With the cool fall weather upon us it is time to begin thinking of preparing the lawn for the winter months. An integral part of our acworth lawn care program is properly timed pre-emergent applications to prevent cool season weeds such as Poa Annua, Henbit, and chickweed. Poa Annua is the main weed you want to prevent this winter because if given a chance to germinate it can be very tough to get rid of in the spring, and can be very unsightly. Give us a call for a free quote on getting this important application done before the window of opportunity closes for the pre-emergent application. Our Acworth Lawn Care program consists of 7 carefully timed applications throughout the year to keep weeds down to the bare minimum and keep your lawn healthy. Give us a call today to get on the program and start making a difference in your lawn care this year.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
I wanted to take some time to once again write a little bit about Crabgrass. What does it look like? When does it grow? This is the time of the year where you should be thinking about getting that crabgrass pre-emergent down as a part of an on-going lawn care program to stop weeds from germination. Crabgrass is often confused with other grassy type of weeds that you will find in the lawn, and will often take on a different appearance in different growing conditions. Crabgrass is a low growing weed, and multi-stemmed when it reaches the mature stage. The best time to prevent crabgrass is in the early spring before the soil temps warm up. Crabgrass will germinate when the soil temperatures reach a consistent 55 Degrees. Getting your crabgrass Pre-Emergent down before mid march is a good idea to get the best control on this very difficult to control weed. Have you had a problem with Crabgrass in your lawn in the past? Our Crabgrass pre-emergent is one of the most important steps in our Acworth Ga lawn care program, and the window of opportunity to get the treatment down is closing fast. Controlling crabgrass once its up is much more dificult because it will go to seed fast and it spreads rather quickly. If your in need of a lawn care service in acworth to help get your lawn straightened out and to avoid a battle with cragrass this summer, then get in touch with us! Sharplawns Turf Care, LLC – Acworth Ga Lawn Care (678)497-5093
At this time of the year it is a good idea to apply a pre-emergent application to get a jump on preventing weeds in the spring. Crabgrass in particular is a weed that is best controlled by preventing it from happening in the first place. The spring pre-emergent application is an integral part of our Lawn Care program in Acworth, Ga. Our Crabgrass Pre-Emergent also controls many other broadleaf weeds as well that can also be a problem in the summer. Preventing weeds at this time of year is a good idea for the over all health of the lawn. Waiting until they are already emerging is never good because treating weeds in the summer with post emergent products can be tough on the grass in the Acworth, Ga Heat. So, even though the lawn may be dormant and not growing, there are still important steps that can be taken to get your lawn ready for the summer.
From time to time we take on lawns that seem to have no hope for improvement without spending a substantial amount of money on new sod. Many folks out there don’t realize that Bermuda Grass will spread and fill in rather quickly over the summer growing season with regular lawn treatment and guidance from a professional fertilization and weed control service.
The Problem: We took this lawn on in early april. This lawn was very thin, compacted soil and had much winter injury still evident from our rather harsh winter we had early 2014. Side effects of a lawn looking like this can be strange looks from the neighbors, annoying threatening letters from your HOA, your dog may run away in embarassment and it can be pretty rough on the eyes when pulling into the driveway after a long day at work.
The Solution: On April 19th, we started this lawn on the Sharplawns Turf Care 7 application program. It was a late start, but we got started with pre-emergent / post e-mergent weed control in an effort to prevent summer weeds while taking care the weeds that were already there. We also started with a special blend of high nitrogen slow release granular fertilizer to kickstart the growth and spreading of the bermuda. The customer was advised on the proper watering requirements as well as mowing requirements going forward to help things along. As you can see, with the combination of good maintenance and our lawn care program we were able to revive this lawn by the end of the summer the very same year. Total cost for this transition was under $300 bucks, and it was a 4 month process to get things back in order with our lawn care program.
How our program works: Our Lawn Treatments alone aren’t gonna always be the “be all, end all” solution for every lawn care problem. When we take on a new lawn, we assume the customer is ready to also commit to doing their part as well. We do our part by using High Quality products, applied with state of the art techniques to ensure enough products are going down at the right time to get the desired results we want. It is the customers responsibility to keep the lawn watered regularly, especially in situations where the lawn is doing poorly and needs to be revived. Regularly weekly mowing is always recommended as well. (Even Mowing TWICE per week is sometiems recommended during the peak of the growing season). We are honest, and all ways set forth expectations with the program, and will guide you along with the proper maintenance and cultural practices to get your lawn back into shape again.
Fall is here, its still not to late to start thinking about getting that pre-emergent down to prevent some of those difficult to control weeds such as Poa-Annua and Henbit. A fall pre-emergent application is an integral part of any lawn care program in acworth to prevent these weeds that are much easier to prevent than to kill once they are up. At Sharplawns we use top of the line pre-emergent products to achieve the best possible results from our lawn care program. We are Knowledgeable, Experienced and Easy to work with. We provide lawn care application (fertilization and weed control) to the Acworth, Woodstock, Kennesaw, Dallas and Hiram areas. Give us a call for a FREE quote on for lawn care today, or visit us online at http://www.lawncareacworth.com to request a free quick quote from our website.
I can’t stress to you enough how proper mowing, with properly maintained equipment can sometimes play as big an impact on the overall health of your lawn as our lawn care treatment program will. I recommend periodically checking your lawn mower blade through out the season to ensure your getting the best cut for your lawn.
Why is a sharp blade important?
A dull mower blade will shred the grass blades, causing a brown appearance. This will also leave your lawn more susceptible to disease problems.
How do i know when my blades need sharping?
Check your grass blades first off.. If the lawn has that brown appearance, even after you know you haven’t got to much off at one time, its a good sign it may be time to sharpen that blade. Take a look at the grass blades. Are the ends shredded and frayed? thats your sign… Also, take a visible look at the blade, its normally pretty obvious just by getting a visual on the condition. Chips and dings in the blade are a good sign it may be time to sharpen or even replace the lawn mower blade.
Poa Annua is a light green colored grassy type of weed that produces white seedheads. Its an agressively growing plant that can be hard to control once it emerges. Poa annua will favor cool damp and shady areas of your lawn.
Prevention of Annual bluegrass (Poa) is an important step of our lawn care program each year in Acworth, Ga. Poa Annua begins to germinate when soil tempatures dip below 70 degrees. We apply a pre-emergent in early fall and in late fall for prevention of Poa Annua.
Poa Annua is very hard to control once it emerges, however it will die off each summer with warmer weather. We recommended staying on a regular lawn treatment program year to year to minimize all weeds in your lawn in Acworth, Ga.
We find that Tree & Shrub care is an often overlooked aspect of the yard in Acworth, Ga. In addition to our lawn care treatment program in Acworth, Ga we also offer a Tree & Shrub treatment program for preventive maintenance of Insect and Disease problems of your ornamental trees and shrubs.
Our comprehensive 7 application per year program will cover a Spring and Fall fertilization of your trees and shrubs, as well as 3 Preventative Insect & Disease control applications during the summer, and 2 dormant oil applications during the colder months to protect against damage from overwintering insects.
Looking to get those shrubs looking good, and healthy in acworth, ga? Give us a call or request an estimate online for an estimate on this important beneficial service which we find to be a great compliment to our Lawn Care program in Acworth, GA!.