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If you desire a green healthy lawn mowing height is key. Always keep mower height high in summer to prevent weeds and crabgrass. In early spring, cut grass short to promote quick green up. In late fall, cut grass short to prevent snow mold in spring and for an early green up. Keep a sharp mower blade, change the direction and mowing pattern each time to avoid wear from mower wheels, and leaving grass clippings on the ground can be beneficial as long as you don’t have piles of grass on your turf.

Cut shorter in beginning and end of season to promote green up in spring. Keep mower blades higher in late spring, summer, and early fall to help reduce weed pressures and maintain color. Remove no more than 1/3 of the grass blade at one time and mow at the upper range of the recommended height for grass species.

Rule of Thumb: Water less often but deeper. It’s best to water once a week heavily versus several times a week for a short period. Always water in early morning instead of late at night.

Possibly White Grubs are causing brown patches in your yard.  There are many species of White Grubs, but the most prominent are the May June beetle (True White Grub), the Masked Chafers (Annual White Grub) and the Japanese beetle (White Grub) feeding on roots the of your grass.

For the first mowing, you should mow the grass as soon as it reaches the normal mowing height ~ 3 inches. Don’t let it get to high, you only want to cut off a maximum 1/3 of the blade each time.

Water lightly and frequently,  letting the soil surface to dry out then re-soak.  Adequate moisture must be present throughout the seedling process – too little watering and the new seed can dry out and die, and too much watering can cause the new seed to rot.

Dog damage can occur throughout season.  All dog’s urine contains salts and nitrogen that can potentially kill grass. Your best bet is consult your vet for a safe solution.

If it is early spring and you are noticing patches of discolored grass, it is likely pink snow mold. We recommend a light leaf raking to allow air to flow and let the fungus die off. After a couple of mowings, it should resolve itself.

Most of the grass species in our region are very hardy and can hold up for prolonged periods of time without water.  They typically enter a dormant state until favorable weather conditions improve.  There is a point of no return if it stays hot and dry enough.  If you reach that point, remember to water less often and longer. Short, quick amounts of rain and watering usually lead to other fungus problems

It could be Chinch Bugs. Most damage caused by the Chinch bugs start around the heated driveways or walkways heading toward the middle of the lawn. They feed on the same plants until all available juice has been extracted from the grass. This feeding pattern results in circular patches of damaged grass that turn yellow and then brown as they die.  As the grass plants dies, the Chinch bugs work outward from the center of infestation, destroying a larger area as they advance. These are usually most active in the hot summer months.

There are a several diseases that thrive in wet weather in our area.   Leaf Spot disease will only cause serious damage during extreme weather conditions involving frequent wetness or when improper lawn care practices aggravate the disease problem. The following cultural practices will help keep plant injury to an acceptable levels. Pick up lawn clippings to avoid spreading the leaf spot fungi, mow higher to avoid plant stress, avoid watering in the late afternoon or early evening. If it’s been raining, don’t add additional water.  We try not to recommend fungicides unless they are needed. Most of the fungus we experience will stop once the weather changes.

Yes, if there are enough of them feeding on the turf. These are most likely Sod Web Worms.  Damage by sod web worms first appears as small brown patches of closely clipped grass. These patches may coalesce to form large irregular dead areas.  Scheduling a surface insect application for the sod web worm larvae during the growing season will also help minimize stress and turf damage.

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