In summer time it can be easy to lose your plants to insects, drought and disease issues. We don't want to put dangerous plant antibiotics/fungicides/bacteriacides down to help keep the plant healthy to avoid more pesticide use like weed and insect control unless totally necessary. Certain practices are necessary to follow in the summer time especially in hot, dry and humid conditions. Please take note to the following:
a) DO NOT WATER EVERY DAY; the lawn and landscape must get about 24
hours of dry time in order to avoid disease.
b) Watering should never be done during the day or evening! Always from 1 a.m. to 11 a.m. NO MATTER WHAT
c) as of 6/25/12 here in our area we are in EXTREME RECORD BREAKING
DROUGHT so watering turf grass every other day is recommended. Don't
hesitate to water in the rain if possible; we are under 6 inches for the year so far
d) water times should be for 1-1 1/2 inches which is normally an hour to hour and
a half, side zones require less time; if you're on a hill then water more slowly as hard ground has potential to run off target and not saturate.
e) If you can not water regularly and deeply then allow the lawn to brown and
hibernate. During this time no fertilizer or weed control should be applied.
f) Fescue and even warm season grasses like Zoisia will die from hibernating too
long and a deep watering should be done at the 20 day mark preferably for one
week before allowing to go back into dormancy or hibernation. Remember that
each time the lawn goes from dormancy to green again its estimated to lose
10% of your lawn so don't tease it by watering in and out of dormancy more
g) Watering Processes for Turf are way different from landscape plants! Please do not allow water droplets to touch leaf texture of trees and landscape plants
as it will usually end up in disease. The larger the plant or hardness of its
tissue depends on length of watering and again the soil must have time to dry
to avoid root rot. Place a garden hose after purging any hot water from it right
at the base of the tree on high side and let barely trickle out avg. an hour to fill
a 5 gal bucket. On average plants and trees will require a gal per foot tall. If
your faucet is in the landscape a soaker hose may be used in addition to a do
it yourself timer.
CONTACT US FOR IRRIGATION OR DRAINAGE INSTALLS OR
SPECIFIC WATERING ADVICE ON INDIVIDUAL LANDSCAPE TREES,
SHRUBS AND FLOWERS.
a) DO NOT MOW a drought stricken lawn. Weight will kill a drought stricken lawn
down to even foot traffic so be careful and only spot mow the high areas.
b) Mowing fescue or cool season grasses at 4 inches is essential even for properly
irrigated lawns then down to 3.5 inches in the cooler season.
c) Never put the weight of your tires in the same tire track as last cut.
d) Never weed eat a bevel or scalp the lawn especially along concrete as those
areas generate more heat from the sun. It is best to use a 1/8 inch wide gap
allowing grass to grow snug to concrete areas with a 90 degree angle edge.
Absolutely do not allow your mower tire to venture into a curb causing shorter
mow along edges.
e) Keep blades sharp.
f) Don't mow in the hottest heat of the day or after a day of 90 degree temperature
or more; not only will it extend the life of your equipment but it will help you be
healthier with less stress on the turf.
g) Please do not trim shrubbery or prune trees during May, June, July, Aug and
Sept (here)due to drought and two weeks prior to a hard freeze on and shrubs or
trees that have a conifer or pine needle appearance including Arborvitaes. Don't forget to tie Arborvitaes in the middle to avoid splitting from the top and always
prune Ornamental Pear Trees in Fall after leaves fall off.
P.S. IF YOURE SEEING BEETLES THERES PROBABLY GRUB WORMS IN THE LAWN. BE SURE TO WATCH FOR INSECTS IN THE TURF AND LANDSCAPE THIS YEAR DUE TO THE MILD WINTER. THERE HAS BEEN MANY CALLS CONCERNING TICKS AND FLEAS ALSO . IF YOU HAVE THIS PROBLEM BE SURE TO CONTACT US ASAP. IF IRRIEGULAR CIRCULAR PATCHES CONTINUE AFTER FOLLOWING OUR RECOMENDATIONS THEN BE SURE TO CONTACT US ASAP.