Oklahoma native, Will Rogers, famously said, “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it’ll change.”
So far, 2017 has lived up to that quote and then some! In January, few days ever got above the freezing mark. After that, we thought it was summer with temperatures often in the 80’s.
Now in May, we’ve had more spring like temperatures with nonstop rain. April set a record for rainfall totals, and May doesn’t appear to be relenting either. At last look, the 60-day rainfall totals for northeast Oklahoma ranges from 15 to 24 inches.
Rain is good. But too much of a good thing can cause problems.
As we discussed in a previous blog, when the soil becomes water logged, grass roots and other plants have trouble getting the necessary oxygen from the soil – causing the plant to drown. Without oxygen, the grass obviously struggles. Couple that with temperatures resembling March rather than late May, and it’s easy to see why things are off.
With the increased moisture and cooler temperatures, we also tend to see more weeds. One of the more common weeds during this time of year is Yellow Nutsedge, commonly known as nutgrass, which LOVES wet conditions.
Thankfully, we utilize a product by the name of Echelon, which helps combat this pesky weed. Echelon is the only chemical on the market labeled as both a pre- and post-emergent for Nutsedge. We apply Echelon from early May through late June to help not only control the fast-growing weeds that are
already present, but also kill the nutlet below the surface, which causes nutgrass to spread so prolifically. As an added benefit, Echelon also helps control many broadleaf weeds, as well as providing extended crabgrass control.
As a full program LawnAmerica customer (6 or 7 step customers), the Echelon application is included in your regular applications. If you are on a 4 or 5 step program, we can still apply Echelon for an additional charge. Just give us a call at the office and we’ll get you set up.