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Dollar spot is a serious lawn disease as it can effect can kill the whole of the grass plant including the roots. This means that affected areas of the lawn will often need reseeding. Dollar spot will infect a large number of different grass varieties.
As its name suggests, how you can recognize and diagnose that you have dollar spot is that you not only have seemingly spots of dying or dead areas in your lawn, but the coloring is silver and grey in color. These spots can range from 1 to 6 inches in diameter and the spots can also overlap to form larger patches of diseased lawn.
The fungus that causes dollar spot will result in the grass blades having discoloration with tan colored legions that have red and/or brown edges in an hourglass shape. This fungus can survive over winter by taking hold on plant matter that appears in the layer of thatch that can occur in the lawn, as well as plant matter in the soil. In the winter, the fungus is not actively growing but when the warmer temperatures are reached in the spring, the fungus will begin to grow and spread if not diagnosed and treated.
Typical environmental conditions that are ideal for the growth and spread of the dollar spot fungus can stem from the following lawn conditions:
· Lack of soil moisture – dollar spot will thrive in lawns which aren’t watered properly. A low soil moisture content will help dollar spot continue to flourish and spread.
· Lack of nitrogen – lawns require nitrogen for leaf growth and a lawn that has adequate nitrogen levels will be more vigorous and resistant to diseases.
· High levels of thatch – prevents water from penetrating into the soil and provides great conditions for the disease to thrive over the winter months.
Another contributing factor to the onset of dollar spot is mowing the grass too short in length during dry periods when the grass growth rate is slower. The lawn is more at risk from disease and weed infestations at these times.
If your grass is suffering, dollar spot might be the culprit. Contact us today for a free estimate!
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Continuing with what could compromise your lawn’s health if left untreated or undiagnosed, we will be looking at Bill Bugs and Chinch Bugs.
Billbugs are beetles with long snouts, or bills, that carries to the tip a pair of strong jaws or mandibles of which is how the beetles chew their food. Their markings vary from clay yellow to reddish brown to jet black in color. These beetles are known for burrowing into the grass stems near the surface of the soil and the damage is caused by their feeding off the grass leaves. Billbugs are found in two forms: adult and larvae.
The adult Bill Bug looks like a small beetle and are distinguished by the long snouts, or bills, which is how they came about their name. The adult Bill Bugs feeds directly on the grass stems above the surface of the soil. The Billbug larvae look like any other grubs and as they are in the soil, they feed directly off the actual grassroots, which they can spread and create extensive damage to the lawn. Common signs that you may have Billbug issues are dead spots throughout your lawn that are not recovering. Also, since the larvae feed on the roots, you can also test the dead grass areas by pulling them out and if they release easily from the soil, then there is a good chance you are having a Bill Bug problem.
Chinch bugs are mostly found in areas of direct sunlight in the lawn and are seldom found in shady areas. Their damage is caused by how they insert their slender beak into the grass and literally suck out the plant juices. As it is doing this, the Chinch bug also releases a toxin that turns the turf area being affected to a yellowish/brownish color and the damage is noticeable by spreading patches of brown, dead grass. Most homeowners notice the dead patches of grass first along a driveway, curb, sidewalk or the foundation of the home, due to the heat emitted from such objects. Because these bugs can also fly, it is difficult to keep an area free of Chinch bugs if they are emerging from neighboring lawns or croplands.
Contact Lush Lawn to receive a free estimate or schedule insect control for your lawn today!
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Moving into issues that may occur on your lawn, this week we will be focusing on worms: Cutworms and Sod Web Worms.
Cutworms, common name for the caterpillar or adult of certain moths in the family that includes the armyworms, loopers, underwings and many others. Cutworms can impact and affect the health of a variety of plants, especially during the seedling stage. They are known to consume roots, shoots, stems, buds and young leaves. In heavy infestations, young plants may appear to have been cut off at the ground by the caterpillars’ feeding, which is where they got the name cutworms. They are also nocturnal, sometimes climbing fruit trees to reach the leaves and buds, and they like to hide under vegetation, stones or burrow into the ground during the daytime. They have the common appearance of a caterpillar, mostly smooth-bodied and dull-colored, and as an adult moth, they are recognized by their stout-bodies and have dull, gray or brown mottled wings.
Sod webworms are also caterpillars of a brown or dull gray moth. Webworms grow to a length of nearly ¾” and vary in color from pinkish white to yellowish brown with a light to dark brown or black head. They are covered with fine hairs and the adult moths have a wingspan of about ¾”. They fold their wings closely about their bodies when at rest and have a prominent forward projection on the head. Moths hide in shrubbery or other sheltered spots during the day. They are noticeable in the early evening, as they fly over and around the lawn. The female moth scatters her eggs over the lawn as she flies, which is how they spread. Sod webworms feed only at night and you can see the damage on the grass blades that have the appearance of notches on the sides and chewed raggedly. Irregular brown spots are the first signs of damage, and if left untreated, larger areas of grass can and will be more severe in the damage caused by these worms. A heavy infestation, if again, left untreated, can destroy a lawn in just a few short days.
