Friday, July 5, 2019

Sifi Treatment Update

We Are Applying Our Sifi Round #4 Treatment (Dry)

Warm Season Grass (Bermuda/Zoysia) & Cool Season Grass (Fescue):
- This treatment contains a dry fertilizer with key nutrients like Potassium & Phosphorus and is safe for Bermuda, Zoysia & Fescue grasses.  
- We also spot sprayed any lingering weeds you may have, but we can only spray what we can see. If your lawn was freshly mowed, some weeds may not have been seen/sprayed.  Some temporary turf discoloration may occur – this is normal and to be expected.  
- Your next treatment will be approx. Sept. If Fescue seeding is to be done at all this Fall (Sept.) we need to know by the end of August so we can avoid spraying pre-emergent in those areas prior to seeding.

Reduce to half that for “stationary” or “mister-type” sprinklers)
- WAIT ~24 hrs. before watering to allow the weed killer to stick & kill weeds (2hr rain fast warranty).
- THEN, water in to activate the fertilizer (wait no longer than 48 hrs). Gentle irrigation is highly recommended to unpredictable rainfall for the best possible results.
- Water .50” (~40 minutes) per area with “Rotating” sprinklers (half that “20min” for stationary sprinklers).
- Regular watering thereafter.
CLICK HERE to see our watering guide. It will help coach you on how to water throughout the year.

MOWING: 
Do not mow until this treatment has been thoroughly watered in and dried.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Sifi Treatment Update

We Are Applying Our Sifi Round #3 Treatment (Liquid& Dry)

Warm Season Grass (Bermuda/Zoysia) & Cool Season Grass (Fescue):
- This treatment is safe for Bermuda, Zoysia & Fescue grasses.
- This treatment contains weed control and fertilizer.
- No Fertilizer was applied to any Fescue grass, because Fescue is fertilized at a different time, in the fall.
- Weed killer results “might” be slower (up to 1 month) in cooler temperatures below 65°
- Minor discoloration may occur but will be removed with mowing of new growth.
- You have weed insurance, so call our WEED HOTLINE (405) 707-3054 anytime to report weeds or lawn problems throughout the year (no charge).  This helps us stay informed about your lawn.
- You get 1 free Q/A site visit consultation each year, so use it. Call John (owner) to look over your awn if you have questions or issues and let’s fix it.
- Your next treatment will be approx. July/Aug. If Fescue seeding is to be done at all this Fall (Sept.) we need to know by July 4th so we can avoid spraying pre-emergent in those areas prior to seeding.

Reduce to half that for “stationary” or “mister-type” sprinklers)
- WAIT ~48 hrs. before watering to allow the weed killer to stick & kill weeds.
- THEN, water in to activate the fertilizer (wait no longer than 48 hrs). Gentle irrigation is highly recommended to unpredictable rainfall for the best possible results.
- Water .50” (~40 minutes) per area with “Rotating” sprinklers (half that “20min” for stationary sprinklers).         
- Minimal to no watering thereafter depending on weather, wind & rainfall. Once the treatment is activated avoid any soil disruption.

- CLICK HERE to see our watering guide. It will help coach you on how to water throughout the year.

MOWING: 
Do not scalp/bag Bermuda/Zoysia grass beyond this point as it may compromise the fertilizer longevity.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Sifi Treatment Update

We Are Applying Our Sifi Spring Lawn Treatment (Liquid)

Warm Season Grass (Bermuda/Zoysia) & Cool Season Grass (Fescue):
- This treatment contains pre-emergent weed control that is safe for Bermuda, Zoysia & Fescue grasses.
- Weed killer results may be slower (up to 1 month) in cooler temperatures below 65°
- This spray dries to the touch in ~2hrs and is ok for limited foot traffic thereafter, but avoid tracking chemicals into the house. Limit your exposure until it has been watered-in and dried. Once its watered-in & dried, all normal outdoor activities can resume.  
- You have weed insurance, so call our WEED HOTLINE (405) 707-3054 anytime to report any weeds or lawn problems. This bypasses the office and goes straight to the spray crew for a faster response.
- Your next treatment will be approx. May 1st “Fertilizer” 

