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We have started to see activity with voles in a few of our customer properties, where damage is already being noticed within the lawns. Voles are small rodents that are related to the common mouse, though voles tend to have stout bodies, smaller ears and eyes, and a shorter tail. Voles are often referred to as field mice and are classified as rodents, unlike moles.
Voles typically chew on the base of trees and/or shrubs, especially during the winter months. They can also cause damage to various flower bulbs and vegetable roots that may be in your garden. However, the primary food of choice for voles are the stems and blades of grass. You can visibly note damage made by voles through the lawn that has a tunnel-like look – not large mounds of dirt that moles leave behind, but more like tunnels slightly above the ground.
Voles are vegetarians and feeding on young roots and growth can seriously impact and destroy large parts of your lawn, your flower beds, and even cause death in some of your trees and shrubs.
The Lush Lawn team is starting to come across vole activity. This means they are already active and potentially feeding on new growth of your grass. If you notice abnormalities or wish to take preventative measures, contact our pest control team to receive a free estimate!
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Even with your trees and plants still covered in snow, it is never too early to begin thinking about the coming spring and warmer months and start preparing your property for the growing season. Here at Safari Tree, our lead Tree Manager and Certified Arborist, Erik Hutson, has some simple tips on how to ensure that your trees and shrubs transition from the cold to the warm.
With the holiday season over, it is important that if you decorated your trees and shrubs with holiday string lights that you remove them and any other form of decorations from the plants. As trees continue to grow each year, having lights wrapped around the trunk and/or limbs could potentially impact the health of the tree by constricting the limbs from developing.
If you prepared your plants prior to the winter months by wrapping or covering them with burlap or other protective materials in anticipation of the harsh Michigan winter elements, it is important to make sure that once the temperatures are no longer at freezing levels, you are removing the coverings. By waiting to remove the coverings could compromise the health and stunt the growth process of the plants.
Once the snow begins to melt away, make time on the weekends to rake and remove any and all debris, leaves, and fruit that may have dropped over the winter months. Leaving them unattended can lead to the potential germination and spread of diseases that can overwinter in the debris – for example, tip blight and apple scab.
In addition to removing the debris under the tree, it is important to add mulch around the base of each tree on your property as this will help in protecting the tree trunks and its roots from any damage. The mulch is more to protect from the damage it may sustain and will still be present the following fall/winter and will continue to protect the trees root zone at that time. We recommend no more than 3” of mulch around the base, but make sure to keep the bark from the trunk as the bark can and will withhold moisture which can cause tree rot.
It is also important to prepare your plants for the growing season by applying a light round of fertilizer, as the fertilizer will give the plants the needed help with the transition from the cold weather to the warmer weather.
Finally, we recommend that in the early spring to prune out the dead limbs of the trees and the best time to do so is when the trees are still dormant. However, if you are not sure what branches are dead or alive, as the trees are budding, you should be able to discern between which limbs are coming out of dormancy and which are not.
While due to the current weather conditions, all you want to do is sit in front of the fire, it is definitely not too early to start thinking about the coming spring and how to prepare your property to come back healthy, green and lush. Safari Tree offers a comprehensive 7-step tree healthcare program for customers in Southeastern Michigan. For more information on tree and shrub health care, contact Safari Tree at 844-500-8733.
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Continuing with our common tree diseases series, one of the most common fungal diseases are anthracnose, which can infect ash, oak, maple, and sycamore trees, as well as other tree species. The fungus causes dead blotches on the leaves that disrupt photosynthesis and transpiration with can eventually lead up to spring leaf drop. As leaves mature, they become less susceptible to the pathogen. Repeat defoliation by anthracnose can directly impact the tree’s overall health and it is important to stop this disease before it begins to spread.
The life cycle of this particular fungus is noticeable to the naked eye. In the late fall and early spring months, black pimple like bumps will develop on infected leaves from the previous year. Spores are then released and blown by wind or even splashed by rain to nearby trees, causing the spread of the fungus rapidly. The primary infections produce secondary spores which
affect other leaves and fruit. The secondary infections of this disease can and will continue throughout the growing season during wet periods of time.
The next more common tree disease is the Rhizosphaera Needle Cast, which is a foliage disease of spruce trees. This disease can cause significant damage to trees growing outside of their native range. Older, inner needles show symptoms first, and as the disease progresses, newer needles will begin showing symptoms as well. Infected needles first appear mottled or speckled with dull yellowish blotches, and as the disease progresses, the needles will begin to turn brown to purplish brown. The needles then drop (cast) anywhere from 3 to 15 months after the infection has occurred and also depends on the type of spruce species infected. Branches begin dying if they are defoliated in 3-4 consecutive years, though larger trees rarely die and succumb to this disease, however they may become so disfigured that they lose all of their ornamental value.
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Continuing our trees and shrubs diseases series, today will take a look a Pine Needle Scale and Soft Scale.
