Here are some proper mowing tips:
During dry periods a lawn may require as much a 1 1/2" of water per week. Best results are attained when the soil is damp to the depth of 4 to 6 inches after watering. Water in the morning thoroughly as needed to meet your lawn moisture requirements.*
See our Greenturf Water Guide*
We know the growing needs of your lawn. By developing a annual timetable for nutrition, we provide your lawn with balanced slow release fertilizations with micro nutrients.
Please keep your children and pets off the lawn for 24 hours following each service and thoroughly water-in prior to re-entry.
*Please remove posted signs in 24 hours*
ALL Lawn Care results are 100% Dependent on proper water conditions from Mother Nature and from irrigation systems.
Too much rain, too little rain, constant drizzle and fog. Severe drought Shallow and frequent irrigation, constant daily irrigation, broken heads, malfunctioning rain sensors and watering the same in sun and shade ALL CONTRIBUTE TO POOR RESULTS.
Too much water leads to fungus problems and rotting of plants. Too little water leads to drought stress, drought damage and disease prone plants.
We can't control Mother Nature but we can control our irrigation systems. They should be adjusted regularly to match what the weather is doing. You CAN NOT "SET IT AND FORGET IT"
For best results follow our GREENTURF WATER GUIDE. This guide is a baseline for average conditions and must be adjusted according to local soil conditions and weather.
Always water each area (zone) for 1 hour | Early morning waterings are best | Avoid afternoon and evening when possible
|55° - 65°||water every 4th day|
|65° - 75°||water every 3rd day|
|75° - 85°||water every 2nd day|
|85° - 95°||water every day|
|Dense Shade Areas||Skip A Day In The Cycle|
|Abundant Rainfall||Skip A Day In The Cycle|
|Severe Drouht||Add A Day To The Cycle|
|Misty Weather||Water As Usual|
Blow Out Automatic Systems After October 15th
Snow mold fungus is prevalent in the early spring when preceded by heavy snow covers. As your lawn awakens, patches can appear to be matted with a pinkish hew to them. Simply use a leaf rake to rake out the affected areas and the patches should recover within several weeks.
Red thread appears as reddish irregular patches in mid spring. The fungus is caused by damp and drizzly weather in the 60° to 70° degree temperature range. Often as dry warmer weather approached red thread will grow out on its own with no permanent damage. Occasionally supplemental feeding or fertilizer may be needed and on rare occasions a fungicide must be applied. Please follow you GREENTURF water guide and avoid afternoon and evening waterings. If you have any questions, please call and we will be glad to advise you accordingly.
Dollar spot fungus is cause by too much surface moisture in the 75° to 80° degree temperature range. This can be caused by constant damp conditions either from frequent rain or incorrect watering habits. Occasionally a supplemental feeding of fertilizer ay be needed to help alleviate this condition. Please follow your GREENTURF water guide and avoid afternoon and evening waterings. If you have any questions, please call and we will be glad to advice you accordingly.
Northern grasses perform best between 50° - 70°. When temperatures rise into the 80’s and above, heat stress may occur. With temperatures over 80°, grasses may appear to be wilted, may brown, and may even collapse during prolonged and extreme conditions. Follow your GREENTURF water guide. Although this will not prevent heat stress, it will help your lawn to recover as soon as possible when temperatures subside.
Drought stress occurs when soils dry and don’t provide adequate moisture levels to the plants. First signs are greyish wilting followed by browning. If caught early enough, wilted turf can recover in one or two days. If browning occurs (after two to three days of wilting), 2 - 3 weeks of regular watering will be needed for recovery. Lawns rarely dry out uniformly leaving tan colored blotches which often mimic fungus and insect damage. Repeated drought stress caused by poor watering habits and extreme conditions, can lead to damage, in need of reseeding. Please follow your GREENTURF water guide.
Grubs are the larvae of Japanese beetles and can cause damage to the roots of your lawn primarily in the early fall. Although they can be found in the soils while spring planting, damage rarely occurs. All turf will have some grub population in the fall, generally below 10 grubs per square foot and this will not cause damage. When populations rise above this level, turf may come loose like freshly laid sod. When this happens, an application of grub killer will be needed, along with additional watering. (1 hour per day for 2 - 3 weeks) for complete recovery. For lawns with a chronic history of grub damage, a preventative (Merit) may be recommended.
Moles will tunnel through properties often along foundations, curbs, and walkways looking for grubs, crickets and earth worms as well as various sources of food. There is no effective chemical control for moles. Applying grub killer is ineffective and inappropriate use for the environment as moles will hunt for food live or dead. Mechanical traps can be purchased at hardware stores and garden centers and are the most effective measures available. The tunnels from the moles will eventually settle back down from rainfall, irrigation and traffic.