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With ample early rainfall and summer temperatures here, it’s a great time to aerate a bermudagrass or zoysiagrass lawn in Oklahoma. The root system on these warm season grasses is very active during the warmth of summer, so roots will absorb oxygen from the soil efficiently and new turf roots will grow into the new holes in the soil created by the aeration equipment. Our service will remove thousands of small soil plug about 3.4” wide by 2” deep, and deposit them on the surface.

These plugs are produced by an aerator machine, which allows water and fertilizer to penetrate deeper into the soil. The soil plugs that are left behind break down naturally and disappear back into the lawn after a few rainfalls. The soil microbes that the cores contain will break down thatch, so make sure you don’t rake them up as it’s another benefit of lawn aeration.

Aeration provides several great benefits to the health of your turf:

  • Lessens soil compaction and allows better absorption of oxygen by the root system
  • Promotes the growth of a denser root system
  • Allows water to more easily penetrate into the soil preventing runoff
  • Deposits fresh soil micro-organisms on top of the turf aiding in the decomposition of thatch

Many golf courses aerate their fairways at least once annually. While this may not fit into the budget of some homeowners, we’d recommend at least every two or three years to aerate your lawn. At LawnAmerica, we provide this service from June through September. Cool season turf, such as Fescue is best aerated in fall, in conjunction with fall fescue seeding. In this case, we go over the lawn twice with the aeration equipment, which with all the loose soil provided, really helps with seed germination.

Contact LawnAmerica to get your summer aeration scheduled.

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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.