5 Tips to Prevent Weed Growth in Your Lawn

One thing that can ruin your beautiful lawn and landscape is a weed invasion. Weeds absorb the essential nutrients and water from the soil required by the grass and plants in your lawn. You may have to de-weed your lawn frequently to keep it free from weeds. Unfortunately, weeds are quite common in every landscape and reappear mysteriously in your lawn or garden with a few weeks of de-weeding. 

Here are a few tried and tested tips to help reduce and prevent weed growth in your lawn.

Don’t disturb the sleeping weeds

The soil naturally contains weed seeds that lay dormant under the layers of soil due to lack of sunlight. However, when you dig and prod the soil to plant any new plant or grass, the dormant seeds will come and start sprouting. To prevent that from happening try not to dig any area that you won’t use immediately and replace it with mulch or a new plant after digging.

Don’t leave the roots behind

One common mistake that homeowners make while de-weeding their lawn is leaving the roots behind in the soil. Just cutting off the short that you can see above the soil is a temporary fix. The roots will grow again and you will have your garden filled with weeds in no time. Therefore, you need to dig out the weeds by the roots as much as possible. If that’s not possible, at least cut off the head at regular intervals.

Use mulch in your lawn

Mulch traps in moisture and prevents light from reaching the weed seeds in the soil and stops them from growing. Adding a layer of mulch that is up to 4 to 5 centimeters deep can help you control weed growth significantly.

Using organic mulch can provide even better results as it can host various organisms like crickets and carabid beetles that eat weed seeds in the soil. Another tip is to use a light-blocking sheet of cardboard or clothing under the layer of mulch to prevent any light from seeping below.

Water selectively

Another common practice that promotes weed growth in your lawn and garden is easy access to water for the weeds to grow. To prevent that, avoid watering your garden where weeds are more profound. Use techniques like drip irrigation to ensure that only the plant and grass you want in your garden get water.

Avoid any gaps in your lawn

Wherever there are gaps in your lawn or garden between the plants, the weeds will take over quickly. The best way to stop weeds from doing that is to fill these gaps as early as possible by planting new grass seeds in such areas. If you have shrubs and plants on your lawn, leave only small gaps between the plants. 

About Lawn & Pest Solutions

If you are looking for professional help to take care of your lawn issues, Lawn & Pest Solutions should be your one-stop destination. Our services include de-weeding, pest control, and deep root fertilization. In addition, we ensure that your lawn looks lush and healthy. You can reach out to us at 662.534.4535, 901.560.2399, or fill our online contact form to know more.

5 Reasons You Should Fertilize Your Lawn

Lush green lawns enhance the beauty of your landscape and give you a place to sit and relax with your loved ones. To keep your lawns healthy, you need to provide constant care to your lawn. However, even after watering and mowing your lawn regularly, if you notice the grass thinning and dying, maybe your lawn lacks fertilizers. Fertilizers are essential for the growth and survival of your grass as they provide the nutrient values that are naturally lacking in your soil.

Here are five essentials reasons to fertilize your lawn regularly:

Fertilizers compensate for any deficiencies in the soil

Every grass needs some essential nutrients like nitrogen, calcium, and potassium to grow and thrive in your ard. However, your soil may lack some of these nutrients, leaving your grass dull and vulnerable to pests and diseases. The right fertilizer will compensate for these deficiencies to ensure that your grass gets all the essential nutrients.

Increases disease resistance

Grass, just like us humans, is prone to various diseases. Weak grass is more prone to diseases than a healthy one. The right fertilizers can help your lawn grass develop the required resistance against various seasonal and fungal diseases that can otherwise significantly damage them.

Makes your lawn less prone to weed invasion

Weed are those invasive plants that take over your lawn as soon as they find thinner areas without grass growth. These weeds take the nutrient and water that your grass needs and eventually, the grass in your lawn withers away. Apart from that, weeds are very challenging to remove once they invade your lawn; therefore, prevention is the best cure. Fertilizers keep your grass thick and healthy, giving no space for weeds to take over.

It enhances grass growth

If you are tired of watering your lawn profusely and still waiting for your grass to get green and strong for months, try adding fertilizers to your lawn. When used in the right proportions, fertilizers can give your yard the growth boost it needs to look and feel lush and healthy. It also deters any pest infestation that leaves your lawn with brown and uneven patches.

