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Pest Control Chronicles, White Clover: The “Indicator” Weed

Pest Control Chronicles, White Clover: The “Indicator” Weed

Some lawn weeds are so common, and so adaptable, that they become an expected part of the Landscape.  Others are indicators of specific issues or practices that have to exist for the respective weed to thrive.  Also, some weeds have beneficial properties and are sometimes grown purposefully, which can lead to unintentional invasions.  Common White Clover is a weed that fits the bill for all three of these characteristics, and we will discuss why here.   Identification White Clover can be easily recognized by its distinct set of 3 heart-shaped leaves, “3 Leaf Clovers”, that inspire the long-time search for its 4-leafed variation that is said to bring luck.  Its spiked white cluster flowers are very common as well, and can be seen all Spring & most of Summer. White Clover can also be distinguished by the white markings in the middle of its leaves.   Indications White Clover has often been an indicator of certain lawn conditions for lawn care professionals, and used to confirm or exclude a certain diagnosis. The most common of these conditions is the indication that a lawn is being mowed too low.  The presence of White Clover in a lawn is a good clue that you are mowing your grass too low, as it thrives where the grass is cut too short to outcompete it.  Mowing your lawn between 3.5 – 4 inches weekly can help to promote healthy turf and discourage White Clover. White Clover can also indicate the presence of low Nitrogen content in the soil.  Clover can fixate, or create, its own Nitrogen for growth.  So it will thrive where...
When is the Best Time to Seed My Lawn?  The Truth May Surprise You!

When is the Best Time to Seed My Lawn? The Truth May Surprise You!

  The most misunderstood factor in successfully seeding a new or existing lawn is proper timing. Poorly timed seeding can impede seed germination, allow weeds to outcompete the seed for space, and prove to be a bad investment.  So when is the best time to apply seed to your lawn then? Read more on lawn seeding here: https://greenteamct.com/2019/04/29/how-long-does-it-take-for-grass-seed-to-grow?/ Surprise!  It’s NOT Spring. Despite what your instincts might tell you when looking at your dead lawn after Winter’s destruction, Spring seeding usually yields very poor results.  The reasons for this have to do with competition, soil temperatures and soil conditions. Competition: Yes it’s true, Spring is considered the “growing” season.  The fact is however that this also reigns true for all plants, especially for invasive weeds. New grass seed does not have the vigor to outcompete weed growth when planted in Spring.  By the time it reaches maximum strength in Summer, viral weeds like Crabgrass, are already too established to be choked out by new grass growth. That’s why Spring is considered the season for Pre-emergent application.  Focusing on the prevention of weed seed germination in the early season will yield a better seeding environment. Soil Temperatures: Soil in Spring is still going through a warming process after being frozen most of the winter. The air temperatures may reach germination threshold levels, but subterranean levels of your turf require extra time to reach temperatures ripe for seed germination.  Ground temperatures should reach 68°F before attempting any seeding operations. Soil Conditions: Soil conditions after winter are less than ideal for seeding your lawn. Road salt from plowing can cause a nutrient...
Warm Season Fungal Diseases. The 3 Most Misdiagnosed Lawn Problems.

Warm Season Fungal Diseases. The 3 Most Misdiagnosed Lawn Problems.

During the Summer months, the most common culprits of Lawn problems are lack of water, low mowing heights, and compaction from Summer foot traffic.  Often going unnoticed and under-appreciated is the impact fungal diseases can have on your turf during the hotter months.  These are often referred to in the Lawn Care business as “Patch DIseases”. Here we discuss the common features and causes of each of these problems, and how to treat them. Read More: https://greenteamct.com/lawn-watering-basics     Summer Patch Appears as yellow-colored circular patched about 2-20 inches in diameter. Summer patch can also appear as crescent patterns or rings. Up close black fungal threads can be seen at the roots. Summer patch is caused by hot days, above 85 degrees F, and wet conditions. Symptoms appear in late Summer, and persist on poorly drained compacted soils. Low mowing height and high soil pH levels also favor the development of this disease. Aerating to reduce soil compaction, planting shade trees and plants & adjusting soil pH below 6.5 can help alleviate the symptoms of Summer Patch. Related Read:https://greenteamct.com/2019/01/08/fungal-diseases-that-can-damage-your-lawn-during-after-winter/     Brown Patch Another disease that is closely related to close mowing heights and hot temperatures.  It appears as circular patches up to several feet across, that fade to light brown in color.  Gray smoke rings may be observed in the early morning, along with tan lesions on leaf blades.  High Nitrogen Levels increase its severity, as well as prolonged rainy weather.  Aerating compacted soil to aid in drainage, improving circulation, and decreasing Nitrogen use can aid in correcting this problem from your lawn. Related Read:https://greenteamct.com/2018/07/29/tips-advice-eco-friendly-landscaping/     Dollar...
Get Ready For Fall Aeration & Overseeding! YOU KNOW YOU NEED IT!

Get Ready For Fall Aeration & Overseeding! YOU KNOW YOU NEED IT!

It’s that time of the year again! Time to renew your lawn with a much-needed Aeration and Seed application.  The thing I see the most every Spring is customers that avoided altogether or waited too long, to perform this essential lawn task.  Let’s make sure we reiterate for the millionth time: SPRING IS NOT THE TIME TO SEED YOUR LAWN!  Fall is by a long shot! Also, if you missed our May Seeding and aeration special, which was booked up within 48 hours, you know you’ll want to book this special quickly.   WHY AERATE & OVERSEED? Summer stresses out lawns and causes it to thin and create bare patches.  Foot traffic along with drought also causes the soil to become hard and compacted.  Aeration pokes holes into the turf, allowing it to “decompress” and intake air and nutrients for Fall growth.  Adding seed will thicken existing turf, and fill in bare spots smaller than an average size hand.  Larger bare patches may require more complete seeding operations though.   WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO AERATE & OVERSEED? We start these operations around the second week of August.  This is a time when the Summer cool-down should begin, and temperatures start to favor seed germination again.  This also gives seed enough time to establish strong roots during the Fall, to help it survive Winter.  Many times people wait until October to overseed and obtain poor results with bare patches lingering into the next Spring.   WHAT DOES THIS SERVICE COST? We have run limited specials with flat-rate pricing in the past for these services, but this year we...
A Guide to Reviving Your Summer-Stressed Lawn.

A Guide to Reviving Your Summer-Stressed Lawn.

Many of our clients state that their lawns always die back during Summer, and attribute this to some natural, uncontrollable phenomenon.  While the mild temperatures and high moisture of Spring & Fall can make having a beautiful lawn easy; Summer is the one time of year you must follow the common recommendations to keep your grass green and strong.  We have some graphical representations below of the most important steps you can take to revive and protect your lawn from summer drought.     Lawn Care in Connecticut Green Team provides Lawn Care to the CT shoreline and beyond.  Our experts can assess and recommend options to revive your lawn in Summer or maintain it all year.  Call us for a free assessment at (860) 222-7171 or click the button below.   SCHEDULE...