AgriLawn's Seasonal Weed Control and Fertilization Blog
Testing the soil not only provides information regarding the macro nutrients present in the soil it also more importantly reveals the soil pH. Soil pH is the measure of the acidity vs. alkalinity of soil using a scale of 1.0 to 14.0 with 7.0 being neutral. Here in Oklahoma turfgrass and many landscape plants perform best when the soil pH is slightly acidic (between 6.5 and 7.0). When the soil pH is too high or too low (further away from neutral) it becomes increasingly more difficult for turfgrass and landscape plants to utilize the nutrients available from regular fertilization.
You may have noticed the fall webworms already at it this summer. These nuisance pests affect various trees in our great state, most commonly persimmon, pecan and walnut. With fall webworms out this early we could see infestation of oak, birch, sweet gum, sycamore and red bud trees as well this season.
It is not uncommon this time of year to see some bermuda grass lawns riddled with circular dead spots. These spots are actually the remnants of damage caused to the bermuda grass in spring and the previous fall from a soil disease known as Spring Dead Spot (SDS).
With the fair weather there has been opportunity to get out and start the early season yard work. You’ve probably noticed many homes and businesses having done some selective pruning/cutting of landscape plants, leaf removal and perhaps even mowing already. If you’re itching to get out there and mow and clean the yard up, have at it! I would simply advise not to go too low with the mowing yet.
Where are the weeds!? Approaching only 30 days left before the official start of spring (March 20th) and while we are seeing increasing early spring weed activity each week we have yet to see the typical weed explosion we usually experience this time of year. The biggest reason for this is the current lack of soil moisture
The weather pattern this spring has really provided a favorable environment for some nuisance insects. Two notorious insects we should really prepare to battle this summer are mosquitos and ticks. Some species of mosquitos will thrive due to the wet conditions this spring and ticks also favor the moist shady conditions. With fewer opportunities to mow our lawns and trim our shrubs there is leafier vegetation benefiting ticks and mosquitos are taking full advantage of all the standing water. Because these conditions have persisted for some time these nuisance pests are already populating rapidly and will soon be bothersome to many of us and our pets.
Now that the grass is vigorously growing our pets are busy scratching and biting themselves as usual at this time of year. It drives me crazy just hearing the scratching, biting, licking and snorting I imagine the pets are miserable. Chances are that if your beloved canines and/or felines are not allergic to grass they are itching from annoying pests like fleas and ticks.