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Utah Lawn Care: April Insects and Diseases

While it is still early in the growing season, April Utah lawn care can still include treating insects or diseases that appear on your lawn. April insects can include White Grub and diseases can include mushrooms.

White Grub

There aren’t many insects that appear in Utah in April. Too possibilities that have been seen in the past are Cranberry Girdler and White Grub. You may want to keep your eye out for signs of these insects while going about your spring landscaping chores.

White grubs are approximately 2” in length, are a cream color, and have a dark head. They cause multiple brown spots to appear on your lawn, and they spread rapidly. If you pull up a section of your lawn that has a brown spot it will often come up in one piece. You may also see the insects just underneath the grass in the soil when you remove the damaged area.

While the common growth period for White Grub is July through September, you may see them as early as April. In order to treat the problem you can apply an insecticide to the infected areas. You can repeat the treatment several times until you begin to see the dead grubs on the soil. Once you have treated the lawn and remove the insects, your lawn will often recover on its own within 4-6 weeks.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms can be seen if the area experiences unusually heavy rainfall in April. While mostly they are just an eyesore, they can indicate a potential problem. Mushrooms are usually caused by moisture in the soil; however they can also be created by a large among of decaying organic material.

Mushrooms can indicate a drainage issue in your yard that needs to be remedied to prevent other landscaping issues. They can also show you an area that has a large amount of dead leaves, grass, or animal waste.  You can prevent the growth of mushrooms by removing dead leaves and raking the yard after you mow the lawn, especially if the grass was high before it was cut.

If you continue to have a problem or are looking for a different solution, you can spray mushrooms with a fungicide to remove them. You can mow off their heads when you take care of lawn as another method of removing mushrooms.

If you don’t mind their presence esthetically, mushrooms can help your lawn by breaking down decaying organic material and depositing it back in your soil. Since mushrooms will often die off on their own as the spring rains decrease, they could be viewed as a temporary way to offer extra nutrition for your lawn.

If your Utah lawn care chores in April include dealing with White Grubs, mushrooms, or other insects or diseases, feel free to contact us. We can examine your lawn and offer you some advice as to how to get the most out of your landscaping efforts.

 

Utah Lawn Care Spring Calendar

If you are a new home owner you may be wondering what you need to do this spring to take care of the lawn. Here is a Utah lawn care spring calender to help give you an idea what you need to do the next few months and when.

April-May

This is when the weather warms enough that the ground will thaw. Unlike the brief thaws that happen in the winter, this thaw will be permanent and brings the promise of better weather to come. This is when you will want to de-thatch the lawn, or remove the large, irregular patches of high grass, that can grow with inconsistent weather in the late fall, early winter. You will also want to clear the lawn of any debris, such as branches and rocks. Then you need to check for any potential problems, such as weeds, disease, or damage from rock salt.

After you have de-thatched you lawn you will want to aerate. This will help ensure that water and fertilizer will reach the grass’ roots and encourage growth. Apply fertilizer, top soil and seed any bare spots. You may also want to apply a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent germination of weeds in the spring.

Mid- May

Often you can mow for the first time in mid-May. For cool weather grass, it is recommended that you cut the grass at a height of 2.5″ to 3.5″ to prevent weed growth. Starting to water your lawn at this time will also encourage the health of your lawn and discourage weed growth. Water deeply and thoroughly to make sure that you reach the roots and saturate your lawn.

Spring lawn care is about preventive maintenance. Performing these steps now will help your lawn look healthy even during the dry summer months. Utah lawn care in the spring will also minimize weeds, pests and diseases that can effect your lawn later in the year. If you have any questions about how to care for your lawn in the spring, contact us now to find out how we can help you with your lawn care needs.

Check Your Utah Lawn Now

While you may not need to start spring tasks for your lawn right now there are things that you can do to lessen you work load in March and April. By checking your Utah lawn now, you can determine exactly what you will need to do to get your lawn ready for the summer.

You will want to look for any bare patches that you will want to reseed this spring. If any toys, lawn furniture, or tarps were left out on the lawn remove them and check the grass underneath. There may be bare patches, snow mold, or weeds that need to be cared for in the next few months. You will also want to look for signs of weeds that will need to be removed to prevent them from choking the lawn. Sometimes weeds may grow late in the season if the winter was mild or got a late start.

Checking the rest of the lawn for signs of snow mold or other damages, such as from rock salt. If the rock salt applied to driveways or sidewalks landed on the grass it could damage it. Any dead branches or rocks that were blown down or thrown into the yard need to be removed before aerating and fertilizing the lawn.

 

Make a list of any problems you will need to take care of during the early spring lawn care maintenance. If you have any questions regarding your Utah lawn and how to care for it this spring, feel free to contact us for answers.

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