Are you worried your lawn is being invaded by Crabgrass? While Crabgrass can grow quickly and take over your lawn seemingly overnight, it is important to remember that it has not yet begun to grow. For Crabgrass to begin growing, soil temperatures need to reach 55 degrees for several days. Air temperature is usually in the mid 60's - 70's. Current soil temperatures in our Southern locations have been on an average around 47 degrees. You can identify Crabgrass by it's light green seed heads and white root center. It can grow in any part of your property (yes, property) from your lawn, to your driveway, and along your sidewalks.
As of 2005, lawns covered more than 63,000 square miles of America! Land roughly equal to the size of Texas. And that’s a lot of grass! Lawns must be important to homeowners.
In the “green industry”, there are over 10,000 small to mid-sized businesses vying for your patronage.
During the hot, dry summer months when rainfall is often scarce, your lawn will turn brown naturally. The grass is ‘going to sleep’ or going dormant. Just like a bear in winter, the grass plant shuts down, minimizing any growth activity until conditions improve.
For the reasons you fertilize and water your lawn going into winter, you should supply the same treatment to trees and shrubs that have similar needs and requirements.
After a long, hot summer with all the pests and climatic stressors taking their toll on your lawn, it makes sense to fertilize in the fall, helping the lawn recover.
For years, homeowners fertilized their lawns in the spring when temperatures rose, and sunshine dominated, then again, perhaps, in summer and once more in the fall.
Sometimes, the environmental benefits of maintaining a beautiful lawn are lost in the aesthetic value of a dark green, healthy turf area. Most would agree, nothing is more pleasing than that thick, cool carpet of green turf on a summer day. And, as a bonus, nothing feels better than thick turf under your feet and between your toes when you take your shoes off and stroll barefoot across the lawn. So, yes, having a great lawn is truly a great thing!
As daytime temperatures moderate and cool nights return, your lawn should recover and rebuild its natural vigor and health.
Summer is notoriously hard on home lawn turf varieties. From weed invasions to disease and insect attacks, lawns can suffer significant damage.
This has been one tough summer!
With temperature across the country over 90 degrees for extended periods and extremes in the South and West where daytime heat has reached into the triple digits, for your home lawn, there is nowhere to run, no place to hide! When you add to the heat a lack of regular rainfall, what you have is potentially lots and lots of lawn damage.