Insect Damage in Dayton and Cincinnati Lawns

Posted ago by Matt Maurer

Insect damage in Dayton and Cincinnati lawns can happen to any yard.  Our PureLawn Program is designed to build up the soil and promote massive roots to fight off stresses like drought and insect damage.  Even the healthiest lawn though can be attacked by billbugs, grubs, chinch bugs, and other turf destroying insects in Dayton and Cincinnati.

Don’t let your lawn look like the picture above.  This lawn has been destroyed by chinch bugs.  So what can you do?  Protect your beautiful lawn with a preventative insect control.  PureLawn is proud to state that we use an EPA reduced risk insecticide that has a low impact on fish, honey bees, and all other non-target organisms.  It is the only grub control that was not required to put a signal word on their label.

So when do these insects destroy lawns?  You see bluegrass billbug damage during the Summer and getting a preventative treatment down as quickly as possible is a good idea.  We would suggest getting a preventative insect control down right now to protect against all turf destroying insects.  Billbugs are doing damage right now.  Chinch bugs do damage on sunny lawns in the hot part of the Summer.  Grubs do their damage mostly in the Fall, but we apply a protective insect treatment now that prevents damage from all lawn insects in Cincinnati and Dayton.

White Grub
White Grub

 

How do you know if you have grub damage?  You can easily pull up the grass like it is sod that is not rooted.  It will pull up like carpet because the little pesky grubs chew on the roots of your grass until it turns brown and dies.  You can usually find the white grubs in the soil as you pull up the sod.

Receiving a preventative insect control is health insurance for your lawn and will save you from an expensive Fall Seeding or Sod job.  Contact us now to get on our list.  If you don’t get this treatment down soon you may not be able to prevent billbug damage.

Thanks

Grass going to Seed

Posted ago by Matt Maurer

You get back from your annual family vacation to Wally World.  There is Capri Sun and Cheetos debris covering the mini van.  It smells like feet and possibly a dead rodent.  If you hear another line from the movie Despicable Me you may ninja roll out the door.  You pull up to your lovely home to see the lawn looking a little strange.  Oh great!  It looks like some fluffy flower is popping up a little higher than your grass and you worry…is that a weed?  If so, it has taken over!  Relax.  Breath.  It is not a weed.  It is grass going to seed.  I can hear the gears in your brain clicking.  Well, if that grass is going to seed, I should let it drop to the soil and it will be a free seeding of the lawn.  If only it was that easy.  Unfortunately your frugal mind will not land you on the show Cheapskates anytime soon.  That idea to save money on grass seed by allowing it to go to seed doesn’t work.  You will actually be thinning out the lawn in the process of allowing your backyard to develop into a habitat fit for several jungle animals.

How am I hurting my lawn by letting it go to seed?

Not Following the 1/3 Rule:  If you are allowing the grass to reach excessively high levels (over 6 inches) that means when you mow the lawn you will not be following the 1/3 rule.  The 1/3 Rule is DO NOT cut off more than 1/3 of your grass blade during a mowing session.  For example, you should be letting your grass grow to 4 inches and mowing it down to 3 inches right now.  During the Summer I would raise the cutting height up at least 1/2 inch after cut.  Allowing your lawn to pop up to 6 inches and then mowing it down to 2-3 inches will stunt the root growth of your grass.  This leaves you with a weaker lawn more prone to unwanted things such as drought stress, insect or fungus damage, and weeds.

Not Allowing the Grass to Repair Itself:  Many times in the Spring we get lots of growth.  Yes I know you hate mowing every 3 days, but sometimes during the Spring you should.  That growth is vertical shoots of grass, but there is also root growth happening and horizontal growth.  Grasses like Kentucky bluegrass grow through rhizomes (horizontal roots under the soil).  Rhizomes produce new plants near the original grass plant.  Bluegrass is good about repairing itself.  If you are letting your bluegrass go to seed it will stop producing rhizomes and repairing itself and start putting all its energy into flowering.  So cut that lawn when it is needed and it will help fill in bare spots in your lawn for free.  There you go.  You just saved some money on grass seed.

