Spring is A Vital Time for Lawn and Garden Maintenance

Spring is A Vital Time for Lawn and Garden MaintenanceTaking care of a lawn or garden can be a year-round job.  From raking and pruning in the fall to watering and mowing in the summer, each season requires different yard maintenance tasks and attention to different details.  However, arguably the most pivotal time for yard maintenance is in the early spring, right when the weather is beginning to warm up and warm season grasses like Zoysia and Bermuda are coming out of their winter dormancy.  Specifically, early spring is the time for two absolutely vital lawn and garden care activities: pre-emergent weed control and soil aeration.

Pre-Emergent Weed Control

Weeds often prove to be one of the most frustrating things about maintaining a yard.  Not only are they unsightly and force us to mow our lawns more often, but they are also extremely difficult to get rid of once they are established.  One of the best ways to avoid the problem is to prevent weeds and other undesirable plants from ever taking root to begin with.  The process of pre-emergent weed control utilizes specifically-targeted herbicides to kill the weeds at the earliest stages of growth, before they have even emerged from the ground.  This can even have long-term benefits, since weed seeds can remain viable for years, just waiting for a chance to pop up, and pre-emergent weed control breaks the cycle of constant regrowth.  Although applying the weed killer to your lawn is less labor intensive than pulling up established weeds by their roots one-by-one, it is still best to have this treatment done by the lawn care professionals at Turf Shield.  Some products, if used incorrectly, can do more harm than good and the precise timing or their application can be critical.  Using a chemical that targets the wrong kinds of weeds or stunts your new grass’ growth can end up causing you even more money in the long run.

Early Season Soil Aeration

When excessive foot traffic or the weight of heavy equipment causes soil to become overly compacted, it can prevent the proper circulation of air, water and nutrients.  Over the fall and winter lawn thatch and heavy organic debris can accumulate on the soil surface, starving the roots of essential elements.  Aeration lawn treatments basically involve using one of several different mechanical devices to perforate the soil with small holes, allowing the air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots.  This helps the roots grow deeply and helps produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.  Again, timing is critical and will depend on the specific type of grass you have.  Our lawn care specialists can help you determine a specific schedule for lawn care treatment packages that will give you optimal results.

Lawn and garden maintenance can be a lot of work, but a healthy lawn can provide your family a safe and beautiful place to play, while providing the perfect natural frame for your home and life.  If you have any questions about any of your landscaping needs, or about any of the customized lawn care treatment packages that we provide, please contact Turf Shield to get more information.  Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Facebook  or Twitter to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.

Preparing for the Spring Growing Season

Preparing for the Spring Growing SeasonWith the winter behind us and spring fast-approaching, all of us here at Turf Shield are looking forward to getting back outside and enjoying the famous Atlanta greenery.  Unfortunately, the sudden, heavy rains and fluctuating temperatures that characterize the Georgia winters can be extremely hard on lawns and gardens, so it is often necessary to take steps, even before the spring growing season begins, to get your outdoor area back into shape.  Here are some steps that you can take in late winter and early spring to help ensure that your lawn or garden looks its best.

Rake Your Lawn

In most parts of the country, grass is dormant during the winter months, but is ready to spring back to life in the spring.  However, the weeds and dead plant matter that accumulate over the winter months can often get in the way.  Start off the spring season by getting rid of the weeds and raking your lawn thoroughly to remove the winter debris.  This allows light and air to reach the level of the soil, which encourages the grass to grow.

Revitalize the Soil

Your soil is likely to be dried out and compacted after a long winter.  Spring is an excellent time to add organic material, like compost or manure, to replace moisture and valuable nutrients and to aerate the soil to improve its consistency.  In particular, pay special attention to plant beds and areas where you want to encourage new growth.

Move Your Shrubs

Over the course of the year you may come to think that a particular hedge or bit of shrubbery would be more useful or attractive in a different spot.  Now is the time to make that move.  The early spring is more favorable to transplants because the soil is more consistently moist, which helps new rooting to expand from the transplant zone and reach out for more nutrients.

Re-Seed Bare Patches

Spring is also the time to re-seed areas of the lawn that have been worn bare by foot traffic.  First, rake the bare spots firmly with a metal rake and then sprinkle them evenly with new grass seed.  Don’t forget to keep the areas well-watered until the seeds germinate and the new grass is firmly established.

