The new year has finally arrived, which means it is time to start thinking ahead. Spring will be here before you know it in New Orleans, so now is the time to start thinking about your lawn care goals for the season. There’s a lot of work to do in the spring, but the pros at TruGreen MidSouth are here to help. We have put a list together to help get you started on your 2022 lawn care goals so you can get a head start on creating that picture-perfect lawn.
Lawn care is a broad topic that covers a lot of different chores depending on the season. In the spring, your grass will be greening up. Your grass is extremely vulnerable during this stage as weeds are also competing for sunlight and room. Taking the necessary steps now to prevent weeds will make your lawn care chores a lot easier.
Weeds seeds deposited at the end of the previous year will germinate when the weather warms up, usually before your grass finishes greening up. To control weeds in the spring here in New Orleans, you have to attack early with pre-emergent weed killer. Pre-emergents are applied to your lawn and coat the weed seeds. This prevents them from germinating and gives your grass room to grow without competition.
Pests are a constant threat to our lawns in New Orleans. You could spend thousands of dollars each year fighting a number of pests that attack your lawns and trees. In small numbers, pests don’t pose a threat to your lawn and ornamentals, but in large numbers, they can wreak havoc. At TruGreen MidSouth, we create innovative pest control solutions that eliminate damaging pest activity in your yard so your lawn can look its best. Our pest control specialists start by targeting problem areas where insects live. Then we will develop a personalized plan for you to make sure pests like mosquitoes, beetles, spiders, fire ants, and mites don’t come back. We also offer one-time treatments for events such as weddings, graduations, and other outdoor celebrations.
Grubs are in a category all their own. That’s because grubs are different from other insects and are notorious for killing lawns across the south. Grubs cost New Orleans homeowners more money annually in lawn damage than any other pest. Grubs are the larvae of June bugs and Japanese beetles. Grubs feed on the roots of your grass as they grow, killing large swathes of grass. But it’s not just grubs that cause the damage. They attract secondary lawn destroyers like moles, skunks, and birds. In the summer, the adult beetles emerge and feed on the foliage of your trees and shrubs. After they mate, they deposit a fresh batch of eggs in your lawn that will hatch next year, and the process will repeat itself and grow bigger each year.
If you have tried everything and your yard has looked weak and brown for years, maybe it’s time to consider core aeration. Core aeration is one of the best things you can do to improve the health and appearance of your lawn. Soil becomes compacted over time from normal wear and tear. As the ground gets packed tighter and tighter together, it prevents water and air from circulating down into the roots of your grass. This can cause problems such as pooling water, spongy grass, and hard soil. The best way to remedy compacted soils is to aerate. Core aeration is a process that uses a machine to punch hundreds of tiny holes in your yard. These holes allow fertilizers, water, and air to circulate back into the soil.
At TruGreen MidSouth, our job is to create amazing yards and landscapes. We’ve been doing so for years throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. Even though it’s January, it’s not too late to sign up for exceptional lawn care service. Our lawn care experts are standing by to take your call.
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