Learn about all things lawn care, from weed control to insect control and everything in between.

Managing and Recovering From Chinch Bug Damage

Chinch bugs are common lawn insects that can cause extensive damage if left untreated. They live in the thatch layer of a lawn, where they feed on the grass by piercing the plant with their mouth and sucking the plant juices. When the chinch bugs feed, they release enzymes that facilitate easy feeding. The enzymes continue damaging the plant after feeding, and cause the grass to turn brown and potentially die.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage, A Guide to Insect Control

Management Techniques for Controlling Insects In Your Lawn

If you have insects feeding on your lawn and causing damage, it can be difficult to know how to control them. For those of you who prefer not to use pesticides to address lawn pests like chinch bugs or white grubs, these cultural management techniques will help you create a healthy environment that outperforms any pressures created by insects.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage, A Guide to Insect Control

The 10 Best Fall Lawn Care Services

Fall is now in full swing, and isn't it spectacular? Apart from all the colourful leaves you need to keep raking, you might think that your job out in the yard is surely done. But in fact, Fall is the ideal time to give your lawn some much needed attention.

With cooler temperatures and decent rainfall, your lawn is busy taking in energy and moisture, as well as the plant essential nutrients it needs to thrive in Spring.

Repairing Summer damage and preparing your lawn for a long, dormant Winter is best done in Fall. Plus, by performing some crucial lawn care services in October and November, you'll set yourself up for success in Spring.

Here are the 10 most popular Fall lawn care services, in no particular order.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage, A Guide to Lawn Care, A Guide to Weed Control, A Guide to Fertilizing, A Guide to Insect Control

Avoiding An Ugly Lawn: How To Get Great Grass

For all you house-proud folk, having a well manicured lawn is often at the top of the to-do list. First impressions count, and an ugly lawn isn't a good introduction to the rest of the home. If you just want your lawn to look its best, or if you're trying to crank up the curb appeal so you can sell your house for more, healthy grass is a key element for success.

A luscious, green lawn is what everyone wants, but with so many factors to consider, it isn't always an easy task. Here's a list of the most important things you can do to acheive healthy and attractive grass.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage, A Guide to Lawn Care, A Guide to Weed Control, A Guide to Fertilizing, A Guide to Insect Control

Core Aeration: A Breath Of Fresh Air!

Often viewed as one of the most important things a lawn can benefit from, a core aeration service really is a breath of fresh air for your lawn. Aeration is performed using a special machine that removes small cores of soil about the same size as your index finger. These cores are then left on the lawn and decompose quickly under mowing and precipitation.  

Aeration is recommended annually, with the best times being in the Fall or Spring, when the lawn is actively growing. Combined with other cultural practices, an annual aeration will give you a thick, healthy, and robust lawn, especially when combined with overseeding.  

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Care, A Guide to Weed Control, A Guide to Fertilizing, A Guide to Insect Control

Chinch Bug Damage

Summer heat is in full effect and lawns are now showing signs of browning out. Be aware, this could be more than just drought. Tiny surface insects called Chinch Bugs are very common during the summer months. Chinch Bugs typically live in the thatch and suck the juices from the grass leaf blades causing damage that looks very similar to drought stress.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage, A Guide to Insect Control

White Grub Control: Monitoring For White Grubs

Homeowners are often unaware that white grubs are present until they suffer significant turf loss from secondary pests - animals who feed on the grubs and cause damage. The key to success is identifying if they are present before any turf damage is visible. Monitoring early and often is best practice. If white grub infestations are suspected in a specific area or have been a problem in the past, it is recommended to monitor these areas first. If grubs have not been a problem in the past it is best practice to monitor several random areas across the lawn in the front and back.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Insect Control

White Grub Control - White Grub Damage

The extent and severity of grub damage can very from minor to severe. There are several factors that influence damage, but as a general rule it is most severe when infestation levels are high. The damaging life stage of the white grub is during the larvae stage when it feeds aggressively on the roots of the grass. Knowing when and what to look for is important in order to identify damage or help prevent it from happening.

 

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Insect Control

White Grub Control - White Grub Description and Identification Pt.2

European Chafer

The European Chafer is a common white grub species that attacks lawns across many parts of Canada. It completes it’s life cycle in one year. The adult beetles lay their eggs in June and July. These eggs hatch in late July early August and the larvae begin feeding. This feeding continues into late fall before the white grub overwinters as a 3rd instar larvae. feeding takes place for a short period in the early spring until May when the larvae pupate into an adult beetle. The beetle emerges in June to complete the life cycle. The larvae has a “open zipper” raster pattern that distinguishes itself from other white grubs. The adult beetle is tan colour and measures about 15mm in length.

 

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Insect Control

What Are White Grubs & How To Identify Them

White grubs are a common pest in home lawns that are considered one of the most devastating destructive turfgrass insects. White grubs are the larvae stage in the life cycle of scarab beetles. The larvae feed on the roots of the grass resulting in death of the grass plant or cause stress that creates wilting.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Insect Control