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Defender Pest Control Program from Safari Tree

December 11th, 2017
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Protection against disease-carrying pests!

At our sister brand, Safari Tree, where we specialize in pest control, we have combined our top three services that defend and protect your home from known pests that carry and transmit diseases! Our new Defender program encompasses our Mosquito Control, our Fleas & Tick Control, and our Deluxe Perimeter Pest Control services!

Leading the industry with a life-changing program, our intent is to ensure that your family is protected year around from the various pests that can and will invade your property and home.

Our Mosquito Control program comes with five treatments throughout the season, starting just before the mosquitos begin showing up and controlling them throughout the summer months so that you are able to enjoy and take back your backyard! The West Nile virus has been documented in Southeast Michigan, and so we want to make sure you and your family are protected from this disease that is transmitted through mosquito bites.

Our Fleas & Tick Control program has us coming out and spraying your property four times in the season so that your four-legged family members can also have a pest-free time when outdoors. Ticks are well known for carrying and transmitting Lyme disease, and they tend to attach themselves to our furry friends. Fleas are also an issue, and research is showing that fleas can also transmit diseases, though not as common nor as prevalent.

Finally, our Deluxe Perimeter Pest Control program is a five-time treatment throughout the year, and we treat not only the more common insects such as spiders and ants, but we also treat for stinging insects and ensure that nests, if present, are removed.

Protect your family for the coming season and visit Safari Tree to learn more about our Defender program!

Posted by smartadmin at 7:43 pm

Lush Lawn Xtender Program

December 4th, 2017
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It’s Revolutionary!

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!

Posted by smartadmin at 5:45 pm

Winter Pest Control – Rodents

November 10th, 2017
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While we watch the snow falling outside from the comforts of our home, we may not be aware of the other creatures that may have moved onto our property to also find warm shelter away from the cold weather. Lawn rodents, such as moles and voles (also commonly referred to as field mice) are just as active now in the winter season as they were in the warmer season.  The only difference is that you may not notice the damage they are causing to your lawn until after the snow melts!

These lawn rodents make their way into your lawn by tunneling down into the soil, creating pathways that can cause severe damage to your lawn not only by the digging but also by feeding off the roots and plant matter that are below the surface.  With snowfall covering the tops of your lawn, you really are not able to see much of the actual pest damage being caused by these new houseguests.

Moles and voles do not hibernate during the winter like some pests and are as busy as they were in the summer months. These pests just continue to burrow and feed off the roots and insects they come across under the grass and are likely to dig even deeper with the colder winter weather.

If you notice animal tracks or “holes” in the snow, you may be experiencing mole and/or vole activity on your lawn and it is imperative that you address this pest problem as soon as possible!  Waiting to deal with the pest control issue in the springtime could be too late, as the winter damage will have already been done to both your lawn and your flowerbeds, which can be costly to repair.

Give Safari Tree a call if you suspect you might have pest activities, and our pest control specialists can come out to assess the situation and advise on what your next steps should be.  We have a very comprehensive rodent control program. Prevent lawn infestation next spring with pest control from Safari Tree!

Posted by smartadmin at 9:46 pm

Lawn Diseases – How To Tell If Your Grass Is Sick

September 15th, 2017
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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

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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

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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.

Posted by smartadmin at 6:09 pm

Fall Tree Care

September 1st, 2017
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As we begin to transition from the summer season to the fall season, even though we are still dealing with the heat, it isn’t too early to start preparing the trees and shrubs on your property for the eventual change in weather. It is important to plan ahead and consider fall tree care. These valuable assets on your property may appear thriving and hardy, but the exposure to the hot, summer sunshine for extended periods of time can impact the health of your trees and shrubs. Without knowing, these trees and shrubs become more sensitive to infestations of both pests and fungal diseases. Ensuring that your trees and shrubs regain their health is critical to protecting them from the cooler temperatures before the next growing season, as the cold weather can and will compromise their survival. Fall tree care is vital for the health of your trees all the way through to the next growing season.

The most important step to take right now is to make sure your trees and shrubs are receiving enough water, so heavy watering around the base of your trees and shrubs is strongly recommended. Applying new mulch, fertilizers and other preventative tree care can be very beneficial as they start slowing down their growth to prepare for the winter. Fall is also the best time to plant new trees and shrubs on your property as it gives them the opportunity to establish their root system with cooler temperatures in the soil as well as adequate watering.

Proper tree and shrub care are important to protect these assets on your property, and having a comprehensive preventative care program will help in giving you that piece of mind. For expert fall tree care, contact Safari Tree for an absolutely free estimate today!

