The Usual Suspects On Turf: Fall Updates

Summer has faded and as the fall weather sets in it is important to think about you turf and preparing it for a good come back in the spring time. There isn’t a great expectation of an enormous weed problem or diseases however, in some places, the dry and hot summer months have left many lawns weak.

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Jim Kerns, turfgrass pathologist at North Carolina State University, says that there aren’t any major disease pressure.  However, professionals should work diligently to recover wear areas. The moist weak areas are an opportunity for a pathogen to be opportunistic.

Warm season grasses should bounce back quite nicely once they get irrigation and rain. Cool season grasses need to be watched carefully and they are more at risk for the cold weather months.

The usual annual broadleaf and grassy weeds will make an appearance again this year. Due to the wet September and October the region has had we have seen that these little pesky buggers have come early in some places. It is important to watch throughout the winter months in order to properly anticipate the pressure spring weeds are going to have on the landscape.

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The harsh winter from last year and very rainy spring let to early weed germination in late March and early April of this year. But as always the germination depends on how much your area gets in precipitation. This is why aerating and overseeding is so important. This allows your grass to get good and healthy going into the cold weather months which will help protect them from the weeds and disease.

Call us today to book an appointment for our turf specialist to look at your lawn.

540-992-4845

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