Why clean gutters?

The task of cleaning gutters is not super appealing to most. Just getting out the ladder and climbing to the roof is a job in itself. But keeping your gutters clean is a preventative measure for more than just creating a clear path for heavy rain. Clogged gutters cause trouble, and before you know it…

One thing leads to another

  • If you don’t clean your gutters, they become clogged with leaves and debris.
  • Clogged gutters don’t drain properly and they collect water.
  • Collected water attracts mosquitoes.
  • Collected water causes wood to decay and rot.
  • Rotted and decaying wood attract termites.

But wait, there’s more.

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.  

Overflowing gutters wash out mulch and flower beds near your home. These washed areas thin out your lawn. Thinned areas in your lawn give weed seeds an open area to grow and germinate. 

Do the right thing.

Make it a priority to clean out your gutters this spring. Clean gutters can prevent a multitude of problems. While we don’t offer gutter cleaning services, Lawn and Pest Services can assist you with termites, mosquitoes and weed control. 

We can also help you nurture your lawn to its’ best health. Contact us here for more information about getting a quote. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis area neighborhoods of Tennessee.

Lawn Aeration

Lawn aeration, is this just an “extra” step like a wash, rinse, repeat? Why aerate your lawn, if you are already watering, mowing, and “feeding” it?

What is lawn aeration?

To put it simply, aeration is when holes are poked in your lawn to allow for “the good stuff” to get down into the roots. “Good stuff” includes water, nutrients, and fertilizer. Aeration improves the health of your lawn. 

Let’s revisit thatch. 

Thatch is the layer of dead grass that compacts on your lawn over time. It robs your grass of necessary rain and nutrients. Thatch is a thick covering that prevents the “good stuff” from getting through to the roots. 

So if you still wonder if aeration is really necessary, it really is. Aeration breaks up and improves the health and beauty of your lawn significantly.

Aeration options

People have used anything from pitchforks to baseball cleats to aerate their lawns. However, those DIY techniques require a LOT of time on energy and 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 an annual aeration 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 aeration service. We can make the Lawn and Pest Difference in your lawn today! We serve the North Mississippi and the Memphis, Tennessee areas.

Proactively treating shrubs

Proactively treating shrubs has to be a good thing, right? Is there anything NOT good to be proactive about in treating? Why should the shrubs in your landscape be any less nurtured and protected than the lawn, the trees or the flowers?

Here in the Memphis, TN or North Mississippi areas…

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 all of our plants is important in helping them to get strong and stay healthy even in our adverse weather conditions.

Protecting your shrubs is protecting your investment.

By proactively treating your shrubs with our Plant Health Care program, you will protect your investment. Watching a few #askpaul videos will clear up most of your questions and concerns, but here are a few highlights of what you can 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.

When you invest in a plant health care program, you are proactively treating your shrubs. This program allows a professional to examine your plants, determine what is best for them, and then treating and nurturing them to get the most out of your investment.

Why replace shrubs from year to year because they are unhealthy?

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. 

How to prepare your mower for summer

With lots of rain behind us and more sun ahead, it is time to prepare your mower for the summer. This weekend would be a great time to pull the pool floats off the top, blow off the dust and see what you’ve got to work with!

Use this checklist to prepare your mower for summer:

Are the blades sharp? This is important. Dull blades make your grass weak. Weak grass is not good at fighting disease or pests.

Is the oil fresh? If your oil is from last season, drain it and replace it with new.

How is the air filter? If you have a washable filter, soak it in warm, soapy water. If it’s made of cardboard or paper, just pop in a new one. Experts say we should do this every season.

Lubricate all moving parts!

How is the fuel filter? Fuel filters can’t be cleaned because they can easily be damaged, so just buy a new one.

Get a new spark plug! These are inexpensive, no need to clean or reuse old ones.

Replace the belt or battery if needed.

Check your fuel! If you have left fuel in your mower for more than 30 days, go ahead and drain it and fill it with fresh fuel. 

#AskPaul 

While Lawn and Pest Solutions is not in the business of mowing lawns, we want to help you have the healthiest lawn. Having the proper equipment is very important to achieving a beautiful lawn. Getting your lawn mower ready for spring is an important step you can take at home. 

