Agronomic Lawn Management
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An article printed in the Virginian Pilot 4/30/2011.
NATIONAL LAWN CARE MONTH
A HEALTHY YARD BOOSTS ENVIRONMENT, SAVINGS
The Virginia-based Professional Landcare Network, or PLANET, America's nonprofit lawn care and landscape association, celebrates National Lawn Care Month by reminding consumers about the benefits of a healthy lawn.
More than 30 million acres of lawns exist in the United States, removing an estimated 5 percent of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, according to the organization.
"A healthy lawn not only adds curb appeal, but provides sound proofing and cooling effects to the home," said PLANET President David Snodgrass.
A well-maintained 50-foot by 50-foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four. Eight healthy front lawns have the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning - enough to cool 16 average homes.
Dense, healthy grass slows down and filters runoff, removing contaminants and trapping soil. Clean, filtered water then returns to the underground water supply.
Turf also provides pollution control by trapping dust and smoke particles from the atmosphere.
The healthier the turf, the thicker the roots, and it's this thick carpet of healthy turf that effectively filters and purifies both air and water.
PLANET offered these lawn-care tips for the April observance:
Clear the lawn of leaves, downed branches, and other debris that have fallen during the winter.
Aerate the lawn if it seems compacted, if moss is growing, or the grass has worn down. Machines can be rented or a professional can provide the service.
Check the lawn's pH balance. Grass likes a well pH-balanced lawn. Many local extension offices provide this service.
You should water 3 times a day, 20 minutes a zone. This should be done for the first 3 weeks after seeding. If there is rainfall, then water 2 times a week for more than a few minutes.
Your lawn needs to be cut very short with the grass clippings being bagged and the sprinkler heads must be flagged.
You should cut your grass no shorter than 3 inches (normally the highest setting on your lawn mower).
It is better to mulch because it helps the quality of the soil improve.
Core aeration only pokes holes in the soil and pulls a soil plug every 2" to 4". Where the slit seeder cuts grooves in the soil 1/4" to 1/2" and in rows about 1" apart which loosens much more soil thus giving a better seed to soil contact for better germination.
90% of the time the reason is because the bare area is not receiving enough water.
In our area lawns will improve by seeding every year. It just depends how much of a financial investment you want to commit to a thick, green, "carpet like" yard. Virginia Tech recommends seeding every year in our area.
The grass is called a sedge. There are different varieties and they require a special program to control them. The program consists of 2 treatments, one in early July and one in early August.
The fungicide program is the preventative measure against brown patch disease. This is the only way to insure that the disease does not destroy the turf during the summer months (May through August)
You should water your lawn in the early morning hours so that you are done by 9:00 am. The frequency should be every other day, 20 minutes a zone, in the absence of rain. Note, every lawn is different and you may need to adjust the duration accordingly.
Scale is an insect that is very hard to control because of its natural defense mechanisms. However being on a tree and shrub program is the best way to control it and eventually eliminate it.
Do I need to be on a tree and shrub program or can I just call to have a treatment when I see a problem?
You do not need to be on a program but a lot of problems are better treated with preventative maintenance treatments rather than waiting until you see the damage.
Sometimes yes, sometimes no, many insects will continue to persist without multiple treatments as will many diseases.
All plants have nutrient requirements for optimum growth and health so in order to ensure a healthy plant, fertilization is suggested which is part of our tree and shrub program.
Weeds in beds are best controlled by mulching and pulling. ALM does not spray weeds in beds because many of the herbicides used in broadleaf weed control will also damage ornamentals.
Ornamentals still need to be watered. But once ornamentals are established their water requirements are no where near as much as turf.
Yes. Throughout the year our technicians drop off referral sheets with tear offs.
You will receive a $30.00 check. And the person you refer will receive a free application. The person you refer must sign up for the minimum program in order for you to receive your $30.00.
Use the tear off sheet that you receive and give a tear off card to the person you are referring. The person you are referring must follow the directions on the easy tear off card in order for you to get the $30.00 and for them to receive a free application.
Once the person you refer follows the directions on the tear off card and signs up for the minimum program we will be notified. We will then notify the company that is administering the program and you should have a check within 2 weeks.
The best weed control is thick, healthy grass. Thick, healthy turf leaves little to no room for weeds to grow. Mowing grass at its tallest recommended height (3.5 to 4.0" for Fescue, 1.5 to 2.0" for Bermuda and 2.5" for St. Augustine), helps prevent sunlight from reaching the soil and germinating undesirable weeds.
This answer goes along with the above question. The area weeds continue to come back in is most likely where the turf is thin. The weeds are dying after being sprayed but more will continue to germinate as long as there is space for them.
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