Lawn Disease Control

Every lawn in Georgia, whether new or established, is susceptible to a variety of lawn diseases because of our environmental conditions. Even if a disease-causing pathogen is present, infection will not occur unless the environmental conditions are conducive to disease development. If left untreated, your lawn is likely to undergo major damage that could take months to recover from.

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5 Weeds That Look Like Grass

If your grass is green, what does it matter if it's a combination of grass and weeds that look like grass? No harm, no foul – right? Not quite. Weeds compete for air, water, and nutrients, giving the good grass less of a chance to thrive and opening it up to disease and insect infestation. Though it may be just a few weeds to start with, they quickly take over your lawn and kill off your desirable grass before you know it. That's why it's important to know about the different types of weeds that find their way into your yard and disguise themselves as grass. 

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Aeration & Overseeding: Creating Room for Growth

Do you have dreams of a beautiful, green lawn next year? Believe it or not – now is the time to start the process with aeration and seeding. Aeration is one of the best things you can do for your lawn. It may sound complex, but it's really simple, as is seeding. 

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Mossy Lawn: What Now?

In 2019, Georgia homeowners reported an increased amount of moss in their lawns over the summer. Though a couple of years have passed since that report, not much has changed. Homeowners are fighting off moss and they don't quite know how to win. If you have experienced moss growing where grass should be, there are a few things to keep in mind as you look into how to control your current moss issue and how to prevent it in the future.

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Top Lawn Watering Tips

There's no magic trick to watering your lawn properly. It's really just a matter of ensuring that the water you do supply to your lawn, trees, and shrubs is used efficiently. Especially during the summer months, it's important that your grass is getting the amount of water it needs to thrive. Between pop-up storms, moisture-scorching sun, and your valuable time, it can be hard to keep up with unless you know ways to get around the struggles of lawn irrigation. So, are you watering your lawn correctly? Let's find out!

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How to Grow Grass in the Shade

Who doesn't want thick, beautiful grass covering their yard? We don't know many people who don't want that. However, there comes a dilemma that many people run across…how to grow grass in the shade. It can seem impossible, but your grass's future is about to get a little brighter (literally and figuratively). Get ready to learn some tips and tricks for getting your grass to grow – even if it's in the shade all day long! 

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How to Nurture a Healthy Lawn

Obtaining a healthy, green lawn can be quite the task. Though it doesn't require you to be in the yard every day, it does require a great deal of patience. One of the hardest parts of getting your lawn healthy is knowing exactly what it needs. It can often feel like you're wandering around in the dark trying various tactics with no success. Here are some ways you can get your grass healthy and keep it that way. 

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Summer Tips for How to Weed a Garden

If you're a homeowner, you are likely acutely aware of the tendency for weeds to take over your yard quickly and effortlessly, creating a hostile environment for nearby plants. These pesky weeds become especially noticeable as the weather warms up and creates an environment for them to thrive. The more they thrive, the fewer nutrients your plants get, and that's the last thing we want to see! Not only are they unattractive, but they also suffocate your plants and make them more susceptible to pests and diseases. If you're at a loss for how to treat your weeds, we've put together some tips for you. 

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How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Outdoors

Many of us patiently wait for warmer weather and are thrilled when we get those first few days of 70-degree weather. We break out the shorts and short-sleeve shirts and before we know it, we're scratching at our skin thanks to pesky mosquitoes. Not only are their bites annoying and itchy, but they can also carry diseases like West Nile Virus, Encephalitis, and the Zika virus. These diseases are all the more reason to combat these blood-sucking insects! 

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Grub Damage to Lawn: Everything You Need to Know

No one wants grubs…just the word itself doesn't sound too appealing, does it? You may be wondering "what are grubs exactly?" Great question! Grubs are the larvae of Japanese beetles. They look like c-shaped creatures and you are most likely to find them in your soil. They're not attractive little critters and they certainly don't do any favors for your yard – especially when they're occupying it by the masses. 

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What is Horticultural Oil?