Reduce to half that for “stationary” or “mister-type” sprinklers)
- WAIT ~24 hrs. before watering to allow the weed killer to stick & kill weeds (2hr rain fast warranty).
- THEN, if no Rain, water in to activate the pre-emergent (wait no longer than 10 days, the sooner the better). For the best possible results, gentile irrigation is highly preferred over unpredictable rainfall.
- Water ½” (~40 minutes) per area with “Rotating” sprinklers (half that for stationary sprinklers).
- No watering needed thereafter. Once the treatment is activated avoid any soil disruption.
- We do not recommend, although it may be possible, to use sprinkler systems that have been drained  for the winter - as freeze damage may still occur. Manual watering is recommended.
- CLICK HERE to see our watering guide for how to water differently throughout the year.

MOWING: 
-Do not scalp your lawn too soon this spring. Recommended scalping timing is approx. 2nd week of April.  

Saturday, June 9, 2018

2018 SEASONAL WATERING GUIDE

Practical guidelines for seasonal watering of lawns & turfgrass

"GENERALLY, ONE SHOULD  WATER DEEPLY & INFREQUENTLY"
Responding to climate conditions and plant stress to determine exact watering needs. Look for signs of wilting or heat stress or drought stress. The only exception is during extreme heat (see below)


SPRINKLERS SHOULD BE A SUPPLEMENTARY SOURCE OF WATER ONLY. During periods of heavy rainfall, automatic sprinkler systems should be turned off (temporarily) or the program adjusted to water "around the weather/rain". WIND, is a factor as well and watering should be avoided during high winds of 20mph or higher. Be diligent in monitoring the weather when choosing exactly when to water your lawn. Over-watering will lead to a weed problem and a shallow root system.


This model is based on "Rotor-Type" sprinklers 20 min = approx. ¼” of water. If you have "spray-heads" (sprinklers that do not rotate) then reduce these times by half. Optimal watering start times: 2am to 6am, concluding by 9 or 10am at the latest during the normal growing season.



SPRING 70 to 80 degrees (approx. March 15th - May 20th) 1/2" of water, one water session/wk (Delay start times until temperature is 40 degrees or higher)
Bermuda & Fescue: ~ 40min x 1/wk @ ~ 9am (6am if warm enough) = .50” /wk


EARLY SUMMER 85 to 95 degrees (approx. June 1st - July 4th) approx. 1" of water/wk divided into two watering sessions/wk.
Bermuda: 35min x 2/wk @ 5am = .875” /wk more or less if necessary
Fescue: 20min x 3/wk @ 6am = .75”/wk (disease warning / humidity)

LATE SUMMER 95 to 105 degrees (or higher) (approx. July 4th - Aug 31st) 1.5" of water/wk divided into 3 water sessions/wk
Bermuda: 40min x 3 @ 5am = 1.5”/wk,optional off days support 10min @ 2pm = 1.8”/wk
Fescue: 12min x 2 EveryDay @ 5am & 2:30pm = 1.8” /wk

* FALL 70 to 95 degrees (approx. Sept 1st - Oct 31st) approx. 1" of water/wk divided into two watering sessions/wk. 
Bermuda: 35min x 2/wk @ 7am = .875” /wk  more or less if necessary
Fescue: (if not seeded) 40min x 2/wk @ 7am = .1” /wk  more or less if necessary
* Fescue: (Seeded)12min x 2 ED @ 6am & 3pm = .30”/dy- 1st 10 days after seeding
                                 20min x 1/day @ 7am =  .25"/dy - next 10 days
                                 35min every other day or X4/wk minimum @7am - next 10 days
                                 40min x 2/wk @ 7am = .1” /wk  more or less if necessary

WINTER  20 to 40 degrees (
November ) - Freeze Warning. Shut off / Winterize or Winter-proof Sprinklers by: Nov 15th (or sooner) The threat of freezing pipes begins at 20 degrees (or lower) for 6 hrs (or longer) duration.
 Winter watering (Fescue only) (Nov - Feb):  40min/area @~1pm X 1/wk (or less often) only during good weather of 40 degrees or higher, sunny, not windy AND only if watering is needed (meaning: no other natural precipitation has occurred in 10 to 14 days and plants are starting to show signs of drought stress & wilting). 

