Preparing Your Lawn for Spring

This past weekend was a great preview of the warm Spring weather that is coming.  The sun was shining, birds chirping, and we could comfortably be outside without multiple layers of clothing.  It seems that we have almost (I repeat, almost) escaped the harsh winter that we’ve been experiencing.

After our spring preview, its made many people think about their lawn and how they can enjoy it in the upcoming months.  After the treacherous winter weather, it may need a little more TLC than usual.  Northwest Lawn Care would like to help you get your lawn back into tip-top GREEN shape!

Our FREE lawn care analysis is an in-depth inspection of your lawn that will help us develop a comprehensive plan that is unique to the needs of your lawn.  Call us today or visit us online to schedule your analysis to have your lawn healthy and green for the spring.

Northwest Exterminating
830 Kennesaw Ave MariettaGA30060 USA 
 • 888-466-7849
 

How Does Cold Weather Effect Your Lawn?

Can the cold temperatures damage your lawn?

frozen lawn

Winter weather can take a toll on your lawn.  Cold temperatures, snow, ice, and freezing rain (all of which we have experienced A LOT of recently) can damage lawns.  When these weather conditions sit on grass for extended periods of time it can damage, even kill, warmer season grasses.  Root damage is also a concern.

When ice forms on cooler season grasses it can make the blade brittle and easy to break.  It’s best to limit activity on cooler season grasses when there has been long periods of ice on the ground.

As spring approaches and your lawn starts to green you may notice blotchy areas due to winter kill. This is often in areas that took longer to thaw out due to lack of sunlight or a larger collection in one area of the lawn.

The best way to help restore your lawn after winter damages is to learn from past experiences because history tends to repeat itself.  If you had an area that collected more snow because it was in a low lying area then make sure to level out the area so you won’t have the same problem next time it happens.  Also, a healthy lawn is much more resilient.  Keeping a healthy lawn year around can improve it’s durability during the winter months.

To keep that lawn healthy all year, call Northwest Lawn Care for expert care!

 

 

Lawn Care Benefits of Northwest’s 8 Step Program

The Benefits of 8 Rounds of Northwest Lawn Care

It takes more than water and sunlight to get the fresh, green, luscious lawn that you envision.  It can take a lot of time and money to get the results that you desire.  That’s where Northwest Lawn Care comes in.  We can save you time and money by doing the tough stuff for you.  So what are the benefits of lawn care?

Northwest’s Lawn Care program consists of 8 rounds throughout the year.  Each round is done by our knowledgeable lawn care experts using the most advanced products on the market.  Lawn Care experts conduct a FREE lawn care analysis to determine the best treatment plan for your lawn and it’s needs.

Round 1: This treatment is a deep root treatment and weed prevention/control. This treatment is especially beneficial for stronger root development and to help provide nutrients to the soil for better digestion of the nitrogen products that are applied in the Spring and Summer times.

Round 2: This treatment is a combination of fertilizer and weed prevention/control. This treatment is especially beneficial for crabgrass control.

Crabgrass

Crabgrass

Round 3: The main focus of this treatment is turf growth through the application of fertilizers.

Round 4: The main focus of this treatment is turf growth through the application of fertilizers.

Round 5: The main focus of this treatment is turf growth through the application of fertilizers.

Round 6: The main focus of this treatment is weed control.

Round 7: The main focus of this treatment is root growth and weed control by applying a combination of fertilizers. This treatment is vital to any program and is especially important in the prevention of poa annua. Poa annua is common in the South and begins to emerge during the early spring months.

poa annual

poa annual

Round 8: The main focus of this treatment is lime application. Lime is essential for regulating the pH levels in soil.

In addition to the 8 round lawn care program, Northwest also provides, aeration, overseeding, tree and shrub, bed control, and warm season aeration.

Start now to get your lawn looking lush and green for the warmer outdoor seasons!

 

 

Lawn Diseases

During this time of year, you may notice that your lawn isn’t as green as the grass on the other side. Have no fear, Northwest Lawn Care services can provide diagnostics to let you know what’s going on beneath the surface of your lawn. For the most part, the summer months can mean very green lush grass, but the same warm temperatures might permit infections in your lawn. Way may seem like an unfortunate eye sore to you, may be one or more lawn diseases interrupting your summer plans.

Brown patch

This is a very prevalent disease that may make you think your lawn isn’t getting enough water and treatment. In actuality, this results due to moist, hot weather or over-fertilized lawns. This is active when grass remains wet at temperatures between 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s important to improve aeration and drainage on such lawns by watering deeply and infrequently, mowing high and removing excess thatch.

