The Omaha metro area is experiencing two environmental threats that are new to the area in recent years – Japanese beetles and emerald ash borers. Both can wreak havoc on otherwise healthy trees that they attack.
A look around your yard will reveal some tell-tale signs of both nuisances.
Japanese beetles like a variety of trees, including pin oak, linden, birch and many fruit and shade trees. They like several shrubs and bushes as well, including roses, burning bush and boxwood. If you have any of these particular trees or shrubs in your yard, pay close attention around them for the following signs:
- Look for the bugs themselves. The beetle measures about half an inch and is recognizable by its metallic head and copper back. They will often be in large groups.
- Leaves that have been eaten, leaving just the veiny spine. The beetles like the meat of the leaves.
- Eaten flowers and fruit – favorites of the Japanese beetles!
- A tree where all the leaves are brown, particularly on the canopy, could indicate a heavy infestation of the beetles.
- Fallen leaves before autumn is another indicator of an infestation.
If left untreated, a plant or tree that has been infested by Japanese beetles will slowly die.
The emerald ash borers only like ash trees but is even more destructive. Look for these signs of an infestation of the insect in your ash tree:
- The emerald ash borer is bright metallic green, about a half inch long and an eighth of an inch wide.
- A thinning of the leave in the canopy of the tree. The insect attacks the water vessels of the tree, essentially strangling the water supply from the extremities.
- Look for sprouts along the trunk. The tree will push these out as the upper canopy is dying.
- Examine the trunk of the tree for tiny holes where the insect has exited.
A tree that has been infested by the emerald ash borer with die within about two years of the initial symptoms so don’t ignore the signs of either pest. Call the experts at Turf Care today if you are concerned that the Japanese beetles or emerald ash borer have infested one of your trees.
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The weather conditions in our area are prime for a few diseases. When we move from the cold of winter into the wet spring season, followed by unusually hot temperatures, your lawn can develop brown spots. This is typically from Ascochyta leaf blight.
Ascochyta presents as a browning of some cool-season grass—Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, and perennial rye. Asochyta is a fungal infection, and spreads as the turf around the infected area weakens. Mowing your lawn does not cause the disease to spread, although the weight of your mower on pressing on the weakened turf can accelerate the spread of the disease.
There are no treatments that drastically improve this conditions. However, it is not all bad news. The disease does not effect the roots or crown of the grass—only the blades are effected. This means that with proper turf care, your lawn will rebound.
If you think your lawn is showing signs of Ascochyta, contact the pro’s at Turf Care, Inc.
If you’re confused by the weather, you’re not alone! It was just a few weeks ago that the cooler temperatures were making us wonder if spring and summer would ever come, and now we’re experiencing a heat wave!
We enjoyed a few weeks of growth for our lawns when the spring-like temperatures arrived. If your lawn had been fertilized, and you were adequately watering, you probably noticed significant growth in your lawn and you more than likely had to mow it more than once a week. Spring and early summer, before the extreme heat arrives, usually provide ideal conditions for the start of a healthy lawn. In the Midwest we typically ease into the extreme heat of summer, but that didn’t happen this year.
Temperatures last week hit the upper 90’s – even reaching 100 one day, breaking a 100+ year-old record. Add that to drought-like conditions caused by a lower-than-average rainfall for the year, and now your lawn may be confused!
When summer heat arrives, and temperatures reach above 80 degrees, your lawn stops growing at the rate it had been. You may notice that the lush green color is starting to fade, and your lawn is showing signs of wear and tear. Don’t worry – you can still enjoy a beautiful lawn by keeping a few things in mind:
- Use wise water practices!Water your lawn regularly, especially with the lack of rain. It is best to water in the morning to reduce evaporation in the heat or fungal growth.
- Maintain regular mowing. Establish a schedule of regular mowing. We recommend raising the blade and leaving grass a little longer when it is hot.
- Refrain from fertilizing. Applying fertilizer in the summer heat can burn your lawn and encourage the growth of young grass that will struggle in the heat.
- Control weeds. While lawns struggle in the heat, weeds flourish. The experts at Turf Care know the appropriate amount of herbicide to use to control the growth of weeds without damaging your lawn.
- Watch for signs of damage. Insects and disease can wreak havoc on your lawn. If you notice signs of damage –brown patches or powdery mildew – it could be grubs or a fungus. Call Turf Care to treat your lawn before the problem worsens.
We all hope to enjoy a beautiful lawn this summer, and with a little extra care and precaution, you can despite the heat! Call Turf Care today to help keep your lawn healthy and beautiful all summer!
If you are thinking of hiring a lawn care company this year to keep your yard healthy and beautiful, here are a few reasons to choose Turf Care!
- At Turf Care, customer service is our top priority. Our team is dedicated to making each customer happy and we will do what it takes to keep your yard healthy and looking great all season!
- If you call Turf Care, we won’t keep you waiting – we will respond to your call within 24 hours!
- If you have questions about your lawn, our experts will come answer your questions, diagnose the situation and recommend a solution for your lawn.
- At Turf Care, we use only the highest quality products on every lawn.
- Turf Care technicians attend on-going trainings making us experts in lawn care!
If you would like to spend this summer enjoying your lawn instead of working in it, give the professionals at Turf Care a call.
We are so excited about the return of warmer temperatures. Signs of Spring are everywhere you look – green grass, trees blooming and flowers growing!
But with the good comes some things we wish we could avoid – dandelions, weeds and the Japanese beetle! This destructive pest is relatively new to our area and unfortunately difficult to eliminate.
