Southern Lawns also provides additional services that can help promote the overall look and health of your lawn. These services include:
General Lawn Disease Control
There are a number of diseases that can effect your lawn’s health. If your lawn appears to be unhealthy then the best idea is to let our professionals take a look and offer our expertise.
Power core aeration is one of the most important cultural practices available for your lawn. Aeration helps control thatch, improves the soil structure, helps create growth pockets for new roots, and opens the way for water, air and fertilizer to reach the root zone of your lawn. Annual or semi-annual aeration is advised for all lawns on heavy clay soils, those with a thatch buildup and any lawn that needs to be “thickened up.”
How aeration works: Aeration removes thousands of small cores of soil 1″ to 3″ in length from your lawn. These core “melt” back into the lawn after a few rainfalls, mixing with and helping to break down whatever thatch exists on your lawn (more than ½” can be harmful). The holes created by aeration catch air, fertilizer and water. Turf roots naturally grow toward these growth pockets and thicken in the process. Aeration holes also relieve pressure from compacted soils, letting oxygen and water move more freely into the root zone. Performed once or twice per year, aeration significantly reduces thatch and improves turf growth.
Fire Ant Control
Fire ants, which were introduced to the United States from South America over 70 years ago, have now spread to multiple southern states. These aggressive ants can be up to ¼” long, with reddish-brown to black coloring. In general, they build their nests (which take the form of large mounds) in sunny, open areas (often visible along sidewalks and driveways). However, nests may also be constructed around trees and stumps or even under buildings. When their nests are disturbed, large numbers of fire ants will rush out to attack intruders.
Fire ants will sting humans, pets and other wildlife, resulting in a burning, itching sensation that can last up to 10 days. In some cases, severe allergic reactions in humans can lead to death. Fire ants have also been known to inflict feeding damage on seedlings and citrus trees. And when these pests nest under buildings, electrical equipment and utility housings can even be damaged.
While fire ants can’t be permanently eliminated from a given area, various methods of control are available. These include broadcast bait applications, individual mound treatments, and barrier and spot treatments. If you suspect fire ant activity on your property, give Southern Lawns a call today. We’ll be happy to provide an inspection and, if necessary, apply the proper controls.
Grub Worm Management
There are several types of white grubs that feed on the roots of lawn grasses. All of them can cause severe damage if left untreated. Grubs live and feed in the soil. It’s easy to miss grubs as they gradually cut the roots out from under your lawn until brown patches begin to appear and they’re finally discovered. If you suspect grubs, pull back the turf. If the lawn pulls up easily (like new sod), you may find white grubs in the top inch or so of the soil.
Grubs are the larval (or worm) state of many types of beetles. The beetles lay their eggs in your lawn, and the newly hatched worms work their way through the thatch and into the soil, where they feed on the roots of grass plants. Most beetles lay their eggs in mid to late summer, and the young grubs do their greatest damage during the fall months. As the weather cools, most grubs burrow deeper into the soil for the winter. They then return to the surface to feed again as the soil warms in the spring. After this spring feeding, the grubs pupate into adult beetles and begin the cycle again.
Grubs don’t disappear on their own. They should be treated by Southern Lawns before damage begins to appear, or as soon as they’re discovered. When discovered early enough in the year, a preventative treatment can be applied. When damage appears in the fall, a fast-acting curative treatment is needed.
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