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.
If you have unwanted fescue clumps in your bermuda, we will be treating those, also.
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.
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.