Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be taking care of your lawn! It’s very important to maintain the health of your lawn all year around…not just in the spring and summer time. As a matter of fact, we’re in Round 1 of our 8 step, year around Lawn Care service.
In 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.
For Best Results:
- Be sure that any leaves are removed prior to your treatment.
- The treatment should be watered in 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:
We are currently on Round 7 of our Lawn Care treatments. During this round, we are focusing on root growth and controlling weeds by applying a combination of fertilizers. Round 7 is vital to your lawn care 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.
For the best results:
- The treatment should be watered in within 48 hours.
- The lawn should not be mowed 2 days before or after the treatment.
Fall is the most important time of year to get your lawn healthy and green!
What’s the key to a healthy lawn?
Watering is essential for a healthy lawn. We can not stress the importance of watering to improve the color and condition of your lawn. We suggest watering at least 45 minutes in each zone once a week.
For more information on improving the healthy and look of your lawn visit Northwest.
We’re getting our first taste of fall! Cooler temperatures, football, and the changing of the leaves are all things that we have to look forward to in the coming months. Without the scorching heat it is a great time of year to get out in your yard and prepare your lawn for the cold months ahead. Cooler weather allows your grass to focus on root growth and build up density. The more preparation you do in the fall, the healthier and greener your lawn will be in the spring.
Things to do in the fall for a healthy lawn in the spring:
- Fall is the best time to target weeds. This is the time to apply herbicides to broadleaf weeds.
- If your soil is in need of a reduction in acidity, apply lime. If you’re not sure, have a lawn care company perform a soil test.
- Make sure to rake up any leaves that have fallen onto your lawn.
- Water during warm spells only. Watering isn’t as necessary in the cooler months as it is in warmer months. Be sure to water when temperatures are unusually high.
- Fertilize your lawn if you have cool season grass such as fescue.
- Raise the height on your lawn mower. Do not over cut the lawn.
- Grass clippings can be beneficial this time of year. Leave clippings where they fall unless a large amount has been cut.
- Overseeding should be done to fix bare patches in lawn or to keep lawn looking green throughout the winter.
- Call a lawn care company such as Northwest that can come assess your lawn and let you know what steps should be made in the fall to be sure that you have a healthy, green lawn in the spring and summer.
Visit us at www.callnorthwest.com/lawn-care/ for more information on our Northwest Lawn Care services.
You are probably seeing cicada killer wasps working overtime these last few weeks of summer. They are preparing to overwinter by digging their underground burrows and stuffing them with paralyzed cicadas that they will use as food for their larvae.
Cicada tunnels can range from 30-70 inches long and run 12-15 inches below the surface. Each tunnel has an average of 15 side chambers. Each tunnel contains 1-3 paralyzed cicadas and a cicada egg that is due to hatch in 2-3 days. The larvae will feed for about 10 days before leaving the tunnel. Cicadas only produce one generation each year.
Where are cicadas found?
Cicadas do not have a pack mentality; they are typically a solitary species. They prefer dry, light textured soils in full sunlight that are near trees that harbor other cicadas. Common places to find cicada killers are along sidewalks, patios, in flowers beds, gardens, sand boxes and in lawns.
Do cicadas sting?
Female cicadas have stingers that are used to inject venom into other cicadas that causes them to be paralyzed. Female cicada stings are very painful. Luckily, females are not territorial like honey bees or hornets. Male cicadas do not have stingers but are very territorial.
Can cicada killers cause damage?
Female cicada killers burrow and dig tunnels which cause the soil to be misplaced and smother grass. Cicadas dig loose soil in garden and flower beds that can ruin garden plants and/or vegetables. A burrow at the base of a plant can disrupt the root system.
How to get rid of cicadas?
Cicadas do not like wet soil so keeping soil watered will deter them from making their borrows and cause current cicadas to abandon the site. Watering the soil can also help to settle the soil back into the ground if it has been disrupted by a burrowing cicada. Another tip is to regularly stir soil or sand to discourage wasps from creating tunnels.
When treating for cicadas, the application should be made directly into the burrow or at entrance. If you have cicadas messing up your lawn, call Northwest!