It helps the grass overcome harsh summers

If you live in an area that has harsh and draught-inducing summers, then you must fertilize your lawn. Fertilizers help your grass develop robust root systems that can absorb water quickly. It enables the grass to survive during hot summers when there is less water in the soil.

If you have trouble identifying the right fertilizer for your yard, you can always call for expert help at Lawn & Pest Solutions. They will do a soil test to determine the nutrient deficiency in your lawn and make recommendations.

About Lawn & Pest Solutions

If you are looking for professional help to take care of your lawn issues, Lawn & Pest Solutions should be your one-stop destination. Our services include de-weeding, pest control, and deep root fertilization. In addition, we ensure that your lawn looks lush and healthy. You can reach out to us at 662.534.4535, 901.560.2399, or fill our online contact form to know more.

Dealing with drought in lawns

Dealing with drought in lawns may seem a bit untimely for our area. It seems like it has rained every day for months now. Even if we aren’t in an official time of drought today, your lawn may be in a bit of distress due to the extreme heat. However, a time of drought is probably inevitable at some point in the upcoming months.

Be prepared

With our recent extreme heat, you may be seeing some brown appear. As rain becomes less frequent, this may become more evident. Don’t worry too much, most of our grass species can take three to four weeks of dormancy without dying.

Dormancy doesn’t mean “dead”

Dormancy just means your grass has gone to sleep. You can tell if your grass is dead or dormant by tugging on the plants. If the plants pull out from the ground easily, they’re probably dead. If the roots hold fast when pulled, the plants are dormant. Brown grass is not the only sign of stressed out grass,  another sign is “footprinting”. 

What is footprinting?

Walking over the same areas of lawn compacts the grass and compacted soil can’t absorb water.  On a lawn that is already parched, these are the areas that suffer first. Footprinting is when you step on your parched lawn and footprints don’t disappear right away. 

Preventative measures to fight drought

  • Your lawn needs about an inch of water or rain per week to thrive. At the first sign of stress, begin watering!
  • If using a sprinkler, that means about 20 to 30 minutes/three times per week.
  • Skip at least a day between waterings. 
  • Move sprinklers around to cover all areas of your yard.
  • Water in the mornings, between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. Watering before the sun rises helps to keep evaporation to a minimum.
  • Don’t mow the lawn too short or too often during times of drought. 
  • Stay off the lawn!

Are you feeling hesitant to use these methods to deal with drought in your lawn? Just remember all of the time, money and effort you put into your lawn and landscape. It is less costly and certainly easier and quicker to water your lawn than to replace it when it’s too late. The same goes for your landscape plants and trees. 

Your lawn and landscape is an investment. We work year round with our customers to protect their investments. Whether preventing and treating disease and invasive pests or nurturing with fertilization and aeration we want your lawn to look the best it can! 

A little water and care will go a long way when dealing with drought in lawns. At Lawn and Pest Solutions, our licensed lawn technicians can help you achieve your lawn goals and maintain them all year long. We serve the Memphis, TN area as well as all over North Mississippi. You will see our trucks and techs in Oxford, Tupelo, New Albany, Germantown, Olive Branch, Fulton and more. You can contact our office 24/7 to get started with our program. 

Bed Bugs

Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite! Children’s books may have portrayed bed bugs as being cute little critters who tickle you in your sleep. As adults, we think differently! bed bugs ARE back and they are back with a vengeance. This new generation of bed bugs is stronger and more resilient than ever.

With the great return of bed bugs, it’s no surprise that an entire website is devoted to them. Their history can be traced all the way back to Ancient Greece. It’s pretty interesting to read about how they have been used and treated over the ages. In the last 50 years, we once thought that bed bugs had been eradicated. However, the treatment for bed bugs was found to be extremely dangerous to humans.

We are now more aware of health and safety issues with harmful chemicals. What once would wipe out infestations of roaches and bed bugs turned out to also cause cancer. Today we are strictly monitored on the usage of chemicals and thankfully so. The treatment for bed bugs is no longer harmful to humans, but it does take a team effort and multiple treatments to rid a home or business of bed bugs. 

