Tulsa Lawn Care Update
Scalp Your Lawn & Other Tips for Spring!
Spring has arrived, bringing with it all the lovely downpours resulting in mushy lawns and standing water! But the warmer temperatures, sunshine and rain are making everything grow like crazy, including the weeds.
You’re probably seeing masses of purple flowers (henbit) everywhere and lots of dandelions. These are broadleaf weeds, and the application we are currently applying contains a post-emergent weed control to take care of the ones present in your lawn. Also included is the second pre-emergent for crabgrass. (Unfortunately, there is no pre-emergent for broadleaf weeds.)
Please remember that after we spray your lawn for weeds, they won't just disappear! With the cool night temperatures, they may not even turn brown. They will have stopped growing, though, and once you mow the lawn, they will be gone.
Here are some things you can do now to make your yard look its best!
Scalp Your Bermuda Lawn
As soon as the weather permits, set your lawn mower on its lowest setting, mow your bermuda lawn short, and bag up the clippings. This will allow the sun to more effectively heat up the soil and make your lawn greener faster. Bermuda loves hot weather. Scalping is for bermuda grass lawns ONLY. Do NOT scalp your fescue grass.
Mow Your Bermuda Lawn Frequently
Many people mow on a schedule, like once per week. But the grass needs mowed when it needs mowed. If it looks like it’s getting high or you can see weeds going to seed, mow it. Mowing frequently is a great deterrent to weeds, and it encourages your bermuda to grow sideways and spread out, giving you a thick, lush lawn. See our Mowing and Scalping page for more info on proper mowing procedures.
NOTE: Mowing and watering properly can make a huge difference in how good your lawn looks! Mother Nature has your back on the watering for a while, so be sure to hold up your side with the mowing!
Keep Leaves and Debris Off of Fescue Grass
The fescue grass is looking fabulous at this time! Fescue is a cool season grass. In the Tulsa area, we plant it under trees in the shade where it’s cooler and where bermuda won’t grow. But fescue needs sunlight, too! Right now, it is loving our cool temperatures. The leaves aren’t fully on the trees yet, so it’s soaking up the sun as well. It is imperative that the fescue get the sun while it can, so it can store up carbs to make it through the hot summer when it’s in the shade again.
Don’t Trim Your Trees and Shrubs Just Yet
A rule of thumb is to NOT trim your trees and shrubs when leaves are forming or falling. You especially want to refrain from trimming any trees or shrubs that are spring-flowering like hydrangeas or azaleas. The best time to prune spring-flowering shrubs is after the blooms start to fade, shrivel and discolor. If you prune them too late in the summer, you will be cutting off the limbs that produce the flowers. There may be exceptions for certain plants, so it’s best to look up whatever plant you want to trim before you do it!
The redbud trees are blooming beautifully!
Have You Seen Any of These Flowers?
Do you see any of these pretty little flowers peeking out of your flowerbeds? If so, dig them out in a hurry!! They are wild violets, and they will multiply faster than bunnies!! They are extremely invasive and will get into your lawn, too!
Do You Have a Fairy Ring in Your Yard?
A Fairy Ring is usually a circle or arc of mushrooms. I noticed one in our lawn last year, for the first time. Fairy rings can last a REALLY long time. There are some in Europe that are 2000 feet across and over 700 years old.
However, you can still see the fairy ring even if the mushrooms aren’t there – the grass around the fairy ring is a different shade of green and is growing faster than the rest of the grass, as you can see in the picture.
What causes them? Why, fairies dancing in the circle, of course!
Nah, it has to do with mycelium, fungus, hyphae, spores and enzymes…but I won’t bore you. Rather fascinating, though!
Wilfred is quite anxious to get the shade garden cleaned out since the ferns and wild ginger are doing so well already. He also wanted to remind you that each time you refer a friend to GreenGrass, and they take the full program like you do, you get $50 free credit on your account! Yay! Read the details here.