All posts by Garrett Matthews

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Pre Emergent Time

We are in FULL pre emergent mode around here! These trucks are about to hit the road with full routes of perhaps the most important application of the year, for sure next Spring!

When you think of Fall pre emergents you think of winter weeds like clovers and such that will take over a lawn when it’s cold outside. While this is correct, it’s important to note that the most important weeds it will prevent are the ones you will see this upcoming March and April. Most of the weeds you see during these months are actually still winter weeds. The lie dormant all winter just waiting on the temperatures to warm up and like a light switch the blow up! You basically have 2 options to deal with this issue.
1-Be proactive and apply a pre emergent NOW
2-Be reactive and “attempt” to kill the weeds as they start to grow.

Make the right call and get ahead of the game…apply your pre emergents this fall and don’t fight weeds next spring!

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Stop Watering Everyday!

STOP WATERING YOUR YARD!!!! Everyday we are seeing homes that are running their systems daily. We understand it’s hot and “droughty” outside. You have to remember though that running your system everyday is actually counterproductive to the health of your lawn. What is important is HOW LONG you water. When you run the system fewer times a week but for longer sessions you get a much deeper soak into the soil. This forces the roots to grow deeper looking for water. Letting the lawn dry out in between these sessions is also important as it helps prevent possible fungus damage. Hope this helps!

Side note, we are unsure if “droughty” is a real word but it is one we use almost daily. Feel free to use it in your personal vocabulary moving forward!

 

Bag Worms

Bag Worms seem to be everywhere this year!  They are typically not seen until late summer in August sometime.  While we have seen them on a variety of plants like roses and hawthorns, they really are devastating to Juniper type plants.  They are an actual worm that live inside of cocoon shaped bag.  They will come out of the bag and feed on the tree and in turn killing it.  What makes them hard to kill is getting a quality product to penetrate the bag.  For this reason, you need to use a systemic type insecticide that has a long residual.  When they come out of their bag and feed on the tree they will ingest the product and then die.  They can create a lot of damage very fast so when you see them it is important to act fast.  Hope this helps!

 

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How You Water Matters

It’s hot as HE🏒🏒 out there this week! If you’re not watering your lawn you will see the damage soon enough! We’ve said it 100 times by now though that “HOW” you water matters as much as actually watering. The time of day is one of those “HOW” issues. Watering at night is usually the best option for a few reasons. The wind is usually much calmer during the night for one and this means less drift. The water pressure is also higher since people are sleeping and not taking showers, washing clothes and the such. It also gives the water plenty of time to soak into the ground. When you water during the day you lose a lot to evaporation in the sun. We usually recommend running your system anywhere from 12:00-4:00 this time of year. Hope this helps!

 

Shrub Head Filter

If you have a clogged sprinkler head here is another possible issue you’re facing. All of your shrub heads have a filter installed in them. You get to the filter by removing the head and then pulling it out with your fingers. If you do this while the system is turned on be careful that it doesn’t get shot into the air and lost for good! Once the filter is removed you can clean it out in water to get all of the trash out of it. Then simply stick it back into the shrub nipple and screw the head back down. This simple task will fix a lot of your basic issues with shrub heads. If there is still a problem and you need help, send us a picture or video! Have a great day!

Bifen XTS

Bugs in the lawn and home are never any fun.  If you have ever wanted to try a professional grade product, take a look at Bifen XTS.  It’s easy to apply as long as you have equipment to spray a liquid.  A hand sprayer or backpack sprayer will work but it is hard to calibrate them sometimes.  We suggest the XTS version over the IT version due to it’s make up.  The XTS is in an oil base and mixes in water much easier.  The IT is a lot thicker and will sink to the bottom of your spray bottle if your not carful.  When you read the label, there is a wide range of insects that are covered by Bifen making it a staple in most pro’s trucks!

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Sharpen Your Mower Blades

This subject will never get old!  It’s something that is such a simple task yet is over looked.  Most people should sharpen their blades at least 3-4 times a year.  When your blades are sharp the mower does a better job of mulching, it cuts the grass instead of tearing it and is just overall healthier for the lawn.  Watch the video and see what we mean!

 

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Changing Mow Directions

How you mow matters…actually matters a lot!  When you mow your lawn the same direction every week you will start to develop ruts or tracks in your lawn.  This happens when the weight of the mower travels the same path every week.  Before long you will start to notice actual grooves in the yard.  This can easily be prevented by changing the direction you mow each week.  Mow at different angles, go from front to back, side to side or any other pattern you can come up with.  In the long run you wont regret it!  If you are starting to see some effects of tracking, consider using a aerator on the lawn to break down the top layer and help give it a head start.

Bag Worms on Hawthorns

So we have been doing this for a while now and are seeing something for the first time. Bag Worms are a bug that are fairly common to be seen growing on Juniper Trees and other cypress type plants. More recently we have been seeing a species of bag worms growing on Indian Hawthorns. As you can see in the video, they physically eat the leaves away to the point that almost all of the foliage dies and falls off. The plants is still alive but it has no more leaves. It happens very fast and cant be ignored. This is also a good example of why we say getting on a preventive plan in a good idea.

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Mosquito Eggs

Did you know a mosquito could pay up to 300 eggs in an area the size of a water bottle cap?  It’s true!  The amount of area needed would blow your mind.  This is one of the main reasons we always say it is important to remove any standing or stagnant water from your yard.  It is also why using a quality insecticide is so important.  The bugs will carry the product to the water where they are laying eggs and infect the entire batch of new mosquitos getting ready to hatch.  Watch the video and see more about what we mean.