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Utah Lawn Care Issues: Dealing with Rust

When the weather turns cool most Utah lawn diseases start to drop off. One Utah lawn care issue that a homeowner may have to deal with in September, however is rust. This disease gets its name from the reddish brown spores that are kicked up when people and animals travel across an infected lawn. These spores are created by a fungus that thrives in the late summer, early fall. This is when lawn growth slows down and cool nights with warm sunny days encourages damp patches of grass that are slow to dry.

The more humid the weather the better chance that rust may be an issue. You may see the fungus begin in shady areas where the grass is wet for longer periods during the day. If you have nights with cool temperatures and a lot of dew coupled with sunny days that are relatively warm, you may want to keep an eye out for signs of rust as well.

A fungicide such as daconil or bayleton is the preferred treatment for rust. Apply the fungicide once or twice a month until all signs of the disease are eliminated. If you want to prevent the growth of rust or other diseases, there are some preventive methods you can use to make your lawn care duties lighter.

Applying the right amount of fertilizer will help encourage a healthy lawn and discourages many weeds, insects and diseases. In the fall, make sure you water less but mow more. When you water the lawn, make sure to irrigate in the morning to give the grass time to dry in the sun and prevent moisture from developing overnight.

If these lawn tips don’t prevent the growth of rust or other Utah lawn care issues, please contact us and we will be able to help you get your lawn back in shape for fall.

Dealing with Sod Webworm on Your Utah Lawn

With all the different insects that may grow on your Utah lawn, how are you to tell them apart? During the peak of summer through early fall, you may see many types of infestations in your lawn. Two common insects that you may see this are Billbugs and Sod Webworm.

Sod Webworm

This is an insect that starts as larvae less than 1 inch long and covered in dark spots. When it reaches adulthood, it is a caterpillar with small brown patches. These larvae are hatched in the fall, and then burrow deep underground in the winter. Once the weather warms up in the spring, they rise to the surface and begin to eat.

One way to tell if your lawn is infested with Sod Webworm is that there are brown patches on your lawn. When you go to pick up the grass, it comes up in a long strip, like a rug.

While you may see less weeds in September, you may see a significant increase in the number of insects infesting your Utah lawn. One insect that is common in the early fall is Sod Webworm. This hungry caterpillar can eat up to four square feet of grass before it changes into its moth adult form. Often it is the harmless adult that is easier to spot when you have a sod webworm infestation.

As with many insects that invade your lawn. One sign of sod webworm are patches of brown lawn that is can be lifted in large clumps. Another indicator of this particular insect is if you notice buff colored moths flying in a zig-zag pattern over your lawn. They will be most visible at night and are attracted to light. While this is the adult version of the sod webworm and it will not harm your lawn, it will lay eggs that will hatch ravenous young.

The young sod webworm is a caterpillar approximately one inch long with a brown head. As there are several different species, the body of the webworm may be green, grey, brown or beige, but they all have four rows of spots on its abdomen. Hair will protrude from these bands and will give the body of the insect a striped look.

The sod webworm is prevelant between June through September, with September being its most active month. As the temperature begins to cool, the insects will start curling up in the soil and remain dormant through the winter.

It is possible to get rid of a sod webworm infestation by applying an insecticide and repeating the application until all signs of the insects are gone. If you have problems getting rid of sod webworm or any other insect feel free to contact us for a consultation.

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.

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