Prune Your Foliage

Larger plants that have survived the winter, like trees and shrubs, may require pruning so that they will continue to grow in the coming months.  Ornamental blooming plants should be pruned right after they bloom to avoid cutting off future flowers, while fruit trees should be pruned well before their buds begin to bloom to avoid overstressing the tree and reducing the crop.

Plant New Flowers

Once you’ve handled all of the old plants, it’s time to turn your attention to new ones.  Spring is an ideal time to plant daffodils, lilies, crocus, hyacinth and any other bulbs as well as new vegetables like kale, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.  Remember that new bulbs often need to be protected from sudden, unexpected frost and disease with a one to three inch layer of mulch as well.

Putting in a little bit of effort to prepare your lawn or garden for the coming spring can provide big payoffs down the line.  Our lawn care specialists can work with you to determine exactly what measures you should take to keep your yard looking its best.  If you have any questions about any of your landscaping needs, or about any of the customized lawn care treatment packages that we provide, please contact Turf Shield to get more information.  Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Facebook  or Twitter to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.

Can Too Much Rain Hurt Your Lawn?

Can Too Much Rain Hurt Your LawnHere in Georgia, we often have to take special steps to deal with the effects of drought on our lawns and gardens.  However, if there’s anything that can be said for the weather in the south, it’s that it can be unpredictable.  Warm, humid air can churn up violent thunderstorms at a moment’s notice, drowning your lawn under a flood of rain water.  Unfortunately, since this is a relatively infrequent occurrence, many lawns are not equipped to drain this sudden excess water properly, and so puddles of standing water are left behind.  The experienced lawn care specialists at Turf Shield have more than forty years of combined experience caring for lawns and gardens throughout Georgia, and can offer some useful insights into how best to protect your lawn from too much water.

Heavy rains, particularly when they persist over an extended period, can place stresses on your grass and plants, especially if those plants are native to drier climates, as is generally the case with the warm season grasses we use here in the south.  Although soil may seem solid, it is actually riddled with tiny spaces in between the particles.  These spaces hold air and water that can then be easily absorbed by root systems.  Heavy rains, however, can fill these spaces with water, effectively depriving the roots of the oxygen they need.  If these conditions continue long enough, the roots stop functioning properly and may even begin to die. At this point, even though the soil may be filled with water, the roots will no longer absorb it and the plants will begin to wilt.  These damaged root systems are also more vulnerable to attack by fungal organisms in the soil that cause root rot, which can be highly damaging and potentially even fatal.

So what can you do if your lawn has been flooded by rain?  Fortunately, the effects of heavy rain in the later winter months are often less damaging than those in the late summer.  Plants are in active growth in late summer, and the warm soils encourage the activity of root rot fungal organisms in the soil, but in the late winter most plants are still dormant, which makes them better able to endure saturated soil.  Still, the best way to avoid water damage is to plan your yard so that it never happens in the first place.  When landscaping your yard, make drainage a chief concern.  Whether you are planting shrubs, bedding plants, perennials, vegetables, or ground covers, make sure that the beds you prepare for them are about 6 to 12 inches higher than the surrounding soil.  Although raised beds do drain faster and so potentially will need to be watered more often than ground-level beds, they are your best defense against sudden, torrential rains.  Look over your property while it is raining to observe exactly where the water is flowing and then use that information to plan out what sort of plants will go where.  Finally, you can also help prevent your soil from becoming impacted by performing regular lawn aeration treatments.  This will allow more air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots, producing a stronger, more vigorous lawn.

If you have any questions about any of your landscaping needs, or specifically about how best to plan your lawn or garden layout and maintenance, please contact Turf Shield to get more information.  Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Facebook  or Twitter to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.

Protecting Your Yard from the Winter Cold

Protecting Your Yard from the Winter ColdCompared to other places around the country, we don’t have to deal with particularly harsh winters down here in the south.  Nevertheless, more than a few times over the past several years, sudden and severe drops in temperature have caught our Georgia lawn care service customers by surprise, causing significant damage to grass, trees, and shrubs.  Although most plants do protect themselves by going dormant during the darker winter months, there are also a few simple things that you can do to make sure they stay as healthy as possible and emerge from the cold weather looking their best.

