Aerations Promote Healthy Lawn Root Zone
April 4, 2018
In the quest for a healthy and beautiful lawn, an aeration ranks as one of the top best-kept secrets. Core aeration reduces your lawn’s thatch layer by poking holes in the lawn and extracting small plugs of soil. Thatch is a layer of dead grass matter (roots, stems, etc.) that builds up between the soil surface and the grass’s green growth. Some is normal and healthy for your lawn but thick thatch can be a breeding ground for disease. Aerating regularly helps to promote good root health and allows water, air, and nutrients to reach your lawn’s root zone. Heavy traffic areas will greatly benefit from a regular aeration. Compacted soil suppresses root growth and grass grows less, thins, and eventually dies. Signs that indicate your lawn may need aerated are:
- water puddling on lawn after rain or sprinkler runs
- thatch layer thicker than one-half inch
- difficulty sticking a screwdriver into soil
- heavy clay soil
- thin, patchy or bare grass
- compacted soil in high traffic areas
- you have never aerated before or it has been several years
Most lawns only need a once a year aeration, but smaller high traffic lawns may need a spring and fall aeration. The single greatest benefit from aerating is that compacted soil becomes loose which aids in proper nutrient, oxygen and water distribution to the lawn’s root zone. Healthy and deep lawn roots will help enable your lawn to withstand summer heat and drought.
Happy First Day of Spring!
Mar. 20 2018
It’s a good feeling knowing it is officially spring and that we have warmer temps and sunshine coming our way! Neighbors have been out mowing their lawns getting the signs of winter cleared and making way for spring to roll in. Birds are chirping, buds are swelling on trees, and spring flowers are beginning to treat us. Adding primroses and pansies to your landscape can satisfy that spring gardner in you and can add a pop of color into your dormant slumber landscape. Here are a few tips for your spring gardening this month:
- Begin seeding plants indoors to transplant later in warmer temps.
- Plant cold weather annuals such as primroses and pansies to add a spring pop of color.
- Plant early cold-weather vegetable seeds such as lettuce, spinach, kale, onions, peas, and carrots.
- Get your lawn aerated, raked and possibly mowed. Don’t forget to get your lawn mower blade sharpened for the season.
- Put pre-emergents down to help stop the germination of weeds now that soil is warming up.
- Expect roller coaster temperatures so don’t plant things too early. Mother’s day is a good day to plant your annuals as our last frost is usually about the first week of May.
Happy first day of spring everyone!
Zing Employee Earns ISA Certified Arborist Credential
Mar. 16, 2018
One of our most experienced and resumed employees recently became ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Credentialed and is now an ISA Certified Arborist. According to ISA this Credential “certifies that an individual has attained a generally accepted level of knowledge in such areas as tree biology, diagnosis, maintenance practices, safety, and other subject and practice areas within the tree care profession”. Earning this ISA Credential represents a high level of knowledge and dedication to the tree profession and community. We are lucky to have Andy Anderson with such knowledge and experience as part of our lawn and tree care team!
Get Ahead of the Weeds ~ Apply Pre-Emergents
Mar. 12 2018
Investing in preventative weed control measures in early spring will help make your gardening and yard work go from a big job to something that is manageable and enjoyable. Many local weeds are annuals which means that they grow from seed each year. The application of an early spring pre-emergent is one of the biggest time and back savers we know of to help combat weeds. Just as the name suggests, pre-emergent herbicides are applied before weeds emerge since they work by preventing weed seeds from germinating. Most weed seeds lay dormant over the winter and begin to germinate when soil temperatures start to increase. We can help make sure your lawn and shrub beds are getting the right pre-emergent to control these weeds before they germinate.
Give Zing a call or email today for a FREE Estimate for a pre-emergent application. Stay on top of the weeds before they take over your landscape! (208) 585-9400 or email@example.com.
Spring is Just About Here
Mar. 3, 2018
Sun or snow the tulips and daffodils are up and spring is on its way. It’s time to think about a lawn, shrub bed, and tree care program to ensure a healthy and beautiful landscape this year. We are scheduled to begin our spring applications just as soon as Old St. Nick decides to head North and warmer temperatures stick around a bit.
Call our office today to receive a FREE Estimate for our season long services and to have us add your lawn, shrubs, and trees to our schedule! (208) 585-9400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now is a Good Time to Prune Your Trees & Shrubs
Feb. 16, 2018
What Time of Year Should You Prune?
Pruning can be done at any time of the year with proper care and knowledge, but certain times are better than others. Pruning in early spring while the tree is still in a dormancy stage is a good time as the tree’s energy reserves are high and branches are visible and easier to see. With early spring pruning, new plant tissue will start to cover the wounds more quickly during this most rapid period of tree growth. With fall pruning, tree wounds may be susceptible to decay and disease throughout the winter months. Avoid pruning when the plant tissue is frozen during winter months as frozen wood can be brittle and break easily causing an undesirable wound. Pruning stresses trees because wound repair requires energy from food while pruning removes those food reserves. It is recommended to not prune more than 25% of the tree at any one given time. Younger trees can withstand heavier pruning than mature and aging trees can. Be sure to use sharp, well-maintained tools for clean cuts.
