Annual Bluegrass going to seed

Every spring, while many grass varieties are just waking up, one variety of grass is already standing out. It is an unwanted and difficult-to-control grass called Annual Bluegrass. (Not to be confused with a good grass called Kentucky Bluegrass.)  Right now it is producing seedheads and sticks out in lawns.  For a few weeks every spring, annual bluegrass goes to seed before other varieties.  The seeds it produces help this grass to spread and make it difficult to control as the seeds drop into the soil.

If you ever want to try to control this aggressively spreading grass, this short timeframe when it goes to seed is the time to do it.   We recommend digging out the clumps of annual bluegrass, adding a thin layer of dirt and fresh grass seed.  Be careful when removing this grass not to spread the seeds and to properly dispose of the removed clumps.

Maple Tree Seedlings

The Maple Tree seedlings are back in full force this spring.  The warm spring weather has caused them to arrive early this year.

Many customers ask if our lawn care applications will control Maple Tree seedlings. The answer is yes, but there is an easier way. Maple Tree seedlings aren’t mowing-tolerant. Once the leaves are mowed off, the rest of the tree can’t survive, and they will die on their own. Don’t lower your mowing height to eliminate them early. They will be gone soon enough.

Moles vs Voles

Mole or Vole Damage?

Over the winter months, moles and voles continue to work in your lawn.  These two pests damage a lawn in different ways and identifying them is key in controlling them.

Click here for more information on identifying Voles vs Moles

Tire Tracks in Turf

-This is a part of the article entitled “Mowing in the heat” by Dr. Kevin Frank.

“Last year I witnessed several incidents of tire tracks on turfgrass simply from mowing during the hottest part of the day. Typically tip burn happens when mowing occurs on heat or drought stressed turf. When the turf is close to wilting and you apply any sort of impact, especially from hot black tires on mowers, you will likely get tip burn. The plant hasn’t been killed and will recover rather quickly.”

It appears that you have some tip burn in your lawn. The causes for this problem are anything that will put pressure on dry, stressed turf: footsteps, lawn mower tires, automobile tires, or our fertilizing equipment. This only happens to dry, brittle turf in sunny areas. The same principal applies as in the article; the turf looks bad but will recover. Adequate watering will speed up the turf’s recovery.

 

 

Dealing with Brown Patches

DESCRIPTION OF DISEASE

Areas affected by Brown Patch are initially roughly circular and vary in size from one to five feet. It is a foliar disease that does not affect crowns or roots.

During early morning hours, fine strands of grayish, cobwebby fungal growth (mycelium) may be evident at the margin of actively developing patches. The band (often called a smoke ring) is caused by advancing mycelium and water-soaked infected grass blades. This “smoke ring” disappears quickly as the dew dries.

SUSCEPTIBLE TURF-GRASSES

Tall fescue and perennial ryegrass are the lawn grasses most susceptible to Brown Patch. Fine fescues and zoysia are all moderately susceptible to the disease. Occasionally, Kentucky bluegrass lawns can be affected by Brown Patch, although this grass is less susceptible than others. Seedlings of all grasses are more susceptible to infection than established plantings.

CONDITIONS FAVORING DISEASE

Brown Patch is most destructive when the weather is humid and temperatures are stressful to the grass. Thus, in cool-season grasses such as tall fescue and perennial ryegrass, the disease is most severe under high temperatures (highs above 85 F, lows above 60 F).

MANAGEMENT

→ Don’t overwater or water in late afternoon.

→ Aerate to reduce excessive thatch.

→ Don’t mow grass when it is wet.

→ Keep mower blades sharp, dull mower blades also can enhance disease se-verity.