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Recognizable by its three-sided stem and star-like flowers, nutsedge is capable of splitting reinforced concrete and forcing its way through asphalt driveways, so it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Most common in Bermuda lawns, nutsedge is generally active between April and September.
Zoysia grass is an alternative to Bermuda that requires only about five to six hours of sunlight per day to thrive. The best way to maintain it is mowing only one-third of its height at a time, keeping the blades between ¾”- and 2” long. Zoysia lawns should receive 1” of water per week. The top 4-6” of soil must stay moist to keep the grass thick and dense.
Entomosporium leaf spot is a fungal disease that thrives under moist, humid conditions. It is irreversible, so the best way to prevent it from spreading or returning is to dispose of the affected leaves.
Dollar spot can spread through a lawn very quickly, so it’s important to treat it early. The best method is fertilizing the lawn to push out the disease, or, if the lawn is large, applying a fungicide. Additionally, black slime mold can occur after heavy rains but will run its course and wash away without causing damage.
If your crepe myrtle appears to have sprouted white toothpicks, ambrosia beetles are boring holes to deposit eggs. These beetles carry a fungus that partially predigests plant matter for them. To help prevent this problem, enroll in our Ornamental Tree & Shrub program.
Plants infected with powdery mildew look as if they have been dusted with flour. The fungus usually starts off as circular, powdery white spots, which can appear on the upper part of the leaves and stems. The leaves will eventually turn yellow and dry out. To help prevent this fungus, enroll in our Ornamental Tree & Shrub program.
Moss can grow in spots that are inhospitable to other plants. Excess shade or water, soil compaction or imbalance in the pH level can all help moss to invade an otherwise healthy lawn. To reduce moss, cut back tree limbs, ensure proper drainage or aerate to reduce compaction. A soil amendment is the last resort.
This disease attacks zoysia grass when it’s emerging from winter dormancy. Grass blades take on a tan-orange color and initially form small patches about the size of a dinner plate, but can quickly expand to 20 feet or more in diameter. Treatment for this fungus is applied to lawns in the fall.
Aeration pulls out small plugs of soil to break up compaction and allows vital air, water and nutrients to travel down to the roots. Overseeding fills in bare or thinning spots left behind by the stress of summer heat. Prepare your yard by mowing and watering the night before aeration and overseeding.
Scale insects damage plant tissues by sucking out the sap, robbing them of vital nutrients. When these pests attack, plant growth is stunted; leaves may develop yellow blotches; the branches may die, and some or all of the leaves may fall off. Your Atlanta lawn care professional can treat this issue with a systemic insecticide that is absorbed by a plant and kills off these pests.
During autumn, grubs in your lawn’s soil begin to feed on grass roots, which can cause your grass to turn brown and die. Contact your Atlanta lawn care professional at Arbor-Nomics so they can apply a pesticide while grubs are small and close to the surface of your lawn, making this treatment most effective.
A healthy, green lawn is the result of a combination of factors including effective watering and fertilization, but mowing is another part of that equation. Proper lawn mowing practices can mean the difference between a green lawn and a yellow one.
Leyland Cypress grows best where they get full sun to partial shade. Browning foliage often occurs on a stressed or weakened tree and can be caused by lack of sunlight.
Cryptomeria Canker Disease will cause individual branches of the tree to turn orange in color, then brown. Often only one or two limbs initially exhibit symptoms, but the disease may spread so that many are affected. Infected limbs should be removed by a lawn care professional.
During the summertime, Atlanta lawns go through major threats from common lawn funguses, one of which is called Brown Patch. Learn how to identify and treat this lawn disease.
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