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Lawn Care Utah: White Grub Prevention

August is a difficult time for lawn care Utah due to the prevelance of different insects, weeds, and diseases. Long periods of high heat and little rain can put a lot of stress on your lawn, and this is when problems can develop. One problem that can occur is the appearance of white grubs in your lawn.

White grubs are insects that have a c-shaped body, spiny hairs growing on the bottom half, and a dark head. They can grow up to two inches long and aren’t usually seen about ground. The best way to determine if your lawn is infested with white grubs is to detect dry patches of grass that come up in one long strip. When you lift this strip and look underneath, you will see the white grub crawling around on the roots.

There are different ways you can prevent the growth and damage caused by white grubs. One way is to plant trees around your property to encourage shade, as white grubs don’t tend to thrive in shady areas. Another method is to practice proper watering techniques that encourage a strong root system and lawns that are resilient to many insects and weeds.

If you find that you are infested with white grub you can apply an insecticide weekly to kill them and prevent them from returning. Repeating the treatment in the fall, by mid September, will help prevent white grubs from returning and doing more damage.

If your lawn care Utah issues include dealing with white grubs or other lawn pests, Turf Plus is willing to help. Contact us to find out how we can help you with any of your lawn care problems.

White Grubs: The Illusion of Drought

You’ve applied herbicides, insecticides, and taken pains to root out the weeds and pests in your lawn;  You’ve carefully gauged the hydration of your yard, applied the latest and greatest watering techniques, and ensured that you’ve tempered the height of your lawn according to the standards of the season; You’ve been thorough, devoted, and passionate in your pursuit of a lush, healthy green lawn; yet sadly, despite your best efforts, the dry brown patches typical to draught in the Summer months have begun to set in.

Little is more frustrating than seeing your hard work come to naught.

If your lawn seems like its drying out despite constant watering and maintenance, the problem may not be dehydration.  Though gray-green coloring, wilting, and uneven patches are the signs typical to poor hydration during the hot months, they are literally the exact same symptoms of a white grub infestation.

Happily, testing for white grubs is nearly as easy as eliminating them.  Locate affected areas, pull up on the wilted grass firmly, and, if the issue is indeed white grubs, the grass will pull up evenly and the little white monsters will be visible and exposed.

Looking to wipe out the squirming root demons chomping at your lawn?  Carefully apply insecticide directly to the affected areas and check back periodically (once or so a week) for results.  The process should work quickly, and as the white grubs die the spread of brown patches will cease and the little grubs will be dead on top of the soil.

 

White grubs become especially prominent during the later Summer months.  Check for them as July sets in and ensure you take care of them quickly (they spread fairly rapidly).  For more information on White Grubs, feel free to check our Lawn Tips section at http://turfplusutah.com/tips/

Utah Lawn Care: Protecting Your Lawn From Drought

Recognize drought BEFORE it browns your lawn!

The weather has warmed and the rain has slowed.  Learn how to recognize drought BEFORE it does damage to your lawn and prevent those nasty brown spots from emerging and spreading!

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How to Detect and Treat Necrotic Ring

Necrotic Ring is a disease that typically affects lawns during the hottest months of the year, when the grass is under the most stress. It can be identified by donut-shaped rings between one to five feet in diameter. These patches can be localized or seen throughout your lawn.

This disease is caused by a fungus known as Ophiosphaerella korrae, and is common in areas with poor drainage and compact soil. Over watering is another common instigator that will encourage the growth of this fungus.

There are some types of grass that are more resistant to Necrotic Ring than others are. Rye grass and certain types of Kentucky bluegrass are resilient and will resist the spread of Necrotic Ring. In fact, you can seed affect areas of a lawn with rye grass seed to encourage lawn growth.

Other ways to prevent the growth and spread of Necrotic ring are good lawn maintenance practices and prevention. Good lawn maintenance includes not overwatering your lawn, and only mowing the top 1/3 of a blade of grass at time by using the second highest setting on your lawn mower. Be cautious when applying fertilizer that is high in nitrogen to help curb the growth of Necrotic Ring and use slow release fertilizers over multiple application over the summer months.

Applying fertilizer in the late spring and early fall can help reduce the growth of Necrotic Ring, and applying Sulfur amendments when fertilizing can also help prevent the growth of fungus on your lawn.

If you decide to apply a fungicide, you need to make sure you time the applications carefully to get the proper affect. Apply the first dose in approximately mid-May, followed by a second application in the middle of June. This makes sure that the fungicide is still working during the peak time when fungus grows on your lawn.

With careful planning and maintenance, you can prevent Necrotic Ring and other diseases from affecting your lawn, and keep it healthy all year round.

Keep Your Utah Lawn from Melting This Summer

With the hot weather associated with July, you may feel like you are melting. Even your pets are hot and your plants seem to droop. When you look out at your backyard,

Keep Your Utah Lawn from Melting This Summer

your lawn seems to be wilting as well. Your Utah lawn may be more than just suffering from the heat, however.

One disease that is common in July is Helminthosporium. This disease, also known as melting out, creates browning patches in your yard. The way to tell if your lawn is infected with Helminthosporium is to look at the blades of grass. If the blade is brown on the edges with a line of purple and then green, your lawn is infected with this disease.

There are different ways you can prevent this disease from affecting your yard. In the spring you can aerate your yard to allow your roots to grow deep and healthy. If you mow your lawn high you will help your lawn become more resistant to this disease. If you reduce the number of times you water your lawn you can also prevent Helminthosporium.

Sometimes even the best maintenance can’t prevent every potential Utah lawn care issue. If your lawn suffers from Helminthosporium or another common lawn disease, contact us for help.

 

The month of July is often very hot and dry. As you travel to family picnics, vacations, and picking your children up from summer camp, you may see lawn after lawn with

Keep Your Utah Lawn Beautiful Without Excessive Watering

dry brown patches. You may be wondering how you can prevent this from happening to your lawn without excessive watering.

Water Early

If you have a timer for your watering system, set it so that it will run early in the morning. This will give the water a chance to soak the dirt and penetrate the roots before it evaporates. This is especially beneficial if there is a strong breeze that may carry the water away before it has a chance to reach your lawn.

Mow High

Another way to keep your Utah Lawn beautiful during the hot summer months is to adjust the setting on your lawn mower. The top of your grass is where most of your beautiful color resides, so setting your mower to 2 ½ to 3 inches will gently trim your lawn without losing color. Any most mowers, this is the second to highest setting.

In addition to keeping your lawn green when others are browning out, you can reduce your water usage as well. It will strengthen your root system while allowing you to irrigate less often. It will also help reduce the occurrence of weeds.

There is a way to keep your Utah lawn beautiful while still protecting the environment. Water early in the morning and mow high to keep your lawn rich and green this summer.

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