What do I do about Summer Pests?
The three most common lawn destroyers are chinch bugs, fire ants, and grub worms. These pests make their way to your lawn and then they create havoc with their presence.
Chinch bugs suck the moisture from your grass and leave you with dead, brown spots. You cannot entirely stop chinch bugs from infiltrating your property, but you can take some measures to make your lawn less desirable to these moisture thieves.
Keep the lawn thatch on your grass raked up and removed. The thatch is the loose matter that builds up on top of the soil. Rake it up and haul it away.
You can prevent a chinch bug invasion with some specially created insecticides. These insecticides need to be applied early in the spring before the infant chinch bugs emerge from the eggs.
Fire ants are stinging ants that have painful bites. A large number of fire ant bites at one time can make a person very sick. There is really not a way for you to prevent fire ants from invading the serenity of your yard.
To get rid of these creepy crawlers you need to attack their mound in a way that will kill the queen. This takes chemical components that the worker ants can pick up and take to the queen for her dining pleasure. You need to stay alert and attack fire ant mounds while they are small.
Grubs can turn your beautiful lawn into an ugly mess. Grubs dwell beneath the soil so you generally are unaware of their presence until the damages they are doing start to be seen.
Once you see the pests you have to take measures to make them leave. If you have had problems with grubs in the past then you can take preventive measures to keep them away.
Chemical treatments are commonly used to cure your grub situation. Some people try letting their lawn dry totally so they can starve the larvae of the moisture they need, but in the end chemical components that you apply in the late summer are effective at eliminating these pests.
The most effective preventive components contain imidacloprid or halofenozide as active ingredients.
Keeping Your Lawn Healthy
One deterrent that helps with almost every type of pest is for you to keep your lawn in good health. You want to feed your lawn with fertilizer so the Ph. balance is properly maintained. Mow your grass and keep it at a height of 3.5 to 4 inches. Provide water during times when nature is not providing enough, but resist over-watering because over-watering is an invitation to many pests.
If you want a solution for fire ants contact Estate Landscaping and learn more about their 1 year ant free yard offer. Let them take care of the pests and you take care of enjoying your lawn again.
Update Your Irrigation System with More Efficient Components
Irrigation eats up a large portion of the water consumed by the average home. Most people use 50% of their monthly water to irrigate their lawns. People who have a yard that covers 5,000 square feet can easily be spending up to $25 each time they water the lawn.
To save money and conserve water you can take advantage of the latest technology. You will save time, water, and your lawn will be perfectly cared for.
An automated watering system allows you to provide moisture for your lawn without you having to go outside, turn on the sprinklers, and then go back outside to turn the sprinklers off. To make your automated system efficient and to provide the perfect amount of water for your lawn you should consider a WiFi Clock.
The WiFi watering timers can be used in conjunction with the majority of standard hoses and faucets. They are easy to use, and they are compatible with iOs, Android, and web services like Alexa.
You do not have to install an underground system of pipes to take advantage of the benefits a WiFi clock can give you.
These timers use the local weather data from your zone to determine the amount of water your lawn needs. They are capable of keeping your lawn watered perfectly and you can access the data they collect from your smartphone or mobile device.
You can control your watering system from your smartphone and from remote locations. The WiFi clocks/timers will come with an app that you download and then you will use that app to sync your smartphone or mobile device to the clock.
Your lawn will be watered at the right time and you will be able to track the amount of water that is being used. You may get your water usage report according to the gallons of water that are dispersed or according to the amount of time the water is dispersed.
Some of these timer/clocks will even alert you if there is a leak in your watering system.
Another technology improved item is the MP Rotator. They are the replacement for standard sprinkler heads. They allow a multi-trajectory of rotating streams of water to be applied to your lawn at a steady rate. They are efficient and will use 25% less water than traditional sprinkler heads while providing your lawn with the precise amount of water that is needed.
Rain sensors are features of an irrigation system that allows the system to make the decision to not water on a certain schedule because the ground is moist enough due too natural rainfall. These sensors are especially useful during the seasons when the rain is frequent.
The soil sensors are capable of measuring the moisture content in the soil so they can relay that information to your watering system and prevent unnecessary watering. These sensors will help reduce the amount of water you use, but most importantly they will help reduce disease in your grass that is caused by overwatering.