Posted by smartadmin at 4:21 pm

Fall is Almost Here: Winterizer Fertilizer

August 24th, 2017
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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!

Posted by smartadmin at 9:08 pm

Overseeding: Helping Your Lawn Recover

August 10th, 2017
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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!

Posted by smartadmin at 11:42 pm

Fido Leaving His Mark

July 14th, 2017
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If you are starting to notice what may appear to be a burn on your lawn and you have dogs, there is a good chance that their urine could be the culprit.  To make sure that what you are seeing is actually due to urine and not some type of lawn disease, you can easily test your lawn by simply pulling on the burn area.  If the grass does not come right out and appears to be securely rooted into your soil, then there is a great chance that you are experiencing lawn burn from your dog’s urine.  Know your grass.  Kentucky bluegrass, and Bermuda tend to be the most susceptible to burns, while perennial rye grasses and fescues are more resistant.
What causes the burn to your lawn is the level of nitrogen found in your dog’s urine.  While some nitrogen is good for your grass, too much can lead to damage.  For example, female dogs are more likely to cause lawn burn than males because females void their entire bladder in one location instead of lifting their leg and marking, like males.  Large dogs, and dogs with a high protein diets, can do damage to a lawn, especially an over-fertilized lawn.  Too much fertilizer means too much nitrogen, and nitrogen from your fertilizer compounded by nitrogen from dog urine may be all that is needed to put your lawn over the edge.  Lawns that are stressed are even more susceptible to damage.  Lawns that are suffering from drought, disease, or are newly sodded or seeded are highly likely to burn.
There are ways to prevent or minimize the effects of lawn burn.  You can reduce the stress on your lawn by not over, or under-fertilizing, along with watering frequently.  Saturate urine spots with water from a watering can, or a hose.  Train your dog to urinate in a specific location that is hidden, or easily watered.
If you are unsure of what is causing these burns on your lawn, give us a call and we can come out and evaluate the situation and develop a treatment plan for you that will bring your lawn back healthy, green and lush.

Contact us today and receive a FREE estimate!

Posted by smartadmin at 9:36 pm

Soil Testing

July 7th, 2017
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Soil testing is important to the care of your lawn because it indicates the pH balance of your soil. Understanding your soil pH balance will ensure that you have the proper nutrient levels in your soil in order for your lawn and plants to thrive. Plants have a pH range that they do better in due to mineral availability which is between 6.0 to 7.0 (slightly acidic to neutral range). If your pH is outside the range of the plants, they can and will suffer from nutritional deficiencies like weak growth, discoloration, etc..

Soil testing for pH balance can determine if your soil is too acidic or too alkaline. Based on the test results will determine what is needed to bring your soil pH back to balance. Our soil testing process involves us taking a small sample of your soil, and then we send it off to a third party laboratory to perform the testing. After they have run all the tests, then will send us a comprehensive report that will allow us to pinpoint the problems you may be having with your soil.

Here at Lush Lawn, we not only offer soil testing, but based on the results, we have developed three soil treatment programs that would work best with your soil. The Soil Sweetener program to increase the pH level of your soil to bring it to a more fertile range. Our Soil Fertility Program is focused on increasing specific nutrient levels that may have dropped below the optimal pH balance. And then we have the Soil Balancer Program that targeting soils that have a high pH, so this program will decrease the pH level of the soil, creating a more balanced pH level.

Contact us today for a free estimate!

Posted by smartadmin at 5:04 pm

Proper Lawn Mowing Tips

June 29th, 2017
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Proper lawn mowing encourages your grass to grow and sustain its health throughout the season. The recommending height to mow your grass is 3-4 inches. Taller grass tend to have deeper roots and can access water more easily, as well as taller grass can shade the soil, protecting it from the sun and heat, reducing the occurrence of weed growth.

 
Did you know…that mowing height for your lawn directly impacts the health of your turf?

If you mow your lawn too short, the grass will not have enough foliage to grow or pull the needed nutrients in. This can result in a thin, weak and/or sparse lawn as well as a compromised root system. It also opens up your grass to potential issues, such as weed growth and lawn diseases. And in drought conditions, your lawn may also start to brown and begin to die.

During drought times, you should also leave the grass clippings on the lawn as the clippings can not only help cool down the lawn and keep the moisture contained in the soil, but also allows the nutrients from the clippings to go back into the turf.

So to maintain a healthy, green and lush lawn throughout the season and especially in drought situations, make sure you are lawn mowing at the proper height. Combined with proper watering, your lawn will thank you.

To find out how Lush Lawn can help your lawn thrive, not just survive, contact our professionals today and receive a free quote!

Posted by smartadmin at 9:52 pm

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