that will prevent erosion and excess runoff, and monitor water output to make sure your lawn is receiving the right amount. The frequency and amount of water is determined by setting a programming controller.
Mowing to a 2.5-3” mow height is optimal for most of the year, but to prevent heat stress, mowing height should be raised to 3-3.5” to provide more insulation from heat and reduce water loss. It is also important not to let your grass grow too long, because removing more than 1/3 of the total blade height at once can stress your lawn.
Turf and Shrub Disease
As your expert lawn care company, Landworks is here to help you prevent, identify, and treat all manner of turf and shrub diseases. Good drainage, aeration, fertilization, watering, and mowing practices help prevent all types of lawn disease.
- Crabgrass – Crabgrass is yellowish to lime green in color, with broader leaves than turf grass. Side shoots spread and root, giving the plant a zig-zag appearance. An application of pre-emergent in early spring helps prevent germination, and a post-emergent should be applied later in the summer.
- Nutsedge – Yellow nutsedge has bright yellow-green leaves, and purple nutsedge dark green. Both stand out against turf grass. It has triangular stems and grows much faster than turf grass, giving an uneven appearance to your lawn. Outbreaks often begin in moist, poorly drained lawn areas, and quickly develop into large colonies. The only effective treatments for nutsedge are specialized products best applied by professionals.
- Grubs – Wilting, irregular brown patches and spots that appear to have been dug up by animals may indicate grubs. You can pull up a bit of turf and look for plump, C-shaped white larvae with brown heads. Insecticides can be used on lawns suspected of having grubs, but they must be used as pretreatment before damage is evident to be effective.