What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs have nothing to do with cleanliness. They are called “hitchhikers” and will ride home on the bottoms of your shoes, your luggage, purses and backpacks. They usually hide out on soft or upholstered surfaces like beds, sofas, carpets.  They can even travel from room to room in apartment buildings, five star hotels and dormitories.

All bed bugs are looking for is a good meal and a place to hide, they don’t need trash or filth, just your blood. Bed bugs like a good “blood meal”. After engorging themselves on your blood (while you sleep), they scurry away to hide in the seams of a mattress, under the baseboards, sometimes behind the paintings on the walls.

What are the signs of bed bugs?

  • Tiny blood stains that look like rust on your sheets or pillowcases
  • Dark/rusty spots of bedbug excrement on bedding, mattresses and walls
  • Fecal spots, eggs shells or shed skins in hiding places
  • A musty odor

What can I do to get rid of bed bugs?

If you think you have bed bugs, it’s a really good idea to call professionals ASAP. There are plenty of DIY applications you can attempt, but how comfortable do you feel with baking soda getting rid of a pest that eats a “blood meal” and hides in your bed? 

Contact us at Lawn and Pest Solutions and we will come inspect your home and if needed, treat it very thoroughly. Then we will come back in 7-14 days and treat it again (because eggs will have hatched by then). You will have some work to do as well. Our technicians will leave you with a checklist of things to do, like washing and drying all linens with high heat. .

Getting rid of bed bugs is not fun, it’s not easy, but it can be done. For most, the worst part about bed bugs is just knowing they are there.Our licensed pest technicians are making their way all over the Memphis, TN area and North Mississippi including Oxford, Tupelo and New Albany. Let us help you fight the war against pests.

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale is a type of insect/pest that attaches itself to the trunk of a Crape Myrtle tree. You might first notice a problem on your Crape Myrtle when you see black areas forming on the trunk or branches. 

According to Clemson University, Crape Myrtle Bark Scale was first found in Texas in 2004. It has now (2021) spread across the South as far across as North Carolina. Most attribute the spread of CMBS to the movement of plant material across the region.

What IS Crape Myrtle Bark Scale?

Though Crape Myrtle Bark Scale SOUNDS like a plant or maybe a part of the tree, it is actually a pest. It covers parts (or eventually all) of the Crape Myrtle tree with a black, sticky soot-like substance. The actual pest, the Bark Scale is a flat, light gray or white pest that feels like felt. If you press on the Bark Scale and it oozes a pink substance, it is active.

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale typically gathers in the branch crotches or at pruning areas, also under loose bark. As CMBS takes over, it begins to literally suck the life (sap) from your tree. The thick, black moldy soot will cover the tree and begin raining down onto everything underneath the tree.

Sidewalks, driveways, shrubs and flowers, garbage cans, pools, toys are at risk. Whatever is under the infected tree will get a black, moldy, sooty stain. In addition to being unattractive, the mold prevents sunlight from reaching the tree.

Should I get rid of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale?

It is commonly accepted that CMBS won’t kill your trees. Bark Scale will most likely affect the number of flowers on your tree. The size of flower clusters and overall vigor in the plant health of your Crape Myrtle trees may also suffer. Crape Myrtle Bark Scale may even cause your trees to flower later than healthy trees. 

For some, the black sooty mold that covers your trees and everything underneath is more cause for concern than tree health. Deciding to treat Crape Myrtle Bark Scale may come down to you deciding to protect the investment you have made in your trees, your landscape and your property.

How is Crape Myrtle Bark Scale treated?

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale is being treated by licensed lawn and pest technicians like Lawn and Pest Solutions in New Albany, MS. Treatment starts by systemically injecting treatment at the roots of the trees. This will slowly and methodically begin treating the entire tree and ridding it of the pest. 

In addition to the systemic treatment, we spray the entire tree with a growth regulator. This doesn’t improve the growth of the tree, it speeds up the process of getting rid of Bark Scale. 

In the fall, Lawn and Pest Solutions applies a dormant oil to the affected tree. This oil smothers and eliminates any remaining insects on the tree except those which are beneficial to the tree (like ladybugs). 

