Spring Root Fertilization and Insect Control for Trees & Shrubs


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Fertilizing Your Garden Plants

Take advantage of the opportunities that springtime offers to fertilize your trees & shrubs in Tennessee.

When you apply the correct amount of fertilizer, young plants absorb the nitrogen which gives them the correct nutrient balance for optimum conditions to stay green into the fall. Also, established trees or shrubs in or near lawns or groundcovers that are fertilized regularly, can benefit from the fertilizer compounds.

Spring Plant Fertilization Tips

Spring is the time to begin a fantastic looking yard. But, before you apply any fertilizer, first observe your trees to determine if they need supplementary nutrients.

  • Do you notice deformed or underdeveloped terminal buds and roots?
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  • Do they have yellowish or curl leaves?
  • Do you see any mottling of older leaves?
  • Is there any yellowing between veins of new growth?
  • Do leaves have a bluish-green appearance?

There is a lot of information on the Internet which provides different formulas for how much fertilizer to apply to plants. Basically, the idea is to use 1/2 pound of nitrogen for trees six inches or more in diameter. For smaller trees, use 1/4-pound nitrogen.

In sum, root fertilization provides around 13 elements that every plant needs. It helps to promote growth in young trees and improved health in mature ones. Plus, your plant will be more prepared to resist diseases, pest, and environmental stresses.

Root Fertilization and Integrated Pest Management

Along with root fertilization, adequate pest management is key to the health of not only your trees or shrubs but all plants in your garden. Professionals will evaluate your tree and shrub pest control needs and determine the solution that’s best for your plants.

plants pest control & fertilization services in TennesseeIf you need plant pest control in Tennessee, or you are not sure about how much fertilizer you should use, call Secure Lawn at 615-893-8455. Our experts will be more than happy to help you.

Warm Season Grasses Vs Cool Season Grasses


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Choosing a Grass Species for Your Lawn

While you may be excited about putting down a new lawn, selecting one that will survive the specific conditions on your region may be tricky. Turf species vary in their tolerance of a broad range of factors and on their maintenance, look and establishment methods. Fescues, Zoysia grass, and Bermuda grass are three widely used turf grasses. Let’s take a more in-depth look at their main differences.

Cool Season Grass

These grasses grow well at temperatures between 60 and 75°F (15.5 to 24°C), in the Northeast and much of the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. Cool season varieties include fine fescue and tall fescue. The Midwest and Western states present a cool, arid environment that permits these species to thrive if irrigation is available. Unlike warm season grasses, they do not go dormant.fescue grass

All subspecies need less frequent watering than other types of lawn grasses, and when adequately established, are drought resistant, have excellent shade tolerance, and they are green year-round. The Fine Fescues being colder tolerant than the Tall Fescues. Fescue grasses are suitable for sports turf such as baseball fields, golf fields, play fields, polo fields, and in commercial sites like hospitals.

Warm Season Grass

Warm season grasses are common lawn grasses with favorable growth at temperatures between 80 and 95°F (27 to 35°C). Typically found in the warm arid, and warm humid states of the south and southwest. Both Zoysia and Bermuda grass are warm-season perennial grasses that grow actively during the summer but go dormant and lose their color in winter. Also, they turn brown once soil temperatures drop to below approximately 65°F. That is why during the colder winter months, many cool-season grasses are a preferred choice among garden enthusiasts for over-seeding to deliver a green lawn all year long.Bermuda grass

If you have decided which type of grass you would like for your home, contact Secure Lawn. Our turf specialists will help you create the perfect lawn in Middle Tennessee.

Keep Aphids Out of Your Garden with Two Control Methods


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How to Treat Your Garden If You Have Aphids?

Aphids are small insects that colonize and feed on many types of garden plants, including trees and shrubs. They can be of various colors – black, green, brown, pink, red or yellow. Some have a waxy or wooly appearance due to a secretion of a waxy or white substance. If they are not eliminated on time, a small infestation of aphids can turn into a big problem in just a couple of days, causing damage to your shrubs, trees, and other plants, and spreading disease.

