Still Time to Fix a Broken Lawn.

There are still many weeks left in the lawn season, too many to not enjoy a happy yard.

With football games approaching, we know the heat of June and July has passed and that cooler days and nights are on the way. But, there is still plenty of great weather left to enjoy a green and healthy lawn.

If your lawn has struggled this year, don’t let it take away from your outdoor enjoyment. In fact, there is still time to get your lawn green and weed free. We start programs year-round for our clients, and are especially pleased when we get to start in the late summer. Why? Now is the perfect time to address any stress caused from summer heat and malnutrition. We can address brown grass issues, and can help reduce the growth of weeds.

Remember now is the best time to seed – what you do in the fall dramatically effects how your lawn looks in the spring. Don’t wait – do it now.

We have over 30 years of experience in Omaha area, and our reputation speaks for itself. We get lawns healthy and green, and keep them that way.

Give us a call to have one of our lawn specialists come out and inspect your lawn. There is still a lot of summer left, so you should enjoy a great looking yard.

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How to help your lawn handle intense heat.

As temperatures stay hot so should the amount of watering. Your lawn needs 1.5 -2 inches a week to maintain its health. If you are unsure of the amount of water your lawn is getting, you can use a tuna can to see if your sprinkler is getting uniform coverage and to measure quantity.

Water in the early AM to supply moisture and avoid evaporation. A light watering in the heat of the day can cool the plant, we call this syringing. Syringing reduces stress.

A good place to start is 30-40 minutes on the larger heads and 20-30 on the sprayers 3-4 times a week. Adjust your system as needed if it rains. Now is the time of year where the shortcomings of your system will show.

If there are places where the system doesn’t get enough water they will start to brown. It is best to remember that no system is perfect. Supplement with a hose–end sprinkler. Simply increasing the time for that zone may over water some areas, so take care with extra watering.

Most of all use common sense. If your lawn needs water, water. If it doesn’t need water, don’t water.

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Wet Conditions Followed by Heat and Humidity Cause Lawn Disease

With the wet season we’ve had in the Omaha area, many lawns are showing signs of disease.

To help prevent the spread of fungal disease you should know what to look for.

If you see brown patches, brown or white lesions on the grass blades your lawn may be suffering from Dollar Spot. High humidity and temperatures around 80º over a 5 day stretch will get this disease to blossom. Taking steps to remove dew in the early mornings will help limit the effect of Dollar Spot. Mow early, and if you irrigate, do so in the morning. If needed consult a Turf Care Specialist to see about anti-fungal applications.

If you notice the grass leaves have white powder on the blades, your lawn could be affected with powdery mildew. Powdery mildew can damage your lawn, it’s usually minor and recovers quickly, however it does reduce the look of your lawn. Powdery mildew affects Kentucky bluegrass. To help your lawn, make sure your lawn is getting the proper amount of sunlight. Pruning trees and bushes may be needed to help increase sunlight.

If you notice a brown tint to your lawn, a closer inspection might show yellow lesions to grass blades. This is often Leaf Spot. Leaf Spot affects Kentucky bluegrass and can also affect bentgrass and perennial ryegrass. Finding ways to keep your yard dry can help your lawn heal. Fungicides are also an effective way to treat leaf spot.

If you notice something unusual with your lawn don’t hesitate to call Turf Care. Our experts can identify problem areas and help you get your lawn golf course green.

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We Need Your Help!

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We take great pride in providing exceptional service to all of our customers. Your lawn is our passion. We do the best to ensure that our clients get the great looking lawn they are expecting. All the pats on the back we get are certainly fantastic, but we’ve got our eyes set on the 2016 Best of Omaha award. And we need your help.

If Turf Care, Inc. has helped your grass be a touch greener this past year, please go to http://bestofvoting.com/ and vote for us. And after voting, brag to your neighbors that your grass is greener, cleaner, and weed free—all thanks to Turf Care.

Now get out there and enjoy that beautiful lawn this summer.

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Early June Yard Care Concerns

Crabgrass

As we move into June, we start to uncover new concerns for lawns. This is typically the time a second application should be applied to your lawn to stay on top of emerging crabgrass and other weeds. While crabgrass won’t seed till late July/early August, you will need to continue to battle seeds from previous seasons. Crabgrass seeds can lay in wait for ideal growing conditions for up to seven years. This is the time of year to take extra care to remove these weeds and make sure you limit their ability to spread.

