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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.

Utah Lawn Care: Treating Morning Glory

Did you realize that morning glory is actually a weed? These pretty purple flowers that open every morning can choke your lawn and keeping it from growing healthy. So

Utah Lawn Care: Treating Morning Glory

how do you take care of the problem? Here are some tips:

Recognize the culprit

Moring Glory are blossoms that grow on large vines. The vines can be up to ten feet long and have heart shaped leaves. The color of the blossoms varies but common colors are white, blue and purple. The flowers generally open in the morning and stay open for the rest of the day.

Preventive Maintenance

Morning glory grow all year round, however with preventive Utah lawn care you can keep this weed from growing in your yard. If you use a preemergent herbicide in April or May you can prevent outbreaks of this weed.

What to do now?
Many weeds, including Morning Glory, thrive during the hot summer months, including July. If you find these blooms on your lawn you can treat with an herbicide. Reapply every five or six weeks to prevent a reappearance of the weed.

Another method you can use to keep this and other weeds out of your lawn this summer are to use a high setting on your lawn mower. This keeps weeds from receiving the sunlight they need to grow and ruin the look of your beautiful lawn.

If you want help with Morning Glory, Turf Plus can help you with all of your Utah Lawn Care needs. Just contact us with your lawn problems and we can take care of them for you.

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.

From fertilizer to herbicide, Turf Plus offers lawn solutions to common lawn myths.  We offer the thrid instalment of our 5 part series, we give you myths 6 and 5. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please take advantage of the comments section below this post. Read More →

After surveying many of our customers, we found some common myths which can be very problematic. In an effort to alleviate some of these misunderstandings, we offer the second instalment of our 5 part series, we give you myths 8 and 7.  As always, if you have any questions or comments, please take advantage of the comments section below this post. Read More →

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