Hackberry Wooly Aphids

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If your garden plants fall victim to a particular aphid called Hackberry Wooly Aphids, you’ll easily see why. These nasty little creatures reproduce with amazing speed, creating a fall “snow” effect. Worry not! Here we show you two control methods to stop them from becoming a severe problem.

Biological Aphid Control

Natural enemies can do a fantastic job controlling aphids. Ladybugs, lacewings or parasitic wasps will feed on aphids. You can also introduce plants like aster, hollyhock, larkspur, mum, or nasturtium that attract aphids to lure the insects away from your green area.

Chemical Aphid Control

Chemical Aphid ControlIf you go down the chemical control road, try first an insecticidal soap or oil, such as canola or neem oil. These products will kill aphids by smothering them. The mixture should only be 1-2% oil solution in water. Keep in mind that you may need to apply the mixture several times, preferably in late winter or early spring, as it only kills the aphids present the day of treatment. There are stronger products available. You can contact a professionally licensed company like Secure Lawn to apply this type of product.

Hire the Best to Eliminate Aphids from Your Garden

Even though we don’t get a lot of snow in Middle Tennessee, we can see “snow” in the fall from these insects. Secure Lawn has a spring insecticide drench to address these bugs.
Plus, we offer chemical spray services that apply various fertilizers, weed control and insecticides to residential and commercial properties. We also seed and aerate and provide a Pest Protection Program to help fight fleas, ticks, and mosquitos.Secure Lawn Logo - TN Charter #1877 Have questions about aphids and your level of infestation? Call us at 615-893-8455. Our experts can evaluate your plants and help you determine a course of action.

Why Are There So Many Ladybugs This Year?


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The Beneficial Critters that Can Become a Pest

The Asian ladybugs found in the USA were introduced in the country to try and control pesky aphids, particularly the ones that were chowing down on our soybean crops. In your garden, they eat aphids and other insects in your trees and shrubs. However, this species reproduces fast and becomes a nuisance in late fall and winter when they prepare to hibernate. Country areas, wooded industrial and residential areas are especially prone to having severe infestation problems.

How Can I Get Ladybugs Out Of My HouseSo, in spite of their beneficial function in controlling aphids, we are seeing a lot of them because it’s finally starting to get cooler and large quantities of these beetles are looking for some warmth. When temperatures start to cool down, they will go looking for a place to hibernate. As such, they are attracted to light colored homes and heat that the homes reflect. Once ladybugs have intruded your home, they are hard to eliminate.

How Can I Get Them Out of My House?

If they are already in, and there not many, just leave them. They will go away when spring arrives. Do not disturb them, as these little critters release a small amount of a yellowish fluid and produce a foul odor when they sense danger. But, if you still want to get them out of your house, you can use a “shop vacuum.” This type of device is easy to use to collect ladybugs. Make sure to use a clean bag or pad the bottom with a cloth. After they have been removed, release the beetles outside.

Perimeter Pest Control

If you are serious about how to eradicate Asian ladybugs efficiently, seek professional pest control help to treat the perimeter of your home or building with a residual spray in the spring and fall.  A licensed pest management technician, like those from SecureLawn, will also help find the source of the problem and implement integrated pest management techniques to help eliminate the pests, monitor for them, and prevent them from returning.

At SecureLawn, we offer a Perimeter Pest Protection treatment which creates a barrier around your home to help keep bugs from invading as the weather gets colder.professional pest control company

Contact us to keep bugs from coming into your home!

Don’t Let Winter Broadleaf Weeds Ruin Your Lawn


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How to Control Winter Annual and Perennial Broadleaf Weeds

Maintaining a vigorous turf will protect against weed infestation.  However, during the winter months, grasses are not actively growing and are then susceptible to the growth of winter annual and perennial broadleaf weeds.  Controlling these weeds before they are able to set seed will not only reduce the likelihood of an outbreak in the spring but will improve the quality of your lawn.