You are Promoting Weeds:  Here is a natural weed control tip.  Mow high and mow often.  Mowing high helps the grass crowd out the weeds with a thicker lawn.  Mowing often will cut the dandelions and other weeds.  The more you cut them the less energy they will have to grow back.  If you let the jungle appear in the backyard, then you are allowing the weeds to grow larger.  You are not constantly forcing them to use their energy to regrow, so they are now stronger than ever.

So make your neighbors happy and stick to mowing the lawn every 3-7 days at the proper height of 3-4 inches after being cut.  You will have healthier lawn with less weeds and deeper roots.  Now get your shop vacuum out and clean up that explosion of Goldfish Crackers that somehow reached that tiny crevice in the DVD player.

 

 

 

 

Spring Green Up Tips – The Organic Turf Experts PureLawn

Posted ago by Matt Maurer

It is actually snowing outside while I type this.  I don’t know what that groundhog saw in February, but I would place a bet he didn’t see this!  It is tough to think about Spring, but spring green up is right around the corner with the organic turf experts at PureLawn.  Here are a couple spring green up tips from The Organic Turf Experts PureLawn. 

Spring Green Up Tips – The Organic Turf Experts PureLawn

1)  Feed Your Lawn - That annoying orange-haired guy with the fake Scottish accent you have been hearing on the radio and seeing on TV is correct…It is time to feed your lawn.  He isn’t an organic turf expert or born in Europe, but the message he is conveying is correct.  Lawns in Cincinnati and Dayton will benefit from an early spring green up application of organic fertilizer.  We are applying Corn Gluten Meal and a premergent plus fertilizer right now.  Both of these treatments will help push your lawn out of Winter Dormancy and turn that tan grass greener quicker.  Don’t put too much nitrogen down though (the first number on the bag).  You can actually bring on lawn disease problems later in the Summer by putting down too much fertilizer in the Spring.  Most of your fertilizer should be put down in the Fall according to The Ohio State Turfgrass Research Department.  A good bag of fertilizer for the spring green up would be a bag of fertilizer with 9%-19% of Nitrogen (remember the first number on the bag).  Put it down according to the label.  If you plan on putting down Corn Gluten Meal this has an analysis of 9-0-0.  Corn Gluten Meal provides a wonderful spring green up plus works as a natural premergent.

2)  Aerate Your Lawn -There is a reason golf courses do this twice per year.  It works!  We have high clay soils in Cincinnati and Dayton that compact very easily.  When you get a compacted soil you run into more weed, insect, disease, thatch, and drought stress problems.  The fertilizer being applied by you or your lawn company will find its way down to the grass roots better if you aerate your lawn.  When a lawn is too compact you may be wasting your money and time putting down fertilizer.  It won’t reach the roots and be taken up by the grass as easily.  This means it could likely end up in the storm drains, which is not what anyone wants.

Make sure you are aerating the lawn properly and at the right time.  There are some companies offering Free Lawn Aerations.  This sounds great, but make sure it is done properly.  If these companies are aerating improperly or at the wrong time it can do more harm than good.  Core aerate the lawn when the turf and roots are growing.  We usually core aerate the lawn in April-May and Sept-October.  Make sure the soil isn’t too saturated or you can push soil around with the aerating machine.  Core aerate the lawn and DO NOT spike or roll the lawn.  Pull plugs from the soil with an aerator.  Do NOT use a spiking machine or those silly aerating shoes you bought out of the Sky Mall magazine back in 1994.  Rolling your lawn will not improve the bumpiness of your soil and only contributes to the compaction like your spiking shoes.

3)  Enjoy Your Lawn - Spring is the time to enjoy your lawn with the family.  Turn off Amish Mafia and Housewives of Atlanta, open that back door up, and inhale the wonderful scent of cut grass and burgers grilling.  Enjoy your PureLawn!  Enjoy it!

