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Lawn Diseases in Massachusetts are usually caused by organisms that are natural inhabitants of the soil and/or thatch. They can infect the grass plants in the right environmental conditions and if the grass plants become weakened by poor growing conditions such as excess or too little water, poor soil, high temperatures, or too much shade. Use of fungicides (pesticides which kill fungi) is generally not necessary and discouraged for homeowners to apply themselves. Commercial fungicides are effective against specific diseases, must be applied at the correct time, and often must be applied several times to be effective.
Fungicide Applications should be left to Professional Turf Specialists. Once again, proper lawn management and care should produce a vigorous turf that will provide effective disease control. Proper lawn fertilization practices, and in particular the timing of the fertilizer applications is very important in disease control and prevention here in MA.
Factors that Affect Disease Management
- grass seed species
- thatch control
- sunlight control
- weed control
Fungicide Applications for Disease Control
If a fungicide application is needed, a commercial turf management specialist will first diagnose what type of disease needs to be treated. It generally take more than one fungicide application to rid your lawn of the disease.
Rutland Turf Pros provides Lawncare Services including Lawn Fertilizing Service,Crabgrass Management, Grub Control, Weed Control, Dandelion Control, Fungicide Applications, Herbicide Applications, Insect Control, Moss Control, Clover Management, Dollar Spot, Red Thread Lawn Treatment, Overseeding, and Aeration Worcester, Central and Metro West areas of Massachusetts.
Leave it to the pros… Rutland Turf Pros, the best choice for fungicide applications and lawn care services!
Insect control for lawns can really vary from property to property- even with in the same neighborhood. Sunlight, types of trees, plants and soil can determine the types of insects that may threaten your lawn.
One important aspect of lawn care here in MA is to monitor the activity of weeds, diseases, and insects regularly. For lawns in MA and throughout the Northeast, monitoring every few weeks throughout the growing season is required as part of a lawn care and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program
Common Types of Insects Commonly Found in MA Lawns
Japanese beetle grubs and their related species (European chafers, Asiatic garden beetles, Oriental beetles) are active in soil during April-May and again from early August through October.
Chinch bugs are small, soft-bodied insects which remain active in the thatchy area just above the crowns of the turf plants. Monitoring should be conducted from mid June through the end of August, and is best left to a professional turf specialist.
Sod webworms are caterpillars about an inch in length and feed on the blades of grass. Sod webworms feed at night and are virtually impossible to find during the daytime. Monitoring for sod webworms usually occurs in July and August, and is once again best left to professionals.
Bluegrass billbugs can cause very serious damage to lawns, particularly bluegrass lawns. They can be found sporadically in New England. Damage caused by the Bluegrass Billbug is commonly misdiagnosed as drought stress. Larvae are active from late June through August.Generally only a turf specialist will be able to diagnose and monitor this insect.
Aeration is a mechanical process which involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.
The main reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots from these essential elements.
Should You Be Aerating Your Lawn?
One of the most common questions from homeowners is how to determine if they should be aerating their lawn. Your lawn is probably a good candidate for aeration if it:
- Gets heavy use, such as serving as the neighborhood playground or racetrack. Children and pets running around the yard contribute to soil compaction.
- Was established as part of a newly constructed home. Often, the topsoil of newly constructed lawns is stripped or buried, and the grass established on subsoil has been compacted by construction traffic.
- Dries out easily and has a spongy feel. This might mean your lawn has an excessive thatch problem. Take a shovel and remove a slice of lawn about four inches deep. If the thatch layer is greater than one-half inch, aeration is recommended.
- Was established by sod, and soil layering exists. Soil layering means that soil of finer texture, which comes with imported sod, is layered over the existing coarser soil. This layering disrupts drainage, as water is held in the finer-textured soil. This leads to compacted conditions and poor root development. Aerating breaks up the layering, allowing water to flow through the soil more easily and reach the roots.
When to Aerate Your Lawn
The best time to aerate cool season lawns is in the fall. Typically the process is done from September thru October. Usually, you want to couple the aeration with overseeding as this will not only loosen soil compaction, but thicken the turf as well. Fall is the perfect time of the year to do it because Mother Nature gives us the best conditions- we have warm days, but cool nights which lead to a lot of dew in the morning. Couple this with the fact that weeds/crabgrass are dying and now the lawn can flourish with no competition.
Bed Weed Control
Professional Weed Control Services in Worcester, Central and Metro West Massachusetts
Rutland Turf Pros has been serving the finest homes and commercial properties in MA since 1957. Utilizing the best professional products, at the proper time and at the proper application rate, we take the guesswork out of turf management for you!
Weed Control is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lawn. In fact it is usually a race to establish a healthier grass root system before the weeds have time to establish theirs. Timing of weed control products is essential here in Massachusetts. Fluctuating temperatures in the spring and late snowfalls, particularly in Worcester and Central MA can make lawn care a challenge. Let us take the guesswork out of lawn care for you- we have the proper staff and turf management specialists to formulate the right program for your lawn and let us deal with the challenges of New England weather.
Types of Weed Control Services
In Massachusetts, there are two primary types of weeds that you need to manage for a healthy turf program; grassy weeds and broadleaf weeds. Grassy weeds are culprits such as crabgrass. Broadleaf weeds are commonly dandelions and clover.
Quality Weed Control Products
Rutland Turf pros uses Bayer Advanced Products designed for colder weather grass lawns found in Massachusetts and throughout New England.
Uncontrolled vegetation on bare land, graded lots and commercial properties is an eyesore, as well as a potential breeding ground for pests. Proper weed control can help protect your property value, preserve your relationship with the community and shield you from potential legal liability.
Contact Rutland TurfCare for complete vegetation control, including:
- Weed prevention in bare dirt or gravel areas, on footpaths, in parking lots and throughout planted landscapes
- Pre-pavement applications to prevent weed breakthrough in asphalt paving
- Selective grassy weed control in established plantings
- Weed control in bare areas and in cracks and crevices in load-bearing surfaces
- Combined pre-emergence and post-emergence applications
- Pre-emergence applications to established plantings to prevent weed germination
- Control of Poison Ivy, Poison sumac etc around edges of property