Lawn Care Acworth Ga - Fireweed

Weed ID – Fireweed

A common weed to see in the lawn in Acworth, Ga in mid to late spring is Fireweed.  Fireweed is a quick growing weed that may seem like a huge threat at first because it can pop up in a short amount

Lawn Care Acworth Ga - Fireweed

Fireweed

of time and in great numbers, However this is a very easy to eliminate weed.   As a part of our Acworth, Ga lawn care program we monitor and treat as needed for Fireweed as well as other broadleaf type of weeds.  Unfortunately Fireweed is one of those weeds that the the Pre-Emergent applications applied in Fall and early spring normally will not usually prevent, due to the fact that Fireweed is able to grow above the pre-emergent barrier and in the thatch layer.   To help minimize Fireweed in the lawn we recommend mowing weekly during the growing season.   Fireweed is unable to root well in lawns.. Between regular weekly mowings and summer heat this weed is a short lived problem.  The summer heat usually will burn it out pretty quick.  For our current Acworth, Ga Lawn Care customers we monitor and treat for Fireweed and other broadleaf weeds with each visit.

Fescue Lawn Care Acworth Ga

Fescue Lawn Care Tips for Acworth GA

Fescue grass is an excellent choice for properties that do not get a great deal of sun. Fescue lawns area  cool season grass that will look good most of the year during the cooler months, but will decline in the summer months.  Here are a few Maintenance tips to help optimize your fescue lawn care in acworth, ga during the HOT summer months.

Lawn Care Acworth Ga - Fungus

Fescue Lawn in June with Brown Patch Fungus

  • Watering   Watering in the early A.M. hours only is recommended.  Fungus problems in fescue lawns are common during the summer on fescue lawns in acworth ga. Watering in the A.M hours will ensure that the lawn dries out by the evening and minimize chance of disease problems. 1 inch per watering per week is in one longer watering is recommended to promote a deeper root system.
  • Sharpen the mower blade! – You should mow your lawn with only a sharp blade.  A dull blade will shred the grass blades and make the lawn more susceptible to brown patch disease.
  • Mowing Height - During the hot months we recommend raising the height of cut.   3 to 3.5 inches is a good idea.
  • Mowing Frequency – Fescue can slow its growth in the summer months during the hottest times.  Its a good rule of thumb to not remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade per mowing.
  • Identifying a Lawn fungus – There are a few different diseases that can occur in fescue lawns in the Acworth, Ga area.  Things to look out for are Circular Patches, White fungal growth, and lesions on the leaf blades.   Their are many different fungicides treatments available to stop the disease, give us a call if you want to discuss treatment options for disease problems in your lawn.
  • Aeration and Overseeding -  We recommend Aeration and Overseeding each fall to help the lawn recover from stresses of the summer.  We offer this early fall each year and its highly recommended each year for your fescue lawns.

If you have any questions about fescue or any of the stresses that occur in the summer then feel free to get in touch with a professional at  Sharplawns Turf Care.

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Watering Tips / Identifying Drought Stress

An important aspect of lawn care in acworth ga is making sure the lawn gets enough water throughout the year to maximize the results you will get from our lawn care program.  Its now mid may and after all the rain we have gotten earlier in the year (which at times was to much), we have once again hit a little dry spell.   In absence of rain we recomend atleast 1 inch of watering per week at the minimum to keep things healthy and protect the lawn against drought stress.  This one inch of watering per week may not be enough to get it looking really lush and green, but it will help out very much with the overall health of the lawn and protection from drought stress.

How to Identify Drought Stress in your lawn in Acworth Ga

  • The lawn has  a grayish / bluish color and has that dry look
  • Foot prints stay in the grass after you walk across it
  • Take a screwdriver and try to push it into the ground in various areas. if your having a hard time getting it into the ground, then you need more water.Lawn Care Acworth Ga

How often to Water your lawn in acworth ga

One longer watering per week is better than short waterings spaced out through the week.  short waterings promote a shallow root system and can make the lawn more susceptible to problems later on.  Deep watering is recommend to promote a deeper root system.

How much water at one time?

1 inch of water per watering per week is pretty standard in most cases, however more could be needed based on your location, grass type and time of year.  Using a rain gauge or can to collect and measure the water during irrigation is a good way to determine how much water your irrigation system is putting out in a set amount of time..  If you collect a 1/2 inch of water in 30 minutes then you know you need to water your lawn an hour to get down that one inch of water.

 

Watering Tips

  • Water in the early morning hours only.  The lawn may not get enough benefit out of a mid day watering, and besides…  watering mid day or in the evening can cause the lawn to stay damp over night which can make the lawn more susceptible to disease issues
  • Longer Infrequent waterings are better than short frequent waterings. You want to promote a deep healthy root system
  • Use a Rain Gauge.  You should also consider the amount of rain we get in a week when planning your watering schedule.  Keeping a rain gauge in the yard and checking periodically can help adjust your watering schedule to fit the needs of your turfgrass.
  • Avoid overwatering.  to much water can essentially drown the lawn.