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  • Turf Tip of the Month – June

    June is the time to beware of those nasty insects (Chinch Bugs and other turf eating insects) that can cause thousands of dollars in damages to your lawn. Now that the hot weather is upon us, these damaging insects can take hold, nest and multiply in your precious lawn.

    Chinch Bugs look like a small flea and are only about 1/8th of an inch long when fully grown. These insects lay eggs and multiply. They feed on the grass causing it to appear dry or dead looking. Chinch Bugs are fast acting and can clear out a front lawn in only 6 weeks!!

    If you notice any brown spots that seem to be getting larger, please notify us immediately. Before it’s to late!

    One of the most often asked questions is “When should I water my lawn and for how long?”

    The answer will vary depending on the type soil and environmental conditions. In general, lawns require (1″) of water per week, but there are always exceptions to the rule. To determine the amount of water for your soil condition simply walk on the lawn to see if it is hard and dry. Also look to see if the grass appears limp, brownish or lifeless.

    Usually a deep soaking twice a week for 1/2 hour to 1 hour will do it.

    Best time to water?
    The absolute best time to water is in the morning ( 6:00 – 10:00 AM ). The water will soak in and not be lost to evaporation from the sun.

    For busy, working people, the next best time to water is early evening ( 5:00 – 8:00 PM ) so the moisture will dry off the grass before nightfall. Avoid a high moisture content on the grass during the night as this is a perfect breeding ground for turf diseases, moulds and fungi to spread.

    Turf diseases cause unsightly circles and spots and are very difficult to get rid of.

    The best time of the day to mow your lawn is near 6:00 PM. Cutting at this later time of the day gives the grass blades plenty of time to recover before they’re exposed to the hot sun and dry wind the next day.

    What to do with clippings?
    As long as you mow regularly i.e. once per week, you can leave the grass clippings on the lawn. These clippings break down and add extra nutrients to your lawn and soil.

    Remember – never cut more than 1/3 off the grass blade at one time and cut higher in the summer (2 1/2 – 3 inches).

    Did you know?
    A 50 by 50 ft lawn provides enough oxygen daily to meet the needs of a family of four. Lawns also absorb poisonous gases such as carbon dioxide, ozone and hydrogen fluoride.

    Please contact your Enviro Masters Turf Specialist if you would like more information on any of the above tips.