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Tulsa Lawn Care Update – Time to Seed Fescue!

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Thu, Sep 17, 2020 @ 12:53 PM

Tulsa Lawn Care Update - Time to Seed Fescue!

 

FALL FESCUE SEEDING

 

It may not seem like it, but next Tuesday, September 22, is the first day of fall. This is the perfect time to make plans for seeding fescue in bare shady areas or overseeding existing fescue areas. Mid to late September through October is the optimal time range for seeding.

 

Fescue is a cool season grass, so fall is the beginning of its growing season. Fescue is heat intolerant which is why we grow it in the shade in the Tulsa area. However, it does need sun. (In cooler climates, fescue grows in full sun.) By seeding in the fall, the new grass will soak up plenty of sun when the leaves fall off the trees, thus making it possible for the grass to store necessary carbohydrates to make it through the hot summer next year.

 

Even if you already have fescue in a shady area, you must overseed it every fall to keep it full and healthy. Hot summer temperatures always kill off some of it, and if you don’t overseed every fall, your fescue will thin out.

 

NOTE: You cannot grow fescue in an area with NO sun – like behind a shed, or between two houses.  For alternative options in full shade places, see our page on Shade Areas.

 

If you plan on doing your own seeding, please see our Fall Fescue Seeding page for instructions.

 

If you don’t want to do it yourself, we would be happy to give you a free estimate for overseeding your fescue. Just give us a call at 918-344-5737 or fill out our Free Seeding Estimate form online.

 

Weird Weeds?

 

This year we have seen LOTS of weeds and some strange weeds we haven’t seen before. Unfortunately, the repeated heavy rainfalls we experienced in the spring broke down the pre-emergent’s effectiveness early, so weeds have been worse than usual.

 

Rainstorms that lead to water rushing through ditches and over lawns are often responsible for distributing weed seeds. Unfortunately, weed seeds can remain under the soil and stay viable for decades! Weed specialists have actually found weed seeds 600 years old that they were able to germinate. Yikes!

 

Rain and wind also move weed seeds from your neighbor’s yard to yours, or someone’s yard three blocks over. The fact that we have seen weeds this year that we don’t normally see is probably due to rain and wind.

 

Doveweed

Doveweed

 

Doveweed is a weed that is not often seen in our area, but has been popping up in people’s yards, including my own back yard under a large tree.

 

Weird weed 2

 

unknown weed

 

And what is this stuff? I’ve never seen it in my lawn or gardens before, and this year it was everywhere! It grows vertically and entwines itself around fences, around other plants and trees. I have also seen tons of it just sticking straight up out of my yard and my neighbors’ yards.

 

 

Pansies

 

FALL FLOWERS

 

Enough about weeds!  It's almost time to get some fall colors in your garden.  You might have noticed that everyone has pansies for sale!  Planting time for pansies in our area is when the soil temperature is between 45 and 65 degrees.  We are in USDA zone 7A, so usually the best time to plant them is late September or early October.  If you plant them too soon, they will get leggy without many blooms and develop a weak root system.  Some people wait until spring to plant them, but the spring flowers will be more bountiful if you plant them in the fall!

 

Mums (Chrysanthemums) are also a great fall flower and you can buy them in pots at any nursery or even at the grocery store!  Mums come in many varieties and can be perennial or annual.  If you are thinking of planting them in your garden, I highly recommend reading this Chrysanthemum article on HGTV's website.  Very informative!

 

Just a reminder -  your lawn needs 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water per week!  Rain has been a little scarce lately, so turn on the sprinklers if you need to.  Happy seeding and planting!

 

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My puppies decided they like the Doveweed stuff!

 

Tulsa Lawn Care Update – Ready, Set, Sprinklers ON!

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Sun, Jun 14, 2020 @ 03:09 PM

Tulsa Lawn Care Update – Ready, Set, Sprinklers ON!

 

After all the rainfall we’ve had for what seems like forever, watering your lawn has suddenly become essential!  No rain, temperatures in the 90s, and strong winds are drying out all of your landscape – grass, shrubs, flower beds, trees…everything!

 

Your lawn needs 1 to 1 ½ inches of water per week.  We’ve seen a lot of lawns that need a good soaking! 

