Category Archives: Lawn Care

Prevent Pests from Ruining your Outdoor Entertaining

Summer is such a great time for outdoor entertaining around the grill, fire pit, or pool, as the days are longer and the weather is perfect for such events. Unfortunately, these fun get togethers sometimes have uninvited guests such as pests like bees, flies, mosquitoes, and ticks. Here are some simple, yet effective ways to prevent pests from ruining your outdoor entertaining this summer.

 

  • Yard Treatment – Talk to our experts about treating your yard for mosquitoes and other pests that can be a huge pain during outdoor dinner parties. Our comprehensive monthly treatment program can protect your family and guests from ticks, mosquitoes, and other flying pests throughout the active season.
  • Cover Foods – The item that most attracts pests during your BBQ or dinner parties is most likely the food! Cover all food serving dishes when possible or, better yet, move them into the kitchen and have guests serve from inside. One item that tends to attract bees are soda and beer cans. Bees love to nose around in these cans and can sting an unsuspecting drinker. Keep cans and drinks covered as well.
  • Dress for Prevention – While it may be hot outside, the pests love exposed skin. Try to wear long sleeved, light weight clothing that will protect the largest part of your body. Use insect repellent such as Permethrin on clothing and DEET on skin.
  • Use Fans – Mosquitoes and other insects have trouble landing when there is a stiff wind or human-made wind from a fan. Bring out some standing fans and direct them on guests around your patio so that these buggers can’t get a chance to land and bite.
  • Try Insect Repelling Plantings – Up the odds that your outdoors will be pest-free by planting some naturally insect repelling plantings. The following plants are known to have mosquito-repelling properties: marigolds, Rosemary, Lavender, Basil, and Catnip.

 

Talk to our team at Pro-Tech Lawn Care about how you can prevent pests from ruining your time outside with our helpful tips and treatment solutions. Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733, or visit our website.

 

4 Tips to Prevent Tick Bites and Lyme Disease

As the weather improves, New Englanders tend to start spending more and more time outdoors playing, gardening, enjoying the sun, and entertaining. While humans are getting out more, so are the pests and insects, specifically pests like ticks that can transmit disease such as Lyme. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 300,000 new cases of this tick-borne disease every year. Now is the time to take certain steps to prevent tick bites and potentially Lyme Disease. Here are four tips to help keep you and your family safe this season.

 

  1. Create a Tick-Free Zone – Staying indoors during the height of the tick season is not a viable option, so try to create a tick-free zone around your home. Do this by keeping your lawn, garden, and plantings well-groomed and manicured. This can keep the tick habitat away from your property. In addition, consider a tick barrier by placing wood chips or bark mulch around the perimeter of your property. Some homeowners choose to have their property treated by professionals like our technicians here at Pro-Tech Lawn Care.
  2. Enjoy the Outdoors Safely – If your outdoor plans include being in an area that could have ticks, which is just about anywhere, dress wisely. Wear lightweight long pants and shirts, stay on hiking paths, and protect yourself with tick repellant such as DEET for skin and Permethrin for clothing.
  3. Perform Tick Checks – After being outdoors, make a habit of checking yourself, your partner, and children every evening. Ticks especially like to hide in armpits, along the neck and hairline, in the scalp, behind the knee, and along the waistline. Do not just rely on a sight check; also use your hands to feel for small specks that could be ticks.
  4. Remove Ticks – If you should find a tick, don’t panic! Attempt to remove the tick with tweezers. Getting the tick off in the first 24 hours can dramatically reduce the chance of transmitting Lyme Disease from tick to person.

 

While we encourage people to enjoy the outdoors every spring and summer, we also caution everyone to be vigilant for ticks by proactively treating as well as checking for ticks after each time outside. Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care for more information and help treating your yard this season. Call us at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733, or visit our website.

 

What’s Up with the Ladybugs?

