Helpful Tips from US Lawns

Greetings!

U.S. Lawns offers full service commercial landscape maintenance and a wide range of select services that can be customized to your budget and the needs of your property. We are not only concerned with what you can see today, but with the factors that control how your landscape will look in the future. Whatever the season, we are your local landscape management company and we would be happy to meet with you to discuss a program that suites you.
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PEST ALERT: SOD WEBWORMS
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Sod webworms are moth larvae that feed on the leaves and stems of grass plants.

Gray or light-brown with black spots, they get their name from the silken tunnels
they spin in the

lawn’s thatch layer. Birds foraging in your turf may indicate that sod webworms
(or other insects) are present.

 

Sod webworms will feed on any turf type, though they especially prefer
Bermudagrass lawns and any type of new or very green lawn. Two to three
generations of sod webworms can hatch per year. When there are 15 or more
per square yard, damage starts appearing in the form of large, patchy areas
of grass that turn brown and die.

 

While insecticides can be used for sod webworm control, it’s best to try and
prevent these pests in the first place. By keeping your turf as healthy as
possible with regular maintenance, U.S. Lawns can decrease the chances of
infestation considerably.

 

Our irrigation management services will keep your irrigation system running at
the peak of efficiency, ensuring that your turf always gets the right amounts of water at
the right times.

 

By aerating and dethatching, we can keep the thatch layer (where sod webworms
live) from getting too thick. This will make your lawn less hospitable to sod webworms
while making it easier for air, water andfertilizer to reach the root system.

 

With regular applications of balanced fertilizer, we can supply your lawn with the
nutrients it needs for healthy growth, a strong root system and improved resistance to
insect pests.

 

Finally, by mowing often enough so that no more than 1/3 of the grass blade is removed
at a time, we can keep intact more of the green, food-producing cells needed for ongoing
growth.

 

Of course, U.S. Lawns will also keep an eye out for symptoms of sod webworm infestation
during our regular visits, and we will apply the appropriate treatments whenever necessary.
If you have any questions about this pest, feel free to give us a call.

 

HELPING TURF RECOVER FROM
THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

Now that we’re in the thick of the summer season, signs of heat stress may be visible in your Bermudagrass or Zoysia lawn. Heat stress most often shows up in the form of bluish-green coloring or footprints that remain in the turf after you’ve walked on it. In severe cases, turf can turn brown as it goes into a dormant state.

 

Under heat stress, your lawn’s root system can be weakened, and turf is more vulnerable to insect pests and diseases. Hot weather also favors the growth of weeds in your lawn, which can crowd out your good grass and detract from your property’s curb appeal.

 

The good news is that heat stress can be reduced through proper care and maintenance. This includes the following:

 

Watering is always important, and your turf needs from ONE-AND-ONE-A HALF INCHES per week. Deep, infrequent watering that allows moisture to reach the root zone is more effective than

frequent, shallow sprinkling. With our irrigation management services, U.S. Lawns can keep your irrigation system running efficiently so that your lawn always gets the right amounts of water at the right times.

 

Mowing higher is also beneficial, since taller blades of grass will help to prevent sunlight from reaching any weed seeds trying to grow. At U.S. Lawns, we try to remove no more than ONE THIRD of the grass blade at a time to keep your soil cooler and more shaded.

 

Core aeration will open up pathways through which air, water and fertilizer will have an easier time reaching the roots. With this service, U.S. Lawns will use a machine known as an aerator to remove plugs of soil and thatch from your turf. The plugs will be left behind to dissolve during rainfall or sprinkling, helping to break down the thatch layer. This service is best performed between May 1 and August 15 for Bermudagrass and Zoysia lawns.

 

If hot weather is doing a number on your lawn, the practices mentioned here can make a big difference in the looks and health of your turf. Give U.S. Lawns a call today to learn more.

 

WATCH OUT FOR GRAY LEAF SPOT

 

Fungus spores lie dormant on all lawns. When certain types of weather or other conditions are present, the spores can start to grow rapidly, leading to disease. Different fungus problems tend to be problematic at different times of the year, and one fungus disease to be aware of in the summer is gray leaf spot.

 

Hot, humid days, cool nights and heavy dew form the perfect conditions for gray leaf spot disease. In addition, excessive nitrogen fertilization during the summer can make turf vulnerable. Various turf types are susceptible, including Bermudagrass lawns.

 

Symptoms

The first signs of gray leaf spot disease are sunken, circular, brown patches of grass measuring up to several inches across. These patches eventually turn straw-colored and may join together to form larger, irregularly shaped areas. Individual grass blades have small, yellow-green lesions that turn straw-colored with a reddish-brown border. These lesions are often covered in gray mold (hence the name, gray leaf spot).

 

Gray leaf spot disease progresses quickly, and large areas of turf can be lost in just a few days. Not to mention, the blighted turf areas can significantly detract from your property’s curb appeal.

 

Prevention and Treatment

As a rule, healthy lawns are better-equipped to fend off fungus disease attacks. By mowing at regular intervals and monitoring the nitrogen content in our fertilizer applications, we can discourage the excessive growth that gray leaf spot favors. In lawns where gray leaf spot has previously been diagnosed, watering early or late in the day should be avoided since this prolongs leaf surface wetness (making spore growth more likely). Reducing the thatch layer through aeration or dethatching will also be helpful.

 

Fungicides are available for control of gray leaf spot disease, though they need to be applied early in disease development to be truly effective. If you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, or if you have any questions about gray leaf spot disease, give U.S. Lawns a call.

 

Call U.S. Lawns today
to learn more about landscape care services and how we can help.Our goal is to keep your entire property
looking its best at all times.
Call us at 662-769-7397   www.USLawnsofStarkville.com
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