Christmas Light Scheduling is Beginning This Month
Sept. 14, 2018
Yes, it is that time of year when our office is gearing up for our Christmas light season. Our existing clients will receive an email this month indicating when installations can be scheduled. Please be on the lookout for that email and take advantage of getting on our schedule quickly as slots fill up incredibly fast. Be sure to wait until the green light is given though to give our office staff the prep time they need to properly prepare for that (one of our busiest times of the year). We anticipate another fantastic light season to welcome in the holidays and look forward to lighting up the Treasure Valley!
Bentgrass: Early Detection & Treatment is Crucial to Having a Beautiful Lawn
What is Bentgrass and why should you be concerned about it? Bentgrass is a low growing dense grassy weed. It is what golf courses use on their putting greens and when kept very short it looks neat and uniform. If it is left to grow freely it turns into a scraggly patch that can take over a lawn very quickly. You can usually spot these weed patches at a distance from their blueish tint or sometimes neon green tint. Once it starts showing up as patches in a lawn it can quickly push out desirable grass and transform your entire lawn into a dense odd looking mess. It is starting to show up in many subdivisions and once you get an eye for it you will be able to drive in your subdivision and spot the lawns that have Bentgrass in them. If it shows up in your neighbor’s lawn odds are it will pop up in your lawn as well.
There are a few methods to use to treat Bentgrass. One way is to spot treat the patch with roundup during a summer day when Bentgrass is actively growing. A week later, mow over the area and aerate and overseed. This method may work if you just have a couple of smaller patches and you don’t mind having some round up patches of dead grass in your lawn until it fills in with new grass. Another method to use, especially on lawns heavily covered in Bentgrass, is to give us a call. A special herbicide is applied three times in the fall and then the lawn is aerated and overseeded. This herbicide is not cheap, but this method is much less expensive than having to tear out all of your lawn and start over. Now is a good time to start these applications.
Don’t hesitate to give us a call and we can come out and take a look at any questionable areas in your lawn. It is definitely something you will want to catch early and stay on top of in order to have a healthy, green and beautiful lawn. You can reach us at (208) 585-9400 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall is Best for Overseeding Cool Season Grasses
Aug. 31, 2018
The prime time to overseed cool-season grasses is late summer to early fall. Fall seeding compliments the natural growth cycles of cool-season grasses. Grasses grow most vigorously during this time of year. The combination of warm soil, moderate day temperatures, and cool evenings stimulates fast germination. Cool-season grass seed germinates best when soil temperatures are between 50 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit (about 60-75 F range). The Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance service recommends overseeding at least 45 days before your average first fall frost.
Newly planted grass seed needs consistent moisture making fall an ideal time to overseed when the soil moisture levels fluctuate less. Fall overseeding lessens the chance that the seed may dry out and reduces the need for constant extra waterings on your part.
Why Overseed? Overseeding is simply the method of spreading grass seed over an existing lawn. As grasses mature, thinning is normal – especially in high traffic areas. Overseeding keeps your lawn lush and vigorous without starting over from scratch. Overseeding on a regular basis will keep your lawn looking its best. The key is to not wait to overseed until your lawn in looking bare and scarce in spots. Golf courses use the practice of overseeding as a routine maintenance practice to keep their courses looking their best. Prepping the lawn with an aeration prior to placing seed down will help improve the germination rate by allowing water, nutrients, and air to reach the root zone. Aerations are another must have maintenance task for a lawn to look top shape.
If it has been a while since you have overseeded or aerated now is a good time to have that done. The genetic makeup of grass seed today is far more superior than it was just ten years ago. Give Zing a call today at 208-585-9400 or send us an email email@example.com and we can discuss overseeding options for your lawn. Time spent now on your lawn’s health will pay off well in the spring.
