Aeration should be done at least once a year where compaction is a problem. It is highly beneficial anytime the grass is actively growing, except in midsummer.
It has been a while since I have posted, and WOW is all I can say about this summer.
The extreme heat and drought is killing this grass. The only remedy for your lawn right now is water.
Good, deep, waterings.
Should I water my grass when it’s 100 degress?
Everywhere I look this year I see brown and yellow grass.
It is hot and this weather really stresses the grass out. Many lawns are going dormant, and some are even dead.
There is not much you can do to a lawn in the middle of this harsh St. Louis summer.
But you can water.
How Much Water to Use on My Lawn During Summer
I will tell you what I have been doing this summer.
I have been watering my lawn once a week on Sundays. I have an oscillating sprinkler and leave it on my yard from 5-8 hours, giving my lawn a good soak.
My lawn has responded very well. It is bright green and very healthy.
Why water grass for so many hours?
What the deep watering does is soak the soil multiple inches deep.
This forces the roots to search for the water. If you water your lawn lightly, multiple times per week the roots will not have to search for water and the roots will stay towards the surface, creating grass that is more susceptible to the heat.
The deep roots are cooler and this will prevent the heat from damaging your lawn. It also keeps the surface area of your lawn dry most of the time, cutting down the chance of fungus and disease.
If you ever have any questions about your lawn and the St. Louis area.
Please do not hesitate to call me at 314-974-5911. I would be happy to answer any lawn questions you have.
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This time of year the lawns typically go dormant, but not this year.
The lawns in St. Louis are going crazy.
They are growing like it is spring. The deep rains have the grass growing and the fungus thriving.
A lot of lawns are looking spectacular right now, but once we have a week without heavy rain and hot weather that grass will look pretty bad.
How to Avoid Fungus in Your Grass
Be prepared to aerate and overseed once September hits in St. Louis.
This is the best thing you can do for your lawn.
If you Aerate and overseed your lawn will look full and lush in the spring.
Right now you are just trying to maintain your lawn. Fescue and blue grass lawns are not made for hot humid weather.
If your lawn goes dormant. that is fine.
Keep with the once a week waterings. Long and deep waterings. Even though it seems like its drying out. if you water your lawn for a long time, the soil underneath is still wet and those roots are still sucking it up. Make those roots dig for water.
It is the best thing for them.
If you water every day. Those roots stay near the surface and when the weather heats up, those roots will fry. Make those roots go searching deep for water.
Your lawn will love you for it.
Fertilizers come in different forms, which is why having different methods of applying these nutrient-givers is also quite natural.
Lawn owners can apply liquid fertilizers with a handheld hose-end sprayer. Dry fertilizers, on the other hand can be applied using the following 2 methods:
- Drop Fertilizer Spreader
- Broadcast Fertilizer Spreader
Both of which can be purchased at a home improvement store in the lawn and garden section.
Filling Fertilizer Spreaders
Sprayers and spreaders should always be filled over a sidewalk or driveway.
This way, should you spill concentrated fertilizer on the lawn, you can just hose it away, scrape or vacuum it up.
Then, you have to flood the area with water so you can avoid fertilizer burn.
Dealing with Hose-End Sprayers:
As a lawn owner, you should know that this fertilizer sprayer has a plastic or glass body suspended beneath a nozzle that attaches to a hose.
Water that flows through the sprayer mixes with the concentrated liquid and sends it up through the nozzle.
In using a hose-end sprayer, you just have to measure the fertilizer into the sprayer container and fill it with water to its appropriate level.
Spray all of the fertilizer into your lawn to provide equal coverage to all sections.
The water and the fertilizer both mix together at a fixed rate.
All you have to do is read the directions for both the sprayer and the fertilizer to determine how much fertilizer you should measure into one container.
Using Drop Spreaders:
Drop spreaders simply drop fertilizer from a bin (walk behind fertilizer spreader).
Applying fertilizer through this type of spreader is more precise than a broadcast spreader, but because they can only apply fertilizer to a narrow area, the tendency is that whoever’s applying the fertilizer has to make more passes.
Drop spreaders are most efficient when used on small to medium-sized lawns.
In using these, remember to overlap your passes enough to ensure that no strips are left underfed. However, you should also be careful to not double up on any sections. Missing sections tend to leave streaks in your lawn; while double doses can lead to fertilizer burn.
The last type of fertilizer spreaders that we’ll be talking about is the broadcast spreader—which can either be a handheld or push spreader.
These are the easiest applicators to use for dry fertilizers because they just throw the fertilizer granules or pellets over a wide area through a whirling wheel.
The handheld model operates through a side-arm crank, and is best used when you have a small lawn. It’s a bit awkward to use, and it’s less accurate, but it’s the easiest option you have.
St. Louis residents know how difficult it is to maintain a lawn with the climate that they live through every year. Living in St. Louis means always experiencing temperature extremes—when describing the weather, sentences always start with “it’s too”, and end with “hot”, “cold”, “wet”, “humid”, etc.
If you have a lawn in the St. Louis area, you probably already know that maintaining a lush and green lawn is not an easy feat. There are lots of things you have to consider and do to keep your lawn healthy and beautiful; and perhaps one of the most common and most annoying concerns is the build-up of thatch.
Thatch is basically made up of loose and intermingled organic layers of dead and living shoots, roots, and stems that develop between the green vegetation zone and the soil surface. Its build-up usually begins when the turf produces organic debris faster than it can be broken down by different the microorganisms in your lawn.
Managing thatch build-up is difficult and can get quite complicated at times (which is why lawn-owners usually just call professionals to handle it). But to help you decrease the frequency of having to call the thatch-busters in, here are a few tips you can take into consideration to avoid huge build-ups of thatch:
If you don’t want to deal with too much build up of thatch in your lawn, you might as well choose a type of turfgrass that doesn’t produce significant amounts of thatch. Read up on the different types of grass to know which specie will be most suitable for your lawn.
It’s all in the soil.
Soils with high acid levels tend to make grass produce more thatch because they don’t have the ability to sustain high numbers of thatch-decomposing organisms. Consider supplementing you soil by topdressing with an uncompacted, non-clay, and non-sand type of soil when you finally decide to renovate your lawn.
Easy on the pesticides. Increased levels of applying pesticides also increase the chances of thatch build-up.
Give your plants right and gentle doses of fertilizers. Too much will cause their root and stem tissues to grow faster.
Growing Grass from Seeds
Seeding your lawn can be a tricky business.
Everything is extra fragile once you’ve planted the seeds, and there are a multitude of possible factors and situations that could ruin all of your work as your grass grows and the seedlings develop into a lawn.
This post aims to help you understand the different care and nurture measures that you should take after the seeding process, so you can ensure the beautiful growth of your grass seed and eventual St. Louis lawn.
Watering Your Lawn
This is perhaps the most critical step in growing grass from seed.
You have to apply water frequently so the soil can stay moist, but be careful to not make it excessively wet!
You have to water your lawn at least two to three times a day, in small quantities, for about two to three weeks to ensure adequate moisture, which is necessary for germination. Many of the seedlings will inevitably die if you let your soil’s surface dry while the seeds are developing.
Lawn Mowing Fresh Planted Grass
You may start regular lawn mowing service once the seedlings reach a height of about one-third higher than a normal mowing height.
Remember to maintain a sharp mower blade to avoid pulling the seedlings out of the soil.
Fertilize Your Lawn
How much fertilizer should you use?
Apply about half a pound of nitrogen for every 1,000 square feet of your lawn, but try to avoid excessive high-nitrogen fertilization by lightly watering your lawn after the fertilizer application.
Applying fertilizer when the seedlings are about one to two inches tall will enhance your lawn’s establishment rate.
Weed Control in Your Lawn
Good timing when it comes to weed control practices is important while your seeds are germinating.
Herbicides can get rid of your unwanted weeds, but also remember that it can put stress your grass and reduce its growth rate.
Try to delay applying post-emergence herbicides for as long as possible after seeding. Read and follow the recommendations listed on pesticide labels with regard to the suggested timing of application after planting.
Or, if you are not comfortable doing it yourself, St. Louis Lawn Care provides fertilizer and weed control services.
Having a picture perfect summer doesn’t just mean that the people in the picture have to be fit and wearing refreshing summer clothes; no, picture perfect means that every element of the image has to be in top shape. This means that when you want to take that ultimate family picture in front of your house, your lawn and garden also has to be in pristine condition.
The problem is, summer doesn’t always mean all green and bright colors. In fact, the hot and humid temperature in St. Louis can sometimes bring about a drought and cause the defense systems of grass and other lawn plants to grow weaker, making them more prone to acquiring different diseases.
To help you avoid having to call the lawn-doctors, here are a few tips to help you prevent getting lawn disease problems:
Remember to Dry Off: Keep your lawn dry. Always water early in the morning so your lawn can dry quickly. Wet grass can serve as a vehicle for harmful fungi to spread from one blade of grass to another.
Make Smart Choices: Just because you like how a certain type of grass or plant would look in your lawn doesn’t mean that you should base your decision off of that. Although aesthetics is one of the biggest factors of choosing different types of grasses, your priority must always be to ensure that you’ll get the right type of grass for the type of soil that you have. Choosing the right type of grass will help your lawn be disease resistant.
Don’t Over Fertilize: Always remember that giving and/or receiving too much of anything will always cause harm. This is especially true for plants and over fertilizing. Doing so will stress your lawn and make it more susceptible to diseases.
Let It Breathe: Make time to clear your lawn’s thatch to make sure that there won’t be stagnant air lying around the recesses of your beautiful lawn. Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean that it wont cause harm.
Hydrate: Good drainage begets beautiful lawns.
These are only a few tips for proper lawn care during this season. However, always watch out for signs of disease. Once you feel that there’s something wrong with your lawn, call professionals immediately
We have had a very long growing season this year in St. Louis. All of this rain and cool weather has kept the soil very moist.
When the soil does not have time to dry out during the growing season, fungus can breed in your lawn. We have had so much rain that watering systems have been unnecessary so far this year in St. Louis. Watering your lawn would cause so much more damage