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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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Our mission is to create and maintain beautiful environments for you to live, work and play in – this is infused in everything that we do and each service we provide has been carefully thought out and researched in order for us to ensure that we are delivering on what we are promising. Which is why, after months of research regarding the local environments here in Southeast Michigan, we launched this fall a revolutionary lawn care program – the Lush Lawn Xtender Program!
This program is like no other in the green industry! We have combined all of our applications into a complete and comprehensive package so that you can rest assured knowing that all of your lawn care needs are going to be taken care of from the start of the season to the end. A total of 14 services are included with this new Xtender program, and the pricing structure is even better! The base cost for each service is the same, flat price for all 14 services based off of our 7-application lawn care program based off of your property size.
We care about the environment, which is why we created this program – our intent is to make sure that all of your plants stay healthy, green and lush. We adhere to all state and federal environmental regulations, meaning we will never over treat your property. Also included with the 14 services, are free curatives – so if you suddenly have a lawn pest infestation, we will come out to treat that immediately and effectively. If left untreated, not only would your plants suffer, but pests and fungus’ can spread onto your neighbors’ properties, creating more problems.
To learn more about the Xtender program, give us a call today!
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Lawn diseases are often the most difficult to control and requires more constant monitoring of the grass, as many times, the issue can be misdiagnosed as some other factor, such as insect damage, weeds and even pet damage. Let’s take a look at two of the more common lawn diseases that can impact and potentially destroy your beautiful turf if left untreated or misdiagnosed. These two lawn diseases are somewhat similar at first glance, and equally destructive if left untreated.
Leaf Spot/Melting Out
Typically this disease occurs in early spring, with extended dry periods that switch to wet weather (such as snowfall and rain), but leaf spot can also appear in late summer. The disease is identified by brownish-purple lesions that are found on the actual grass blade. If left untreated, the lesions begin to expand into the further down the grass blade and become darker in color and eventually the leaves will turn yellow and fall off.
Dollar spot can occur throughout the growing season, especially if you are not fertilizing your lawn properly and continuously. This lawn disease appears as “spots” throughout the lawn and noticeable color changes from green to medium brown. If left untreated, the color change continues from medium brown to a bleached and can cause the grass affected to die.
Sometimes the issue may be as simple as watering your lawn more frequently, but other times, it may require additional services such as an aeration done to improve airflow into the soil, to the roots of the grass. As well as applying proper nutrients to your lawn to bring back its health. If you come across anything unusual with your grass, it is highly recommended that you contact a lawn care professional and have them come out to diagnose the problem.
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Time passes by quickly and with fall coming around the corner, it is important to start thinking about winterizing your lawn to prepare it for the coming cold weather. Properly winterizing your lawn will ensure that your lawn comes back in the spring healthy and lush. Even though the lawn may appear to “die”, it is actually going into dormancy to protect itself from the cold winter months with minimal sunlight. Lush Lawn’s winterizer fertilizer application will prepare your lawn for the cold!
The process of fall winterization is applying that last application of winterizer fertilizer in October or November. As the daylight begins to shorten and the weather starts to cool down, the grass plant itself responds by slowing down growth and moving food reserves from the actual grass blade to the grassroots to help sustain it through until next spring. Even with cooling temperatures, the grass roots continue to remain active in the soil.
By the moving of nutrients from the grass plant to the roots ensures that it will return and be ready for growing season once the weather and soil temperatures start to warm up. In applying a fall winterizer fertilizer to your lawn, you are feeding the active roots and providing them enough food to sustain the winter.
Also, by winterizing your lawn in the fall will ensure that your lawn will return in the spring green, healthy and lush sooner than those lawns that did not receive the winterizer fertilizer.
Are you ready for fall? Contact us today to learn more about our fall winterizer lawn care application!
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If you are noticing bare spots or thinning areas in your lawn, then overseeding may just be what your lawn needs to bring it back healthy, green, and lush again. One of the most important aspects of maintaining and sustaining a healthy lawn, is that your lawn becomes more resistant to common lawn diseases as well as dealing with environmental factors, such as drought conditions.
Overseeding is simply planting grass seeds directly onto your lawn without having to tear up your lawn in the process. By overseeding your lawn, you are able to fill in the bare spots, improve the thickness of the grass, as well as boost the color of your overall lawn.
Another benefit to overseeding is by adding new grass varieties to your existing turf will allow for your lawn to better deal with insects, diseases and again, environmental impacts.
Once you have overseeded your lawn, the new grass growth will begin to come up within 5-7 days, though this is dependent on how often you are watering and if the soil temperature is in the right range for germination. Typically, you can expect your lawn to be back in full form within 8 weeks or so after the overseeding has been applied. Key aspect to successful regrowth is proper watering, so make sure once you have the grass seeds applied that you water the areas heavily to help push the seeds into the soil.
There are several processes that can be used to overseed your lawn. To learn more about overseeding, contact us today!
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