Summer is here – show your lawn some love!
Summer is in full swing, which means that temperatures and insects are on the rise and both can potentially cause stress to your lawn. We’ve gathered a few tips on how to keep your lawn looking green and healthy.
Grubs are the larvae of Japanese beetles, June beetles, chafers, and others. They eat organic matter in the soil, including grass roots, which damages your lawn and leaves it unsightly.
There are a few tell-tale signs that you may have grubs in your lawn.
- Raccoons, skunks, and birds digging up your yard. They do this to get at and eat the grubs.
- Being able to pull back dead patches of your lawn as if they are pieces of carpet.
- A spongy feeling when stepping on your lawn, before dead patches even appear.
Beetles lay their eggs early in the summer. The grubs hatch as the summer goes on and continue to eat and grow until mid-fall. When the soil warms again in the spring, the grubs mature into adult beetles and lay their own eggs in the early summer. To prevent damage from grubs you must kill them before they hatch.
To prevent grub damage:
- Apply a preventative grub control product in the spring or early summer.
- Keep your lawn well fed and maintained. A drought-stressed or underfed lawn will shower grub damage faster and can tolerate fewer grubs.
Don’t have the time or expertise to combat this pest problem? We can do it for you! Contact us for grub damage prevention services.
Grass is green and healthy when it is growing. If it stops growing it will pale to yellow. The key to keeping a growing lawn healthy is mowing according to its growth. The faster a lawn is growing, the more frequently it must be mowed.
The basic rule of mowing your lawn is to never cut more than one-third of the leaf blade. This usually means mowing once a week. Keeping your lawn healthy is more about the length of your grass than how often you mow. If, after mowing, your lawn looks dried out, the blade on your mower is probably set too low. Cutting your lawn too short can be as damaging as allowing it to grow too tall. Cutting off more than a third of a blade of grass stresses the grass by cutting off its healthiest part.
Avoid mowing during the hottest part of the day, which can damage the grass, or when the grass is wet, which can damage your mower and leave unsightly clumps.
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You can literally save thousands of gallons of water in your landscape, and keep your plants from drowning, with the proper setting of your irrigation controller. But you can’t just set it and forget it. You need to change the watering schedules as plants become established, with the changing temperatures and when it rains.
Improper lawn-watering can cost you money and ruin your plants. Your irrigation system should include different zones, designed to water different areas with specific types of sprinkler heads. With new technology available, update your sprinkler clock to a Wi-Fi model which automatically changes schedules and watering times with changing weather conditions.
Here at Town and Country, we’re experts on irrigation maintenance. Let us make sure you’re getting the most out of your irrigation system.
Did you know – homes with automatic sprinkler irrigation systems often use large volumes of water — about 40% more than those without? All that water can actually be harmful to healthy lawns and gardens. You can find Aquarion’s Twice-Weekly Sprinkler Irrigation Schedule here for residents in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Newtown, Stamford and Westport.
For all of your lawn care and maintenance needs, give us a call. We offer a full menu of services for our clients. Let us know how we can help show your lawn some love this summer!
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