Sports field aeration
Whether you are competing for the Little League World Series or the high school rivalry game, the “look” of your sports field is more important than ever. Sports field aeration is a major contributor to a beautiful field of play.
While winning the game will always be the icing on the cake, there are so many other “boxes” to “check” when competing. Consider these major factors that appeal to players, alumni, coaches, fans, parents and even recruits!
- Sound system
- Media guide
- Hype videos
- Social media presence
- Locker rooms
Sports field management is a key element in all outdoor arenas. While some may roll their eyes over the importance of these elements, can you think of the schools that don’t “check” these boxes?
Schools want to look good in, around, and on the field. One of the most important elements on a playing field is the quality of the turf. In order to look good, the turf needs to “be good.”
We aren’t “back in the day” anymore…
In the past, management of many school sports fields has been the responsibility of coaches and a few maintenance guys. In our rural area of the South, it wasn’t uncommon to see high school principals mow the football field in August.
Parents, booster clubs, even players have put in hours keeping the field cut. Today, the health and beauty of the sports field has reached new levels of expectations.
Sports field management means more than just mowing.The field of play should be healthy, thriving and safe!
A safe field:
- Is not too wet
- Is not too dry
- Has the correct density so as not to cause injuries to players
A lush and thriving field can be used quickly after rain. No coach or team desires to forfeit or reschedule games because of a waterlogged field!
Aeration, Verticut and Topdressing
The three key elements to reviving or building a safe and healthy field of play include:
Aeration perforates the soil to allow water, air and nutrients in.
Verticutting allows turf to breathe easy, absorb nutrients and soak in moisture.
Top dressing applies sand or a soil mixture after aeration.
These three steps conducted by our licensed technicians at Lawn and Pest Solutions can give you a winning field .
Contact us here at Lawn and Pest Solutions. We serve areas from the Memphis, Tennessee and North Mississippi areas. Our expanding sports field management services could be just what your team needs for a winning season.
Is lawn aeration just an “extra” step like a wash, rinse, repeat? What is the purpose of aerating if you are already watering, mowing, and “feeding” your lawn?
Improve the health of your lawn
If you are wondering, aeration is when holes are poked in your lawn to allow for “the good stuff” like water, nutrients and fertilizer to get down into the roots.
Why it is needed:
- To break through thatch.
- Thatch is the layer of dead grass that compacts on your lawn over time.
- Thatch robs your grass of necessary rain and nutrients.
- Thatch is a thick covering that prevents the “good stuff” from getting through to the roots.
What are your options?
People have been known to use anything from pitchforks to baseball cleats to aerate their lawns. However, those DIY techniques require a LOT of time on energy and they aren’t very effective.
Lawn aeration is an option you can add to your Lawn360 program at Lawn and Pest Solutions. You will see a noticeable improvement in your lawn over time if you add this annual service to our Lawn 360 program.
Lawn fertilization, weed control, and aeration will make your lawn the best on the block! Contact us here to get a quote on our lawn services. We can make the Lawn and Pest Difference in your lawn today! Our trained lawn techs serve the North Mississippi and the Memphis, Tennessee areas. Look for their official Lawn and Pest vehicles and uniforms all over neighborhoods in this region.
Clean your gutters
“One Thing Leads to Another”
Cleaning gutters prevents many other issues. In 1983 an English new wave band hit the charts with “One Thing Leads to Another”. As in many other aspects of life, this is true!
But I don’t WANT to…
What if I don’t clean my gutters? This goes back to that “one thing leads to another” motto…
- If you don’t clean your gutters, they become clogged with leaves and debris.
- Clogged gutters don’t drain and they collect water.
- Collected water causes wood to decay and rot
Guess who loves rotting and decaying wood? Termites! Termites feast on rotting wood.
That’s not all.
Another catchy phrase that applies to more than the “sham wow”…
As a result of clogged gutters, washed areas form. These areas can hold water close to your foundation. This causes the soil to become saturated and water can seep under your foundation. Joining the group of water loving pests are…mosquitoes!
