I broke down over the weekend and watered my lawn for the 1st time. I made it to August 17th, I believe that is some type of record. I have mowed my lawn once in July and once in August this year. The lawns are looking good but getting dry. We are not seeing drought damage like we have in the past. We also are not seeing insect damage as we have in the past. I think some times we get sod webworm and with the drought conditions the lawns do not recover from them. I have been happy with our insect controls this year.
We are seeing some of the usual suspects as far as summer weeds are concerned. Spurge ( those little leafed weeds that grow along walks that have a long taproot), Crabgrass has broken out, a bunch of nutsedge ( that quick growing tall lime green weed, its a sedge plant that requires special herbicides) and a few of the common ones like dandelions and oxalis. We have been treating them as we see them. I think we had so much rain this spring some weed seed that was deep down was able to germinate. In addition over the past couple of summers when we had drought and die back, there were more voids in the lawns than normal. The lawns are thicker now than I have seen in any other summer though.
How is the organic approach working out this year? Well I think the lawns are thicker. I attached a sample of a lawn where we saw some roots at 13 inches! That is awesome. I have noticed on some of the lawns in newer neighborhoods that we don't have the color that we want though. We have added some extra fertility to these lawns and we will be making a few adjustments next year as well. In the newer neighborhoods we just don't have much fertility in the soil that is left to seed into. Many of these lawns are planted in clay and pea gravel in seems. The organic product just can't pull out any nutrition when the re is none to pull out. Overall most of our customers have been happy with it though. We have reduced our usage of fertilizers by somewhere around 80 tons! That is less nitrates, phosphates and pesticides in our environment so thank you for going that route. On some lawns we still do the traditional treatments and as in the past we utilize Integrated Pest Management so we control the usage of these products as well.
We are looking forward to continued success this summer and into the fall. The fall is a great time to aerate and introduce some new seed to your lawn. We are really liking the Turf Type Tall Fescues. The Blues are still good as well but we are getting away from any of the Ryegrasses. We just see too many problems with them concerning Red Thread, Dollar Spot and other issues.
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