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Does Proper Ground Temperature Matter For My Turf

Usually, when temperature comes up to a homeowner, it’s about the weather and air around us. For the most part it’s very common for homeowners to think about soil or ground temperature. But when it comes to working in the turf care industry, we are taught to monitor the temperature of the ground and soil. Monitoring soil temperatures gives us a better idea on how to best treat your grass.

How Does Ground and Soil Temperatures Affect My Lawn?

Ground Temperature affects:

  • Growth stimulation – If you want your turf to grow and stay healthy, paying attention to ground temperature is very important. The soil under your grass greatly affects the speed at which the grass grows. Warmer soil contains more energy, thus a faster growth rate.
  • Lawn damage/diseases – Many turf diseases you notice on your lawn are fungal diseases, meaning the natural fungi in your lawn was met with the wrong conditions, causing it to grow (and not in a good way). (This is why it’s important to receive the proper treatment from Sun Chase Lawn Care as we keep an eye on these temperatures.)
  • Germination – This is the development of a plant from a seed, which won’t happen unless you planted that seed at the right ground temperature. Moisture and temperature are the two main factors in germination.

If you are looking for a healthy, growing, green lawn, you must pay attention to ground temperature, or at least ensure your...

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Should I fertilize & aerate my lawn in the winter

January Lawn Advice

 

Zoysia, Bermuda, and Centipede Tips

  • Do not fertilize or aerate warm-season lawns in the fall or winter; wait until green-up in the spring.

 The window has closed for seeding Elite Tall Fescue lawns, but it's still wide open for laying Elite Tall Fescue sod! Email us at contact@sunchaselawncare.com for a quote.

 

Established Elite Tall Fescue Lawns Tips

  • Aerate & Topdress Fescue Lawns with organic humus compost that qualifies for certified organic lawn care. Organic humus compost adds nutrients and beneficial microorganisms for a stronger, healthier lawn. If needed we can deliver, and have it installed in no time using a compost spreader.  This time of year, do not do this and plant seed at the same time (planting seed is recommended in the autumn).
     

  • Fertilize Existing Fescue Lawns: Apply 16-4-8 fertilizer on established Elite Tall Fescue lawns through the cool growing season.

  • Along with fertilization, you may need to apply a fast-acting lime that neutralizes the pH of your soil. Always take a soil test to confirm if you need to apply lime or fertilizer. Balanced soil pH is critical for your grass to be able to use the nutrients supplied by your fertilizer.

  • Continue to mow your Fescue lawn as needed throughout the winter at 2.5-3" cut height.  

 

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Things You Can Do Now To Make Certain Green Grass in the Spring

Things That Can Be  Done Now to Ensure Green Grass in the Spring

The best way to secure a thick, green, healthy lawn in the spring is to care for it well in the colder months of the year. This is a very critical time for many lawns in south eastern states .

If you have fescue grass, you should already be seeing green grass. Caring for your fescue grass in the cooler months is quite simple.  Proper watering and mowing should be done as normal.  Fertilization and weed control is also very important around this time, because this is the time of year that cool-season grass thrive.

If you have any type of bermuda or zoysia; your grass should be brown in its dormant stage.  No worries! In fact, that’s what it’s supposed to do right now. It’s very important to remember that what happens to your grass while it’s dormant matters, because one thing that's for sure weeds don’t take a break in the winter. Your lawn still needs weed control and potassium fertilizer for root growth. It needs to be protected before early spring comes around.

What's going on with your grass while it's dormant  reall does matter.

Even though your grass appears to have stop growth in the cooler months, the roots are actually growing deeper to prepare for winter and the following spring. It’s how you treat these roots that matter. Pre-emergent treatment...

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Lime For Your Turf

Lime for your Turf: Signs that show if Your Yard Can Benefit

I’m sure you have heard about the benefits of applying lime to your lawn.   Lime treatments are known to help balance the pH levels in soil and restore the flow of nutrients that foster healthy lawn growth.

While the value of lime may be obvious, the symptoms that drive the need for this solution are not always as clear. After all, soil that is too acidic and has a low pH level may appear seemingly healthy on the surface, or lawn issues that do occur may be attributed to other needs like additional fertilizer applications.

Here’s a helpful guide on how to tell whether or not lime treatments are a good fit for your lawn.

Signs Your Lawn Could Benefit From a Lime Application

Presence of Moss and Weeds

If your lawn has moss and weeds that’s a great indicator that your lawn will benefit from a lime application.  The appearance of moss and weeds also provide clues about the quality of your soil is poor.

Did you know moss and weeds thrive in acidic environments? This relates back to These type of unwanted plants take advantage of signs of weakness (like bare or patchy spots) in lawns an effect that low pH levels in soil can produce. By raising pH levels, lime for lawns can help eliminate existing moss and weeds and ward off the spread of further plants.

Ineffective Fertilizers

Fertilizer is designed to supply turf with the nutrients needed to thrive all...

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Winter Lawn Care Tips

You may get a small break from mowing this time of year... But there are still minor things you can do that will help ensure your lawn and your property will stay in tip-top condition. 

Here are a few:

  • Avoid excessive foot traffic on the lawn during the harsher winter months.
  • Make sure to remove leaves, pine straw and debris from your lawn.  That way your turf will benifit the most from the applications and receive the sunlight and moisture that it needs to thrive.
  • In the winter due to lack of sunlight and the amount of rain we receive in our area it’s a great time to check and make sure you don't have any drainage issues that need to be solved.
  • Keep an eye out for opportunistic weeds that thrive in the winter. If you see them, call us and we’ll come out and re-treat.
  • Examine the trees and shrubs in your yard periodically for problems. Issues are easiest to solve before they get too far along. 
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Autumn leaves are falling down... Should you rake them up?

Autmn leaves are falling down...  Should you rake them up?

Yes you should and here are the reasons why!

  • Excessive leaves on a lawn will smother the grass. 
  • It slows down and hinders growth when left on entering spring growth period.
  • Snow mold disease is encouraged.
  • It is likely to invite turf damage from critters such as moles and mice in the spring.

 

Here are a few options to make sure that leaves are not covering a significant portion of your lawn:

  1. Rake them up or use a blower- compost the leaves
  2. Use a blower- bag and dispose of them
  3. Use a mower with a bagging attachment: you could either dispose or compost the leaf/grass mix
  4. Use a mower and mulch the leaves into small pieces let them fall into the lawn canopy. In my opinion this is the best option, because the leaves create organic matter and nutrients in which the soil and turf will benefit from. Some trees such as maples produce leaves that reduce weed seed germination when mulched into a lawn.     

 

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