Four weeks ago, we wrote about the dry conditions and below normal rainfall totals we had in May. Now, just one week into a new month, we have made up our rainfall deficit – we have received over twice as much rain to date in July as we did in all of May!
However, there are some challenges with above average rainfall amounts, especially during warmer conditions. The benefits of the dry conditions we wrote about four weeks ago? No insects, less incidence of disease and fewer weeds. Unfortunately, all three will rear their ugly heads over the next month.
Crabgrass and summer annual broadleaf weeds are moving into our bare and thin turfgrass areas. These weeds need to be controlled by professionals and the bare spots will need to be overseeded in the fall.
Japanese beetles and bagworms have emerged to feed on our shrubs and flowers. Sod webworms and bluegrass billbugs can be found in most lawns right now and mosquitos are everywhere – all brought on by the recent rains.
Turf diseases thrive in warm, wet conditions. With the recent heavy rainfall and frequent pop-up showers, we are seeing increased activity from these summer diseases. Dollar spot, brown patch and pythium will remain active as long as wet conditions persist.
Your tree and turfgrass professionals at Buckeye EcoCare will do our best to control these summer pests and diseases. If you have questions about your trees and turf, call the experts at Buckeye EcoCare for help. We are at your service!