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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...
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...
Life and Lawn Saving Facts: Lawn Tasks in the Summer Heat. Summer Lawn Maintenance Tips.

Life and Lawn Saving Facts: Lawn Tasks in the Summer Heat. Summer Lawn Maintenance Tips.

  During the hot Summer months, it is important to start assessing and calculating the risks involved with certain lawn maintenance tasks. Mowing and watering your lawn in excessive heat and humidity poses certain risks to not only your lawn, but can also prove detrimental to your personal health.  Here we discuss some risks and and changes in your lawn care approach that should be considered going into the Summer months.   Cut Back On The Watering Despite traditional wisdom on watering lawns during the summer, this is a time when less is more. The high heat and humidity creates a breeding ground for Summer lawn diseases, such as Brown Patch and Summer Patch.  Having excessive moisture on grass blades aids in development of these fungal diseases. There are also certain insect pests, such as the Japanese Beetle, that thrive better in wet versus dry conditions.  The following are some best practices for watering your lawn during Summer. Water no more than 2 times per week from July through August Heavy infrequent watering creates a thicker, more drought resistant turf Water to about 1 inch per session Do not mow a wet lawn Use shade trees and perennials to create a natural barrier against heat stress   Perform Tasks Your Lawn at Times That Are Safer For You and Your Lawn Performing lawn or landscaping tasks in the heat can be dangerous to not only your lawn, it can be dangerous to your health as well.  Cutting grass, or other plants, during high temperatures causes the whole plant to go into a state of shock.  After this, the plant...