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A Brief Guide to Maintaining Your Lawn Healthy During a Dry Spell

In this area, Environment Canada says that in this part of Ontario we have received only half of the usual rainfall in the past 8 weeks.

While we haven't received any watering restrictions, they might be next.

How will you ensure that your lawn is healthy during the dry season?

 Mowing

  • Mow your lawn 3-4 inches high. This will leave grass that will ensure deeper root development. It will also provide shade to the soil, therefore reducing the rate of evaporation of water from the ground.
  • Maintain the cutting edges of the blades sharp. Blunt blades on the mower shred grass tips, which makes the lawn turn brown.
  • You may leave grass clippings on the lawn after cutting to act as mulch.
  • Mulching gives the roots more shade, which means less dissipation. It also helps the lawn retain water.
  • Trim the grass growing close to the sprinkler heads to make sure that the sprinkler nozzle is not blocked.

Watering

  • Reduce your watering plan. this wil enable you to maximise on the availablle water to maintain tha grass during the dry season.
  • Sections of the lawn that are under shade (north/east side of the house) will require 50 percent less water as compared to those on the sunny side of the house. Modify your watering plan meets the watering needs of these sections.
  • Water very early in the morning from 3 AM to 8 AM. Temperatures are cool; the wind is quiet, and there is little evaporation.
  • To reduce the amount of spill over and water waste, utilize the cycle and drench technique for watering. Space every watering cycle around an hour separated to allow absorption y the soil.
  • Make sure that the sprinklers do not water the pavement through adjusting them to ensure that water reaches to the edge of the lawn.
  • When watering the grass, it is best to mimic nature and sprinkle profoundly without sustained frequency to re-enact normal precipitation.
  • This will encourage deep root development since they will grow deeper in search of water. Lightly watered turf does not encourage root development for plants that need water frequently hence making them unable to survive a drought.
  • If your lawn starts turning to dark-blue or the grass cutting edges don't spring back after you walk on it, don’t worry. It's just a way of telling you that it needs some water to keep it going through this dry season.
  • In an extended dry season, where no supplemental water is accessible, most grasses turn brown and become dormant in a final desperate attempt to remain alive. Dormant grass is not dead, and it will grow again once it rains.

 Traffic

  • Excess traffic by human beings and animals easily damages grass that has been stressed by drought.
  • Try not to do anything that will add stress to the plant, including vigorous yard exercises and pedestrian activity. If it is unavoidable, keep it to a minimum.

 Cultural Practices

  • A lawn experiencing drought is usually under stress. This is one of those times when it's best to simply not do anything to your lawn.
  • Try not to de-thatch or topdress the lawn.

 Conclusion

Accept the fact that your lawn may not be that lush during the dry season. It will ensure that you will adapt psychologically to seeing changes happening to your lawn and be patient enough until the dry season ends.

 

by: papawemba

Proper lawn care and maintenance is challenging in the summer due to the weather, but with the right lawn care program from Turf King, reputable industry experts, you need not worry about pesky lawn pests and weed control.

Chinch Bugs

Chinch bugs suck and feed on sap from the grass, without which the grass cover will gradually wilt and discolor. It is no wonder then, that you may mistake this to mean that your lawn needs more watering. You can identify the bugs by their characteristic bright color and black triangle near the shoulder and a strong odor.

 Lawn Grubs

Also known as white grubs, these c-shaped pests are the larval forms of several scarab beetles. Grubs cause damage by feeding on grass roots, causing brown patches on your lawn and turf that lifts so easily. In addition, a grub infestation invites birds, skunks, moles and raccoons that will relentlessly tear away at your lawn looking for the grubs to feed on.

Nematodes release beneficial bacteria into the soil that infects and eventually kills the grubs.

 Crabgrass

Bare soil, water and sunlight. Everything that crabgrass needs to thrive in your lawn. The weedy grass can be found along the edges of the lawn where warm-soled bare spots are perfect for their germination. Seed these bare spots to avoid crabgrass. Mowing too short(less than 3 inches) also encourages crabgrass because it avails the weed with the sunlight it needs to grow. In addition, avoid watering too frequently since your lawn has some seeds just waiting to sprout with the right amount of watering.

At Turf King, we offer lawn care programs at competitive rates and guarantee quality services in lawn pest and weed control. Call us today for more information.

Bugs, Grubs and Crab-grass

From Silver and Gold magazine 

Someone askes
John is looking for a product to kill only clover in our lawn.
He has a sprayer and has tried Weed Be Gone which was ineffective.
Is there a better product you know of that will do the trick?

Gerry Says
Clover is or can be a problem with lawn care today
50 or more years ago- when 2,4-D was first invented- it did not kill clover- and people would put clover in the lawn on purpose.
It did help to keep lawns green by fixing Nitrogen out of the thin air and adding it to the soil
 
When 2,4-D was improved with an additive to control a broader range of weeds- clover was in the list - now clover was declared to be a weed.
 
Now some researchers have developed new strains of clover- Micro-clovers that grow a bit shorter and are more compatible with lawns.
 
Weed-b-gon, Fiesta and other similar products used by lawn care companies do not do a good job on clover. Treatments will cause the edges of the leaves to die- turn brown- but that does not consistently kill off the clover.
 
Clover is not used in lawns by itself as it has the problem of dying out every so often. So the patch of clover here today may disappear tomorrow or next year. Certainly being weakened by Fiesta iron can play a part in making in disappear. But there is no consistency in how or when it will happen.
 
There is no legal product that can be used on lawns for clover removal only- assuming that if the dandelions go that one would not be disappointed.
Only on a golf course could one use products that will control cover.
 
 
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