Wondering what all those fuzzy white masses are all over your house, fence, furniture, lawn ornaments, pergola, shed, etc. These are the eggs of the fall armyworm!
It’s the first of September…that means for cool season lawns such as tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass, it’s time to fertilize. After a long summer of heat, drought and pests, it’s time.
Many of you may recall the devastating outbreak of Fall army worms in Nebraska decades ago. Well, put your tray tables on the upright and locked position and fasten your seat belts!
The lawn looks “splotchy brown”…what could it causing it? As you think through all of the possibilities, you are probably also thinking about what you’ve done and haven’t done this year in terms of yard care – fertilizer applications, keeping the turf roots moist, weed control, 3 inch mowing height, sharpened the mower blade – but what about bugs?
What’s that in the middle of the lawn? They look like mushrooms. If you’ve had a tree cut down in the past few years, they probably are.
Many families that have a lawn to care for also have children and pets. Are they mutually exclusive? In short, no. However, if you want the 3 of them to thrive and the kids/pets to be safe, there are some common sense guidelines to follow.
It’s fall, which means the calendar says September, October and November, but in a gardening sense it also means falling leaves.
In September, annual white grubs can cause major injury to lawns. How do you know if you have them or have the damage?
The lawn seed is in the ground, tiny grass plants are growing, it’s being watered, now what? Good question.
The three biggest follow up actions to take to facilitate the development of a successful stand at this point are:
1. Keeping the soil moist, not soggy or dry.
2. Applying starter fertilizer to encourage rooting and eventual shoot growth
3. Weed control
In the past few weeks, Mother Nature has not brought much in the way of natural rainfall to many parts of Nebraska.