Ladybugs may be one of the more beloved pests, (if there is such a thing). They have cute songs written about them, children love drawing them, and dog-gone-it they are cute. Well that is unless they and hundreds of their closest friends have become your housemates! Why is it that in the fall, and again in the spring these critters find themselves crawling all over your home, sometimes even inside your home? It may be enough to ask, “What’s Up with the Ladybugs?”

 

Ladybugs, while somewhat adorable, are cluster hibernators, which means that every fall they secrete a pheromone that attracts hundreds of their friends and family in search of a place to spend their winter hibernating. Unfortunately, this location may be the walls, eaves, and other hidden places inside your home! This event usually occurs on sunny days in late October or early November. You may notice them right around trick-or-treating time. They are most attracted to homes with natural wood siding and ample sun exposure. They’re also attracted to houses in wooded areas, light-colored houses warmed in sunlight, and especially older houses with lots of crevices to find their way in.

 

In the spring these same Ladybugs are beginning to awaken, which means we repeat the process except in reverse. At first you may notice one or two crawling out from their hibernation into the light, confused but ready for the spring. Then as the days and weeks progress you may see many more working their way back to the outdoors. Help them along their journey or leave them be. Unfortunately, Ladybugs can leave stains and may be seen as a nuisance. The good news with Ladybugs is that these pests are really just an annoyance since they do not pose a health threat and do not damage structures. Do you have questions about the pests in and around your house? Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733, or visit our website to schedule an appointment.

 

Mow the Right Way

Every Saturday and Sunday we see our neighbors going at it, mowing and trimming their lawns. They all seem to be doing it pretty much the same way. Why is it, then, that some lawns look picture-perfect while others just don’t. Is there some magical secret that some people follow when mowing? Probably not, since lawns are dependent on many factors including: sunlight, water, nutrients, aeration, fertilization, oxygenation, and the list goes on. Mowing is another factor that can help make a property look its best. Here are some ideas to help you Mow the Right Way and get your lawn looking amazing.

  • Keep your Equipment Running Well – It is hard to do a great job caring for your lawn if your trimmers, mower, and lawn tools are not at their best. Get a check up at a local hardware store where they can examine spark plugs, oil, blade sharpness, and general running of the motor. A healthy mower can only help you during the growing season.
  • Mow when it is time. This means that several things should be taken into account. For example: don’t mow when the grass is wet. Mow when the grass is dry. The blades will be upright and less likely to clump when cut. Also avoid mowing in the heat of the day to prevent heat stress on your grass and yourself.
  • Change the mowing patterns regularly. This keeps the grass from bending too much the in direction that you mow. Instead switch it up a bit each time to avoid grass bending and ruts in the lawn where you commonly mow.
  • Stick to the ⅓ Rule of mowing. Never cut off more than one third of the grass at one time to reduce injury to the crown and generate new growth.
  • Consider not bagging the clippings when you mow. The clippings can serve as a great organic addition to your lawn.

 

Is your lawn still not as green, lush, or beautiful as your neighbors’ lawns? Find out why by calling Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733, or visit our website.

 

3 Common Lawn Care Mistakes – Spring Edition

Let’s face it, we all make mistakes. Caring for our lawns is one such area where mistakes are made. The spring is an especially vulnerable time for lawns as they are emerging from dormancy and trying to re-establish itself while battling spring weather, pests, and human traffic. Here are some common springtime lawn care mistakes that you will want to avoid this year.

  • Ignoring Pest Control – Many homeowners have a wait-and-see attitude about their lawns, especially in the spring. Unfortunately, those brown marks, mushrooms, or critters are not going away without assistance. Don’t be fooled into thinking your lawn will get better once the weather gets better. Take action as soon as you recognize a pest problem. Better yet, schedule regular lawn care checks to be proactive and prevent a pest problem.
  • Not Caring for Equipment – It has been a long winter and those tools and your lawn care equipment probably need some TLC. Don’t jump into trimming and mowing without having a check up performed on your gear. Blades on mowers should be sharpened and oil and spark plugs changed out regularly.
  • Not Testing the Soil – The spring is a great time for a soil check up. Find out the pH and soil needs before you start applying fertilizer, seeds, or even watering. You need to know a starting point and a soil test can help you do that. Grass thrives in soil with a pH of 6 to 6.5. Send a soil sample to your local extension service for testing and they’ll tell you what your soil needs to make your grass healthy.