 

Trees are slower to react to drought conditions, but it’s best to start watering them now, before you see symptoms.  Basically, the trees with the smallest leaves (like a River Birch or a Dawn Redwood) need the most water.

 

Bermuda grass

 

Bermuda loves the hot weather and thrives in it, but it must have water!  Deep watering twice weekly is recommended because it’s much more effective than a short sprinkling every day.  Deep watering encourages deep roots.  Deep roots make stronger grass that is more drought resistant.

 

Fescue grass

 

Fescue is a cool season grass and it doesn’t like heat.  In our area, we plant fescue in the shady places, because bermuda grass will not grow in the shade, and it’s cooler in the shade for the fescue.

 

Fescue needs deep watering, just like the bermuda grass.  However, on really hot days – upper 90s to 100s – you may need to spray your fescue lightly on a daily basis, just to cool it off.

 

Please visit our page on proper watering for more detailed info.

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Mowing

 

Proper mowing is also important for both fescue and bermuda grass and actually helps with weed control.  Bermuda should be cut short and fescue should be left a little taller.  Please visit our page on proper mowing for specifics of frequency and mowing height.

 

What happened to my fescue?

 

Fescue looks its best in early spring when the weather is cooler and the leaves haven’t come back on the trees yet.  It also looks great in the fall, when leaves are falling and temperatures have cooled down.  If you have fescue that looked great in the spring, but now seems to be dying out, it is probably in too much shade or total shade.  Fescue grass needs some sun – it loves sun, and can grow in full sun in cooler climates farther north. 

 

If your fescue is in total shade, it will die.  Please visit our page on alternative options for total shade areas!  There are a lot of really pretty perennial plants that like shade, like ferns, hostas, wild ginger, pachysandra, and ivy.  Annual flowers like impatiens can be added, as well as coleus which is very colorful and tolerates sun and/or shade.

 

Ferns and hostas

Ferns and Hostas

 

Ferns hostas impatiens

Ferns, Hostas, Impatiens

 

 

You and the HEAT

 

It’s fun to work in the yard and your gardens!  Please bear in mind that you need to stay hydrated.  You should drink a lot of water BEFORE you go outside to work, as well as stopping to drink water while you’re outside.  It’s going to be in the upper 90s for most of next week, and while the sunny days are a pleasure, heat exhaustion or heat stroke can be very dangerous. 

 

Please bear this in mind when it comes to outdoor dogs.  Be sure they always have water available, and you might want to change it several times during the day for fresh cold water.

 

Please visit the CDC website for information on symptoms of heat-related illness.

 

If you ever have any questions about your lawn, please feel free to give us a call!  We appreciate your business!!

 

 

Topics: mowing and watering correctly

Tulsa Lawn Care April Update – Poa Annua and Soggy Lawns

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Thu, Apr 02, 2020 @ 02:39 PM

Tulsa Lawn Care April Update – Poa Annua and Soggy Lawns

 

YOUR GRASS

 

At this time of year, the bermuda grass is beginning to come out of dormancy and starting to green up.  But, bermuda likes hot weather and lots of sun.  If our rainy, cloudy weather pattern persists, it may take a little longer than usual.

 

bermuda apr

 

The fescue grass, on the other hand, is looking fabulous!  Fescue thrives at this time of year because the leaves are not fully out on the trees yet, so the fescue gets plenty of sun, and the temperatures are still cool. 

We’ve had a lot of rain this year already, and you may have a soggy lawn, or even standing water, especially in the ditches, depending on how good the drainage is in your neighborhood.  This is a big pain when you’re trying to mow without making ruts in the lawn!  If you have excellent drainage, lucky you!!

 

April Fescue Grass

 

WEEDS

 

With the amount of rain and soggy lawns, grassy weeds are going to be a problem this year.  Poa annua  (also called annual bluegrass) likes moist soil, and we have seen a ton of it!  Nutsedge may be a problem as well because it is a water grass.  Sometimes it seems like weeds come out of nowhere, but wind and rain scatter weed seeds everywhere!

 

Poa Annua Apr

                                                        Poa Annua

 

MOWING

 

Proper mowing procedures are extremely important to weed control.  You should mow often enough that you don’t have to bag the clippings.  (And we know that’s not possible when it’s raining every day! )  Please visit our “Mowing” page for more information!