Pine needle scale is a hard or armored scale – scales are aphid-like insects that produce a hard waxy shell to protect themselves from predators and environmental conditions. Pine needle scale females resemble legless bumps and damage plants with their sucking mouthparts. The smaller male scales have wings and while in the nymph stage also feed on plants. Female scale continues to feed as they produce over a hundred eggs under their shell. The mater female dies, but the eggs survive the winter under the protection of the shell. In the spring and summer of the following year, the eggs hatch into an immature stage called the “crawler” stage. The crawlers, also called nymphs, move out from under the shell and find a new
location on which to feed. As they settle, they begin to produce their hard shell. Pine needle scales feed primarily on the needles of trees. Unlike soft scales and aphids, which feed on the circulatory system of the tree, armored scales feed on the contents of individual cells. Since they destroy cells, they can cause significant dieback of infected stem tissues and in severe infestations, even the death of trees.
Symptoms of pine needle scale may include some or all of the following: thin sparse needles, white spots on needles, white waxy scale coverings, and extensive needle and branch death.
Soft scale, similar to pine needle scales, are also aphid-like creatures that feed on the sap of trees. Young scales, referred to as crawlers, feed on the
foliage whereas adult scales feed directly on the branches. All soft scales feed on the sap contents of the tree, which means they are susceptible to systemic insecticides. Dormant oils and contact insecticides can also be effective, but only if they are applied to the unprotected crawler stage of the scale. Thus the timing of contact insecticide applications is critical to effective control…
Symptoms of soft scale may include some or all of the following: tip die back in branches, stunted chlorotic foliage, premature leaf drop and branch dieback, honeydew secretions on the tops of branches, and also black sooty mold growth on the honeydew.
Are your trees under threat? Contact Safari Tree today for a free estimate and remove harmful tree pests.
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Rochester Hills, MI, January 5, 2018 – Lush Lawn & Safari Tree, the leading lawn, tree and pest control provider for Southeastern Michigan is expanding its efforts this week and opening a new branch location in Plymouth, Michigan. The building will officially open for business on January 5th and will offer customers a local team that will provide all their lawn, tree and pest control services.
Aaron Samson, Chief Executive Officer, expressed enthusiasm about the new launch on January 5th, 2018, stating, “Along with the new year, I am looking forward to the new branch location that will expand our services into Plymouth, furthering our reach and ability to continue in servicing the local communities in Southeastern Michigan. As our ultimate goal is delivering and creating the best customer experience, by opening a new location in Plymouth, will provide us the necessary staff and resources to ensure that all of our customers will receive the attention and care they deserve.”
Lush Lawn & Safari Tree has also opened up new locations in Brighton and Rochester Hills in the last five years. Altogether, Lush Lawn & Safari Tree have four locations, including Grand Blanc, the original location where the company started back in 2004.
About Lush Lawn & Safari Tree
Lush Lawn & Safari Tree is a leading lawn, tree and pest control service provider that is locally owned and operated, with corporate offices based in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Originated in 2004, Lush Lawn & Safari Tree have been providing best in class lawn, tree and pest control services across Southeastern Michigan, with locations in Grand Blanc, Brighton, Rochester Hill and Plymouth. To learn more about what Lush Lawn & Safari Tree services, please contact Lush Lawn or visit Safari Tree’s website.
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With the weather hitting below zero degrees, with proper winterization of your lawn and of your trees and shrubs, rest assured in knowing that they are still alive and sustaining the cold temperatures. All plants are going into dormancy, slowing down growth, preserving nutrients and getting ready to face the coming months of snow and ice.
Make sure when you are outside, you are paying attention to the branches that may be above your head. If you were unable to prune them back before the cold weather hit, be sure that you are creating a safety route around the trees as the weight of snow and ice along with weakened branches could lead to breaks.
Also make sure that when you are walking around your property, with the snow and ice, make sure that when and if you can avoid walking directly on the grass, that you do so. The compaction from footprints along with the snow and ice can make it harder for the grass to come back once the weather starts to warm up. Issues such as snow mold can impact the health of your lawn and require additional treatments to combat the disease.
If you are applying salt onto your walkways and driveways, try to avoid having the salt land in the lawn, flower bushes and other areas where plants are living. While the salt is great at deicing the ground, it can also cause damage to your plants.
So stay warm, stay safe, and have a wonderful new year! We will see you in 2018!
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With the new year around the corner and with Christmas arriving with Santa in just a few short days, it is amazing to gauge how time has flown by. As with all holiday seasons, this is the best time to reflect on the past year, to embrace the good with the bad, to appreciate our employees and especially our customers, and start preparing for the coming year.
In looking ahead, we are excited to continue our focus on:
• Maintaining and sustaining a beautiful lawn that is healthy, green and lush all throughout the year.
• We want our customers to take pride in their lawns, as well as have that important time to spend with their families.
• We care about the trees that surround the homes, providing beauty and protection against the various weather elements that we may encounter throughout the year.
• Supporting the local communities that we service and live in is our way of giving back. As a family-owned business, it is important for us to support our fellow local businesses, as the community will only grow with the commitment and dedication of all us that are a part of those communities.