Wrap Up Your Trees

Winter temperatures in the south can vary a great deal, going from relatively warm one day to freezing the next.  As difficult as this can be for humans, it can be potentially devastating to trees and plants.  Cold temperatures cause growing wood to go dormant in order to protect itself, but significant sun exposure can prematurely end that dormancy, exposing the tree to severe damage when temperatures fall once more.  Caring for your trees should include wrapping the bark in cling wrap or burlap fabric to better regulate their temperature during the winter months.

Rake Your Leaves

It might seem like wasted effort to rake up fallen leaves when your grass has already turned brown, but it is actually much more important than most people may realize.  Leaf cover during the winter keeps sunlight off your lawn, which, in combination with the colder temperatures, encourages moss and lichens to grow.  Fallen leaves can also trap heat and moisture underneath snow, leading to a fungal lawn disease known as “Snow Mold.”  Keeping your yard leaf-free, even if your lawn has turned brown and dormant, will keep it drier and healthier.

Avoid Excessive Foot Traffic

If you want to see a fresh, green, healthy-looking lawn in the spring, don’t allow anyone to walk on the grass when it is covered with heavy frost or ice.  Even if the grass is brown and short, walking on frozen blades will cause them to crack and shatter.  Keep your sidewalks cleared of ice and snow so that you and your guests won’t be tempted to cut across the yard and never allow anyone to park a truck or a car on your lawn.  Even the smallest vehicle will leave impressions in the soil and kill off the grass that is underneath the tires.

Just because your yard hibernates during the winter doesn’t mean that your lawn care regimen can take a vacation.  If you have any questions about any of your landscaping needs, or about any of the customized lawn care treatment packages that we provide, please contact Turf Shield to get more information.  Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Facebook  or Twitter to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.

Understanding the Various Uses for Shrubbery

Understanding the Various Uses for ShrubberyThere are a lot of different factors that go into caring for and maintaining a pleasing outdoor landscape, and at Turf Shield we deal with them all.  From the fertilization and aeration required to maintain a beautiful lawn to insect control and plant maintenance, our trained and experienced technicians are dedicated to providing the best lawn care solutions in Metro Atlanta.  One area of landscaping that is often overlooked is the importance of small plants and shrubbery.  Although a healthy and beautiful lawn is the foundation of an enjoyable yard, by itself it is simply flat, featureless, and plain.  Shrubs not only highlight your landscape, but also provide a number of vital advantages.

Concealment and Privacy

In many older homes, the base around the foundation can sometimes appear unfinished or unkempt.  Many homeowners use shrubs to conceal this unsightly area, particularly in houses where the façade does not cover the lower portions of the house.  When used as “foundation plants,” shrubs can break up the stark right angle junction of house and ground and visually link the house to the surrounding landscape.  Moreover, adjacent houses, sections of landscapes, or private portions of a home landscape can easily be separated or enclosed by a shrub border, or hedge.  Less expensive than a fence and more easily maintained than a line of trees, a hedge offers an attractive way to keep your yard private.  Pruning and maintenance of hedge shrubs is just one of the many landscaping services that our Turf Shield professionals can provide.

Aesthetic Accenting

When placed around a sign, boulder, or sculpture, or in such a way as to flank either side of a doorway or path, shrubs make excellent “accent plants” that frame or add emphasis to a specific landscape feature.  Shrubs that are particularly striking, such as crape myrtle, rhododendron, or dwarf conifers, can even serve as “specimen plants” that claim a central focal point in a yard or garden, often as an alternative to a more dominating tree.  Smaller, low-growing shrubs can even be used to cover large portions of planting beds, adding texture and reducing the amount of grass that needs to be mowed.

Preserving Your Topsoil

The constantly changing Georgia weather can make top soil erosion an ever-present concern.  Long periods of drought leech beneficial microorganisms and other important nutrients from the uppermost two to six inches of soil, leaving those layers vulnerable to washing away in the next violent downpour.  Shrubs develop strong root systems that cover large areas, holding the soil in place and preventing it from running off into lakes, streams, or sewer drains.  Seasonal aeration can help preserve the health of your top soil, but a border of shrubbery around your lawn can act as a natural barrier that prevents soil run-off and keeps your grass where you want it.

If you have any questions about any of your landscaping needs, or about any of the customized lawn care treatment packages that we provide, please contact Turf Shield to get more information.  Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Facebook  or Twitter to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.

