Remulching

Mulch is never a bad idea, but when should you consider remulching? Whether it’s the first time or the fifth time,  adding mulch allows air, water, and nutrients to get to roots. 

Mulch protects the plants and is an added bonus to landscapes. While it protects your plants and gardens, mulch makes everything look a little nicer. 

Check out one of our previous blogs, like this one about mulching versus bagging.

When to remulch

If you mulch too early, your mulch might keep the soil colder or frozen longer. Try waiting until the last freeze is over to allow the soil to warm up. 

Removing old mulch

Here’s some good news. You don’t have to remove the old mulch! Experts say we should leave last years’ mulch and allow it to break down into the soil.

Your landscape is an investment that we are here to help you protect. Lawn and Pest is part of the protection you can add to your lawn and landscape. 

Contact our office here and we can send a licensed lawn technician to you ASAP. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee area homes and businesses. We would be glad to add you to our Lawn360 program at Lawn and Pest Solutions.

Winter prep for spring lawn

With less than three weeks until Christmas, the last thing on your mind is how to prep your lawn for spring! However, the most effective lawn care is year round. Don’t let all of the hard work of spring and summer go to waste. 

With winter arriving, there are things you should do to prep your lawn for spring. This work will ensure a healthy lawn once spring arrives. 

To do list for spring lawn prep:

Remove heavy limbs from your lawn.

Heavy piles of anything cause compacted lawns, patchiness and dead grass. These piles also make great hiding places for rodents and pests waiting to get into your home.

Remove the last of the leaves.

Don’t just rake the leaves, remove the leaves. Piles of anything are not healthy for any lawn.

Aerate!

Aerate before the ground becomes frozen. Breaking through “thatch” is what allows air, water and nutrients to get down into the roots of your lawn. Whether using plugs or spikes to poke down through thatch, this process increases airflow and helps with drainage.

Water the lawn

Cold air and wind can dehydrate your grass. Give your lawn a deep watering if it needs it, but don’t water when the temperature is below 40 degrees.

Get rid of weeds.

Don’t let weeds take over just because your lawn doesn’t look pretty. Brown lawns aren’t dead, they are dormant. Dormant lawns are asleep. Now is the time to apply pre-emergent weed killer.

Mow the grass, one more time.

As long as the grass is dry, mow it one last time. Make this last cut a little shorter than summer cuts. This helps to keep rodents away, especially voles.

If you have any energy left…

Winter is a great time for mower repair. Clean, repair, replace parts, and sharpen blades.

This spring, you will be glad you prepped your lawn.

Lawn care is a year-round job. Even in the winter, you are prepping for spring. A little bit of work and prep year-round will result in a healthier lawn come spring. 

Our year-round Lawn360 program provides aerating and pre-emergent treatments for your lawn. Contact Lawn and Pest Solutions for licensed lawn technicians who know exactly how to help your lawn. 

Fall leaves

What should do I do with the fall leaves in my lawn? It’s wet, it’s cold, and the leaves are piled up everywhere. You already know the answer. You have options…

1. Mulching

Mowing your lawn with a mulching mower is a great way to get the most benefit from the leaves. Fall leaves are a great source of organic matter for your lawn. 

Ideally, you should mulch your leaves on a regular basis throughout the fall. A mulching mower chops up leaves that give your lawn air, water and nutrients over the winter and spring months. 

If you have been mulching your fall leaves, your lawn will thank you properly this spring.

2. Raking

This option isn’t going to be easy. If your leaves are wet, you need to rake them up. If you don’t, the wet leaves will smother the grass blades underneath. 

A covering of wet leaves keeps the sun from warming up your lawn this spring. The longer your lawn stays cold, the longer it takes to wake up (and to turn green).

You can tell a lawn is dormant when it turns brown. During this cold winter time, it is conserving water and nutrients. This just means your lawn has gone to sleep. It isn’t dead, it’s dormant.

3. Bed coverage

You can use some of your fall leaves for flower bed coverage. A thin layer of leaf coverage is good for your flower bed. Leaves can act as a natural mulch and can protect your flower beds from weeds. Just be careful that the leaves don’t get too thick.

The time is now

When you are searching for answers about lawn care and services, know that we at Lawn and Pest Solutions are always here for you. You can always Ask Paul! We service the Memphis, TN, and North Mississippi areas with lawn care weed control services for homes and businesses. Our licensed technicians are available to consult with you about how we can best serve you. 

