Date: February 20, 2017
Cockroach on leaf
Choosing between hiring a professional pest control company and trying to remove or prevent pests yourself is a big decision. There are many factors to consider when making this decision. Here are some of the most important reasons to hire a professional. Pest Control Professionals Know What to Look for & Where to Look Professionals are trained to know what to look for as far as pest habitat, food sources and hiding spots. Usually a dead insect is an indicator of what’s lurking in your…
Date: February 13, 2017
Lawn Winter Kill
Winter is a brutal season for human beings; can you imagine how difficult it is to survive the cold, wind and snow if you were rooted to the earth? That’s what your lawn has to do, and although they’re pretty tough plants, sometimes they do not make it. So, let’s look at what winter kill of lawns is, why it happens and what we can do about it. First, a definition. Winter kill is a catch phrase that encompasses many different disease elements, some we have control over, most we do not. There…
Date: January 10, 2017
Snow Mold Disease
Snow Mold is a disease of the foliage of turfgrass that occurs during cool temperatures, sometimes in the presence of snow and sometimes not. It occurs in patches of either pink or gray mycelium that, under the right conditions, can expand and to coalesce into a large, dramatic mass of diseased turf. Under most circumstances, snow mold will not permanently damage the lawn. Let me explain why. Fungi play an enormous role in keeping nature from overrunning us with her refuse. Consider all the…
Date: November 30, 2016
Snow Covered Bush
There are many risks to trees and shrubs throughout winter. Some of the most common causes of damage include winter salt, desiccation, wildlife feeding, snow, low temperatures, and frost heaving. Here is some helpful information about those risks and how you can protect your trees and shrubs in the winter. Salt Damage Healthy plants have a careful balance of salts in the liquid portion of their cells. Anything that alters that balance has the potential to injure or kill the plant. The…
Date: November 28, 2016
Winter Moths
I remember the first time I saw them. As my wife and I pulled away from my brother’s house along the South Shore of Massachusetts, the headlights of my car peered into the woods. It appeared as though it was snowing, even though it clearly wasn’t. Small, white insects in incredible numbers were swarming through the underbrush. This is a crazy time of year to be seeing moths flying about. After all, the season’s over, the crickets died with the first frost, there are no more mosquitoes or…
Date: November 15, 2016
Lawn Mower in Winter
Now that the lawn care season is over, what are some of the things that you can do to prepare your lawn mower for winter? It is important to store your lawn fertilizer, lawn care pesticides, and all of your lawn tools safely. Let’s take a quick look at some of the things you should be doing to prepare and service your lawn mower. The Importance of Preparing your Lawn Mower for Winter If you do not think that caring for your mower is important, consider this story. I was in need of a new…
Date: November 8, 2016
Lawn mower on grass
As autumn gives way to winter, big changes are occurring inside the turfgrass plant such that they are ready for the most bitter of seasons. Most of the changes are stimulated through changes in the environment, specifically the length of day, the spectrum of light and temperature.  This process of cold acclimation is essential to the survival of the plants. When we make management plans for our lawns we should always be focusing on maximizing photosynthesis and otherwise preparing for what…
Date: October 31, 2016
Prepare for winter
Preface: A Short Rant. A famous author says that in order to be a good writer you need to read constantly, something that I’ve taken to heart as part of my job blogging about the care of home lawns. As I bounce around the internet in preparation for the subject of the week, I am struck by how much misinformation is out there, stuff that is not only blatantly wrong but also defies common sense. In the same vein, a famous politician once said that all politics is local, that is true of lawns…
Date: October 24, 2016
Fall leaves on yard
There are numerous mistakes that can be made when maintaining your lawn. The best way to avoid making mistakes is by staying informed. Here is some helpful information about how to avoid damaging your lawn in the fall. Don’t make these 5 fall lawn care mistakes. 1. Failing to Cultivate What would you think of a farmer that didn’t cultivate his fields? Pretty fundamental stuff if you ask me. Is it even possible to disassociate a farmer from his plow? When it comes to our lawns, we need to…
Date: October 18, 2016
Frost on grass
Our Rochester, New York Branch Manager, Mark Zingaro, circulated a photo yesterday morning showing the first frost of the season. As it turns out, our call center fields quite a few questions about frost at this time of year. Let’s go over frost and its effects on turfgrass briefly. What is frost? Pretty simple answer here – when the atmosphere cools down to the dew point, water will condense upon turfgrass leaves. This normally happens at night but can happen at any time of day really. If…