Have questions about how to care for your lawn this spring? Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733, or visit our website.

Signs of a Great Lawn Care Company

Google the phrase “lawn care” and hundreds of pages will come up with names galore, some of them with years of experience and some who are novices. How do you find a great lawn care company that will be there when you call, provide exceptional care, and have experience with a wide array of lawn care issues? Pro-Tech Lawn Care is proud of our 40+ year reputation as a reliable, experienced, and local, family-owned business pest control business. Here are some suggestions when you are looking for a great lawn care company to manage your lawn care needs.

 

  • Ask Around – Word of mouth is one of our best methods of meeting and keeping new customers. Our loyal customers mention us to neighbors, friends, and family. So ask around your area to find out who the people you trust the most would recommend. Include in your search an examination of online reviews and social media sites to see what people are saying. Remember to look at how the company dealt with complaints as well as compliments.
  • Find Out About Services – A good lawn care company should have the ability to handle all sorts of issues that may face your lawn and garden including: tree disease, grass disease, tree and shrub problems, wildlife invasions, pests and stinging/biting insects. Treating and preventing these issues should be a part of the services offered. If the companies you are looking for can’t address and solve all of these issues then maybe you should continue looking.
  • Get to Know the Team – When searching for a great lawn care company, get to know the team by having them give a free estimate for any issue you may be having. During that time find out what training, licensing, certificates, and experience the team member has. This should give you a good idea of the scope of expertise.

 

Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care if you are looking for a team that will not only treat your lawn care issues but also help you prevent future issues with proper care. Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733, or visit our website.

Mower Prep

The mowing season is almost here! The topic is enough to make every “green thumb” out there giddy with excitement. Yes, it is almost time to start caring for your lawn and garden again. Is the most important tool you have, your mower, ready to go? Here are a few things to check before revving up that engine and taking it out for the first mow of the season.

 

  • Spark Plug – Every year, without fail, you should change the spark plug. This can be something done during an annual tune up at a repair shop or done by the homeowner him/herself.
  • Blade Sharpening – Again, either during a check up at a shop or in your own garage, check the sharpness of the blade. Each year, blades should be sharpened so that it does not pull at the grass, but rather cut precisely.
  • Oil Change – Hopefully at the end of last season you drained the oil and disposed of it properly, but if that was not the case, do it now. Start each season with fresh oil and add more as needed.
  • Clean it! – While the blade is off during sharpening and the oil is being drained, now is a good time to clean the undercarriage completely. Make sure all the debris, dirt, and grass is cleaned out of every crevice to start the season off right.
  • Lubrication – The start of every season is also a good time to lubricate and check all the moving parts of your mower so that they stay in good working condition.

 

Is your mower ready for the spring season? Are you? If you need help keeping your lawn looking sharp and free of pests, call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733, or visit our website.

 

Do You Have the Right Tools for Spring Lawn Care

As the calendar creeps slowly toward spring, many of us get excited about getting out there to care for our lawns and gardens. While it is still a little early to start with lawn care activities however, this is a great time to go through your tool checklist to confirm that everything is ready to go when the ground completely thaws and the first warm weekend comes when you can start your labor of love. Here is a quick checklist to help you get organized and make sure you have all the right tools before the growing season begins.