Fall Overseeding: What Do I Need to Know?

fall-overseeding-what-do-i-need-to-knowSummer is slowly drawing to a close and for those of us in the lawn care biz that means one thing: time for overseeding.  A long hot summer of drought, diseases, lawn-damaging insects, and constant foot traffic can often leave a lawn looking brown and battered, barely clinging to life.  Overseeding can give your lawn the resources it needs to rejuvenate itself over the cold winter months so that it can burst back into lush abundance next spring.  Although it may seem simple, overseeding effectively does actually require a fair bit of science and expertise, which is why it is one of the many lawn care services offered by the specialists at Turf Shield.  Here are a few valuable insights into this often overlooked but extremely important step in lawn maintenance.

At the most basic level, overseeding, or reseeding as it is sometimes called, involves spreading grass seed over already existing turf, particularly in larger areas where the turf has begun to grow thin.  Overseeding is usually considered when the lawn has developed bare spots, areas that are thinning or patchy, or if it has suffered damage from drought, diseases or insects, but it is not necessarily suitable for all types of grass at the same times of the year.  Cool season grasses, like Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrasses, and fescues, tend to grow best when the air temperature is between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and so overseeding in the late summer or early fall gives the seeds time to germinate and gives the resulting seedlings time to mature to the point where they can survive before the winter cold sets in.

In order to maximize effectiveness and achieve the best possible results, fall overseeding should be combined with lawn aeration.  Soil that has become compacted by heavy foot traffic and general wear can prevent air, water and nutrients from reaching the roots of new grass seedlings.  Core aeration, which extracts small plugs of soil from the ground, not only gives roots better access to these vital resources, but also provides better seed-to-soil contact, greatly aiding in germination and the growth of new seedlings.

Overseeding can thicken lawns and make them more attractive, but the process requires know-how, specialized lawn care equipment, and professional lawn care follow-through to achieve the best possible results.  If you have any questions about your lawn, or about any of the customized lawn care treatment packages that we provide, please contact Turf Shield to get more information.  Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Facebook  or Twitter to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.

Getting Down to the Root: The Importance of Aeration

Getting Down to the Root The Importance of AerationLawn care can actually be much more complicated than people think.  While most know that regular mowing and watering is important, and many even understand the necessity for periodic fertilization, fewer take the time to learn about the more specialized lawn maintenance practices that make the basic essentials work more efficiently and effectively.  One of these is aeration, a vital lawn treatment that helps ensure nutrients and water can reach the soil beneath the grass where they can do the most good.  Aeration is just one of the many valuable lawn care services that the dedicated team at Turf Shield, Inc. can provide.

Over time, foot traffic and general wear can cause the soil underneath your grass to become overly compacted, which prevents the proper circulation of air, water and nutrients.  Moreover, excessive lawn thatch, the heavy organic debris on the soil surface, can also starve the roots from these essential elements.  Aeration lawn treatments basically involve using one of several different mechanical devices to perforate the soil with small holes, allowing the air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. Ultimately, this helps the roots grow deeply and helps produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.

It can be difficult to tell, just from a cursory examination, whether your lawn is in need of aeration.  Lawns that receive heavy traffic from children and pets regularly running around the yard or the lawns of newly constructed homes that may have been compacted under heavy construction equipment are often the best candidates.  In addition, if your lawn dries out easily or has a spongy feel it might mean that it has an excessive thatch problem and could perhaps benefit from aeration.  The Turf Shield team has more than 40 years of experience providing specialized lawn treatment packages in the southeast, and can determine exactly what your lawn needs.

There are two different tools that can be used to aerate a lawn: a spike aerator, which simply pokes holes into the ground with a solid tine, or fork, and a plug aerator that actually removes a core or plug of grass and soil from the lawn.  While the former is quicker and less labor intensive, the latter can often be more effective, particularly when dealing with extremely compact soil and heavy thatch.  Aeration is best performed during growing season, when your grass has the opportunity to heal and fill in any open areas after soil plugs are removed, so the timing will depend on the specific type of grass you have. Ideally, aerate a lawn with cool season grass in the early spring or fall and a lawn with warm season grass in the late spring.

