Lawn maintenance anywhere in the country can be tricky. But here in the Atlanta area, where water-loving diseases and insects run rampant, it takes a special type of lawn care company to ensure that you have the best in landscaping services. That’s why WeedPro Lawn Care uses the most modern methods and equipment in order to ensure you have options in your commercials and residential lawn care, including organic weed and insect control.
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The fall armyworm is a sneaky pest that can easily get the best of you. When that happens, the results can be disastrous. During late spring and on through to late summer, they start to feed on the stems and leaves of most warm-season turf, feeding mostly during the evening hours. Mature larvae reach 1 ½ inches - 2inches in length, with dull yellow to gray stripes running lengthwise along the body. Their damage is best described as “browning” of the grass, similar to the lawn going dormant. During the day the worms hide in silk-lined tunnels, burrows, or thatch layers just above soil level. Look for dew-sparkling webs on the turf in the early morning for signs. Causes unsightly brown or grayish patches of blighted turf and is capable of infecting or killing most grass species if left unattended. This fungus creates an irregular area that can cover an area from just a few inches up to several feet in diameter. During long periods of wet and humid conditions, brown patches can develop within a 24-48 hour period and should be reported for treatments once noticed. In most cases excessive watering during the afternoon and early evening encourages this disease problem. Infrequent mowing and/or dull mower blades can also encourage the lawns susceptibility to this disease. Dog urine spots can be a frustrating lawn care problem. Small urine amounts may produce a green-up or fertilizer effect, while larger amounts result in lawn burn or dead patches. The urine spots often resemble the fungus Dollar Spot and are mostly located near sidewalk and patio areas. While most burn spots recover with time, dead areas can be large enough in some cases to require reseeding or sodding. To avoid possible long term damage, try training your pet to eliminate in a designated area of the yard. This should be a landscaped area specifically designed for the dog. Cover the area with something like pea gravel, mulch, or pine-straw, and encourage your pet to utilize this area only. Alternative diet modifications are available and in many cases are effective in reducing the problem. Owners should consult with their veterinarian or contact Weed Pro® for possible suggestions. The first symptom of this disease is a tiny yellow, silver dollar sized spot appearing on individual grass blades, thus giving it the name “dollar” spot. These spots expand and give the lawn a straw coloration or a tan band appearance with reddish brown margins leaving the plant tips green. The fungus will appear on Bermuda and Zoysia grasses from late spring to late fall and is most prominent after cool moist weather. Spring core aeration is recommended to relieve soil compaction. Proper cultural practices and proper soil fertilization will help reduce the occurrence of this problem. Also known as fairy circle, this is a naturally occurring ring or arc of mushrooms. The first sign of fairy ring will be a circular ring of mushrooms in the turf. The rings may vary in size from a few inches to 200 feet or more in diameter, with an annual growth rate of 3 inches depending on the grass type, soil, and weather conditions. When these circles are small there may be no effect on the grass, but as they continue to expand, a zone of stimulation forms where the mushrooms come up. Inside this zone is an area of darker grass growth with an inside border of dead grass. Fairy rings are unsightly and very difficult to control. Heavy fertilization along with soil enhancements, watering, and aeration will decrease the problem. Leaf spot on turf grass leaf blades begins as small red to purplish ovals that later develop tan centers of dead tissue with dark borders. The spots may extend across the width of the leaf and are somewhat longer than wide. The fungus may invade the crowns and then rot, leaving the plant weakened and putrid, and causing death to the leaf tips. This occurs particularly in the spring, and can cause extensive dieback of the grass. In advanced stages, grass dies in large irregular patches several inches in size, also known as “melting out.” Fungicide applications, proper watering levels, proper turf density, and sharp mower blades will decrease activity. This may be found on all cultivated and weedy grass types. There are a variety of species of slime molds, each resulting in a discolored, irregular patch ranging from several inches to several feet in diameter. The fungus creates small capsule-like spore masses, each about the size of a pinhead, and grows perpendicular to the surface of the leaves. The fruiting bodies are typically grayish-white to blue-gray and contain purple spores. They are most prevalent following prolonged periods of leaf wetness and may be observed from late spring to late fall. Areas with poor drainage and heavy thatch may also enhance the likelihood of the fungus developing. Turf grass diseases such as summer patch, take-all patch and spring dead spot, are difficult to diagnose and manage. Spring dead spot is first seen when warm season turf comes out of its dormancy stage and begins to green up. It appears as brown circular spots ranging from just a few inches to a few feet in diameter. A result of spring dead spot is that the roots can appear rotted. The grass recovers very slowly because the fungi excrete in the soil; this prohibits the damaged areas from growing back correctly. Usually, the affected areas will repair themselves by mid-summer but can become evident again the next season if soil conditions are not managed. Sometimes referred to as Bermuda grass decline, this disease can be a serious turf problem of warm-season grasses. Similar to the fungal disease called brown patch, the primary damage occurs from root infections. Stressed or weakened turf tends to be more susceptible, especially during moist and warm conditions. Symptoms usually become very apparent from early spring through early summer. The affected turf becomes wilted and yellow, followed by the development of thin bare patches. Declining areas can be irregular in shape and vary in size from 1 foot to more than 20 feet in diameter. The turf can usually be hand pulled from the soil quite easily as a result of the infection. Proper soil test management, plant nutrition, and thatch management are the best defense against this disease. Fungicides are more effective when applied as preventatives rather than after the symptom is evident.