AIG Lawn http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com Serving the greater Tampa Bay, Pinellas ,Pasco, West Hillsborough and Leon County(Tallahassee) Areas Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:49:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 76130505 AIG Receives 2015 Best Businesses of Tarpon Springs Award http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/news/aig-lawn-and-landscape-receives-2015-best-businesses-of-tarpon-springs-award/ http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/news/aig-lawn-and-landscape-receives-2015-best-businesses-of-tarpon-springs-award/#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2016 18:36:46 +0000 http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/?p=1297 Tarpon Springs Award Program Honors the Achievement Tarpon Springs, December 23, 2015 AIG Receives 2015 Best Business of Tarpon Springs Award AIG Lawn And Landscape has been selected for the 2015 Best Businesses of Tarpon Springs Award in the Landscaping category by the Best Businesses of Tarpon Springs Award Program. Each year, the Best Businesses […]

The post AIG Receives 2015 Best Businesses of Tarpon Springs Award appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
Tarpon Springs Award Program Honors the Achievement Tarpon Springs, December 23, 2015

AIG Receives 2015 Best Business of Tarpon Springs Award

AIG Lawn And Landscape has been selected for the 2015 Best Businesses of Tarpon Springs Award in the Landscaping category by the Best Businesses of Tarpon Springs Award Program.

Each year, the Best Businesses of Tarpon Springs Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Tarpon Springs area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category.

The 2015 Best Businesses of Tarpon Springs Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Tarpon Springs Award Program and data provided by third parties. About the Best Businesses of Tarpon Springs Award Program The Best Businesses of Tarpon Springs Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Tarpon Springs area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Best Businesses of Tarpon Springs Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

 

The post AIG Receives 2015 Best Businesses of Tarpon Springs Award appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/news/aig-lawn-and-landscape-receives-2015-best-businesses-of-tarpon-springs-award/feed/ 0 1297
So Impressed. http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/uncategorized/so-impressed/ http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/uncategorized/so-impressed/#respond Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:35:07 +0000 http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/?p=1275 I watched your lawn guys work on several occasions when they did not know I was watching. Rick you have an excellent crew, they take no short cuts and do an excellent job. Hope you are proud of your men. I gave them a tip last week I was so impressed. My regards, B.  Woods […]

The post So Impressed. appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
I watched your lawn guys work on several occasions when they did not know I was watching. Rick you have an excellent crew, they take no short cuts and do an excellent job. Hope you are proud of your men. I gave them a tip last week I was so impressed.

My regards,
B.  Woods

 

The post So Impressed. appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/uncategorized/so-impressed/feed/ 0 1275
Highly Recommend! http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/testimonials/highly-recommend/ http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/testimonials/highly-recommend/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:24:18 +0000 http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/?p=1271 I highly recommend AIG for their excellent work both at the house and over the phone. They were polite, professional, listened to what we needed, worked with us on scheduling promptly, and did a great job! (We had an overgrown mess to initially get cleaned and groomed and the results are lovely.) We have decided […]

The post Highly Recommend! appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
I highly recommend AIG for their excellent work both at the house and over the phone. They were polite, professional, listened to what we needed, worked with us on scheduling promptly, and did a great job! (We had an overgrown mess to initially get cleaned and groomed and the results are lovely.) We have decided to continue with them for weekly maintenance. I highly recommend them!

B. Hurd

The post Highly Recommend! appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/testimonials/highly-recommend/feed/ 0 1271
Annuals http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/uncategorized/annuals/ http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/uncategorized/annuals/#respond Mon, 09 Feb 2015 18:53:52 +0000 http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/?p=1196 Annuals Spring annual displays are installed during the months of March or April and summer annual displays are installed during the months of May or June. Ground temperatures and “frost-free” weather dictates commencement. Fall displays are installed in September and October. All beds are cultivated by rototilling and incorporating soil amendments and fertilizer into the […]

The post Annuals appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
Annuals

Spring annual displays are installed during the months of March or April and summer annual displays are installed during the months of May or June. Ground temperatures and “frost-free” weather dictates commencement. Fall displays are installed in September and October.

All beds are cultivated by rototilling and incorporating soil amendments and fertilizer into the planting area. The main body of your display consists of highly rated, dependable performing annuals. A border plant, when applicable, accents the main display. A final thin layer of mulch is hand shaken over the display to color the soil to match the surrounding bed areas. All new floral material is then watered-in thoroughly.

