Why Does My Lawn Have Mushrooms?

Calls have been coming into our office with homeowner’s wanting to know why they have mushrooms in their lawn.  Mushrooms come from a mixture of moisture (we’ve had a good amount of rain lately), cloudy weather, and organic material such as old mulch, animal waste, or rotting tree stumps.

Mushrooms are the reproductive part of fungi that lives in the soil.  Not only are mushrooms an eyesore to your healthy lawn but you don’t want children or pets to have access to them.

You can get rid of the mushrooms by manually removing them from your yard but that still does not take care of the problem.  Chances are the mushrooms will return.  Mushrooms will often go away when the sun comes out and the soil dries up.

There are preventative measures that you can take to prevent mushrooms from showing up in your lawn:

  • Decrease shade – Mushrooms like shade so trim back any branches in problem areas.  The more sunshine, the less likely you will see mushrooms.
  • Decrease moisture – Moisture in lawns enable mushrooms to thrive.  If you have standing water your soil may be compacted and you may need to aerate your lawn.
  • Dethatch your lawn – Excess thatch in the lawn absorbs moisture and enables mushrooms to grow.
  • Tree Stumps – A place where a tree used to be, even if the stump is removed, can be a breeding place for mushrooms.  The dead roots underground can be a cause for mushroom growth.  Keep the area aerated and clear (raking helps).
  • Pet waste – Remove any pet waste on the lawn on a regular basis.

If you have mushrooms in your yard it is best to call a professional lawn care company to diagnose the problem.  Mushrooms can sometimes be a sign of a more serious problem with your lawn.

Northwest Lawn Care professionals will do a Free Lawn Care Analysis and develop a customized plan to help get your lawn back on track to the healthy lawn that we all desire.

Northwest Exterminating
830 Kennesaw Ave MariettaGA30060 USA 
 • 888-466-7849
 

Round 8 of Lawn Care

We are currently on Round 8 of our Lawn Care service.  The main focus of Round 8 is lime application.  Lime is essential in regulating the pH levels in your soil. “pH” is a measure of your soil’s acidity or alkalinity.  If your soil’s pH level is outside of the desired range, there is a good chance that your soil is not getting the vitals nutrients and minerals that it needs to grow into a healthy lawn.

For Best Results:

  • The treatment should be watered in within 48 hours.
  • The lawn should not be mowed 2 days before or after the treatment.

If you are giving your lawn TLC and still not seeing it be as healthy and productive as you would like then maybe your pH balance is off.  A professional lawn care company should be able to test the pH levels in your soil and help you to determine a customized plan that is right for your lawn.  After all…don’t we all want greener grass?

For Atlanta lawn care and other surrounding areas, call Northwest Lawn Care services at 770.293.2700 or visit us online at http://www.callnorthwest.com/lawn-care/

 

 

Lawn Care Tips for Fall

The next few weeks should be spent fertilizing, controlling weeds, preparing new lawn, and repairing poor quality lawn.  Here a few simple things to do for your lawn in the fall months:

Give Soil TLC. One of the most important things you can do for your lawn is to properly prepare the soil.  Test the pH levels in your soil.  If results indicate a problem, apply sulfur or lime.  Till the soil then apply your fertilizer.

Fertilize. Depending on the type of grass you have will determine how often and what type of fertilizer you should use.  Regardless of the type of grass, fall is the best time to fertilize.

Control Weeds.  September and October are the best months to control weeds like dandelions and clovers.

Remove Thatch.  Use this time to dig up any pieces of thatch (dead grass roots and stems that grow between soil and green grass).

Seed.  New seed should be planted now to replace poor quality lawn or to grow new lawn.  The grass will grow better in the cool temperatures of the fall.

For some, lawn care may not be something that you feel comfortable doing yourself.  If you need assistance, call a professional lawn care companyNorthwest Lawn Care can help you diagnose your lawn issues and create a customized plan of action to get your lawn green and healthy for spring time.

 

Work in the Fall Brings a Healthy Lawn in the Spring

We’re getting our first taste of fall! Cooler temperatures, football, and the changing of the leaves are all things that we have to look forward to in the coming months. Without the scorching heat it is a great time of year to get out in your yard and prepare your lawn for the cold months ahead. Cooler weather allows your grass to focus on root growth and build up density. The more preparation you do in the fall, the healthier and greener your lawn will be in the spring.

Things to do in the fall for a healthy lawn in the spring:

  • Fall is the best time to target weeds. This is the time to apply herbicides to broadleaf weeds.
  • If your soil is in need of a reduction in acidity, apply lime. If you’re not sure, have a lawn care company perform a soil test.
  • Make sure to rake up any leaves that have fallen onto your lawn.
  • Water during warm spells only. Watering isn’t as necessary in the cooler months as it is in warmer months. Be sure to water when temperatures are unusually high.
  • Fertilize your lawn if you have cool season grass such as fescue.
  • Raise the height on your lawn mower. Do not over cut the lawn.
  • Grass clippings can be beneficial this time of year. Leave clippings where they fall unless a large amount has been cut.
  • Overseeding should be done to fix bare patches in lawn or to keep lawn looking green throughout the winter.
  • Call a lawn care company such as Northwest that can come assess your lawn and let you know what steps should be made in the fall to be sure that you have a healthy, green lawn in the spring and summer.

Visit us at www.callnorthwest.com/lawn-care/ for more information on our Northwest Lawn Care services.

 

Armyworms

We have seen a severe armyworm infestation this summer. The extremely dry, hot weather is a welcome mat for armyworms to our region. Armyworms are a type of larval worm that feed on grass blades, but rarely kills the turf, even if left untreated. However, their damage can make lawns look unsightly, like they are dying.  The damage they cause will make your yard look like it has been scalped or damaged in large areas.  It is usually fairly easy to tell if you have armyworms.  The turf can be pulled back easily and you can see them in the soil…they look like little caterpillars.

If you find that you have been infested with armyworms, call a professional lawn care service such as Northwest.

With any lawn care treatment, watering is also an important factor. Watering in each zone for about 25-30 minutes a day, until the lawn recovers, helps the products reach the root system.  Avoid watering on days that we have a sufficient amount of rain.

Every lawn is different, so we will continue to monitor your lawn’s progress to determine the course of
action that is right for your lawn. For more information on Northwest Lawn Care visit us at www.callnorthwest.com