The main winter annual broadleaf weeds in Tennessee are common Chickweed, Henbit, and Shepherd’s Purse. The mustard species, henbit, and marestail can be found as well. The main winter perennial broadleaf weeds include Clover, Dandelions, Dichondra, and Wild Onions.  These species germinate in the autumn or early winter, over-winter, then grow in the spring.control the Weeds in Your Lawn

Controlling the Weeds in Your Lawn

The first approach to keep winter annual and perennial broadleaf weeds at bay is to follow cultural practices that encourage vigorous turfgrass growth and development. These weeds do not easily invade turfgrasses that are adequately maintained. Adequate fertilization, mowing and irrigation habits during the summer months will lead to a robust turfgrass in the fall.  Increasing the turf density will reduce the bare areas where winter annual broadleaf weeds will thrive. Aeration along with overseeding will help fill in bare areas making it more difficult for the winter weeds to grow. A good weed control along with proper root fertilization is critical for this species, especially in the late fall.

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Turf maintenance during the summer months will help prevent the encroachment of winter annual and perennial broadleaf weeds in autumn. Use control practices before these weeds produce seeds that can be deposited into the soil.  There are, however, multiple options for post-emergent control of winter annual and perennial broadleaf weeds.

 Contact SecureLawn.We offer a winterizing fertilizer and post-emergent weed control to address these winter annual and perennial broadleaf weeds – call to schedule your application today!

4 Benefits of Hiring a Landscaping Company


SL2a 300x189 - 4 Benefits of Hiring a Landscaping CompanyOne of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make is doing all of their own landscaping and lawn maintenance. Not only is it incredibly tiresome, you need specialized tools and experience in order to get the perfect look. Landscaping also means more than mowing lawns; a professional service can help with taming all sorts of plants. Explore these other benefits of working with a landscaping company.

A Cost-Effective Solution

Landscaping services are very diverse and prices are typically based on the services received. This makes it easy to select the services you need to keep your lawn looking beautiful. It also helps homeowners save money. In fact, adding a little curb appeal can increase the real estate value of a home. This makes hiring a landscaper very cost effective.

Less Work for Homeowners

Lawn maintenance in Murfreesboro, TN is a lot of hard work, especially in the summertime. No one wants to be out in the blistering heat all day pushing a lawnmower or trimming the hedges. Not only do professional landscapers know how to accomplish these goals faster, they make it so you can sit back and relax. All you need to do is call and schedule an appointment.

Precise Lawn Care

Having the right tools for the job is always important. One of the benefits of working with a professional landscaping company is that they have access to all the tools needed to get the job done right. You won’t see them struggling to start the old push-mower or trying to snap at tree branches with dull sheers. By using the latest lawn care equipment, they are able to provide the homeowner with an efficient, precise service.

Easy-to-Use Lawn Services

At SecureLawn, we want to make sure you get the quick service you need to tame your lawn. Contact us today to learn more about our local landscaping services and how they can help you.

7 Steps to a Beautiful Lawn Year-Round


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Our Seven Series Program Helps with the Health and Appearance of Your Lawn and Addresses Seasonal Weeds.

Secure Lawn, LLC is a locally owned lawn application company in Middle Tennessee, committed to providing the highest quality lawn care products and services to all of our clients. To ensure this, we always use top of the line supplies and only apply child and pet safe products that don’t stain.

You will be happy with our focused costs and the results after our 7 Series program applications. We offer adaptable payment plans and additional pre-pay discounts at the beginning of the year.

 

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A Detailed Look at Our 7 Series Program

Series 1:  Winter

Months of application: January – March

  • Pre-emergent weed control – helps prevent crabgrass and other weeds from emerging.
  • Fertilizer – provides essential food storage during the late winter/early spring months and prepares Fescue lawns for a nice spring green-up.
  • Liquid spray or granular applications are used depending on environment and type of turf.

