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Tips For Summer Lawn Stress

Tips for summer lawn stress - Mowing, Watering and Monitoring

by your lawn professionals at Prestigious Turf Management

Tall Fescue/Bluegrass:
• Cool Season Turf Type= 60-75F Optimum growing temperatures.
• It has major drawbacks as it is a cool season grass growing in an extremely hot and humid environment 4 months out of the year.
• Tall Fescue turf requires the most maintenance of any grass we can grow in our area.
• It's also our only shade tolerant cool season turf option.
• Most Cool Season lawns will lose up to 30% of the turf during our hot summers.
• Cooler months care is basic: water as needed, mow as needed and treat as needed with fertilizers and weed control.
• Hot months care becomes more critical: cool season grass is now trying to cope with extreme heat, high humidity, disease pressure and in some cases drought.
Below is a guideline which must be followed to
maintain a healthy Fescue lawn, most importantly through the hot months.

Prestigious Turf Management offers tailored 7 Step & 12 Step treatment programs, requiring a soil test for optimal results. Our other trusted services include: seeding & aeration, and top dressing/lawn leveling program. Our soil testing ensures precise fertilizer application, resulting in a lush, healthy lawn.

MOWING 

• Mower Blades: MUST BE SHARP, this is critical! A dull mower blade will tear the grass blade causing stress and weakens overall health making it more susceptible to disease. It also causes a "frosted" or browned appearance.
• Height:Set your mower blade height as high as it will go. This is usually around 3 ½” to 4”.
• Frequency: Once a week. Never cut off more than one-third of the grass blade when mowing. Cutting off too much of the blade at once will deplete the plant’s energy reserves.

Prestigious Turf Management offers tailored 7 Step & 12 Step treatment programs, requiring a soil test for optimal results. Our other trusted services include: seeding & aeration, and top dressing/lawn leveling program. Our soil testing ensures precise fertilizer application, resulting in a lush, healthy lawn.

IRRIGATION 

• The most effective way to water any lawn is deeply and infrequently.
• This watering program must be followed for established lawns.
• One hour per zone, one time per week if no rainfall is present. Or to the point of run off. (Adjust accordingly to space and soil capacity and apply judgement).
• Between 2am and 8am are best. This allows your lawn to attain a deep root system while minimizing the moisture period on the lawn. Watering early in the morning allows the sun to dry the turf.
• Prolonged periods of moisture on turfgrass, especially during periods of high heat and humidity, encourage disease development.
• DO NOT WATER EVERY ZONE EVERYDAY or even EVERY OTHER DAY for just 15min.

Prestigious Turf Management offers tailored 7 Step & 12 Step treatment programs, requiring a soil test for optimal results. Our other trusted services include: seeding & aeration, and top dressing/lawn leveling program. Our soil testing ensures precise fertilizer application, resulting in a lush, healthy lawn.

DISEASE CONTROL 

• Fungicides, in conjunction with a proper cut height of at least 3.5 inches, and deep and infrequent watering during the months of May through August are the most critical components of Fescue turf health and sustainability.
• Fungicides are expensive period, fortunately not everyone needs them.

• Each fungicide application will effectively protect the plant from the disease for about 30 days. Lapse in fungicide applications must be avoided as this disease can spread quickly through an unprotected lawn in a brief period under the right environmental conditions.

• Often, clients decide to skip or hold off on a fungicide application, this disrupts the timing of their program and can lead to major damage to their turf.

• Other times customers will get properly sequenced fungicide applications, but neglect to water the turf which can lead to die out from heat stress and drought.

• MOST IMPORTANTLY, utilize fungicides from May to August. This is recommended for anyone with Tall Fescue turf and is something we highly encourage all our Fescue lawns to do. It’s one of the best ways to prevent disease. If you'd like an estimate for Disease Control, click here.

Sincerely,

Prestigious Turf Management

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