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There are three fundamental factors that must be present and working together, if you want a healthy lawn with few weeds. They are fertility, water and mowing. When all three are done in the proper way, the turf can compete with most existing weeds, and resist further weed germination.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. Summer 2020 will soon be coming to an end, and what an interesting season it was!
The Japanese Beetle is the adult life stage of a common destructive white grub species found in Canada. The Japanese Beetle is one of many white grubs species that attack lawns and it is important to identify which species is which. The adult Japanese Beetle has a distinctive metallic emerald coloured head, and copper coloured wings. Each wing has 6 tufts of white coloured hair along each edge. Although its appearance is stunning, the damage they can create to plant material is anything but.
I spy with my little eye something that is lime-green and growing in the lawn…if you guessed Crabgrass, then you are absolutely correct!
Just a few short weeks ago the grass was gorgeous and green…how quickly things change! That was before the extreme heat and drought stress inflicted its pain. Many lawns are quickly turning brown right before our eyes even with best watering and mowing practices put forth.
Pronounced (CH-inch), Chinch bugs are the smallest destructive turfgrass insect by size, but the damage they can cause is anything but! Even under close inspection most turf managers need a magnifying glass to see the tiny chinch bug clearly.
We have a tradition in my company that means so much to me personally. Every year, I hand out Canadian flags to each and every person who works in our company. I want to send them off to their own celebrations with the flag so that when they are with their friends and family on this day, that they remember that Canada is the reason why we have all that we do.
Our technicians are currently seeing a lot of mower damage on lawns, particularly because of the extreme heat and dry period that we have had recently. If you are unsure of damage that you may be seeing, send us a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to take a look.
Quick Tips to Avoid Mower Damage:
1. Sharpen your mower blade once a year. Shredded blades will risk disease, insect, and dehydration harm. And, it just looks shredded & ugly.
2. Never cut below 2.5 – 3 inches in height.
3. Mow in the morning or early evening. Avoid mowing in the heat.
4. Water the lawn deeply, 1“ every 5 – 7 days. Increase watering in periods of extreme heat.
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