 

 

A NOTE TO OUR NEW CUSTOMERS

 

The shape your yard was in when you started our program will determine how quickly your lawn will respond to treatments.  It would be really nice if one or two applications would get rid of all the weeds, but unfortunately that is not likely!  Please be patient with your lawn.  You should notice an improvement with each application.  Also, when we treat weeds, they will not just disappear.  In cooler temperatures, they may not even turn brown.  Even though they don’t look dead, they are. 

 

We encourage you to visit our “Your Lawn” page for information that will help your lawn look great! 

 

Thank you all for choosing GreenGrass Lawn Care!  Take care, and be safe!

 

Don’t forget to go outside on Tuesday April 7 at 9:35 p.m. to see the Supermoon, the biggest full moon of the year and also the Paschal Full Moon, which is the first full moon of the spring.

 

Wildred-Ferns

 

Wilfred says that if you are stressed out, or really bored,

you should plant some flowers!

 

Topics: weed control for new customers, poa annua,mowing,

Tulsa Lawn Care Update – Winter is on the Way!

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Sun, Oct 27, 2019 @ 05:05 PM

 

Winter is on the Way!

 

 

Days are cooling off, nights are getting colder, and we may get a hard freeze as soon as next week!  What does this mean for your lawn?  First, you need to know and understand what kind of grass or grasses you have.

 

In our area, we are in a transitional zone, so NO one grass is perfect for both shade and sun areas. 

 

BERMUDA GRASS - in the sun

 

Frost Damage 2019

 

Do you see this pattern in your lawn?  Don’t worry, it’s just frost damage.  Frost damage does NOT actually damage your bermuda grass.  Frost has just nudged a part of your grass into dormancy, hence the strange markings.  Sometimes panicked customers will call us when they see this, thinking they have insects killing their lawn or a fungus or something.  Relax!  It’s normal.

 

As we head for winter and it gets colder, your bermuda lawn will go dormant.  It will look brown.  We always have some customers calling in a panic saying their lawns are dead.  These are mostly people who moved here from more southern climates where the bermuda grass or St. Augustine grass stays green year round.

 

Technically, the weather in our transitional zone is too cold for bermuda, a warm season grass, to stay green all year.

 

Some people also wonder why we’re treating brown grass.  But while the bermuda grass looks brown, it’s not dead, and its root system is still active.  The pre-emergent application we are putting on bermuda grass is very important this time of year because it prevents crabgrass from germinating.  If you don’t have a crabgrass pre-emergent put on your lawn, crabgrass will be very hard to control during the summer.

 

FESCUE GRASS – in the shade

 

If you have fescue grass in your shady areas, it should be green and doing well right now, because it’s a cool season grass.  Hopefully, you have overseeded it to keep it thick and healthy.

 

Technically, the weather in our transitional zone is too hot for fescue, which is why we plant it in shade areas, because bermuda grass will not grow in the shade, and fescue grass will not grow in the sun in the hot summer.

 

However, fescue really needs the sun to make food for itself through photosynthesis, and it will get sun as soon as the leaves are off the trees.

 

But, here’s the tricky part.  The leaves will fall off the trees right onto your fescue grass, covering it up.  It is essential that you try to keep the leaves blown off your fescue grass so it can get sun and store up carbohydrates to make it through the long hot summer next year.

 

If you have seeded, DO NOT RAKE leaves up off your fescue, or you will pull up the new seedlings.  Even if you didn’t seed, with as much rain as we’ve had, you might rake up existing grass.

 

Note:  If you have fully shaded areas, such as between the house and the fence, or the fence and an outbuilding, even fescue will not grow there.  All grass needs some sun. Check out our page on alternative shade area treatments.

 

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Wilfred-Oct-2019

 

Wilfred braved the recent torrential downpours and came out with little more than mud spatters on his wellies.

 

Pansies

 

 

Even though winter is on the way, you can still add some lovely color to your yard!

 

Topics: fall fescue seeding, fescue alternatives, frost damage, bermuda dormancy

GreenGrass Tulsa Lawn Care Update – Scalp Your Lawn & Other Tips for Spring!