Brown Patch

Brown Patch

Fairy Rings

Despite what their name suggests, fairy rings are not due to Tinkerbell and her friends dancing across your yard. Rather, patterns of circles of mushrooms or unusually lush grass are due to soil exhaust forcing nutrients to the outer edge of dying mycelium. Your only choice in this instance is to dig up the affected area and use lawn treatments in order to make this area less visible.

Fairy rings

Fairy rings

Summer patch

This disease grows as a result of a fungus that infects and destroys grass roots. It mostly affects gross growing in a sunny, hot lawn. The grass will begin as wilted, dark green and eventually turn straw brown. The most effective means eliminating this is using preventive measures that Northwest Lawn Care provides.

Summer patch

Summer patch

 

If you are interested in learning about more lawn diseases, please visit the link below. If there are any that you feel affect your lawn, please contact Northwest Lawn Care and schedule an appointment today!

Sources:

http://www.yardcare.com/restore/fighting-lawn-diseases/summer-lawn-diseases/

 

Pests That Affect Your Lawn

It’s summer time, so you and your family will likely spend a great deal more time outside enjoying the weather. However, your household won’t be the only ones wanting to take advantage of your lawn. Especially during the summertime, certain insects can cause damage or even kill your turfgrass. Signs of insect feeding include grass turning yellow or brown and eventually dying. This begins as small patches of grass but can eventually lead to widespread damage. It’s important to eliminate lawn damage using preventive measures and Northwest Lawn Care offers just that!

 

 

One pest in particular that you may be used to seeing is a white grub. These insects are the larvae stage of several species of masked chafer beetles. This said, if you spot beetles in your yard, you’re likely to have white grubs. They are small, white “C” shaped bugs with six legs. When these insects infest, they can destroy grass roots, which weakens the affected area. If ever you’ve been able to lift your grass easily from the ground, it’s likely to be due to these insects.

White GrubMasked chafer

Another common insect pest is the armyworm, which is actually the larva stage of a moth and is therefore, a caterpillar. Like all caterpillars, army worms like feed of plants, including all types of grass. They like to chew on leaves as well as the base of leaves, leaving irregular patches of grass. Once again, if you notice a fair amount of brown or gray moths in your yard, you’re likely to already have an armyworm problem.

Armyworm

Armyworm

Other common insect pests include billbugs, black turfgrass ataenius, fiery skipper, lawn moths, sod webworms and the southern chinch bug. Keep in mind that these pests are perfect treat for larger pests such moles, skunks and raccoons. If you feel like your lawn may be at risk, call the Northwest Lawn Care Team and they will meet your needs.

Sources:

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7476.html

http://www.diynetwork.com/outdoors/how-to-identify-common-lawn-pests/index.html

http://www.hort.uconn.edu/ipm/homegrnd/htms/13inslwn.htm

http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/white-grubs-lawns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before and After Lawn Aeration

In last week’s blog, “Why Should I Aerate My Lawn?“, we discussed why it was important to aerate your lawn.  Warm season grasses like bermuda and zoysia should be aerated in the spring/summer months.  After the cold months of fall and winter, lawns tend to become damaged from the cool temperatures, debris, and general wear and tear that comes with the little time we spend on our lawns during those months.

Aerating your lawn gives the soil a chance to breathe by removing debris and thatch and allowing it to better absorb oxygen, fertilizer, water, and other nutrients that it needs to thrive into a healthy, green lawn!

Below are pictures taken by our lawn care professionals of a lawn before and after being aerated by Northwest Lawn Care professionals.

before after lawn aeration

Call or go online to schedule a FREE lawn analysis on your lawn.  You’ll be enjoying a green, healthy lawn in no time!

 

Why Should I Aerate My Lawn?

Why Should I Aerate My Lawn?

Just like any living being, lawns need TLC too.  Throughout the seasons, climates, and general wear and tear, lawns can become damaged.  The ground gets hard and compacted, not allowing water and nutrients to get through.  This can make for an unhealthy lawn.

Aerating can be just what your lawn needs to allow it to “open back up” and be able to receive its water and nutrients again.  Aerating consists of inserting holes into the lawn for better water and nutrient absorption, and eliminating thatch (organic and non-organic debris that settles between the green and the soil).  All of this build up makes the soil hard and compacted.  Aerating will loosen the compacted soil and allow your grass to grow faster and thicker.