Series 2:  Early Spring

Months of application: March – Mid-April

  • Pre-emergent weed control – a second round is applied for extra security against crabgrass and weeds.
  • Post-emergent broadleaf weed control – attacks unwanted annual and seasonal broadleaf weeds.
  • Fertilizer – improves the overall density and color of your lawn.
  • Liquid Application

Series 3:  Spring

Months of application: April – May

  • Broadleaf weed control – controls spring broadleaf weeds.
  • Fertilizer – to continue improving the overall density and color of your lawn.
  • Liquid Application

Series 4:  Early SummerSeeding and Aeration in Middle Tennessee

Months of application: June – July

  • Post-emergent broadleaf weed control to clean up any additional spring weeds and to address summer annual broad leaf weeds.
  • Slow release fertilizer – used to properly feed your lawn during the hot summer months.
  • Summer safe, balanced nutrition with micro-nutrients to prepare your turf for the stress of the summer heat.

Series 5:  Summer

Months of application: July – August

  • Post-emergent broadleaf weed control and spot treatment for select summer weeds.
  • Liquid fertilizer with balanced nutrition and micro-nutrients to start the recovery process and prep your soil for fall over-seeding.

Series 6:  Summer / Fall

Months of application: September – November

  • Lime/Sol-u-Cal – specialized soil treatment allows the lawn to utilize all available nutrients in the soil increasing microorganism life and improving soil and turf health.
  • Granular Application

Series 7:  Fall

Months of application: November – December

  • Post-emergent cool season broadleaf weed control.
  • Winter fertilizer – This protects your lawn during cold, harsh winter months and helps the development of the roots and new grass structure.
  • Liquid Application

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Maintaining Your Sports Turf Never Has to Be an Impossible Task


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The maintenance of sports turf can be a tedious, detail-oriented job, but it doesn’t have to be an impossible one. It is important to give the proper care to these fields to keep them as safe as possible for athletes of all ages. As a sports turf provider, you want that grass to be durable, healthy, and up to its optimum conditions to withstand the inevitable abuse suffered during use.

How to Make Your Field Look Its Best

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For the most part, turf is generally under stressful conditions as it gets torn out of the ground, leaving very little chance of regrowth. Depressions and unlevel areas in the field can cause water to drain unevenly, causing patches of dried grass throughout which, in turn, gives way to disease and insects to settle in the leaves and roots.

Areas to Look into for Better Sports Turf:

  • Healthy soil is essential for grass to grow naturally. It is recommended to use organic matter when possible to help grass regrow; roots will grow deeper, healthier, and they will have the chance to come back when torn during a game.
  • Irrigation is critical for the maintenance of any grass and sports turf. When too much water is used, it can lead to fungus and many other kinds of unhealthy pathogens, causing the lawn to die and not regrow.
  • There are many types of hearty grasses suitable for sports fields. Bermuda grass works great since it is best in hot climates during warm months and for cooler months, a mixture of ryegrasses is recommended.

Pest infestation is a problem with most lawns, but a proactive turf management can help battle this issue by not over or under-watering the field, and using insecticides when needed. Regular aeration helps grasses to keep oxygenated and healthy. You can prevent the use of pesticides by keeping a close eye on the health of your lawn.Secure Lawn Logo

Call the Experts!

For your sports turf needs, call SecureLawn. We are ready to provide the knowledge, expertise, and most of all, the best customer service experience around. Contact us today!

Middle Tennessee’s Scales and Mites: Prevention and Management


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There is an enormous amount of scales and mites species in Middle Tennessee, which makes it a bit too long to list them all. Instead, we want to focus on how to prevent and manage them to avoid an outbreak so your trees and shrubs can grow healthy and have your property looking beautiful.

Preventing Scales and Mites

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Overall maintenance of your property is the best way to make sure pest outbreaks don’t happen to you, as it is easier than having to attempt to kill all the critters that have moved into your lawn and yards.

