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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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!

Lawn Aeration and Overseeding: Know the Core Benefits


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Lawn aeration, what’s it good for?

Lawn aeration is the process of removing portions of soil from the lawn using a machine similar to a lawnmower, called an aerator. Once aeration is performed, plugs of soil are pulled from the ground leaving behind about 2” to 4” deep holes. There are four benefits to aerating the soil your lawn is on: the reduction of soil compaction, reducing thatch build-up, it creates root accessibility, and encourages seed germination.

Four amazing benefits of aeration for your lawn:

  • Reduction of Soil Compaction. Aeration allows for oxygen, water, microorganisms, beneficial bacteria, and nutrients to live in it. These elements make a healthy vibrant lawn pleasing to look at and play on it. If aeration isn’t performed, the soil will become hard as a rock, making it impossible for all grass to grow healthy and strong, leaving it susceptible to disease.
  • Reduction of Thatch. Thatch is the build-up of grass stems and roots, which cause lawns to become ill. Aeration can reduce the amount of thatch in your grass, allowing it to live healthy, longer, and virtually disease-free.
  • Root Accessibility. This is a huge benefit to all lawn owners. The reason why is because when you feed your lawn via pellets or liquid fertilizers, the exposed roots will consume that food much quicker and more efficiently than if the soil was compacted. The aeration process eliminates run-offs and it allows for lawn food to remain right where you need it most, the roots.
  • Seed Germination. During the process of aeration, these 2″ to 4″ holes left behind become a place for the seed to fall into and the actual soil cores that get pulled out become like storehouses where grass seeds can germinate and establish root systems. You will love your lawn even more so after aeration is done.

Why overseed your lawn?

The perfect time to overseed is right after aeration. This allows grass seed to settle into the soil holes left behind by the aerator thus introducing new, healthy grass, giving the existing grass a push to be more resilient to disease, the reduction of weeds, and the enhancement of the lawn’s appearance.

Seeding and Aeration in Middle Tennessee

Four benefits of overseeding your lawn:

  • Overseeding introduces new grass growth to existing lawns; grass that can perform better in the spring or in the cold days of winter.
  • New growth brings new strength to the existing turf, giving it the resistance necessary to fight diseases that can bring a beautiful lawn to an end.
  • Reduction of weeds. We all recognize how important it is to stay on top of maintaining our lawns to keep weeds from propagating. In combination with aeration, overseeding is the secret weapon to minimize the amount of weeds.
  • Last but not least: overseeding in conjunction with aeration will give your existing lawn a facelift. As time passes, you’ll notice your lawn looking beautiful, radiant, and inviting to spend some time on it playing, resting, or perhaps even picnicking on your days off.

Seeding and Aeration in Middle Tennessee

 

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Now that you know the amazing benefits for aeration and overseeding, give Secure Lawn a call or simply contact us for more information on how you can get a quote for our lawn services in Middle Tennessee. We know you will be happy knowing your lawn is in great hands. Call now!

How to Get Your Lawn Ready for Fall


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Fall can be one of the most beautiful times of the year. Before the air gets crisper and the leaves start to change colors, homeowners need to work on getting their yard ready. Fall lawn preparation is easy and can help keep your yard looking its best all season. Use this quick guide to learn more about quality landscaping service and fall preparation tips.

Fall Doesn’t Mean Everything Dies

While leaves fall and many flowers start to wither away, some plants thrive in the fall. Grass is a prime example, as it stays lush and green until it is frozen over by snow. Some homeowners spruce up their lawn by planting flowers that thrive in colder temperatures, such as mums, pansies, hydrangeas, or blue star amsonia. If you want to keep your curb appeal, there are thousands of hearty plants that can make it until winter.

Seeding and Aeration

Summer can be tough on lawns.  Aeration and Seeding will help your lawn bounce back from the stress of our Tennessee summers.  To maximize quick recovery, color and quality, we highly recommend our aeration and seeding treatment.  This will create a thicker, greener, healthier lawn.  This new grass has better resistance to disease and insects.  Your new grass is also a lot stronger and can withstand drought conditions better.

Fertilize Your Lawn

Most people forget that their lawn needs nutrients all year long. Even if you have a hearty grass that grows beautiful year-round, it will appreciate the added nutrients. Fertilization in Tennessee before it gets too chilly is a wise idea, as many homeowners find the task too tedious in cold weather.

Get Fall Supplies Early

If you have a lot of trees in your yard, you will be doing a lot of raking this fall. Rather than wait until the yard is covered in leaves, buy any supplies you need in advance. If you are planning on hiring a landscaping service for fall, make arrangements during the last few weeks in August. This way, if the weather suddenly changes, you will be ready to go.

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At SecureLawn, we know the importance of preparing for fall. Contact us today to learn more about fall landscaping services.

What’re those brown patches in my yard?


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Middle Tennessee summers present challenges for all turf types. Compacted clay soils, poor soil drainage, heat, humidity, and moisture combine to create favorable conditions for lawn fungal diseases to develop. Fungus in lawns can appear as distinct brown patches, circles, or as irregular brown wilting turf. Although there are some other causes of brown wilting turf, lawn fungus is one of the primary causes during the warm season. If you notice this type of decline in your lawn please call our office to schedule a fungicide treatment. Regular fungicide applications may be necessary depending on the severity of the disease in your lawn.

What can you do to help prevent this? Things to avoid would be frequent shallow waterings and watering in the afternoon or evening during the summer months. Two to four days a week, deeper, early morning waterings are recommended. If you have any questions regarding lawn diseases or would like to schedule a fungicide application, give us a call.

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With the spirit of the Olympics just behind us we witnessed many record-breaking events.


Not to be outdone, Middle Tennessee experienced a record-breaking event that stood since 1950, consecutive number of nights with temperatures exceeding 70 degrees. For us Fescue lovers, this is not a record that we are excited about breaking. Optimal growing temperatures for Fescue grass is between 60-75 degrees, so when our nights are this hot, the Fescue will stress and be more susceptible to disease and weeds. Like the Olympics, maintaining a Fescue lawn in Middle Tennessee requires a TEAM effort. While we typically recommend to seed and core aerate Fescue lawns every year, this year is critical to ensure your lawn properly recovers. Due to the severity of the weather these recent months and the damage it has caused our Fescue lawns, we are anticipating a higher than normal number of seeding and aeration jobs. Please call ASAP to schedule your seeding and aeration and take advantage of our early sign-up discount offer.

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Winter De-icing Salt Can be Damaging to Grass and Plants


 

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A popular ingredient in de-icing salt treatments for sidewalks and roads is Sodium Chloride (NaCl). Salt run off from de-icing can be damaging to grass and plants by contributing to soil compaction because of the way salt molecules bind with soil particles. Compaction reduces the ability of water and oxygen to move through soils and be taken up by the roots.

When de-icing your driveway, sidewalk, or stairs consider the use of an environmentally friendly de-icer with an ingredient such as Calcium Chloride. If salt is transferred onto your property by your car driving on salted roadways or by a salt truck in your neighborhood consider rinsing effected plants and grass with water. Also, soil conditioners and core aeration can help soil and grass recover from salt damage.



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