Wednesday, June 30, 2010
# weed control Crabgrass is up and affecting lawns. Lighter green foliage that does not blend well with the darker greens of desirable lawn grasses is one reason people feel crabgrass is a weed. Here we see crabgrass sprouting in a lawn.
Crabgrass likes warm soil. Most often it is found along the edges of the lawn -especially where the grass abuts concrete or asphalt walks or driveways. The hard surfaces hold the heat and transfer the warmth to the soil nearby. Coupled with the fact that the lawn tends to be weaker at the edges, makes these spots ideal for crabgrass to grow.
To reduce the risk of crabgrass, do protect your lawn from pests. Then do those things to keep your lawn healthy and dense- regular quality fertilizations, overseeding as needed. Also proper mowing and watering. For crabgrass, a mowing height of 3" is important. The longer grass blades will shade the soil and keep it cooler. This will favour desirable turfgrasses and discourage crabgrass.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Here at Turf King we received an email from someone who has been seeing adult flights as well.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
– Jun 14, 2010 – With nearly 32 million acres of lawn grasses in the United States making it the largest irrigated crop in the country, it is estimated that over twenty million homeowners use different types of lawn products, every year.
A Michigan lawn care specialist, Shane Schultz, has obtained patent pending status on an all natural control process for sporadic bunches of violets that are considered weeds in lawns. This very common pest is one of the most difficult problems, as the plants are much stronger then grasses. When a lawn is thin, violet weeds can move right in. Most homeowners become convinced, after years of failure, that it is impossible to eliminate violets in their lawn.
The new product offering , called Vio-less is all natural and when applied directly to the heart shaped leaves of the target, eliminates the plants in only two days, most importantly, they do not return. This is much faster then any other known treatment and the new powerful product is completely non toxic. Current available products rarely eliminate
the purple and white flowering plants completely and they can grow, again. Online, there are hundreds of blogs, where users seek advice on how to get rid of weeds in their lawn. Common questions, most often involve the toughest kind of weeds, like the violet and safer alternatives then chemicals .
The new Vio-less product is available at several online sites, on ideabuyer.com. a service which helps entrepreneurs’ establish business to business partnerships and on Ebay in the weed control listing. Future plans are to offer the product at major lawn and garden retailers.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Weed control product for sale. Saw this on craiglist. What is the reason?
Sarritor Bags (Commercial size) - $95 (Vaughan)
Date: 2010-06-02, 5:31PM EDT
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Works well on dandelion, plantain, clover and thistle. With the warm spring, and good rains, it's time to get moving.
Willing to sell at a very good price (much cheaper than retail)
Sold by the bag or buy the whole lot. Sells for 29.95 for only a small 350 g bottle in retail stores (that will hardly treat 100 sq ft.)- The bags I have for sale are 7500 gram (7.5kg) bags which would be worth about 640.00 at retail pricing, but are only 95.00 obo each incl tax
This morning found some yellow patches on the lawn. Further investigation confirmed that this is slime mould.
The Lawn Experts
Friday, June 4, 2010
In this case however, there is a pattern to the darker grass. If you look closely, you will see that this has been caused by a fertilizer spreader.
Either the granules are not flowing evenly, or the passes with the spreader are not properly spaced.
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Thursday, June 3, 2010
Large areas have turned brown. According to the homeowner, this happened very quickly.
Pythium is a disease that can be highly contagious and does spread quickly. Often, the lawn mower can be a caouse of spreading the disease. In this situation, you can see the marks left by the mower wheels in the lawn. Where the disease was spread by the blades and mower body the pattern is less distinct.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Stan emailed us regarding his Purple Sand Cherries (Prunus cistena). They were dying and he found spots on the stems.
Closer inspection did reveal the scale insects. The young ones were out on the stem. The mature ones could be seen in their darker, larger shells.
Treatment is recommended to prevent damage to the shrubs.