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Utah Lawn Care: Moving In Tips

If you have just moved in to a new home, you may need to know what to do in order to take care of your lawn. Here are some Utah lawn care tips to help you get ready to take care of your lawn, and how to spot any potential problems you may need to resolve.

 

Equipment

There are some basic tools you need to purchase in order to properly maintain your new yard. You will need a lawn mower, a weed trimmer, a rake, an aerator, an edger, some type of watering system and a grass seed spreader. You may have a sprinkler system installed on the property, if you do, you will need to check the settings, but we will look at that more later in the article.

 

Schedule

Depending on how long the house has been vacant and how well it was cared for, you may have a lot of work ahead of you. The time of year you purchase the home may also impact the amount of lawn care necessary to maintain your yard.

If the home has been vacant for a while and the yard is overgrown, you will need to mow several times in order to get your yard in shape. If the lawn has grown over parts of the sidewalk or driveway, the edger will be able to help you re-train your lawn to keep it within its original borders.

Once your lawn is under control, you will only have to mow once a week during the summer and only a few times during the spring or fall. Once your lawn is regulated, mow at the 3″ setting to keep your grass healthy and reduce the chance of having weeds or insects invading your lawn.

Watering is also an important part of maintaining a healthy lawn. You need to make sure that the water is penetrating the soil deep enough that it reaches the roots of the grass. If you have an automated sprinkler system, make sure that it is reaching your entire lawn and not watering your driveway or sidewalk. Not only will this keep your yard hydrated, it will also help save money.

Watering 10″ deep twice a week is all you need to maintain your lawn. If you find the soil is dry, you may need to water your lawn more often for a few weeks in order to get your soil to the point where basic maintenance is all you will need.

 

Problems

An overgrown or dry lawn aren’t the only problems you may encounter when you purchase a new home. There may be bare patches or brown patches that need to be taken care of. Brown patches may indicate that you have insects, and they will need to be removed. Other problems can be different types of weeds, such as crab grass, or diseases.

If you find that your Utah lawn care for your new home includes trying to remove weeds, insects or diseases contact us and we can help you get your lawn in shape so that you can enjoy your new home.

 

Utah Lawn: Weeds and Insects

In June you may see a growing number of weeds and insects infecting you Utah lawn. There are different steps that you can take in the spring to help prevent many of these issues. You can also mow your lawn on the second-highest setting to help curb the instances of weeds or insects. However, sometimes you may find that prevention isn’t enough and you have instances of weeds or insects on your lawn.

 

Weeds

This month you may see an increasing number of weeds, including: crab grass, orchard grass, clover, dandelions, and  violets. Many of these weeds may appear in the cracks in your sidewalk before they penetrate your yard. Others may start to appear in limited areas, but will spread if you mow them over instead of removing them with a herbicide.

Dandelions may seem harmless, but they are a stubborn weed that spread their seeds when the heads turn to fluff. The wind often blows these seeds around, but young children often help by picking them and blowing them because it is fun to watch the seeds scatter. This is why it is better to spray them before they get to their fluff state and spread further.

Violets are pretty, so many people may not think of them as weeds. Not only are they weeds, but they are also ones that are difficult to get rid of. They need to be sprayed repeatedly over a 5-6 week period of time and they still may not be completely gone. It is also not advisable to mow them, as their seeds spread. If you do mow them, spray them with water first, in order to prevent the seeds from spreading.

 

Insects

There are several different insects that also appear in the warmer weather. Some of them include Cranberry Girdler, Bill bugs, and White Grub. No matter which insect your lawn may be infected with, a common sign of an infestation is a patch of grass that is brown and pulls up all in one piece, like a rug. Sometimes you may see moth-like insects hovering over the area of grass that is infected. If you pull up the grass, you may see white grub-like insects. Insecticides will often take care of the problem, but some insects are more resistant than others are.

If your Utah lawn is infected with weeds or insects, you can all us for assistance. You can visit your home and let you know how we can help you with your lawn care problems.

Utah Lawn Diseases

With the warmer May weather, you may think that you would see more signs of diseases or insects on you Utah lawn. The truth, however, is that many of the common diseases and insects do not appear until later in the year. They become dormant during the winter and do not revive until the warmer temperatures of summer.

You may see signs of cranberry girdler, sod worm or white grub this month if the weather is unusually warm, but this is rare. One disease you may see in May is actually a carry over from the winter months. There is a type of mold that can grow if the previous winter saw a rapid change in temperature between freezing and thawing. Your grass may appear to be “melting out” and have a purple tinge on the edges.

Mostly May is about prevention. You will want to train your lawn’s roots and create a mowing regimen that will encourage growth and discourage lawn care problems. A pre-emergent herbicide can also help keep your lawn green and healthy.

If you take care of your lawn in the spring you can often avoid many lawn care problems and adding chemicals to your lawn. If, however you find that you are having issues with your Utah lawn you can’t resolve, contact us for advice. We can help you determine what the problem may be and how we can help you.

May is often a great month for lawn care and you will see the growth of flowers, grass, and trees. Enjoy the beauty and the weather by spending time on your healthy Utah lawn in May, and may you enjoy it all summer long.

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/

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.

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