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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

Are You Ready for Some Football?!

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 @ 11:35 AM

metLife stadium GG 

Oh, wait…I meant lawn care.  I meant crabgrass pre-emergents.  Did I say football? 

 

Okay, I know everyone is excited about the upcoming Super Bowl.  Hope they don’t have to change the date, which is just what they’re talking about, due to the weather.

 

So while you’re contemplating that (and how to switch your party plans…) let’s talk about lawn care here in Tulsa.  We (luckily) don’t have snow to deal with at the moment, but it’s certainly cold enough!

 

And yes, it IS time to think about your lawn.  It’s time for pre-emergents so that you don’t get all those springtime weeds popping up, or worse…the dreaded crabgrass! 

 

This first application is a pre-emergent for crabgrass and a post-emergent for broadleaf weeds.  And now is the perfect time to do it!  Some people don’t think about Tulsa lawn care until the trees start budding, but sometimes it’s too late by then to get the pre-emergents down on time.  Just be sure you don’t put off your application, because you want your lawn to be protected!

 

What else do you need to be doing right now?


For those of you who have fescue in your lawn (that’s the grass that looks green right now, under trees and in shady areas) you need to keep the leaves up off of it.

 

fescue grass

Why?  Because fescue needs sunlight, just like any other grass.  It uses this time of year to make food for itself through the process of photosynthesis.  It stores those carbohydrates so that it has enough food to make it through the summer, because in the summer the leaves come back on the trees, and it’s in the shade again.  So…very important to keep the leaves off of it now. (Note: fescue is not necessarily a shade grass – it is just heat intolerant, and it gets too hot here in Tulsa lawns for it to be in full sun.  Farther north, fescue will grow in full sun.)

 

Another reason to keep the leaves up is our dry spell and the high fire danger!  Nothing goes up faster than a pile of dry leaves.

 

What else is there?


Well, the dry spell isn’t a good thing, because your lawn needs water year round, even in the winter.  But I’m not going to tell you to water, because no one wants to drag the hoses out right now, and those with sprinkler systems have had them winterized.  Just hope for rain on a nice day so we can get our lawns watered without having ice and snow!

 

Make it a great day, and let’s hope the Seahawks and Broncos get to play on the designated date!  (Who scheduled the Super Bowl in NJ, anyway?)

 

Image of MetLife Stadium: Wikipedia

Topics: spring pre-emergents, January tulsa lawn care