Middle Tennessee summers present challenges for all turf types. Compacted clay soils, poor soil drainage, heat, humidity, and moisture combine to create favorable conditions for lawn fungal diseases to develop. Fungus in lawns can appear as distinct brown patches, circles, or as irregular brown wilting turf. Although there are some other causes of brown wilting turf, lawn fungus is one of the primary causes during the warm season. If you notice this type of decline in your lawn please call our office to schedule a fungicide treatment. Regular fungicide applications may be necessary depending on the severity of the disease in your lawn.
What can you do to help prevent this? Things to avoid would be frequent shallow waterings and watering in the afternoon or evening during the summer months. Two to four days a week, deeper, early morning waterings are recommended. If you have any questions regarding lawn diseases or would like to schedule a fungicide application, give us a call.
Not to be outdone, Middle Tennessee experienced a record-breaking event that stood since 1950, consecutive number of nights with temperatures exceeding 70 degrees. For us Fescue lovers, this is not a record that we are excited about breaking. Optimal growing temperatures for Fescue grass is between 60-75 degrees, so when our nights are this hot, the Fescue will stress and be more susceptible to disease and weeds. Like the Olympics, maintaining a Fescue lawn in Middle Tennessee requires a TEAM effort. While we typically recommend to seed and core aerate Fescue lawns every year, this year is critical to ensure your lawn properly recovers. Due to the severity of the weather these recent months and the damage it has caused our Fescue lawns, we are anticipating a higher than normal number of seeding and aeration jobs. Please call ASAP to schedule your seeding and aeration and take advantage of our early sign-up discount offer.
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A popular ingredient in de-icing salt treatments for sidewalks and roads is Sodium Chloride (NaCl). Salt run off from de-icing can be damaging to grass and plants by contributing to soil compaction because of the way salt molecules bind with soil particles. Compaction reduces the ability of water and oxygen to move through soils and be taken up by the roots.
When de-icing your driveway, sidewalk, or stairs consider the use of an environmentally friendly de-icer with an ingredient such as Calcium Chloride. If salt is transferred onto your property by your car driving on salted roadways or by a salt truck in your neighborhood consider rinsing effected plants and grass with water. Also, soil conditioners and core aeration can help soil and grass recover from salt damage.