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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.

June Utah Lawn Care

June Utah lawn care now entails more mowing and watering than it does seeding and fertilizing. Warmer weather at night means rapid growth for your lawn, and you need to make sure you are taking care of it properly to keep the grass from getting brown, and from weeds, insects, or diseases from ruining your summer plans.

You should be mowing your lawn once a week at the 3″ or second highest setting. This will help keep your lawn green, and also prevent the onslaught of weeds, insects or diseases. You don’t want to remove too much of the blade of grass, as this will cause the grass to become brown. When you notice a home where their yard seems to always be brown you may notice how short the blades of grass are. That is often because they remove too much of the blade where the chlorophyll is stored. They may think they are reducing their work load as they won’t have to more as often; however, they are actually causing themselves more work since they are drying out their lawn.

Watering is also important as the temperatures begin to rise. People often have the tendency to either over-water or under-water their lawn. If you water the lawn twice a week and allow the water to penetrate 10″ of soil before you turn off the sprinklers you will be able to have deep roots and a healthy lawn even during the hot summer months.

The warmer weather also means an increase in the number of weeds and insects that you may see in your yard. Many annual weeds make their appearance in June, but you may be able to spot them before they penetrate the lawn. Often weeds like crabgrass and dandelions appear in the cracks of your sidewalk prior to invading your yard. If you spray them as soon as you spot them you have a good chance of killing them before they spread.

Insects are also on the rise this month. The warmer weather awakens them from their dormant state and they begin to look for a good place to spend the next few months. It is important to be on the lookout for infestations and to get rid of them as soon as possible.

If your Utah lawn care chores include trying to get rid or pests, or you are having problems that you don’t know how to resolve, feel free to contact us. We will offer you a consultation and let you know how you can have a beautiful lawn this year.

Why You May be Experience Utah Lawn Care Problems

While most people enjoy growth, health and beauty in May, some owners may be experiencing Utah lawn care problems. This can range from brown grass to bald spots that stubbornly refuse to grow grass. Here are some common reasons for these types of problems along with some possible solutions.

Brown Grass

Most lawns should be turning green in May as the consistent rain and warmer temperatures help it recover from the winter. Some lawns however may remain brown. These lawns may be difficult to keep healthy and remain brown all year round, no matter what the temperature or rainfall may be for the growing season. This can be the result of several different issues.

One issue may be the soil. If your soil is devoid of important nutrients, you will have a difficult time maintaining a healthy lawn. Adding fertilizer to your lawn in the early spring can help restore the soil to its normal levels and encourage lawn growth. You may have issues with acidity in your lawn, which you can test and repair by adding lime to your lawn when you add fertilizer.

Another problem that may result in brown grass is mowing your lawn at an improper setting. If you remove more than the top one-third of blade of grass when you mow than you are removing too much of the stem. This can result in a brown lawn that isn’t allowed to maintain a healthy height.

Brown patches

If you have patches that remain brown no matter what you do to encourage healthy growth, you may be having issues with your watering system. If your sprinklers aren’t covering your lawn adequately then you may leave certain spots to the fickle temperament of Mother Nature. This part of the lawn isn’t receiving the water it needs consistently to grow green and healthy.  You need to check your sprinklers every year to ascertain if it is covering all areas of your lawn.

Brown patches may also indicate an insect problem. Signs of infestations of white grub, cranberry girdler and sod worm can be brown patches of your lawn that lift up in one solid piece. If the infestation goes untreated it can affect large areas of your lawn, creating multiple brown patches.

If you have one area of your lawn that is consistently brown it may be a sign that a previous homeowner had a garden in that spot. If that garden was in the same location for many years it can deplete that area of soil of important nutrients. You may want to concentrate on that area when you aerate and fertilize your lawn in the spring so that you can bring that section up to par with the rest of your lawn.

If you have Utah lawn care problems that include bald patches, brown patches or a brown lawn feel free to contact us for help. We may be able to determine the cause of the problem and let you know what can be done to make your lawn a great place to spend the summer.

 

Utah Lawn Care: May Grass and Weeds

For Utah lawn care, the old saying “April showers bring May flowers” indicate a time of growth. Indeed, the decreasing rainfall and increasing temperatures experienced during this month will create a beautiful green lawn for you and your family to enjoy. In order to help you enjoy it to the fullest, we have some tips regarding caring for your grass in May as well as information regarding possible weed issues.

Grass

You will most likely see rapid growth in your lawn this month, as well as continuous greening as your lawn recovers from winter. This means that  you need to begin the lawn care regimen that will train your lawn and keep it healthy for the rest of the season.

You will need to make sure that your lawn is receiving an adequate amount of water. Because rainfall will decrease from the amount seen in April, you will need to increase manual watering. This can be with either standard or automated watering systems. For both types of sprinklers you will need to make sure that their reach is covering your lawn and not leaving any gaps. Even automated systems need adjustments from the previous year’s use. You will also want to make sure that you aren’t watering your driveway or sidewalk, as this is a waste of water and money.

You will want to water your lawn once or twice a week, depending on the amount of rainfall and the condition of your lawn. If you make sure you saturate up to 10 inches of soil, you will be able to train your root systems and create deep roots. This training will pay off during the year as you see healthier grass with fewer weeds.

Mowing

You will want to mow your lawn at the second highest setting, removing the top one-third of the blades of grass when you cut your lawn. This will encourage growth, keep your lawn green, and help prevent many of the standard weeds, diseases, and insects seen in this area during the growing season. You will want to increase the number of times you mow your lawn this month in order to keep up with the rapid growth.

Weeds

Most weeds aren’t common in May, however you may see some signs of dandelions, thistle, mallow or orchid grass. Many people mistake orchid grass for crabgrass, as the two types of weeds are similar, however crabgrass doesn’t appear until the summer. A standard herbicide will take care of most of the weed problems you may encounter in May. If you find that you are having a difficult time removing weeds from your lawn, or you have any other Utah lawn care problems, feel free to contact us for a consultation.

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.

 

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