Current needs for Fescue lawns:

I am finishing up the last of the fertilizer and pre-emergent on Fescue lawns.  With the summer heat coming on, we don’t want to stress the Fescue by fertilizing it until the fall.  Fescue is a cool season grass that grows best in the cooler months, and stresses in the summer.  Mow as needed.  Remember, it is called Tall Fescue for a reason, it likes to be cut at 3-1/2″ to 4″.  The higher cutting height will help keep the plant cooler and reduce competition from summer weeds, including Bermuda.

Watch for Brown Patch fungus.  Brown Patch occurs when we have high nighttime temperatures and high humidity.  Pretty much all summer.  Check out NC State’s link for information:  http://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/diseases/brown-patch

You can treat brown patch preventatively or curatively.  Preventive treatments are applied every 2-4 weeks depending on the fungicide.  Curative treatments are applied as needed, but usually at double the rate.  There are liquid and granular treatments available at hardware stores/garden centers or you can have me treat.

Current needs for warm season lawns (Bermuda, Zoysia, and Centipede):

Warm season lawns are starting to look their best.  I have applied the first fertilizer of the summer, and will soon be starting summer aeration.  Core aeration punches holes into the ground and pulls out a finger size plug.  This allows nutrients/air/water to get to the roots of the plant.  I am also applying an organic humic acid product to help create a living soil.  This is the tech sheet for the Humic Plus:  http://www.solu-cal.com/media/pdf/brochures/Solu-Cal_Humic_Plus_brochure.pdf

If you are interested in having me aerate your warm season lawn, please call or e-mail to schedule.  I should be starting the first week of June.