Liberty Services of America Inc. 586-294-3111 provides expert Lawn Fertilization and Weed Control for residential and commercial properties throughout Macomb County. We also offer preventative and curative insect control.
By summer, many lawns begin to show signs of wear, especially in a few popular pathways. Consider installing stepping stones to minimize damage to your grass, and try to minimize traffic on dormant, brittle lawns.
Dormant or drought-stressed summer lawns can be more susceptible to insect infestations such as chinch bugs, cutworms, armyworms, sod webworms, ants, fleas, and mosquitoes. Minor infestations often take care of themselves, but severe problems may require attention.
When dry weather conditions exist, many unwatered turf areas enter dormancy to survive while waiting for more favorable moisture conditions. Even brief hot spells with temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s combined with a lack of precipitation or watering can result in many instances of heat tracking damage from equipment.
Heat tracking is damage from any trafficking on turf when it is stressed from high temperatures and lack of water. Often, heat tracking is the result of mowers running over the turf when it is near the wilting point, but damage can result from any traffic, whether it's equipment or even just enough people walking the same path. Some will misdiagnose tracking damage as being from a pesticide or fertilizer application. The resulting damage may look like Roundup was on the tires of the equipment, but it's simply from traffic on turf when the turf is near wilting point.
Although heat tracking and wilt damage can look really bad, in almost all cases the damage is not fatal. Just make sure the turf has adequate irrigation and doesn't dry out to ensure recovery.
(article sources: Michigan State University Extension; Summer Lawn Care Guide, Julie Day, www.todayshomeowner.com)
Please call Liberty Services of America Inc. at 586-294-3111 to schedule professional lawn fertilization and insect control at your home or business. Visit us online @ www.liberty-services.com to view our other services including pest control.
We’re located at 34090 James J. Pompo Dr, Fraser, MI 48026.