Category Archives: Insects

Battling Spring Pests

It’s spring and flowers are starting to pop up, trees are beginning to leaf out and insects are starting to invade your landscape.

What is attacking my landscape?

Chiggers, fleas and ticks can be found throughout your landscape. The most threatening of these insects are ticks. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, which can cause devastating health issues in both people and pets. Experts recommend a pesticide treatment which can help control ticks in your landscape.

While chiggers and flea bites rarely result in health problems, their bite can cause extensive itching, redness and tenderness at the bite mark. Fleas can be brought into the house via pets and lay eggs in your carpet. A pesticide application to your landscape will help control the flea population in your yard and keep them out of your home!

So how do you keep these biting insects out … 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 »

Dormant Tree Pruning

When is the best time to prune trees?

Many homeowners think that the best time to prune trees is when there are still leaves in the canopy. In truth, winter is a great time to prune trees.

The benefits of pruning in winter

There are numerous benefits to pruning your trees in the winter such as:

Dead or diseased branches are easily identifiable Cracks or splits in branches are more visible Fungus, cankers or structural defects which can pose a hazard to your property are more observable Pruning trees in the winter also allows the wound site to heal before spring when insects appear Trees with a full canopy can hide imperfections which can cause trouble later on.

Dormant pruning can be beneficial to your trees overall health. By removing dead or diseased limbs, trees can now put their energy into new growth. For younger trees, the Arborist can … Read More »

Fall is the Best Time to Renovate Your Lawn

When is the best time to start your lawn renovation?

It may sound a bit premature to think about your spring lawn, but September is one of the best times to get your lawn ready for next year.  The warm days and cool nights in September make spring lawn preparation ideal.

Summer heat, insects and weeds can take a toll on your lawn. If your lawn has dead patches, insect issues or weeds, then now is the time to sign up for your fall lawn care.

The lawn care specialists at Arbor Masters of Kansas City and Wichita can design a program tailored to your lawns needs.

What treatments are best for your lawn?

Depending on the type of lawn you grass you have, we recommend de-thatching or power-raking your lawn to break up the thatch of grass clippings left from mowing. Turf such as … Read More »

Japanese Beetle Feeding Frenzy

What is Eating My Trees?

Japanese Beetles are devastating shrubs and trees in the metro area. Homeowners are noticing that without warning, the foliage of a once healthy tree or shrub is consumed in a matter of days.

Life Cycle

Japanese beetles begin life in the larvae stage. More commonly known to frustrated homeowners as grub worms, these insects are famous for their destruction they cause when feeding on the roots of grass. In late June, grubs will emerge in the form of a beetle. Once they have emerged, they will immediately seek out a food source (namely tree and shrub leaves) and will continue to feed on tree and shrub foliage through September.

Physical Appearance

Japanese beetles are an oval shaped insect with an iridescent head and copper colored body. Once the Japanese beetle starts to feed on plant foliage, the now damaged leaves … Read More »