How to Choose the Best Summer Fertilizer for Grass

Choosing the best summer fertilizer for grass isn’t easy. But an important part of any lawn care program is fertilizer.

Many times you hear lawn care referred to as “weed and feed”, as we are working to remove the weeds and feed the grass. That fertilizer component is vital to keeping your turf tip-top, no matter the grass type. But is it the best summer fertilizer for grass?

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What Causes Rust-Colored Dust On Lawns?

If you’re walking around your neighborhood and notice rust-colored dust on lawns (including your own), don’t fret. Lawn rust (also called grass rust) is a common problem many homeowners experience at one point or another. But understanding what it is and how it develops will help you keep those small yellow patches from developing around your home.

What Is Lawn Rust?

Lawn rust does not develop like the rust you find on your car or an old swing set. In this case, the rust is caused by a common lawn fungus. 

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Rust-colored lawn dust is also known as lawn rust.

Lawn rust typically starts showing up in the late summer or early fall. It is a fungal lawn disease that is often triggered by the stress of shorter days and periods of cool, wet weather.  

What Causes Lawn Rust?

In conjunction with these conditions, lawn rust is often a result of several additional factors. They include:

  • Overwatering your lawn
  • Thatch build-up 
  • Deficient nutrient levels 

Watering your lawn is important to keep it thriving, but too much water can lead to trouble because warm, moist, humid weather creates the perfect environment for rust fungus to develop.

Thatch is a common and quite unsightly lawn problem. Thatch occurs when a layer of partially decomposed grass parts (roots and stems) build up into what looks like a thick mat on the surface of the ground. Gra

An important part of lawn care is fertilizing. Lawn fertilization ensures that your grass and soil are getting all of the nutrients they need to thrive. In the case of lawn rust, your lawn will most likely need nitrogen added.

What Types of Grass Are Affected?

Lawn rust infections can occur with almost any type of grass, including: 

  • Kentucky Bluegrass
  • Perennial Ryegrass
  • Tall Fescue

If you’re not sure what type of lawn you have, you’ll find that treatments are generally the same for all types, but it is best to check with a local lawn care company to ensure you are using the right product for your lawn.

How To Control Lawn Rust

If you’ve spotted what looks like rust-colored dust on your lawn, you should consider treating it right away. Our lawn care technicians are some of the best in the business. They can help you to confirm the signs and symptoms of lawn rust and prevent it from ever coming back.

Our team will not only properly fertilize your lawn, but they will also perform services like:

  • Aeration
  • Fungicides
  • Watering recommendations

We’ll identify a proper watering schedule for your lawn, to ensure you never over water again. 

Don’t hesitate to connect with the Lush Lawn team for treatment options if you come across lawn rust on your lawn. Contact your local Lush Lawn branch to request our services.

What To Do When Preparing Your Lawn For Summer

Preparing your lawn for summer sounds like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. By taking the time to complete three simple steps, you will be on your way to a luscious lawn in no time.

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Avoid Summer Lawn Diseases!

 

Lawn Disease: What You Need To Know

  • Don’t cut it too short – One common mistake made by both homeowners and some commercial summer lawn maintenance companies is cutting a lawn too short. If a lawn is cut too short, it reduces the plants’ ability to produce energy for growth. When cut at the proper height, however, grass develops stronger roots that support more vigorous plants that are able to handle stress better.
  • Limit the Water Intake – While it is important to be adequate on hydration, do not water the grass daily. Lawns need only one-inch of water per week, including rainfall.
  • Drought Scenario – Avoid mowing the lawn during drought stress. Lawns under such stress are limited in their ability to recover from mowing and can be damaged even more. Instead, mow the grass after a rainfall or after irrigation day. Also, resist mowing wet grass to avoid clumping.
  • Maintain Sharp Blades –When grass is cut with a sharp mower blade, the plant will heal faster than when cut with a dull blade. Dull blades will actually tear the plant tissue, not cut it. This torn grass tissue will develop a brown appearance at the surface and may become more susceptible to stress and disease. Sharper blades will prevent a brown appearance and help to prevent further harm to the plant.

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Happy Holidays from Lush Lawn!

To our customers, their families and everyone of our readers, we hope that your holidays are peaceful and joyful.

There are a lot of exciting new things that we are doing for the 2014 season.  While many of our competitors find time to rest in the winter, we at Lush Lawn believe in working hard year ’round. Lush Lawn has instituted special winter training programs for your lawn technicians so that they have the tools and abilities to better treat your lawn. Our office staff is busy fighting the snow on their way to work in order to make sure your accounts are setup right in the computer and we are ready to service you in the spring.

Lush Lawn will be adding lawn paint to our service line. During the drought season, late fall or for a special occasion we can paint your lawn the darkest green or make it stand out with fashionable blue or red. Who says you need a green lawn?

As always I love challenging the conventional wisdom of lawn care and next year Lush Lawn, thanks to you, is poised to become the number 3 lawn care company in the state of Michigan and the number one non-national lawn care company in the state.

Last year our company formed a group called the Tree Brotherhood. This group is comprised of our own certified arborist Travis Wagner and our tree technicians led by Erik Hutson. The Tree Brotherhood regularly meets and discusses improvements to our tree services. As a result Lush Lawn will be adding products to better take care of mites and the use of organic microbes that will stimulate tree root development and allow your trees to better absorb nutrients and fertilizers.

Lush Lawn is also committed to our local communities in southeast Michigan by supporting little league and travel league baseball programs from Troy to Grand Blanc. We also support Michigan Youth Leadership in Plymouth and are always welcome to customer’s suggestions on local charities and community activities. It is our goal to grow together with the communities that we service and make our homes a better place to live and enjoy the ‘Lush Lawn Experience’.

Our sincerest wishes of Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones,

Aaron, Alex, Athena & Sophia Samson 

Welcome to The Lush Lawn Blog!

We are excited to launch our brand new blog. We will be posting weekly articles on Lush Lawn’s passions: Lawn care, tree care, pest control, and of course, the beautiful state of Michigan.

We hope to see you here week after week and to read your comments and questions. This blog will be a collaboration work among our most knowledgeable lawn specialist at Lush Lawn because we want to make sure you receive the most accurate and relevant information. Feel free to suggest topics as well!

Best wishes!