What’s Going On in My Yard?

What’s Going On in My Yard?

PJby PJ Kratohvil
of Complete Solutions

When it comes to turf maintenance and getting straight answers for what actions you should and shouldn’t be taking on your lawn right now, 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.

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. Most of the time our customers don’t notice there’s a problem until plants start dying or the grass turns brown, so having a licensed technician examine your system is highly recommended.

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.

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. Most homeowners make the mistake of not applying these treatments until the window has passed. 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.

One of most common, hardest weeds to deal with is nutsedge. Nutsedge is a weed that is caused by heavy rainfall which we have experienced this year. 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. Getting on a chemical program and being consistent with it is worth its weight in gold. Success doesn’t happen overnight, but within a few months of being on a professional program, you should be very pleased with results.

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