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Weeds, insects, disease and rodents can destroy lawns and landscapes. We can prevent significant damage to your lawn and plants with pesticide applications. Pest populations left unchecked can damage your lawn to the point that restoration and/or replacement is necessary. Each pest requires a different management approach. Healthy plants are the best pest prevention.

We respect your sensitivity to pesticide use. During our initial consultation, we will ask you how you want us to apply pesticides to solve certain problems. We never apply pesticides without your direction.

We use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to managing pests in the landscape. We take into consideration your priorities, budget and tolerance for pests, and then prescribe an appropriate treatment to prevent potential pest damage to your landscape.

Weeds

Weed is a four-letter word for those of us who appreciate a healthy lawn. But each of us has a different tolerance to weeds. Many nuisance weeds are, in fact, grasses. Weeds include annuals (crabgrass) and perennials (dandelion). Millions of weed seeds exist in the soil. They can stay dormant for many years. Thinning or dying grass exposes weed seeds to sunlight. With moisture, weeds germinate and compete with the grass for space, water and nutrients. They can spoil the appearance of a lawn and landscape.

Broadleaf weed control involves using spot herbicides to manage many common weeds. This process is fairly easy, though some weeds are more difficult to control and require follow-up applications. We're on top of this, constantly checking up on your property to ensure its health.

Insects

Insects can cause substantial damage to turf if they are not identified and managed proactively. Minor insect populations may not require control applications, but some insects are better treated proactively. For example, an early season preventative grub control application uses less chemicals than a treatment to kill grubs after they invade your lawn. You know what they say about an ounce of prevention. If your lawn has a history of grub damage, or your site conditions are welcome ground for grubs, we recommend a preventive application. This will substantially reduce the likelihood of grub damage and require less use of chemicals—a plus for the environment.

You'll also want to control other surface insects like chinch bugs, sod webworm, billbugs, cutworm and army worms. Insect populations require regular monitoring, especially because their life cycles vary. Certain insects may have as many as two or three generations during a growing season.

Disease

Dead patches in a lawn can be the result of insects, dog or cat urine, disease and other causes. The untrained eye may not be able to identify disease. Some can remain active and cause significant damage to lawns.

Diseases require three conditions, called the disease triangle. Those are: a susceptible host (plant), a pathogen (disease) and proper environmental conditions. All three conditions must be present for disease to attack. Pathogens are naturally occurring and cannot be controlled. The susceptible host, our lawns, is a given in the equation. While we can select turfgrass varieties that have increased disease resistance, all plants have some susceptibility to diseases. This leaves the easiest part of the disease triangle to control: the environment in and around the lawn. While we can't control the temperature, which is a major factor in the timing of certain diseases, we can manage other factors that contribute to diseases.

Rodents & Animals

Moles and voles, which resemble mice, are two garden rodents that can cause serious damage to lawns and plantings. Baits and poisons are generally ineffective, so we partner with several pest control companies that offer trapping services. Trapping is the most effective method of control, and this requires expertise. Mice, squirrels, raccoons and other wild animals can severely damage the lawn if they are not controlled. While no bait, trap or poison will eliminate this cast of characters, we can discourage these pests from visiting your property.

When pests damage a lawn, recovery can take a while. Depending on the level of damage, some lawn renovation may be necessary to create a full, thick turf stand that will recover from future pest damage. Again, the ultimate goal, and the idea behind IPM, is to keep your lawn healthy and strong. That way, pests, insects and disease will be less likely to infest your property. Strong turf doesn't let in unwanted visitors.

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