Hope this helps - Good luck,

- John Mitchell
President/ CEO
GreenMaster Landscape Contractors Inc.
(AKA) Stillwater Sprinkler Co.
mail@greenmasterstillwater.com

Monday, May 7, 2018

Sifi G Treatment Update


Today We Applied “Sifi-G” Our Season-Long Grub & Insect Control Program
(All-In-One Treatment)
Egg Hatching Cycle
Controls grubs as they emerge out into June bugs in the Spring
Egg Laying Cycle
Controls adult June bugs as they return to lay eggs again in late Summer & Fall

- In the past, we used to apply (2) dry granular treatment to achieve our desired results.  We now have available a new and safer chemical “Acelepryn”, a wet spray which lasts longer and controls more insects. This new all-in-one treatment combines our old (2) treatment system together for even better results. There is no price increase for this change, however, it’s billed as one treatment instead of two. If this is an issue, call our office and we can split your bill into two consecutive payment like before.
- Improper lawn maintenance (mowing/watering) could compromise the effectiveness of this treatment.
- Excessive rainfall or irrigation could shorten the longevity of this treatment.
- Moles: It should be known that Grub control does not also mean Mole control. However, the control of these insects should deter them (Moles, Armadillos) from digging up your lawn to feed on them. Although these treatments are effective at deterring Moles with prolonged use, in some cases, where Mole population is high, it may be necessary to target them directly with Mole Bait Treatments for more immediate control.

WATERING INSTRUCTIONS: (Based on “Rotor-Type” sprinklers 20 min = approx. ¼” of water
Reduce to half that for “Spray-Heads” or “mister-type” sprinklers)
- If no Rain, water ASAP anytime within 48hrs in to activate this treatment 
(there is no time limit before watering, the sooner the better).

- Water ¼”– ½” or (~30 to 45 minutes) per area with “Rotor-type” sprinklers 
(half that for spray or mister types).
- CLICK HERE to see our complete seasonal watering guide for your lawn.

MOWING: Avoid mowing until after watering in this treatment.

*Grub Treatments: We carefully time these treatments to control insects that are feeding on the roots of your grass which causes areas of your lawn to be weakened or die.

-While a few may not be a problem in a healthy lawn, you should always be on the lookout for their growing numbers in your lawn or neighboring lawns.

-The control of these insects should also deter animals (Moles, Armadillos) from digging up your lawn to feed on them.

-Treatment timing: only once per season (Late April to Early May)


Insects controlled by this treatment up to 6-months include:
Armyworms
Cutworms
Sod webworms
*White Grubs (10 species, including the May/June beetle)
European Crane Fly
Billbugs
Annual bluegrass weevil
Spittlebugs
Chinch bugs


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Sifi Treatment Update

We Are Applying Our Sifi Fertilizer Treatment (Dry)

Warm Season Grass (Bermuda/Zoysia):
- This treatment contains our season-long custom fertilizer (20 weeks duration). Our fertilizer is custom made specially for us.  As our customer, you’re helping the environment by utilizing our Phosphorus free, safer fertilizer by practically eliminating nutrients leaching through the soil & run-off into lakes, ponds & sewer systems.
- Approx. 3 lbs of actual (N) Nitrogen/1000sqft. was applied.  Concreate areas have been blown off to prevent staining/chemical damage from ammoniacal residue.

WATERING INSTRUCTIONS: (Based on “Rotor-Type” sprinklers 20 min = approx. ¼” of water
Reduce to half that for “Spray-Heads” or “mister-type” sprinklers)
WAIT ~24 hrs. before watering to allow the weed killer to stick & kill weeds 
(2hr rain fast warranty).
THEN, if no Rain, water in to activate the pre-emergent 
(wait no longer than 20 days, the sooner the better).
Water ¼”– ½” or (~30 to 45 minutes) per area with “Rotor-type” sprinklers 
(half that for spray or mister types).
Regular watering thereafter. 
CLICK HERE to see our complete seasonal watering guide to help you water throughout the year.

MOWING: 
- Do not mow until this treatment has been thoroughly watered in and dried.
Do not scalp your lawn beyond this point as it may compromise the fertilizer treatment & longevity. 
Always use a sharp blade. Avoid excessive clippings.