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Hurry! Enroll in Our Spring Lawn Care & Tree Programs by May 1st!

Spring has sprung and the grass is greener, flowers are in bloom and trees are budding. Homeowners are ecstatic their lawns are coming back to life after the long winter months.

As a homeowner, you want your lawn to be lush and green, but that’s not always the easiest task. Did you know you can take steps now to ensure your lawn and trees look healthy through the remainder of the year?

At Perficut, we offer Spring Lawn Care & Tree Programs that will treat the lawn and trees in your yard and will keep your lawn the envy of the neighborhood.
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Six Spring Lawn Care Tips for New Homeowners to Celebrate National Lawn Care Month

Congratulations on becoming a homeowner! As you gear up for the first or second summertime in your house, you have a lot to look forward to as a homeowner. Washing cars in the driveway, sunbathing in the backyard and there might even be a barbecue or patio party already planned for the first nice weekend in spring. So, how does that lawn look?
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Ascochyta is Back

As temperatures are starting to rise and the summer solstice is upon us, our turf experts are noticing a rise in cases of Ascochyta in the region. Ascochyta is a grass fungus and form of leaf blight that impacts Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass and tall fescue. Damaged grass appears yellow or bleached, and is particularly noticeable in the mower track. Damage often seems to occur overnight and those unfamiliar with the problem often believe that their lawn has been damaged by a herbicide or similar chemical.

The Ascochyta fungus grows during wet conditions with lots of rain. During wet periods, the fungus spores spread throughout the lawn. Then as temperatures rise, the fungus quickly damages the stressed grass plant.

This year, our turf experts have been seeing damage for the last several weeks. Corporate sites with large, unshaded areas and uncovered athletic fields are particularly vulnerable. Residential sites are also being impacted but only in full sun areas.

The bad news is that there is no current treatment for Ascochyta. The good news is that impacted grasses typically recovers on theirown, with even severely damaged areas making a full recovery in three to four weeks. Raising the mower deck during your next mow may reduce the spread of the fungus while the grass plant works to recover.

For lawns that haven’t yet been impacted, continuing with a comprehensive turf health plan is the best prevention.  A lawn that has been properly watered (with about an inch of moisture per week) and properly fed (with a balanced lawn application program) will be less susceptible to stress and will give your grass plant the best opportunity to continue to thrive during the difficult summer months.

If you have any questions about the health of your residential lawn or commercial site, don’t hesitate to reach out to our turf professionals for a free inspection by clicking HERE.

Mission Possible

In the post Maytag-era, Kim Didier and the team at DMACC Business Resources are investing in the future through a creative approach to economic development.

STORY BY NICK TAYLOR  |  IMAGES BY PHILLIP HARDER AND CHARLIE WITTMACK

Kim Didier moved home to Iowa 17 years ago with an infant in arms, a husband in tow and a new masters degree framed and ready to hang.  The gig that prompted the move from Indianapolis was a leadership role with the City of Newton, supporting employment at the City’s biggest employer, Maytag.  As she and her husband drove west, back to the arms of friends and family, life was full of possibility. Continue reading "Mission Possible"