 * Keep it Clean *

Maintaining your yard clean and trimmed is the perfect way to not allow pests from inhabiting trees and shrubs.

 

* Inspection *

Take a walk around your property and do a detailed inspection of the trees and shrubs to determine if there is a pest problem. The “walk around” is a great way to identify if your plants are suffering from a disease caused by scales or mites.

 

* Target Areas Where Leaves and Water Build Up *

It is easy to leave depression areas around trees and shrubs unattended, allowing for leaves and water to collect in a pool. This common mistake gives room for larvae, pathogens, and bacteria to grow in, which in turn, is where scales and mites come to feed and reproduce. To prevent an infestation, make sure this build-up of leaves and water does not happen.

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Pest Management

A powerful way to alleviate a scales and mite infestation in your landscaping is by using pesticides and chemicals that prevent their reproduction. SecureLawn is Middle Tennessee’s leading expert in preventing and removal of pest infestations.

We have a unique Pest Management Program that eliminates pests and prevents them from destroying your trees and shrubs:

  1. Dormant Oil (December – March): this application is designed to control various plant-destroying pests, including scales and mites. This time-sensitive treatment is applied in the early part of the season.
  2. Root Fertilization (Spring – March-May): helps plants recover from winter stress and helps maintain a more vigorous landscape throughout the growing season.
  3. Insect Control (Spring – March-May): designed to control plant-damaging insects. Treatments contribute to reducing stress and unsightly damage caused by pests (i.e., Mites, Japanese Beetles, etc.).
  4. Insect Control (Summer – June-August): this treatment reduces plant stress caused by seasonal insects such as bagworms, lace bugs, beetles, and aphids.
  5. Optional Treatment: Insecticide Drench, a procedure where roots are soaked with a powerful insecticide that does not damage the tree, but it kills scales, mites, and unwanted insects.

Bring in the Lawn Pest Control Experts

Secure Lawn LogoSome of the difficulties of caring for your lawns and yards is not having the time to do so. Prevention and pest management can help you maintain them in good standings, allowing you to enjoy your yard without any worries.

SecureLawn has the expertise and knowledge to address pest infestations of all kinds. We can easily schedule an appointment to inspect your property and determine the proper steps to take to care of it for you. Call today!

Improving the Conditions of the Trees and Shrubs On Your Property


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Any time of the year is a good opportunity to care for the trees and shrubs on your property. It is important to understand that the cycle of plant growth and development throughout the year is one we can affect positively or negatively. We can easily neglect the needs of these plants as they serve to mark property lines or give us shade throughout the years.

Proper Tree and Shrub Maintenance

To properly maintain trees and shrubs, one must identify if there are problems of insect infestation, weakness in the roots, fungi, or any other type of disease. At SecureLawn, we offer a year-round maintenance program which includes Dormant Oil treatment, Root Fertilization, Insect Control, and an optional Insecticide Drench treatment to prevent health issues of your trees and shrubs.

  • Dormant Oil is applied on the plants between December and March. This time-sensitive treatment is used in the early part of the season before lead buds begin to bloom. Dormant oil is used to prevent aphids, scale, beetles, and other defoliators from attacking the plants.
  • Root Fertilization gives the plant the strength to recover from the winter stress as it helps throughout the growing season. This spring application contains various types of fertilizers and micronutrients customized to provide your plant an adequate food reserve, vitality, and health.
  • Insect Control is designed to get rid of plant-damaging insects. Treatments are applied between March and May for spring and June through August during the summer to help reduce stress and damage caused by pests such as mites, Japanese beetles, aphids, etc.
  • Insecticide Drench is optional and used to protect trees from damaging insects. This treatment absorbs through the roots of the tree assuring no insect infestation occurs.

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Professionally Done!

SecureLawn knows how technical tree and shrub care can be. Our professionally trained staff has the knowledge and the experience to care for your plants. Give us a call today!



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