Welcome to Lawn Talk.

Designed to answer any questions you have regarding fertilization, weed control and ornamental turf diseases. Be sure and scroll to the bottom of the page for helpful articles and past entries.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Why is my lawncare price going up?

The link located on this page "Weed Control Explained" has an item intitled "Fertilizer price going up." Texas A&M goes into detail explaining how the cost of fertilizer has gone up, effecting the lawncare industry.

Why don't all my weeds die?

Weed control often can be a chore. Establishing weed barriers by pre-emergent can take several years. Applying pre-emergent over a period of years can cause a weed barrier to develop, one that stops weed seeds from germinating and this can take time. Stubborn weeds like, crabgrass, dallisgrass, Poa annua (annual wild bluegrass) are best controled when temperatures are above 80 degrees. Mild temperatures can inhibit control and cause weeds to fluorish, however, weeds like henbit, dandilions and clover can be controled relatively easy this time of year depending on rainfall. Overall, effective weed control can be plaqued by many factors outside of the control of your lawncare company, i.e., mowing schedule, rainfall, temperature and time of year. Look for the link on this page for weed control explanation.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Should I mow now and if so, how high?

You should mow your lawn as the season starts, or early spring. From a critical standpoint mowing early is not a deal breaker, however the sooner you mow the sooner your yard greens up. Also, if you have stubborn winter weeds and spring weeds, mowing will help control or eliminate them. Mow relatively short on your first mowing to help get rid of dormant dead top growth and open up the root zone to sunlight.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Do I water now or wait till it gets hot?

Believe it or not, watering should be done year round in order to maintain proper health and weed control, although dormant turf grasses need water to survive. Check out the link for water guidelines located on this page.