Lawn Care Program
Our lawn care specialists are highly trained experts who know how to care for lawns in the unique conditions present in Northeast Florida. Our professionals work with you to form a user-friendly program that best suits your needs. Our Lawn Care Program covers the four major turf-destroying insects – chinch bugs, mole crickets, sod web worms, and fall army worms – in addition to weed control, disease control, and fertilization.
Trad’s customers participating in the Lawn Care Program receive:
- Six applications of specially formulated turf fertilizations per growing season (usually every 50 to 60 days, weather dependent)
- To these applications, additives such as:
- Broad leaf weed control products (spring and fall only)
- Insect control products
- Other elements, when appropriate
- Unlimited service calls and any treatments necessary as a result of the service calls
Fungus is always present in Northeast Florida. It develops and becomes active when certain conditions are present, like moisture, which is the number one cause of fungi development. Disease such as brown patch, gray leaf spot, and dollar spot are examples of fungi that affect turf grass.
Conditions that favor disease development include:
- High humidity
- Heavy dew or fog
- Free moisture
- Evening irrigation
- Enclosed areas
- Areas with low air circulation
Good cultural practices, such as early morning irrigation, mowing with a sharp blade, and bagging clippings when a fungus is present, are key in the prevention of disease. Over irrigation can also contribute to the development of fungus. Proper cultural practices are discussed in greater detail in the Cultural Practices section of this site. Click here to read more about our Cultural Practices.
Fairy Rings and Mushrooms
Mushrooms and fairy rings, a ring of mushrooms, are common during the summer because of the high humidity and rain. These are not a lawn disease; they are the natural result when organic matter (such as lumber, tree stumps, logs, thatch, and leaves) decomposes in a lawn. The mushrooms, which are all sizes and shapes, are the fruiting stages of decay fungi — not a soil fungus.
Fairy rings and mushrooms will disappear naturally, but may reoccur for several years. Trad’s does not treat mushrooms or fairy rings with disease-control products because they are not diseases. For appearance purposes, we sometimes fertilize fairy rings to mask the dark green rings.
We suggest the removal of mushrooms by putting your hand inside a plastic bag and pulling the mushroom up and into the bag for sealing and disposal. In rare situations, fairy rings make the soil repel water, resulting in rings of dead grass. In this situation, it is necessary to aerate or break up the soil under the dead grass (a pitchfork is a good tool to use).
Root Rot Disease
Some diseases that affect turf and shrubs are not treatable, and therefore, not curable. Trad’s does not treat for or cover root rot diseases such as Pythium, take all root rot, decline diseases, and root rot. Once symptoms of these diseases are evident, it is often too late to treat. Prevention is in the hands of the homeowner and involves proper cultural practices like maintaining correct moisture levels and suitable drainage, reducing stress, and proper mowing.