Chinch Bugs

Chinch bugs will suck the life out of your lawn---literally. These pests suck juices from plant tissue while injecting chemicals, clogging the vascular system of plants. A yellow halo around damaged areas is typical of chinch bug infestation. In spite of record temperatures during our recent heat wave, don't assume that temperature alone is responsible [...]

Benefits of Mulching

A mulch is any material, organic or inorganic, that is placed on top of the soil in a garden or landscape.  Mulches are one of a gardener’s most valuable tools and an essential component of low-maintenance landscapes. Benefits of Mulches Aside from their decorative value, mulches offer many benefits to your soil and plants.  Mulch [...]

Integrated Tick Management

Lyme disease is caused by a tick-transmitted bacterial infection. Most of the ticks that transmit Lyme disease are commonly called “deer ticks.” Historically, ticks have proven difficult to control. The complex biologic and ecologic attributes of ticks have made it nearly impossible to significantly reduce any tick population using a single approach. Fortunately, the incidence […]

Tick Tubes

    Deer spread ticks infected with Lyme disease, yes. But it is these same ticks that get Lyme disease from mice, not deer. Ticks Tubes rely on “the natural nesting instincts of mice to deliver tick-controlling permethrin directly to this host animal and the ticks it infects.” Cardboard tubes, filled with permethrin treated cotton […]

Evergreen Winter Kill

We are seeing a rare phenomenon recently that is affecting decades old established broadleaf evergreens. Due to the extended winter-like weather the ground is not thawing. The tops of shrubs are breaking dormancy and seeking water, but the roots are still in frozen ground and can’t access water. Coupled with the very long drought we […]

When to prune the trees?

By Scott Williams on March 17, 2015. Clients are always asking me when they should prune their trees and shrubs and cut down their ornamental grasses. For spring blooming shrubs most often you should prune right after they flower. On the other hand, for most trees, summer blooming shrubs and ornamental grasses the time to […]

Ice Damming

Storm Safety

Storm Prep Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios are in working order. Have a supply of extra batteries. Weather updates and news on restorations of electrical service can be heard on most local radio stations. Does your car have emergency supplies? Consider sand, shovel, flares, booster cables, rope, ice scraper, portable […]

Winterizing Properties

Industry leading advice! Check out "The Silverbacks" tips for Winter maintenance in Condo Management Magazine on pages 12-13. Shayne's words apply not only to community living, but single-family residential and commercial property as well.

UConn Home & Garden Fact Sheets

UConn Home & Garden Fact Sheets UConn Home & Garden Fact Sheets

Boxwood Leaf Miner

Symptoms: The larvae of this fly feed on the tissue between the outer surfaces of the leaves. This feeding results in blotch shaped mines in the boxwood leaves. The infested leaves appear blistered from late summer through the following spring. New leaves do not show signs of mining until late summer when the larvae are larger. […]

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid

Symptoms: In heavy infestations the feeding damage results in rapid desiccation and discoloration of the foliage. A heavily infested tree may die within four years. What causes damage: The adelgids over winter as adults. In March and April they begin to lay brownish orange eggs underneath the body of the female which is covered with woolly white […]

Grub Control

Got Grubs?  What does grub damage look like? Grub injury causes turf to turn brown in large irregular patches. Talk about a visual- These areas can be pulled up and rolled back like a carpet, exposing the offenders. What do they look like? Well, there’s nothing pretty about them, as their name suggests. They have [...]

Chinch Bugs

Symptoms: Damage appears as irregular yellow patches of turf.  These areas turn reddish brown and eventually die, while the chinch bugs move outward into healthy turf. A yellow halo around the damaged area is typical of a chinch bug infestation. Damage from chinch bugs shows up first in sunny areas with heat or drought stressed grass […]

Lyme disease

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of […]

Snow Mold

Winter weather conditions are very conducive to snow mold! When the snow disappears from your lawn, there may be areas of weak or dead turf. Often this damage is caused by a disease known as Snow Mold. What Is Snow Mold? – There are two types of snow mold, Gray Snow Mold (Typhula spp) and Pink […]

Summer Weeds

The weeds that appear in hot weather are some of the toughest to control. They show up when the lawn is under stress from heat and dryness. These summer weeds have some very good defenses that are hard to crack. TINY LEAVES WITH VERY THICK SKINS – Summer weeds usually have very small leaves with a […]

Crabgrass

Crabgrass is an annual weed. This means it dies completely every year and sprouts new from seed produced the year before. A healthy crabgrass plant produces up to 4,000 seeds during its short one-season life. WHY IT’S SUCH A PROBLEM – Crabgrass is a very fast-growing plant. It has to be because it only has one […]

Thatch

Thatch is the layer of living and dead stems, roots, and crowns that forms a type of blanket over the soil of your lawn. A small amount of thatch (one-half inch or less) is acceptable and even good for the lawn. But when thatch accumulates to over one-half inch, it can become one of a […]

Lawn Aeration

Aeration is one of the most important maintenance practices we can employ to help the lawn remain healthy and help ward off problems. It is estimated that over two-thirds (2/3) of residential lawns are growing on compacted soils. Many times, there is no evidence of insect or disease activity, but the lawn seems to be […]

Organic Fertilizer

More people are asking for information regarding organic lawn care. Many people want to decrease or eliminate the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides in their home lawns. There is concern some products may be harmful to humans, beneficial insects, wildlife, and pets. This is not necessarily true however. With proper use and common sense […]

Proper Watering

The most Common Error committed by people is light irrigation. Too little water too often encourages a multitude of problems such as shallow root system. The need for watering depends mainly on your soil and of course, the weather. Rainfall is no guarantee. Light showers merely wet the surface. Short down pours do the same. Most of […]

Lawn Mowing Advice

Many people who want a handsome lawn do not realize just how important the job of mowing really is. There are five dimensions of mowing to be considered. (a) Cutting height (b) Mowing Frequency (c) Mowing pattern (d) Mower operation and (e) Disposal of clippings. Cutting height of different varieties of grass is mentioned below. […]