There are many factors that can affect our lawns and summertime is one of the most challenging for keeping lawns and shrubs healthy. Although most of us are more likely to seek the shelter of an air-conditioned easy chair during the summer, fresh air is always high on the priority list. How do you make sure that your outdoor space looks as beautiful as possible when there are plenty of forces going against it.
Lawns are growing faster than we can cut them
It’s currently the rainy season, which means our grass is growing faster than we can cut it. Consistently wet grass and thatch build-up create conditions ripe for fungus growth that should be treated quickly to avoid spreading. There are multiple kinds of fungi that grow in a variety of conditions. Usually, the fungus appears as discoloration, yellowing or browning. These issues could be caused by a number of different factors, Incorrect watering (over-or under-watering), commercial mowers cutting too low, and improper fertilization practices can all contribute to making grasses more susceptible to diseases.
Which fungus has invaded your lawn?
It’s important to know which fungus (if it’s a fungus at all) has invaded your lawn. Fairy Ring, brown patch, and take-all root rot are some of the most common. Different methods of treating can be determined by one of our technicians. Our first step is to evaluate the problem and determine which fungicide to use. If the ground is saturated, a granular product is most effective and if the ground is dry, a spray treatment may do the trick. The product should stay in the damaged area for at least 24 hours with no cutting or rain. Based on the weather prediction and lawn conditions, we will determine if direct contact or systemic treatment is best. Contact works immediately and, like the name implies contacts the fungus directly. Systemic treats the roots which feed into the leaf of the grass where the fungus is residing. Our technicians automatically come back to check and re-treat fungus after 14 days.
If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, it might be time to contact Tempco by calling (855) 366-7378 for an evaluation to make sure your yard is ready for family get-togethers and cooler days ahead.