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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 Update July Tips

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Sun, Jul 05, 2015 @ 01:12 PM

Tulsa Lawn Care Update July Tips

 

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I hope everyone had a happy, safe and entertaining 4th of July!  Too bad tomorrow is Monday – unless you’re on vacation! :O)

 

So it’s July and summer is in full swing!  The rain (flooding) has finally stopped, but not without leaving an indelible print on our lawns here in Tulsa.  Many have had standing water for so long that areas of grass look terrible (mine) and most of the traces of pre-emergent weed control are long gone, thanks to Mother Nature’s deluge!

 

But at least bermuda grass has a wonderful knack for bouncing back.  The fescue…not so much, since we’re into the hot weather and fescue is heat intolerant.

 

The grassy weeds are out in full force, especially nutsedge, which is a water grass.  You can read all about this difficult weed on our nutsedge info page.  But most likely, if your ditches have been full of water, there’s probably some nutsedge in there!

 

What can you do to make your lawn look better now?

Here are some tips:

 

Water your lawn.   It seems like we’ve had enough water to last all summer, but we have not.  High temperatures and windy days will dry out your lawn quickly.  I can see signs of heat stress in many lawns, and the fescue is hard hit.  See our page on proper watering procedures.  Fescue may need a daily sprinkle in the high heat, as well as the twice per week deep watering.  If you can't push a 6 inch screwdriver into your lawn, you need to water more deeply.

 

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Mow frequentlyOur mowing page has lots of good tips, but the rule is to mow your lawn when it needs mowed.  You never want to mow off more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at once.  If you let it get too long and mow it down all at once, it will look brown.

 

Mow at the proper height.  Your fescue grass needs to be mowed higher than your bermuda grass.  Fescue struggles with the heat.  The longer the blades of grass, the better it will be able to take care of itself, and the more the roots will be shaded.

 

Understand that proper mowing is a HUGE part of weed control.  The weeds are going to be tough this year, and you may see weeds you’ve never seen in your lawn, thanks to flood waters carrying seeds around to everyone’s lawns.  But if you let your grass get really tall, our job of trying to eliminate your weeds will be nearly impossible.

 

Don’t forget the fertilizer!  Many people skip fertilizer applications because they believe they will have to mow more often.  While that may be partially true, you want to have a good looking lawn, right?  Fertilizer is the grass’s food.  A healthy, vigorously-growing lawn will not only look much better and greener, it will help choke out the weeds.

 

If you have any problems or questions about your lawn, please don’t hesitate to contact us!  

Topics: July lawn tips, mowing, watering, weeds