They can fall a transition season, because we are moving from warm summer to the cold of winter. As the weather continues to change, you will see fewer instances of weeds and insects on your Utah lawn. Vigilance is still required, however, to make sure your lawn is healthy next year.
Most insects are now in the dormant stage of their life cycle. This means that if you missed the signs of their presence now, they will be back to reproduce and torment your lawn next year. A visual inspection of your lawn in October can help make sure you get your lawn off to a great start in the spring.
Go over your lawn and look for brown patches and strips of your lawn that comes up easily. These are signs that insects have been feeding on your grass and its roots. You will need to make sure that your lawn is treated with insecticide to kill any insects that are left.
It is most effective to treat your Utah lawn with a targeted insecticide created for the infestation you have. Turf Plus can determine what types of insects your lawn has and the best treatment. If you prefer, we can treat your lawn for you and help with any other winterization procedures you have left this year. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.
The cooling temperature of fall means that most of your weed growth is diminishing. The growth season for most weeds peaks in early September, and most weeds are dormant. Your Utah lawn should be weed free at this point, but preparation for next year can help you stay that way.
You want to inspect all areas of your lawn frequently during October to make sure there are no signs of weeds that you may have missed. If you have been mowing your lawn on the second highest setting all year then the grass should have been tall enough to crowd out weeds. But there are no guarantees, and you want to look over your lawn to make sure this is the case.
If you notice any signs of weeds, herbicides can help get rid of them. Even if you don’t find any weeds, you may want to include herbicides as part of your winterization routine. This will help make sure that you reduce the chance of weeds invading your lawn next year.
If you find that you do have a weed problem and treating it with herbicides doesn’t help contact us. At Turf Plus, we are experts with the common Utah lawn issues and we can help. We will inspect your lawn and help you with treatment and any other winterization techniques.
While many aspects of lawn care Utah may be slowing down, mowing your lawn isn’t one of them. Because the weather is becoming cooler, you may find that you are mowing your lawn more frequently instead of less. Inspecting the lawn is also another important part of October lawn maintenance.
You need to make a personal inspection of your lawn every week to determine what it may need. Depending on the temperatures and amount of rain you receive in your area, you may need to mow more often. You will be the best judge of what you need to do as you prepare your lawn for fall and winter.
While you need to mow more often, you don’t need to change the height of the blade. No matter how hot or cold the weather may be you only want to remove the top of the blade. This makes sure your lawn looks green and healthy during this transitional time.
Practicing good lawn maintenance can help reduce the amount of weeds, insects and diseases your grass may suffer. Your roots will be deep and strong, and the grass will be tall enough to crowd out most of the weeds. If you water during the morning and allow the grass to dry in the warm summer sun, you may also be able to avoid many potential lawn diseases.
Monitoring your lawn during the month of October will help determining the type of lawn care Utah you may need. If you feel that you need more help, Turf Plus is willing to offer an inspection of your lawn to discover what you need. Contact us today and tell us what is going on with your lawn and we can let you know how we can help you.
The weather is continuing to change from the warmth of summer to the cool, crisp days of Fall. While the end of the 2012 lawn season is fast approaching, it isn’t over yet. There are still a few Utah lawn care tasks you need to perform to make sure that you end this season right and get the 2013 growing season off on the right foot.
The cooler weather means that you can continue to reduce the number of times you water your lawn. You may find that even one or two times a week is sufficient, as long as you continue to water just as deeply as you did during the hot summer months.
This will continue to condition the roots and keep your lawn green and healthy as the seasons change. You can continue to water your lawn through the end of the month. In Utah, it is rare to have weather cold enough to freeze water in sprinkling systems before Halloween.
On the last day of October, you can plan to empty your sprinkling system and stop using it for the rest of the year.
It is also a good time to inspect your system and make a note of any repairs or changes you will need to do to your sprinklers next year. Preparation is a major part of the Utah lawn care winterization you will need to perform over the next several months.
Turf Plus can help you as you start wrapping up the 2012 season. Contact us for more information regarding how we can help you end this year right.
When the weather turns cool most Utah lawn diseases start to drop off. One Utah lawn care issue that a homeowner may have to deal with in September, however is rust. This disease gets its name from the reddish brown spores that are kicked up when people and animals travel across an infected lawn. These spores are created by a fungus that thrives in the late summer, early fall. This is when lawn growth slows down and cool nights with warm sunny days encourages damp patches of grass that are slow to dry.
The more humid the weather the better chance that rust may be an issue. You may see the fungus begin in shady areas where the grass is wet for longer periods during the day. If you have nights with cool temperatures and a lot of dew coupled with sunny days that are relatively warm, you may want to keep an eye out for signs of rust as well.
A fungicide such as daconil or bayleton is the preferred treatment for rust. Apply the fungicide once or twice a month until all signs of the disease are eliminated. If you want to prevent the growth of rust or other diseases, there are some preventive methods you can use to make your lawn care duties lighter.
Applying the right amount of fertilizer will help encourage a healthy lawn and discourages many weeds, insects and diseases. In the fall, make sure you water less but mow more. When you water the lawn, make sure to irrigate in the morning to give the grass time to dry in the sun and prevent moisture from developing overnight.
If these lawn tips don’t prevent the growth of rust or other Utah lawn care issues, please contact us and we will be able to help you get your lawn back in shape for fall.