Fall is the ideal time of year to enhance and protect your lawn. Find and invest in the right tools to ensure that your fall lawn is prepared for winter’s harsh weather and ready for springtime growth. First, we recommend taking advantage of the fall’s mild weather to aerate, reseed and fertilize your lawn, allowing the new grass to take hold before winter’s frost. Manual aerators are an affordable and easy-to-use tool that will ready your soil for seeding and fertilization. A spreader is a cost-effective tool for seeding and fertilizing your lawn before the leaves begin to fall. Once you are dealing with the presence of falling leaves, invest in a sturdy plastic or steel rake to last for countless seasons of lawn clearing. Pair with wide-mouthed leaf bags to prevent the heavy weight of wet leaves from damaging your lawn in the spring. Another option is to invest in a mulching blade for your lawn mower, which will chop the leaves into a fine mulch that can actually invigorate your grass and soil without the hassle of raking and bagging leaves.
Curb appeal is a home care essential. While many homeowners focus on maintaining and upgrading their home’s interior, the exterior is often the victim of the bare-minimum approach. Helping your lawn and greenery reach their full potential is a key part of achieving maximum curb appeal. A lush lawn, bold flowers, trimmed shrubs and a weed-free landscape is the perfect way to welcome visitors into your home. Any real estate agent will tell you that curb appeal is one of the most important determinants of a potential buyer’s first and last impression. Whether they pass over your home or schedule a showing can be as simple as asking, “Does this yard look welcoming and well-loved, or does it look like an unkempt hassle?” Your lawn is one of the most affordable ways to increase your home value. You don’t need a construction crew, building permits or expensive equipment. A quick call to your professionals at Noon Turf Care will give you a to-do list for do-it-yourselfers or a complete lawn makeover for those without a green thumb. Tackle any lawn concerns before putting your house on the market, or increase curb appeal on your forever home.
Lawn care may seem complicated, but it’s simple at its core. The fall is the best time of year to seed, water and nourish your yard, with its warm days and cool evenings. At Noon Turf Care, we recommend planning ahead and preparing for the fall as early as August, so that you can take advantage of September and October’s perfect weather. There are three actions we have found most effective in readying your lawn for spring: aeration, over-seeding and fertilizing. Before beginning the planning process, test your lawn’s pH every three to four years. This affordable test will help you determine which nutrients your lawn needs to reach optimal health. Aerate your lawn before seeding and fertilizing. Aeration opens up your lawn, allowing it to accept the newly planted seeds and nutrients you spread during the fall. It will reduce the stress of the summer’s difficult weather and make it easier for oxygen to reach the root zone. From aerated soil comes a denser, stronger lawn, the best way to combat and eliminate weeds. Next, plan ahead to over-seed in September by spraying a weed killer in August, followed by using a power rake in the desired seeding areas to best prepare the ground. As you choose your seed, use the pH-based recommendations from Noon Turf Care to select the best fertilizer to facilitate the growth of new, thicker, greener grass in your yard.
Although red thread disease is most severe in the spring and fall, the pathogen can develop during any time of the year when the weather is cool and wet. The disease leaves irregular patches of tan/yellowing grass. From afar, however, affected areas tend to appear reddish in color due to the growth of stromata, thick red fibers of fungus stemming from infected leaves. After infecting the grass, the stromata can sustain in soil for two years. Once they are fully germinated, the stromata spreads by infecting neighboring grass leaf blades through their stomata, tiny openings typically located on the outer layer of the leaf’s skin. When humidity is high and leaves are wet, Mycelium, the vegetative part of a fungus, begins to grow as small, fuzzy pink clusters where the grass blades meet. After extended periods of time, red thread may develop further, and patches may merge to form large areas of diseased grass. If you think your grass may be victim to red thread, contact Noon Turf Care to have a specialist provide you with a personalized action plan. For more information on red thread, check out http://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/diseases/Red_Thread.aspx.