There is a lot more to taking care of a lawn than just mowing and watering, and having a team of experienced professionals on your side can often make all the difference.  If you have any questions about your lawn, when you should aerate, or about the customized lawn care treatment packages that we provide, please contact Turf Shield to get more information.  Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Twitter or Facebook to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.

Caring for Your Lawn in the Summer Heat

Caring for Your Lawn in the Summer HeatWe all know that the growth and appearance of a lawn, or of any other outdoor plant for that matter, is heavily influenced by environmental factors, like light, weather, and soil composition.  In this part of the country, the effects of soaring temperatures and high humidity can team up to cause some fairly severe damage.  Additionally, since we all want our lawns to look their best during the summer, many try to fight nature by continuing to fertilize, water, and coax new growth out of lawns no matter what the weather. However, by understanding and respecting the seasonal changes of turf grasses, you can take steps to care gently for your lawn even in the scorching Georgia heat.

Once temperatures start to rise above the 80 degree mark, lawns can begin to struggle, with new seedlings and cool-season grasses having the hardest time. Growth will slow, the grass color may fade, and lawns will be less able to recover from stress and traffic. Some cool-season lawns will even go dormant in the summer, looking brown and brittle until early fall.  Many believe that the best way to relieve that stress is by applying water, but that is only true to a point.  While lawns do need more water when the heat is severe, water-logged soils can prevent oxygen from reaching the grass’s roots.  If the roots can’t breathe, they cannot absorb nutrients and water and they may die.  Smart summer watering means making sure that your yard provides adequate drainage, avoid over-watering, and above all don’t try to “water your grass back to life,” especially if it goes dormant.  For certain species of grass, a dormant period is completely natural and they will recover once the weather changes.

Warm-season fungal diseases, like powdery mildew and brownpatch (Rhizoctonia), can become very active when night-time temperatures rise above 65 degrees and the humidity levels are high.  While mature lawns can usually weather such attacks, younger seedlings can be killed off, which is why planting new grass during the summer months is seldom a good idea.  Dormant or drought-stressed summer lawns can also become more susceptible to lawn insect infestations by pests like chinch bugs, cutworms, armyworms, sod webworms, fire ants, fleas, and mosquitoes. Minor infestations often take care of themselves, but severe problems may require professional attention.

Finally, during the summer months, intense lawn maintenance may actually do more harm than good.  Resist the urge to apply extra fertilizer to cool-season fescue turf, as this can actually increase the severity of fungal diseases and may even burn your lawn or create a flush of tender growth that will struggle in the hot weather.  Although Bermuda and zoysia grasses may need some fertilizer in the summer, never try to fertilize cooler weather turf types that go dormant in the heat.  Instead wait until they green up in the fall.  Keeping moisture levels steady is important during dry spells.  Since taller grass tends to be more drought-tolerant and to grow deeper roots, raising your mower blade to the highest level, or even mowing less frequently, and mulching, rather than bagging, your grass clippings will give your grass an edge in beating the heat.

Taking care of a lawn can be complicated, and having a team of experienced professionals on your side can often make all the difference.  If you have questions about your lawn, or about any of the customized lawn care treatment packages that we provide, please contact Turf Shield to get more information.  Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Twitter or Facebook to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.

Tips for Smart Summer Watering

Tips for Smart Summer WateringSummertime in the south can play havoc on your lawn.  One minute your grass can be drying out under intense, punishing heat and the next it can be drowning under a torrential summer thunderstorm.  During this tumultuous time of year, being able to adapt your lawn care strategy to changing conditions is extremely important, because providing too much water can be just as problematic as providing too little.  So here are some helpful watering tips to keep in mind so that you can keep your lawn healthy and lush all summer long.

Plan Your Lawn to Fit Your Location

There are many varieties of grass, each adapted to thrive under differing conditions, and choosing a grass that is suited to your region will make care and maintenance far easier.  In the south, either Zoysia or Bermuda are good choices, as they are both naturally drought-tolerant and don’t need regular watering.  A tall fescue may look and feel nice, but unless you have a chance to water it often it will die out quickly, leaving you worse off than you started.  Tall fescue is also vulnerable to various diseases that can do extensive damage to the turf in times of stress.

