The HEAT IS ON!
Mid Missouri summers can be treacherous! In 2016, a mild Spring got our lawns off to a great start, but the lack of rainfall caused most lawns to go into drought stress by May. By the end of June, turf and trees were in big trouble due to the now excessive heat pattern and drought conditions. But thankfully Mother Nature came to the rescue the first week of July and saved many plants. We know farmers were relieved! Since then we have had enough rain to the point where we have recently recovered to historic average rainfall levels for our area. The only down side is; we have not been able to shake off the heat. Extreme heat during the day and consistent humidity in the evening, combined with moisture in thatch, has provided a perfect environment for diseases in turf. See our blog post about Fungus in Turf to learn more about this subject.
Mid Missouri is considered to be in the middle of the “Transition Zone” for turf grasses. In this zone the cool season grasses like Fescue, Rye & Bluegrass typically don’t survive the summers very well. Warm season grasses like Zoysia or Bermuda are dormant for six months and often also suffer and die back during extreme winters.
Great news is “We can help you with that”! Whether it’s advice on how to do it yourself or should you need us to provide the service, getting your lawn up to speed is our top priority.
Atkins offers a variety of renovation services. Give us a call and we will evaluate your lawn and make the best recommendation to fit your lawn’s specific needs.
- Aeration is the single most important cultivation practice available. This practice relieves compaction, manages thatch and allow for nutrients and oxygen into your root zone.
- Aeration & Overseeding, is adding seed to aerated areas to help thicken lawns that thinned out due to multiple stresses of a Mid Missouri summer.
- Slice Seeding is designed for extremely thin to bare lawn areas. Vertical blades score the soil surface to help create a good seed-to-soil contact for improved germination rates. *We sometimes do this after aerating.
- Aera-vator, The worse the soil conditions the better this machine works. It not only aerates, but it also fractures and “fluffs” the soil creating an ideal seed bed. It also creates less of a mess than aeration with no cores.
Check out all our service offerings at www.atkinsinc.com or just call in Columbia 573-874-5100, Jeff City 573-635-8712 or 888-886-8543 for more information.