Weeds are the most common pest, however, it takes years for infestation to cause significant damage. Insects, as destructive as they can be, are not the greatest threat to your turf. Environmental and disease related problems cause the most brown spots and potential injury to your lawn during the stressful months of June, July and August.
Now is the time to “set the stage” to reduce this problem to your lawn. Fortunately, it is very simple. Water your lawn as little as possible during the spring months of March, April and May. By doing this, your lawn will “toughen up” and not become so dependent on water and reduce unnecessary succulent growth. Kansas, with extreme weather conditions, can be dry during the spring, but usually this is the time of year with the most moisture.
To manage turf grass disease, reduce environmental damage in cool season grass, and when we’re not receiving rain, CustomWise recommends this watering schedule for your lawn throughout the year:
Below 70° — Soak your lawn every 7 to 10 days.
Below 80° — Soak your lawn once or twice a week.
Below 90° — Soak your lawn every other day.
Over 90° — Soak your lawn 4 to 6 times a week.
Over 100° — Soak everyday
Note the word “soak” – What does this mean? Water to the point of run off or when the ground makes a “squish” sound when you walk on it. Length of time you water will vary depending on soil type (sandy or clay) or means of watering (sprinkler system or garden hose). Your lawn needs at least an inch of water per week, more when temperatures are over 90°. This requires continued monitoring of weather and your means of irrigation.
Regardless of what kind of care you provide your lawn, whether you use a professional or not, correct watering and mowing is essential for quality turf. More information will be provided with future treatments, call if you have any questions.