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The summer of 2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for tick problems in Tulsa and Oklahoma City area lawns. Ticks don’t just confine themselves to woods and country settings. They can be found anywhere in Oklahoma, and with the mild winters and abundant rains, conditions are perfect for a population explosion. Last month one of our dogs came home just covered with ticks, so we’ve had to treat them with special products for tick control on dogs. In addition to this though, it’s wise to treat your lawn and landscape for ticks to help cut down on the potential for problems.

The Tulsa World recently published a front page article on the current tick problems, which can be found here.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease are just two health concerns from tick bites. Prevention is the best medicine, so LawnAmerica can help with either subscribing to our flea & tick program, or with Buzz Off, our mosquito control service. With the mosquito control service, the insecticides used do a great job of also controlling other pests such as ticks, spiders, and fleas. The applications consist of blowing a fine mist into shrubs and small trees on your property, where ticks can actually be found. So this service will provide you the benefits of both helping to combat mosquito problems, while also helping to control ticks.

Don’t let ticks keep you and your family from enjoying the outdoors. Repellents are useful to use before going outdoors. And even with these control methods, it’s good to do a “tick check” every day on your pets, and on you and your kids also!

 

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Well, I can tell you the best time to NOT have your sprinkler system come on. It’s in the middle of the morning. As I was out helping on some lawns this morning with my son Jake, this actually happened twice in one day in South Tulsa. Between the hours of 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM and right as we were about half done with fertilizing and spraying the lawns, the irrigation systems came on. There weren’t a lot of weeds present, so I was just spot-treating for those. With the sprinklers coming on right after I’d sprayed though, the weed-control won’t be as effective on these lawns. Thankfully, the fertilizer will be fine, as it needs to be watered into the soil.

Also, do not water the turf in the evening at this time of year, as this will increase turf disease pressure on your lawn. Leaving the turf damp all night, along with warm temperatures, is the perfect breeding ground for turf fungus to occur. It’s also not good practice to set your irrigation system to come on daily, as that is too much.

It is best to water deeply, but infrequently. About 2-3 times per week should be fine in June, before we get into our typical hot and dry weather pattern later this summer. Set your irrigation system to come on very early in the morning and have it be completed by sunup, or before your LawnAmerica guy gets there! There are other reasons why early morning irrigation is preferable. By watering in the early morning hours before the sun comes up and the winds increase, more of the irrigation water gets into the soil and is not blown away or evaporated away from the hot sun. Then after completing your watering, the sun will help dry out the moisture on the leaf blades quickly, which helps in turf disease prevention.

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It’s that time of year to be on the lookout for brown patch turf disease in Oklahoma lawns. High humidity, excessive moisture, and warmer temperatures are the perfect conditions for lawn diseases such as brown patch to develop.

In order for lawn diseases to occur, there are generally three things that must be present. Those three things include a susceptible host, present fungi, and the right weather conditions. Fungi loves warm, wet, humid weather, which is what we generally experience during this time of year.

As for brown patch, fescue is a good host for this disease and some varieties are even more susceptible than others. Bermduagrass is another grass susceptible to severe brown patch, along with large patch, which is often found on zoysiagrass lawns. Fungi are present just about everywhere and are waiting for the right conditions to grow.

Brown patch will cause yellow to brown splotchy areas in lawns. A turf fungicide can be applied on a preventative and curative basis. But it typically has about a two to four-week residual, so repeat treatments are often needed for best results. In periods of heavy rainfall, make sure you turn off your irrigation system and let the lawn dry out.

If your lawn has been impacted by brown patch turf disease, it’s best to remove the grass clippings when mowing. This will help remove some of the fungi present and allow better air circulation within the turf.

For more information on symptoms, control methods and a variety of pictures to help with identification, click here.

The professionals at LawnAmerica can also help to diagnose and treat brown patch. Give us a call for more information or

to get set up on a program.

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If you haven’t pruned your azaleas yet, now is the time! Not only will pruning help stimulate new growth for next year, it will also provide a full and vibrant bloom as the season progresses. The lawn care experts at LawnAmerica want to share some helpful tips to keep your azaleas looking their best.
Tip #1: Timing is everything

Timing is key when it comes to pruning azaleas. It’s best to prune azaleas when they’re finished blooming and before new buds start to bloom. New bud growth usually starts in June or July. If you prune them during this time, you risk cutting off already developing buds.

