Signs and Symptoms
A healthy lawn is a beautiful thing. Sometimes pests find it irresistible as well, so knowing what signs to look for can head off problems and ensure a season-long green carpet. One nuisance this time of year is chinch bugs, which are tiny little pests .16 of an inch long, with distinctive brown and white markings. The diminutive size makes them difficult to see, but the effects of their presence are visible. Chinch bug damage looks like irregularly shaped brown patches resembling drought damage. This is caused by the adult chinch bug feeding on the fresh foliage, sucking the sap out of the growing plant.
Brown patches are fairly common and have many sources, so it’s important to have the lawn evaluated by a professional to determine the specific cause. Chinch bug control is done when they are present, is highly effective, and keeps your lawn looking amazing throughout the season. If left unchecked, turf renovation is often necessary to repair damaged areas.
You can be confident that our crews will be diligently identifying any issues as we work to maintain your healthy lawn.
It is that time of year when we see the emergence of crabgrass. Below normal temperatures this spring (two snowfalls in April) resulted in lower than normal soil temperatures coming out of spring. This was followed by rapid heating in June, with low moisture counts and a resulting crabgrass barrier breach that contributed to this year’s crop. In July, some areas of the south suburbs received near record rainfall, while areas to the north and into southern Wisconsin experienced near to below normal rain totals. What has accelerated all weed activity is the recent band of high heat and high humidity. In some cases the average heat index was near 100 degrees.
We are circulating through all sites and spot spraying for crabgrass. In addition; we are spot spraying for broadleaf and touching up hardscape services with non-selective herbicide. We will be doing this between rounds and should have completion by the end of August.
We will be doing spot checking as always throughout the remainder of this season.
We are always grateful for your patience as we address this year’s crop of weeds.
Enjoy your summer!!!