Category: Blog

Mosquito, Tick & Flea Prevention 2020

We’ve had an incredibly mild winter, which means the growing season has started earlier than usual.  In fact, January was 7 degrees above normal and February was recorded by NOAA as being 6 degrees above normal. March will likely follow suit. That means pests like mosquitoes, ticks and fleas are… Read More»

Time to Touch Up Your Roots for Winter!

When temperatures drop, grass stops growing above the ground and accelerates downward to grow roots for the following summer. This requires energy – nutrients. Healthy root systems help the turf survive summer heat and drought as well as resist insects and fungus.  The experts at Virginia Cooperative Extension say, “Fall is… Read More»

The Beetles Have Landed!

Japanese beetle

The Beetle-Grub Cycle is Officially in BEETLE Mania State! It’s late June, and right on cue, adult Japanese beetles are emerging from the ground in droves.  While in the grub stage, they ate and weakened the root system of your grass, causing brown, dead patches in your lawn. Now as… Read More»

Mosquito Control & Prevention 2019

west nile mosquito

Rain and warming temperatures are the perfect recipe for Mosquitoes to begin arriving in NOVA!  There are several environmentally respectful ways to control mosquitoes in your outdoor living space while also provide protection for you, your family and your pets from not only the annoyance, but the dangerous diseases, mosquitoes… Read More»

Red Thread Does Not a Green Lawn Make!

Evidence of Red Thread

As your lawn greens up over the spring, you hope to see ALL areas gaining color.  But drying patches with pink or reddish strands running through them isn’t exactly the kind of color you were looking for!  What you’re seeing is likely the beginning of a turf grass disease –… Read More»

When it Comes to Grass, Spring is for Growing, NOT for Planting

With everything greening up around us, it’s hard to resist the urge to overseed your lawn, especially if you have bare batches.  You’re planting annuals, starting your garden from seed – it seems logical to grab some grass seed while you’re at it, right? RESIST the Urge! It’s the wrong… Read More»

Recognizing & Preventing Boxwood Blight

Last blog, we took a look at the effects of Winter Burn, a condition that can easily be mistaken for Boxwood Blight.  The biggest difference? Boxwood Blight is almost always, over time, a death sentence for affected plants.  Recognizing this disease and taking preventative measures to protect your boxwoods are… Read More»

Is it Boxwood Blight or “just” Winter Burn?

Spring is here, but the impact of winter is visible on many trees and shrubs in our area.  Winter is tough for plants when temperatures are below freezing and drying winds are common. When evergreens and perennials are subjected to these conditions, the result is often browning leaves/needles. This is… Read More»