As you're preparing your yard and garden for warmer weather, it's important to protect them from unwanted pests. While there are a great many insects that are vital to the success of your yard (i.e. bees), there are some that are detrimental to your plant and grass growth. That's why it's important to take proactive measures and look into having oils applied to your trees and shrubs. However, there are many questions that come with the use of horticultural oils. See below for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the use of horticultural oil in your yard. 

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How to Control Weeds in Your Lawn

With spring right around the corner, you're probably daydreaming of blooming flowers, trees sprouting new leaves, and you guessed it…green grass! It's important to know that the green grass you're thinking of probably didn't happen by accident. More than likely, it was a product of hard work, preparation, and a great team of lawn care specialists. The key word is preparation. As we get closer and closer to spring, this is your last call to get ahead on pre-emergent so you can create a yard you love. 

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Bed Pre-Emergent

Weeds in planting beds can be an unsightly nuisance and can take hours of your valuable time to control by pulling or spraying. Although there is no way to completely eliminate weeds in your planting beds, bed pre-emergent treatments can greatly reduce weed germination, by as much as 80% to 90%, saving you time and money.

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Protecting Plant Health

The most common reason homeowners and property managers call in a tree or lawn expert is because they are concerned something is wrong with their plants. Trees and shrubs decline over time, insects and diseases attack, and the weather often works against us. Sometimes, a problem can be addressed quickly and easily. At other times, a more complex program is needed. Unfortunately, a plant's health has sometimes declined so far that it is beyond repair. 

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Horticultural Oils

Even healthy-looking trees and shrubs could be providing a home for some of their worst enemies at this very moment. Below the bark's surface, your trees and shrubs could be hosting insect eggs and/or pupating larvae. These juvenile insects are posing a very real threat to the health of your landscape plants. 

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After-Seeding Care

Now that your lawn has been seeded, you may be wondering what you can do to help the new seed germinate. The first step is to provide plenty of water. With new seed, you should always use light, frequent watering (at least once a day). You should water enough to keep the top 1″ to 2″ of soil moist, but not overly saturated. If the seedbed dries out, germination can be reduced considerably. You should see the first signs of germination within 7 to 14 days if you water properly and continue to see germination for 4 to 6 weeks. If you only notice germination only in the holes left by the aerator, you may not be watering enough. 

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Thirsty Soil

 Late summer and early fall can be particularly hot and dry in this part of the country. Now more than ever, your turf needs thorough and consistent watering.

Your lawn needs water in the root zone, not just at the surface. How long it takes you to water correctly is determined by what kind of soil you have and how long it takes to get it properly saturated. Your soil can be classified as: clay (dense soil with few air spaces and very small, tightly packed soil particles); loam (an open mix with adequate air space for water and nutrients to move); or sandy (very loose and open with little water-holding ability). The type of soil makes a big difference in how often you should water.

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Grubs & Army Worms

When you do all the things necessary to achieve a healthy and robust lawn, you also make your lawn incredibly attractive to some of its biggest enemies. Turfgrass needs thick, juicy roots in order to thrive, as well as robust top growth. The healthier the turf, the more attractive it is to grubs and armyworms. 

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Fire Ants

Fire ants, which were introduced to the United States from South America over 70 years ago, have now spread throughout the southern United States. These aggressive ants can be 1/8″ to 1/4″ long, with reddish-brown to black coloring. In general, they build their large, mounded nests in sunny, open areas (often visible along sidewalks and driveways). However, nests may also be constructed around trees and stumps or even under buildings. 

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June Bugs and Japanese Beetles

With the arrival of summer also comes the arrival of a couple very destructive pests: June bugs and Japanese beetles. While very similar and often confused, June bugs are brownish, nocturnal insects, while Japanese beetles are a shiny green and active during the day. In their larval stage as grubs, these pests feast on turf roots. As adult beetles, they focus on the foliage and fruit of over 400 plant species. After emerging from lawns in late June and July, Japanese beetles start to chow down. They have a tendency to cluster in big groups on some plants more than others, and they can completely skeletonize a plant in no time.

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