For further details about how you can save money on your irrigation practices, you can call Estate Landscaping & Lawn Management at (239) 498-1187. You can also visit their website at http://estatelandscaping.com/ for more ideas and lawn saving advice.
Hurricane Preparedness: 3 most important Landscaping preparations for hurricanes.
A few steps taken before a hurricane or major storm hits can prevent costly damage to youHurricane Preparedness: 3 most important Landscaping preparations for hurricanes.r landscaping, home and personal property. Please pass this information to your neighbors since their landscaping can cause damage to your personal property!
Prune Hardwoods and Palms
Opening the canopy of a hardwood tree allows the wind to move through the tree, reducing the chance of the tree collapsing in high winds. Oaks are known for falling over in strong winds since their root system is more vertical than horizontal and our loose, sandy soil here in Southwest Florida does not provide a lot of support for mature hardwoods. Trimming coconuts and seed pods off of palms is recommended so they do not become projectiles in high winds.
Turn Irrigation Off
Turning our irrigation off at the mainline is a good idea before a hurricane hits. In addition to wasting water and money, a broken line during a hurricane will cause flooding which could damage your landscaping.
Move All Loose Objects Inside
Garden gnomes, pink flamingos, flags and outdoor furniture should be brought inside before a hurricane or major storm. Even lightweight items can cause damage to your home and/or landscaping when they are blown at over 100 mph.
Following these steps will reduce the risk of damage to your landscaping and home. However, there may still be damage left after a storm and Estate’s Hurricane Crisis Response will help in quickly returning your property back to normal quickly.
Estate’s local branches enable you to receive First Response status after the storm. Our automatic approval process simplifies decision making for you. Our hurricane ready fleet delivers the right equipment to your site and our emergency dispatch system keeps you up to date on scheduled operations.
For more information on preparing your landscaping for a hurricane or Estate’s Hurricane Crisis response procedures, please consult with your Account Manager with Estate Landscaping.
MOSQUITOES - Summertime Pests !
¨ Mosquitoes are small, midge-like flies that constitute the family Culicidae. The tube-like mouthparts pierce the hosts' skin to consume blood. The word "mosquito" is Spanish for "little fly".
¨ Are you tired battling these pesky critter at dusk and dawn?
¨ Do you want protection against Zika, West Nile Virus and a multitude of other potential harmful diseases?
ESTATE LANDSCAPING & LAWN MANAGEMNT CAN HELP...
¨ Monthly application of selective insecticide targets and controls mosquitos on the spot.
¨ Helps in suppressing other nuisance insects such as flies and gnats.
¨ Recommended application timing is July-September.
¨ $55.00 per application up to 5000 sq. ft..
WEEDS: Early Detection and Prevention Make All The Difference
Weeds are not attractive in turf and they are costly to fix. Early detection and proactive management to remediate and prevent future Infiltrations are sound landscape procedures. The first step is to recognize the infiltration in its early stages. And if you are working with the right landscape contractor they should be doing this for you. But it doesn’t hurt to work as a team to control this potentially costly problem from spreading. Here are three South Florida weeds that cause the most damage:
Pennywort (aka Dollar Weed)
It shows up initially in patches, and then spreads using an underground root system. The typical cause is overwatering of the turf. The solution is to shut off the water and spray with an effective herbicide.
Sedges have stems that are triangular in shape and can take over an entire St. Augustine yard. It tends to grow in moist soils that do not drain well. The typical cause is from seed heads relocated by wind or intrusion from underground tubers that are difficult to eliminate. The solution requires spraying with a specific class of herbicide with repeated applications with appropriate timing.
Creeping Charlie (aka Crab Grass)
This weed shows up in very large patches in the turf. The typical cause is previous germination in the soil. The solution is quick action given the aggressive spreading root system of this week. Apply a quick action herbicide to halt its progress.
The only solution for an advanced weed invasion and infiltration is turf replacement. Given the cost per acre of $25,000 including removal and re-grassing or re-sodding, it makes sense to focus on working with your contractor on early detection, but also to maintain a consistent “6x” lawn feeding and fertilization program. When it comes to keeping your turf beautiful and healthy an ounce of prevention is far cheaper than a pound of remediation.