Recommended time of year: Spring annuals are usually installed during March or April, summer annuals during May or June, and fall annuals during September or October.

If specialized or custom displays are desired, please consult with your Account Manager to place special plant material orders. Extreme dry conditions could result in an additional cost, due to watering needs

The post Annuals appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/uncategorized/annuals/feed/ 0 1196
County Water Restrictions http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/tips-tricks/county-water-restrictions/ Fri, 10 May 2013 21:51:46 +0000 http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/?p=1062 Every county in Florida has their own restrictions on watering your lawn. Paying close attention to the watering schedule for your county helps you do your part in conserving our planet’s precious water supply, as well as helping you avoid hefty fines from your county’s code enforcement department. AIG Lawn wants to help […]

The post County Water Restrictions appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
Every county in Florida has their own restrictions on watering your lawn. Paying close attention to the watering schedule for your county helps you do your part in conserving our planet’s precious water supply, as well as helping you avoid hefty fines from your county’s code enforcement department. AIG Lawn wants to help you keep your lawn bright and green while adhering to your local regulations. Please check your county’s local water restrictions here before you water your lawn!

If you use POTABLE WATER click here

Addresses ending in:

  • 0 or 1
  • 2 or 3
  • 4 or 5
  • 6 or 7
  • 8 or 9
  • Mixed or No Address
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Friday

All watering times are
6:00pm and 8:00am (evening into morning)
NO WATERING ON WEEKENDS

Addresses ending in:

  • 0 or 1
  • 2 or 3
  • 4 or 5
  • 6 or 7
  • 8 or 9
  • Mixed or No Address
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Friday

All watering times are
6:00pm and 8:00am (evening into morning)
NO WATERING ON WEEKENDS

Addresses ending in:

  • 0 or 1
  • 2 or 3
  • 4 or 5
  • 6 or 7
  • 8 or 9
  • Mixed or No Address
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Friday

All watering times are between
6:00pm and 8:00am (evening into morning)
NO WATERING ON WEEKENDS

If you use RECLAIMED WATER click here

Addresses ending in:

  • 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8
  • 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9
  • Mixed or No Address
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
  • Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday
  • Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday

All watering times are between
6:00pm and 8:00am (evening into morning)

properties greater than 2 acres are between:
4:00pm and 10:00am (afternoon into morning)

Addresses ending in:

  • 0 or 1
  • 2 or 3
  • 4 or 5
  • 6 or 7
  • 8 or 9
  • Mixed or No Address
  • Tuesday and Friday
  • Thursday and Sunday
  • Monday and Friday
  • Tuesday and Saturday
  • Wednesday and Sunday
  • Wednesday and Sunday

All watering times are between
4:00pm and 10:00am (evening into morning)

Addresses ending in:

  • 0 or 1
  • 2 or 3
  • 4 or 5
  • 6 or 7
  • 8 or 9
  • Mixed or No Address
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Friday

All watering times are between
6:00pm and 8:00am (evening into morning)
NO WATERING ON WEEKENDS
(Same schedule as Potable Water)

The post County Water Restrictions appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
1062
Insects & Pests http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/pest-control/insects-pests/ http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/pest-control/insects-pests/#respond Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:56:00 +0000 http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/?p=848 CHINCH BUG The Southern chinch bug is one of the most damaging lawn insects affecting St. Augustine grass. It is common to see chinch bug activity from March through October though some years activity may occur earlier and end later. Most cases of chinch bugs start from moisture deficient areas within your lawn. Chinch bug […]

The post Insects & Pests appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
CHINCH BUG

chinch
The Southern chinch bug is one of the most damaging lawn insects affecting St. Augustine grass. It is common to see chinch bug activity from March through October though some years activity may occur earlier and end later. Most cases of chinch bugs start from moisture deficient areas within your lawn.

Chinch bug adults are about 1/5″ long, black in colour, and have white wings. Immature chinch bugs (nymphs) are about the size of a pinhead, red in colour, and have a white band across their back. In our area, there may be as many as seven generations of hatching’s per season. There may be several stages of the insects present at once.

Chinch bugs damage St. Augustine grass by feeding on the plant juices along the runners. This causes yellowing followed by death of the affected areas. These areas typically occur near pavement or cement where reflective heat causes premature drying of the turf. If these areas go unnoticed or untreated, they may quickly grow together into large brown dead areas.

