- Mow or hand-pull weeds before a treatment. Weed products work by entering the leaves. When the lawn is mowed, there are fewer, if any, weed leaves to capture the product.
- Watering too soon after an application. Allowing the weed-control product to stay on the plants for 12 to 24 hours gives the product sufficient time to get into the weed. Early irrigation can wash the product off before being absorbed.
- Mowing too soon after a treatment. Getting the product absorbed into the leaf is the first step. The second step is allowing time to travel to the roots. Mowing too soon can prevent the product from completely killing the weed. The weed responds by sending up more leaves! Waiting two days is preferred.
- Obliterating the edges of the lawn with a string trimmer. A beveled edge allows the summer weeds to grow by destroying the preemergent layer and offering no competition from the lawn. Use a straight blade edger instead.
A clean lawn edge is the crowning piece of a beautiful lawn, however when done improperly, weeds take advantage and grow. “Using a string trimmer to bevel the edges destroys the pre-emergent protective layer and heats up the soil. Summer weeds like Spurge and Crabgrass thrive in those areas,” says Blake Moore, owner of Moore Green. He prefers a straight blade power edger.
The fungal disease, Necrotic Ring Spot (NRS), is likely the worst disease we deal with in lawns, and if you find these rings in your yard, you would agree.
In recent years, Moore Green recommended over-seeding infected lawns with grass varieties that are resistant to NRS instead of applying fungicides because of the expense of the products and their short working life. While Moore Green continues to recommend over-seeding, there are two new tools available for working with NRS.
- New Combo Fungicides: Moore Green has tested some newer ‘combo’ fungicides that contain two or more fungicides with different modes of action and has had good results in slowing the spread of NRS. Timing is critical for the needed two applications, beginning in late spring.
- Special Blended Fertilizer: Nutrients targeting the effects of NRS encourages the lawn to fill in the dead rings, lessen the yellowing, and temporarily change the soil pH to stop the fungal growth. This product can be applied at any time to help hide those rings.
These targeted treatments can be added to your existing lawn care program to help combat Necrotic Ring Spot. They are still recommended to perform them every year as one treatment or a year’s worth of treatment will not completely eradicate this horrible turf disease. If you are interested in learning more, contact us and one of our licensed technicians will contact you.
It’s a good practice to aerate your lawn once a year, however not everyone cares for those plugs that are left behind or the sprinklers that might become broken. If this is you, then keep on reading.
Moore Green offers an alternative to the messy aeration: we call it our Soil Booster. We combine soil conditioners, beneficial fungi and bacteria, and organic compounds to help naturally improve your soil. We offer two treatments per year; spring and late summer.
These ingredients are sprayed onto the lawn and helps build the root system by improving the soil. Our soil booster is great for soils that have difficulty in supporting plant growth. New lawns also benefit from adding the beneficial fungi and bacteria, allowing them to quickly build roots. Get your lawn off to a good start this spring by adding a Spring Soil Booster