Category: Blog

Crape Myrtle Agronomic Alert

The University of Maryland County Extension Service issued an Agronomic Advisory for Crape Myrtle Bark Scales (CMBS) in mid October, 2021. These pests are an invasive insect and feed primarily on ornamental crape myrtles. CMBS can move through a neighborhood quickly. Several of our clients in NOVA have reported the… Read More»

Aerate & Overseed for a Thick, Healthy Lawn

aeration graphi

Why It’s Important to Aerate and Overseed What is Aeration? There is more to a healthy lawn than just watering and cutting it. A beautiful lawn needs a good foundation and that foundation is the soil in which it grows. Aeration of your lawn is needed on a regular basis… Read More»

Bagworms Wreak Havoc in Just One Season!

bagworm larva

It’s June and we’ve been getting calls from folks who are spotting bagworm larva in their trees, so we decided it was time to write a blog as the larva state is the most effective time to address these potential tree killers presence. As we’ve written before, the investment in… Read More»

Controlling Wild Violets

Wild Violets

Controlling wild violets in the lawn may be one of the most difficult gardening problems a homeowner can face. Those pretty little plants can take over a lawn in just a few short seasons and once they take hold, nothing is as tenacious as the wild violet. Getting wild violets… Read More»

Break the Beetle-Grub Cycle!

It happens every year – the Beetle-Grub Lifecycle.  While in the grub stage, which takes place in our region approximately August and April, they eat and weaken the root system of your grass, causing brown, dead patches in your lawn. You can’t see them, but they’re there, wreaking their havoc… Read More»

The Cicadas (and their whine) are coming!

cicada

2004 seems so long ago…17 years.  Enough time for a new born to now be a high school senior.  And enough time for the Brood X cicada nymphs that emerged from the eggs the adult females laid that summer to drop to the ground, burrow into the root-zones of plants… Read More»

Tips for Organic Mosquito, Tick & Flea Control

mosquito control prevention Northern VA

Spring is here. The daffodils are blooming. The daytime temperatures are consistently in the 60’s and have even flirted with the 70’s. And it’s just the beginning of April! What a breath of fresh air to be able to enjoy our backyards again after a fairly snowy winter. With the… Read More»

Spots on Your Lawn? Could be Brown Patch Lawn Fungus!

brown patch fungus

In a previous post, we wrote about the potential for lawn fungus outbreaks this summer due to the cold, extremely wet spring we had in NOVA this spring.  While a variety of fungi are showing up, none seems to be as prevalent this summer (2020) as Brown Patch. Brown Patch… Read More»

Cold, Wet Spring’s Impact on Your Lawn

Brown Patch

As if 2020 hasn’t been unique and challenging enough, the weather has been quite unpredictable as well.  Here in Northern Virginia, we barely had a winter season.  Now, we have frost warnings in May along with seemingly endless days of rain with close to 9” from early April through early… Read More»

Soil Quality is Key to Great Turf

Soil Functions

Why pH Matters? Here at ProLawn, we take a bottom up approach to lawn care.  What does that mean?  We focus on building up the quality of your soil in order to improve the health of your turf. Think of it as a lifestyle change for your lawn versus a crash… Read More»

Aphid Action Abounds

Green Peach Aphid Infestation

Our yards are a haven for our families and pets as well as a variety of wildlife.  Some of nature’s creatures, likes birds and bees, are welcome visitors.  Aphids, however, do not make the list of desirable backyard guests.  Aphids literally suck the life out of the trees and ornamentals… Read More»

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!

snow covered grass

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,… 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»

Fact or Myth: Cold Weather Kills Off Insects

insects winter

Warm Winters Mean More Pests in Summer, Right? Not So Fast… You’ve heard it before: A cold winter means fewer insects next summer; warm winter, be prepared for a buggy season.  Some things get stated so often and so emphatically that we take them to be truths, but is this… Read More»

Embrace Your (Grass) Roots!

Fertilzer being spread on lawn

FALL Lawn Fertilization = A Healthier Lawn ALL Year! Fertilizing in the Fall is key to a green lawn next summer!   Fall brings ideal growing conditions for your lawn with cool nights, warm days, ample rainfall and morning dew. These conditions are just about as good as it gets for… Read More»

Preparing Trees & Shrubs for Winter’s Impact Part II

In Part I, we shared the reasons why you need to consider winterizing your trees and shrubs.  In this post, we’ll talk about what can you do to protect your investment and help your landscape thrive come next spring. Some things to consider ahead of winterizing your trees and shrubs:… Read More»

Preparing Trees & Shrubs for Winter’s Impact Part I

Why Should You Winterize Your Trees and Shrubs? As the weather turns cooler, it’s time to prepare your trees and shrubs for the truly cold, harsh winter months that are right around the corner.  If you’ve been meticulous about landscaping with plants hardy for our region, you may think you’re… Read More»

Why Soil pH Matters

chart showing pH level and percentage of fertilizer wasted

Want a greener, healthier lawn?  Common wisdom would have us believe the answer is to fertilize – generally in the spring and fall.  Is it enough?  Do you even need to fertilize?  Which nutrients does your lawn need?  All good questions, but the first question is, what is your soil’s… Read More»

Give Your Lawn a Breather!

Your grass is a plant – one, continuous stretch of green, so it may be easy to forget this fact since it’s not in a pot or a landscape bed, but grass is a plant.  And like any plant, it’s roots need oxygen to thrive.  Normal foot traffic, daily activities,… Read More»

Organic approach to mosquito control

We need the rain and we love the warm weather.  And so do mosquitoes.  In addition to being annoying, and their bites being itchy, mosquitoes are downright dangerous as they carry a number of viruses and diseases.  We count on their natural enemies such as birds, bats, and dragonflies to help keep… Read More»

Protect Your Investment From “Tiny” Threat

  We all like to have a beautiful, green lawn, but what about those trees and shrubs you’ve spent so much money on over the years. Do you give them the care and attention they deserve? Let’s face it, if you’re like most people, you plant your ornamentals, take care… Read More»

Bee Aware(ness)!

Bee house

We all know bees are important for our ecosystem, but do you know exactly why? Without bees, we wouldn’t have food or flowers. Sounds a bit alarmist, but it’s true. According to the folks at One Green Planet, bees are responsible for pollinating about one-sixth of the flowering plant species… Read More»

What is slit seeding and why is it Important?

Slit Seeding Benefits from ProLawn The lawn is the first noticeable feature of any home or property, and it visually frames the entire space. Unfortunately, maintaining a healthy, lush lawn is no easy feat. Lawns suffer from poor soil, bad weather, pests, and many other issues. Potential problems that weeds… Read More»