If you need more help with getting a beautiful lawn, we have a staff of professional lawn technicians. Lawn and Pest Solutions can help you, just contact us today. We serve the Memphis, Tennessee, and North Mississippi regions.

Reseeding Bermuda grass

Reseeding Bermuda grass in your lawn is something to consider. Do you need it? Is it time? 

Bermuda grass is the most popular choice for lawns in our Southern region. It loves full sun, thrives in our heat and is very tolerant to drought and traffic. However, Bermuda grass does have nutritional requirements and some might say “high maintenance”. If your Bermuda grass looking a little thin, reseeding might be an option.

Thin Bermuda grass?

Bermuda grass goes dormant over the winter, and as always dormant doesn’t mean dead. Dormant Bermuda grass may be brown, but it is just resting. As the temperature warms, Bermuda grass breaks dormancy and it starts producing a lot of new growth. 

When is the best time to reseed Bermuda grass?

The best time to reseed Bermuda grass is in the spring, but established Bermuda grass lawns rarely need to be reseeded. 

How can I keep my Bermuda grass strong?

There are several things you can do as a homeowner to help your Bermuda grass get strong. 

  • Aeration early in the growing season relieves the stress of compacted soil.
  • Warm temperatures and a good fertility program make all the difference for Bermuda grass.

What makes a Bermuda lawn healthy?

A healthy lawn can fight off weeds, drought and disease better than a weak lawn. Here are some suggestions:

  • Mow at a lower height 
  • Water after mowing
  • Fertilize
  • Aerate
  • Get rid of weeds

Comparing a healthy lawn to a healthy body makes this easy to understand. A healthy lawn is strong, free of weeds, and gets plenty of air and water and nutrients. When that healthy lawn is attacked by disease, weeds, drought or insects it has a much better chance of surviving and thriving. Just like healthy bodies! Our Lawn 360 program puts a plan into place for your lawn to receive the proper nutrients at the correct time.

We can help.

We can help you determine if reseeding your Bermuda lawn is necessary. We provide services to fertilize, aerate, and treatments to keep weeds from emerging or returning. We can help you get your lawn into the best shape ever! 

Our Lawn and Pest Solutions Technicians serve the Memphis, Tennessee and North Mississippi areas. You can message our office 24 hours a day just by visiting our website. Our techs are friendly, trustworthy and dependable. Read our Google reviews to see how pleased our customers are with our services.

Top 7 Pest Control Tips and Tricks to Keep Pests Away

No one likes to see cockroaches and rodents roaming in their home. Apart from the creepy crawlies you get every time you see them, they can spread diseases and infections in your house. If you have a severe pest infestation, you need only professional pest control to get rid of them. However, if the problem hasn’t reached that stage, you can prevent them from infesting your home through DIY pest control techniques. 

Here are some tips to help you keep pests at bay. 

Keep your kitchen clean

For many of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home, filled with delicious food and love. Pest and rodents come into your home looking for food and nesting space. If you are in the habit of leaving leftovers or food items in the open in your kitchen, you are sending free invites to pests. Keeping your kitchen counters, stations, and cabinets clean is an easy way to deter pests.  

Keep the bathroom clean

After the kitchen, the next space in your home pests inhabit is the bathroom. The bathroom has a lot of damp and dark crevices that pests can use as hiding spaces. Keeping your bathroom clean and dry can help prevent any pest infestation. 

Don’t let water become stagnant

Pests like mosquitos may seem like a nuisance but are deadly as they spread deadly diseases like malaria and chikungunya. So if you have any place like old tires or utensils that collect water, empty the water and clean the vessel every day. If you have a natural water source like a pound, keep it clean to prevent them from turning into a breeding ground. 

Throw out the trash regularly

Your garbage bin is another area that acts as a breeding and nesting ground for pests like cockroaches and rats. Throwing out your trash daily helps keep your kitchen clean. If you don’t do so, rats can steal food thrown away in the bin and hide it all over the house, spreading the pests in the entire home. 

Maintain your garden

If you have a yard or lawn, you need to ensure there is no space for pests and rodents to build a home and take shelter in it. Remove any dead trees or logs from the garden. Fill out any holes that accumulate water and keep the lawn free of dirty leaves and debris to prevent pest infestation. 