It’s not a fun job, but someone’s got to do it.
Overflowing gutters can wash out mulch and flower beds near your home. These washed areas can thin out your lawn. Thin lawns give weed seeds an open area to grow and germinate.
Termites, mosquitoes and now thin and weedy lawns, all because no one likes to clean out their gutters!
Make it a priority to clean out your gutters this summer. While we don’t offer gutter cleaning services, Lawn and Pest Services can assist you with termites, mosquitoes and weed control.
Contact us here and we will send a licensed pest technician to give you a quote. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis area neighborhoods of Tennessee.
How do you hire a pest professional?
How do you hire a pest professional? Do you even NEED a pest professional? When was the last time you walked down the pesticide aisle of a home improvement store?
“I don’t know what I am doing here”
Big bags of chemicals and small containers of mysterious liquids can be intimidating. Fine print on the bags and bottles and the smells of their contents don’t help.
You may ask yourself…
- Is this the right formula?
- Is this safe for my pet?
- What will happen if my children touch/eat this?
- Where do I spray?
- Do I spray it once a week? Month? Year?
- What is in this stuff?
- Where did we put the sprayer?
- Or the really big question…
- How do I get this concoction inside the sprayer?
With all of that in mind, a DIY insecticide program should bring up a lot of uncertainties. So what are the benefits of hiring a pest professional?
Hiring a pest professional is a good idea
We typically pay someone more knowledgeable than ourselves to change oil, rotate the tires and resolve plumbing problems. Why do we feel we are capable of fending off roach infestations?
Hiring a pest professional can give you peace of mind. A pest professional undergoes continual training to maintain certification. In addition to that, at Lawn and Pest Solutions, our pest professionals have additional standards to maintain.
Our licensed pest professionals at Lawn and Pest Solutions apply pesticides that are specific to the area you live. These treatments apply to the specific problems you have.
What does a pest professional offer?
- Our pros look for points of entry and help you exclude them.
- Our pros broom down cobwebs and wasps nests outside so they don’t set up camp outside your home.
- Our pros know “what’s coming” ….(for instance, we know ants are more active in wet weather).
- Our pros are proactive. We like to prevent pest problems, not just solve them.
- Our pros have seen it all. We know where to look, what to look under, what signs to look for when solving pest problems.
This is a no-brainer.
At Lawn and Pest Solutions, our pest professionals are here to solve your problems. Leave the YouTube tutorials to the stay at home chemists.
We are here for you. Call our office today to have peace of mind. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas. Our Pest360 program is all you need!
The Ultimate Guide To Mosquito Control On Your Property
As a property owner, you’re well aware of mosquitoes’ pesky and potentially harmful nature. While their bites may lead to an itchy red bump, these insects can also transmit serious illnesses like malaria. It’s no wonder you’re concerned about keeping them at bay!
Protecting your property from mosquitoes can seem daunting, be it your home or business. But it doesn’t have to be! With this blog, you’ll be completely aware of the danger of mosquitoes and how to battle them.
Why Mosquitoes Are More Dangerous Than You Think
Mosquitoes are a serious threat to the health of humans and animals. Their bites can cause on your skin itchiness, irritation, and discomfort due to an allergic reaction to their saliva. They can also potentially spread dangerous diseases.
Among these diseases, you can find the most commons are malaria, as we mentioned above, dengue fever, Zika virus, and West Nile virus. All these illnesses can have devastating consequences for those infected, ranging from fever, headaches, nausea, and even paralysis and death.
What’s worse is that mosquitoes can also transmit several diseases and parasites to dogs and horses, such as dog heartworm, eastern equine encephalitis, and West Nile virus. These ailments can have profound health implications for your animals if not treated properly.
