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If there is one question that we get asked a lot during the course of the year, it is “When is the best time to seed Fescue?” The answer to that question is right now, if not sooner.

The Autumn season is the best time of year to establish or over-seed a Fescue turf for several reasons.

  1. Fescue prefers the cooler temperatures that Fall provides. It is warm in the day to help with germination, but no so hot as to stress out the new seedlings, and then ground temperatures are generally cooler.
  2. Usually in Oklahoma, the entrance of Fall brings with it some much needed moisture that new Fescue seedlings desperately need. That hasn’t been the case yet this year, but we are still hopeful.
  3. Fescue that is established in September or early October will have the entire winter to develop a strong, healthy root system that will help better prepare the plant for the hot summers we typically experience.

We, at LawnAmerica, offer Fescue seeding services from mid-September through mid-October. In our seeding process we cultivate the ground using core aerators and rakes, we apply our custom LawnAmerica Fescue seed blend (which has NO weed seed), we fertilize with a combination of liquid fertilizers and an organic soil amendment as well as following up in 3-4 weeks to insure that seedlings are germinating properly.

If you have Fescue turf or need Fescue turf, don’t delay seeding, whether you do it yourself, or enlist our help. A little of bit of time and effort spent this Fall will pay dividends in a beautiful turf next Spring!

If you need our help, I recommend that you call soon. Our schedule is almost full.

And I almost forgot, don’t forget to water, or pray for rain (or both)! It’s pretty dry out there.

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Truett Cathy, the founder and President of Chick-fil-A, died yesterday in Atlanta at age 93. One may think what the significance of a business owner who sells chicken have to do with lawn care in Tulsa, Oklahoma, so allow me to explain.

20 years ago, as a still wet-behind-the-ears 39 year old business owner of 10 years, I wrote a letter to Mr. Cathy telling him of my admiration for him and the way he conducts his business, especially from a Christian perspective. His secretary actually called me back a few weeks later and invited me out to Atlanta to meet with Mr. Cathy. So I excitedly flew out to Atlanta to personally meet with Truett Cathy at the Chick-fil-A headquarters. I really didn't have an agenda, other than just having the opportunity to personally meet a very successful business owner whom I admired and wanted to learn from. I don't even remember what Truett and I talked about while in his office for 20 minutes or so. He took me to eat lunch at the cafeteria, where we had, you guessed it, chicken sandwiches. I still have the styrofoam cup from the Coke in my office. He introduced me to his son Bubba I remember, and took me on a tour of their little museum at the headquarters. I believe that Truett spent about an hour and a half with me, a young (it's all relative) businessman aspiring to build a business similar to Chick-fil-A, but in lawn care.

As I have read some of the media coverage of his death, I'm amazed, and a little angry, that half of the information is about the recent flap over comments about their stand on not supporting gay marriage. Why is that even talked about? What should be discussed is what a great man Truett Cathy was, as a husband, father, and businessman. Here was a man who from very humble beginnings, with hard work, dedication, and a strong Christian faith, built one of the best businesses in the country. They have good food, and great service. They have experienced great growth, to over $5,000,000,000 in sales, with healthy profits. But how they have grown and conducted their business, and what they do with some of their profits for our communities, is what separates Truett Cathy and Chick-fil-A from 99% of the other businesses in our country.

Truett Cathy did not leave his Christian faith in the church pew while working Monday through Saturday. He used the principles of faith in conducting and growing his business, with staying closed on Sundays just one of many practices they followed. Didn't seem to affect their growth and profits much. They have funded and built things for kids, such as foster homes and summer camps. Chick-fil-A sponsors things like leadership and marriage conferences. They and their store operators give back millions of dollars to local communities, especially supporting kids and education. The recent Keith's Ice Cold Lemonade Stand supporting the Little Lighthouse, is just one of many examples of a local Tulsa operator giving back to our community. They provide scholarships for students to attend college who have worked at Chick-fil-A. I don't believe there is any large company who gives more back to the communities we all live in than Chick-fil-A, and it all started from the values and leadership of Truett Cathy.

Truett and his company have always been one of my mentors, without them even knowing of it. I've wanted to build a lawn care business by using some of the same values and processes that his company has. I believe that our customers in Tulsa, Bartlesville, Grand Lake, and now in Oklahoma City, are better served in part due to what I've learned from Truett Cathy and his business. Employees are better taken care of, lawns are more beautiful, and communities are better off. Little ol' LawnAmerica tries to emulate the community stewardship that Mr. Cathy does, as we try to reflect and practice our faith by giving back to others.

