Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Common Causes of Brown Spots and Patches in your Lawn in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Idaho.


Due to increasing temperatures, June and July are usually the months where people start to notice that they have brown, bare, or dead patches in their lawn.  Diagnosing the cause of such spots can sometimes be elusive but we have assembled the following most common causes of lawn damage and demise:

Billbug - In Idaho one of the most common but misdiagnosed issues that people have with their lawn is the damage done by billbugs and their larvae.  The problem is that the damage that billbugs cause isn’t seen until mid to late summer and people often associate the patchy brown spots in their lawn with disease or summer dryness rather than the work of this very resilient creature.

Irrigation Issues – Most frequently browning of the lawn is caused by inadequate watering.  If only a certain section of lawn is turning brown it may be that you need to repair or adjust your sprinklers.  Overwatering can also cause brown patches in the lawn.  Proper irrigation practices are very important for the health of your lawn.  It is recommended that you water deeply but infrequently and early morning hours are the best.

Pet Damage – Lawn burn is caused by the urine of pets, typically dogs.  Dog urine has a lot of nitrogen in it.  Concentrated nitrogen will typically leave a round brown or dead looking spot in the lawn.  To combat lawn burn you can water down the areas after the dog urinates to dilute or you can train your dog to do their “business” in a less visible part of your yard.  You can also do some research on pet supplements and dog food that are formulated to decrease the strength of the nitrogen output.

Overfertilizing – Too much fertilizer can cause lawn burn so care is needed to avoid over spraying.  If you have spilled fertilizer on your lawn, water immediately to dilute.  Fertilization applications require knowledge of when and how much to apply in order to achieve the best results and not do more harm than good.

Improper Mowing – Lawn scalping can occur when you mow your grass too short.  Mowing with a dull blade can injure your lawn by tearing the grass rather than cutting it cleanly. And if you allow your grass to grow too long through inconsistent mowing the crowns of the lawn grow to a higher level and then when you do mow you damage the crowns which can cause that area of the grass to die off. 

Fungal Disease – Fungi typically create round patches of brown grass that continue to grow or multiply with new spots forming.  A good fungicide treatment is required to rid your lawn of this problem.

These are just a few of the common issues associated with dead, patchy, or discolored grass.  At Organic Solutions! Inc., we can provide the solutions you need for your lawns problems.  If you would like to receive an expert diagnosis and treatment plan from one of our experienced team members, please contact us!

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Tips for keeping your lawn healthy in the summer heat in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Idaho Landscape.



The heat is on is the Treasure Valley and people’s lawns are showing signs of stress.  We have provided some tips below to help you keep your lawn healthy in this hot weather.

Water – One of the mistakes we see is that people tend to either overwater or underwater their lawns.  Remember that turf grasses actually do better if managed on the dry side rather than wet.  If you overwater and your grass is constantly wet your grass roots will become deprived of oxygen and become more susceptible to disease.  Less frequent but longer periods of watering will promote deeper roots that will help your lawn weather the heat.  One of inch of water per week is recommended for healthy grass.  And remember that if you are watering, it is best to do it the morning between 6 am and 10 am to avoid as much evaporation as possible and give the lawn time to dry out before nightfall.

Mowing – It’s important to keep your blades sharp, a clean cut will heal faster than grass that is damaged by dull blades.  Remember that longer is better in the summer heat.  If you normally cut your grass to 2.5 inches, raise the height to 3 inches.  This will help the lawn stay cooler and develop stronger roots to withstand the stress of the heat.  If possible, return clippings to the lawn by using a mower that mulches rather than bags the cut grass.  The clippings will actually act as a fertilizer as they decompose. 

Fertilization/Weed Control – In the heat of summer fertilization and weed control should be limited by need because of the heat.  If your lawn has issues with insects or weeds treatment will definitely benefit it.  If your lawn has been properly treated in the spring and fall it will tolerate the heat more easily.  Season long care of you lawn that includes fertilization and weed control will produce a healthy lawn that is able to withstand the stress of extreme heat.  If you lawn is stressed from the heat and dry make sure you limit activity.  When you walk on a dry lawn you can actually damage it and it won’t spring back like a well-watered lawn.

If your lawn still doesn’t seem to be thriving in the heat even with healthy practices (watering, mowing, and fertilization/weed control) it may be time to consider overseeding.  Fall is the best time to seed your lawn and there are many seed varieties available to fit the conditions of your lawn, whether your property gets lots of sun or shade, has high traffic, or sandy soil.  Picking the right seed is important in order to meet the conditions of the lawn as well as match the existing turf.

At Organic Solutions! We have been in the business of helping people in Boise, Idaho and surrounding areas keep their lawns healthy since 2000.  If you need help with weekly mowing, sprinkler repair, or weed control/fertilization, give us a call for a free estimate on our services, 208-884-8986.

You can also reach us through our website:  www.idahoorganicsolutions.com, or by email:  organicsolutionsinc@outlook.com.

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