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Common Invasive Tree Pest: The Tree Borer

Aug 9, 2018

Tree borers are invasive wood-boring insects that lay their eggs on or inside of trees, where young larvae eat their way through living tree tissue. Tree borer insects cause affected parts of trees to slowly weaken as their chewing severs vital transport tissues. Trees infested with borers will start showing dieback at the top of the tree, and will eventually extend to the major branches and main stem. The most obvious signs of tree borer invasions are the tiny holes they cut into trunks, branches and stems. These holes can be round or oblong in shape sometimes with a sawdust-like material called frass below the holes. If borer infested trees are left untreated they are in danger of dying and can be a safety hazard.

Some things to know about borers:

Give Zing a call today and we can have our certified arborist come take a look at your trees. We can provide you with a free analysis of all of your trees! 208-585-9400 or you can email us at info@zingidaho.com.


Keep it Cool: Protect Plants From Heat

Aug 3, 2018

Hot weather is hard on landscapes. Just like us, our landscape needs to be kept hydrated, cool, and protected in the harsh hot temperatures. Here are few helpful tips to keeping your landscape thriving in the heat of summer:

Check your landscape often for areas that may be drying out due to inadequate coverage or exposure to extreme heat. These areas may need an extra watering and a little bit more tlc than other areas. Your landscape will appreciate additional attention in the hot summer temperatures!


Proper Watering Do’s & Don’ts

July 13, 2018

If you ask us what the number one issue is that we see on the properties we service we will say: improperly watered lawns. Feel free to contact us if your lawn doesn’t seem to be thriving well in the summer heat. We can either walk you through your clock and irrigation system or refer you to an irrigation specialist in the valley. Proper irrigation is probably the most important factor in having a great looking lawn. Following these tips will help aid your efforts to achieving the ideal healthy lawn:


Treat Trees For Nutrient Deficiencies

July 6, 2018

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Trees add tremendous value to your home if kept maintained and healthy. Trees are susceptible to a wide array of insects and diseases that could damage this value. We inject formulations directly into your tree that protects them and helps them grow healthy and fight off disease.

How do trunk injections work?

Application cost is based on product used, trunk diameter, and labor. If you have trees that are yellow, dropping leaves early, have insect damage, or showing signs of stress don’t hesitate to reach out to us!


Aphids Are On The Rise This Season

Jun 22, 2018

Aphids are sap-sucking insects that attack all types of deciduous trees. They are especially common among ornamental plants. Aphids on trees and plants can cause a variety of damage including stunted growth, mottled and wilted leaves, yellowing, and in some cases possible loss. Aphids can be green, brown, golden, orange, red, white, grey or black. Aphids suck the juices and nutrients out of leaves, stems and tender plants. They feed in clusters usually on the undersides of leaves. The most common symptom that you may have an aphid infestation is the sticky and thick substance of “honeydew” that they leave behind when they are feeding on plants. This sticky substance can invite both ants and fungal infections.

Early detection is key so regular monitoring of your landscape is the first important step to keeping aphids under control. On smaller plants removing heavily covered leaves and stems by pruning is one way to control them. We can help get an aphid infestation under control with either injections or sprays. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you would like us to come and diagnosis any tree, shrub or lawn issues that you may have. 208-585-9400 or by email info@zingidaho.com.


Billbugs Are Serious Lawn Pests

Jun 8, 2018

Billbugs are serious lawn pests that feed on lawn roots. Billbug injury is most common on new lawns, particularly those established with sod. Billbug lawn injury appears as small scattered patches of dead grass, and in some cases extensive areas of a lawn may be killed during severe infestation. Infestations may also attract predators, such as skunks and raccoons that dig and damage lawns in search of the insects. Billbug activity is just beginning so be attentive to any lawn issues that may arise.

Damaged turf is easy to pull up and away from the soil. The most effective measure to control billbug infestations is to apply an insecticide that kills off the adult insects prior to egg laying. This is best achieved with liquid sprays during the spring season. This preventative treatment is included in our premium lawn care program. Another important and effective means to control billbug infestations is to grow a vigorous, healthy, and well-watered lawn. This will help provide your lawn with the best chance to overcome infestations. Ensuring that your lawn is properly cared for and maintained is a lot less devastating on the pocketbook than reseeding or replacing new sod is.

