Regional Lawncare Differences: Ohio, Tennessee, and Georgia
Based on our research, we found two major lawn care differences between the states of Ohio, Tennessee, and Georgia. The first difference is that Ohio, Tennessee, and Georgia are affected by different types of lawn insects. The second difference is the distinct seasonal care that each state requires. With regard to the environment in general, we found that grass helps purify air and generate oxygen.
We searched for information on lawn care in general and the different components involved in taking care of a lawn in Ohio, Tennessee, and Georgia. This search strategy provided us all the required information that has been presented in this brief. Additionally, we also looked for environmental issues specific to each state and interesting facts and statistics that are unique to each state's lawn care sector. But, despite an extensive search through various reputed and credible media sources and publications, specific facts pertaining to each state couldn't be traced. However, we found certain interesting facts about lawns and grass in general and those data points have been included as additional findings.
Commonly found grasses in Ohio and Tennessee
- Tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, fine fescue, and Kentucky bluegrass are the most commonly found grasses in Ohio.
- Tall fescue, zoysia, Bermuda, Kentucky bluegrass, and perennial ryegrass are the predominantly found grasses in Tennessee.
Common lawn insects in Ohio, Georgia, and Tennessee
- The most common lawn insects found in Ohio include white grubs, bluegrass billbug, chinch bugs, and sod webworms.
- In Georgia, the most common lawn insects are armyworms, fire ants, grubs, billbugs, and spittlebugs.
- According to a report from the University of Tennessee, there are 29 types of lawn insects in Tennessee. They have been classified as pests that infect soil and roots, pests that feed on leaves and stems, pests that suck plant juice, etc. To name a few of the common lawn insects — white grubs, wireworms, mole crickets, cutworms, grasshoppers, and mites. More information about all the lawn insects found in Tennessee and how to control them can be found here.
Common lawn care tips for the south and Midwest regions
During the spring season, it is recommended to spread pre-emergence herbicide. This will stop weed from growing and sprouting when summer checks in. It is also suggested to mow the lawn as it begins to grow and remove thatch before the grass starts growing during summer. This will allow water, air, and nutrients to reach the lawn's root system during summer.
During summer, it is important to fertilize the lawn and get rid of grubs if they are a problem in the area. Summer is also considered to be the best season to start a fresh lawn. It is also significant to mow regularly, aerate hard soil, and water the lawn on a habitual basis.
During fall, overseed the lawn with annual ryegrass to make sure the grass stays green during cooler months. It is also important to prevent winter weeds from growing by using a pre-emergence herbicide and mow the lawn frequently. This slows down the growth process and will stop the grass from getting too long before it goes dormant.
Although fall is the best season to start a new lawn, one can also do it in spring. It is important to sharpen the mower, aerate the hard soil, mow regularly, get rid of thatch, stop weeds from growing, and fertilize.
Grubs will be an issue during the summer. So, it is important to use an organic grub-control product that works throughout the summer. The growth rate of the grass slows down during summer. It is a good idea to wait until the grass is at least three inches tall before mowing. In order to control water bills, letting the grass go dormant during summer is a good idea. The grass stays alive and will start growing again when it rains. Therefore, it is enough to provide one inch of water to the grass, weekly.
Fertilizing the lawn, cleaning up the fallen leaves, overseeding, aerating the hard soil, and getting rid of perennial weeds are the common measurements that need to be taken during fall to make sure the lawn is healthy.
Not disturbing the lawn is the only measurement that needs to be taken during winter because foot traffic will only damage the lawn. Winter is also the best season for servicing the lawn mower.
Common lawn diseases in Ohio, Georgia, and Tennessee
- Ohio — Pythium blight, brown patch, and dollar spot.
- Tennessee — Brown patch, summer patch, dollar spot, red thread, and rust.
- Georgia — Dollar spot, fairy rings, take-all root rot, brown patch, rust, leaf spot, gray leaf spot, anthracnose, slime mold, and Pythium root rot.
- Grass can be used to produce alcohol.
- Healthy grass helps the environment by "pulling pollutants such as carbon dioxide, ozone, soot, and dirt from the air. It then creates oxygen, which is expelled back into the air for us to breathe. A 50’ x 50’ area of well-maintained turf creates enough oxygen to meet the daily needs of a family of four".
- For many centuries, lawn was considered to be a symbol of rich and powerful people.
- There are over six turfgrass plants per square inch in mature grass.