Pruning is the purposeful removal of plant parts for the health of the tree, to avoid hazards, and for aesthetic purposes. Pruning for tree health involves removal of insect or disease infested branches, broken or dead branches, and crowding branches. Pruning to avoid hazards includes removal of dead and decaying branches, branches extending into driveways, sidewalks, streets, etc. and branches interfering with utility lines (keep in mind that federal regulations prohibit unqualified and untrained persons from working within 10 feet of electrical wires). Pruning for aesthetic purposes involves pruning for tree form or shape by removing crowding branches, suckers, and competing leaders.
Who Should Prune?
While anyone can lightly prune their smaller trees and shrubs, hiring a certified and state licensed Arborist will ensure a professional and safe pruning. Here are a few informational articles about pruning: Pruning Landscape Trees: An Overview & How To Prune Deciduous Landscape Trees
Warmer Temperatures May Foster Early Arrival of Insects
Feb 7, 2018
Each season brings its own challenges and we are reminded that Mother Nature is in total control. The Treasure Valley has had some interesting temperature swings these last couple of winters and our trees have had to do their best to adjust to the conditions given to them. Our trees and plants don’t wear watches or adhere to any kind of calendar. Their systems are regulated primarily by the seasonal changes in cold and warm weather patterns.
We began our Dormant Oil applications this week to try to help homeowners get ahead of any insect invasions this year. Dormancy refers to the time of year when deciduous trees and shrubs have lost their leaves and are not actively growing. Dormant oil sprays can be used any time between leaf drop in the fall and bud break in the spring.
The purpose of Dormant Oil applications is to kill mites and insects, such as scales and aphids, that spent the winter on the trees and shrubs. With the warmer than normal winter we had we highly recommend adding this service to your trees and shrubs this month. Call or email us today for a FREE ESTIMATE for a Dormant oil application at (208) 585-9400 or email@example.com! Your trees will thank you!
Here is an article from the University of Colorado with more information on Dormant Oil use: Insect Control: Horticultural Oils
There are many elements that can jeopardize the health and even the lives of our trees in and around the Treasure Valley including aphids, borers, mites, iron chlorosis, nutrient deficiency and more. Feel free to call or email us with any concerns you may have about the health of your trees. You can reach us at (208) 585-9400 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spread the Love ~ Trees Need TLC Too
Feb. 1 2018
Mature and healthy trees offer shade, beauty, and increased value to your property if they are given proper attention and a little “TLC”. They vary significantly in their maintenance requirements. Proper care and added nutrients and insect control can aid in establishing health and vitality to your trees and shrubs. If left to battle the ailments on their own they can easily succumb to disease and insects and could eventually wither away.
Many of us have enjoyed the unseasonably warmer temperatures this winter, but these conditions may present the early arrival of insects and pests. Starting a tree care program now will help combat the possible early onset of insect damage this year.
Call or email us today at (208) 585-9400 or email@example.com to inquire into our tree care program. Your trees and shrubs will thank you! We offer FREE estimates and FREE Annual Tree Care Consultations. We will be starting our Dormant Oil applications this month which can significantly help reduce the likelihood of insect invasions on your trees and shrubs.
Lawn & Tree Care Team Attends Idaho Horticulture Expo in Boise, ID
January 23, 2018
Our lawn and tree care applicators attended the Idaho Horticulture Expo in downtown Boise last week. They attend this conference each January to update their licensing certification. We are proud to call these men part of our professional team. They are great guys and take pride in their work! Some of the courses they attended include:
- Norway Maple and Verticillium Wilt: The Insidious Disease
- How to Identify and Control Grassy Weeds in Turf and Ornamental Beds
- Insecticides and Insecticide Safety
- What’s been going on with the Japanese Beetle in Boise
- And many more industry related courses
All of these gentlemen make Zing who we are and we couldn’t take care of all our clients without them! Now they are back to joining our other crew members in getting all the rest of our lights down
FREE Annual Tree Care Consultations
January 8, 2018
Mature trees are perhaps the most valuable part of your landscape. Trees are susceptible to a wide array of insects and diseases that could damage this value. They also vary significantly in their maintenance requirements.
We can arrange a time each year for you to walk your property with our Arborist and discuss any issues that we see. We can then work with you to develop the most effective maintenance program for your specific situation and types of trees. Knowing what different trees require and when to address those needs is critical to successful tree care. Our professional Arborist will even come prepared to treat most tree problems that are prevalent in the Treasure Valley the same day.
Call or email us today to take advantage of our FREE Annual Tree Care Consultations today! (208) 585-9400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.