A sure sign that spring has finally arrived is when the forsythia bushes bloom and take on an awesome yellow color. Even though the forsythia’s great vibrant yellow color only lasts a few short weeks, here are a few lawn and landscape related special events that it’s bloom usually signifies.
Soil temperatures are beginning to warm above 50 degrees+
Cool season turf grasses are finally beginning to grow.
Perennial broadleaf weeds, especially dandelions, are coming out of dormancy and are springing back to life!
Crabgrass seed will begin germinating in open, bare soil areas in the very near future. Try to apply a grassy weed preventer at this time.
The odds of accumulating snow and/or sub-freezing temperatures are becoming less likely to occur from this point forward. Winter is over!!
Lawn and landscape clean-ups, dethatching and core aeration should be well underway.
Irrigation systems are being opened/turned-on for the season.
Even though turf grass seed should be ideally planted in the late summer/early fall for best results, if planting in the spring, now would be the time to do so (next 4 weeks +/-).
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any lawn or landscape related improvement project you would like completed. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great spring and summer season!
When we hear the word rust we usually think of deteriorating steel or iron somewhere in our local surroundings. However, you may be interested to learn more about a common lawn disease that shares the same name. Whether it be the tell-tale sign of your shoes turning orange when walking across the lawn or the lawn taking on a semi-faded orange color, your lawn is likely dealing with this common late summer fungal related disease called lawn rust.
Here are a few lawn rust specifics for your review.
Shoes become orange colored when walking across the lawn (orange/brown/rust colored powder sticks to shoes)
Lawn takes on a temporary rusty color (entirely or in patches)
Usually found during late summer/early fall season
Very common when lawn has gone dormant (partially or fully)
Disease very likely when high humidity AND high temperatures are the norm
In severe cases, rust disease may thin overall lawn (although not very common). Plant premium site-specific grass seed to rebuild lost density as needed.
Core aerate and/or mechanically power rake all lawn areas to break down/remove problematic excess thatch
Perform infrequent watering and continue lawn fertilization (nitrogen in particular) to speed recovery