Water Your Turf Efficiently

Watering grass during the hottest parts of the day is a waste of time, as the majority of the moisture will be absorbed into the hot air before it ever reaches the grass’s roots.  Instead, plan to water very early in the morning, before it gets too hot. This way, most of the water will make it to the roots, but the grass blades will still dry quickly, preventing disease and fungus.  For maximum efficiency, limit watering to once a week for about an hour or so.  Watering every day encourages both a shallow root system, which is less able to tolerate drought, and annoying weeds like dollarweed and nutgrass that thrive in moist soil.

Mow Only When Necessary

When the weather is hot, it is often advisable to let grass grow a bit longer than usual.  When grass is cut, it can lose a great deal of moisture through the cut blades, which can turn grass brown if you are unable to water it frequently.  In drought conditions, taller grass can also help shade and cool the ground, reducing moisture loss and helping the grass stay greener.  Conversely, a lower height provides air and light that encourages new weeds to sprout.  During the summer we recommend only mowing the grass after it has rained for at least two days in a row and that you set your lawn mower blades at their highest setting.

Ground water is a precious, and sadly increasingly limited, natural resource.  Taking some precautions to make sure that you use that resource both effectively and responsibly is the best way to ensure that you’ll be able to enjoy your lawn for many years to come.  If you have questions about your lawn, or about any of the customized lawn care treatment packages that we provide, please contact Turf Shield to get more information.  Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Twitter or Facebook to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.

Pest Infestations That Can Destroy Your Lawn

Pest Infestations That Can Destroy Your LawnMaintaining a healthy and beautiful lawn can be a complicated job, with many different factors and potential difficulties to take into consideration, which is one of the reasons why the specialists at Turf Shield offer customized lawn care treatment packages that can be tailored to specific lawn care needs.  Among the most irritating and vexing of these concerns are common garden-variety pests, the tiny insects that can sometimes take root and cause major damage before you even realize that they are there.  Georgia is home to a wide variety of these lawn pests, but the most common fall into three basic categories: soil-inhabitants, thatch-inhabitants, and the ubiquitous fire ants.  At Turf Shield we believe that educating our customers about all issues involving lawn care is the best way to ensure that they can enjoy a truly top-notch lawn.

Soil Inhabitants

These insects spend the majority of their life cycle deep underneath the soil feeding on the parts of the grass that are below the ground’s surface.  Their presence results in patches of wilted, dead, or dying grass and the sod may be disturbed in areas where wildlife or pets try to dig them up.  Soil-Inhabiting insects include mole crickets, billbugs (a form of weevil), and white grubs, which are thought to be among the most damaging turf insect pests in the United States.  Treating an infestation of pests living beneath the soil often requires the application of insecticides at the root zone of the grass.  Because the correct timing and method of application are so important for optimal results, we recommend you consult with one of our lawn care specialists before attempting any pest control treatment.

Leaf, Stem, and Thatch Inhabitants

These insects live in the cut and broken plant matter that cover the surface of the soil, feeding off the grass stalks themselves.  They are usually most apparent when the grass is cut off close to the ground, and they can cause irregular spots of yellowish turf or dead spots where their infestations go unchecked.  Thatch inhabitants like cutworms and armyworms are actually the caterpillar stages of different species of moths, but they can also include tiny beetles like chinch bugs and spittlebugs.  Because these insects thrive in areas with heavy thatch accumulation, periodic thatch removal is often the best way to address an infestation, but specialized irrigation techniques can also be used to both diagnose and treat the problem.

Fire Ants

The Red Imported Fire Ant, common to most areas of Georgia, does not actually feed on the turf grass itself; it preys on other insects and dead animals.  However, the mounds that they build (which can reach up to two feet in diameter and up to eight inches tall) are unsightly and rob the grass they cover from much-needed sunlight.  Moreover, because the toxins released by the ants disrupt the vascular systems of surrounding plants and because the ants themselves are very aggressive and will swarm out of their nest to attack if disturbed, most people are eager to get rid of them as quickly as possible.  At Turf Shield we offer a unique, specialized fire ant treatment that can help eliminate these pests to make sure your lawn is a more enjoyable place for your family to spend time throughout the year.

Pest control is a vital part of any lawn care treatment plan, but due to the wide variety of insects and symptoms that may be involved, it is important that the pests be accurately identified so that the most appropriate method of control can be used.  If you have questions about your pest problems, or about any of the customized lawn care treatment packages that we provide, please contact Turf Shield to get more information.  Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Twitter or Facebook to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.