Tulsa Lawn Care Update – Ready, Set, Sprinklers ON!
After all the rainfall we’ve had for what seems like forever, watering your lawn has suddenly become essential! No rain, temperatures in the 90s, and strong winds are drying out all of your landscape – grass, shrubs, flower beds, trees…everything!
Your lawn needs 1 to 1 ½ inches of water per week. We’ve seen a lot of lawns that need a good soaking!
Trees are slower to react to drought conditions, but it’s best to start watering them now, before you see symptoms. Basically, the trees with the smallest leaves (like a River Birch or a Dawn Redwood) need the most water.
Bermuda loves the hot weather and thrives in it, but it must have water! Deep watering twice weekly is recommended because it’s much more effective than a short sprinkling every day. Deep watering encourages deep roots. Deep roots make stronger grass that is more drought resistant.
Fescue is a cool season grass and it doesn’t like heat. In our area, we plant fescue in the shady places, because bermuda grass will not grow in the shade, and it’s cooler in the shade for the fescue.
Fescue needs deep watering, just like the bermuda grass. However, on really hot days – upper 90s to 100s – you may need to spray your fescue lightly on a daily basis, just to cool it off.
Please visit our page on proper watering for more detailed info.
Proper mowing is also important for both fescue and bermuda grass and actually helps with weed control. Bermuda should be cut short and fescue should be left a little taller. Please visit our page on proper mowing for specifics of frequency and mowing height.
What happened to my fescue?
Fescue looks its best in early spring when the weather is cooler and the leaves haven’t come back on the trees yet. It also looks great in the fall, when leaves are falling and temperatures have cooled down. If you have fescue that looked great in the spring, but now seems to be dying out, it is probably in too much shade or total shade. Fescue grass needs some sun – it loves sun, and can grow in full sun in cooler climates farther north.
If your fescue is in total shade, it will die. Please visit our page on alternative options for total shade areas! There are a lot of really pretty perennial plants that like shade, like ferns, hostas, wild ginger, pachysandra, and ivy. Annual flowers like impatiens can be added, as well as coleus which is very colorful and tolerates sun and/or shade.
Ferns and Hostas
Ferns, Hostas, Impatiens
You and the HEAT
It’s fun to work in the yard and your gardens! Please bear in mind that you need to stay hydrated. You should drink a lot of water BEFORE you go outside to work, as well as stopping to drink water while you’re outside. It’s going to be in the upper 90s for most of next week, and while the sunny days are a pleasure, heat exhaustion or heat stroke can be very dangerous.
Please bear this in mind when it comes to outdoor dogs. Be sure they always have water available, and you might want to change it several times during the day for fresh cold water.
Please visit the CDC website for information on symptoms of heat-related illness.
If you ever have any questions about your lawn, please feel free to give us a call! We appreciate your business!!