 

Tip #2: Hand select the branches that need trimming

Azaleas prefer to be trimmed naturally. When they are shaped into hedges with sharp corners they will only develop blooms on the very outer inch of the shrub. If you want a very full blooming azalea from the inside out, thin the plant by selecting individual branches to trim and use pruning sheers to get the job done.

 

It’s important to keep in mind that azaleas will add about six inches of new growth from any spot they have been trimmed. However, if six inches of new growth is too much, you can trim branches back six to twelve inches above the base of the plant.

 

Tip #3: Fertilization adds necessary nutrients 

LawnAmerica offers a 2-Step Azalea Program that is designed to provide necessary nutrients to help keep your azaleas looking their best. This service is performed in mid-May through June, after the blooms have developed.

Now is the perfect time to prune and fertilize your azaleas in order to keep them looking their best. If you haven’t already, give the experts at LawnAmerica a call to set up an azalea fertilization appointment.

 

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by: Jake Johnson

The word “hero” is thrown around these days a great deal. Usually the word follows some sort of tragic event where individuals did something unselfish to save other people and putting themselves in harm’s way.

Sometimes it’s the guy returning home from war with a chest full of medals and ribbons or the unit coming home from a year long deployment with signs saying “Welcome Home Heroes!” being waved in the crowd.

Then there are the men and women who returned home, but in a box covered by an American flag carried by solemn men in uniform back to their hometown to be laid to rest. Laying under that flag, they will be driven down roads they probably used to cruise in high school on summer evenings looking for trouble or just something to do. However, on this final trip through town, the roads are lined with people paying tribute to someone who made the ultimate sacrifice.

That sacrifice is what separates something heroic from a hero. A true hero is someone whose story is no longer being written. The heroes we are remembering today had their story cut short, and did so for you, me and for their country. They didn’t do it for glory, or honor or even politics. As soon as that first bullet flies overhead in combat, all the things we think important in life are stripped away and we are left with only the things which are most important.

Be it race, politics, religion, social upbringing, financial status; none of it mattered over there. We leaned upon each other for strength and fought as one force against evil and for those who could not fight for themselves. We were a microcosm of the America that so many have given their lives for before us. An idea of what America was, can be and still is. As long as we have young men and women like the ones that I fought with that believe in that idea of America, she will continue to live on through the generations.

You see, those are the real heroes to me. Myself and those of us that came home from war aren’t heroes, no matter how brave or courageous we fought to earn the medals we wear. We smile and thank anyone if they refer to us as such, but inside we feel a tinge of guilt.

We aren’t heroes, I’m sure not at least.

I’m still going to make selfish choices from time to time. I’m going to let down my wife, my family and my children at some point.

I will let down my fellow brothers that came home by not calling and keeping up with them enough now that we are scattered across the country, some still overseas fighting a war we have all forgotten about.

But ultimately, I will let down the guys that gave their lives so that I would be able to still make these selfish choices.

The memory of what they gave is my daily reminder that it is our responsibility to them to build upon this great idea of American Life. Their final choice was one completely pure and completely unselfish, to give the one thing that you can never get back.

A real hero is someone who has given that life and laid it upon the altar of freedom as Abraham Lincoln once wrote, “so that others may live under that blanket of freedom.”

To me, all of the real heroes are dead.

Today, take time from however you choose to celebrate those lost by taking a moment and thinking about the choice that those heroes have made for us. Celebrate their lives and remember their sacrifices so that we will always know what true sacrifice, and true heroes look like. By doing that this weekend and all the days in between, we can ensure that the real heroes continue to walk side by side with us as we continue to build on the legacy that they have left for us.

NEVER FORGET.

 

IN HONOR OF:

GYSGT CHRISTOPHER H. EASTMAN

SSGT ADAM L. PERKINS

SGT DONALD J. LAMAR

CPL DAANE A. DEBOER

LCPL CHRISTOPHER RODGERS

LCPL FREDERIK E. VAZQUEZ

LCPL JOSHUA M. DAVIS

LCPL KEVIN M. CORNELIUS

LCPL RICHARD PENNY

LCPL THOMAS E. RIVERS JR.

LCPL TYLER O. GRIFFIN

LCPL WILLIAM T. RICHARDS

PFC VINCENT E. GAMMONE

AND

SGT TREY HUFF