It’s May, the flowers are blooming and the lawns are green! Awesome!
But there are still a few things that may need your attention.
Water Your Lawn
It seems like it’s rained somewhat frequently, but we’re still behind in precipitation for the year. Be sure your lawn gets 1 to 1 ½ inches of water per week, and remember that it’s better to give it 2 good soakings each week than light daily waterings. Deep watering twice weekly will give a deep, strong root system which will be essential in the hot days to come.
And when I say deep watering, I mean to the saturation point. If water starts to run down the street, turn it off.
I ride my bike every morning, and whenever I take a particular route, I notice this one house that has a sprinkler system. It’s always on in the morning, and water is always streaming down these people’s cul-de-sac, onto the next street, all the way down to the next street, and beyond the next street where it’s flowing into the storm drain. Waste of water, and waste of money! (I think I’ll leave a note on their door, next time!) Moral of the story: if your sprinkler is on an automatic timer, have a stay-at-home neighbor peek at it and make sure water isn’t running down the road for 30 minutes!) And see our page on watering!
If you have fescue grass, you may have to water it more frequently as it gets hotter. On really hot days, you should water it lightly, just to cool it off, plus water it deeply twice per week.
Remember, no matter how much rain we get, the high winds dry out your landscape very quickly! (Kind of like putting a gigantic hair dryer on it!)
Spring Dead Spot is Visible
Spring Dead Spot, or SDS, (pictured above) is caused by a soil disease in bermuda grass. There is no “cure” and preventive products can be very expensive and are not guaranteed to help at all. You may notice brown areas in your bermuda lawn that just didn’t green up when the rest of the lawn did. See our Spring Dead Spot page to see how to help it green back up faster!
Crabgrass Is in the House!
Crabgrass has germinated, and we’re seeing other grassy weeds like nutsedge emerging. If you missed the first or second crabgrass pre-emergent, you may be seeing some crabgrass in your lawn. We can treat grassy weeds only when temperatures are consistently above 80 degrees (the material we use doesn’t work in cooler temperatures.) If your lawn tech sees any weeds that he can’t treat while he’s out there (due to weather) he will put in a service call to come back when he’s able to treat them. See our page on main page on weeds, or specifically grassy weeds.
If you haven’t scalped your bermuda lawn yet, you can still do it now. See our mowing and scalping page for proper mowing procedures, which can help immensely in stopping weeds!
Make it a great day!