Winning the Weed War
The battle to control weeds, grubs and fungus can what seem never ending. During summer months, grubs can be especially harmful to your lawn. Grubs can destroy lawns by feeding on the roots of grasses, causing the grass to brown and die. Unfortunately, by the time the homeowner discovers they have a grub problem the damage to their lawn is already done. Grubs do not discriminate against grass varieties however, they are sun seekers and rarely attack shady lawns.
So how do you treat for grub worms?
The best defense against grub worms is an effective insecticide. It is best to apply in July or August when grubs are feeding.
The never ending battle continues with weeds
A cool wet spring can make your landscape optimal for invasive weeds. Weeds such as nutsedge and crabgrass can rapidly germinate and spread throughout your lawn. Nutsedge is a three-blade, thick grass-like weed that towers over your neatly mowed lawn. Your first inclination is to pull it by hand. Before you do that, you need to know that nutsedge has multiple tubers or roots and once you pull the weed, it activates the dormant tubers. It can be pulled with some success when the nutsedge is just starting to appear. You will need to continue to pull the young weed in order to eliminate it from that section of your lawn.
How to Overcome Weeds in your Lawn
Crabgrass has wide-spreading, flat leaves with shoots that spike up above the plant. This weed thrives in thin, poorly drained lawns and a single weed can produce 150,000 seeds. When crabgrass dies back in the fall, it will leave large, bare areas in your lawn. Because both of these are persistent weeds, it may require several herbicide applications to bring them under control. The final challenge is fungus. Dollar Spot and Brown Patch fungus are the most common fungus infecting lawns. Dollar Spot initially appears as small, brown patches which turn a light gray and quickly spreads throughout the turf. This fungus survives by living in grass thatch over winter and spreads via foot traffic, mowing and over-watering. Brown Patch also appears as brown spots in turf, but it is a soil borne fungus that attacks all varieties of grasses. Turf specialists recommend a fungicide treatment to combat these fungus’s. However, depending on the severity of the fungus, multiple applications may be necessary.