 

  • Wheelbarrow – Anyone who cares for their lawn knows that a wheelbarrow can be a lifesaver when it comes to transporting heavier items like rocks, mulch, and lawn cuttings. Be sure your wheelbarrow is cleaned out, the tire inflated and you will be good to go!
  • Rakes – There are a wide variety of rakes that you may need including: garden rakes, dethatching rakes, and leaf rakes. Make sure you have the type that you will need to dig out the dead grass, till the soil in the garden, and gather up the leaves after the long winter.
  • Pruning Shears – Bushes and shrubs will need to be pruned during the spring months to be sure that they are in good working order.
  • Spreaders – Depending upon the state of your lawn from last growing season you may need to spread fertilizer or possibly seeds to fill in bare patches. Check to see that the rotary is working well and that the bin has been cleaned out completely.
  • Edgers/Trimmers – Lawns that have gardens, walkways, and the perimeter neatly edged look neat and well groomed. Have yours conditioned or checked out before the cutting season begins.

 

Are your tools ready? Do you have the right tools? If you need more information about what tools are right for your lawn call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733, or visit our website.

 

Preventing Dog Damage to your Lawn

If you are like most people, your dog is one of the family. S/he provides unconditional love, protection, comfort and constant companionship. You will do pretty much anything to keep your beloved pup happy and healthy. Unfortunately for many homeowners, having a pup means that their lawn has paid the price, from excessive digging, urine burns, or puppy poop! Is there a way to prevent dog damage without making your pooch unhappy?

With over 62% of American households having a dog or multiple dogs, these backyard scenes are probably not a shock for any of you, but let’s review anyway.

 

  • Brown Spots – If your pup is anything like ours s/he will urinate around trees, bushes, and the general perimeter of the yard to mark the territory as theirs. The brown spots associated with this bodily function are caused not by “acid” in the urine, but rather the high levels of nitrogen in canine urine. There are several methods to treat this including diluting the main areas where Fido goes to the bathroom with water from your hose, checking with a vet for adjustments to his/her diet, and planting grass that is more nitrogen resistant.  Fescue and ryegrass are the most resistant to nitrogen due to the genetic makeup of the roots.

 

  • Holes and Worn Areas – If your pup loves to dig, like so many of them do, you may want to cordon off an area of your yard for your dog to dig. This means each time you let your dog out you will need to train him/her that the designated area is theirs. Many homeowners also create a physical barrier so that pups can roam that area freely. In addition, if your lawn has worn areas you may end up spending many a weekend seeding and nurturing grass to grow in a high traffic area. You may want to create a pathway that is commonly used and cover with mulch or pavers so that you can stop the seed-water-patch cycle.

 

We all love our pups so as a last suggestion, be sure that the treatments you use are safe for your furry animal. If you have questions, call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733, or visit our website.

 

Planning for a Green Lawn

Sure the temperature is below freezing and your lawn is under inches, if not feet, of snow, but this is as good a time as any to get planning so that your lawn will be thick and healthy this coming growing season. A little pre-planning can really help with nurturing a healthy,  pest-free, and green lawn this spring, summer, and fall. Here are some things to consider now to be ready come the first thaw.

 

  • Equipment – Are your mower, trimmer, leaf blower, and other gardening tools in good shape? Are blades sharpened, spark plugs replaced, and oil changed and ready to go? Now is a good time to get this done as you really don’t want to be on a waiting list for repairs come spring.
  • Create a Timeline – Homeowners who are true “green thumbs” know the value of having a calendar of when things like aeration, fertilization, pest treatment, and general maintenance should be done. Do a little research online or with your lawn care expert to find out what type of grass and plantings you have so you can create your own calendar of lawn and tree care that can help keep your lawn growing in a healthy way.
  • Have a Pest Plan – Most homeowners have a good idea of what to do to mow, trim, and fertilize their lawns regularly, but they often forget about treating for pests including mushrooms, grubs, and grass diseases. Think about problems that you had with your lawn this past year and find out what needs to be done to avoid the pests this year. We suggest having one of our lawn professionals visit your lawn in the early spring and determine soil composition, grass needs and potential pest problems so you can tackle them head-on or prevent them from occurring once the weather warms up.

 

Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733, or visit our website.