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Thu, Apr 04, 2019 @ 05:08 PM

 

Tulsa Lawn Care Update

Scalp Your Lawn & Other Tips for Spring!

 

Spring has arrived, bringing with it all the lovely downpours resulting in mushy lawns and standing water!  But the warmer temperatures, sunshine and rain are making everything grow like crazy, including the weeds.

 

Dandelion

 

You’re probably seeing masses of purple flowers (henbit) everywhere and lots of dandelions.  These are broadleaf weeds, and the application we are currently applying contains a post-emergent weed control to take care of the ones present in your lawn.  Also included is the second pre-emergent for crabgrass.  (Unfortunately, there is no pre-emergent for broadleaf weeds.)

 

Please remember that after we spray your lawn for weeds, they won't just disappear!  With the cool night temperatures, they may not even turn brown.  They will have stopped growing, though, and once you mow the lawn, they will be gone.  

 

 

Henbit-Weed

 

Here are some things you can do now to make your yard look its best!

 

Scalp Your Bermuda Lawn

 

As soon as the weather permits, set your lawn mower on its lowest setting, mow your bermuda lawn short, and bag up the clippings.  This will allow the sun to more effectively heat up the soil and make your lawn greener faster.  Bermuda loves hot weather.  Scalping is for bermuda grass lawns ONLY.  Do NOT scalp your fescue grass. 

 

Mow Your Bermuda Lawn Frequently

 

Many people mow on a schedule, like once per week.  But the grass needs mowed when it needs mowed.  If it looks like it’s getting high or you can see weeds going to seed, mow it.  Mowing frequently is a great deterrent to weeds, and it encourages your bermuda to grow sideways and spread out, giving you a thick, lush lawn. See our Mowing and Scalping page for more info on proper mowing procedures.

 

NOTE:  Mowing and watering properly can make a huge difference in how good your lawn looks!  Mother Nature has your back on the watering for a while, so be sure to hold up your side with the mowing!

 

Keep Leaves and Debris Off of Fescue Grass

 

The fescue grass is looking fabulous at this time!  Fescue is a cool season grass. In the Tulsa area, we plant it under trees in the shade where it’s cooler and where bermuda won’t grow.  But fescue needs sunlight, too!  Right now, it is loving our cool temperatures.  The leaves aren’t fully on the trees yet, so it’s soaking up the sun as well.  It is imperative that the fescue get the sun while it can, so it can store up carbs to make it through the hot summer when it’s in the shade again.

 

Fabulous-Fescue

 

Don’t Trim Your Trees and Shrubs Just Yet

 

A rule of thumb is to NOT trim your trees and shrubs when leaves are forming or falling.  You especially want to refrain from trimming any trees or shrubs that are spring-flowering like hydrangeas or azaleas.  The best time to prune spring-flowering shrubs is after the blooms start to fade, shrivel and discolor.  If you prune them too late in the summer, you will be cutting off the limbs that produce the flowers.  There may be exceptions for certain plants, so it’s best to look up whatever plant you want to trim before you do it!

 

Redbud-Trees-Flowering

The redbud trees are blooming beautifully!

 

 

Have You Seen Any of These Flowers?

 

Do you see any of these pretty little flowers peeking out of your flowerbeds?  If so, dig them out in a hurry!!  They are wild violets, and they will multiply faster than bunnies!!  They are extremely invasive and will get into your lawn, too!

 

Wild-Violets

 

Do You Have a Fairy Ring in Your Yard?

 

A Fairy Ring is usually a circle or arc of mushrooms.  I noticed one in our lawn last year, for the first time.  Fairy rings can last a REALLY long time.  There are some in Europe that are 2000 feet across and over 700 years old. 

 

However, you can still see the fairy ring even if the mushrooms aren’t there – the grass around the fairy ring is a different shade of green and is growing faster than the rest of the grass, as you can see in the picture.

 

Spring-Fairy-Ring

 

What causes them?  Why, fairies dancing in the circle, of course!

 

Nah, it has to do with mycelium, fungus, hyphae, spores and enzymes…but I won’t bore you.  Rather fascinating, though!