• Your family’s safety is a primary concern for us – we want to protect everyone from the various disease-carrying pests that frequent our neighborhoods. Including your furry family members too!
• We are dedicated to protecting the environment – all of our services and treatments are specifically designed to not every over treat or under threat. We want the plants that surround us to flourish, grown and stay healthy!
We are so looking forward to 2018 and continuing our mission to change the world, one lawn at a time. All of us here at Lush Lawn and Safari Tree wish all you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We’ll see you soon!
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Michigan State University had its annual TurfDay this past Wednesday, and many Lush Lawn employees were in attendance. This educational event takes caters to landscapers and other people in the lawn care industry. The event is held near MSU’s farming and agricultural section of campus, which consists of many large fields. There were some tours geared towards the golf course maintenance community, and then others geared towards, difficult weeds, fungal problems and seeding. Many of the tours, featured patches of grass, usually with some sort of ailment. They then provide a piece of grass which has been treated with a certain product. There was also a special guided tour where attendees were able to observe some turf damaging insects. Lush Lawn always invites selected employees to attend this largely enriching program, which helps better the lawn care industry standards and practices, as well as providing guidance for making plans for purchasing products in the future.
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The Zika Virus & How To Prevent..
If you’re concerned about the recent outbreak of Zika virus, you’re not alone. Spread by mosquitos, the Zika virus has been confirmed to be throughout the US, including Michigan. As Michigan’s leading experts in mosquito control, Lush Lawn is here to help your property stay safe from the threat of mosquito attacks. While we may not be experts on Zika, we do know a thing or two about eliminating mosquitoes. Here’s how we can help ease your fears Zika brings to the community..
What is the Zika Virus?
The Zika virus organized in the tropical regions of Africa and Asia before spreading to South America where the current outbreak is in full crisis mode. The virus has spread to North America with confirmed cases across the US and Canada. The virus is carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is common in southern states. This is one way Zika spreads. The other is when travelers come back from areas where the mosquito are prevalent around the globe and bring it with them. There is no vaccination or cure for the Zika virus. This means the only way to fight against it is to ensure your property is protected against mosquitos no matter where in the US you live. That’s where Lush Lawn comes in with all your mosquito control answers.
Lush Lawn offers a variety of ways to control mosquitos on your property, even an organic option! Go here to get a free quote on Mosquito Control or Organic Mosquito Control for your home!
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Lawn care fertilization, which involves the use of fertilizers, can have an incredible effect on our surroundings. As owners of lawns, there are lots of little changes we can make to our fertilizing practices that will not only reduce or remove any poor environmental impact, but will in fact help the environment as a whole. One would be using a top quality, professional and local lawn care company like Lush Lawn, built of experts, to properly maintain your lawn’s needs.
Environmental damage from the use of fertilizers happens when the fertilizer is not used correctly. Fertilizing frequently is incredibly great thing to do for the environment as well as our lawns. Using these rich nutrients will supply food to the lawn on a routine and continuing basis, which enhances the lawn’s overall well-being.
Adding fertilizer to the soil can raise the capacity to hold water and the nutrients for more. This practice is very helpful for sandy soils, which can rapidly lose water content after rain or watering. Also, by providing nutrients like nitrogen, fertilizers help plants thrive despite the threat of weeds and disease
As far as lawn care fertilization goes, if you choose to use Lush Lawn’s Organic fertilizer, this will help make it a healthier environment for earthworms and microbial organisms, which help enhance the soil quality. Earthworms are also valued for their capability to break the soil up and enhance the stream of dampness and air to the plants root construction.
We can’t reach achieve a healthy, green lawn without using fertilizers. A lush lawn cools a house to decrease the demand of air conditioning, converts huge amounts of polluting gasses into oxygen for cleaner breathing air, and supplies more environmental benefits than just about any other thing that people can do on their own. Use our premium, time-released, all-granular fertilizer with a clear conscience and revel in the happiness of the advantages a beautiful lawn offers to your families, homes, neighborhoods as well as your local community.
When it comes to Michigan grass, most lawns are some made-up of some kind of bluegrass or fescue. These two varieties are very popular in the northern half of the state because of their chilly resilience as well as their tolerance of drought and shade. Both are quite robust grasses, however in case you would like them to meet up to their reputation, they should be correctly preserved.
Whether you’re a devotee or unwilling participant in lawn care, Michigan is the state to live in. Healthy-looking lawns are a point of pride in several neighborhoods. Michigan is blessed with a great climate that’s extremely conducive to a healthy lawn. Michigan has ideal surroundings if you’re committed to lawn care. The cool, humid weather is ideal for these kinds of grasses. There is also a lot of water and shade. In the instance of a drought, we’ve got grass that could resist it. Michigan is just an ideal state for excellent thriving lawns
Having a great looking lawn can be fun, but additionally, it may bring many headaches. Scheduling and preparation are few of the main characteristics of producing and maintaining a lush lawn when it comes to lawn care fertilization, which is why it is always recommended to use a hardworking, capable team of experts to give you the lawn you and the environment needs.
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