Early Summer Application
May 24, 2012
As Spring begins to come to a close and Summer sets in, it is important to remember that your lawn’s needs increase along with the temperatures. Spring is all about getting your lawn growing strong and healthy while Summer is more about maintaining as temperatures soar and rainfall lightens. It is important to remember that while mother nature has helped a lot this Spring, Summer can very easily reverse the benefits if you don’t pay attention to your lawn.
Maintaining your lawn during the Summer can be easy if you pay attention to your lawn and its needs.
What We Do – Our round 3 application contains a fertilizer tailored to the summer conditions that will provide continuous feeding until your next treatment is due. Your lawn will take in what it needs, when it needs it to prevent over feeding and burn out as it gets hotter. We also spray a post-emergent broadleaf weed control on any active weeds in the lawn. In addition, this is the first of your 2 FREE surface feeding insect control applications. This application will help take care of chinch bugs and sodwebworms that feed on your grass! These bugs literally suck the green out of your lawn! If you are currently signed up for our Grub Control, your lawn also received a preventative to keep grubs from actively feeding on your turf’s roots and causing irreversible damage.
What to Expect – Our fertilizer will help maintain the health of your lawn and assist with the establishment of a strong root system by steadily releasing important nutrients into the turf. The lawn’s response to our fertilizer is generally within 10-14 days and will last 4-6 weeks. We are also actively inspecting and treating all broadleaf weeds in the lawn at this time. Different weeds appear at different times of the year so we are consistently checking when on your property. Some weeds that occur in lawns during this time include: knotweed, purslane, spurge, and the infamous crabgrass. Your pre-emergent for crabgrass (found in rounds 1 and 2) should keep crabgrass under control however, it is important to keep your grass mowed at the proper height and watered to prevent the soil from drying out and cracking the barrier.
How to Benefit the Most – Summer is quite stressful for a lawn, increased temperatures and a decrease in rainfall can take a toll very quickly even for the healthiest of lawns. It is time to keep an eye on the weather. Your lawn needs 1 ½” of water per week, which is the equivalent of soaking each area of the lawn for about 20 minutes, 3 days a week. If you are not on our premium program or do not have Grub Control for this year, NOW is the time to sign up! Grubs are a major source of lawn destruction in our area. These white worm-like insects are the larva stage of Japanese beetle and will feed on healthy root systems as we enter into the Summer months.
IMPORTANT: EVERY TREATMENT WE WILL BE CHECKING FOR WEEDS AND ANY PROBLEMS THAT WE NOTICE. BE AWARE OF THE NOTES FROM YOUR TECHNICIAN, THEY WILL HELP PROVIDE AS MUCH INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE TO ENHANCE THE RESULTS FOR YOUR LAWN.
Early Summer Application Quick Tips:
- Water correctly – lawns need 1-1.5” of water each week REMEMBER: water in the early morning ONLY! any other time of day will lead to unfavorable results
- Raise your mower blades – lawns should be kept no shorter than 3.5” in height and never remove more than 1/3rd of the grass blade. Also, when edging your lawn, do not go down too far: once the soil line is broken, so is the barrier protecting your lawn from crabgrass!
- Remember the “Other Factors” – we are more active on our lawns in the Summer, keep in mind this is an added stress to the lawn and may require a little more care in the areas of high traffic
- Make sure to get your Grub Control – prevention is key when it comes to these pesky critters
Summer Plant Care Guide
These five steps will ensure that your plants not only survive summer, but thrive, and remain beautiful once summer ends.