New Jersey Lawn Care News
New Jersey Lawn Care News
Summer Lawn Care Tip: Mowing, watering and Tree Pests
Mowing is always Number 1 cultural practice for a healthy, green lawn. Mowing should be done frequently, so that you only remove one third of the grass blade. When you remove more than one third of the grass blade you are doing two things. First, you are removing all the food and stimulating the plant to make more tissue to support food for that plant. This means that what little food that remains potentially goes to new growth and your roots are going to starve and die. Starved dying roots are short thirsty roots going into the summer. Secondly, the shorter you cut your grass, the shorter you roots are.
Lawns should be cut higher than 3" and should be cut when the lawn is about 4".
When cutting your lawn make sure you have a sharp blade on the lawn mower. Cutting the grass with a dull blade shreds the leaf tip and causes water loss and a brownish cast instead of an Extreme Green.
Sprinkler and watering systems:
Don't be too hasty to turn on the irrigation system or sprinkler. Have your sprinkler system checked by a professional to insure all areas have proper coverage. It may be necessary to add sprinkler heads or more zones to cover all areas of the lawn.
Please contact us at 732-787-1488 for proper watering times and frequency this is based on soil structure and current weather conditions.
Summer Lawn Issues:
In nature, water is usually the most limiting factor for plant growth. This is also the case in home or commercial landscapes. If plants or lawns do not receive adequate rainfall or irrigation, the resulting drought stress can reduce growth more than all other environmental stresses combined.
Crabgrass gets its name because it sprawls from a central root low across the ground. It can become a problem quickly because it is able to grow vigorously in hot, dry conditions. Before dying in the fall, a single weed can distribute thousands of seeds which will be ready to germinate in spring.
Summer Tree Pests:
Watch out for Japanese Beetles:
Description and Habits
Adult Japanese beetles are 7/16-inch long metallic green beetles with copper-brown wing covers. A row of white tufts (spots) of hair project from under the wing covers on each side of the body.
Adults emerge from the ground and begin feeding on plants in June. Activity is most intense over a 4 to 6 week period beginning in late June, after which the beetles gradually die off. Individual beetles live about 30 to 45 days.
Japanese beetles feed on about 300 species of plants, devouring leaves, flowers, and overripe or wounded fruit. They usually feed in groups, starting at the top of a plant and working downward. The beetles are most active on warm, sunny days, and prefer plants that are in direct sunlight. A single beetle does not eat much; it is group feeding by many beetles that results in severe damage.
Adults feed on the upper surface of foliage, chewing out tissue between the veins. This gives the leaf a lacelike or skeletonized appearance. Trees that have been severely injured appear to have been scorched by fire. Japanese beetles may completely consume rose petals and leaves with delicate veins. Odors emitted from beetle-damaged leaves seem to be an important factor in the aggregation of beetles on particular food plants.
Adult Japanese beetles are highly mobile and can infest new areas from several miles away. Usually, however, they make only short flights as they move about to feed or lay eggs.