HELPFUL HINTS FOR SPRING

Mowing your lawn is the first step to green up your lawn.  This will get rid of the dead turf tissue awaking your lawn from dormancy.  Once awakened your lawn can also enjoy those mild spring days and get a head start on the growing season. (weeds may be present in your lawn. Most are winter annuals and other weeds that can be controlled when temperatures rise and weeds begin to grow.)  Early spring is the time to get a crabgrass prevention applied before crabgrass germinates!

Snow Mold
A common disease found in early spring is Snow Mold.  This fungus favors 30-40 degree F and abundant moisture (most often from snow melts where turf remains wet for long periods.) For best results lightly rake the whitish areas to allow air flow.  Fungicides are not needed to cure Snow Mold.

Mowing height 2″ to 2 1/2″ Keeping your mower blade sharp will prevent shredding the grass blade.

Watering (not much of an issue in the spring, however, the lawn should receive 1 to 1  1/2 inches of water per week

HELPFUL HINTS FOR SUMMER

Summer can be brutal on your lawn due to heat, lack of rain and wear and tear.  Here are a few tips to help your lawn stay healthy throughout the summer.

Mowing height 3 ½ to 4″ and mow frequently enough so that you do not remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade at one time. During the Summer months you may even maintain the lawn at 3 inches to allow the grass blade to retain more moisture and properly shade itself from the sun this will help prevent drought stress.

Always keep your mower blade sharp.

(If the lawn grows extremely long, perhaps due to your absence, do not cut it back all at once, this will lead to shock and can severely weaken, or even kill the turf. Cut it back in 2 or 3 mowings, approximately 3 to 4 days apart from one another.)

Watering
Lawns need about 1 to 2 inches of water per week.  A deeper watering will encourage the roots to grow deeper and become more drought resistant.  (wet soil at least 4″)

HELPFUL HINTS FOR FALL

Mowing height 1 1/2 to 2″

Core Aeration pulls out plugs from the lawn to improve air and water flow to the roots, it also de-compacts your soil and gives the roots more room to grow.  Unlike de-thatching, core aeration will reduce the thatch without thinning out your lawn.  The cores left on the lawn will disintegrate and micro-organism activity will aid in the thatch decomposition.  Core aeration can be done in the spring or fall.  Please contact Turf Pride to schedule for service.

Turf Damaging Insects

White Grub

White Grubs are a major problem in Northeast Ohio.  Grubs feed on the root system of your lawn and usually go unnoticed for some time, in fact almost all cases when grub activity is found they have already done excessive amounts of damage to the turf, resulting in costly repairs to the homeowner.

What do we do? Turf Pride offers a grub prevention in late spring to early summer that will ensure guaranteed season long protection from damaging grubs. This means you can go on enjoying your lawn with piece of mind knowing that your lawn is protected all season long!  Contact Turf Pride today for guaranteed protection!

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Chinch Bugs are a surface feeding insect that suck the nutrients from the grass blade and can do severe damage to the lawn.  Chinch bug damage mostly occurs in sunny areas and can easily be mistaken for drought stress.  Please contact Turf Pride if you suspect chinch bug damage to your turf.

Armyworms and Cutworms are moth larvae that feed on the grass blade causing circular or irregular dead spots.  A surface insect control is needed if five or more cutworms or armyworms are found per square yard.

Billbugs in the adult stages feed on grass stems, however the most troublesome is billbug larvae witch feed on the plants roots and rhizomes

Sod webworms  are gray or light tan caterpillars with black spots on their back they feed on the grass blades leaving dead patches.  Damage is most severe in the drier areas of the lawn or areas with heavy thatch.  Aerate your lawn to reduce the thatch layer.

Lawn Invaders

Moles Numerous home remedies have been used to eradicate moles, but the results were inconsistent and generally ineffective, until now that is. Turf Pride offers an all natural, effective Mole Control program to rid your lawn and landscaped garden areas of these relentless pests. Besides the fact these critters can damage a lawn, they are fascinating animals.  A 5 ounce mole will consume approximately 45-50 lbs of worms and insects per year, dig surface tunnels at about 18 ft. /hour and travel through existing tunnels at about 80 feet/hour.

Skunks can be a real problem on the lawn with digging and may be a sign of grub activity. Grubs are a food source for skunks. The skunks will follow there keen sense of smell to the grubs in your lawn and then begin ripping the turf up to find the grubs.  Skunks also have an amazing memory and will remember where they found the grubs a year ago and come back to dig in the same area, even if there are no grubs.  The best remedy is to have a grub prevention applied for season long protection.  You may also want to have the skunk trapped so it does not come back to your lawn, some citys offer this service for free or a minimal charge.