Plant Trees in the Cooler Temperatures of Fall
Aug. 24, 2018
Set your trees up for maximum success by planting them in the cooler temperatures of fall. Generally August, September, and October are the most ideal months of the year as the hottest days of summer are gone and the ground is not yet frozen. During these months there is less chance of sun scorch and drought on newly planted trees. Fall is also the time that trees put energy into new root growth verses new leaf growth so planting in the fall helps them develop stronger roots. Help your trees put down a good set of roots now so when spring comes they will have a foot forward into the growing season of spring and summer.
Here is an article on proper planting of trees: New Tree Planting
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:
- Ash and Birch trees are most likely to have bore invasions.
- Borers are attracted to trees that are stressed and injured so the best way to prevent borer invasion is to improve its care and ensure that your tree is healthy and strong.
- Trees that are covered with borer holes are past the point of saving and should be removed for safety’s sake due to weak limbs.
- Damaged and infested branches can be pruned to control borers from invading the entire tree.
- Trees that are not infested or have only a few noticeable holes may be protected from borers by improving care and nutrient intake.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- Watering is essential when it’s hot, but watering correctly is more important. Prepare your plants for the heat of the day by watering deeply in the early morning hours or early evening. Watering midday is inefficient as most of it will evaporate before it hits the root zone. Also, keep in mind that overwatering can cause as much damage to plants as under watering can. Heat and sun exposure can cause leaf wilt which can be a protective measure the plant uses to minimize less surface area for sun exposure. Resist the urge to water the plant without first checking the soil moisture. Overwatering can lead to root rot or fungal disease. Plants usually bounce back after the sun goes down.
- Add a thick layer of mulch around the base of your plants. This helps insulate the plant’s roots from both heat and cold and will also help keep the soil moist.
- Shade those garden vegetables during the hottest part of the day. During extreme heat vegetables like peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants will cease flowering and can get sunburned.
- Choose heat tolerant plants for those sun blasted areas of your landscape. There are many plants out there that love the sun and thrive in the heat of the 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:
- DO NOT water your lawn every day! – It sounds like a good idea especially in this heat, but daily watering can create significant problems. Your lawn will adapt to the environment it is in. If the top inch of your soil gets water every day that is where your root system will be (susceptible to the heat). If you water 8-10″ deep and then let the top inch of soil dry in between waterings the moisture will stay deeper and lawn roots will grow deeper chasing the available water. A deep and healthy root system makes a HUGE difference in your lawn’s ability to deal with the hot and dry conditions of summer.
- DO water about three times per week – If you are putting enough water down each time you water then three times a week should be plenty. If we are hitting 105 degree temperatures all week you may want to manually run an extra cycle, but do it on a day you are already watering. That way the top 1″ of your soil still has a chance to dry out and avoid fungus problems.
- DO water deeply – About 1″ of water every time. Grass likes water and if you don’t have moisture in the soil your lawn will NOT be healthy. You can use a soil probe, or a long screwdriver to test the soil. About one hour after you have watered, push in the soil probe as far as it will go in easily. Did it go in 8-10 inches? If not, you’ll need to water longer until it does.
- DO water in the morning – Between 4:00-10:00 am is best. Watering in the evening means your lawn will stay wet longer making it more prone to fungal problems. If you water in the heat of the day you will lose a lot of water to evaporation.
- DO check your sprinklers often – Automatic sprinkler systems are far from perfect so check them periodically to ensure everything is working and providing adequate coverage.
- DO read this article – Watering Established Lawns by Colorado State University
Treat Trees For Nutrient Deficiencies
July 6, 2018
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?
- A small plug is inserted into a drilled hole in the tree. A needle is inserted through the plug and the micro treatment is injected.
- A precise dose of micronutrients is injected directly inside the transport system of the tree. Formulations are quickly distributed through the trunk, branches, and leaf tissue.
- The plug keeps the injected formulation inside the tree with no adverse reactions. The tree grows and heals itself right over the plug.
- For more information see our video here: Trunk Injection Treatments
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 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.