When it's emerald green and healthy, your lawn is that element of your homes landscape that usually makes the first impression on visitors. Its charm and beauty is what marks out your home as a huge center of attraction. But when invaded by pest, there is no doubt that it will look quite the opposite.
But the hard part usually has to do with how to combat these pests in a classic rivalry and come out the hero without paying through your nose for it.
Obviously, the only way this can happen is if you know the what pests your up against.
The best time to treat your lawn
To get the best results, it is often recommended to treat your lawn between May until September.
Below are some of the most common lawn pests and how to prevent and treat them.
One reason you should avoid fire ants by all means, is because they are colonial. You don’t want to experience the excruciating pain from their sting. They can turn your lawn into theirs if you give them any chance. Even worse, your lawn will become a danger zone for both people and pets.
You will need a special chemical to get rid of them. In certain cases, you may need to hire a company to completely get rid of them
Just as mosquitoes can attack your health, they can also make your lawn a scary area when you leave them hanging around. Get rid of stagnant water around your lawn as they easily breed in such places.
If they refuse to go, then you should consider hiring a lawn care company to keep them in check.
Grubs are very dangerous pest to lawns. They are larvae of Chafer or Japanese beetle that target and feed on the turf grass roots, usually during spring, summer and early fall.
Even worse, grubs are food for birds and badgers, and as such these creatures can mess up your lawn just to feed on them. This is why you must prevent them at all cost, and act very fast the first instance you notice them.
Whenever you notice some brown patches or wilted grass blades, then it is possible your lawn is under attack by grubs. The easiest way to control them is with nematode treatment.
If you notice your lawn is having a lot of damaged thin grass, especially during spring, then it is possible that leatherjackets are at work. Yellow colored patches might also be an indicator.
Leatherjacket is a bug or more specifically, crane larvae, which eat up the turf roots and stems. Like Grubs, they can be controlled by applying biological nematodes.
You can also apply predator control by allowing birds to feed on them. However, this method puts your lawn at risk, as the birds will probably do a lot of tearing, scratching and digging just to get the bugs.
Chinch bugs are tiny dangerous insects that shouldn't be allowed to wander on your lawn. While feeding on grass blades, they secrete a substance that causes the grass to stop absorbing water. They are most likely to be found at the grass stems.
The common sign that your lawn is being attacked by chinch bugs is when you notice slight traces of purple coloring on the patches of the turf. Eventually these patches become limp and flaccid, with more color changes to yellow and then to brown.
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Lawn care companies are everywhere. They are as many as the bugs in a garden. They come in various forms from those operating with old trucks and trailers, as well as unreliable and outdated equipment, to those with shiny new trucks and equipment as well smart looking workers.
Surprisingly, some of these odd looking companies with old trucks and equipment often provide a great service, while some of the sophisticated guys hardly get the job done.
So, how do you really know which Boise lawn care company is best for you?
Although it's not usually easy considering the huge number of options out there, but the search will become much easier once you know what to look out for.
So, whether it's your first time hiring a lawn company or you are just looking for another service to replace your current provider, below are the four basic things to look out for in order to find the right company.
Focus on Lawn Care quality not price.
Some people often miss out because they always want to do it cheap. They become so focused on getting the cheapest service that they lose sight of what they are actually paying for. So when you are evaluating a potential lawn service company, make sure they can actually do the job, even if it will cost you a couple more bucks.
Of course, this doesn't not mean you should throw your money to any expensive lawn company you come across. High prices do not always mean high quality service. Once a company has a good proven track record, then you can be sure they are worth your money, whether cheap or expensive.
One easy way to know about a company’s reputation is by reading reviews and complaints about the company online
Work with the same Lawn Care technician.
In order to ensure there are no lapses and that your lawn is adequately cared for, it is preferable to have the same technician visiting all the time. This will also allow you to build a strong relationship with the person. However, changes do occur. In such cases, you will be notified by the lawn company.
So make sure the company you are hiring can provide the same technician for your lawn the majority of the time. And if you're not satisfied, you can always request a new technician.
Make sure the Lawn Service is guaranteed.
A guarantee is one way to know to know you can always rely on your lawn company no matter what changes your lawn undergoes. So, make sure you choose a company that offers a guarantee on the lawn services provided.
Boise Lawn Care at its best, can be found right here at Safari Lawn Care, LLC.
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