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What is Aeration?
Aerating creates small holes in your grass soil which allows vital nutrients, water, and air to reach the roots of your grass. Seasonal aeration helps sustain long-lasting health in your turf. Aerating makes your lawn stronger overall, which make its upkeep easier for you.
Heavily thatched or compacted soil can be bad news for your grass. The nutrients it needs may not be able to reach the roots, which could starve your grass and prevent it from growing well.
When Should I Aerate My Lawn?
The best time to aerate your lawn is during the growing season. This is because your grass will be most active and able to heal and patch itself. After a lawn is aerated, it will rebound stronger and healthier than before. For cool season grass, the best time for aeration is early spring or fall. Warm season grass is best in late spring. Not sure what type of grass you have? Temperate climates, such as in Michigan, will most likely have cool season lawns that are better adapted for cold weather.
Other signs that you should regularly aerate your lawn, is if your lawn gets heavy foot traffic. This is also true if your property is part of new construction, as the soil could be heavily compacted by construction traffic.
Additionally, soil that dries out easily or has a spongy texture could mean that it needs aeration. Built up thatch can contribute to lawn compaction, which could potentially starve your grass. A simple aeration could be all your lawn needs to spring to life!
Core Aeration vs. Spike Aeration
There are two main types of aeration, spike aeration, and core aeration. While both methods serve the same purpose, core aeration is the preferred method. Core aeration is also known as plug aeration. Instead of simply impaling the ground, core aeration carves a “plug” of earth out of your lawn, leaving a cylindrical-hole. These particular gaps are optimized to allow the maximum amount of water, sunlight, and nutrients to reach grass roots.
While aeration machine rentals are available, lawn care companies such as Lush Lawn maintain the highest quality equipment for aeration and have the experience to get the job done well and hassle-free.
Aeration for Better Lawn Health
Seasonal aeration can work wonders for your lawn, helping it stay healthy throughout the year. Aeration allows grass to better access the nutrients it needs to stay healthy, help prevent lawn diseases, and gives grass room to grow. Whether you do it yourself, or you hire a lawn service to handle it for you, we highly recommend that you take aeration seriously!
Looking for aeration services? Lush Lawn has been serving SE Michigan for nearly 15 years. We have the equipment and experience to take care of your lawn and keep it lush. Contact us today for a FREE estimate on our aeration services.
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Did you know that by keeping your lawn and trees healthy, you contribute directly to the overall health of our environment? It is more than just having a beautiful green lawn to enjoy and relax in, it is also about sustaining the environment that surrounds all of us. Some key benefits include managing the air quality we breathe – lawns alone capture more than 12 million tons of dust particles (Source: Georgie Turfgrass Foundation). Also, when your lawn is healthy and vibrant, they also help prevent puddles of water forming by absorbing the various water runoffs from sprinklers, rain and any other moisture that if the lawn wasn’t there, could pool into bodies of water around the property. Maintained lawns can absorb more than 6,000 gallons of water from a single rainfall (Source: Journal of Environmental Quality). In addition to the air quality, the grass on all our lawns creates and provides oxygen – a 50’x50’ lawn can produce enough oxygen to support a family of four.
So when you think about whether or not to invest in the care of your lawn, keep in mind that there are other benefits that come with a beautiful, healthy and green lawn. It is more than just watering and mowing the grass and the plants, it is making sure you are providing enough fertilizer, you are combating the weeds and insects that can damage the plants, as well as have preventative treatments in place.
Are you ready to give back to our environment and invest in your lawn? Contact Lush Lawn today and let’s start the conversation!
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Moles are another fairly destructive lawn rodent that if left untreated could cause extensive damage to your grass to where it could be costly to repair. They are not the cutest critter out there, and they do leave tell-tale signs that they are your new houseguests through the various dirt mounds you may start noticing cropping up throughout your lawn. With powerful front limbs, they are able to dig their way throughout the soil seeking grubs and other insects to feed on. What separates them from voles is that they are carnivores and dig deep into the soil compared to voles, of which are herbivores and tunnel near the top of the lawn. Moles tend to mate from February through May, with a gestation period of about 42 days and typically have about 3-5 pups (mole babies) are born, mainly in March and April. Pups tend to leave the nest about 30-45 days after they are born to secure their own territories.
Much of the damage caused by moles is that they can undermine the plant roots indirectly causing severe damage or even the death of the plan through their burrowing, not by feeding off them. It is very important for the health of your lawn to control these pests as quickly as possible, as if they continue to burrow, even removing the mounds of dirt or covering them up, still weakens the top level of your soil to where areas in your lawn could collapse and leave tracks and furrows in the lawn.
Are you concerned with the effects of mole damage on your lawn? Have you noticed the signs of mole damage on your property? Contact the pest control experts at Lush Lawn today for a free estimate on service.