Aeration will make your lawn treatments more effective.  Oxygen, fertilizer, water, and other nutrients will be better absorbed.

When is the Best Time to Aerate?

It is recommended that cool season grass be aerated in the fall.  Warm season grass should be aerated in spring or summer.

For more information on aeration and other lawn care services, contact the professionals at Northwest Lawn Care.  We will come out and do a FREE lawn care analysis of your lawn and work with you to create a customized lawn care program that is right for your yard.

 

Spring Clean Your Lawn

Wednesday marked the first day of Spring.  For many of us that means one thing…Spring Cleaning!  We often think about all the things to do indoors but what about outdoors?  It’s time to spring clean your lawn as well.

backyard

Here are some Spring Cleaning Tips for your Lawn:

  • Clean up lawn debris – Remove trash, animal debris, dead grass, leaves, pine cones, sticks, etc from your lawn.  Debris removal will not only make your lawn look better but it also eliminates hiding and feeding areas for pests and rodents.
  • Rake Leaves – If you have piles of leaves left over from fall or some stragglers that have come down more recently, rake those up and dispose of them.  Raking up leaves and removing debris  will eliminate hiding spots for occasional invaders like millipedes, ants, and other pests.
  • Check leftover firewood – Check under any leftover firewood for signs of pests that often hide between and underneath wood.  Make sure that wood piles are located as far away from your home as possible.  The last thing you want is termites next to your structure.
  • Remove standing water – Standing water is a breeding ground for pests, especially mosquitoes.  Dump water from bird baths or install drains that will aid in water flowing from your yard rather than gathering.
  • Trim Bushes – By trimming your bushes you are not only making your lawn look aesthetically pleasing but you’re also reducing the risk of pests near the structure of your home.
  • Apply pre-emergent – Now is the perfect time to prevent weeds from popping up in your lawn.  Call a lawn care professional for the most effective products and treatment options for your lawn.

There’s no better time than now to trust Northwest’s Lawn Care experts to prepare your lawn to be healthy and green for the upcoming months so you can enjoy the outdoors!

 

The History of Lawns

If you’re a homeowner in the South, you probably take pride in keeping your lawn in pristine and presentable condition. However, you may not know why Americans make it a point to keep the patches of green surrounding their homes in top form. It appears as though lawns are European inventions, as the moist, mild climate supported open, close-cut grasslands. Also, the word lawn is derived from the Middle English launde, which originally referred to a glade and later to stretches of land that imitated the appearance of such glades.

The monthly winner of the best lawn may not know that he’s more than neighborhood royalty. The first lawns were the grasslands around medieval castle in France and Britain, designed to have few trees to give guards a clear view around the castle. As time progressed, the wealthy non-royalty began to adopt the use of lawns around their estates, until eventually lawns lost the connection to wealth. In the mid-19th century, in areas where cities began to grow, the opportunity to have lawns in these areas was relatively unlikely. This is when the park was born, thus becoming a public area of landscaped lawns and other greenery as well as water in the form of fountains, streams, and ponds.

Northwest Exterminating’s Lawn Care Team knows how important lawns are to homeowners. We offer a free analysis of your lawn to develop the best treatment plan before establishing a year-round service to give you the healthiest, greenest lawn possible. We also offer aeration & overseeding, tree & shrub services, and lawn disease control. If you’re interested in these services long onto www.callnorthwest.com/lawn-care to fill schedule a FREE Lawn Analysis.

Melissa Brown
mbrown@callnorthwest.com

Source: http://www.organiclawncare101.com/history.html

 

It’s Time for Round 2 of Our Lawn Care Service

Crabgrass

Crabgrass

Northwest Lawn Care is on Round 2 of our yearly service (8 rounds throughout the year).  So what do we do in Round 2?

Round 2:

This treatment is a combination of fertilizer and weed prevention/control. This treatment is especially beneficial for crabgrass control.

For Best Results:

  • Be sure that any leaves are removed prior to your treatment.
  •  The treatment should be watered within 48 hours.
  • The lawn should not be mowed 2 days before or after the treatment. This will ensure that the treatment is most effective by allowing the weeds to absorb the product for an effective kill off.

Additional Lawn Care Services:

  • Aeration
  • Overseeding
  • Tree & Shrub
  • Bed Control
  • Warm Season Aeration

The time for a healthy lawn is NOW!!  Prepare your lawn in the colder months for a healthier, greener lawn in the warm months!!  Call Northwest Lawn Care services 770.293.2703 today for your healthy, green lawn tomorrow!