If crabgrass continues to be a concern, it may be best to start pulling the weed. Pre-emergents are not always 100% effective, but it is important to remember that crabgrass is an annual weed. This means taking care to remove the weed this year will prevent the weed from seeding and coming back next season.

Delay Aerating

As the weather starts to stay warmer, it is best to avoid aerating during summer months. Aerating should really only be considered during the cooler spring and fall seasons. Any disturbance to the soil during the summer months can actually lead to germination of weeds.

Grub Control

The late-spring/early summer season is when we first start to see the emergence of grubs and other yard pests. There are a variety of ways to handle grub control. While you may find some in your yard, this does not necessarily mean that they are causing damage. Checking with a lawn professional can help you determine if you need some measure of chemical application to address concerns. Many grubs do not thrive in dryer lawns, so make sure you are not over watering your lawn.

If your lawn isn’t looking its best, it’s never too late to contact Turf Care. We care for lawns all year long.

Proper grass grooming technique

It is that crazy grass growing season that keeps all homeowners on their toes. The mid-spring growing season means that your lawn is getting the proper mix of sunshine and water—ideal grass growing conditions. We have some tips for the do-it-yourself lawn mowers who are looking for a healthy lawn.

How tall should my grass be?

We all recognize that cutting height can be an issue of personal preference. An easy rule of thumb is to keep your grass at about 3” tall for this time of year. Taller is better for the health of the plant. Occasionally, a homeowner might think it looks sloppy when cut too high, so it is important to remove no more than 1/3 of the leaf surface at any mowing. If you like your lawn at 2” you need to mow when the grass is 3” tall, but if you mow at 4” you can wait till it is 6” tall. We understand this time of year the 1/3 rule is all but impossible to maintain, but it serves as a great rule of thumb.

Should I bag or mulch?

If you maintain the 1/3 rule than bagging is not necessary. Commercial mowers and homeowners with quality mowers (make sure those mower blades are sharp!) can increase the amount of clippings they can push back into the lawn. If done correctly, mulching is a benefit and recycles nutrients back into the lawn. Too many clippings resting on top can smother grass, resulting in damage to your yard.

If you let it get too tall and take too much off you will wind up thinning your turf, taking away the color, and stopping root growth. The plant needs those green blades to make food. Take those leafs away and it the grass responds by putting all it’s efforts into making more leafs. Studies have shown that root growth will stop for as long as 2 week after more than 1/3 of the leaf-blade is taken off.

If you aren’t happy with the look of your lawn, it is best to contact a professional to help put you on the right track.

It’s Dandelion Season

As spring rolls through, many homeowners are seeing that familiar yellow flower pop up in lawns everywhere. While homeowners and lawn-care professionals alike share a disdain for this weed, it does provide early season benefits. Spring pollinators flock to the flower, as it one of the earliest and most common flower to emerge. There are a number of ways to control the spread of dandelions in your yard.

If you have concern for pollinators, it may be best to leave the yellow flowers, but mow off the seedheads when they emerge. The seedheads are the white fluffy remains of the yellow flower head. This won’t rid your lawn of dandelions, but may be a good option.

Spending a few minutes every day pulling the weeds by hand is a great way to control and rid your lawn of the weed. It is a great way to spend a few minutes outdoors everyday and can go a long way to control spreading.

If all else fails, call out a quality lawn care professional and ask them about control through the use of herbicides, or other methods.

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For a greener lawn in spring, address winter damage.

There’s a buzzword used among professionals in the turf care industry: “Winterkill.” It’s a general term used to describe turf that gets destroyed in the winter and fails to grow back in the springtime. While everyday homeowners have likely never heard this term, they’ve certainly experienced its effects in their yards. Here are a few reasons why patches of lawn go bad during Nebraska winters—followed by what you can do to restore a healthy lawn once again.

Ice sheets
Ice sheets on grass often signify a period of warmth followed by rapid refreezing (think late winter and early spring in Nebraska)—often resulting in a destructive process called crown hydration. When this pattern occurs, ice crystals form at the crown of the grass, rupturing plant cells and ultimately causing death.

Snow mold
The dreaded snow mold, mentioned once in a previous blog, is a fungal disease that emerges in the lawn as the snow melts. The trademark of snow mold? Circular, matted patches in the lawn that may either be gray or pink in color. The worse of the two, pink mold, can infect turf roots and kill them—which means it’s best to have a professional assess your level of damage.

Low-temperature kill
An obvious reason why lawns go bad, caused by ice crystal formation at temperatures below 32ºF. Your lawn’s survivability in frigid temperatures depends largely on your grass type and soil type—and of course, which professional is overseeing your lawn care.