Each year afterwards, we do an annual systemic treatment as a preventative to keep the CMBS from returning. This treatment also has a fertilizer which will help your Crape Myrtle thrive in the future. Even if you don’t have Bark Scale now you might consider this preventative treatment. 

Crape Myrtles are some of the most beautiful flowering trees we have in the the South. These majestic trees enhance our properties, parks, cities and lawns. Contact us today to check on your investment! Lawn and Pest Solutions has a great system to treat your Crape Myrtles before this Crape Myrtle Bark Scale has a chance to infect your trees. Our licensed technicians are trained in recognizing and guiding you in the right direction for treatment and/or prevention. We treat Crape Myrtles from the Memphis, TN area and all over North Mississippi.

Don’t Pull That Weed!

Can’t you just hear your mom scream, “Don’t pull that weed!”. Why wouldn’t you want to reach way down, gently extricate the weed from the bottom, lift the roots and all from the moist soil? And why wouldn’t you want to do this 10,000 times a day, every day? Pulling one weed is oddly satisfying. Pulling a lawn full of never ending weeds is a chore

What’s wrong with a few weeds?

It is easy to think of weeds as just something ugly that sprouts up in our lawn. Some weeds aren’t really ugly at all. Surely all of us have at one time wondered “should I pull that?”. In a newly landscaped lawn, every homeowner has played the game of “weed or plant?”. But weeds aren’t all about looks…weeds are robbing your lawn of nutrients from the soil and moisture. The lovely lawn you have spent so much time, money and love to nurture is being robbed of all the “good stuff” and weeds are the culprit.

Pulling weeds vs. Treating Weeds

Pulling weeds is something that doesn’t seem daunting as you stroll around your yard. You spot one, bend over, pull up the entire root system. Good pull! Now you are left with a big chunk of weeds, roots, soil and what do you do with it? You can’t throw it back in your yard. You didn’t bring a bag or a cart or a box…and now that you look around, there are one million more weeds. 

Fun fact… when you pull weeds, you can end up spreading the seeds to create even more weeds than before. Some might compare weed pulling to sweeping up glitter. It never goes away. Scroll to the 6:54 mark of this video to see a very high definition, slow motion example of how easily seeds fly off of weeds.

The slightest disturbance of a weed can cause thousands of seeds to fly all over your lawn. Whether that disturbance comes from you mowing, the wind blowing or even a bird walking, the seeds are being spread. Sometimes you can even wake up dormant weed seeds by digging in the ground to remove or plant new material. 

So, don’t pull that weed!

Treat the weeds BEFORE they grow. Treat the weeds before they spread. Reduce their growth. If the weed doesn’t grow in the first place, you never have to pull that weed. Realistically, you are always going to be dealing with weeds. It’s just a matter of control. How are you going to control them, reduce them and keep them from completely taking over your lawn? 

Using a lawn service like Lawn and Pest Solutions can end your weed control issues. A year-round program like Lawn360 will take care of existing weeds as well as those weeds lurking just under the ground. Remember, it’s easiest to deal with weeds that never actually grow! Our lawn technicians apply pre-emergent and post-emergent to take care of weeds at every stage of development. 

Whether you have a newly landscaped lawn or a mature one, you are going to have weeds. Don’t pull that weed! Let our licensed technicians handle this issue. You can Google “how to pull weeds” all day long. There are more “oddly satisfying” weed pulling videos on YouTube than you can imagine. It’s a thing. Lawn and Pest Solutions is based in New Albany, MS. We service neighborhoods and businesses from Memphis , TN to all over North Mississippi. You can Google us and read our reviews, we hope you do! 

Should I treat lawn fungus?

Should I treat lawn fungus? Of course you should!  Why wouldn’t you treat a fungus that could destroy your beautiful lawn? Don’t feel bad. All healthy lawns contain millions of fungi spores at all times. Most fungi will never cause problems , but we never know when one is going to decide to show off. If you know and care enough to even notice a fungus in your lawn, you are probably going to take care of this matter.

It was too hard to resist.

No good blogger can pass up the rare opportunity to mention and link to the Lamisil commercial. How could you not connect a fungus article to a cartoon toenail fungus who lifts up the human toenail and climbs in? Moving on to the real mission here, treating lawn fungus. A fungus can be easily treated by our trained lawn technicians. You just need to watch for it and call us if you see the signs. 