 

 

Wildred-Ferns

 

Wilfred is quite anxious to get the shade garden cleaned out since the ferns and wild ginger are doing so well already. He also wanted to remind you that each time you refer a friend to GreenGrass, and they take the full program like you do, you get $50 free credit on your account!  Yay!  Read the details here.

 

 

Topics: fescue and leaves, weed control for new customers, scalping bermuda grass

GreenGrass Tulsa Lawn Care Update – Your Winter Lawn

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 @ 02:03 PM

 

GreenGrass Tulsa Lawn Care Update – Your Winter Lawn

 

Happy New Year!  We hope everyone had pleasant holidays and a few restful days before going back to work.  Doubtless, the farthest thing from your mind during the rain and the freezing weather is your lawn.

 

So... what’s going on with your lawn right now?

 

If you have bermuda grass, it’s brown and dormant.  If you have fescue grass, it is actively growing (albeit slowly with our cold weather.)

 

We are very lucky this year to have had sufficient rainfall for our grass and landscape.  Winter drought can cause problems because our yards need water year round.  But…nobody wants to drag out the hoses in the winter and, thankfully, we didn’t have to.

 

(Well, I did have to water my droopy pansies several weeks ago!)

 

We have started our first application of the year (no, it’s not too early) which contains the first pre-emergent for crabgrass, and a post-emergent for broadleaf weeds.

 

Our first 2 applications are very important for crabgrass control.

 

We are starting to see some henbit (a broadleaf weed with purple flowers) and dandelions, and these will proliferate rapidly when we get some warmer weather.  In fact, you may see entire lawns covered with henbit on yards that are not treated.

 

There is no pre-emergent for broadleaf weeds, but the application we're doing now will take care of those that are in your yard when we treat it.

 

Fescue-clump-in-bermuda

 

If you have unwanted fescue clumps in your bermuda, we will be treating those, also.

 

 

FESCUE GRASS:

 

If you have fescue grass, it is busy soaking up what sunshine is available to store up carbohydrates so it can survive the hot summer when the leaves are back on the trees and the fescue is in the shade again.  Fescue needs sun like any other grass, but we plant it in the shade in the Tulsa area because our summers are too hot for it.

 

Leaves-on-fescue

 

The point is that fescue really needs the sun this time of year.  Unfortunately, this time of year is when you have leaves all over your lawn.  When our soggy conditions dry out a little, try to keep the leaves off of the fescue, as much as you can.  If fescue is covered with leaves for any extended period, it will die.

 

So!  Enjoy your all-too-short vacation from lawn mowing, and don’t miss the chance to see this year’s only lunar total eclipse, and the last one until 2021!

 

This is going to be a good one, barring cloud cover, of course – a Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse!  It starts at 10:33 p.m. this Sunday, January 20.  It will be large and overhead (so your trees or your neighbors’ trees won’t block your view), and it will turn a dark reddish color.

 Super Blood Wolf Moon

 

Awesome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics: fescue and leaves, winter watering, January tulsa lawn care

Tulsa Lawncare Update - Hot, Hot, Hot!!

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Tue, May 29, 2018 @ 04:32 PM

Tulsa Lawn Care Update – HOT, HOT, HOT!!

 

It seems that spring just passed us by this year!  We are, in fact, experiencing August temperatures.  How will this affect your lawn?

 

Fescue-too-much-hot-sun

This fescue grass is getting too much hot sun!

 

FESCUE GRASS:

 

If you have fescue grass in your shady areas, please bear in mind that fescue is not shade grass.  It is HEAT intolerant, which is why we plant it in the shade.  Because we have such high temperatures right now, we will have to water our fescue deeply twice weekly and also spray it lightly daily.  Grass cools itself by transpiration.

 

You know how grass seems cool when you’re walking through it barefoot?  That’s no illusion – grass has a cooling effect due to transpiration, and it’s much cooler than bare dirt and much cooler than dormant grass.

 

When you water the lawn, the grass roots take up the water.  It travels through the stem into the leaves, where it escapes as water vapor.  Kind of like the way the human body sweats to cool itself.  That’s transpiration.

 

On the downside, an acre of grass on a hot summer day will lose approximately 2,400 gallons of water through evaporation and transpiration.

 

NOTE:  in these high temperatures, mow your fescue grass higher.  The more leaf surface, the cooler it can keep itself.  Do NOT mow it short.

