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Dealing with Sod Webworm on Your Utah Lawn

With all the different insects that may grow on your Utah lawn, how are you to tell them apart? During the peak of summer through early fall, you may see many types of infestations in your lawn. Two common insects that you may see this are Billbugs and Sod Webworm.

Sod Webworm

This is an insect that starts as larvae less than 1 inch long and covered in dark spots. When it reaches adulthood, it is a caterpillar with small brown patches. These larvae are hatched in the fall, and then burrow deep underground in the winter. Once the weather warms up in the spring, they rise to the surface and begin to eat.

One way to tell if your lawn is infested with Sod Webworm is that there are brown patches on your lawn. When you go to pick up the grass, it comes up in a long strip, like a rug.

While you may see less weeds in September, you may see a significant increase in the number of insects infesting your Utah lawn. One insect that is common in the early fall is Sod Webworm. This hungry caterpillar can eat up to four square feet of grass before it changes into its moth adult form. Often it is the harmless adult that is easier to spot when you have a sod webworm infestation.

As with many insects that invade your lawn. One sign of sod webworm are patches of brown lawn that is can be lifted in large clumps. Another indicator of this particular insect is if you notice buff colored moths flying in a zig-zag pattern over your lawn. They will be most visible at night and are attracted to light. While this is the adult version of the sod webworm and it will not harm your lawn, it will lay eggs that will hatch ravenous young.

The young sod webworm is a caterpillar approximately one inch long with a brown head. As there are several different species, the body of the webworm may be green, grey, brown or beige, but they all have four rows of spots on its abdomen. Hair will protrude from these bands and will give the body of the insect a striped look.

The sod webworm is prevelant between June through September, with September being its most active month. As the temperature begins to cool, the insects will start curling up in the soil and remain dormant through the winter.

It is possible to get rid of a sod webworm infestation by applying an insecticide and repeating the application until all signs of the insects are gone. If you have problems getting rid of sod webworm or any other insect feel free to contact us for a consultation.

Utah Lawn Care: Dealing with Spurge

With the advent of cooler weather homeowners will be able to breath a sigh of relief as the weed season begins to wane. One problem that may persist, however is spurge. When it comes to Utah lawn care, dealing with spurge can be a matter of persistence and prevention.

You may have spurge on your lawn and not realize it is considered a weed. If you have clumps of about a dozen heart shape leaves that fan out from a flower center you may have spurge. This weed grows throughout the summer but it prefers the cooler air to the hot dry weather of June, July and August.

You can try to apply a selective herbicide four five to six weeks to eliminate spurge, but the weed is often resilient to this regimen. If you have had issues with spurge in the past, applying a pre-emergent herbice in the early spring can help reduce the weed the next growing season.

As always, mowing at the three inch level can help promote a healthy lawn and prevent the occurrence of spurge or other weeds throughout the year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us about spurge or any other Utah lawn care issues.

Lawn Care Utah Tips for Fall

As we enter September we know that summer is winding down and the warm days and cool nights of fall will soon be upon us. Lawn care Utah tips for fall include decreasing watering, increasing mowing, and thinking about next year’s lawn care.

Indian summer isn’t uncommon and often the beginning of September is still pretty hot. As the weather changes you will want to water only once or twice a week. However, you want to make sure you are still watering deeply, penetrating approximately ten inches of soil to access the grass roots. You may still see signs of drought if the weather has been exceedingly dry. If this is the case water early in the morning deeply to revitalize the lawn before the weather cools.

If you are thinking of replanting your lawn you will want to do it know instead of waiting until next spring. The cool temperatures will allow the seedinglings to establish themselves nicely. And if you replant before the middle of September you will give the lawn time to establish itself before winter sets in.

Another lawn care Utah tip for fall is to increase the number of times you mow in a month. Unlike the hot and dry late summer months, the cooler weather will encourage growth. You will still want to make sure that you are mowing at the three inch setting and not taking off more than the top third of the blade of grass to keep your lawn green and healthy.

