Know your lawn weeds

Often, clients will call concerned with what they perceive as weeds in their lawn. Our regular applications control most of the weeds in your lawn, but there are a few that require special applications. This publication from the Home and Garden Center Information Center of University of Maryland Extension explains the basics of lawn weed biology and how they are controlled. There are two exceptions to the article that I would like to make you aware of. (more…)

Mulching Leaves Saves Time, Money, and Work

MulchingMost of us enjoy the beauty of fall, with its warm, rich days that surround us in those glorious bursts of color. But after the last of the leaves have fluttered from the trees, autumn also presents us with that carpet of crumbling, brown and orange debris which must be dealt with before the first snows of winter descend. Instead of breaking your back raking leaves on a beautiful weekend afternoon, wouldn’t it be nice to have an alternative that would save you time? If you have a mulching mower, you have all you need. Just remove the bag and insert the mulching plug. (more…)

We Know Lawn Disease Control

Of all lawn-damaging problems, fungal diseases of turf grass are some of the most difficult to control. There are several diseases that can infect your lawn.

LesionsPrevention is the best strategy for managing lawn diseases in home lawns. Proper fertilization and mowing, irrigating in early morning hours only, choosing the right type of grass, improving poor drainage and increasing air circulation around grassy areas will fend off serious problems. However, disease pathogens are present in your average lawn and when lawns are stressed and weather conditions (like we have had recently) are right a disease can occur. (more…)

Cankerworm Invasion

CankerwormThere seems to be a Cankerworm invasion!

An increased population of cankerworms (commonly called inchworms) in our area has led to bothersome webs hanging from trees along with loss of leaves in the spring.

The best defense is to band trees in the fall to prevent cankerworms from traveling to the top to lay eggs. Depending on the types of trees and shrubs on a property and the property owner’s level of tolerance, there are several things we can do for cankerworm prevention and removal. (more…)

What is Power Core Aeration?

Core AerationPower Core Aeration is performed using a machine that creates thousands of holes throughout your lawn. In its wake, it leaves behind small “cores” of soil (see picture). These cores contain beneficial microorganisms that help to breakdown thatch. We recommend Power Core Aeration at least yearly so if you missed out on spring Power Core Aeration, fall is the next best time. (more…)