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Tulsa Lawn Care – January Update: Pre-emergents, Rainfall, Birds

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Sun, Jan 25, 2015 @ 04:16 PM

What kind of Tulsa Lawn Care could there possibly be in January?

 

I realize nobody’s outside worrying about their lawns, but here are a few reminders:

 

We’ve started our first application of the year, which consists of a pre-emergent for crabgrass and a post-emergent for broadleaf weeds.  This application is very important and will set the stage for how good your weed control is this year.  Many times, people look outside, see the brown and dormant bermuda, and think they can skip this application, because their bermuda isn’t growing yet, or they think it’s too early to have it put on their lawns.  It’s not too early, and it’s vital to how your lawn will look this summer!

 

We haven’t had much rain this month.  We are almost an inch (-.90”) behind in rainfall already this month, according to The National Weather Service.  Bummer.  In fact, much of our state is heading toward drought conditions right now.  Here’s what Oklahoma looks like on the U.S. Drought Monitor website:

Jan 2015 U.S. Drought Monitor resized 600

The white part is normal, and as you can see, there isn’t much white!  

 

Yellow  - abnormally dry
Peach  - moderate drought
Orange - severe drought
Red - extreme drought
Brown - exceptional drought

 

Your lawn needs an inch of water per week, year round.  The prudent thing to do would be to haul out the hose on a nice day and give your lawn a good soaking.  Am I going to do that?  No.  Not many people will – they’ve winterized their outdoor water faucets and sprinkler systems, and they’re just not going to go to the trouble.  (Although I have used a watering can to water some plants like ferns and wild ginger.)

 

I just want you to be aware that if you have some areas of bermuda that are thin or in partial shade, those areas might struggle in the spring.  Also, if we have any really cold snaps, those areas may perish.  Water provides needed insulation against extreme cold temperatures.

 

The birds are hungry!  Birds have a tough time finding insects to eat this time of year, so a full bird feeder is a welcome sight for them!  Black oil sunflower seeds are very nutritious and supply the high fat, high calories and protein birds need for their high metabolic rate. Black oil sunflower seeds can be more expensive than mixed bird seed, but anything is better than nothing!  If you’re a bird lover, try to keep the bird feeders and suet holders full.

 

Be aware that you may have weeds sprout up under your bird feeders due to the seeds they knock on the ground, and you may have grass areas worn down by flocks of birds ground feeding and stomping it down with their little feet.

 

fescue grass under bird feeder

My poor fescue is looking pretty bad under our bird feeder at this point, but we have tons of birds visiting!

 

Continue to keep the leaves off your fescue grass as much as possible! (See previous blog.)

 

That’s all I’ve got!  If you ever have any questions about your lawn, feel free to give us a call at 918-344-5737 or shoot us an email

 

Enjoy the Super Bowl!!

 

super bowl 2015

Topics: January Tulsa Lawn Care 2015, bird feeders, winter watering