 

Looks like we’ll have a lot of watering ahead of us this year!

 

Read more about proper watering!

 

BERMUDA GRASS

 

Bermuda loves the heat!  It is now growing 24 hours per day.  But it requires a LOT of water, due to transpiration and evaporation.  Twice weekly soakings are in order.  If you see areas browning or wilting, soak it good!

 

THE REST OF YOUR LANDSCAPE

 

Flowers, shrubs and trees will also need special attention to watering.  Pay attention to trees with the smallest leaves, like river birch and cypress and dawn redwoods.  If you notice leaf drop, soak the area around the tree.

 

Flowers or other plants near hot sidewalks may need extra water, also.

 

Coleus-curling-leaves-11Coleus-curling-leaves-heat-22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These coleus plants show leaf curling, due to the heat.  They get morning sun only.  Last year, I had coleus in the exact same place, and I didn't see leaf curl until late August!  These need to be watered daily in this heat!

 

TAKE CARE OF YOU - Be sure you stay hydrated when working in the yard!! 

 

 

TICKS

 

Ticks seem to be a big problem this year.  If you have pets, you can find something at your lawn and garden store to keep them at bay.  If you don’t want to mess with it yourself, just give us a call and we can do a flea and tick application for one and a half times your regular application price.  Our application will last approximately 30 days, the same as the products you’ll find in the stores.

 

 

Wilfred-the-rain-frog

This is Wilfred.  He's keeping a positive attitude that we will get much needed rain to cool things down!

 

Tulsa Lawn Care Update – Your Lawn Is Dying for a Drink!

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Thu, Feb 08, 2018 @ 03:17 PM

 

Tulsa Lawn Care Update – Your Lawn Is Dying for a Drink!

 

WATER, WATER, WATER!

 

We hope you’re enjoying this sunny, mild day!  However, we’d like to direct your attention to your lawn!  It’s easy to forget about your lawn in the winter, but we want to point out that this winter has NOT been kind to our grass.  Basically, all of Oklahoma is experiencing drought conditions.  About half of the state is under Severe Drought, and the other half under Extreme Drought.  This is not good.

 

Fescue watered in Jan.jpg     Fescue that has been watered

 

Precipitation provides insulation to your lawn and landscape to protect them in freezing weather.  In 2017 we had 3.42 inches of rain in January.  This year, we had .26 inches in January.  That’s POINT 26.  As in… practically none.

 

So!  When we have nice days like today and tomorrow, drag out the hoses and give your lawn a good soaking.  We know it’s a lot of trouble, especially if you have stored your hoses for the winter.  But your lawn is literally dying for a drink, and your trees and shrubs are feeling the drought as well.  Without water, they may sustain damage when the temperatures plunge again.  Watering may be a pain in the butt, but you’ll be glad you did it!

 

Fescue-not-watered-in-Jan.jpg     Fescue that has not been watered

 

Another benefit of watering:  dry grass burns really fast, and with the high fire danger we have right now, it wouldn’t hurt to have your lawn wet!

 

A little reminder about weeds:  We have started our first application of the year which contains both pre-emergent weed control and post-emergent weed control.  The pre-emergent prevents certain weeds from germinating (like crabgrass) and the post-emergent gets rid of the weeds present in your lawn now (like henbit.) 

 

If you do have weeds present in your lawn now, please remember that although the weeds will die, they will remain in your lawn until the first time you mow.  It is too early to mow right now, so you will have to be patient.

 

Also, the weeds may just quit growing because they’re dead.  They will not turn brown in the winter the way they do in the hot summer sun, so you may think they aren’t dead, even though they are!     

 

Henbit-in-Dormant-Bermuda-Grass.jpg     Henbit in dormant bermuda grass

 

Don't forget to feed the birds and fill your birdbaths when you can!  Cold weather and a lack of water prevents birds from finding worms and bugs to eat! :-) 

 

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With all that said, it's not too early to think about spring!  Consider getting our Flowerbed Pre-Emergent Treatments to keep flowerbed weeding to a minimum!  Click here for a free estimate!

 

 

Topics: winter lawn care, winter drought

Tulsa Lawn Care Update - Have You Overseeded Your Fescue Yet?