 

 

Cincinnati Spring Lawn Tips on Amy’s Table Q102

Posted ago by Matt Maurer

Thank you Amy Tobin for allowing me to be on the radio show Amy’s Table on Q102 in Cincinnati.  Hopefully your listeners enjoyed our Cincinnati Spring Lawn Tips.

Here is the list of Spring Lawn Tips and the interview on Amy Tobin’s weekly radio show on Q102.

http://www.amy-tobin.com/life-and-style/organic-lawn-care-with-matt-mauer-and-pure-lawn-organic-lawncare/

Spring Clean Up

Posted ago by Matt Maurer

There is the possibility that the temperature will break 50 degrees today.  As Homer Simpson would say, “Woohoo!”.  The snow should melt and I would venture to guess no one is sad to see that.  In Dayton and Cincinnati, it is time for Spring Clean Up…and maybe a little golf.  Here are a few tips to make your Spring Clean Up successful:

1)  Pick up Winter debris – All those tree limbs, leaves, and debris from the Winter that are scattered all over the lawn and mulch beds need to be picked up.  If you have kids or grandkids, I heard they will do this for candy, money, or Facebook stock.  I would sell short on the stock though.  Getting all that debris up will clear the way for the rest of the tips.

2)  Rake Matted Grass – Again children are highly motivated by corn fructose syrup, so first see if they will help.  Take a leaf rake and lightly “fluff” the matted down grass.  Dayton and Cincinnati lawns will have a little snow mold fungus from the snow laying on top of the grass for such an extended period of time.  This fungus will be all over in the Dayton and Cincinnati area this Spring.  The good news is that it usually does not kill grass.  The bad news is children get bored quickly if the Mountain Dew source has run dry, so you may have to do some “fluffing” yourself.  This “fluffing” and patience will help grow the snow mold out.  By fluffing the grass you are allowing it to breath and this will help it recover quicker.

3)  Spring Spot Seeding – If you plan on doing any Spring Spot Seeding I would suggest small areas and leave the bigger projects for the Fall when we do 90% of our Seedings.  You will get much better results for your money in the Fall.  Also if you wait until the Fall to seed, you can put down a crabgrass barrier this Spring to help reduce the amount of crabgrass that pops up in the Summer.  Whether you are applying a chemical premergent or Corn Gluten Meal, it will help the effectiveness to get it down by the end of April.  This treatment is time sensitive and is based on soil temperatures.  DO NOT put down a chemical premergent or Corn Gluten Meal in areas you plan on spot seeding.  These treatments will inhibit new grass from germinating.  Work the soil with a metal rake, rent a slice seeder (children will have to sit this one out), or better yet hire us to do the seeding.  After the soil  is worked up, sprinkle some seed in the area, work the soil a little more to mix the seed into the soil, and then make sure you stay on top of the watering.  Water 1-2 times per day, for 10 minutes each time, for the next 3 weeks if it doesn’t rain.  If you put straw, compost, or peat moss down as a cover make sure you do not put a thick layer down.  This will suffocate the new grass coming in.  Scatter the straw (not hay) thinly, put down 1/4 inch of compost, or get a thin layer of peat moss to cover the area with.  This is optional.  If you water correctly you really do not need any of these.

4)  Mow Low for the First Couple Mowings – You DO NOT want to scalp the lawn…ever.  If you dropped your mower down to 2 inches for the Late Fall, which you should do, your mower is set at the proper height.  Mow your lawn a couple times at the lower setting, but then start to gradually increase the height to 3-4 inches for the Late Spring-Early Fall.  Mow the lawn often too.  These mowings may not be cutting much grass, but will excite the grass and have it growing sooner.  You will have a quicker Spring green up with horizontal growth.  Who doesn’t want a greener thicker lawn?  Call us at PureLawn this Spring for a FREE LAWN ANALSIS!

