It seems like only yesterday we were transitioning from an ice cold winter to a wet and rainy spring. Now, we've transitioned from historic rainfall to a hot, humid summer.
Now, it's all about going forward. Here's a recap of this year's drastic weather changes for the first half of 2019 and how we plan to tackle the last half of the year.
Disease & insect pressure
2019 has been one historic event after another when it comes to weather in Ohio. The first of it came in the third week of January when a devastating winter storm laid waste to homes and businesses across the Midwest. Teams of snow fighters worked tirelessly as the storm terrorized the region.
Next came, nonstop rain that has wreaked havoc over the past 3 months and has yet to cease. 2019 has set new records of rainfall in Ohio. Not since 1953 has it rained more days in early spring. This has been the wettest yearlong span (May 2018–May 2019) since 1895.
Although rain is necessary, this year it’s been catastrophic for businesses that depend on good weather to operate, like construction and agribusinesses.
Farmland has been hit hard flooding tens of thousands of acres of farmland, making it impossible to plant crops. And since agriculture is one of Ohio’s core industries, 2019 has been disastrous for farmers who depend on a balanced weather cycle to grow food.
The rain has also affected landscaping businesses, making it very difficult for regular maintenance to take place. Now that we’ve transitioned into extreme heat and lack of rainfall, it may affect the mowing routes on scheduled days.
We will use discretion whether all areas of the property will be mowed but, will confirm upon our visit. If you have sprinklers please adjust them accordingly to help the lawns.
We’ve gone from record rain fall to basically none in a matter of 2 weeks, which causes a lot of stress on the turf. If you are experiencing problems or have concerns, please contact your client care specialist for assistance.
Disease and insect pressure
With the drastic weather changes, we will see shifts in lawn diseases. There will be transitions from dollar spot, to red thread, brown patch and blight diseases
Plants will need time to heal and repair from having been worn down and under stress. Unfortunately, because it’s been hot and dry after so much rain, it’s a perfect breeding ground for turf grass diseases.
It’s also a healthy grub year as the ground is still pretty saturated and lots of eggs are hatching. Last year we were getting intermittent rainfall with good irrigation, but this year there will be a lot more damage.
Ticks, fleas and mosquitoes, were horrible this spring and will most likely continue. Treatment should definitely be applied and in some cases, depending on when applications were done, we may need to retreat certain areas.
Trees, shrubs and plants may die because we’ve had too much rainfall and it can take a while for these plants to come back. The good news is that consistent weather is on the forecast over the next few weeks, so we can nurture plants back to health.
As we embark on the last half of 2019, we do so with the mindset that weather in the Midwest is unpredictable and we must be prepared for what’s to come.
Thank you for allowing the team at Schill Grounds Management to serve you and if you have questions or concerns, please contact your client care specialist. You can do so by filling out our contact form here or calling us at 440 327 3030.