What’s Going On in My Yard…

What’s Going On in My Yard…

by PJ Kratohvil
of Complete Solutions
completesolutionsdfw.com

When it comes to turf maintenance, our friends over at GRASSPERSON are a great source of knowledge. They’ve sent over a couple things to keep in mind while we go through the ups and downs of a typical Texas summer.

Watering

You should be watering at least 3-4 days a week. The goal is watering deep, not frequently. Always water between 4-6 a.m. to avoid fungus issues. Run times for pop-up spray heads should range between 14-18 minutes; rotor style heads 20-25 minutes; and drip style lines range from 35-45 minutes. It is a great idea to have a professional walk thru the entire system to ensure proper coverage as well as efficiency of the system.

Mowing Height

All grass should be cut higher in the summer to help with water retention. We recommend to keep your Bermuda between 3-3.5” and the St. Augustine a little higher.

Fertilizer

You should be applying food to your grass to ensure it’s a success with all the heat stress we have had so far this summer. Just as important, be prepared after September 1 to apply your pre-emergents. You should not apply when the cool weather is here, but instead, apply weeks prior to the seasonal change to help fend off what’s coming.

Weeds

Nutsedge is a weed that is caused by heavy rainfall. To treat it, call a professional that has weed specific treatments to help get rid of this problem. General weed chemicals will not touch it, and other than thinning out some of your broad leaf weeds, could be a waste of money.


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