 

Give us a call or email today if you have any concerns about your lawn. We would be happy to help! 208-585-9400 or info@zingidaho.com.


Remember to Adjust Irrigation Times With Temperature Changes

Jun 1, 2018

Have you adjusted your sprinkler times with the warmer temperatures? Irrigation systems are an ongoing maintenance task that is very critical to achieving a lush, green, and healthy lawn. Remember to water deep and less often to encourage strong and deep root growth. Let your lawn dry out somewhat between waterings. Having a deep root system will enable your lawn to survive the warmer temperatures this summer. So as the seasons change so will your watering times. Give us a call if you have any questions! 208-585-9400 or by email info@zingidaho.com.


Lawn Seeds – A Normal Cycle

May 25, 2018

Does your lawn look a bit “fuzzy” right now? Does it look like little stems of wheat heads are taking over your lawn? You can rest at ease – this is normal. Your lawn is going through its natural seed propagation period. Seed heads in lawns is a process that happens each spring and can not be avoided. The period of time when seed heads form will differ for each type of grass, but in general, it will last for several weeks to a month.

The best advice to manage the otherwise tall and unsightly seed heads is to mow often using a sharp mower blade. It is not recommended to lower your blade height as this could have a devastating effect on your lawn and take a while to recover from. By applying fertilizer and herbicides, mowing often, and exercising a little bit of patience your lawn will transition through this period just fine. Here is a helpful educational video on lawn seed heads: Why is My Grass Going to Seed?


Proper Mowing Helps Prevent Weed Invasions

May 18, 2018

Another way to stay on top of the weeds is to mow your lawn frequently and correctly during the active growing season. Cutting to a height of 3″ should be a minimum. Taller lawns shade the lawn roots and helps the soil retain moisture. Lawns that are mowed too short are susceptible to damage from drought in high temperatures. A rule of thumb is to not remove more than a 1/3 of the leaf blade with each mowing. If too much is removed at one time, it will take time for the grass to recover and gives an opportunity for weeds to invade.

Be sure that mower blades are sharp to avoid damaging the leaf blades. If you use your mower in weedy areas be sure to wash its deck before mowing your lawn to prevent weed seeds from transferring into your lawn. Avoid mowing lawns when the soil is wet which could lead to compaction and an uneven mowing. Mow your lawn in a different direction each time. On top of looking great this will keep your lawn from laying down.


Proper Irrigation is Critical for Lawn Health

May 11, 2018

Proper irrigation is probably the most important factor in having a great lawn. Many lawns are watered incorrectly. This is probably one of the most noticed obstacles we see when visiting properties that we service. To maintain a healthy lawn, uniform coverage is necessary. Sprinkler heads that are broken, obstructed, or set too low or too high may prevent uniform sprinkler coverage and will result in dry and dead spots in an otherwise healthy lawn. Automatic sprinkler systems are far from perfect so check them periodically to ensure proper coverage.

Light and frequent waterings cause a shallow root system. When a lawn knows that water is coming it will not have any reason to “search” for water. If the top inch of your soil gets water every day can you guess where the root system will be? On the other hand, deep and less frequent irrigation will encourage deep root growth. If you water 8-10″ deep and let the top inch of soil dry out between waterings your lawn will send its roots deeper. You can use a soil probe, or a long screwdriver to test the moisture level in your lawn. About one hour after you have watered, push the soil probe as far as it will go easily. Did it go in 8-10″? If not, you’ll need to water longer until it does.

Lawns in heavy clay soil will not need watered as much as lawns growing in more sandy soil. Low application rates or division of irrigation time into two or more applications back to back may be needed with clay soils to allow water infiltration and prevent puddling and runoff.

When a lawn has a deep root system it will be able to withstand the summer heat and thrive much better. How often you water will depend on factors such as air temperature, wind and sun. These change as the seasons change so you will need to adjust your watering times accordingly.

For more information you can read this article from Colorado State University: Watering Established Lawns.