The Most Common Mosquito Breeding Grounds
Mosquitoes breed in moist and stagnant areas, providing the ideal conditions for laying their eggs. Depending on the species, you can find them in permanent water sources, like rivers and ponds. However, some species prefer temporary water sources like marshes and clogged ditches.
To identify potential mosquito breeding sites on your property, look for any standing water, such as old tires, buckets or cans, birdbaths, outdoor pet dishes, and clogged gutters. If you have a pond on your property, moderate it or add fish that feed on mosquito larvae.
Next, inspect the edges of your property for tall grasses and thick vegetation. Mosquitoes prefer to hide in these areas during the day and will lay their eggs nearby. Lastly, check for clogged gutters or other containers that may collect water after a rainstorm.
Top 5 Tips for Effective Mosquito Control
Mosquito control should be a priority for any property owner. You can take many simple and practical steps to help reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property and reduce the risk of disease transmission:
- Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Grounds: Get rid of any area with standing water. Empty and replace the water in every feature, like pools and fountains.
- Cover up! Ensure there aren’t gaps in windows, doors, and walls where mosquitoes can enter. You can use the netting in baby beds to cover every window too!
- Use EPA-registered mosquito repellents when necessary and closely follow label directions and precautions.
- Repellents are always welcome! When needed, take advantage of EPA-registered mosquito repellents.
- Change your lights! Installing yellow “bug” lights outdoors can help reduce pesky mosquitoes in your vicinity.
The Role of Professional Mosquito Control Services
Professional pest control services are vital in reducing the risk of disease transmission from mosquitoes. These services are designed to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and reduce their population strategically.
Professional pest control companies use effective and safe techniques to help you protect your people, pets, and property. Moreover, you will enjoy your outdoor experience without worrying about pesky mosquitoes or health risks!
With Lawn & Pest Solutions, you can eliminate any mosquito infestation and keep them under control without damaging any green area. Our skilled professionals will work with you to create a tailored plan against mosquitoes while preserving your precious green space.
Protect Your Property from Mosquitoes with Lawn & Pest Solutions
Don’t let those pesky mosquitoes ruin your outdoor fun and put you and your loved ones at risk for diseases. Say goodbye to the hassle and keep those bugs under control with the help of Lawn & Pest Solutions, your trusted pest control company since 2002.
Our mission has always been to provide top-notch service with a smile and affordable prices. Let us help you enjoy your outdoor spaces without the buzzing and biting distractions of mosquitoes – your backyard paradise awaits! All you need to do is:
- Request an estimate on our website. Or, call us at 662.257.3149 if you’re in Mississippi or 901.560.2399 if you need us in Tennessee.
- Schedule an appointment
- Get the protection your property needs from mosquitoes!
How to choose a termite professional
Before you decide how to choose a termite professional, you may ask, do you “need” a termite professional?
Yes you do, and here is why.
Termites cause $5 billion in damage per year to homes in the United States. FIVE BILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE, PER YEAR.
Insurance covers that, right?
Rarely. Termite damage is considered preventable through “home maintenance.” In the simplest terms, if you could have prevented it, you should have.
Do your research
When choosing a termite professional it is important to do your homework. States regulate and require that termite technicians be licensed. However, some companies do the minimum required to satisfy those regulations.
Constant training at Lawn and Pest Solutions
Weekly meetings and occasional class settings provide Lawn and Pest Solutions pest techs with the most up-to-date information and training available. We choose to provide additional training in order to provide the safest and most effective termite protection to our customers.
In addition to training our technicians, our licensing requires ongoing training for management. Being a select provider of the Sentricon System requires even more training and in-depth knowledge of termites.
Not only are our techs getting more training, our management is required to have ongoing training. All of this education is a part of being licensed to provide the Sentricon System for our customers.
What is a termite contract?
Before you sign a contract, make sure you fully understand the details and pricing. Don’t be afraid to ask your technician lots of questions.
At Lawn and Pest Solutions, a termite contract includes:
- An interior AND exterior inspection of your home.
