Don't get caught with frozen pipes when we experience our first hard freeze in Kansas City this year. According to the How Do Gardner there is a 90% chance of our first frost date being after October 28th* & the first freeze being after November 8th*. That being said, we strongly urge you to schedule your irrigation lines to be blown out using our compressor machine as soon as possible. It is especially important for those who have an above-ground backflow preventer because they are more susceptible to damage during a freeze.
We're currently scheduling appointments to winterize sprinkler systems. Please call us asap as our schedule fills up very fast this time of year. All underground irrigation systems should be blown out before winter to avoid costly breaks or repairs next spring.
Here it is the middle of October already. Where has the year gone? Yes, it is time to start shutting down your irrigation system. In the Kansas City area it is truly needed to get all the water out of the pipes in your system. We are scheduling winterizations now. You really never know now days on when mother nature is going to switch to below freezing temps. Please don't be the person that wait till the last minute. Call our office now and get your winterization scheduled.
Click on the video link to hear what Kent has to say about the bugs to be looking out for in your grass and in your trees:
Great advice from our owner, Kent, on feeding and putting your lawn "to bed" for the winter season:
The Emerald Ash Borer is on the move and 3 aduts have been confirmed in tree traps In Roeland Park according to a spokesperson for Johnson County Research and Extension office.
We've seen a rash of spider mite infestation on Burning Bushes over the last 7-10 days. Be on the look out for discoloring of your burning bushes. If you notice the foliage starting to turn red or an off green color, you may need to take a closer look. The best way to test for mites is the white paper test. Hold a white peice of paper under the foliage and give it a shake. Inspect the paper for small mites that are about the size of ground pepper. It is recommended to use an miticide that controls both the eggs and adults.
It takes approx. 675,000 gallons of water per acre to acheive 1" of water per week.
With Fall just around the corner, it is important to start thinking about Lawn Renovation in your lawn. Aerification is probably the single most important maintenance operation you can do to your lawn all season especially in clay soils which are very abundant to say the least in this area. Aerification not only reduces compaction in the soil, it also helps to break down thatch layers that have developed above the soil level and allows water and nutrient flow below the compaction zone to the roots.
In the last couple weeks, we have seen quite a few outbreaks of Armyworms in Turfgrass. Usually we see White Grubs this time of year in KC, but this year it is Armyworm. This pest can do tremendous damage to turf in a very limited amount of time, so if you start seeing brown spots in your lawn, take a closer look! A large population of Armyworms can turf a green lawn into a brown lawn in very short order, sometimes as little as 24 hours so act fast if you see a problem. There are multiple insecticides labeled for the control of this pest.