Seasonal Facts from your friends at NatureScape Services
TOO MUCH RAIN! According to the calendar we're enjoying summer, though the recent cool temps feel more like autumn is approaching! Excessive rainfall + running your irrigation system + cooler temps can cause problems in your lawn, including an increase in annual weeds, shallow grass roots and more chance of disease due to the constant moisture! We recommend the use of a rain gauge to help determine if you need to run your sprinklers or if Mother Nature is providing adequate moisture for your lawn during the cooler weather. Once the temperature returns to a more normal degree, adjust your watering practices to ensure your lawn is receiving the proper amount of water. Something to keep in mind when considering proper watering practices is this: 1 inch of water will penetrate 12 inches into sandy soil, 6-10 inches in to loam, and only 4 -5 inches in to clay!
JAPANESE BEETLES are the most widespread turf-grass pest in the US with populations seeming to explode over night, leaving skeletonized leaves in their wake! They feed on over 300 different species of plants, and love to eat their way through your roses, grape vines and rose-of-sharon! During this feeding period, females leave plants to burrow approximately 3" into the ground - usually turf - and lay eggs. By midsummer, the eggs hatch and the young grubs begin to feed on turf roots. In late autumn, the grubs burrow 4"-8" into the soil where they will remain inactive all winter, and in early spring they return to the turf to feed on roots until they change into pupae in late spring. Approximately 2 weeks later, the pupae become adult beetles and everge from the ground. The complete cycle takes a year! NatureScape Services offers both a prevent and post grub application to help control this destructive pest in your lawn. Call us today for details!