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 bring in 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. Implementing proper fertilization, mowing and irrigation practices during the summer months will lead to the development of  healthy, dense 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 fertilization for the healthy turf is critical, especially in the late fall.

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The use of proper maintenance practices throughout the summer will help prevent the encroachment of winter annual and perennial broadleaf weeds in the fall.  Control measures should be used 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

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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!

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.

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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.



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