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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
Zing Lawn & Tree Care Becomes a BBB Accredited Business
Apr. 27, 2018
Owner Jed Wyatt, being recognized by the Better Business Bureau as an accredited business in the state of Idaho. BBB accredited businesses are reviewed and evaluated, ensuring they meet all 26 standards of trust. If you haven’t tried our services yet you should. Dependable, trustworthy, professional and knowledgeable. We have a great team of employees that can get your lawn, trees and shrubs looking their best!
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!