Turf Management & Pest Control

Our Turf Control services prevent unwanted weeds and pests from taking over your lawn, plants and trees.

Turf Management

We focus on weed control and pest control with our environmentally sensitive turf management programs. We don’t stop at the surface either. To ensure your lawn stays healthy and strong from the ground up we perform core aeration and dethatching when necessary.

Aeration Benefits

Assisting in the prevention of weeds is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to having a core aeration done. There are a number of benefits that will fortify your lawn in ways you may not have thought of.

  • Stronger turf grass roots
  • Reduced soil compaction
  • Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance
  • Enhanced soil water uptake
  • Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere
  • Improved resiliency and cushioning
  • Enhanced thatch breakdown

Soil compaction is fairly common to a yard that sees a lot of traffic. Be it kids and pets running around or if it’s being used as the neighborhood playground. There may only be specific areas that are more compacted than others. When it’s time for core aeration we make sure to focus on the areas that need it most.

Too much “natural” might be a bad thing

Leaves, stems and roots form a natural layer on your lawn call thatch. The right amount of thatch is good. It can help to slow water loss, cushion the soil, insulate and strengthen your lawn. Too much and it will start to prevent water, fertilizer, and insect or disease controls from reaching the soil. A thickness of ½ to ¾ of an inch is ok but any thicker and it's time to have your lawn dethatched.

When executed properly, pest control along with weed control will turn your yard into a beautiful, durable landscape.

Weed Control

Weeds are plants that end up where you don’t want them. They can even upset surrounding property owners and neighbors. You don’t want to be the eyesore on the block with a lawn full of weeds. When weeds are left alone they will compete for water and nutrients, stealing them from the grass cover that makes for a beautiful lawn. If you’re unsure as to what types of weeds you’re dealing with, some identification will help guide treatment.

Different Types of Weeds

Single Seed Leaf
  • Crabgrass
  • Annual Bluegrass
  • Tall Fescue
  • Quack Grass
Broadleaf Weeds or Dicots
  • Dandelion
  • Clover
  • Ground Ivy
  • Knotweed
  • Plantain

Identify the weeds you have with our help and let the weed control begin! It may seem kind of weird but we love to do this kind of stuff. There’s no better feeling than a plush lawn under your feet. Weeds annoy us too and everyday we’re doing what we can to stop them from multiplying.

Some basics on weed control

One of the best ways to keep lawn weeds under control is to have a nice thick and energetic turf cover. Weed killer is just the start; you’ll end up frustrated with the lack of results if you don’t address the source of the problem. Turf weeds, for the most part, can be kept at bay by changing cultural practices to benefit grass plants rather than weeds.

  • Raising or lowing the mowing height
  • Changing the frequency of mowing
  • Increasing or decreasing the period of irrigation
  • Increasing or decreasing the application of fertilizer
  • Core aeration `

There really is a lot that goes into the maintenance of a beautiful lawn and we want to make sure you’re winning the battle against weeds! Let us help you get started on a weed control program so everyone is talking about your lawn…in a good way!

Core Aeration

Lawn aeration involves the removal of small soil plugs or cores out of the lawn. The root system of your grass requires oxygen, nutrients and water to grow. When soil is compacted it greatly reduces the pore space within the soil that would normally hold air and inhibits water a nutrients from penetrating into the soil. By removing cores you create a pathway to the root system which encourages growth from below, strengthening your turf up above.

Core Aeration Benefits

Dethatching

Thatch is a tightly intermingled layer of living and dead stems, leaves and roots which accumulates between the layer of actively growing grass and the soil underneath. Thatch is a normal component of actively growing turfgrass. As long as the thatch is not too thick, it can increase the resilience of the turf to heavy traffic. If your lawn has a bouncy feel to it when you walk on it, thatch is probably building up.

As excessive thatch layer (more than 1") can restrict the movement of air, water, fertilizer and other materials to the root system of your grass. This air and water impervious layer causes the grass to restrict root growth development making it more susceptible to drought stress, insect infestations and diseases.

Pest Control

Pest Management is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common sense practices. Our programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

Pesticide Programs

  • The Japanese Beetle
    The Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica, is considered the single largest turfgrass-infesting pest in the United States. The adult Japanese Beetle is a brilliant metallic green, generally oval in outline with the wing covers being a coppery color.

    They are a small beetle that can cause big problems to the leaves of many of your trees and shrubs. In their larva stag they can also cause major damage to your turf causing brown patches and dead areas.

    The beetles can be treated for in both the larva and adult stage, both proactively and reactively. We can treat the grubs in the soil before they hatch and start to cause damage to the turf. We can also apply curative measures if we don't catch them in time, however some damage may have already been done. We can also spray your trees and shrubs to alleviate any active infestations.
  • The Mosquito
    Experts are predicting an abundance of mosquitoes this year. Last year we were spoiled with hot and dry conditions that kept them at bay, but mother-nature changes by the year. Mosquitoes thrive in wet, warm or hot conditions like we've been seeing this spring.

    Protect your loved ones, pets, friends and workers from these pesky insects as well as the potentially deadly West Nile Virus, heartworm disease in your dogs and a number of other diseases that mosquitoes spread.
  • Other Common Pests
    Our licensed applicators can treat your lawn, foundation, trees and shrubs for numerous other common pests, including but not limited to: tent caterpillars, ants, grubs, ticks and deer ticks, box elder bugs, centipedes, crickets, flies, gnats, flees, moths, spiders, hornets and wasps, earwigs and chiggers. If you have a pest infestation, please contact us and we can discuss your options.

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