Survey Says: Americans Love their Yards and they are
Important to a Home’s Resale Value
April is National Lawn Care Month
so it is a great time to think about what your lawn and landscape do for you. Even
in the age of the smartphone and T.V. show binge watching, the love affair with
the American yard is not over.
According to an online survey commissioned
by the National Association of Landscape Professionals and conducted by Harris
Poll in May 2015, eighty-three percent of Americans think having a yard
Rust Turns Lawns Orange
Rust appears as an orange or yellowish-orange powder (spores) on
grass leaf blades. Rust typically develops on lawns and other turf areas
growing very slowly. Overall, the turf may assume a yellow, red, or
brown appearance. Close examination will reveal the pustules, which
easily rub off on your hand. Rust spores can easily be tracked into
This seasons excess
rain is causing rust outbreaks due to depletion of available nitrogen.
Cool nights with heavy dew and light, frequent rainfall add to the ideal
conditions for rust to develop.
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Over watering is one of the biggest reasons for an unhealthy, failing
lawn. An over-watered lawn has a stunted, under-developed root system
making it ill prepared to handle summer stresses like drought or insect
and weed pressure.
After a long winter where your front lawn
has often resembled a winter wonderland, one might wonder what effect
the large amounts of snow may have on their lawn this coming spring. If
the snow melts and you notice grayish-white or pinkish patches, your lawn may have been hit with a fungus that thrives in low temperatures called snow mold.
What does snow mold look like?
mold damage looks like circular patches about 3 to 12 inches wide of
dead and matted grass. There are two different types of snow mold you
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“Cicada killers are relatively common and seem to be quite
numerous this year,” Phil Nixon, an entomologist for the University of Illinois
Extension. “They’re quite prevalent the second half of July through much August
anyplace where they’re active.”
The cicada killers were first brought to our attention by an
Oak Lawn resident that reported two buzzing his yard on Sunday afternoon. The
resident at first mistook them for giant Asian hornets, whose sting can be
lethal even to those humans who aren’t allergic.
Preparing for Summer Lawn Care: Mow High, Mow Often, Water Deeply
As homeowners are having the annual over-the-fence
discussion with neighbors on whether or not to let lawns go dormant, University
of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Richard Hentschel offers mowing and
watering advice for summer lawn care.
"Our cool-season grasses will naturally go dormant as the
summer heat and lack of rainfall triggers that dormancy," said Hentschel.
"What went wrong in 2012 is that the extended drought did not supply even the
minimal rains that the crown of the grass plants needed to remain hydrated and
able to return again in the late summer, into fall as we expected.
Thatch and How to Manage It Thatch is a dense layer of living and dead organic matter on the soil surface.
Thatch in lawns is often misunderstood; both its cause and control.
Some lawns have serious thatch problems while others do not. Thatch is a
layer of living and dead organic matter that occurs between the green
matter and the soil surface. Excessive thatch (over 1/2 inch thick)
creates a favorable environment for pests and disease, an unfavorable
growing environment for grass roots, and can interfere with some lawn
Lawn Care Calendar for Northern Illinois April
Clean up debris from winter
Cultivation (aerifying, spiking, slicing) - lawn should be actively growing
Vertical mowing or dethatching (lawn should be actively growing)
Overseeding, establishment (late in month; late summer is better)
Preemergence annual weed (i.e. crabgrass) control (or early May)
Cultivation (aerifying, spiking, slicing) - lawn should be actively growing.
Preemergence annual weed (i.e. crabgrass) control (or late April) if needed
Fertilization (1 pound of nitrogen/1,000 square feet)