 

 

6% Prepay Discount – Cincinnati and Dayton Lawns

Posted ago by Matt Maurer

Through the middle of March, PureLawn is offering a 6% Prepay Discount to all of its Cincinnati and Dayton customers.  This also includes all our current and new customers in Loveland, Mason, West Chester, Milford, Batavia, Centerville, Beavercreek, and Springboro.  We sent out a prepay letter in the mail detailing your customized lawn program for the upcoming 2014 season.  If you plan on prepaying please send in the bottom tear off stub with your credit card information or check.

When is the 1st Lawn Treatment?

The 1st Lawn Treatment will be done sometime in March through April.  The next treatment you will receive will be 6-8 weeks from the previous one.

What is the 1st Lawn Treatment?

In the Bridge Program, the first lawn treatment is a Premergent Crabgrass Reducer Barrier + Fertilizer.  This provides spring green up and a protection against crabgrass and other annual grassy weeds.

In the PureGreen Program, the first lawn treatment is our Corn Gluten Meal application.  This provides the lawn with the organic turf nutrients for spring green up plus the added bonus of a natural premergent barrier.

 

If you put down Winter Seed or plan on doing a Spring Seeding – Make sure to notify us.  We will not be able to put down our regular premergent applications or it will effect your seeding.  We suggest that you perform your seedings in the Fall when we do 90% of our seedings.  You will see much better results for your time and money in September.

 

See you in March-April.  If you do not want to prepay we will leave an invoice in your mailbox or door.

Thanks

Matt

 

West Chester Lawn Service – PureLawn

Posted ago by Matt Maurer

I am excited to announce that PureLawn will now be servicing The West Chester area in 2014. We have wanted to service The West Chester area for a couple years now, but did not want to expand too quickly. In the past, we were worried expanding too fast would cause the quality of our service to drop below our high standards. Chad, The Cincinnati Branch Manager, and myself are now confident that this expansion will be seamless and the quality of our service will be high like usual. If you live in West Chester, mention this blog post and receive a FREE Lawn Treatment!

Call or email us for a Free Quote

513 787 3529 or email matt@mypurelawn.com

Angies List Super Service Award 2013 – Cincinnati and Dayton

Posted ago by Matt Maurer

We did it again!  After winning the Angies List Super Service Award in 2012, we did it again in 2013!  In Cincinnati and Dayton, we got such good reviews on Angies List that we were in the Top 5% of our industry and received their Super Service Award in 2013 for the Cincinnati and Dayton areas.

We take great pride in going above and beyond the expectations of our customers.  We are a small family-owned lawn care business and continue to grow every year.  Back in 2006, after working an eight hour shift at the local golf course, I was driving a beat up green Ford 150 reducing lawn chemicals on only 60 properties in the Troy and Tipp City, Ohio area.  Now PureLawn’s Organic Based Lawn Services are providing lawn care treatments in Cincinnati, Loveland, Mason, Centerville, Kettering, Troy, Tipp City, and many other cities in Southwest Ohio.  We are proud to state that we are eliminating and reducing lawn chemicals on 800 plus properties now.

We have done this by using high quality products only, great employees who work their tails off, and a great customer base that helps us grow through our best marketing tool – referrals.  Remember if you are a customer and refer us a new customer you will receive $25 credit, but most of our customers refer us new clients because they believe in what we are doing and are proud of being part of growing movement toward healthier better lawn care in Cincinnati and Dayton.

I want to thank Chad Craft and his patient wife Jess.  Thanks to Chris Smith and his hard work over the years.  These two teammates have worked long hours sweating in the July heat and continue to reduce the stress of running a business.  Thanks to my lovely wife Nikki who not only works as a Registered Nurse, but still brings my dinner into my office during another 13-14 hour day as I wrap up the paperwork for the day.  Thanks to my Mother, Father, Stepmother, my brother Sean, and the rest of the family.  Without them I would not have started the business and it would never have flourished the way it has.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas.  Be thankful for what you have, punch complacency in the mouth, and push hard to become a better person in 2014.

 

 

Fall Mowing Tips in Dayton and Cincinnati

Posted ago by Matt Maurer

So we are pushing into cooler temperatures and shorter days here in Dayton and Cincinnati.  The Bengals, Browns, and Ohio State are doing pretty well so far.  The weather is perfect for grass.  It is a good year!  What should my Fall mowing tips in Dayton and Cincinnati be?