Soil drenches, followed by systemic foliar sprays, is one option for managing Japanese beetles in your yard. Right now is the optimal time for soil drenches, but the effects won’t but be fully realized until next year. If you have seen Japanese beetles in your yard, give Turf Care a call now to schedule a soil drench within the next few weeks.
Foliar systemic sprays can be done later in the season. Turf Care will follow both options with contact treatments once you see the beetles in your yard this season to further control the pest.
Treating Japanese beetles should be left to the professionals because they are difficult to adequately manage, and because the same treatments that can control the beetles can kill bees. The insecticides used to control the beetles can move into the flower pollens of various flowers, which can be picked up by honey bees and bumble bees. Bees are vital to the pollination of plants and flowers, and the control of other insects, so special care needs to be taken to protect the bee population.
You can learn more treating Japanese beetles here, or by calling the experts at Turf Care!
It may not seem like it – but it is time to start getting ready for Green Season. The team at Turf Care has come up with some great offers to get your lawn ready for the spring and summer months. Planning your yard care now can help ensure you spend the warmer days enjoying the sunshine.
With the purchase of a year-long yard care plan you can choose one of the following options:
1. $10 Off your first your first application.
2. $25 Off your prepayment.
3. $50 Off tree and shrub fertilization.
They say the early bird gets the worm. Take advantage of these early-bird specials. Don’t wait. Plan Today.
This offer expires 04/30/2018.
When it comes to working in the lawn care business, not all lawn care companies are the same. James Minette, Turf Care GM, shares his top 5 reasons to work for Turf Care:
- Excellent customer service: According to James, happy employees lead to happy customers – and we have lots of happy customers! We pride ourselves on having excellent customer service, and it isn’t hard when you have customers like ours. We love our customers!
- Turf Care offers year-round, full-time positions: Our team stays busy with lawn care from mid-March through Thanksgiving. During the off-season, our full-time crew enjoys a lighter schedule, working three days a week on equipment repair and waiting for snow removal work. And everyone gets two weeks at the end of the year.
- Turf Care employees are experts: At Turf Care, we invest in our employees to ensure they are lawn care experts. We offer an extensive orientation and training for new team members and meet regularly with our team to provide updates on weather-related conditions, treatments and products. Our applicators confidently answer questions and make recommendations to their customers every day because they are trained to be experts in lawn care!
- Benefits: At Turf Care, we offer competitive salaries and a benefits package for full-time employees that includes health, dental and vision insurance, paid holidays and a simple IRA. We recognize that our employees are our best asset!
- Be part of a great team!: We are proud to have created a fun work environment for our dedicated team members.
If this sounds like an environment you would like to work in, and you love working outdoors and helping customers, Turf Care might be just the place for you! Give us a call today to learn more about joining the Turf Care team!
When Should I Start Getting My Lawn Ready for Spring?
Spring is here! We are starting to see more and more warmer days, and the recent rains definitely have us thinking about getting the yard cleaned up.
Keep in mind Mother Nature doesn’t have a switch for Spring, so while the calendar says Spring, things don’t always happen at once. Our lawn and plants may not be quite ready!
Take your lead from Mother Nature when it comes to knowing when to start watering. The recent rains we have had will be a big boost to helping our lawns start to green up and grow. You can start watering a little around the end of March if don’t receive much precipitation. Keep in mind that winds can also pull moisture from your lawn, as does heat.
Right now, your lawn is probably brown, and now looking great. It’s still a little early to starting mowing, but when you do mow for the first time, cut it short and bag the clippings. This will help the lawn start to green up quicker.
Don’t be nervous just yet if your yard isn’t greening up as quickly as your neighbor’s yard. What you did in the Fall has an impact on what your lawn is doing now. If you used a winterizer at the end of Fall, your yard may be greening up quicker that those that weren’t treated with this extra fertilizer.
If your yard isn’t looking quite right around mid-April, give us a call. Some areas of your yard, the parking strip along the street for example, may take a little longer to look healthy. We had a rough winter will a lot of precipitation so there could be a lot of salt and sand in this part of your lawn. Removing that debris as best as you can will be very beneficial.
Our best advice – be patient! Winter is coming to an end, and we will be looking at beautiful plants and lawns soon!
As always, our team of lawn care professionals is ready to help address any concerns you might have. Give us a call.
Green Season is on its way—and the green might show up earlier than expected. Given the weather we had this winter, we will likely see green starting to return to our lawns sooner than later.
Early dry conditions turned towards a decent amount of snow and ice towards the end of winter. This helped keep turf hydrated. We’ve seen little amounts of winter kill, so lawns are in good shape to bounce back.
The past few years saw dry cold conditions kill off portions of foliage. When this happen, growth has to start at the crown of the plant. Since we didn’t see a duplicate of those conditions, we should see regeneration come from the leaves—this means that green will come back more quickly, if the temperatures stay warmer.
Our team of lawn care professionals is ready to help address any concerns you might have. Give us a call.
Turf Care is one of Omaha’s premier provider of lawn care services. Since 1982 we have been treating Nebraska lawns as if they were our own. We believe every yard deserves a Golf Course Green lawn.
We are currently looking to add to our team.
We need to fill a Certified Lawn Technician position, applicant needs past experience in a field related to turf, landscaping and/or as an applicator.
We are looking for general laborers; grass cutting, edging, aeration and other basic lawn maintenance work.
Valid driver’s license, a great attitude and self-motivation is required.
If you think you qualify, send us your resume—