Date: August 15, 2017
Summer Lawn Mowing
Mid-August. The time of year when many people wonder why they bother taking care of their lawns. It gets hot, it gets dry, the lawn turns brown. Looks horrible. What do you do when your lawn looks so bad? Let’s set aside weeds, insects, disease, and the environment for the moment – I’ve written plenty about those issues in previous blogs – and look at another nemesis that faces every lawn. The person in the mirror. Almost every lawn malady has a human element in it. How you manage your lawn…
Date: August 4, 2017
Perfect Lawn in Fall
There are many important pieces to achieving the perfect lawn. Some of them are simple, while others may require a little more effort. Here are the top seven ways to a perfect lawn. Follow these steps and you are sure to achieve a beautiful lawn you can be proud of. 1) Test your Soil When you’re dealing with home lawns, the biggest problem of them all is the soil that you’re trying to grow grass in. It is much more accurately called backfill than it is soil. No matter, you can grow grass in…
Date: July 31, 2017
Milky Spore Grubs
What is Milky Spore Disease? Milky spore disease of Japanese beetle grubs is caused by a naturally occurring soil bacterium called Paenibacillus popilliae. Grubs ingest the bacterium, which multiplies within the insect causing their color to change to a milky white, hence the name. Infected grubs die of the milky spore disease and release inoculum back into the soil recycling it for infection of future generations of grubs. Milky Spore Only Affects Grubs of Japanese Beetles Milky spore…
Date: July 26, 2017
Pest Control Bug in House
The short answer… yes, pest control services are worth the cost. Time Equals Money Having a pest problem in your home can be frustrating, as well as scary (depending on the pest in question). Homeowners spend a lot of time scouring the internet and visiting their local hardware or big box stores trying to figure out how to get rid of pests. This includes researching which product to use, how effective the product will be, how long it will take to work, and the cost. This can consume a lot of…
Date: July 25, 2017
Lawn Bare Spot from Chinch Bugs
Two key factors in determining the quality of a lawn is to assess overall density and uniformity; these factors explain why sod is so visually appealing and why golf course turf is considered to be among the finest grown. When voids develop in an otherwise healthy stand of grass, we naturally want to prevent them from growing larger and want to repair the damage as soon as possible. But before we can do that we need to shine some light on why these lawn bare spots occur in the first place. So…
Date: July 14, 2017
Dandelion Weed Killer
How long does it take weed killer to work? If you have been prompted to ask this question, you must be among the millions that just cannot stand to have weeds in your lawn, but at the same time, have had a lot of trouble keeping them under control. The correct answer to the question is it depends. Knowing that “it depends” isn’t really all that helpful, let’s go over some of the principles of good weed control in lawns so that you not only do a better job, but are also using these herbicides…
Date: July 7, 2017
Honeybee Pesticide
No one can deny the critical importance of bees, and by extension, all other pollinators. Over 80% of the world’s plants rely upon pollinators for their reproduction. So, if you were to answer the question ‘do pesticides kill bees’ your kneejerk reaction would be ‘of course’, after all pesticides are supposed to kill insects, right? It’s not quite that simple. I attended a symposium on pollinators a while back. The attendees present in this hotel conference room basically boiled down into…
Date: July 6, 2017
Dog safe in lawn
The safety of our dogs is a very sensitive subject when it comes to taking care of our lawn and landscape. On the one hand, we want to care for our home but on the other we don’t want to cause harm to man’s best friends. This concern is certainly understandable and something that we should take note of as we weigh the benefits and risks of using both fertilizers and pesticides around our homes and pets. And as it is with lawn care products in general, there is a great deal of misinformation…
Date: June 30, 2017
Chich Bug
First, how do you pronounce "chinch bug"? The “ch” in chinch bug is pronounced like the “ch” in church, not “sin” as in cinch. Not a huge deal, but you do want to sound as though you know what you’re talking about. What are chinch bugs? A native insect here in North America, chinch bugs are pests of grasses of all kinds, from turfgrass to corn to wheat. Formerly a significant pest of agricultural crops, the introduction of soybean to the rotation of crops has significantly lessened its…
Date: June 20, 2017
Glass of water
The question of water quality and lawn care products tends to be a touchy one with strong emotions driving the argument. What gets lost in the discussion is a wealth of science that has accumulated showing the incredible ability of your lawn to enhance the environment. The pesticides that are used in lawn care are also used in production agriculture. The broadleaf weed controls that are used for dandelions and clover in your lawn also control weeds in crops like corn and wheat. Herbicides…