Category Archives: Post Emergent

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 »

Tree Fertilization

Did your trees suffer from the summer heat this year? Lack of consistent moisture, insect or disease issues and environmental can cause undue stress to your your trees.

How do I know my tree is stressed?

Signs a tree may be in distress are early leaf drop, stagnant growth, branch dieback, too little or too much moisture, or trees that have suffered from recent insect or diseases. In addition, there are environmental issues such as nearby construction, pollution or trees that have come in contact with de-icing agents. All of these elements can cause your trees stress and affect their overall health.

How do I keep my trees healthy?

The first step to making sure that your trees are healthy is to have them evaluated by a Certified Arborist. It is important to keep trees away from roof lines, outdoor structures and over drives … Read More »

Summer Landscaping Tips

Summer may be in full swing, but you still need to give your plants and trees some TLC.  The heat combined with insects and lack of rain can take a toll on your landscape.

Even though it is mid-summer and your landscape is in full bloom, routine care is still required.

Keep weeds at bay with a fresh layer of mulch. Mulch is a great barrier against weed while helping to retain much needed moisture during the summer heat. In addition, mulch protects your plants and trees from damage from lawn equipment.  Ideally, a 2-3 inch layer of mulch is best for landscape gardens. Feed your plants mid-season.  Heat, lack of water or too much water can affect the health of your plants.  If your soil is less than ideal, add nutrients through fertilization to help maintain valuable nutrients to sustain them through … Read More »

August is Lawn Renovation Time!

With fall quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to start planning your lawn renovation.

This summer’s constant rains peppered with scorching temperatures have taken a toll on lawns across the Midwest. Weeds and lawn diseases such as dollar spot have become what seemed like a never ending battle of wills. The best way to get the upper hand on weeds, insects and disease in your lawn is proper maintenance routine.

Arbor Masters® provides tailored programs for your lawn. The first step is a lawn aeration or dethatching. Dethatching is recommended for thick turf such as zoysia. Dethatching will break up the thatch and allow water, oxygen and nutrients to reach the grass roots. An overseeding application will help thicken existing turf, revitalize bare spots from insect and summer stress while choking out potential weeds.

Finally, fertilize your lawn. A fertilization application will … Read More »

Weeding Out the Weeds

April is the time to prepare your lawn for spring growth. Unfortunately, that spring growth can also include weeds! Weeds that drop their seeds in fall can overwinter in your lawn only to emerge once the temperatures start to warm up. Fighting weeds can become a never ending battle!

Common weeds such as dandelions, spurge, broadleaf, wild violets and nutsedge are hard to control. While you can spend your weekends digging up weeds, your best defense against weeds is a good defense.

Adding a pre-emergent herbicide in early spring should be your first step to battling these weeds. Treatment should be applied in mid-March when temperatures are above 50 degrees. A second application in the fall will help control over-wintering weeds from germinating.

A second step to the war against weeds is a thick, healthy lawn. A thin lawn allows sunlight to penetrate … Read More »