Feb 16

Pre-emergent for Summer Turf Weeds

Posted on February 16, 2023 at 10:15 AM by Cullen Boswell

Want to reduce summer turf weeds and promote healthy turf the easy way? Apply a pre-emergent herbicide NOW to help prevent seeds from germinating in the soil. A timely application of pre-emergent can greatly reduce the number of weeds that germinate since it inhibits the weeds’ roots and does not allow them to grow.

When choosing a pre-emergent, find a product that says it is a weed preventer. Ask for assistance at your local home improvement store for additional help, and be sure to follow all directions on the bag. Typically the product may be granular that you water in after spreading throughout the lawn.

So consider this vital step in reducing summer turf weeds. Or get ready for a few unwelcome visitors in your nice, green grass this summer!

For additional information on weed control, visit our Learning Center at dlcresources.com/resources. 

Jan 19

Adjusting Irrigation after Rain

Posted on January 19, 2023 at 11:20 AM by Cullen Boswell

Arizona doesn’t get a lot of rain, but when we do, be sure to check your soil’s moisture levels and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. Plants typically need less water in the winter than during the warmer times of the year, even without the rain. Last weekend’s wet weather may further reduce the need for additional hydration from your irrigation system.

Depending on the amount of rain received, you may be able to shut your irrigation system off for all desert-adapted plants. Annual flowers should still be checked to ensure the soil they have enough moisture before completely turning off their water source.

If you are unsure about how much moisture your plants are receiving, you can probe your soil using a screwdriver. The screwdriver will move easily through moist soil but will stop when it reaches dry soil, telling you whether or not the moisture is reaching your plant’s roots. Specialized soil probe tools are also available to measure your moisture levels. When in doubt, always check these moisture levels before taking water away from your plants.

For additional information on turf care, visit our Learning Center at dlcresources.com/resources.

Jan 19

Help for Overseeding Problems

Posted on January 19, 2023 at 11:20 AM by Cullen Boswell

Sometimes winter overseeding can be challenging, and the Ryegrass you tried to grow has spots that never sprouted. Help your lawn look a little more even by letting the Rye grow a little taller than normal. The Ryegrass that did come in should be fairly thick and green. Allowing the turf to grow higher helps to cover patchy areas.

Typically, you should be mowing your Ryegrass at a height of 1.5” to 3” max. Mowing closer to 3” is a great way to help your lawn look healthier while disguising bare spots. And review winter overseed guidelines carefully to help you grow a beautiful, even turf crop next year!  

For additional information on turf care, visit our Learning Center at dlcresources.com/.