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Utah Lawn Care: Treating Morning Glory

Did you realize that morning glory is actually a weed? These pretty purple flowers that open every morning can choke your lawn and keeping it from growing healthy. So

Utah Lawn Care: Treating Morning Glory

how do you take care of the problem? Here are some tips:

Recognize the culprit

Moring Glory are blossoms that grow on large vines. The vines can be up to ten feet long and have heart shaped leaves. The color of the blossoms varies but common colors are white, blue and purple. The flowers generally open in the morning and stay open for the rest of the day.

Preventive Maintenance

Morning glory grow all year round, however with preventive Utah lawn care you can keep this weed from growing in your yard. If you use a preemergent herbicide in April or May you can prevent outbreaks of this weed.

What to do now?
Many weeds, including Morning Glory, thrive during the hot summer months, including July. If you find these blooms on your lawn you can treat with an herbicide. Reapply every five or six weeks to prevent a reappearance of the weed.

Another method you can use to keep this and other weeds out of your lawn this summer are to use a high setting on your lawn mower. This keeps weeds from receiving the sunlight they need to grow and ruin the look of your beautiful lawn.

If you want help with Morning Glory, Turf Plus can help you with all of your Utah Lawn Care needs. Just contact us with your lawn problems and we can take care of them for you.

Lawn Care Utah: Organic Lawn Care Alternatives

The organic method of lawn care in Utah can be affective in keeping your lawn healthy and preventing the growth of weeds or the

Lawn Care Utah: Organic Lawn Care Alternatives

Lawn Care Utah: Organic Lawn Care Alternatives

appearance of pests. If you want to try organic lawn care methods for your yard this growing season, here are some tips to get you started.

Top Soil

Have 8 or more inches of topsoil in order to improve your chances of succeeding with organic lawn care. Use compost once every few years to help the growth and health of your lawn. Some people only compost their yards once and have found they never need to do it again. Consider the appearance of your lawn before making the decision to compost on a frequent basis.

Watering

You don’t want to water your lawn constantly if you want to use organic lawn care in Utah. In the spring water your lawn deeply to encourage strong roots. During the summer, you will want to water the lawn once a week early in the morning. Make sure the water penetrates at least one inch of soil to be effective.

Acidity

Make sure the pH level of your lawn stays between 6-7. If it is under or over that level you will need to treat it to keep your lawn healthy.

Fertilizer

A protein based fertilizer feeds your lawn without attracting pests. Fertilize your lawn in the spring and then three weeks before your grass stops growing to keep your lawn looking its best.

Many people are looking at ways to keep their lawns looking nice without using a lot of chemicals are artificial products. Consult your local garden center to find the best organic products in your area, and with a little extra effort you can have a nice lawn with the use of insecticides or pesticides.

 

Lawn Care Utah: Billbugs

One of the common pests that appear in July is Billbugs. While the adult doesn’t harm your lawn, its young feed on blades of grass to grow big and strong. Learn the common signs your lawn may be infested with Billbugs and how to treat them.

Lawn Care Utah: Billbugs

Billbugs

Billbugs are a type of weevil and the adult female Billbug makes holes in your lawn to lay eggs. When the young hatch they are grubs approximately 1/3 of an inch long. They don’t have any legs, and they are often cream-colored with a brown head.

Unlike the Sod Webworm, the Billbug lays their eggs in the late summer or spring. When the grubs hatch, they eat the crown area of the plants and can kill it. You can tell if your plants have been attacked by young Billbugs if the top of the plant looks as if it is been sawed off.

Older Billbug grubs eat lower down on the plants, closer to the root. If there are signs of small grains that look similar to sawdust surrounding patches of grass on your lawn, then you may be seeing the signs of older grubs. Billbugs are especially dangerous to new lawns, but any type of lawn is susceptible to the damage these insects cause.

No matter what type of insects that may infect your Utah lawn, we can help. Contact us, and we can set up an inspection in order to determine what type of infestation you may have and how to treat your lawn so that you can enjoy it once again.

The signs of a Billbug infestation are similar to other lawn care Utah issues. One of the main signs of an infestation is large patches of dry grass you can pull up in a large clump. A sign that your lawn may be infested by Billbugs is that in addition to these patches you will see that the stems of grass are hallowed out.

Larvae of the Billbug look similar to a grub and are white and legless. They feed by penetrating the grass at the stem and consuming all its nutrients. The adults are beetles that are brown or black and have a long nose. By the time they reach this stage of their development they are no longer a threat to your lawn.

The prime growing season for Billbugs is June and July, but they develop throughout the summer. If you notice a Billbug infestation you need to retreat your lawn with an insecticide weekly until you are sure they are gone.

If your lawn care Utah maintenance includes getting rid of Billbugs or other pests you may want to contact us for help. We will apply the initial treatment and return as often as is necessary to reapply the treatment until your lawn is pest free.

Utah Lawn Care: Dealing with the Cranberry Girdler

An important part of Utah lawn care is recognizing when you have a pest problem and knowing how to get rid of them. The

Utah Lawn Care: Dealing with the Cranberry Girdler

Utah Lawn Care: Dealing with the Cranberry Girdler

Cranberry Girdler is a pest that normally doesn’t appear until July, but you may see the signs of infestation as early as April. This is why it is important to understand this pest now to prevent problems this season.

