Common Problems in the Turf


Bermuda is a native grass that grows naturally here in the summer when fescue is weak.  It has rhizomes and stolons that allow it to grow rapidly below and above the ground.  Bermuda can make an excellent grass for our area.  However, if it has invaded your fescue turf, it can cause winter bare patches that can be unsightly.  In this instance, it’s best to get rid of it.  Using round-up in the late summer is the best option to eradicate it.


Crabgrass is an annual grassy week that is the number one problem weed in our area during the summer months.  It is often confused with dallisgrass.  The best way to control crabgrass is to put down a pre-emergent in the spring to keep it from sprouting.  Pre-emergents are sensitive to sunlight and rain, so proper application is essential.  Post emergents (herbicides) are available to spray on plants.  The best time to spray a post emergent is in the first cycle of crabgrass, when it is emerging from the soil.  One the crabgrass plant reaches the middle to late stages of growth, it is much harder to fight.  It reproduces (re-seeds) itself at the end of the plant cycle towards the end of summer.  It does not grow in the winter months.


Moss is typically untreatable.  It comes from an unfertile soil, bad drainage, or not enough sunlight.  If you treat those conditions, typically you can control the moss.


Traffic refers to the movement of people, pets, vehicles over an area.  It is best to limit traffic on fescue lawns.  During cold spells (ice or snow), leaving footprints on your fescue can damage the turf.  When it is weak (during the hot summer months) or in areas where there is repetitive paths, fescue will sometimes not recover or can be weakened to the point of being unhealthy.  Pets can also cause traffic damage if they travel the same areas of the lawn repeatedly.  Dog urine is very acidic and can kill your fescue.  This typically isn’t an issue for bermudagrass.


Trees are great for the environment and shade.  However they can be a detriment to having a healthy, thick lawn.  In summer, when drought is favorable, tree roots will suck all the nutrients and water from the soil resulting in thin, bare areas.

Weed Varieties:

Broadleaf Weeds We Will Control:

  • Chickweed – Common and Mousear
  • Henbit
  • Clover
  • Dandelion
  • Veronica
  • Virginia Buttonweed
  • Bittercress
  • Paintan
  • Wild Garlic – Kills the Stalk (Not the Bulb)
  • Geranium
  • Purple Dead Nettle
  • Groundsel

Broadleaf Weeds that are Tough to Kill:

  • Wild Violets
  • Japanese Bamboo
  • Parley Peirt

Grassy Weeds We Can Treat:

  • Crabgrass

Grassy Weeds that are Tough to Treat:

  • Dallisgrass
  • Nutsedge – Spray Will Kill the Stalk, but not Nutlet

Untreatable (Must be Eliminated with Round-up)

  • Orchard Grass
  • Monkey Grass
  • Quack Grass
  • Straw Grass (Dies with the Heat)
  • Johnson Grass
  • Nimblewill