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Heat Stressed / Brown Turf Watering Instructions

Saturday, August 18th, 2012 at 10:03am. 584 Views, 0 Comments.

During the heat of the summer you may reach a point where areas of the lawn turn brown due to lack of enough water. When the turf has turned brown in extreme heat and as a result of lack of water it will have entered a state of dormancy.

We recommend avoiding allowing the turf to go dormant as it will place unnecessary stress on the turf and allow for weeds to infiltrate the lawn.

If the lawn has gone dormant you can bring it out of dormancy by applying significant amounts of water and soaking the areas to saturation. The recommend method to pull these areas out of dormancy is to apply water over each area for durations of 3-5 hours to completely saturate the area so it is as soft and wet; similar to a wet sponge. Water these 3-5 hour durations every 3…


Organic Lawn Care Update

Saturday, August 18th, 2012 at 10:03am. 667 Views, 0 Comments.

We've been using organic fertilizer on this lawn for 2 full seasons; this is the beginning of year 3.  The house is 11 years old and the lawn was initally installed on a typical clay fill, nutrient deficient soil. Herbicides have only been used when necessary and no pesticides have been used during that time.  These worms were all found within 2-3 minutes on the sidewalk and driveway after a rain. In addition to the nightcrawlers there were literally 1000's of small worms as well! The interesting thing is that the neighbor's sidewalks and driveways had very few worms and often none.

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Penton Enterprises Lawn and Landscape

www.PentonEnterprises.com

(402) 614-8200

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Organic Lawn Care

Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 11:27am. 702 Views, 0 Comments.

We've been using organic fertilizer on this lawn for 2 full seasons; this is the beginning of year 3.  The house is 11 years old and the lawn was initally installed on a typical clay fill, nutrient deficient soil. Herbicides have only been used when necessary and no pesticides have been used during that time.  These worms were all found within 2-3 minutes on the sidewalk and driveway after a rain. In addition to the nightcrawlers there were literally 1000's of small worms as well! The interesting thing is that the neighbor's sidewalks and driveways had very few worms and often none.

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Penton Enterprises Lawn and Landscape

www.PentonEnterprises.com

(402) 614-8200

www.facebook.com/PentonEnterprises

 

 

 


Penton Enterprises Earns Two Coveted Angie’s List Super Service Awards

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 12:29pm. 465 Views, 0 Comments.

Penton Enterprises Lawn and Landscape has been awarded two prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Awards, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies. Penton Enterprises earned two awards: Angie’s List Super Service award for Lawn Care and Angie’s List Super Service Award for Landscaping.

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Penton Enterprises Lawn & LandscapeYour Lawn and Landscape Solution402-614-8200www.PentonEnterprises.com


Summer Lawn Stress

Saturday, July 30th, 2011 at 10:46am. 315 Views, 0 Comments.

Heat and saturated soil- Very similar to last year, we are experiencing saturated soils and warming temperatures throughout the Midwest and it is fast becoming difficult to maintain cool-season turfgrasses. Much of Nebraska and the north central US is 150-300% of normal precipitation over the last 30 days.  Warm and saturated soils lead to fairly rapid root death. In addition to below ground effects, higher temperatures above ground reduce photosynthetic efficiency while increasing the demand for photosynthetic products via respiration. Photosynthesis cannot keep up with respiration demands and thus cool-season grasses become dependent on stored energy to stay alive. If this heat continues for an extended period, weakened plants will be extremely…


Annual Grassy Weeds Beginning to Germinate

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 at 1:35pm. 330 Views, 0 Comments.

Crabgrass, yellow foxtail and other annual grasses have begun to germinate. The best control of crabgrass is prevention; in particular a mowing height of 3” and preemergence herbicides applied during late April to mid May.

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For germinated crabgrass, control by hand-pulling or with post emergence herbicides. Post emergence herbicides are most effective when crabgrass plants are small and plant coverage is uniform.

Penton Enterprises LLCYour Lawn and Landscape Solutionwww.pentonenterprises.com402-614-8200


Organic Lawn Care

Thursday, April 7th, 2011 at 12:36pm. 306 Views, 0 Comments.

Organic fertilizers are different from "traditional" fertilizers in that they are actually feeding the soil as opposed to just the plant. The fertilizer provides nutrients to the soil which the roots use to feed the plant with the end result being a healthier lawn.

The organic fertilizer products we use contain humus and organic matter that hold nutrients and water making them available to the lawn when needed.

The key benefits that you will notice with a consistent organic fertilizer program over time will be:

  • Reduced water needs
  • Reduced lawn disease
  • Elimination of surge growth
  • Thicker lawn
  • Flower beds, trees, and shrubs will benefit with improved flower stand, bloom set, color, and intensity
  • Overall healthier lawns with stronger roots systems
  • Organic products…


Fall leaves!

Sunday, October 25th, 2009 at 3:46pm. 432 Views, 0 Comments.

A recent Michigan State University study has found that mulching leaves into established turfgrass as a leaf litter disposal method will result in an increased spring green up and contribute to the overall reduction of the common dandelion population.

 

What does this mean for you?  It means that it is not necessary to bag up and dispose of all the leaves on your lawn.  These leaves are beneficial for the overall health of the lawn.

 

An effective method would be to continue mowing and mulching the leaves back into the lawn through the fall.  It's only necessary to remove them if accumulations are heavy.  By mulching the leaves back into the lawn you are benefiting the turf and reducing unnecessary landfill…


Aeration

Friday, September 18th, 2009 at 8:32pm. 532 Views, 0 Comments.

Due to the high clay content in Nebraska soils aeration is one of the most important steps in maintaining a beautiful and healthy lawn.

Aerating helps prevent soils from becoming compact thereby allowing vital nutrients, water, and air to penetrate the soil and reach the root zone. The roots then penetrate deeper into the soil, which enables the grass to become more drought resistant. Aeration accelerates the natural breakdown of thatch and in most cases eliminates the needs for costly power raking services.

The role aeration plays in establishing a healthy lawn:

  • Compact soil prevents turf from establishing a healthy root system. Adequate amounts of vital turf nutrients are unable to reach the roots.
  • Aerators relieve soil compaction by removing cores of turf…

  • White Grub Damage

    Thursday, September 17th, 2009 at 4:56pm. 539 Views, 0 Comments.

    White Grub damage is showing up in Nebraska.

    The white grub larvae feeds on turfgrass roots causing lawn areas to turn brown and sometimes die if grubs damage a large percentage of the roots. The majority of white grub eggs have hatched and reports by the University of Nebraska is showing numbers similar to past years.

    However, here in eastern Nebraska the growing conditions have been conducive to Kentucky bluegrass and it is likely preventing or delaying damage. Turfgrass should continue to be inspected for white grubs. If birds are feeding in a lawn, areas torn up overnight from raccoons or skunks, or browning occurs, roll or pull the sod back to look for c-shaped, cream colored, red headed larvae.

    If eight (8) white grubs are found per square foot, an…


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