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GreenGrass Tulsa Lawn Care Update – Scalp Your Lawn & Other Tips for Spring!

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Thu, Apr 04, 2019 @ 05:08 PM


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.



Topics: fescue and leaves, weed control for new customers, scalping bermuda grass

GreenGrass Tulsa Lawn Care Update – Your Winter Lawn

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 @ 02:03 PM


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.

 Super Blood Wolf Moon









Topics: fescue and leaves, winter watering, January tulsa lawn care

Tulsa Lawn Care Update - Leaves on Fescue

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Fri, Dec 05, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

leaves on fescue grass


Wow!  Tulsa lawn care is fun, huh?  I love having a variety of trees in my yard.  But the problem with that is that all the leaves fall at different times.  We have a monstrous sycamore in the back that drops them all over our property.  We have burr oaks that drop acorns the size of golf balls and then drop huge leaves on top of them so you can't see the acorns and constantly twist your ankle on them.  We have some oak trees that haven't dropped their leaves yet.


About a week ago, one very windy night, our lovely maples seemed to drop ALL their leaves overnight.  The result is the picture above.  With the holidays, I just didn't get around to getting them up.  HUGE mistake!  Last Sunday I spent 7 hours sucking up and mulching leaves and then, at twilight, out of desperation, I just started scooping them up and dumping them in drum liner bags.  What a mess!  And I still have a huge pile in the yard.





By the time I got around to getting my leaves up, if you looked closely, you could see the fescue under the leaves starting to yellow.  Not good.


FESCUE NEEDS SUNLIGHT this time of year to manufacture carbohydrates to store up to get it through the hot summer.  If leaves are covering your fescue, it can't photosynthesize the sunlight, and it will die.


I understand that the weather can be crummy and wet, but when we have a nice day, blow them off your fescue, even if you just blow them to a bermuda area. FESCUE NEEDS THE SUN while the leaves are off the trees.


In the Tulsa area, our fescue is usually in the shade during the summer.  People think fescue is "shade grass."  It's only shade grass in zones where it gets too hot for it to be in the direct sun in the summer.  And it only survives shade because it gets sunlight in the winter when the leaves are off the trees.  Make sense?


So do your fescue a favor - keeps the leaves off of it, and it will fare much better in the summer heat.


Read more about fescue grass overseeding and care, and shade areas in your yard.


Check out this cool pic I took in my neighbor's yard after our first frost!


fall freeze effect on bermuda


This is frost "damage" on bermuda.  Actually, it doesn't damage it, it just looks funky!  Many customers will call and ask what's wrong with their bermuda grass when they see this, but everything's fine.  The first frost just makes part of the bermuda go dormant sooner than the rest.


Happy December!



Topics: fescue and leaves, leaves on fescue, bermuda frost damage