If you are having issues with drought or have any other questions about preparing for fall, please contact us for Autumn lawn care Utah tips.

Utah Lawn Care with Water Efficient Landscapes

Although not all of Utah is affected by water issues, many homeowners want to be environmentally friendly and use less water to maintain their lawns. There are strategies people can use to reduce the amount of water needed to keep grass green during even the hottest summer. Yet many homeowners are buying landscaping items that use less water and need less work to keep their yards looking nice year round.

One way to create an Earth friendly landscape is to balance lawn with flowers, trees, bushes and hardscaping to make a yard more water and energy efficient. If you combine this idea with items that use less water, you can increase the ability of your landscape of being green and water efficient.

Lawn

There are different grasses that need less water and use the water they have more effectively. Many of these lawns are beautiful shades of green and have the added benefit of needing little mowing compared to other grasses. These grasses include:

  • Bella Bluegrass
  • Maiden Grass
  • Buffalo Grass
  • Indian Grass

Cacti

Some people love the look of cacti in their landscape. While cacti in general need less water, some are more suited to Utah than others. Some of the cacti the need less water, less fuss, and do well in the Utah climate are Engelman Hedgehog and Beavertail Cactus. They help your lawn look beautiful and unique as you host your next barbecue.

Vines and Ground Cover

Another way to add beauty and decoration to a lawn without adding a lot of hard work or water usage is to include vines and ground cover. Come vines that need less water include Japanese Wisteria and White Virgins-Bower. Bearberry and Snow-in-Summer are two types of ground cover you can use in landscaping as well.

Perennials

Many people love the look of perennials in their landscape. When searching for water-friendly items to add to your list you can look for these:

  • Willow Blue Star
  • White Evening Primrose
  • Oriental Poppy
  • Cupids Dart

Deciduous and Coniferous Trees

Trees are a great addition to your lawn. They provide beauty and shade in addition to helping with Utah lawn care and reducing water usage. If you want to add trees to your landscaping project here are some nice ones to consider:

  • Hedge Maple
  • Desert Willow
  • Kentucky Coffee Tree
  • White Fir
  • Utah Juniper
  • Scotch Pine

When determining the best way to reduce the amount of water and time needed to maintain your lawn, you may want to consider optimizing your landscape. This way, you can help the environment, conserve a vital resource and spend more time enjoying your lawn. If you need help determining how to combine Utah lawn care and energy conservation you can contact us. We can help you determine the types of grasses, perennials or other plants are suitable to your soil and location.

 

Utah Lawn Care: Orchard Grass Prevention

Utah lawn care includes as much prevention as it does fixing a problem when it occurs. Affective maintence in the spring and eary summer can help prevent many lawn care problems that happen later in the summer. Some problems, however, are a little more difficult to prevent. The growth of orchard grass in your lawn is one type of problem that is hard to prevent and treat.

In August it is common to see many different types of weeds and insects that damage your lawn. Orchard grass, however, is a little different. It is a perennial, grows from early spring till fall, and its growth season coincides with the growth of your lawn. Orchard grass has light colored blades that are v-shaped, and forms in patches. It also has light green leaves that are approximately ten inches long and 1/3 inches wide.

The reason why Orchard grass is difficult to prevent and remove is that it is a grass, and any treatments you use on your lawn to prevent Orchard grass may harm your lawn as well. If you like, you can try applying a pre-emergent herbicide in late spring, April or May, to try to prevent the growth of Orchard grass on your lawn.

If you find Orchard grass and want to remove it, you can try to use a non-selective herbicide, but there is a good chance you will cause damage to your surrounding lawn. This means you will need to reseed in these areas. You can also try to maintain your lawn by mowing at the 2″ setting, which is a good way to prevent many weeds and unwanted plants from growing on your lawn.

If you want to get rid of Orchard grass or have other Utah lawn care problems, feel free to contact us. We can offer you a consu

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