Mar 23, 2019

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Brown patches in Turf!…Spider Mites!

Brown patches in Turf!…Spider Mites!

We are finding that a lot of people think their brown areas or dead patches are from winter kill due to low moisture…We are finding the dead areas are mostly due to Spider Mites!

What are they & What do they do?…Quick Facts…

  • Many feel spider mites are the most destructive pests for turf in Colorado.
  • Several species of spider mites can damage turf grass in Colorado: clover mite, Banks grass mite and brown wheat mite.
  • Most damage occurs during early to mid-spring.
  • When most people see the damage begin, they often believe they are having watering problems with their sprinkler system.
  • The damage appears as dry areas or brown spots in turf, predominately on the south & west sides of foundations, walls, patios, rock beds, trees, etc. If you look closer at the damaged grass it appears gray in color. If you look at the dead blades of the grass, you can see tiny black spots on the grass…that is where the mites have leached onto the grass and sucked the life out of it.
  • Damage can range from a few dry areas to total destruction of the lawn.
  • Many people who have problems with turf growing… do not know they have spider mites on their property & will continue to over water to try to get these problem areas to grow.  Most blame it on soil conditions, hot sides of the house, winter kill, acid from needles of pine trees, etc.
  • Some who have severe damage or hard to grow areas will replace their sod when a simple plan of mite control along with some TLC will revive a majority of their turf.

Treatment for Spider Mites!

  • Most turf usually requires two mite control applications.  Call us for a free Quote! Applications usually start around $75 and go higher for more severely damaged lawns. Unlike some companies we treat beyond the damaged areas. We treat where the mites have moved onto such as the good turf & also the bed and border areas.

Severe mite & drought damage. Mites can leave severe damage over time if left untreated.

Minor mite damage on hot side of tree.

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Mar 22, 2019

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Necrotic Ring Spot (NRS) –

Necrotic ring spot symptoms may initially develop as light green to straw-colored rings or frog eyes in lawn. Photo from CSU Website.

Quick Facts…

  • Necrotic ring spot is caused by a fungus & is a perennial disease of Kentucky bluegrass.  It is considered one of the most common diseases of turf along the front range & the most destructive. Symptoms often develop in late summer.
  • NRS results in irregular circular shapes or Patches sometimes referred to as “frogeye”.  Shapes can range from several inches to several feet in size.  They can be localized or widely scattered throughout the yard.
  • NRS is one of the most widely studied turf diseases however it is the least understood.   NRS may reappear and intensify in mid-summer in successive years and may take several years to control.

Treatment for NRS!

  • Treat with a fungicide. Apply application when fungus is active in spring and in fall.  Apply a second application about 2 – 4 weeks after first one.  A third application may be necessary on severely damaged lawns.  Lightly water the fungicide into the turf (less than ¼ inch) but do not drench the lawn. Fungicide applications only suppress NRS; they do not eradicate the NRS fungus.  Therefore applications over several years may be necessary to manage NRS on severely damaged lawns.
  • Where to get fungicide.  While these products are not restricted use they for the most part are not are not packaged for sale at retail outlets. Therefore, these fungicides are usually applied by professional lawn care operators.  Call us for a free Quote!  Applications usually start around $55 and go higher for more severely damaged lawns.
  • Prepare soil properly before sodding or seeding.
  • Over seed diseased patches with resistant grasses.
  • Do not overwater. Water turf deeper & less often, usually no more than 2 – 3 times a week, without creating water stress.
  • Keep a good turf height. Mow lawn at a height of 2 ½ to 3 inches. Remove no more than 1/3rd of the blade at any one mowing.  Mulching may actually help turf recovery by recycling nitrogen during the leaf decomposition process.
  • Core aerate established lawns at least once a year (spring or fall) to help reduce thatch buildup and improve soil drainage. Core aeration equipment may spread the NRS fungus although this is not likely a major means of pathogen movement. Furthermore, the benefits of aeration outweigh potential problems.
  • Avoid applying excessive amounts of nitrogen fertilizer.Applications of more than 4 lb total nitrogen per 1000 square feet per year may enhance NRS. Timing of fertilizer applications is as important as the total amount applied.

 

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Mar 19, 2019

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Bugs to look for in Late April

Bugs to look for in Late April

Late April

Household Insects

Ants:  Foraging ants in homes are common until temperatures allow them to seek food outdoors.

