What's Going on in my Yard?
What does my lawn need now?
A good spring fertilization will give your lawn that extra boost for a great lawn this year! Lawns will benefit from regular fertilization and broadleaf weed control throughout the summer, especially for those harder to control weeds such as thistle and clover. Mowing at the 2 1/2 "-3" height is recommended.
How can I check my lawn for grubs or billbugs?
We do not anticipate billbug grubs until at least July 1st this year. The easiest way to check your lawn for grubs is to do the "tug" test. In the brown area of the lawn, grab a fistful of the grass and pull - if it comes up easily at the roots the problem might be grubs. Sometimes you can see the insects, they are white/grey and are C-shaped. The best place to find them is between the brown area and the still green area of the grass. If the roots are still attached and the grass is harder to pull - most likely it is a watering issue. If a lawn does get droughted in an area, it often takes up to two weeks for the lawn to green back up.
What about my trees?
- The size and color of the leaves can determine much about the vigor of your tree. Small leaves or chlorotic (yellowing) leaves may be a reason to have the tree looked at more closely by an arborist. He can help you decide what is normal and what is something that needs attention.
- As warmer weather approaches, insects such as aphids, borers, and scale can be detrimental to your tree. Control treatments are available but timing can be crucial. Call for more information or for a plant health care analysis.
- Birch trees which are susceptible to bronze birch borer come under attack from this insect during early summer. if you do not have protection for this insect, it is important to watch the foliage on upper branches carefully for sudden dying. Call our office for details.
Can my trees be pruned right now?
All shade trees can be properly pruned any time during the season, but it does take expert training to know where cuts should be made and how much foliage should be removed. Our certified arborists are expert in this knowledge. The results of proper pruning is truly amazing and provide better health, improved aesthetics and renewed vigor to the tree. Proper pruning will help maintain your trees for years to come!
When should I spray for spiders around my home?
The best answer is - when they are active! During April and May, the eggs are hatching and the new spiders start to become active. During the summer, spiders will be in and out of homes. In the fall, many of the adults will come inside to look for places to winter.