Category Archives: Fertilization

Bagworms are Back!

Bagworms are back!

These invasive insects look like cone-shaped sacs that can sometimes be mistaken for pine cones. The sacs look like cocoons that hang from the tree branches. These cocoons or sacs contain bagworm eggs and once they hatch, they will begin to dine on the leaves and needles of your trees and shrubs. A heavy infestation on evergreens can cause extensive die-back and even death to the plant. Bagworms are  fond of a variety of trees such as blue spruce, cedars, white pines and junipers. On deciduous trees, bagworms will strip the leaves, leaving only bare branches.

Left untreated, bagworms can defoliate branches, causing branch die-back and eventually kill the shrub or tree. The best defense against bagworms is an insecticide spray application. If the outbreak is severe, a second application may be required.

 

 

Conquering Weeds and Grubs in your Landscape

Winning the Weed War

The battle to control weeds, grubs and fungus can what seem never ending. During summer months, grubs can be especially harmful to your lawn. Grubs can destroy lawns by feeding on the roots of grasses, causing the grass to brown and die. Unfortunately, by the time the homeowner discovers they have a grub problem the damage to their lawn is already done. Grubs do not discriminate against grass varieties however, they are sun seekers and rarely attack shady lawns.

So how do you treat for grub worms? The best defense against grub worms is an effective insecticide. It is best to apply in July or August when grubs are feeding.

The never ending battle continues with weeds A cool wet spring can make your landscape optimal for invasive weeds. Weeds such as nutsedge and crabgrass can rapidly germinate and spread throughout … Read More »

Spring Is Right Around the Corner

Spring is Just Around the Corner

With the exception of a few cold days and a few snow falls this year, the Midwest has had a warmer than usual winter. Hopefully spring is not too far behind!

While it is still too early to start planting, you can prepare your landscape for spring growth.

Late February and March are the ideal time to prune fruit trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses. Pruning trees and shrubs now while trees are still dormant will promote new growth and allow pruned areas to heal before the tree starts to bloom in spring. Prevent weeds such as crabgrass, foxtail and broadleaf from overtaking your lawn with an early pre-emergent application. A pre-emergent works on the weed seeds that may over winter in your lawn and prohibits them from germinating in the spring. Maintain the health of your ash trees and … Read More »

Preventing Salt Damage to your Landscape

We have already had a few bouts with slick streets this winter making driving a challenge. We rely on the our city snow plows to treat the streets that allow us to drive safely in snow and ice. Unfortunately, the de-icing agents can have a negative affect on your lawn and near-by trees.

The effects of de-icers on your Landscape The de-icing agents can contain excessive salt levels which can leach vital water away from your landscape and be absorbed into the root system of trees, shrubs and your lawn. The excessive salt levels in the soil can cause browning, stunted growth, delayed budding and even dieback. Evergreens are especially vulnerable to salt damage. Sadly, the damage is not visible until the following spring when new growth begins.

Protecting your Landscape from de-icers There are some steps you can take to avoid salt damage … Read More »

Dormant Seeding; the Solution to Problem Areas in your Lawn

It is too late to reseed your lawn this year. However, if you missed out on reseeding, there is another option; dormant seeding.

What is Dormant Seeding? Dormant seeding is a unique way to seed late in the year and get great results in the spring. While most seeding is done in the fall, there are advantages to dormant seeding later in the year:

Dormant seeding is ideal for filling in bald patches in your lawn and areas that suffered from insect or disease issues. With dormant seeding, you are less likely to get weeds as you might with spring grass seed. Mother Nature takes care of watering with winter snow and early spring rains.

 

How Does Dormant Seeding Work? Grass seed is applied in late fall, usually the last half of November when temperatures are down around the freezing point. This is ideal as it is … Read More »