Grub Control: How Bad Is Your Japanese Beetle Problem?

A common pest problem many homeowners face in the summer months is an infestation of adult Japanese Beetles. Like many problems, the solution is found when taking action before the problem gets worse. Being proactive about last year’s infestation can yield a better result than if you were to attempt to solve the problem in it’s prime thriving stages.

The first stage of life of the Japanese beetle is the grub. These are small, white grubs that sustain a three-year life cycle before they mature into adult beetles. The majority of damage to turf and ornamental grasses is typically seen prevalently in the second year, when the grubs reside within the top of the roots, heavily feeding on those roots and the thatch layer of your lawn. In the grub’s third year of life, they emerge from the soil as adult beetles and the life cycle begins all over again. That is why targeting them in their developmental feeding stage (in the spring when the grubs begin to heavily feed on the grass roots) is ideal in eradicating these pests all together, although grubs and adult beetles can be treated for all season long.

When choosing a seasonal grub control product, be sure that you are looking for a granular (or a company who uses a granular product). When using a liquid spray, keep in mind that the liquid has the potential to wash away entirely with the next rainfall that comes your way. However, when using a granular, the product has a built-in slow release function, giving you a longer lifespan on your product, and longer lasting results. It is recommended when treating for grubs that you are consistent with your treatments. A single application will not solve your Japanese beetle problems, but each year is a step toward reaching the victory of enjoying a beetle-free lawn!

Spring Aeration: How and Why It Matters

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Many of you already know that lawn maintenance is an important part of home ownership. In order to achieve optimal results for a beautiful and healthy lawn, one should consider going above and beyond your typical watering and fertilizing. Core aeration can serve as an extremely vital part of your lawn care regimen.

When your lawn is aerated, a machine or mechanism passes over in rows back and forth, with a spindle containing dozens of 4” hollow spikes. As the machine moves forward, the spindle turns and the spikes penetrate the soil. When the spike pierces the dirt and emerges back out, a plug, or “core” is pulled out of the turf and left to lay on top of the soil. This allows air and water to deeper penetrate the built-up dead grass and other debris on your lawn, or your lawn’s “thatch” layer. When air, water, and nutrients are given the passage to penetrate deeper into the soil, that in-turn allows your grass roots to grow deeper in the soil as well. This creates a much healthier, heartier root system, that strengthens your lawn and gives it the opportunity to thrive. In many instances, individuals with a thinly established lawn may wish to over-seed their property in order to give your grass a fuller, more lush appearance.

So now you may be wondering, when is the best time to aerate my lawn? Typically, aeration should be done during the time of year when roots are actively growing, and the lawn has ample time to heal, filling in any open areas that the aerator spikes have removed. Living in a cooler climate, it is ideal to aerate your lawn in the early spring or early fall, when the temperatures are at their coolest in the growing season. It is recommended that your lawn be aerated a minimum every other year, although many people prefer to aerate every year to reap the full benefit and health of their lawn.

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Dethatching Your Lawn

Have you ever heard of something called “thatch”? The lawn thatch is a layer of dead grasses that builds up over time, after regular mowing and other debris has collected above the root system. In the springtime, it is extremely beneficial to do a proper dethatching of your lawn.

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Granular fertilizer versus spray

During the summer it is a fairly common occurrence to see large fertilizer trucks with guys pulling hoses behind them spraying lawns. The “spray” or liquid fertilizer is just one option for consumers. The second is granular. granular fertilizer is applied a little differently as it is a dry fertilizer and has a “slower ” release time.

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Dethatching your lawn the right way

Every Spring, we hear about dethatching and how important it may be.  Many of us have ignored this as we didn’t quite understand what it was and therefore how important it might be.

Dethatching is a process of removing the thick layer of dead grass, roots and debris that exist between the soil and the green grass above it. The problem is that this brown material essentially clogs the pathway of air and water from reaching the soil and can cause a very unhealthy environment for pests and diseases.

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Core Aeration for lawns in spring a must

The benefits of aeration are more than we would expect. If there was only one application I would pick for my lawn, it would be aeration.

Some of the benefits of aeration are as follows:

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Fall, The Perfect Time to Start Organic Fertilizing

Welcome to our first Blog. We’ve always wanted to send out a newsletter or some method of getting lawn care tips out to our customers or anyone interested in organic fertilizing. The problem of course is that we are out working sometimes 12-14 hour days and difficult to sit down at the end of the day and share what we know. You might think that the smart idea would be to begin a blog at the beginning of the season but fall is just as important for many reasons and we’ll try to share some of these in this first Blog so you can prepare for winter here in the St. Croix Valley.

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