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Utah Lawn Care: Powdery Mildew

Most diseases that affect the lawn prepare to become dormant in the fall. Depending on weather conditions, some diseases may appear. Utah lawn care may include treating diseases even in the fall, especially powdery mildew.

Powdery mildew is created from several different types of fungi. It can attack many different types of plants and grasses, and can spread quickly. It first appears as white powdery spots on the blade that changes to tan as the spores are reproduced asexually.

Powdery mildew usually lies dormant in the winter and will start to spread as the cool, humid temperatures of spring signal the beginning of its next growth cycle. It also likes moderate humid temperatures with plenty of cloud cover, which is why you may see a reemergence of the disease in the fall.

A nitrogen fertilizer applied in the spring can help to prevent the growth of powdery mildew.  Many different fungicides can help eliminate the disease if repeated over time. If the disease persists or resists treatment, you can contact us for help. Turf Plus can help with Utah lawn care such as powdery mildew. We can inspect your lawn to determine if it is contaminated with powdery mildew or other disease and treat your lawn to make sure it is healthy in the spring for a new year of growth.

Inspect Your Utah Lawn for Fall Infestation

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.

Your Utah Lawn May See the Last of Weeds for the Year

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.


Lawn Care Utah: Mowing Tips in October

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.

Utah Lawn Care: Dealing with Spurge

With the advent of cooler weather homeowners will be able to breath a sigh of relief as the weed season begins to wane. One problem that may persist, however is spurge. When it comes to Utah lawn care, dealing with spurge can be a matter of persistence and prevention.

You may have spurge on your lawn and not realize it is considered a weed. If you have clumps of about a dozen heart shape leaves that fan out from a flower center you may have spurge. This weed grows throughout the summer but it prefers the cooler air to the hot dry weather of June, July and August.

You can try to apply a selective herbicide four five to six weeks to eliminate spurge, but the weed is often resilient to this regimen. If you have had issues with spurge in the past, applying a pre-emergent herbice in the early spring can help reduce the weed the next growing season.

As always, mowing at the three inch level can help promote a healthy lawn and prevent the occurrence of spurge or other weeds throughout the year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us about spurge or any other Utah lawn care issues.

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