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Tulsa Lawn Care February Update – Weed Control, Fescue and Bird Feeders

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Tue, Feb 09, 2016 @ 11:14 AM

The El Nino factor has been very kind to us this year in regard to Tulsa lawn care.  Our winter thus far has produced no blizzards, no minus 10 degrees, and some lovely days in the 60’s and even 70’s.

 

The upside is that the fescue is looking grand, we probably won’t see any cold weather damage on the bermuda grass, and we have had almost adequate precipitation, for the most part. 

 

The downside is that the weeds love it, too.  It’s been warm enough that we’re seeing lots of broadleaf weeds that aren’t usually out yet at this time of year.

 

Crabgrass Pre-Emergent

 

Now is the time to get crabgrass pre-emergent down on your lawn.  Pre-emergent prevents the crabgrass from germinating.  If it does germinate, it is difficult to get rid of, so a pre-emergent just makes sense.

 

Our first application, that we are doing now, and the next application, both have crabgrass pre-emergent in them.  Both applications are essential if you want to get good crabgrass control this year.

 

Broadleaf Weeds and Post-Emergents

 

The broadleaf weeds we are seeing now, like henbit (the ones with purple flowers,) need a post-emergent to kill them.  Our first application and second application also contain post emergents.  Post emergents will destroy the broadleaf weeds that you are seeing in your lawn, now.  There is no pre-emergent for most broadleaf weeds.

 

If you are not a current customer, we would be happy to give you a free estimate and can usually do it over the phone. Just click on the link below.

 

Request a free estimate.

 

Water If You Can

 

Although we've had rainfall during the winter, the high winds we're experiencing now have dried out everything.  If you are able to water, it would benefit your lawn greatly, not to mention reduce the chance of grass fires, which are a threat to all of us.

 

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Fescue Grass

 

Your fescue should be looking pretty good right now, and you may have even mowed it recently, because it is actively growing.  Just remember to try to keep the leaves off of it, as this is the time that fescue gets sunlight, since the leaves are off the trees.  Sunlight is very important to fescue this time of year, because it’s building up its carbohydrate reserves to sustain it through the long, hot summer.

 

If you have piles of leaves built up along a fence or in a corner somewhere on top of fescue, you need to get them off the fescue.  If you don’t, the fescue will die.  Fescue will turn yellow underneath a pile of leaves in just a week or two.

 

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Bird Feeders

 

If you are a bird lover and have bird feeders hung in various places, just remember that bird seeds are….well, seeds.  You may have a lot of unknown stuff popping up in the ground under the feeders.  You might even have a little bare spot where the birds are stomping around, pecking at the seeds that fall out of the feeder. 

 

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Most of the time, if the grass is bermuda, this will rectify itself when it warms up and the birds start eating worms and insects instead.  The bermuda will overtake the area.  But if you have fescue, you might just end up with a little stomped on place with a bunch of weeds in it.  Just sayin’. 

 

Spring is just around the corner!  What you do now will affect the way your lawn looks this summer, so get your pre-emergents and post-emergents down, water if you can, and blow those leaves off the fescue!

 

Topics: spring pre-emergents, watering, weeds

Tulsa Lawn Care Tips for March: Snow, Henbit and Spring!

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Fri, Mar 07, 2014 @ 08:02 AM

GreenGrass sign in snow

March roared in like a lion this year and gave us a dose of ice and snow and some sub-teen temperatures!  How does that affect your lawn and landscape?

 

Actually, extreme cold temperatures combined with recent drought conditions can be very bad for your bermuda grass, causing winter injury and sometimes killing areas of grass that are thin or in somewhat shady areas.  The good news is that we were very lucky to have snow, which acted as insulation for the grass, so everything should be fine!  And we definitely needed the water!  If you already had your first pre-emergent application, the snow watered it in for you!

 

Spring henbit

But if you’re seeing a bunch of purple flowers in your lawn, you’ve got a case of henbit!  Henbit can be very invasive, although it’s relatively easy to eliminate at this stage.  In fact, the pre-emergent application we’re doing right now also contains a post-emergent to treat the henbit.  It may look out of control now, but it’s fairly easily controlled with this application!  Just remember: in this weather, the henbit will not turn brown and look dead!  And it certainly won't disappear.  You must mow it off, and then it won't come back.

 

We’ve been getting some halfway nice days with temps in the 50’s and 60’s and some good sunshine.  Don’t be surprised if you start to see buds on shrubs and trees, and you’re probably already seeing your daffodils and other early spring bulbs popping up.  Is spring almost here?

 

Well, yes…but don’t get overanxious! Spring fever can hit hard after being cooped up all winter, but hold that thought for a little while, yet.

 

I’m as guilty as the rest of wanting to get out there and start cleaning up flowerbeds and planting things, but we could still get a cold snap and wintry weather!  DO NOT scalp your bermuda lawn yet!  But if you want to plant pansies, that’s okay!

 

And if you want to blow the leaves off your fescue, that’s a very good idea!  Remember, your fescue may not look its best right now, but it needs that sunlight while it’s still cold, before the leaves come back on the trees.

 

In Tulsa, the average last date of freezing temperatures is March 29.  The record low temperature is -3.  Record snowfall is over 19 inches.

 

So, we aren’t clear of winter just yet!  Just hang in there, be sure to get your spring pre-emergent applications so you don’t have a weedy lawn this year, and dream of spring flowers! And if you aren't a GreenGrass customer yet, get a free estimate!

 

Oh, and if you can get out there and water your lawn, please do so!  It's been VERY dry.  If not, hope for some much-needed spring showers!  (Hopefully, without any tornadic activity!)

 

Topics: spring pre-emergents, tulsa spring lawn care, March snow, March lawn care, henbit

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