Treating Hidden Problems in your Lawn

Now that lawn care season is in full swing, it is important for homeowners to be on the lookout for any potential problems in their lawn and to address them as early in the season as possible.  The most obvious problems are weed growth, grubs, and diseases that can be treated with various herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides respectively.   However, these problems may be symptoms of deeper problems and treating them with herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides may only alleviate these symptoms only for them to come back each season.  There are reasons these symptoms occur and identifying and correcting the conditions that lead to these symptoms will lead to much more effective lawn care.


Weeds are most often a symptom of a larger problem facing a lawn and if weeds are just treated with herbicides, those herbicide treatments may be needed every season to stop their growth.  But by treating the conditions that allow weeds to grow successfully, you can more effectively eliminate the problem without subjecting your lawn to repeated herbicide treatments.  For example, crabgrass tends to thrive in bare patches and weak areas of the lawn that it can easily overtake.  By taking actions to fix the bare and weak patches such as aerations and over seeding, you can help prevent crabgrass from overtaking your lawn.  The nutrient content and pH of the soil can also allow certain weeds to thrive so it is important to have your soil tested and make sure the nutrient content and pH are balanced.


Grubs are another common problem that could result in heavy damage to a lawn and each season grub control is applied to lawns across the United States.  However, comparatively little attention is paid to which conditions allow grub populations to thrive.  Grubs tend to do better and inflict the most damage in well fertilized, well watered lawns with a healthy root system for them to feed on, especially late in the season.  As the late summer approaches, it helps to reduce the watering and fertilization.  The watering and fertilization that have been done up to this point should leave the lawn healthy enough to handle a moderate population of grubs and avoid the need for grub treatments.


There are several conditions that can contribute to the development of lawn diseases such as shade, airflow issues, and moisture competition.  By eliminating these conditions, you can help reduce the risk of disease occurring in your lawn instead of treating your lawn with fungicides year after year.  Shaded areas can be reduced by trimming trees and shrubs to allow more sunlight to reach the turf and in shaded areas caused by houses or buildings; you might consider planting a grass species that is more tolerant of shade.  Trimming or pruning trees and shrubs can also improve airflow to help prevent diseases such as dollar spot or brown patch from forming.  Another thing to keep in mind regarding trees is that they compete with the lawn for water.  It is important to find a good watering balance so that the trees in your lawn do not take water away from the lawn and leave it more vulnerable to disease.
Every year, millions of lawns across the U.S. are treated with herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides to help alleviate weed growth, grubs and other pests, and lawn diseases respectively.  However, by correcting the hidden problems that cause these surface symptoms, you can provide more effective lawn care without resorting to these chemical treatments year after year.  Green T Lawn Care provides services such as aeration, over seeding, soil pH testing to help correct the underlying conditions responsible for weeds, pests, and diseases.  Contact Green T Lawn Care to learn more about our available lawn care services.