What are the signs of lawn fungus?

The main types of fungus that tend to grow in our popular grass types include:

  • Dollar Spot/Bermuda grass: can cause spots of brown or straw-colored that start as small as a grapefruit. Beware, they can grow to take over your whole yard.
  • Rust/Zoysia grass: to check for rust fungus, take a white tissue and rub a few grass blades. If an orange color comes off on the tissue, you have a rust problem.
  • Gray Leaf Spot/St. Augustine grass: leaves large gray spots on your grass blades that grow larger as the infestation gets worse.

When should I treat lawn fungus?

There are a few causes for fungi to grow, so as they say… “If the shoe fits, wear it”

  • Fungi can become a problem when we have had too much rain.
  • Fungi can become a problem when we haven’t had enough rain.
  • Fungi can appertains when we mow our lawns too low.
  • Fungi can appear when we have a dull mower blade.
  • PRO TIP: if you have a really large lawn you should sharpen your mower blades a second time mid season!

What can be done to rid my yard of this fungus?

If you suspect you have lawn fungus, call us. A licensed lawn technician will investigate your issue and determine the best plan of treatment. A fungicide will be applied to your lawn and have the fungus problem under control in no time.

As with any lawn health issues, when you are working with professionals like Lawn and Pest Solutions, we are only a phone call away.  Let us know now before more damage occurs. Your lawn is your investment and we want to help you not only maintain it, but allow it to thrive.  If you aren’t already a customer of ours, please contact us here. Our office system receives messages 24/7. We serve the areas of Memphis, Tennessee and North Mississippi. If you need more references, feel free to read our Google reviews.

Why choose local for pest control?

Why choose local for pest control if you don’t know their jingle by heart? Why choose local if their logo isn’t burned into your visual memory? Just because you know the theme song to the sitcom “Cheers” would you have been a regular there? 

Why did Norm and Cliff return to their familiar stools at the end of the bar every day? 

It surely wasn’t because of the good customer service. They got the same old cheap beers and typically ended up victims of a pranks or jokes. Cliff and Norm returned to “Cheers” because it was a familiar name and place and they were surrounded by familiar people. Some might say “Cheers” was a lazy choice. 

Are you choosing your pest control like Norm and Cliff chose their bar? 

When naming off pest control companies, one might immediately thing of Orkin and Terminix. Their names are plastered on billboards and televisions. National marketing and branding companies have successfully made their names a fixture. In the Memphis area, Cook’s Pest Control brings to mind their catchy jingle that most of us can sing word for word! 

When you think of Orkin, Terminix or Cook’s, what do you really know about their company?

Maybe we should ask, what do Orkin, Terminix and Cook’s know about YOU? Working with a locally owned business like Lawn and Pest Solutions means that you are getting very personal service. Our employees tend to stay with us for years. We have customers and technicians that know each other on a first name basis and keep up with each others’ lives. Even in our Google reviews, our customers refer to technicians and salesmen by name. Do you know your pest technician by name?

The LPS Difference

Being locally owned, Lawn and Pest Solutions owner Paul Welborn feels personally responsible for each customer. From customer service to satisfaction with pest services, Paul is invested. It is not unusual for him to show up at a home to help solve an unusual pest issue. 

Lawn and Pest owner Paul Welborn is hands on and present. Whether loading up trucks at 6:45 a.m. or frying up shrimp at employee appreciation day, he is there. Creating personal relationships with his employees and investing in their futures is important. It means that Lawn and Pest Solutions technicians want to stay with the company and support Paul and Lawn and Pest. When the company sees itself as a team, everyone benefits, including the customers. 

Orkin, Terminix and Cook’s aren’t bad pest control companies. They are large and successful pest control companies. We know their names, their logos and even their “theme songs”. But working with a smaller team with a local owner certainly has its’ benefits. We want you to choose local for pest control.

At Lawn and Pest Solutions, we want to know YOUR name and give you the best pest control you can get. We provide outstanding customer service and stand behind our programs. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis areas with outstanding pest control and lawn treatment. Contact our office 24/7 to get a very fast response and outstanding service.