Broadleaf weeds and crane fly larvae are treated with state-of-the-art equipment, allowing spot-treating, which reduces the amount of control products needed to a fraction of the amount traditional broadcast methods require. Our guns are equipped with a two triggers, one for bio-fertilizer, the other for control products, i.e. herbicide, insecticide or fungicide. Pesticide control products may be eliminated by simply not pulling the trigger during application. If there is a customer preference for pesticide free treatments or no demonstrated need for them, they can be easily eliminated.
Turf Disease (fungus)
Turf diseases do occur in our area. The most prevalent are Red Thread and Microdochium Patch. We have treatments available that will prevent or cure existing fungus problems.
As a rule, we do not include fungus treatments in our annual programs because of the transient nature of turf disease. However, chronic Fusarium Patch disease has become a problem due to weather conditions the last few years. Therefore we are recommending preventive treatments for Fusarium Patch in October/November and December/January. Red Thread infection is usually related to nitrogen deficiency but can be a problem even on lawns where nitrogen levels are adequate. We can provide very effective control for Red Thread, and treatments can be added to a program or applied separately should a problem arise.
European Crane Fly larvae damage
Annual bluegrass (poa annua) is recognizable by its light grey-green seed head and light green color. Treatments are available to minimize annual bluegrass invasion. We apply a pre-emergence product that hinders germination of poa annua seeds. Two treatments are recommended prior to the major germination times in April/May and September/October. Since existing weed grasses are not controlled by the pre-emergence products, visible poa annua plants will need to be dug out or spot treated with Roundup.
Quackgrass is another very common weed grass often confused with Crabgrass. There is no selective or pre-emergence product available for Quackgrass control, so spot treating with Roundup, removal of the plants by hand, patching with sod, or reseeding may be necessary.
Crabgrass is not a problem in our turf area and no treatment is needed. Don't waste your money on over-the-counter products labeled for Crabgrass, we don't have that problem in turf...yet.