Fall Plant Care

What does fall plant care mean for a person with a lawn? It’s like a “shutting down for the season” way of thinking for the lawn. 

Pool owners close the pool for winter. Boat owners remove their boats before waters start to freeze. When an ice storm is predicted, we move our new car into the garage. Right? Just like pools, boats and cars, our landscapes are an investment.

Protecting your investment

To understand fall plant health care you have to think of your lawn as an investment. All of the time and money you have spent on planting, lawn fertilizing, nurturing & watering shouldn’t go to waste. By adopting a fall plant health care program, you will be proud of your healthy and well protected lawn in the spring. 

At Lawn and Pest Solutions, we offer a plant health care program that focuses on keeping your landscape and shrubs insect and disease free.

How does the LPS Plant Health Care program work?

With our program, an expert will visit your lawn six times per year. The pro will examine all of your plants, make notes and leave a written report at each visit. In addition to your copy, the notes will also go on file. 

The pro will then treat your plants based specifically on what is happening with your plants AND what they need. 

What is different about our plan? 

Most other plans include a pre-mixed spray that is applied to all of the plants, no matter what they need at that time. 

You can spend a lot of time and money guessing what is wrong with your landscape. With our plant health care plan, you can spend less money and save lots of time by leaving it up to a professional. 

Contact our office today to protect your investment. You can reach out to us at 662.257.3148, 901.560.2399, or fill out our online contact form. Our licensed and trained technicians serve the North Mississippi and Memphis areas.

Fall Lawn Spraying

Are there benefits to spraying your lawn in the fall? Spraying your lawn in the fall involves applying a pre-emergent treatment. For pre-emergent treatment to work, it needs to be in your soil at not only the right time, but when the temperature is right.

Pre-emergent facts:

Pre-emergent doesn’t kill weed seeds. 

Pre-emergent stops the growth process of weed seeds.

 It creates a sort of thin barrier between your soil and the weed seeds below. 

Pre-emergent should be applied at just the time when weeds begin to sprout. The goal is to have the weeds hit the barrier created by the treatment. 

Benefits of applying a fall treatment?

A fall pre-emergent helps to prevent weeds through the winter and early spring. You also won’t have to start cutting as early in the spring. This keeps your grass from having to compete with weeds for nutrients. 

Even with the most thorough treatment, there are always some weeds that won’t be harmed by the treatment. This is why a year round plan is the only plan that really works. 

Timing is Everything

Unlike a great comedy routine, timing in lawn care doesn’t boil down to one great pause or punch line. Great lawn care is based on year round timing and care, not waiting until “the spring” to get your lawn looking good. It is a commitment that involves planning and attention to detail.

What is Lawn 360?

Lawn 360 is our premium, year-round, scheduled lawn service. Our treatments have been tested and proven to give you a healthy, green lawn. In between scheduled treatments, technicians provide month-to-month strategies, as needed, to keep your lawn at its thickest and greenest year round. 

Let us do the timing for you.

Our Lawn 360 plan includes 7 treatment stages that include pre-emergent  AND post-emergent treatments. In addition to those visits, we fertilize your lawn multiple times a year. When you sign up for our Lawn 360 plan, know that every time we visit your lawn, our licensed technicians will spot spray for weeds. 

The benefits of spraying your lawn in the fall will pay off when you are enjoying your lawn year round. Call our office anytime to schedule a visit from our experienced and trained staff. We serve the Memphis, Tennessee and North Mississippi areas. 

Frost damage for lawns

It is now mid-October and the time has come to talk about frost damage for lawns.The first time the weather report whispers the word “frost” a chill runs down the spine of Southern lawn/plant/garden owners. 

Frost facts and temperatures to watch

Water in the blades of your lawn freezes and causes frost.This happens when the temperatures dip below 32 degrees.

29° to 32°F—tender plants are killed.

25° to 28°F—widely destructive to most vegetation.

24°F and colder—heavy damage to most plants.

Luckily for our region of the South, we don’t experience severe freezes very often.

“Will it damage my lawn? 

A frosted yard may look damaged, but frost alone won’t really harm your lawn. If overnight, your lush green grass has turned brown, don’t panic.  

A brown lawn isn’t dead, it’s dormant. We like to think of dormant grass as hibernating grass. Just be patient, it will come back to life this spring.

 Don’t walk on the frosted lawn!

No one takes lawn and turf more seriously than a golf course.This video demonstrates the damage walking on frosted grass does to a golf course and why they have “frost delays”. 

