Lawn Care Tips For Different Seasons

lawn careRegular lawn care and maintenance throughout the year is important for a healthy and green lawn. If you don’t, the grass will become overgrown and it will be susceptible to different kinds of lawn diseases and pest infestation. The care and maintenance needs of your lawn vary depending on the temperatures and that’s why it is important to pay close attention to the season for proper lawn care. Provided below is a guide on how you can take good care of your lawn all throughout the year in Myrtle Beach.

Spring Lawn Care

The spring is one of the busiest time of the year for taking care of the lawn. This season brings sunshine and rainfall for your landscape plants and the entire lawn. It is considered as the major growth season. Plants and flowers produce new bloom, shrubs and trees, produce new leaves, and grass grows much faster.

In spring, your lawn care and maintenance routine should include weeding, lawn mowing, border edging for the sidewalk, driveways, and walkways, cleaning hard surfaces, cleaning up debris and dead winter growth, and more.

Summer Lawn Care

The summer season brings with it dry heat, less rainfall, and the hot sun and that is why lawn care Myrtle Beach is important to protect your lawn.

Lawn mowing on weekly basis is important to stop overgrowth and make sure that the lawn is maintained very well. It prevents your grass from becoming susceptible to lawn diseases and pests that could damage your landscape.

Watering needs to be done every week whether it be from an irrigation system or from rainfall. It should also be deep and infrequent watering than short and frequent sprinkler applications.

Mulching is an affordable and easy way to offer your lawn with several benefits. It creates a protective layer of material on top of the soil that aids in the retention of soil moisture and prevention of weed growth. Organic mulches such as grass clippings, straw, and bark chips naturally decompose and they can assist in improving the conditions of the soil.

Fall Lawn Care

Fall is the best time for you to prepare your lawn for the upcoming winter. Plant and grass growth will start to decline and eventually go dormant. Your grass will still grow but at a much slower rate.

Clean up your landscape and lawn before the cold season arrives. During this season, weak or dead tree branches and limbs will start to fall and then cover your lawn. You have to rake up the wet and dead leaves, and remove any of the dead plants and debris before winter comes. Anything that is left on the lawn could smother your grass and result in bare or dead spots in your landscape.

March is considered to be the most important month when it comes to fertilizing your lawn, but doing so on September and October could help in protecting your landscape and your lawn once the colder season comes.

Early fall is also the best time to plant or reseed new sod. During this time, temperatures will start to cool down a bit, and it is crucial to sod or seed before winter.

You can also stop soil compaction in winter by aerating your lawn during the fall season. Punching tiny holes in the soil will let grass roots and soil to obtain and store the required oxygen, water, and fertilizer throughout the winter months.

Winter Lawn Care

Even though your grass might look a bit browner in the winter, it still requires lawn care and maintenance on a regular basis to survive through the cold weather and create green and new growth during the spring. Even though winter needs a bit less lawn care, you should not ignore your lawn. Concentrate on your winter yard cleanup, lawn care and maintenance, as well as protecting your grass.

Call Conner’s Lawn Care Service if you need the help of an expert in maintaining and caring for your lawn.

Conner’s Lawn Care Service
Myrtle Beach, SC
843-504-4901
http://connerslawncare.com/

How To Combat Fall Armyworms

lawn careArmyworms can be rampant pests all throughout the southeast turf grass during many years, especially when it’s a very hot or dry year. They tend to become big problems, as the armyworms will migrate away from brown, dry grass and toward the more irrigated turf grass. This article talks a little bit on how to manage them as part of your lawn care and will educate you a bit on their biology.

The fall armyworm is continuous in Central America, the tropical portions of South America and in many parts of the West Indies. They may spend the winter hiding out in the mild climate of Florida or Texas and then migrate toward the eastern Rockies and even as far west as Arizona, and sometimes California.

The armyworm larvae can be black, brown or green and their head has the mark of an inverted “Y.” You can identify them with a vertical stripe down each side of the body, as well as a faint stripe down the midsection. Along the dorsal side of the abdomen, there are four black dots. You can also identify them by the reddish-brown pupae found in the soil that tend to be about a half inch long. The adult moths can be identified by dark gray front wings and white back wings.

The Bermuda grasses are among the most commonly damaged plants by the fall armyworm. This is found mostly in the southern states. But it also will feed on several other types of grasses and grains. The lush grasses are perfect grounds for infestation and are quite common in late summer to early fall.

The larvae love to eat all the plant parts that grow above ground and younger larvae will attack even the most young and tender leaves, while the older larvae will eat all of it. These larvae will travel in groups to a new section of ground after they’ve devoured consumed sections. Once the armyworm feeding has passed, Bermuda grass will generally repair and generate itself. It’s the cooler season grasses that have lasting damage.

At night, lights attract the mature moths and many lighter colored objects right above the turf such as metal gutters, goal posts, etc, are perfect places for them to lay their eggs. They hatch anywhere from 2-10 days and the larvae will pupate deep in the soil after about 2 weeks.  You can also detect the presence of armyworms by watching the birds. If they are feeding on turf areas constantly, then chances are high that there are armyworms there. Soap flushes can be utilized in order to bring the larvae above the surface.

Myrtle Beach lawn care experts say that if you plan on treating the turf for armyworms, then be sure to cut it first. Treatments applied in the late part of the day and also a little irrigation can play a helpful role. Once armyworms have reached a large size, they are hard to control. Some products to use include Pyrethroids, Sevin, Orthene and Mach 2. These will control some of the problem but don’t expect perfect results, especially when the worms have already been there in your landscape more than a week, feeding and growing. Once they have gotten over an inch long, treating may be a wasted effort.

The best way to control armyworms is to stay on top of the problem to begin with. Call Conner’s Lawn Care Service and let our team deal with your landscaping problems.

Conner’s Lawn Care Service
Myrtle Beach, SC
843-504-4901
http://connerslawncare.com/