Watering your lawn can vary by season and climate.
Click below to download the perfect watering schedule created by Randy Lemmon.
Randy’s Watering Lawn Care Schedule
As the temperatures rise and lawns get drier, start watching for Chinch Bugs. If you see signs of yellowing grass along the driveway or sidewalk it’s likely you have a start of them. However, they are not limited to only those areas. These tiny critters can destroy a lawn in record time.
Chinch Bugs can infest the center on the yard too. You can get on your knees and look closely at the base of the grass and watch. You should start looking at the edges where the grass is just turning yellow next to the green grass. The brown areas have already been damaged and the pest have moved on to greener pastures. Look for an insect about the size of a flea. They are generally dark gray with a tiny white shield on their back.
The babies are more of a solid orange color with a white spot on their back.
Chinch bugs love hot, dry environments and hate it when lawns are wet. The best way to keep these guys from infesting your lawn is to create a healthy lawn by proper watering and proper fertilization. Even if the lawn is lush and green, Chinch Bugs can still invade your property. If they do, you can control them with a liquid insecticide. Spray three times over a 21 day period in 7 day intervals. That will break the reproductive cycle.
The grass that they damage is dead. You have a choice of re-sodding the area or you can wait for the healthy grass to cover the area. Waiting does take time, but the healthy grass will cover the bad area. In the meantime, keep looking for signs throughout the hot and dry months. Try your best to stop them when the grass is yellow and not brown. Rest assured these pesky varmints will leave when the temperatures cool down.
When the daytime temperatures are 75 to 85 degrees and the nighttime temperatures are around 68 degrees, your brown spots may be Brown Patch. This is a disease that can enter your lawn when the temperatures are lower and the grass is wetter than usual. Hence the Fall and early Spring. High nitrogen fertilizer and wet conditions foster this disease. If you had it last year, and you did not treat it, Brown Patch will return.
Brown Patch is characterized by a circular pattern of brown grass and a small green patch in the center. It usually will appear in wet areas, such as a low area or an area that receives too much water. If you fertilize with high nitrogen (the first number on your fertilizer bag) and water too much, Brown Patch loves these conditions. The good news is that this disease will not kill the grass, but it will remain unsightly until the grass goes dormant in the Winter. But rest assured, if untreated, it will return in the Spring or next Fall.
Brown Patch can be prevented by watering early in the morning and applying lower nitrogen fertilizers. If you wish to aid in the prevention and the cure of Brown Patch, a process called Compost Top Dressing with very high quality compost, is a safe organic method. Traditional methods of using a fungicide work, but are not as safe for the environment. Compost Top Dressing must be applied every 30 days while the conditions are ideal for Brown Patch. The traditional method can turn out to be quite pricey.
Brown Patch seems to dislike organic fertilized lawns. Therefore, the nitrogen is lower and most organic fertilizers are full of natural good bacteria that fights this disease. As your organic lawn gets healthy, it appears to fight off many of the diseases that can enter the lawn. An organic lawn will also reduce your watering and that aids in Brown Patch prevention.
If you see brown spots in the Fall and Early Spring, act quickly. OrgLawn can more easily cure Brown Patch when it is just getting started. Please call us at (281) 351-4733 if you have any questions!
Although it is not listed as one of our main services, the OrgLawn team will be able to perform leveling services upon special requests.
Yard leveling is a critical component to ensure an even cut, proper drainage, even safety. Due to sod not being installed properly, those gaps can cause issues now and in the future. With leveling, you ensure a number of critical aspects to your lawn.
This service greatly improves the aesthetics of your lawn and improves the overall health allowing it to thrive.
Every now and then even the nicest lawns need to be leveled out. Chances are, you would not need to do the entire yard every time, just low spots that take on more water.
One of the trusted products we use for fertilizing is Hologanix®!