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Ann Arbor Lawn Service Tips

​Spring is almost here, making now the time to plan and schedule a sensible lawn care program that meets your needs and expectations. You will want effective weed control. You may want to insure that you do not experience grub damage to your lawn by applying grub control, but when exactly? You definitely will want to have your lawn fertilized, but how much is right for your turf? If your turf was looking weak last fall it may have had a disease or grub infestation. Even though snow may still cover the ground, NOW is the time to call a trusted turf professional to plan for the 2013 season. When you call Turfscape, you will speak with me, Mike McDade. I am a turf professional with 20+ years of experience. I can explain exactly what we will do to make your lawn the envy of your neighborhorhood. If you care about your lawn, let’s talk. 734-320-4700

Watering 101

Turfgrass, like all plants, needs water and nature does not always provide it in a timely manner. Lawns that are green in July and August usually have the benefit of an irrigation system. When you take control over the irrigation of your turf it can become truly exceptional. But how much water should you deliver? When should you run your system? As trusted Ann Arbor lawn care professionals, we can answer these questions for you. The quality of your lawn will certainly depend on how well you use your irrigation system.

First, let’s discuss when to run your irrigation system. If you ask Ann Arbor lawn services, like Turfscape, we will tell you that you should never water your turf at night. Fungal diseases of turf thrive under wet and dark conditions. It is almost certain that turf that is wet at night, on a regular basis, will develop a fungal disease. The result is usually a lawn that looks stressed with a lack of color because of the presence of diseased tissue. It is not often that these conditions lead to rapid mortality of the turf, but treatment to correct the disease may be appropriate. However, the first thing to do is correct those conditions that fostered the disease. In extreme cases, fungicides may need to be applied. The best time to begin your watering cycle is at, or very shortly before sunrise.

I am often asked, “How long should I run each of my zones?â€? This is a question that is unique to each lawn. Different weather conditions, sytem’s water pressures, nozzle sizes, and number and type of heads between any two systems make it impossible to respond with a “one size fits allâ€? answer. The better question is, “How much water does my lawn need and how can I be sure my system delivers it?” In the early spring and fall (April-mid June and after Sptember1) you should deliver one inch of water per week to your lawn. During mid summer that amount may need to be increased to 1.5â€?. This water should be delivered in 3 events. If you have enough time to run the whole system in one morning, then you will be watering three days a week. If you need to split the watering, running half of your zones one day and the other half the next, you will be watering 6 days a week covering half of the lawn at a time. Now to figure out how long to run each zone. Simply place a flat container, a dish tub or pie pan (or any container with low sides) on the lawn. Run the system until 1/3â€? of water is measured in the container, then ½â€?. Note the elapsed times to reach these water levels and set your zone for the appropriate amounts of time. You are now delivering the water in a metered amount. That will save you from over-saturating your lawn, promoting disease, and wasting money and resources.

For more tips and hints from an experienced Ann Arbor landscaping professional, call us today! 734-320-4700