Nothing can be more frustrating to having a beautiful lawn than when problems pop-up. If left untreated, these problems can become major issues that can cause serious damage. However, most problems can be taken care of quickly and without harm if they're treated early.
The most common problems are weeds and turfgrass damaging insects. Weeds are easy to spot. Insects not so much because the damage is usually caused to the extensive root system of the turf. Fortunately our trained staff know the symptoms of problem insects and can tell the difference between an insect infestation, too much or a lack of water, or even a lawn disease.
A healthy lawn can expect an occasional weed but weed seeds exist by the millions in the soil. It is important to control the germination of those weed seeds. A thick and healthy lawn goes a long way in preventing weeds.
Occasionally, even in a thick, healthy lawn, a few seeds will germinate. For the most part you can ignore a few nuisance weeds that pop up during the growing season. However, next season you'll probably see more weeds throughout the lawn. We won't ignore those few nuisance weeds. When you're a Grassroots Lawncare client, every visit we make to your lawn we'll be on the lookout for nuisance weeds and we'll treat for them on the spot.
A lawn full of weeds signals more problems than just weeds. Most weed problems are related to the top soil's health and condition, and the vitality of the turf grass. Soil problems usually fall into several categories:
Lack of soil nutrients
Thick thatch layer
Inadequate water, or too much moisture
Too much shade for the turf grass to develop to its full potential
Weed seeds exist in every soil by the thousands per square yard. The reason you don't see thousands of weeds is because they must have the right conditions to sprout. Often all the weed seeds need are a little moisture and sunlight! Sunlight is the key. A thin lawn allows plenty of light to reach the soil. A thick lawn blocks that light.
When there are soil problems, it usually reduces the vitality of a lawn's health. It slows the vigorous growth normally associated with a healthy turf grass. The lawn begins thinning out and when this happens, more sunlight reaches the soil and creates the right environment for weeds to take root.
Once weeds are growing they rob the soil of additional nutrients the grass needs as well as moisture which is vitally important during periods of drought. Lawns extremely weed infested need something more than to just kill the weeds. Begin planning soil improvements. This means regular fertilization, dethatching, regular aeration, adding top-dressing occasionally and overseeding your lawn.
Follow these guidelines and in a short period of time your top soil will be one of the best top soils in the neighborhood. When you have a great top soil you are going to have a great lawn.
For lawns, there are two types of weed controls: pre emergent and post emergent. Pre emergent weed controls. Pre emergent weed controls prevent many grassy type weeds from taking root in your lawn. This is a time sensitive application and must be in place in the early spring. Once applied, an invisible protective layer stops weed seeds form taking hold. This will prevent crabgrass and other grassy weeds from rooting.
Post emergent weed controls takes care of weeds after they have sprouted. Dandelions are a good example of a weed controlled by post emergent controls. Unless weeds are extensive, we normally spot treat for these types of weeds. If lawn weeds are extensive, it may be best to wait until early fall when new grass seed can be applied. Killing off all the weeds in mid summer could leave some large holes in the yard.
We can control your lawn weeds using both pre-emergent and post-emergent weed controls.
Many insects are beneficial to your landscape, a few are not. Some insects can do substantial damage and often go overlooked. A few, however can cause extensive and serious damage, sometimes killing large areas of grass, especially if the grass is already stressed. Damage usually begins in scattered small patches, which may merge into large dead areas.
Insects that do infest home lawns are often difficult to observe and their presence may go undetected unless careful observation is made during the growing season. Plus, it is easy for insect damage to be mistaken for other problems such as drought damage or dog urine burn.
Grubs are the larval stage of many different beetles, including the Japanese beetle, especially in Eastern Pennsylvania. Grubs live below ground and feeds on the roots of grass plants during mid to late summer. The best time to control grubs is in early summer, just after they hatch. During this brief time they are can be treated. Our grub proof treatment will control grubs in your lawn before they can damage your valuable lawn.
Webworms can be a problem for eastern Pennsylvania homeowners. If you notice a lot of moths flying up from the grass as you walk across it in early evening, then you have sod webworms. Once the moths lay their eggs, the damage will start showing up 10 - 14 days later when their eggs begin to hatch into caterpillars. These caterpillars chew off the grass blades close to the soil's surface. Here in Pennsylvania, we see the heaviest damage in early August, although sometimes damage is seen in June. If sod webworms are present in your lawn we will treat for them.
Ticks are not a lawn problem, but in recent years eastern Pennsylvania has had some severe outbreaks of tick infestations. These infestations can be dangerous to family and friends, plus your pets.
Most ticks attach themselves to people and pets if given the opportunity. Pain main result from their bites. Some ticks transmit diseases, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Human Monocytic Ehrlichiosis, Lyme Disease and tularemia. Even though ticks won't cause any damage to the lawn, it is important that if you have heavy tick infestations in your area that steps be taken to control them.
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