Lawn Care Practices

Reddish Pink Patches in Your Lawn?

What is happening to my lawn you ask? Well your lawn has a common disease called red thread, Laetisaria fuciformis. Red thread usually targets turf grasses such as bent grass, red fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass.

How to Spot it:
Red thread, very similar to pink patch, first appears as small pink or red spots or patches ranging from two inches to several feet in diameter. Right around this time of year, late May and into June when the temperatures are between 60-70 degrees and it’s wet and overcast and the humidity is high red thread will begin appearing. The grass will look greasy before the spot dries and fades into a light tan color. The tips of the grass blades may be covered with fine pink or red threads, giving this disease its name. Fortunately red thread only kills the grass blades, allowing the lawn to grow new blades.

How to Stop it:

  • Maintain the right amount of nitrogen in your soil.
  • Water only in the morning and never at night and make sure not to overwater.
  • Maintain a soil pH between 6.5 and 7.0. Rgreen Organic applies a pH balance application to ensure that your soil will provide an optimal environment for healthy grass growth and color.
  • Mow at the right height, we suggest 3 to 3 1/2 inches.
  • Don’t let thatch build up and take over your turf, aerate your lawn annually.

Just remember, most turf diseases are not a major concern and will most likely go away on their own with fertilization, watering and mowing at the right height.

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Is it Winter or Spring?

With the temperatures reaching nearly 60 degrees in the middle of winter, it can leave us asking, “Is it really winter?”.  This weather has many people looking forward to summertime. Here are a few ideas of activities you can do now to get ready for the spring.

1. Start growing. Start your vegetable/flower garden early by planting seeds now. Transplant them in the spring and give them a head start.

2. Buy blooms. Buy potted flowers that bloom year-round and place them around your house. These flowers will freshen up your house.  Hibiscus, Christmas Cactus, Day Lilies, Orchids, and Geraniums are just some of the many flowers that bloom year round.

3. Grow herbs. Begin growing herbs you use for cooking like sage, parsley, basil and oregano. In addition to providing flavor, they will bring life to your windowsill.

4. Read books and magazines. Order your favorite lawn and garden magazine to find inspiration during the winter months.  Or, save money and visit your local library for gardening and lawn care books or magazines.  Let the ideas begin bouncing around and let your excitement grow for the coming spring.

Rain, Rain Go Away

Some days it  would be really nice to repeat this childhood rhyme and make it come true.

Heavy rainfall is never good for fertilizing, however, in light rainfall fertilizing can actually be beneficial.

During a rain fall, plants’ stomata (pores) open up for rain which allows for a perfect time to fertilize to ensure that the fertilizer will be washed into the soil and become available to the plant.

Applying fertilizer before rain also provides insurance that it will washed into the soil and soaked up by the plant.  Of course, if heavy rain falls are expected, it’s best to not fertilize to avoid washouts and leaching.

Here are some ways to restore your lawn once the heavy rain fall stops.

  • Try to stay off the grass immediately after the downpour. Wait until all traces of standing water disappear.
  • Route any standing water away from low spots in your lawn. Simple trenches should work.
  • Reseed if grass thins out due to a soggy lawn.

 

 

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