An introduced species that, in its larvae form, can be very destructive to your lawn. European Crane Fly damage usually happens to stressed lawns, shady areas, and areas with poor drainage. The roots of the lawn rot all winter and become very susceptible to damage. Many new housing developments are devoid of organic material. The sod has been laid on the hard pan with one inch of man-made topsoil. Indicators of Crane Fly infestation would be starlings pecking on your lawn. Crane Fly levels become damaging to turf when more than 30 larvae are present per one square ft.
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Was it grown on heavy clay that’s heavily treated with lime? Is the soil already cracking? Are all the pallets of sod uniform? If it’s hot outside, imagine how hot it is at the bottom of the pallet. Don’t let the pallet sit there on a hot day for hours on end. Sod can’t be beat for instant results. Also many new housing developments require a front lawn by sod only.
Irrigation is important for maintaining ideal growing conditions throughout the year. Conditions that affect how much you have to water your lawn include higher temperatures, humidity, wind speed, and the depth of your grass’s roots; also how fast is your lawn growing. Ideally, your sprinkler system is replacing the water that your lawn is losing through evaporation and drainage. It is best to water deeply and infrequently, to the depth of your lawn’s root zone.
If your lawn has very shallow roots and forms puddles quickly or is on a steep slope, then light and frequent watering is best.
Shallow rooting, yellowing, and poor stress tolerances can result.
by creating thousands of individual reservoirs that hold or introduce water into your lawn’s root zone.
EcoLawn is a seed mix developed by Tom Cook at O.S.U. This seed results in an enviromentally friendly lawn which should be mowed between four to six inches high. The mix contains perenial rye grass and fescue, yarrow, english daisy, and strawberry clover. It requires less water and fertilizer and is traffic tolerant if cut high. This is not for people who want a traditional manicured lawn.
Red thread is a turfgrass disease caused by a fungus and is commonly found on fescue and ryegrasses. Red thread develops most during periods of high moisture and cool temperatures. The effects are most noticeable during spring and fall when the disease is well developed. Light pink to red strands become visible on the lawn. Red thread can be reduced by maintaining adequate levels of nitrogen. Proper fertilization reduces red thread.
May or June is the best time of year to kill dandelions – when the plant is growing aggressively. When there is enough moisture and heat for rapid plant growth, the herbicide will get a high kill rate with minimum use.
Corn gluten is a less toxic weed control product which is produced as a byproduct of the cornmeal process. Corn gluten lets weed seed germinate but inhibits secondary root growth. The first root growth cannot support plant health; therefore the weed or plant dies.
This is used as a preemergant so it can prevent grass seed from germinating (that’s bad). Timing is critical. Check with the Washington State extension service for best results and practices. This product does not kill existing weeds.
Walt’s Organics in Ballard carries this product and so do many upscale nurseries.
It is best to have a curvilinear lawn edge on a flowerbed. When a straight edge gets out of line its easy to notice and hard to correct.
- Sharpen and balance lawnmower blade after first cut
- Change spark plug and check air filter
- Does mower have fresh gas and clean oil?