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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.

White Grubs: The Illusion of Draught

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/

 

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