The 2014 edition of UMass Extension’s Professional Guide for IPM in Turf for Massachusetts is AVAILABLE NOW in a new electronic, web-based format. The guide is intended for use by professionals as a tool in the management of all types of turf: from roadsides and utility areas, to lawns, to fine playing surfaces.
The freshly revised 2014 edition features the latest techniques critical to environmentally responsible, integrated management of turf pests.The guide contains research-based strategies for turf grass selection, as well as comprehensive pest management guidelines and pesticide regulation compliance information. Alternative and cultural pest control options are highlighted, and advice on pesticide use is based on minimal impact to non-target organisms, natural resources and human health.
While some aspects of discussions such as turfgrass selection, timing of management practices and pesticide regulations are specific to Massachusetts, much of the material presented is pertinent to the management of cool-season grasses throughout the Northeast and beyond. Some of the updated, distinctive pieces of information you will find in the 2014 Professional Guide include:
- latest recommended turfgrass cultivars for MA, based on NTEP data
- cultural management approaches for turf diseases
- revised fungicide listings with resistance management tools
- biological management of turf damaging insects
- efficacy, residual, and optimal timing for turf insecticides
- monitoring and management of turf weeds
- detailed herbicide profile listings
- turf pest damage & cultural practice timing calendars
- updated MA pesticide regulation compliance information
Visit https://extension.umass.edu/turf/proguide to access the guide right now!
That stretch of grass beyond your front (and back) door can derail your Saturday plans if you’re the one who has to maintain it. But if you’re the one who counts “mowing the lawn” on your weekly list of chores, there’s good news — the scent of freshly mowed grass can boost your mood, relax you and help you live longer.
This factoid was revealed on online retailer eReplacementPart’s infographic on lawn maintenance. Though fall usually signals the end of this chore, you might be surprised at just how much time you’ve spent this year just keeping the grass green (four hours a week, on average). Click the infographic below for more surprising stats.
Core Aeration and Overseeding | Beneficial Fall Lawn Service by Noon Turf Care
Benefits of a Core Aeration and Overseeding from Noon Turf Care
- Maximizes Lawn Density
- Increases Fertilizer & Water Absorption
- Decreases Soil Compaction
- Improves Seed to Soil Contact
- Relieves Excess Thatch
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For more information on lawn or tree and shrub care, disease control and insect and pest services in Massachusetts, contact our Noon Turf Care Customer Loyalty Center at 978-838-3100 — we have agents available from 8am to 8pm!
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IF YOU ARE OVERSEEDING THIS YEAR, FOLLOW THESE HELPFUL HINTS FOR BETTER RESULTS
If you have invested in our seeding services, your participation in the post-seeding is just as critical as the seeding itself. Your assistance in the ongoing care will ensure the success of the new growth, health and color of your lawn. Below are some expert tips to get you started.
Seed Types and Growth:
- Noon uses a combination of premium seed blends not available in retail stores to ensure consistent growth and establishment throughout the fall.
- Be advised that seeding requires a great deal of “TLC” and maintenance.
- The Rye Grass will begin to germinate in 7-14 days. The Rye Grass grows quickly, bringing color to your lawn.
- The Fescue will begin to germinate in 14-21 days. It will help fill in the area and add a medium to dark green color.
Be patient, the speed that your lawn will germinate and grow depends greatly upon the air and soil temperature, soil quality and your watering practices.
Watering & Care:
- New seed should be watered 2-3 times each day, preferably early morning and late afternoon.
- Normally 7 to 15 minutes per zone during each watering cycle is sufficient until seed is established.
- The lawn should be kept lightly damp. Be careful not to over water. Water should not run or puddle on the lawn.
- You should wait until the new seedlings are about 2” before mowing.
- Make sure your blades are sharp so that it does not tug on the new sprouts and raise the blade to 2 ½ – 3” for the first couple of mows.
- This will help the new grass develop a deeper root system while not sending your existing grass into shock by cutting off too much of the blade at once.
If you have any questions or concerns, we are here for you from 8am to 6pm Monday through Friday.
The Noon Turf Care Team