Fix nets on windows

Open doors and windows make it easier for insects like houseflies, mosquitoes, cockroaches, spiders, and rodents to enter your home searching for food. Fixing nets on your doors and windows can prevent these pests from entering your home without hindering natural air and sunlight entry. 

Remove any clutter

Clutter in your basement, closets, and attics gives space for pests to hide and breed. Removing the clutter makes it easier to clean your home and keeps pests at bay. 

About Lawn & Pest Solutions

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

5 Surprising Things You May Not Know About Fertilizing Lawns

Lush green and picture-perfect lawns are a dream for every homeowner. Though you may regularly water and mow your lawn to make it look healthy and beautiful, it cannot thrive without proper fertilization. Most homeowners know their lawn care needs, but you may not know what your lawn fertilization needs are. Knowing the lesser-known facts about lawn fertilization can help you care for your lawn better. 

Here are some surprising lawn fertilization facts and tips that you should know. 

A soil test is essential for fertilization

Using random fertilizers for fertilizing your lawn can do more harm than good. Conduct a soil and pH balance test for your yard. Proper pH balance enables your soil to absorb the fertilizers you add to it. And soil test tells you what nutrients are lacking in your soil. Therefore, ensure you conduct a soil test before planning your lawn soil fertilization. 

Fall fertilization is as critical as spring fertilization

Most people only fertilize their lawn during late spring or early summer. However, very few people know you need to fertilize your lawn during early fall as well. Fertilizing your yard during early fall provides the essential nutrients to withstand harsh winters. So you must fertilize your lawn at least twice a year for better results. If you have not fertilized your property for quite some time, you may need to do a full feeding in which you need to fertilize your lawn 5-6 times a year. 

Too much fertilization is not good either

Sometimes homeowners add large amounts of fertilizers to their lawn with the hope of seeing faster growth of their grass and plants. However, they fail to realize that more isn’t always better. You need to identify your lawn needs and add the required nutrients in adequate amounts. If you feel unsure about the quantities, it is best to consult professionals like Lawn & Pest Solutions.

Fertilization turns your lawn into a filter

Thick green lawns look esthetically pleasing. However, their benefits go beyond looks. Thick green lawns act as a natural filter and prevent stormwater from eroding the top layer of soil. A healthy lawn also prevents acidic rain from damaging the pH balance of your soil. Studies also show that a healthy lawn releases more oxygen and absorbs more carbon dioxide, fluoride, and peroxyacetyl nitrate to improve the air quality of your home and surroundings. 

Professional lawn care services provide better outcomes

Many homeowners feel ‌they can adopt the DIY method to fertilize their lawn, and hiring professionals for that task is an unnecessary expense. However, it is observed that homeowners who hire lawn care professionals for their lawn fertilization get better results‌. Lawn care professionals know your lawn grasses and plant requirements to ensure that your entire landscape looks beautiful. 

About Lawn & Pest Solutions

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

Plant Health Care

What is a plant health care program? A plant health care program puts an expert in your yard who can detect problems before they spread. Having a beautiful lawn requires an investment, of time, work, and money.

A professional will examine your plants and determine what is best for them. A plant health care program will then treat and nurture your plants to get the most out of your investment.

Protecting your landscape is protecting your investment

The money you spend on a plant health care program will eventually save you from replacing diseased or dying/dead plants. Why spend so much on shrubs, flowering trees, plants for your yard, and then drop the ball? That is like building a pool and never putting in chemicals or cleaning it out!

What to expect from a plant health care program

At Lawn and Pest Solutions, our plant health care program includes six visits per year. A licensed lawn technician with advanced knowledge of plant health care will plan and oversee your program.

At each visit your plants will be fertilized.

At each visit, your plants will be monitored for insects, and diseases and will be treated for what is found.

At each visit, you will receive a written report from the technician. This report tells you what he observed, what he did to treat your plants, and what you need to know to keep up the treatment process.

Based on your report, your plants will get a fertilizer with micro nutrients and soil beneficials, insect and disease control targeted specifically to your plants and their health at that specific time. 

How is this program different from others? Most programs include a pre-mixed spray that is applied to all of the plants, no matter what they need at that time. 

Why replace plants from year to year because they are unhealthy?

 A healthy lawn and plant landscape will be strong enough to endure April freezes and August droughts. Let Lawn and Pest Solutions take care of your plants and lawn. Contact our office to learn more about our plant health care program. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas.