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Moss standard

Green and fuzzy moss can be highly unsightly within a lawn, but it is also an indication that there is something going on below the soil that needs to be addressed. What is Moss? It is a small plant that likes to grow in thin and bare areas. Ideal conditions for moss are not ideal for growing grass and the spore-producing plant can quickly take over a lawn. Luckily, it will not kill the existing grass it merely spreads where the grass is not, which however, prevents new grass from spreading into these areas. What Causes Moss? The number one underlying cause is a poor pH level or lack of nutrients within the soil. Ideal growing conditions for grass are ...

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Types of Ticks standard

It seems that as we move into summer, the tick population is growing. With the population growing, the risk of contracting a tick-carried disease increases. There are many different types of ticks. Some may carry certain diseases and some may carry nothing. Knowing the types of ticks, how to remove a tick, and what to do if you have any suspicions are key factors in protecting yourself and your pets from their blood sucking bite. Types of Ticks One of the most common types of ticks throughout Illinois includes the Black-legged Tick, also known as the Deer tick. Deer ticks like to lurk in knee-high brush and shrubbery. The female deer tick prefers to attack larger hosts, like deer, but ...

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When Pricing Lawn Care standard

When pricing lawn care it is important to shop around and get different prices from numerous companies within your area. It is important to remember that cheaper is not always better and sometimes the price really is too good to be true. Every industry has their own tricks of the trade or sales gimmicks to lure customers in but most of those tricks are easily debunked with some careful consideration and comparisons. Cheap or Free Applications Marketing is how companies reach out to potential customers and reel them in by advertising their special or discounted pricing. Two of the biggest marketing schemes in lawn care are “your first application at a discounted rate” or “first application free when you buy ...

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Child and Pet Safety standard

Whether you have a two legged bundle of joy or a four legged furry friend or both, we love them immensely and want to keep them happy, healthy and safe. We want to give them (and us) a beautiful green lawn to play in, but are often concerned about child and pet safety and the effects from lawn care. With new advances in product development and application methods, lawn care may be safer than you think, when following all of the important safety recommendations. Fertilizer Many homeowners call us with concern about granules of fertilizer on their lawn, and ask if their children or pets need to stay off the lawn until those granules have broken down completely. The answer ...

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Chemical Drought standard

During the winter, lawn care is the last thing on most peoples’ minds, especially when there is inclement weather in the forecast. Ice melt & salt products are important to apply to sidewalks and driveways to prevent slips & falls; however, it is important to keep these products out of the lawn and landscaping to prevent chemical drought. Safety First and foremost, always be sure to follow precautionary procedures in case of inclement weather by applying ice melt or salt to any surfaces that require it. Chemical drought is a nuisance but should not be used as a deciding factor of whether or not to apply these items. Personal safety is much more important than a few spots that may ...

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Armyworms standard

They attack without notice, move in army formation from one host to the next, and damage plants very quickly. Armyworms are insects that exist every year, but occasionally cause a devastating infestation. What are Armyworms? The Fall Armyworm is a caterpillar that is roughly 1.5-2 inches long. The armyworm travels in an army and will move from one food source, deplete it, then move onto another. This caterpillar is usually a grey, dull green, or dull yellow color and has stripes the length of its body. The armyworm is native to eastern and central North America, as well as South America and is unable to survive freezing winters. The armyworm moth will migrate to Illinois in April or May to ...

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Landscape Weeds standard

There is nothing peskier when finishing up planting new flowers or shrubs than having to go back through and pull weeds from the landscape beds. The nuisance of landscape bed weeds can be unsightly as well as damaging to the plants and shrubs that you are trying to grow. Luckily, there are a few things that can be done to ease the burden of these landscape weeds and possibly prevent them all together. Landscape Mulch One of the easiest ways to combat weeds within landscape beds is to install mulch or other filler item such as rock. Landscape mulch has multiple benefits to protect and promote the life of the plants within the beds, as well as add color and ...

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Fall Colors standard

Every fall, the trees begin to change colors and turn beautiful shades of reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. This color change makes for beautiful scenery for a weekend drive. While many enjoy the masterpiece that Mother Nature has created, most do not know why this change occurs. How the Colors Change There is still quite a bit of mystery behind the changing of the colors, but scientists do know that there are three factors that assist in the change. Those factors are pigment, weather, and the length of darkness. Darkness During the longer and cooler fall nights a biochemical process in the leaf takes place. During the spring and summer when days are longer, photosynthesis is in full force creating ...

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Choosing a Lawn Care Company standard

When deciding on a lawn care program for your lawn, one of the toughest battles can be choosing the company to hire. With the right amount of research, selecting the best company for your needs will be worth the time, money, and will greatly benefit the lawn. Start Shopping Early One of the most important steps when choosing a lawn care company is to start choosing early. The winter months are a great time to start your research, ask friends and family, as well as contact lawn care companies to ask any questions you may have. While estimates may not be able to be conducted right away in the winter months, it will at least get your name onto the schedule ...

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Spring Lawn Care Tips standard

Spring is the time of year that homeowners are finally able to get back onto their lawns to do some work and enjoy them. Following the proper spring lawn care tips is essential for having a healthy and beautiful lawn throughout the year. Cool Season Grasses Grasses such as fescue, bluegrass, and rye will start greening up and growing. This is the time when proper maintenance and lawn care practices are essential, especially to help prepare for the dormant summer months when the lawn will endure most of its stress. Warm Season Grasses Warm season grasses such as Bermuda and Zoysia will start their green up and growing season in the late spring, usually in April or May depending on ...

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