BrightView will be back in the Weybridge neighborhood soon to apply fertilizer, spray for broadleaf weeds, and to aerate our lawns. Here’s the proposed schedule:
Wed, Sep 11 — Fertilizer and broadleaf weed herbicide spraying
Week of Sep 23 — Lawn aeration
NOTES ON FERTILIZER AND WEED SPRAYING
If you have areas of your lawn you do not want fertilized or sprayed, you can place lawn flags to mark areas that are off-limits. If you need flags, they are available on Brent Kleihauer’s front stoop.
For areas that are sprayed and fertilized, homeowners with pets or children are advised to keep them off the lawn for at least 24 hours after the chemicals are applied.
NOTES ON LAWN AERATION For lawn aeration the week of September 23, anyone with “shallow wiring” installed (invisible pet fences, yard lighting, or similar) needs to contact Brent at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can relay your address to BrightView. Lawn aeration pokes deep holes in the lawn and can damage wiring for invisible fences, lighting, and sprinklers, or anything else buried in the yard. Brent will report known sprinkler systems to BrightView, but he needs to know about other systems as well.
Alternatively, you can place flags in the yard to map out where lawn aerators should not go, thereby protecting your in-ground systems.
Weybridge Residents are responsible for the watering of their Lawns
When to Water the Lawn
If you find your lawn has taken on a grayish cast or appears to be dull green, it’s telling you that it needs water. You can also check your lawn by walking on it: If your footprints don’t disappear quickly, it’s because the grass blades don’t have the needed moisture to spring back. While it may seem like you can head out to water your lawn anytime during the day, your lawn actually needs more specific care. Watering in the morning (before 10 a.m.) is the best time for your lawn; it’s cooler and winds tend to be calmer so water can soak into the soil and be absorbed by the grass roots before it can evaporate. If you must water in the evening, try between 4 and 6 p.m. which should give the grass blades time to dry before nightfall. The later you water, the greater chance of disease becoming prevalent in your lawn. It’s worth noting, though, that you don’t necessarily have to water your lawn. Lawns are resilient. Established and properly cared-for lawns can survive weeks without water by going dormant (when the lawn turns brown), then recover once the rain returns.
How Much Water to Use
When watering an established lawn, it’s typically recommended to water until the top 6 to 8 inches of soil (where most turfgrass roots grow) is wet. Most lawns need 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week—either from rain or watering—to soak the soil that deeply. That amount of water can either be applied during a single watering or divided into two waterings during the week. Just be sure not to overwater your lawn.
How to Tell If You’ve Watered Enough
Check the soil: To see how long it will take to soak the soil, check it every 15 minutes during your first watering by using a screwdriver to test how deep the water has moved. Mark the time once the soil has been soaked to a depth of at least 6 inches—that’s how long you’ll need to water your lawn each time in the future. Short on time and simply want to know if you can skip watering for the day? Use this rule of thumb: If you can’t easily stick that screwdriver 6 inches deep into the soil, you need to water.
Brightview Landscape will be spraying for Spider Mites and Bag Worms tomorrow. Sorry for the short notice but we want to get it quickly stop these pests .
Bagworm caterpillars make distinctive 1.5 to 2 inch long spindle-shaped bags that can be seen hanging from twigs of a variety of trees and shrubs. Sometimes the bags are mistaken for pine cones or other plant structures. Bagworms prefer juniper, arborvitae, spruce, pine, and cedar but also attack deciduous trees.
Spider mites are tiny web-spinning bugs that eat sap from the bottom of leaves. They are not insects but rather arachnids, which means they’re in the spider family. Spider mites attack trees and garden plants, making the leaves look stippled, yellow, and weak.
BrightView has notified us the next fertilizer application is expected on or around Friday, June 21.
As in the past, we recommend you keep pets off the lawn for at least 24 hours after the fertilizer application. If there are sections of lawn you do not want fertilized, you can place lawn flags outlining the area.
Several Weybridge residents have bare spots on their front lawns under lager trees and beside their driveways. This suggestion was sent to the Weybridge HOA to help other Weybridge residents with this problem. It has been found to be very effective. With great success
Scotts EZ Seed Patch & Repair Sun and Shade
Scott’s EZ Seed Patch & Repair Sun and Shade is a revolutionary seeding mix that guarantees seeding success*! The unique combination of Scott’s high performance seed, premium continuous release lawn food, and super-absorbent growing material, makes it possible for grass to grow anywhere, guaranteed.* Scott’s EZ Seed now has a tackifier to reduce seed wash-away on sloped areas of your lawn! *Subject to proper care & watering. When watering a newly seeded lawn, the key is to keep the top inch of soil consistently moist but not soggy. You will likely need to mist the seeded area once or twice a day (possibly more if it’s hot and dry outside). Once the seeds start to germinate, continue to keep the top 2 inches of soil moist until the new grass reaches a mowing height of around 3 inches. After that, begin to cut back watering to twice per week and soak the soil deeper, about 6-8 inches, to encourage the grass roots to grow down deep into the soil.
BrightVew Landscape plans to be in the Weybridge neighborhood on or around Monday, June 3rd thru June 10th to perform a touch-up shrub pruning (date dependent on weather). This pruning is only for new growth and shaping
If you have shrubs or bushes you do NOT want BrightView to trim, please put a brightly-colored ribbon on those shrubs and bushes.
Please contact Brent Kleihauer, our Weybridge Landscape Officer. He has ribbon on his front porch if you need some. He can be reached at email@example.com