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January 30, 2019 0 Comments

What Can Insects REALLY Do To Your Yard?

Jay-Lan Lawn Care takes great pride in maintaining its customers’ lawns, which is why it’s frustrating when insects try and undo our hard work. Here we discuss various insects, the problems they can cause, and why it’s important to utilize our Sioux City insect control expertise when necessary.

Japanese Beetles

If you’ve spent any time caring for your lawn, chances are you’ve heard of the Japanese beetle. Unlike some insects that seek to stay out of sight, it’s not uncommon to actually see Japanese beetles on your lawn, where they enjoy feeding on grass and laying their eggs in the soil. These insects also like to inhabit gardens, where they can dine on fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The presence of Japanese beetles usually preludes dying patches of grass in your lawn, caused by their larvae. If this happens to you, contact our nearby lawn service and arrange for a treatment, which may include eco-friendly lawn chemicals.

Lawn Grubs

Lawn grubs are the larvae of several beetle types, including the aforementioned Japanese beetle and the common June beetle. Grubs can pose a big problem in Iowa and the greater Midwest, due to the fact that irrigation (specifically, sprinklers) is commonplace in order to keep grass and flowers from dying. The dying patches of dead lawn referenced above are the result of grubs devouring grass roots. Making matters worse is the fact that certain predators (skunks, raccoons, and the like) will burrow into these dead patches in search of grubs to eat. Thankfully, our lawn treatment expertise includes several solutions for expunging grubs from your lush, green lawn.

Chinch Bugs

Though these insects are tiny in size (only 1/20 of an inch), they pack a big punch. In the absence of professional lawn care in Sioux City, chinch bugs will suck the juices and nutrients from your grass, especially in sunny parts of the lawn. And not only do they deprive your grass of its juices, chinch bugs also secrete a toxin that loosens the grass from the soil. Given their diminutive size, these insects are tough to spot unless you crouch down to close to the grass. However, they commonly dwell amongst a lawns’ thatch layer, which is why many of our customers will have us dethatch their lawn as an effective means of control.

Mole Crickets

On the list of the Top 10 insects posing the biggest danger to a lawn, mole crickets are at or very near the top. True to their name, mole crickets tunnel through soil. In the process they’ll feed on anything in their way:  decaying plant matter, other insects, and grass roots. And while mole crickets prefer doing their dirty work in moist soil, the truth is they’ll wreak havoc pretty much anywhere. Evidence of mole crickets includes grass that has a spongy feel when walked on – this is caused by dead or dying grass that lacks roots. Another clue is the presence of irregularly-shaped brown patches in the lawn, and finger-width tunnels in the soil.

Siouxland Insect Control Experts

Maintaining a beautiful, healthy lawn is a year-round job, and the experts at Jay-Lan Lawn Care are up to the task. Insect abatement and extermination are two of our many services, and we look forward to speaking further with you about your unique lawn care needs.

January 15, 2019 0 Comments

What Is Core Aeration?

Core aeration is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your lawn. Most people know that it offers some great benefits, but not many understand exactly what core aeration entails. Jay-Lan Lawn Care takes a closer look.

Core Aeration: an Overview

Core aeration is the process of removing cores (or plugs) of soil from a lawn. To do this properly, our lawn care service near Sioux City uses a machine called a lawn aerator. This device penetrates the soil and removes the aforementioned plugs, leaving behind holes that range from ½-inch – ¾-inch in diameter. With the plugs removed, soil compaction is reduced, allowing more water, air, and nutrients to enter the soil and support your lawn’s growth and overall health.

A similar process called spike aeration involves punching spike into the lawn. However, our local lawn experts recommend core aeration because the bigger holes help your lawn to get more of the resources it needs.

Manual core aerators are available, but our power devices are faster and easier to use.

How Do We Aerate a Lawn?

A lawn is best aerated in spring or fall when the ground is moist and the aeration process isn’t slowed by hard soil. Also, the grass should be as short as possible so that the soil can be extracted quickly and completely. For this reason, we’ll mow your lawn first, with the aeration performed in the mower’s wake so that we’re taking advantage of optimum conditions. Another reason to aerate in short-grass conditions is that the core plugs are left on the grass, where they’ll begin to break down after the first time your lawn is mowed post-aeration. As the plugs break down, microorganisms are released that will eat any thatch (dry/dead grass and roots) that’s present.

Depending on the size and composition of your lawn, you might benefit from core aeration twice a year. This is something we can discuss once you’ve signed on for our lawn care services near Sioux City. We’ll also confirm whether you have any underground sprinkler or septic apparatus that should be avoided during core aeration.

What Benefits Does Core Aeration Provide?

When you choose Jay-Lan Lawn Care for core aeration, your lawn will receive significant benefits. The biggest boon comes in the form of plentiful oxygen reaching the grass’s roots. When soil is too compacted, the pore space around the roots is reduced, which limits the amount of available oxygen. And like any plant, a lawn needs plenty of oxygen in order to absorb water and nutrients, and continue growing.

Along with increased oxygen intake, core aeration offers several more big upsides:

  • Loosening of compacted soil permits the root system to grow faster and healthier
  • Water can better saturate the soil, making it easier to reach the roots
  • Enhanced saturation helps prevent run-off
  • Fertilizer and nutrients have an easier path to the lawn’s roots
  • Dry/dead grass (thatch) is easier to decompose

Work with Aeration Experts

From core aeration and tree trimming to overseeding and general mowing, we care for our customers’ lawns year round. Talk to us today about our approach, our pricing, what kind of lawn chemicals we recommend, and much more.

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