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Early spring is upon us, which means it is time to start thinking about your lawn. Once the warmer weather is here to stay, it is vital that your property is prepared for a strong growing season.
Lush Lawn is here to help with some important tips for spring lawn care:
Raking your lawn helps reduce the thatch that has built up during the winter. Thatch is created by dying or dead grass which covers a fresh layer of healthy grass. Removing this thatch will allow fresh nutrients in, which will ensure that your lawns will be free from restraint. It is important that you do not rake too deeply, however, as it is possible to cause damage to the new growth underneath.
Early spring is the perfect time for a scheduled aeration. By allowing more air flow into your soil, aeration provides a channel for vital nutrients to reach deep down to the roots of your grass. Healthier grass means greener grass.
Testing pH balance is one of Lush Lawn’s most important spring lawn care tip. Testing the pH balance of your soil will determine whether the proper treatment and fertilizers are being applied. Lush Lawn uses cutting edge soil tests that are sent to third-party laboratories for processing. You can count on the results being as accurate as possible. Once the results are in, our lawn care experts can give you a custom soil treatment plan that will bring balance back to your lawn.
Keeping a schedule for clearing weeds and fertilizing will go a long way in maintaining a beautiful lawn. Weeds are ugly, but they also threaten the health of your grass. Weeds suck up any nutrients around them leaving your grass to starve. Effectively combating invasive weeds will protect your turf from extensive damage. For this reason, Lush Lawn recommends homeowners invest in a lawn care treatment program that protects from invasive weed pests and fertilizing for maximum health.
As a final word of advice, Lush Lawn recommends that homeowners schedule when their lawns are being watered. Southeast Michigan has experienced several drought summers over the past few years. Consistent watering can help alleviate the stress that hot, dry summers can incur on your lawn. To increase the effectiveness of watering, Lush Lawn offers their specialized Water Maximizer treatment that extends and retains moisture even on the hottest and driest summer days.
With spring around the corner, now is the best time to start planning for a new growing season. Spring lawn care is vital, as it sets the precedent for the health of your grass in the following seasons. Lush Lawn offers several comprehensive lawn care programs that optimize the care of your grass in every way.
Contact Lush Lawn today or call 866-668-5296 to learn more about how we can help you and receive a free estimate for spring lawn care.
About Lush Lawn & Safari Tree
Lush Lawn & Safari Tree is a local and family-owned business based in Southeast Michigan with branch locations servicing local communities in Grand Blanc, Saginaw, Brighton, Plymouth and Rochester Hills. Lush Lawn & Safari Tree are dedicated to improving the community in which they work and live. Providing excellent lawn and tree care is our way of doing just that.
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Thinking about spring lawn care? Don’t panic! While the weather has not yet decided on whether or not it is ready for springtime, we know that everyone is pretty much done with the cold and ready to enjoy the outdoors again. Here at Lush Lawn & Safari Tree, our teams are ready to hit the ground running once the weather clears and begins to warm, as we want to make sure that your lawn and the plants surrounding it are coming back ready to grow and get lush.
There are services you can start thinking about (even with the snow on the ground), and that is a spring aeration to help create greater air flow into the soil of your turf, as the added snow, ice, and water can compress and prevent the needed oxygen to start revitalizing the roots of your grass and plants. We have also been seeing a number of mole issues in the past month, so if you think you might be experiencing a problem with moles (such as mounds of dirt throughout your lawn), contact us today so that we can make sure that when we are ready to start services, we can address the mole problem before it gets worse. One more service to consider is the pre-emergent application on your lawn to prevent weeds from sprouting and spreading once the sun decides to come out and play.
Trees also need some TLC after the cold winter, so make sure you are examining these valuable assets surrounding your property and looking for signs of excessive dead limbs, or patchy bark around the tree itself. So hang tight, and let us know how we can help you get ready for springtime!
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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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It’s that time of year where grubs are becoming active and could already be feasting on your lawn right now! The weather may not seem warm enough, but these bugs are nice and warm in the soil, just under the grass, feeding on the roots for nutrients to grow.
There are a few quick things to look for if you are unsure about whether or not you are having a grub control issue. First, you will start seeing patches appearing throughout your lawn, causing an uneven appearance. This could be a sign that you are having active grubs in your soil. The second sign is if you start seeing skunks returning to your property. Skunks are known as memory feeders, so they tend to return to where they “remember” where they found food, such as grubs. If you start seeing them frequent your property, this could be an indicator that you may be having grub activity on your lawn.
Just this week, our trusted field technicians uncovered active grubs in Brighton, Plymouth, and Rochester Hills, so it is starting and if left untreated, these grubs can cause extensive damage to your lawn and compromise the overall health.
To learn more about our grub prevention and grub killer programs, contact our grub control experts today!
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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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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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