- A full treatment as defined by state regulations. This can be a liquid application that is trenched and injected into the soil around your foundation, or a bait station application around the perimeter of your home
Your termite contract should include:
- type of application performed
- products used
- diagram of the structure treated
- cost for the initial treatment and ongoing annual inspections.
Annual inspections must include:
- interior AND exterior inspection of your home
Please note: If your current provider comes by and hangs an invoice once a year, you have not received a proper inspection.
Prevention is the best medicine.
When choosing a termite professional, we make it pretty easy. Avoid the costs and headaches of repairing your home with a Termite 360 program from Lawn & Pest Solutions. Check out our Ask Paul termite playlist if you have any questions!
Contact our office any time of day or night and let us schedule a visit to your home or business. Our company offers the best termite and pest control services! Lawn and Pest Solutions serves the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas.
Proactively treating shrubs
Whether it’s a late spring freeze or a late summer drought, there is always something “out to get” our landscape! Being proactive in the treatment of shrubs and all of our plants is important.
Proactively treating your shrubs will help them to get strong and stay healthy. This is important with the adverse weather conditions of our Memphis, TN/North Mississippi region.
Protecting your investment
By proactively treating your shrubs with our Plant Health Care program, you will protect your investment. Watch a few #askpaul videos to clear up most of your questions and concerns. What to expect to get from our Plant Health Care program:
- 6 visits per year from a licensed lawn technician with advanced knowledge of plant health care.
- At each visit your plants will be fertilized.
- At each visit your plants will be monitored for insects, diseases and will be treated for what is found.
- At each visit you will receive a feedback form from the technician which tells you what he observed, what he did and what you need to know to keep up the treatment process.
This program allows a professional to examine your plants and determine what is best for them. You also get a pro who is treating and nurturing your plants to get the most out of your investment.
Are you replacing shrubs from year to year?
The money you spend on a plant health care program will eventually save you from replacing diseased or dying/dead shrubbery. An expert eye can detect a problem in your plants before it spreads to others.
A healthy lawn and plant landscape will be strong enough to endure April freezes and August droughts.
Let Lawn and Pest Solutions proactively treat your shrubs and lawn. Contact our office to learn more about our plant health care program. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas.
Termite dangers and risks
Do you think about termites being a danger or a risk? Termites are a danger to ALL homes and businesses. They can thrive inside your home, feasting upon it without you seeing a single sign. If you ignore the signs, it might be too late.
“Unless you call Alaska home, your house is not safe from termite damage.”
Sentricon, (the number one brand in termite protection…)
That sums it up for us!
Termites are found in over five million homes per year and cause homeowners over FIVE BILLION dollars per year. That’s a lot of termite damage.
Termites are very organized and efficient. Don’t “wait to see” signs of termites. Not only are repair costs costly, but you are also putting yourself, your family or your employees at risk. Damaged wood is weakened by termites and will eventually rot and fall away.
Signs of termites
- Swarming: look for lots of discarded and broken wings. Windows, doors, vents, bathtubs, and sinks are common places to find termite wings.
- Mud tubes: look on foundation walls, inside walls, and plumbing pipes. Mud tubes (also called “termite highways”) provide moist places and safety from ants. They are made of moist soil and excrement and start around the diameter of a pencil.
- Damaged wood: knock on wood and if it sounds hollow and gives away easily, look closer. Termites are eating from the inside out and following along the grain of the wood. Many times you will find more mud tubes inside the wood along with living termites.
Prevent termite dangers and risks
Whether you suspect you have termites or want to prevent termites from ever entering your home or business, we have options.
Our Sentricon Specialist pest technicians at Lawn and Pest Solutions have been highly trained by Sentricon. Not every pest control company qualifies to be able to provide Sentricon service.
Sentricon is the number one brand in termite protection and there is a reason that Lawn and Pest Solutions is qualified to be a provider.
Contact our office to have your home or business inspected by our specialists. Our licensed technicians serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas.