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Sick Roses

One little flower on my sick Knockout Rose

Mites……little microscopic critters which serve no purpose whatsoever, other than to cause landscapers, turf managers, and homeowners to despair. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a big increase in mite damage to bermudagrass lawns from the Bermudagrass Stunt Mite. This nasty little critter is over-populating lawns in Oklahoma and causing what looks like drought symptoms with thin, yellowing and browning turf areas. And the challenge is that there are really not any great ways to effectively control the mite.

Now Rose bushes in Oklahoma and other areas of the country are being attacked and even killed by the Rose Rosette Virus, which is spread by the tiny eriophyrid mites from plant to plant. “The disease alters the growth habits and form of the rose,” said Steve Huddleston, senior horticulturalist for the Dallas Arboretum, which has had no roses since 2015. “It results in a phenomenon called witch’s broom, where the ends of the branches get shortened and twisted close together like a broom.” The Tulsa Rose Garden has been devastated in recent years, with about two-thirds of the garden’s 3,000 roses killed by the virus so far, and gardeners expect to lose more this summer. Even if plants can survive, they are weakened and more susceptible to other problems which could kill the Roses. In my case, two large plants were affected last year, and after some pruning, not much is left.

There is not much one can do to prevent Rose Rosette Virus, other than removing and destroying infected plants. Applying a dormant oil monthly may help somewhat with controlling mites. Planting Roses with other shrubs spaced in between them may help cut back on infection by separating the plants.

For more complete information on Rose Rossete Disease, CLICK HERE for a good fact sheet.from Oklahoma State University.

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Tree SaplingsLawns are actually not natural. They are nice, healthy, and add tremendous environmental benefits to the urban environment. Mother Nature however is always trying to do her thing, which is attempting to eventually grow a forest in your lawn. That’s what these little tree saplings are that always pop up in Oklahoma lawns in spring. Many homeowners think they are weeds, and technically they are, as a weed is simply a plant growing out of place. Homeowners want lawns, with only turf such as bermudagrass growing and no weeds, or tree saplings.

These tree saplings are simply little trees germinating from seeds that blew into the soil last year, or planted by squirrels and such in the case of acorns from oak trees. Maples, elm, hackberry, and oaks are notorious seed producers. So if you or your neighbors have these, you’ll probably have tree saplings in your lawn every spring. Pre-emergents applied earlier don’t do anything to prevent tree saplings from germinating, so they will just come up anyway. It’s really impractical to spray these with a post-emergent herbicide, as they will die out as soon as the lawn is mowed. So they will simply go away soon with mowing, and they don’t put any pressure on the turf at all.

If the lawn was not mowed and you allowed Mother Nature to run her course, then eventually you’d have a forest in your lawn. But that’s not going to happen, as you’d receive a citation from the city well before that would come about! So we recommend to just mow them down, as lawns need mowing now anyway.

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Aprill National Lawn Care MonthEvery spring in April we celebrate the contribution that healthy lawns and landscapes play in our families and communities in Oklahoma. At LawnAmerica, we take great pride in doing what we do…….caring for lawns so that families can have more free time to do the things they enjoy. Yes, we do this with properly timed treatments of weed-control products, fertilizers, and other inputs which turf needs to grow and remain healthy. It’s a lot of work, and it’s hard when dealing with the curveballs that Mother Nature can throw us at times. We do it for a big payoff though, and it’s much more than just for money in our pockets.

In addition to the aesthetics and economic benefits of quality turf, healthy lawns provide tremendous environmental benefits, such as healthier air and less runoff. To read about the positive benefits of healthy turf, CLICK HERE.

According to a survey commissioned by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) and conducted by Harris Poll in May 2015, eighty-three percent of Americans think having a yard is important. Here are a few insights about the value of our lawns and backyards.

Your neighborhood’s landscaping is important. Americans (91%) want to live in an area where they can see or walk to nice landscaping. So if you want the best chance of increasing the home prices in your neighborhood, make sure the landscaping looks good.

Nice landscaping helps to sell your house. Eighty-four percent say that the quality of a home’s landscaping would affect their decision about whether or not to buy. Great neighborhood landscaping helps, but it isn’t enough; yours needs to look good too.

Your neighbors care what your yard looks like. Seventy-one percent think it is important that their neighbors have well-maintained yards. Perhaps “good landscaping makes good neighbors” should be the new adage.

We want to enjoy our yards. Seventy-five percent of people feel that it is important to spend time outside in their yards.

Despite common misperceptions, even Millennials want to spend time in their yards. Seventy-five percent of Millennials (18–34 year olds) think spending time outside in their yards is important.

People want help with their landscape. A large majority of Americans (67%) agree that professional landscape help would allow them to have a nicer yard.

So love your lawn this April, by showering it with the attention it deserves and partnering with the professionals at LawnAmerica!

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No, it’s not an April Fools, that’s solid green bermudagrass in your lawn, and it’s only April 3rd. In over 32 years of caring for lawns in Tulsa, and now Oklahoma City, I’ve never experienced the turf to be this far along so soon in coming out of dormancy. As long as we don’t have one of those mid-Spring freezes during the next few weeks, that’ll be great. But it is Oklahoma remember, and the weather can turn on a dime.

With the warm soil temperatures, crabgrass is up and running, although the weeds are very small now. We are still applying a pre-emergent at LawnAmerica, switching to a product named Dimension. It will still control young crabgrass that has germinated and still in the 1-2 seed leaf stage. So Dimension will still work well in preventing crabgrass, as long as it’s applied over the next few weeks.

With a pre-emergent down earlier, our existing customers are seeing their first application of a granular fertilizer applied. We use a much higher quality product than anyone around, a 36-1-3, with 70% slow-release Nitrogen. The slow and timed release of the Nitrogen is key, as it gradually provides nutrients over a 12 week period, rather than hitting the turf all at once. So our fertilizer will do a nice job of greening up the turf, sustaining that color for up to 12 weeks, without the surge of topgrowth that other fertilizers will cause.

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Don’t be fooled…..these are dangerous!

The effects of global warming are being demonstrated right before our eyes now in Tulsa and Oklahoma City lawns, of all places.  We’ve been receiving strange reports at LawnAmerica of doughnuts appearing overnight in area lawns. That’s weird enough, but our concern is that people have been eating those, only to experience some sort of hallucinogenic effect and acting goofy and such after consuming these. Brian Jervis, O.S.U Turfgrass extension agent and Master Gardener Director has stated his office has been receiving these same calls this past week, saying, “From the calls that have been coming in to the Extension Office in Tulsa County, it seems that these doughrooms are really attracted to well-manicured, weed-free hybrid turfgrasses. But it is hard to gauge as the callers were really slurring their words.”

What has happened is with the extremely warm winter and now spring, a rare mushroom has moved up from Mexico, that historically grows only in hot, dry climates. And in Mexico, they are known for their hallucinogenic effects on people, not harming them, but causing them to act goofy, almost like they are drunk or high on something. Well, as the species has moved north into Texas and now Oklahoma, it’s actually evolved into what’s called a doughroom. Seems that it looks more like a doughnut than a mushroom, and it appears very suddenly only after a hot spell, when temperatures cool just a little at night to below 48 degrees and the humidity increases to be above 60. So a homeowner wakes up to discover what looks like doughnuts all over their lawn!

These are actually doughooms, not doughnuts, but tell that to a lady leaving for the office without breakfast or a hungry kid on his way to school. Many have been gobbling these up, only to be a little loopy a few hours later. Reports from Owasso are that a most of a 4th grade class had gone crazy and tied up their teacher with masking tape while going out for recess all day running around on the playground. And homeowners have been thinking they were like Moses and the Israelites receiving “doughnuts from heaven” or something. And after consuming these doughrooms, they’ve been reported to be doing crazy, illogical things, like calling Trugreen to care for their lawn rather than locally-owned LawnAmerica.

So if doughrooms appear in your lawn, don’t pick them, and for sure don’t eat them! Only LawnAmerica has the control for these. Contact us now, and we’ll have one of our friendly, experienced Route Mangers come out to spray these and rid your lawn of this invasive species. Or we can safely gather those up, and take them to our sales guy, Darrell. Some people are immune to the goofy effects of Doughrooms, and he is one of the lucky few. He can consume mass quantities of these, and not show any of the hallucinogenic effects of these.

And…….Happy April Fools Day from LawnAmerica!