What does a Cranberry Girdler look like?

The in its pupae stage, Cranberry Girdler, or web worm is approximately three-quarters of an inch long and are either gray or dirty-white. As an adult, it is a buff-colored moth that has brown stripes and three black dots on its wing tips. The worm stays underground, so you won’t see it unless you pull up a patch of earth. The moth appears at night and you may see it in your yard if you have an infestation.

What are the signs of a Cranberry Girdler infestation?

  • Normally appears between July and September
  • If you have a dried out patch of lawn and you can remove it as one large piece this is a possible sign of infestation
  • If you see the adult moths hovering over the infected areas of your lawn at night your lawn is most likely infected with the pest

How do you get rid of a Cranberry Girdler infestation?

If you treat the affected areas of your lawn with an insecticide you should be able to remove the pest. If your lawn is made of turf grass, or you have cranberry bushes or Douglas firs your property is vulnerable to this type of pest. If you irrigate and use fertilizers you can help decrease the risk of an infestation and if your lawn is healthy it stands a good chance of recovering from the blight.

Utah lawn care can be the cause of a Cranberry Girdler infestation. If you overly maintain your lawn you may attract the pest. Maintain a careful balance in your lawn chores and you can help decrease the chance of this pest visiting your property. If you have any questions about Utah lawn care, the Cranberry Girdler, or any other lawn pest, feel free to contact us for help.

Utah Lawn Issues: Dealing with Crabgrass

We work hard to keep our lawns looking beautiful. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we end up having with pests and

Utah Lawn Issues: Dealing with Crabgrass

Utah Lawn Issues: Dealing with Crabgrass

weeds. One Utah lawn issue that you may encounter this month is Crabgrass. With a little work and some preventive maintenance, you can keep your lawn looking beautiful this year and many years to come.

Crabgrass begins germinating when temperatures average between 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on how the seasons progress, this temperature range can occur between late spring and early summer. Once it starts, it continues to reproduce throughout the summer and into the early fall. Only the frost of late fall will kill it for the season.

There are herbicides you can purchase to treat your lawn and prevent crabgrass from growing. Your best choice is a pre-emergent herbicide, which means that you use it before the crabgrass appears. These herbicides kill the seeds before they germinate and may need to be reapplied during the summer months.

These herbicides come in either a liquid or granular form. It is important that you apply them at the right time. If you apply it too early or too late in the season it won’t be effective. If you want to know the best time to apply the herbicides you can follow the adage that says to use it “After the forsythia bushes bloom but before lilac bushes bloom”.

You need to make sure that you water your lawn after you apply the herbicide to help activate it but don’t aerate your lawn afterwards. If you aerate your lawn after applying the herbicide you risk damaging the protective layer of the treatment that prevents crab grass germination.

Utah lawn care is a consistent task that requires preventive maintenance as well as constant monitoring during the season. Starting your work early will help make your work easier the rest of the year. Then you can spend some time enjoying the lawn you worked so hard to cultivate.

 
What should I do if I start seeing crabgrass?
You may have already started seeing crabgrass and other summer annuals in the cracks of your sidewalk or driveway. This is an indicator of the weeds that may soon infiltrate your lawn. You should have already received a first application of pre-emergence. A second application will help reinforce the pre-emergence barrier, and therefore prevent many of these weed-seeds from taking root and infesting your lawn.

The pre-emergence window closes fast…Act now and keep that nasty crabgrass out!

During the month of July, you may begin to see instances of weeds on your Utah lawn. For this month begins the peak growing season for many different weeds. One of the main weeds that you may see is crabgrass.

The Stubborn Enemy

Crabgrass is a very stubborn enemy. It can germinate for long periods of time and can appear on your lawn throughout the growing season. It spreads many seeds in the late summer and fall, and it is tolerant to heat and drought. Once crabgrass roots in your lawn, it can be difficult to remove.

Not Easy to Spot

Crabgrass is often misidentified. Not all thick bladed grass is crabgrass. In actuality, this weed grows close to the ground and spreads out. So, if you see tall, thick bladed grass on your lawn you may not have crabgrass. Instead, you may have a different type of grass that was planted by a previous owner that is now growing on your lawn.

What Does It Do?

It has root toxins that spread in the soil to make the turf around the crabgrass look dull and lifeless. It is also very prolific, and once it starts it can spread across your lawn rapidly.

How to Prevent

You can prevent crabgrass from taking root on your Utah lawn. By mowing your lawn at the second highest setting you are leaving the grass high enough that it can cast any potential crabgrass in the shade. Crabgrass prefers sun to grow to you are making it difficult for the weed to thrive when leaving your grass tall.

You can also make changes to the soil so that the crabgrass doesn’t find the ground palatable to grow. You may see instances of crabgrass in your lawn, but not your neighbors because their soil is different.

If you find that your lawn has been infested with crabgrass and you are having difficulty removing it, feel free to contact us. We can help you identify and remove the weeds in your lawn to make this summer the one where you can enjoy your Utah lawn to the fullest.

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