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Tulsa Lawn Care Update May 2015 – Weed Control, Rain, and Patience

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Fri, May 08, 2015 @ 05:06 PM


Spring is in full swing but it doesn't always go the way we want it to! 

Bermuda Progress - To put it mildly, Tulsa lawns are a little behind this year!  Many of our customers are calling and wondering why their bermuda lawns haven’t fully greened up yet.  You can thank Mother Nature for that because, as usual, she’s in charge.

bermuda may 8 2015

 My bermuda 

Bermuda likes hot, sunny weather, and it needs full sun to grow.  So, it’s behind at this point.  All our rain days have added up to little sun and lots of water.  On one hand, the bermuda isn’t all pretty and green yet.  On the other hand, you probably haven’t had to water your lawn yet!  (And our lakes and reservoirs have benefited immensely.)


But don’t panic!  Bermudagrass is amazingly resilient.  Every spring our unpredictable weather throws us a curve in one way or another.  In a few weeks, with some consistent hot sunny weather, your bermuda will be thriving!


Weed Control – for our brand new customers just starting out, we’d like to ask you to be patient with your lawn.  We’ve had new customers calling 2 weeks after their first application, saying they still have weeds.  Weed control takes time.  If it just took one application to get rid of all your weeds, we would just do one application!  The wind and heavy rainfall that we’ve been having will deliver fresh weed seeds to your lawn on a daily basis.  With the bermuda not fully out yet, it’s open season for the weeds. 


If you had a lot of weeds to start with, you will see an improvement with each application – however, if your lawn was pretty weedy to begin with, it didn’t get that way overnight, and we can’t fix it overnight…much as we’d like to!


If you have bare areas with no grass, we cannot keep the weeds out of it.  That’s simply a law of nature!  Putting a piece of sod in a bare area is the best solution. 


To help with the weed control, be sure you are mowing properly.  I understand that mowing schedules have been wacky due to the rain, but please see our mowing and scalping page here.  Mowing properly is one of the best ways to have a thick, healthy lawn, which will help immensely with weed control, because it will crowd them out.  If you haven’t scalped your bermuda lawn yet (bermuda, NOT fescue) please do so as soon as the rain and soggy-ness allows.


And since a thick, healthy and vigorously-growing lawn is your best defense against weeds, the situation will improve greatly when the bermuda is fully greened up.


Spring Dead Spot – SDS is rearing its ugly head, as it always does in the spring.  You will recognize it as spots in your lawn that just don’t green up at all.  It is most visible this time of year.  To learn more about SDS and ways to help your grass grow over the dead spots, please see out Spring Dead Spot page here.


That’s all I’ve got!  Here’s hoping everyone stays safe during our tornado season!  If you have any questions about your lawn, please give us a call, or email us here.

Topics: spring lawn update may 2015, weed control for new customers, bermuda not greening up