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Your Lawn Care Season is NOT Over Yet

Hey there, sorry it’s been a few weeks since I’ve sent an email with tips. I’ve been recovering from the GIE+EXPO while also taking some time to have a little fun with a Famous Lawn Mower Yard Sale Prank, as well as changing the oil in my mowers. Note: I did not get a chance to run my yearly Halloween Domination party at the house this season. I just wasn’t able to pull it together this year. However, we have something more important than that going on right now, the entire lawn care community is raising awareness for #MowVember and I shaved off my beard in this video here.   Crazy Late Fall Weather Speaking of canceled Halloween… look what Joe from Chicago sent me… this was his lawn Halloween night! Just so you know, that much snow is VERY early for da-Chicago-Land-Area Over-Bye-Dare! Brian B, another Chicago-Land resident - sent this pic of his covered up domination as well....

How to get Rid of Violets and Creeping Charlie In The Lawn

What’s up y’all - welcome to the very middle of October. I’m on the road to the GIE Expo this week but wanted to take some time and drop some tips on you. For you cool season folks (Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Rye, Turf Type Tall Fescue) I’m seeing more and more reports of wild violet and creeping charlie.Especially if you have gotten through your aeration and overseeding and are back to mowing regularly; all that watering and fertilizing you have been doing has also encouraged these weeds and now it’s time to get on top of them. The good news is: the very best time to get after these two common viney weeds is the fall time when outside air temps are above 55F during the day (outside air temps, NOT soil temps).The warmer the better, but as long as temps during the day are getting up over 55F for most of the day, you can get on these guys...

Warm Season Lawn Care Tips

How To Prevent Fungus In The LawnWhat’s up y’all - hope you are having a great week!Things around the south - they are a-changin'!I’m seeing temps that are really seeming more Fall right now which I’m sure is a welcome relief for many of you.That being said, your warm-season turf is going to put on the brakes, hard and fast.When this happens, don’t be concerned about it, instead, just change up your strategy.Take a look at Athens, GA soil temps just today as I am typing this: The average at the very minute I took this screenshot is 70F but don’t let that confuse you. It’s the averages from the last few days that we want to see and in the screenshot, on the right you can see:Current Soil Temp: 70F (11AM, Oct 9)24-Hour Average: 75.3F5-Day Average: 78.6FOn the left we see the 5 year average for this day is: 74.8F.Here is what I draw from that:First off, seems that...

Fall Brown Spots Could It Be Grubs

What’s up y’all, hope you are having a great week!Now that most of you cool season folks are out of your heatwave and actually getting into fall time, the emails on “how come areas of my lawn are not greening up?” are starting to come in.In this case, my first reaction is always to get down in the brown spots, especially along the edges where the green fades to brown, and pull up the lawn.If it peels up in chunks with no roots or can be rolled back like a carpet, chances are if you keep digging, you will find grubs.   When I worked for TruGreen ChemLawn in NW Indiana back many years ago, I found a similar situation at a customer’s home. Check out this old video from my channel called “Finding Grubs.”In that video, shot in mid-September, 2010, the customer had called saying “my lawn is all brown since your last application and I think you burned...

Cool Season Lawns - Seeding and Not Seeding

With the crazy weather around the country this week, for some of you, it may be time to call “no joy” and look for a different strategy.For others, you may just need to hold the line for a few more days until relief comes. Is It Time To Call No Joy? From military aviation. A pilot reports "no joy" when an attempt to establish visual or radio contact with another aircraft is unsuccessful; or when an attempt to acquire a target - either visually or on tactical radar - is unsuccessful. (source)I’m looking at you folks who have been hammered with heat and dried out like the desert the last month or so.Now I’m seeing record highs set this week yet again.From this report:On Tuesday, all-time October record highs were set or tied in more than a dozen U.S. cities. This included Cleveland; Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis and Evansville, Indiana; Syracuse, New...