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Spring Tree and Shrub Care

Tree and Shrub

Caring for and protecting your investment in your home's landscape is important. While proper lawn maintenance is key, it's equally important to care for your trees and shrubs during the early spring months. 

Neglecting your trees and shrubs most commonly results in stunted growth or insect damage, but can lead to permanent damage or loss of the tree or shrub. 

To stay ahead of these issues, we've identified a couple tips for your trees and shrubs this spring.

Don't Forget to Prune. Depending on the type of plant (spring or summer blooms), you'll want to pay attention to the season and prune them before they start growing, or right after they are done. For a list of the types of shrubs and ideal pruning times, check out this Better Homes and Gardens article.

Apply a Dormant Oil Spray. During the winter, insects seek shelter by boring into several species of hardwood trees and plants.  When you apply a dormant oil treatment to your trees and shrubs, you prevent these insects from emerging in the spring and summer months. You'll also protect your trees from further damage later in the season as they look to multiply and feed off your trees.

Fertilize with a Deep Root Process. Fertilizing your plants and trees using a deep root process gets much needed food into the root system as spring begins to pop. Trees and shrubs have a couple growth spurts during the spring and the biggest growth spurt in late March to early April, depending on the weather.

With proper spring-time care, your trees and shrubs will easily transition to the summer months. If you need help applying the dormant oil spray or deep root process, let us know and we can give you a free quote

Have any comments or anything to add? Let us know in the comments!

 

Common Lawn Pests & How to Get Rid of Them

Things are going great. Your lawn is finally looking good after the cold, winter months. And then you see a mound of grass that's been disturbed. Or you see some patches of dying grass. And now you have to figure out what's causing the problem and fix it before it does any more damage to your lawn.

Luckily for you, we've identified a couple of the most common lawn pests that can cause these headaches, and provided some tips on how you can remove them. Let's get started.

Moles

Molehill

Identification - Moles damage your lawn by digging tunnels through the soil in search of earthworms and insects. They also create mounds of dirt where they have tunneled deep into the ground, which can damage a large area of your lawn. Over time, the grass that's been separated from the soil due to the tunnels will start to die and turn brown. 

Treatment - To minimize mole activity in your lawn, you'll want to cut off their food source by using a grub preventative treatment. Additionally, the two most common ways to eliminate moles are either trapping or poisoning. If done properly, both are effective.

Prevention - While it's difficult to completely prevent moles from invading your lawn, there are some things you can do to lessen the chances that you'll get them. First, be careful not to over-water your lawn. Earthworms, which are a primary food source for moles, prefer damp environments. Be sure to water your lawn, but try to limit it to the recommended amount - 1.5"-2" per week including rainfall. Also, use preventative treatments for lawn insects in the early spring to further reduce the food sources for moles in your lawn.

Grubs

Identification - Grubs are naturally found in the soil, but can become harmful if too many are present in one area. You can spot a grub infestation by looking for brown patches in your lawn. These areas of grass will easily be able to be pulled up to spot the grubs underneath. Or, you may start to see signs of mole activity in your lawn, as they love to feed on grubs.

Treatment - To stop grubs from harming your lawn even further, you can apply an insecticide formulated to eliminate grubs. You will likely need to apply a couple treatments, but it will stop the infestation quickly. 

Prevention - The damage that you see in spring is actually caused during the fall when the new larva feed on the grass roots. To prevent these larva from doing damage, you can apply a preventative treatment to your lawn during the summer months (June-July) that will stop the infestation before it starts. 

If you prefer the help of a pro, we can help you identify grub damage, eliminate the infestation, and treat your lawn with a proactive grub control to prevent the problem from returning. 

We hope this helps you identify and treat a couple of the most common pests and keep your lawn in great condition throughout the summer.