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Lawn Care Utah Tips for Fall

As we enter September we know that summer is winding down and the warm days and cool nights of fall will soon be upon us. Lawn care Utah tips for fall include decreasing watering, increasing mowing, and thinking about next year’s lawn care.

Indian summer isn’t uncommon and often the beginning of September is still pretty hot. As the weather changes you will want to water only once or twice a week. However, you want to make sure you are still watering deeply, penetrating approximately ten inches of soil to access the grass roots. You may still see signs of drought if the weather has been exceedingly dry. If this is the case water early in the morning deeply to revitalize the lawn before the weather cools.

If you are thinking of replanting your lawn you will want to do it know instead of waiting until next spring. The cool temperatures will allow the seedinglings to establish themselves nicely. And if you replant before the middle of September you will give the lawn time to establish itself before winter sets in.

Another lawn care Utah tip for fall is to increase the number of times you mow in a month. Unlike the hot and dry late summer months, the cooler weather will encourage growth. You will still want to make sure that you are mowing at the three inch setting and not taking off more than the top third of the blade of grass to keep your lawn green and healthy.

If you are having issues with drought or have any other questions about preparing for fall, please contact us for Autumn lawn care Utah tips.

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/

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.

 

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