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 @ 01:46 PM

 

Tulsa Lawn Care Update – Have You Overseeded Your Fescue Yet?

 

Fescue grass must be overseeded yearly.  Our climate here in Tulsa and the surrounding area is really too hot for fescue, which is why we plant it in the shade.  Hot temperatures in the summer will cause some of it to die each year, but overseeding in the fall will keep it looking nice!

 

Fescue’s growing season is starting, and now is the ideal time to overseed, preferably before October 15.

 

If you don’t want to do it yourself and would like a free estimate on overseeding, please give us a call or go to our Seeding Estimate page to request a free estimate.

 

If you want to overseed your fescue yourself, please go to our Fall Fescue Seeding page for instructions.

 

Fescue-Grass.jpg

 

SEEDING BARE AREAS

 

This is also the time to seed fescue in bare areas, but keep in mind that no grass will grow in complete shade.  Fescue grows in full sun in cooler climates, but we plant it in the shade because the Tulsa area climate is too hot for fescue to be in the sun.

 

When the leaves come off the trees, the fescue will have the sun and the cool temperatures it needs to thrive.  However, if the place you want to plant will be in total shade when the leaves are back on the trees, the fescue will not survive the summer.  In that case, you may want to make a shade garden instead with shade loving plants like hostas and ferns.  For information on what to do with shady areas, please see our page on Shade Areas.

 

shade-garden-2.jpg

 

IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU OVERSEED YOUR FESCUE OR IF YOU HAVE IT DONE:

 

  • Mow your existing fescue short before you seed – it will be a while before you can mow it again.
  • You must keep the seeds moist or they will not germinate.  Spray it lightly 2 or 3 times per day.
  • Do not overwater, or the seeds will wash away or puddle up in clumps (i.e. don’t set out the sprinkler and forget about it!)
  • When the fescue germinates, you must keep it moist, or it will die.
  • Keep the leaves blown off your new fescue so it can get the sunlight it needs - DO NOT rake the leaves or you will pull up the seedlings.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us or send us an email!

Tulsa Lawn Care Critical Alert – Armyworm Invasion

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Fri, Sep 01, 2017 @ 11:52 AM

Tulsa Lawn Care Critical Alert – Armyworm Invasion

 

Tulsa and surrounding areas (all of our service areas) are currently experiencing a sudden explosion of armyworms.  This invasion is close to the magnitude of the devastating (to lawns) invasion of 2002.

 

Armyworms can eat an entire lawn overnight and leave you with a dead, brown lawn.

 

armyworm_caterpillar.jpg

Image: Wikimedia

 

Why do we have them?  There isn't  really any way to know for sure, but the past mild winter may have contributed to the problem, since armyworms usually don’t survive freezing conditions.

 

armyworm_moth_001.jpg     Image: Wikimedia

 

It is critical that you inspect your lawn for any indication of army worms.  We have seen them in all stages of growth – adults, babies, and moths.

 

If you have them, they will be visible and look like little caterpillars if they are in that stage.

 

To All of Our Full Program Lawn Care Customers:

 

Your full program with GreenGrass includes free treatment for lawn damaging insects.

However, we are simply inundated.

 

If you see armyworms, call us and we will put you on the list.  We are getting to as many lawns per day as possible and are currently working full force on this issue.

 

We strongly suggest that if you see them and we unable to get out to your lawn  quickly, that you go ahead and buy something at the home and garden store and spray them yourself.

 

Most lawn and garden centers are knowledgeable and can advise you on what product to buy.

 

Following are some product recommendations from OSU extension fact sheets:

 

  • Ortho Bug-Be-Gon Max Lawn and Garden Insect Killer Concentrate (ingredient bifenthrin)
  •  Bayer Advanced Power Force Multi-Insect Killer Concentrate
    (ingredient cyfluthrin)
  • Enforcer BugMax Insect Killer Concentrate (ingredient deltamethrin)

 

Most of these products can be hooked up to your garden hose and sprayed on the lawn.

 

If you see the worms, don’t hesitate!  They call them armyworms because they travel in troops and march along, eating your entire lawn and then moving on to the next one!  They are BAD little guys!!

 

To read all about armyworms and see more pictures, click here.