Three easy ways to prevent frost damage

In addition to keeping people off of your frosted lawn, here are three easy things you can do to prevent damage.

  1. Believe it or not, watering your grass the night before an expected frost will help keep your lawn warm and prevent damaging frost.
  2. Allow your grass to grow longer/taller than normal. 
  3. If frost is expected, don’t mow. Freshly cut grass is more susceptible to frost damage.

We get comfortable in our warm fall season and may forget about year round lawn care. Don’t let all of the work you did this spring and summer get trampled on, protect your investment! 

If you need help creating your best lawn and keeping it healthy and as beautiful as it can be year round, contact us here. Lawn and Pest Solutions has experience and success in maintaining your best lawn, turf, field or course. 

Good bugs

Are there any good bugs? If so, why do we need them? Even if you despise bugs of all sorts, usually even the “bad bugs” have at least one redeeming quality. 

They protect our gardens, crops, and lawns. 

Before you start stomping, do a little research. Don’t kill the one thing that might be saving your tomatoes! There are more than 1.5 million known insect species in the world and more than 97 percent are beneficial to gardens. 

If they aren’t helping your gardens and plants, most bugs are simply gently or kind. Don’t go stomping and spraying everything that crawls and flies.

Before you stomp and spray, ask yourself:

  • Is the bug eating your plants, grass, garden?
  • Does the eating appear to be doing damage to the plant?
  • Is there one bug or is there an infestation ? 

If you answered “yes” to one or more of these, you may have a “bad bug”. 

Bad Bugs

In our region of the South, bugs that are considered to be bad include chinch bugs and white grubs. These insects attack our lawns and cause damage. An infestation of pests like army worms is another example of “bad bugs”.

There are good bugs and we do need them. 

When ladybugs or lady beetles are found on a crape myrtle, they have typically laid hundreds of eggs right in middle of the aphids. As soon as the eggs hatch, Lady bugs begin feasting on aphids. They can rescue a crape myrtleand even a crop from aphids if the timing is right! 

The larvae of Green Lacewing eat aphids and other insects that destroy our lawns. 

Brachonid Wasps lay eggs on the very destructive Tomato Horn Worm. When their eggs hatch, they eat the horn worm. 

Bad bugs get all of the attention. 

Let us help you get rid of the bad bugs and we will leave the good ones alone. Our licensed professionals know good bugs versus bad bugs and are glad to come to evaluate your situation. 

You can spot our trucks all over North Mississippi and in the Memphis, TN area. Ask Paul and  Learn more about “The Lawn and Pest Difference”. 

Fire ants

Fire ants are hard working, organized and dangerous to some, so fighting them is not easy. Sometimes their mounds are mistaken for dirt which makes them even trickier to tackle. It is important to know what to look for and how to treat a fire ant problem.

Identifying a fire ant mound

A raised mound looks like a pile of aerated dirt. This is the displaced soil from the ants digging tunnels underground. Fire ants create amazing and expansive tunnels underground for escaping should anyone or anything dare to disturb the mound. This contains the eggs and larvae of the colony, along with countless worker ants. 

Disturbing the mound

When you disturb a fire ant mound, you might be shocked by the hundreds or thousands of ants that come rushing out. The agitated ants will then bite and sting anyone nearby. Fire ant stings hurt a little when you just have one, though it is more common to be stung multiple times by multiple fire ants.

The danger of fire ants

Blisters that develop afterwards are allergic reactions, though some people develop more severe reactions. The areas immediately surrounding the sting may swell, burn, or itch. These stings and/or allergic reactions to the stings can be very dangerous to our children and our pets, especially if they are allergic. 

Do not disturb

While there are plenty of DIY fire ant “solutions” you can try, most people are just chasing them around underneath your lawn. The best way to fight fire ants is with a bait system. A bait system does not disturb the mounds. When the mound is disturbed, fire ants get angry.

Bait systems for fire ants

With a fire ant bait system, the fire ants get the bait and return to their underground system of tunnels. They then “share” the bait with the army below your lawn. Lawn & Pest Solutions has the technology and expertise to provide season-long fire ant control treatment for houses

Our plan

Our treatments target the queen, not just the mound. Our plan is efficient and effective. In just two strategically timed bait applications, we typically wipe out 95% of your fire ants. We will visit two more times per year just to assess the effectiveness or apply more bait (if needed) at no extra charge. 

Give us a call or click here and we will send out a licensed technician to address your issues! We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas with lawn and pest services.