How to Treat Problems Hiding in Your Lawn

In Fall on May 1, 2014 at 10:03 pm | Written by green-admin

The spring season is fully upon us which means that it is time to kick lawn care into full gear.  Homeowners should be looking out for any potential problems in their lawns as the spring season is the time to address them.  The most common problems a lawn faces are weed growth, grubs and other pests, and diseases which are often treated with herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides respectively.  However, these problems are generally symptoms of an underlying cause that must be corrected in order to effectively eliminate the problem.  If the underlying causes are not corrected, then the symptoms will appear year after year and require another round of herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides.

Weeds

Lawns are typically treated each and every year with herbicides to stop the growth of weeds but weed growth is usually a symptom of a larger problem.  By discovering the underlying cause and correcting it, you can eliminate weeds more effectively without having to apply repeated herbicide treatments to your lawn.  Crabgrass, for example, thrives in bare or weak turf patches where it can easily overtake the lawn.  Fixing the weak and bare patches with aeration and over seeding will help prevent crabgrass from thriving.  Other conditions that may encourage weed growth include nutrient content and soil pH so make sure to have the soil tested to keep the pH and nutrient level balanced.

Grubs

Another common problem that lawns receive treatment for every year is grubs.  A grub infestation could result in significant damage to the lawn but insecticide treatments are administered with little attention being paid to what conditions are favorable to the survival of grubs.  Grubs tend to thrive in lawns that are well watered and well fertilized, especially late in the summer, because there is a healthy root system providing food for them.  Reducing the watering and fertilizer applications late in the summer helps prevent large grub populations from developing in the lawn.  By this point in the season, the lawn should be healthy enough from the watering and fertilization it has received to handle a moderate population of grubs without the need for grub control treatments.

Diseases

Lawn diseases are another common issue that affects many lawns and certain conditions such as shade, airflow issues, and competition for water can contribute to their development.  The most effective way to reduce the development of lawn diseases is to eliminate these conditions as opposed to applying fungicides to your lawn every year.  You can reduce shaded areas by keeping trees and shrubs trimmed to allow more sunlight to reach the lawn and if an area is shaded by the house, it may be wise to plant a species of grass that grows well in shade.  Keeping trees and shrubs trimmed may also improve airflow in the lawn which can help prevent certain diseases from forming such as dollar spot and brown patch.  The competition for moisture between trees and the lawn may contribute to the formation of lawn diseases as well so it is important to balance the watering so the trees do not take water from the lawn.

Each year, lawns across the country are treated with herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides to alleviate common problems such as weeds, grubs, and diseases, but you can provide more effective lawn care by eliminating the underlying causes of these issues to avoid the repeated use of chemical treatments.  Green T Lawn Care provides services to our St. Louis customers that help correct the underlying conditions of these problems such as aeration, over seeding, and soil pH testing.  Contact Green T Lawn Care to learn more about our services and effective methods for preventing weeds, grubs, and lawn diseases.

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