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Spring Lawn Pest Control Spotlight: The Early Bloomer, Common Chickweed.

Spring Lawn Pest Control Spotlight: The Early Bloomer, Common Chickweed.

  For most, the thought of Spring conjures “Disney-Like” images of sunsets and flocking birds. For the pest control worker, these images are horribly obscured with the matted weeds and and slimy grubs.  Spring is the season when everything comes alive, especially the unwanted pests of the lawn. Here we will talk about one of the earliest weeds to show up in early Spring, the Common Chickweed.   General Description Chickweed is commonly described as a “winter annual”, due to it’s ability to thrive, and even flower, during the cold Winter temperatures. In normal conditions this plant will flower 4-5 weeks after emergence in Spring.  These flowers will bloom from Spring until Fall, and can not be suppressed with simple mowing. It reproduces by seed spread during summer.  It’s growth pattern is low, prostrate in patches.  It grows best along sidewalks, bed edges, and curbs. The most distinctive characteristic of Chckweed is the pattern of its flower petals.  There are 5 flower petals, with deep notches that give it the false appearance of having 10 separate petals.  Also, it’s leaves are particularly shiny compared to other plants.  Although the leaves of it’s cousin, Mouse Ear Chickweed, are hairy.   Control & Treatment As a reminder, Chickweed is a very hardy annual that spreads by seed.  By far the most effective control of chickweed is a thorough pre-emergent strategy.  This pre-emergent strategy would include applications in November and April to beat any seed possible germination.  Cultural practices that promote Chickweed growth include moist, poor draining soil and heavily shaded turf. Proper water management, shade plant selection, and proper mowing will...
How Much Should Lawn Care Services Charge in Connecticut? A Graphic Price Guide.

How Much Should Lawn Care Services Charge in Connecticut? A Graphic Price Guide.

Have you been pounding the pavement this Spring trying to get your Lawn Care tasks in order? It’s likely you have received prices for your Lawn Maintenance needs that vary widely.  We want to help guide you through the ocean of email quotes with a graphic guide to average pricing on Lawn Care as reported by homeowners in Connecticut.         Need More Information on Pricing For Your Lawn Care Needs? Call us at (860) 222-7171 or click the button below for a free assessment.  It’s quick and simple, and you’ll be a smarter Lawn Care shopper by getting as many quotes for your project as possible.   SCHEDULE...
The “Winter That Wasn’t”. And what it means for your lawn.

The “Winter That Wasn’t”. And what it means for your lawn.

Low snowfall, lots of rain, and flash freezes Another winter of weirdly unpredictable weather. We have yet to even plow a residential driveway, due to snowfall amounts less than 3 inches. With Spring approaching on the horizon, it is time to create your checklist for Spring Lawn Care services. Here are a few of the important, and sometimes overlooked, things to put into your lawn maintenance plan starting in April.     Dethatching Though there wasn’t much snow to speak of, we had a lot of moisture this season. Actually, according to the NOAA, it was the 3rd wettest year on record for our region. This coupled with flash freezes still allows for an intertwined dead layer of grass and weeds to create a layer of thatch on grass areas. Dethatching with an inverted rake or power rake system removes this thatch layer. This allows the soil to be ready to receive sunlight, water, and nutrients more readily come Spring. It also discourages insect pests from hatching that normally thrive in this thatch layer.     Crabgrass Control Crabgrass is the king of New England weeds. By far the hardest to control. And by far the most ignored until it’s too late. Crabgrass control starts early April, and your window of opportunity is short-lived. This is because Crabgrass is an annual weed that spreads by seed. For this reason, the only way to stop it is to use a powerful pre-emergent herbicide before germination. Waiting until late spring to kill established crabgrass is futile, and often harms desirable grass more than anything.   Mulching By now most of last...
Outside is Safe Again: Introducing Our “Tick Medic” Pest Control Division.

Outside is Safe Again: Introducing Our “Tick Medic” Pest Control Division.

Last year we were introduced to yet another Mosquito-borne virus, known as Eastern Equine Encephalitis.  And the Connecticut Agricultural Station has already released a new report detailing new Tick concerns for this year, due to the mild Winter we incurred. So we have rolled out our new, all-natural based, insect control program called “Tick Medic.  Here’s a little bit of what it protects you and your family from:   Ticks Deer Ticks, also know as Black-Legged Ticks are notorious vectors of Lyme Disease. Just one bite to you or your pet can cause a life-changing diagnosis of painful joint problems associated with Lyme infection. Ticks become active in early Spring and remain active until Fall. Let Tick Medic create a barrier from your lawn and these disease-ridden pests and enjoy your outside area in peace.   Fleas Fleas require a blood meal to survive and transition between life cycles.  This means they are consistently in search of a live host, such as your dog or cat. Fleas reproduce very quickly and must be controlled early and diligently.  Fleas are known to carry Typhus and Bubonic Plague, along with other possible pathogens.  They are known to bite and spread these diseases to humans as well.   Mosquitoes The dangers of Mosquito-borne pathogens are well documented; with whole communities being wiped out by this small organism. In North America, we have the highest incidences of West Nile, Zyka, & Eastern Equine Encephalitis discovered in monitored Moquitoe populations.  Protect your family this season with Tick Medic’s Bug Barrier program.   All-Natural, Plant-Based Our insect control product is naturally derived from the Chrysanthemum...
Mulch Madness Month; Why March Is the Best Time to Mulch Your Gardens.

Mulch Madness Month; Why March Is the Best Time to Mulch Your Gardens.

Mulching your flower beds and garden is a popular lawn care task this time of year. The problem is, most people apply mulch too late in the season, lessening its benefit. To understand the logic behind this theory, the experts at Green Team Lawn Care are breaking down why we mulch in the first place. Related Read: 12 Month Organic Gardening Plan, Free E-Book Why Mulch Matters for Your Yard Mulch is not just something to do for the sole purpose of enhancing the look of your yard, although it certainly does that. Mulching is the single most important thing you can do for your garden every year for several reasons … Suppresses weeds. Holds in moisture that would quickly evaporate without it. Regulates soil temperature. Improves the soil’s structure, which leads to better drainage and use of nutrients. Related Read: Don’t Delay! Spring Weed Control Starts Sooner Than You Think Why Is March Prime Time for Mulch? Just as weeding and removing leaves is easier to do before new bulbs and perennials pop up, the same goes for mulching. The soil is still weed-free, herbaceous plants are just beginning to grow, and the soil is starting to warm up a little, which means it’s the perfect window to lay your mulch while avoiding other plants’ lifecycles. How Much Mulch Do I Need? When it comes to mulch, more is definitely not better! Applying an overly thick layer of mulch can do more harm than good since it’s likely to encourage fungal disease and possibly even kill your plants. To be sure your yard gets just the right amount of mulch,...