Of course many other factors fall into the category of winterkill. Even external factors, such as road and sidewalk salts, can contribute to damage.

Use a professional to usher in a greener spring.

Reestablishing your lawn come springtime can be a challenge, and as you’ve probably noticed, your lawn will often remain stubborn despite your best DIY efforts. That’s where an Omaha lawn care professional can provide the relief you need to combat winterkill. After all, exact lawn care isn’t just a matter of yard work—it’s a matter of science.

At Turf Care Omaha, on top of our veteran expertise in lawn care, we constantly undergo continuing education to acquire the latest research and findings in our field. It’s a level of knowledge and experience that directly translates to our customers’ golf-course green lawns. By always knowing the latest winterkill recovery techniques—as well as modern techniques to protect your lawn through the winter months—we can make sure your grass is the greenest on the block. It’s how we’ve won the Best of Omaha award three consecutive years and counting.

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Lawn care: why DIY results never match the pros.

Every homeowner will be hard-pressed to admit it, but it’s a universal truth: lawn care professionals do it better. Even the most seasoned among the self-taught can’t seem to measure up to their neighbor’s lawn that received attention from the right Omaha lawn care professional. But there’s a reason why that’s the case. In fact, there are many reasons.

  • Access to products.
    Lawn care professionals have access to a greater variety of products that are unavailable to most DIYs. Namely, the right combinations of fertilizer/pesticide products with different loadings of active ingredients, different types and rates of slow release fertilizers, and different formulations (liquid vs. granular) that add more flexibility and exaction to application timing than what most DIY products can deliver.
  • Access to better equipment.
    That doesn’t mean industrial-sized equipment. It means precise equipment such as more accurate sprayers and spreaders than DIYs that allow for more finely tuned timings.

  • Seasonal knowledge. Many homeowners apply the same rule of thumb when it comes to fertilizing. But professionals know that each year is different. That means they can concoct a more precise formula for when—and what—to apply, given the unique weather patterns of the year.
  • Education.
    There is no substitute. Lawn care is more than just mowing and spreading fertilizer. It takes a lot of education, training and licensing to be able to correctly identify weeds, diseases and insects in your lawn and landscape.

Anyone can maintain an average lawn. But when you want to attain “golf-course” green throughout your property, don’t lift a fertilizer bag. Lift a phone instead and call the professionals at Turf Care, Inc.

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How winter attacks your lawn—and how to fight it.

Every homeowner knows that winter can turn a lawn into a battlefield. Freezing weather and blizzards, road plows and even wildlife that burrow through wintertime sod all try to wage war on your lovely landscape.

While it’s a noble effort to prep and maintain your lawn yourself—which many people do, only to yield mediocre results—you can better ensure that your lawn is healthier, greener and more attractive come spring-time. Understanding why lawns go bad, and more importantly, why professionals are the key to out-greening your neighbors.

Three major reasons your lawn suffers

While there are many factors that work against your lawn in the cold months, the following are popular scenarios seen across the Midwest.

  • Snow mold is a fungal disease that emerges in the lawn as the snow melts. What is the trademark of snow mold? Circular, matted patches in the lawn that may either be gray or pink in color. The worse of the two, pink mold, can infect turf roots and kill them—which means it’s best to have a professional assess your level of damage.
  • Road salts damage plants by drawing moisture away from their roots. Be sure to stay within the lines when salting your driveway. Remember if salt spray from passing snowplows is hitting your lawn, use a broom to remove it not a rake. This method removes the salt layer more thoroughly where a rake may simply churn it into your lawn.
  • Voles, often called field mice, are commonly found across Nebraska damaging gardens and landscapes. In addition to creating unsightly runways in your lawn from scurrying around under the surface, they also wreak havoc on gardens and landscapes, especially in winter and early spring when they’re scavenging for food. Their food of choice? Usually the green, underlying matter that lay beneath the bark or outer surfaces of plants.

Why Omaha lawns need professional fertilization plans to keep their green.

While you can suffer the guesswork of when and how to fertilize and protect your lawn, which requires many steps to do it right, you still won’t carry the knowledge that professionals deliver when you want your lawn to look golf-course green. At Turf Care, Inc., we know the right materials for Midwest lawns, trees and shrubs. We know exact timing for applications to match seasonal temperatures and we know the precise science and processes necessary to achieve a property that looks pristine.

No matter what your needs—or your questions—we’re here to help with professional service, special discounts, and even maintenance tips you can use year-round.

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