Does your grass turn brown in July or August? Or do you notice critters such as skunks, birds and raccoons digging at your lawn at night? Or does your grass peel up easily when you tug on a corner? Yikes! Well all these signs point to one thing – grubs!
The Bad News – Grubs are among the most damaging of all lawn pests. Grubs are the larvae of a wide variety of scarab beetles, including Japanese beetles. They are plump, c-shaped, soft-bodied bugs that are feasting on the precious roots just below the soil surface. This constant feeding on the roots and other organic matter in the soil is what is causing your lawn to brown and eventually die. Unfortunately, unless homeowners do something to rid their lawn of these critters, the larvae will eventually turn into adult beetles and emerge from soil to mate and lay eggs, which hatch into more grubs. The cycle can go on and on.
Treatment – While a few grubs are deemed acceptable to most gardeners and lawn care experts, ten or more can begin to cause damage to your lawn. Therefore, treatment would then be advised. The younger the grub, the better the treatment will work so try to catch these pests early in the life cycle. For most species and locations, July or August is the prime time to treat with an insecticide. While there are numerous grub control methods out there we at Pro-Tech Lawn Care suggest a professional treatment, especially if you have a serious grub problem, your neighbors do or you have a grub problem that is recurring. Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care to discuss our treatment for your grub problem.
Over the last few months, we have discussed the potential dangers of tick-born diseases and viruses due to tick bites. Today, we will be discussing methods you can take to protect yourself and your family from these medical events caused by ticks. Spring, summer and fall are peak tick season, so follow these guidelines put out by pest experts and the scientists at the Centers for Disease Control to protect yourself against the hazards of a tick bite.
Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care for treatment options for your lawn and property area from ticks. Our professionals can help you choose an option that is right for your family and pets.
Check – Check yourself and your family members for ticks EVERY DAY. Here are some warm hidden places that ticks like to take hold. Here’s where to look:
- Inside and behind the ears
- Along your hairline
- Back of your neck
- Behind your knees
- Between your toes
Be Smart about your Surroundings and Dress Wisely – If you are going out for a hike or nature walk, stick to paths and try not to rub up against trees, bushes or sit in tall grass. The transfer of a tick can happen fast in these areas. If you are going out, dress smart. Wear long sleeves and pants. Tuck your pants into your socks.
Use Repellent – Repellents that contain DEET can be used on your exposed skin. Permethrin is a product that can be used on your clothes. Always follow the product instructions and use repellents with no more than 30-35% DEET on adults and 10-15% DEET on children. Never use insect repellents on infants.
Remove Ticks and Keep an Eye on the Spot – If you should find a tick remove it completely, including the head from your skin. Circle the area with a pen and watch to see if a rash or bullseye develop. Talk to your doctor about what should be done next if your suspect you have any tick-born disease.
Pro-Tech Lawn Care services provide spring start-ups, mid-season maintenance checks, and fall winterizing services for sprinkler or irrigation systems. While we won’t rush ourselves to winter just yet, we do want to discuss our spring and summer services in case you have yet to open your system or need some routine maintenance on your system. Here are our tips on maintaining your irrigation system or sprinkler system this year.
- Spring – After a long cold winter you may notice that your lawn is going to need some TLC to get it back to the lush healthy look it had last year. Part of that process is opening your irrigation system. Spring is the perfect time to check your sprinkler system for peak summer performance. As part of our start up service we will check and prime the mainline, test controller operation, identify needed repairs or leaks, check operation of each zone and sprinkler head, and calibrate the rain sensor and run timer. In short, we will get your system up and running properly.
- Summer – As spring turns to a hot, dry summer, your system may need adjustments or maintenance for any issues that could occur. Our maintenance visits may include: resetting the controller, checking for system leaks, cleaning out overgrowth around heads, ensuring rotors are turning properly, and/or leveling heads and diagnosing system repairs.
- Winterization – We will be discussing winterization in more detail in a few short months when it’s time for blow outs and shutting down the system before the cold of winter sets in. This winterization is your best protection from freezing pipes or damage due to falling temperatures.
Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care for all your irrigation system needs all year long.
Last month we discussed the many mosquito-born illnesses that pose a threat to humans during the warm summer months and well into the fall. This month, we are discussing some common sense methods to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquitoes in order to not only avoid the itchy bumps of their bite, but also to protect yourself from diseases and viruses. Here are a few methods that you should make a regular part of your family’s routine to protect yourselves from mosquito bites.
- Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care about yard treatment plans to reduce and in some cases eliminate mosquitoes from your area.
- Wear mosquito repellent. We recommend repellents containing 30% to 50% DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) for adults and children over 2 months of age. We also recommend repellents containing up to 15% picaridin, which must be applied often.
- Dress for protection. Clothing that are light colored and cover all parts of your skin is preferred. Many people choose, even in the heat of the summer, to wear lightweight long sleeves and long pants to avoid bites. Repellents or insecticides, such as permethrin, can be applied to clothing and gear for added protection. The more skin that is exposed to a bite, the greater the possibility of getting a bite.
- Be aware of time. According to the Centers for Disease Control, mosquitoes may bite at any time of day, peak biting activity for vectors of some diseases (such as dengue and chikungunya) is during daylight hours. Vectors of other diseases (such as malaria) are most active in twilight periods (dawn and dusk) or in the evening after dark.
If you want more information about mosquitoes in your area, call Pro-Tech Lawn Care to discuss treatment methods.
Want your neighbors to be green with envy about your lush green lawn? Hydroseeding is a fast, cost effective way to create the lawn you have always desired. Pro-Tech Lawn Care has added this to our list of services in order to help your home or business stand out from the rest. Many of our customers report that they chose this method over sod or hand seeding because of the numerous advantages of hydroseeding. Compared to the cost of sod and the labor intensive method of hand seeding, hydroseeding has excellent benefits to make your lawn beautiful. Let’s take a closer look at hydroseeding benefits.
- Cost – On average, hydroseeding cost about ¼ the price of sod, which may or may not take on your lawn. Sod in general is more expensive to buy and install, while hydroseeding is more budget friendly.
- Quality – The slurry of seed mixture used in this method of seeding is high quality and can be seen by the green dye as it is applied. So there are no questions about where the seeds will take as is a common problem with rotary seeding or hand seeding.
- Erosion Control – If your yard has any incline you may be concerned about the seeds washing away with rain or watering. With hydroseed, the mixture sticks to whatever surface it lands on. This guarantees your seeds will plant where you lay them, and offers immediate erosion control.
- Speed of Germination – Traditional seeding methods take a long time and a significant amount of manpower. Germination time will depend on the weather, the time of year, the amount of water, the area you live in and other factors. Usually grass will be visible in 5-7 days, a few days slower in cold weather or the hottest part of summer. Compare this to hand or rotary seeding that could take up to three months to see a full thick lawn.
- Healthier Grass – Rolling sod on your lawn may seem easy, however, the health of the grass may be in question. With sod, the roots of the grass are chopped off. This, too, is a contributing factor in how well the grass will “take”. Or not. Hydroseeded areas, on the other hand, work with the time-tested method of germination, where the blade grows up while the roots grow down.
If you are interested in hydroseeding, call Pro-Tech Lawn Care for an estimate and get started making your neighbors jealous!