Truett Cathy has done what many small business owners strive to do, leave the world a better place through their efforts….leave a legacy. Thank you Mr. Cathy for how you have lived, as it extends much further than just chicken sandwiches. You've influenced countless business guys like me who strive to be like Truett. So I'll go enjoy a chicken sandwich, waffle fries, and a cold Coke in your honor today for lunch!

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The rains this early summer have been nice for lawns in Tulsa and NE Oklahoma. But with the water comes increased mosquito activity. There are things homeowners can do to help control mosquitoes, and we have a new service at LawnAmerica which can help with control also. The key word is control. We can’t eradicate them, but we can cut back on the numbers of pests with our service.

We are testing mosquito control in out Tulsa, Bartlesville, and Grand Lake service areas. This consists of a mist spray of both a conventional insecticide plus a natural mosquito repellent. This needs to be applied in the landscape every 3-4 weeks for best results.

  • Treatment with Permethrin, a widely used and safe synthetic Pyrethroid insecticide that acts in a manner similar to the natural products produced by chrysanthemum flowers.
  • All natural Mosquito Barrier consisting of garlic extract, which naturally repels mosquitos. Totally safe for people and pets.

The Permetherin product will provide good results, as it has been proven over many years to be safe and effective. Consistency is the key, as the product breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, which is one characteristic that makes it a safe choice. We sometimes will switch to another product named Bifentherin, which has good results also.

If you have a special party or outdoor event, we recommend two treatments, one about three weeks before and a follow-up treatment a few days before the event. For general control for the rest of the summer, if you subscribe to three treatments, your fourth treatment is FREE. Pricing is as follows:

Lawn and landscape size up to 4000' $49

Lawn and landscape size 4000' to 8,000' $59

Lawn and landscape size 8,000' to 15,000 ' $69

Lawn and landscape size 15,000' to 25,000' $79

Lawn and landscape size over 25,000' Call Us

For practical tips on how to control mosquitoes in your yard in addition to spraying, go to this link:

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We are winding down our fall turf fertilization for our LawnAmerica customers, and transitioning into our fall weed-control. Warm-season turf such as bermudagrass and zoysiagrass are slowing down their growth with the cooler fall temperatures. They actually begin to prepare for winter dormancy at this time of year, slowing down their topgrowth and sending food down into the root system for storage over the winter. So we intentionally back down on nitrogen fertilization in fall, so that we are not pushing the turf to be super green and grow too much. Applying too much nitrogen and applying it late in the season is detrimental to the turf for many reasons.

  1. Excessive nitrogen fertilization in mid to late fall will weaken the root system, which is bad for turf preparing to over-winter.
  2. Winterkill of bermudagrass is more likely to occur on turf that has had excessive nitrogen applied in the fall.
  3. Excessive nitrogen at this time of year can lead to higher rates of Spring Dead Spot Disease next spring.
  4. Excessive nitrogen at this time of year is just wasteful and not good for the environment, as warm-season turf does not need it or utilize it fully.

So we don’t want a super green bermudagrass or zoysiagrass as we head into late September and October. Don’t judge a lawn service at this time of the year as to how green they can make a lawn. If I wanted to make a lawn green, I could do it, by applying a lot of nitrogen and having you water like crazy. But this is NOT the right thing to do. What we want is a moderate green color, and to go a little lean on the nitrogen into the late fall. And I’m sure you are tired of watering and mowing your lawn by now also!

Now Fescue is totally different, being a cool-season grass. The most important fertilization of the season for fescue is in mid to late fall. So instead of applying fall pre-emergent, we apply a heavy dose of granular fertilizer to our fescue lawns in fall. We don’t apply a pre-emergent to fescue in fall either, as this will negate any fescue seeding that needs to be done in the fall.

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It’s been a mild summer with some good rains, for which the lawns in Tulsa and we are all thankful for. However, we knew it would not last forever, as it’s turned hot now with little rain in the forecast. So I know we said you could turn your sprinklers off, but times have changed.

Go ahead and irrigate 2-3 times per week now, which is normal for summer in Tulsa. The good news is that with the deep soaking rains in summer, most turfgrass has a deep root system now, picking up that deep soil moisture. So I suspect that it will need to get very hot and dry before we see brown areas from moisture stress in the turf. Much of that depends upon your soil type.

Sandy soils will dry out quicker, so you’ll need to water more frequently. And as always, water in the early morning if at all possible.

Do continue to keep an eye out for Armyworms in Tulsa. If you see just a few, that’s no big deal. But if you see more than say 4 per square foot, and you can see your lawn literally moving as they march across the turf, then it’s time to apply insecticide or call LawnAmerica ASAP.

And if you’ve not done so yet, raise your mowing height on notch on your bermudagrass or zoysiagrass, as we like to see it a little higher in the fall. This helps to stimulate your root system to grow deeper, which is a great thing for turf.