Tree/Shrub Insects

Cooley spruce gall:  Insects continue development and usually begin to produce egg sack in late April.

Lilac/ash borer: Flights of adult moths may begin.

Poplar twiggall fly: Adults emerge and begin to lay eggs in emerging aspen shoots.

Spider mites on pines:  Populations may increase rapidly on ponderosa and other susceptible pines

Spiny elm caterpillar:  Small colonies of these caterpillars may be seen on willow, hackberry, aspen, elm and other trees.

Douglas-fir beetle:  In forested areas, adult emergence, flights and tree attacks may begin.

Brownheaded ash sawfly:  Adults may lay eggs during warm days following bud break.

Zimmerman pine moth:  Approximate treatment timing for overwintered larvae. 

Lawns

Turfgrass mites:  Clover mites continue to feed on lawns and enter homes in nuisance migrations.

Nightcrawlers: Tunneling activities and associated lawn lumps continue.

Midges: Non-biting midges emerge from ponds and mating swarms may be observed over lawns.

Garden

Spinach leafminer: Egg laying and tunneling begins in older spinach foliage.

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Feb 5, 2019

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Winter Watering

Watering of trees, shrubs, lawns, and perennials during prolonged dry fall and winter periods prevents root damage that affects the health of the entire plant. Colorado’s’ dry air, low precipitation, little soil moisture, and fluctuating temperatures and just the characteristics of fall and winter can be hard on trees and shrubs and requires winter tree watering. There often can be little or no snow cover to provide soil moisture, particularly from October through March.

Trees, shrubs, perennials and lawns can be damaged if they do not receive supplemental water. The result of long, dry periods during fall and winter is injury or death to parts of plant root systems. Affected plants may appear perfectly normal and resume growth in the spring using stored food energy. Plants may be weakened and all or parts may die in late spring or summer when temperatures rise. Weakened plants also may be subject to insect and disease problems.

Newly established lawns, whether seed or sod, are especially susceptible to damage. Susceptibility increases for lawns with south or west exposures. Contact JVJ Lawn Care & Sprinkler Co., at 303-805-3927 today for a free estimate and landscape evaluation.

Tree, Shrub & Lawn Watering Basics

  • Winter watering should be done from October through March.
  • Water only when air temperatures are above 40 degrees F.
  • Apply water at mid-day so it will have time to soak in before possible freezing at night.
  • Monitor weather conditions and water during extended dry periods without snow cover—one to three times per month.
  • Trees obtain water best when it is allowed to soak into the soil slowly to a depth of 12 inches.
  • Methods of watering trees include: sprinklers, deep-root fork or needle, soaker hose or soft spray wand.
  • Apply water to many locations under the dripline and beyond if possible.
  • If you use a deep-root fork or needle, insert no deeper than 8 inches into the soil.
  • As a general survival rule, apply 10-20 gallons of water for each diameter inch of the tree.
  • Newly planted shrubs require more water than established shrubs that have been planted for at least one year.
  • Apply 5 gallons two times per month for a newly planted shrub.
  • Small established shrubs (less than 3 feet tall) should receive 5 gallons monthly.
  • Large established shrubs (more than 6 feet) require 18 gallons on a monthly basis.
  • Decrease amounts to account for precipitation.

Read more published information from Colorado State University at the link below.

Winter watering …Note: this link will take you away from our website… see you soon!

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Sep 19, 2018

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Time to prepare your lawn for winter!

In the next few weeks you should fertilize your turf  for the 4th time this season with winterizer  fertilizer.  If you have brown spots at this time look for rabbit droppings in those areas or have your sprinkler system tested for proper coverage.  Soon it will also be time to have your sprinkler system blown out  (aka, sprinkler winterization or sprinkler deactivation) properly before it drops below 32 degrees.  There are some who believe their system is self draining or some who believe they do not need to have their system blown out…However they do not realize that the pipes in the ground still have water in them and that they will expand & contract every time they freeze and thaw causing the pipes to eventually crack and thus causing expensive repairs overtime or the need for a complete new system.  Feel free to call us if you have any questions or comments regarding this process.

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Aug 23, 2018

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Pest & Disease Control

Spider Mites

Necrotic Ring Spot (NRS)

Ascochyta

Fairy Ring

Grub Worm

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