Here are a few Fall mowing tips to help you get through the Fall and into the Winter so you have a beautiful PureLawn come Spring of 2014 here in Dayton and Cincinnati.

FALL MOWING TIPS IN DAYTON AND CINCINNATI

1)  Gradually move your mowing setting down to 2 inches.  We always suggest mowing high (3-4 inches after being cut) throughout the season until the last couple mowings of the year.  This is when you want to gradually drop it down to a shorter length.  This will protect the lawn from Winter Lawn Diseases like Snow Mold.  Yes there really are winter lawn diseases that can effect the spring green up of your lawn.  Your lawn could go into Winter looking like a green carpet delivered from the Heavens only to come out of a nasty Winter riddled with brown patches all over.  Mow it low in the Fall.

2)  Don’t stop mowing!  Many customers think the lawn care and mowing season is over around football time.  You couldn’t be more wrong!  Keep mowing your grass.  It helps the grass thicken out laterally and fill in possible stressed spots from Summer stresses.  Mow in different directions to keep the grass from falling over or avoiding grooves in the soil.  This will help the grass stand up taller and look better.

3)  Mulch your leaves to recycle nutrients and organic matter.  Some studies have shown that picking up grass clippings instead of returning them to the soil can waste up to 30% of the fertilizer we are applying to your lawn.  Grass clippings DO NOT contribute to your thatch layer.  Leaves have plenty of organic matter in them too.  Chop those leaves up instead of raking them to add goodness back into the soil for an improved soil structure.  Leaves are Mother Nature’s free compost for your soil.  If the leaves are too thick to mulch back into the soil then you may have to rake them up, but if you can mulch them.

We will be out for your Early Fall and Late Fall Treatments.  These are the most important feedings of the year in Dayton and Cincinnati.  Ohio State Turfgrass Research shows that when you apply fertilizer in the Late Fall it is directly feeding the grass roots and will develop a stronger thicker PureLawn.

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Lawn Stress around Driveways and Walks

Posted ago by Matt Maurer

The high temperatures can be very stressful on our lawns in Cincinnati and Dayton.  Lawn stress around driveways and walks is very common and can kill grass.  Why does this happen?  Most times it is because the soil is poor in those areas.  Along the edges the soil is infested with rocks, concrete, debris, and other things impeding the roots from diving deep.  Shallow roots mean the grass will stress out much quicker than the grass in the  middle of your lawn that has deep roots.  Another reason is this grass is surrounded by large baking pans (concrete).  The concrete is much hotter than the soil and when your curb lane “the devil strip” between the road and sidewalk is getting pounded by heat from two directions it stresses out much quicker than the main portion of your lawn.  Weeds tend to invade these areas of stress more too.

So what can you do?

1)  Improve the soil-  Add high quality topsoil or compost to the existing soil by topdressing after an aeration or just rototil the new soil/compost into the existing.  Make sure to remove any rocks or large objects that could stop the roots of the grass from diving deep.

2)  Core Aerate- Most times these areas are very compact.  Core Aerating in the Spring or Fall will relieve the compaction, promote root growth, and improve drainage.  It is always a good idea to core aerate every year in Cincinnati and Dayton because of our high clay soils.

3)  Plant more drought tolerant grass-  The type of grass I would suggest would be turf type tall fescue.  It handles the stresses of the Summer much better than rye and bluegrass.  Wait until Sept/Early Oct for the best results.  Work the soil, put down the seed evenly, and then make sure to keep the soil moist for 2-3 weeks until all the grass has germinated.  A good blend we like to use is sold at Green Velvet Sod Farm called Hybrid Power (with a little blue in it) or Trophy XRE (100% tall fescue).

Remember to seed this Fall and do not wait until the Spring.  The results of Fall Seedings are much better.  There is a reason we do 90% of our seedings in the Fall in Cincinnati and Dayton.