Fall is just around the corner

Fall is just around the corner, which means it’s time to think about Fall Pre-emergent weed control. Weeds are categorized as either broad leaf or grassy type weeds. A Pre-Emergent herbicide controls unwanted weeds and grasses by targeting the weed seed just before or immediately after the seed begins to germinate. Generally most pre-emergent are safe to use around established trees and shrubs as well as most ground cover. A pre-emergent should never be used in areas where seeds or bulbs have been planted or will be in the near future. Fall is also a great time for pre-emergence in areas where there is no irrigation because of rain fall, pre-emergence must be watered in to activate. At custom Ag we do pre-emergence in all areas of your landscape including: flower beds, landscape beds, lawns, open land i.e. fields, vacant lots, bare ground etc..

Common winter weeds in California:

  • Henbit
  • Poa (annual Blue Grass)
  • Prickly Lettuce
  • Chickweed
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Dandelion

Keep your lawn thriving on less water

Is your turf turning brown due to lack of water? Even with water regulations placed upon us there are somethings we can do to help prevent total loss of our lawn. Most of us are only allowed to water once or twice per week. If this is you we can still supply enough water to keep our lawns thriving. On the days you are allowed to water set your sprinklers to come on twice a day for shorter periods of time. Watering once a day for a longer period of time usually leads to run off and waste of water. Lawns will only be able to absorb so much water and once they’ve reached their limits the rest of the water just runs down the drain. This is even that much more important if you have a lawn on a slant or a hill. Watering times all depend on what type of sprinklers you have and what your water pressure is (every system is different). A good rule of thumb is to supply your lawn with one inch of water per week. Here are a few other tips to help keep your lawn thriving during the hot months.

  • Mulch instead of bagging your lawn clippings. Lawns are made up of 80-85% water mulching the lawn will return much needed water and nutrients back to the turf.
  • Regular fertilizer will help keep the root system strong and also keep the turf looking green and healthy.
  • Doing an annual aeration. Aerations are one of the most important things you can do for your lawn. This helps the root system of the turf grow deeper into the soil while also helping allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate deeper into the soil profile.
  • Weekly sprinkler checks. Things to check for; proper overlap, jammed or broken tips, lack of pressure, blockage from other objects, proper coverage (especially from oscillating sprinklers).
  • Call a professional.  In many cases it is easier for someone that has been doing this type of work for years to figure out what is going on. Although 90% of the time in the hot months it will be irrigation issues the other 10% can be even a greater risk to your lawn such as insects or fungus.

If you do have questions or just plain want to talk to us about helping your landscape please give us a call we will come up with a solution to your problems!

Sick of sap dripping everywhere?

With your plants growing season just around the corner it is time to protect your trees and shrubs with a preventative insecticide. A preventative insecticide eliminates unwanted insects that can harm your trees by sucking out its juices. The insects then secrete the juices back onto the plant causing a sticky substance known as honey dew (sap). This honey dew (sap) not only damages the plant but can be a nuisance to you by dropping onto walkways, windows, cars, outdoor furniture, and of course YOU! With our systemic insecticides we can guarantee year long control of sucking insects such as; aphids, whiteflies, soft scale, leaf eating bugs, leafminers, mealybugs, adelgids, psyllids and various others. Please call for details or a free estimate.
Tree not treated, notice staining from Same tree 1 year later after we treated sap on concrete. It with a preventative insecticide, notice no staining.
Tree not treated, notice staining. After: same tree 1 year later after we treated sap on concrete. It with a preventative insecticide, notice no staining.

September

before_and_afterWith the heat and the drought of the summer nearly behind us it is time to rejuvenate your lawn. The best option for rejuvenation is an aeration, fertilization, and over-seeding.  The aeration is a key component of this process by removing cores of soil from the lawn it allows easier air, water and nutrient penetration. Fertilization will introduce your lawn to the much needed nutrients it needs to green up those pesky brown spots. Over-seeding (with proper watering) will fill in those bare spots caused by the summer drought and heat while also keeping the well established areas from thinning out.

January

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Before and After

With the winter freeze almost over and spring right around the corner it is almost time to get your lawn aerated. Aeration is an essential part of good turf care. It helps: relieve compaction, aids in thatch management, helps develop a strong root structure, and helps penetration of air, water, and nutrients to the  root structure, and helps penetration of water, air, and nutrients to the root system. All this will help prepare your lawn for the upcoming summer and with an impending drought it is crucial to have a healthy lawn going into it. Remember due to the lack of rain this year water your lawn a couple of times a week so as not to stress it out now. Here is an example before and after. All of this will prepare your lawn for the upcoming summer and with the impending drought upon us it is crucial to have a healthy lawn going into the hotter months.