Lawn Care Tips – Pests

A healthy lawn contributes to your property value and the overall appearance of your neighborhood. It provides a natural, safe surface where your family can play and relax. By following a few simple tips, you can keep your lawn healthy and environmentally beneficial.

Pests:  A healthy, vigorous, dense turf is the best defense against invasion by weeds and other pests. Check your lawn regularly to catch problems early. Usually the presence of a few insect pests or weeds is not cause for concern. Insects rarely damage healthy lawns in Alberta. Most insects you’ll find in your lawn will either not be a problem or may even be beneficial. If you’re concerned that insects may be causing damage, consult a lawn care professional.

If you have just a few broadleaved weeds scattered throughout your lawn, consider removing them manually before they produce seed heads. If you choose to use herbicides, spot spray the weeds rather than treating the whole lawn. Avoid using weed bars or weed and feed products. Always read product labels and wear protective clothing when using herbicides.

Turf diseases are easily confused with other problems such as dog urine, fertilizer burn, dull mower blades, road/sidewalk salt, or compacted soil. Fungicide applications are almost never warranted on home lawns in Alberta. A lawn consisting of a blend of various Kentucky bluegrass cultivars mixed with some creeping red fescue will resist diseases well. If a disease occurs, some plants in this mixture may be susceptible but most others will be resistant.

Fairy ring: A home lawn disease that most frequently causes concern. It causes a circular or semi-circular ring, varying from a few inches to 50 feet or more in diameter, of dark green grass, which may die over time. Mushrooms often follow the ring pattern, particularly in spring and fall. If it’s not severe, you can mask the problem with an application of nitrogen fertilizer. Spiking the area just outside the dead ring with a garden fork then soaking it with soapy water and keeping it soaked with hose water may help lessen the problem. A more drastic solution is to remove the soil 18 to 24 inches in front and behind the dead ring to a depth of 12 to 36 inches (depending on the development of the fungus).

As a homeowner, you take pride in having a healthy, beautiful landscape, and at Maxigreen, we promise to take care of your lawn as if it were our own. We will help you identify problem areas such as soil compaction, excess thatch layer, weed, insects and diseases. We will also identify water, pet and/or shade problems and offer solutions.

All work done by Maxigreen will be performed by professionally trained applicators who truly care about the health and appearance of your lawn. We offer you over 20 years experience in the lawn care industry. You can be guaranteed professionals will service your lawn.

Choose from any one of our four programs that are guaranteed to give you a lawn to be proud of, and save you money. If at any time during your program you are not completely satisfied, call us, we will return and re-apply as required with no cost to you to ensure your complete satisfaction.

Learn more about our guaranteed programs starting as low as $47.60 + GST per application. For your free lawn care evaluation call Maxigreen today at 780 444-3378.
*Accounts must be in good standing. Overdue balances will void the guarantee. Pricing includes up to 4000 sq ft of lawn.