Chinch bugs are nothing to ignore. They can leave your lawn devastated and ruin the appearance of your entire landscape. Many times, turf thinning from chinch bugs results not in turf loss, but infiltration of wild grasses and weeds.

Chemical control of chinch bugs is just that – CONTROL. Our goal is to keep populations low enough where damage does not occur.

We recommend using resistant varieties of St. Augustine, such as Floratam, Floralawn, or Floratine. These varieties of St. Augustine make it more difficult for the chinch bugs to complete their life cycle. More resistant strains of chinch bugs are now occurring, making these varieties less effective than they were 10 years ago. This does not mean they will not develop chinch bugs, but are best able to tolerate an infestation.

Proper watering is very important to managing your lawn and lessen chinch bug susceptibility. Over watering leads to excessive growth and thatch build up. Excessive thatch provides a favorable habitat for chinch bugs to reproduce and a tough barrier to provide chemical control in.

A dry lawn creates weak turf and moisture stressed areas, which draw chinch bug activity. If you notice footprints or leaf blades folding with a grayish appearance when walking across your lawn, it is time to water.

At Southern Care Lawns, we take the time necessary to provide a thorough chinch bug application, with the highest quality products available. Chinch bug control with “over the counter” products from local home or hardware stores, is difficult to attain. Please call us for a free evaluation if you notice chinch bug activity. We’re here to help.

SOD WEBWORM

Sod webworms are a lawn caterpillar which can affect your lawn. The active period for the sod webworm usually begins in early June through September. Sod webworms are very easy to control and typically do not create long-term damage. Usually after chemical application, the affected area will re-grow in three to four weeks.webworm

Sod webworm eggs are laid by a moth. Many species of lawn moths are seen in June though most are not sod webworm moths. Sod webworm moths do not land on the turf but hover and drop eggs from above. Most commonly, an area starts where turf and shrub beds meet. Moths land on shrubs and drop eggs down onto the turf at the edge of the shrub beds.

Sod webworms feed at night. Areas begin as small fist-sized area that appear as if it has been cut lower than the surrounding grass. Closer examination will show droppings (brown) in the feeding area and chewed edges on the turf blades.

Please call us for treatment if you noticed sod webworm activity.

ARMY WORM

armywormArmy worm are a lawn caterpillar which typically become active at the beginning of June and during our rainy season. Eggs are laid by a specific lawn moth that deposits eggs near the base of the turf blades. Eggs hatch and small caterpillars chew on leaf blades (sod webworms feed at night and army worms feed in the daylight). These areas usually begin close to shrub beds or in crab or carpet grass areas first, then extending into St. Augustine areas. Areas begin small, usually one inch or less in diameter, and as the insects increase in size the areas become much larger. Usually black or brown droppings can be noticed on turf blades or at the crown area at the base. Leaf blades will be chewed and appear with notches taken out of the blade, giving the appearance of windows in the blade. From a distance, areas are shorter than surrounding turf.

Chemical controls are efficient though areas may need to be retreated due to new hatching, usually in October. Life cycles are approximately twelve weeks long. Damaged areas will re-grow quickly.

GRUBS

whitegrubGrubs are the larval stage of many of the beetles you see in the summer, sometimes clinging to your windows screens. It is not uncommon to come across some grubs in your soil when planting flowers, sodding, or digging in general. When the grub population reaches a threshold of four to six grubs per square foot, this then warrants control measures.

Grubs are generally white fleshy “c” shaped insects with a brown head and a dark rear end. Their control is difficult due to their size, usually about the length and thickness of your little finger. They are difficult to detect as they feed underground devouring turf roots. The result is a lawn, which appears too dry. Many times the damage is extensive enough before symptoms appear and turf loss is probable. Post damage chemical applications will control any remaining grubs and potassium fertilizer applications will help rejuvenate root growth in existing areas.

MOLE CRICKET

southern_mole_cricketMole crickets are a very damaging insect to Florida turf grasses. They are typically most damaging to Bermuda and Bahia grass lawns. Mole crickets can also cause damage to St. Augustine, although St. Augustine typically has a better recuperative potential to tolerate mole cricket damage.

Mole crickets damage by directly feeding on root system or by tunnelling which damages vital root hairs thus causing the roots to dry prematurely and die. Bahia grass is extremely susceptible to severe damage due it’s smaller weak root system.

Mole crickets are attracted to lights at night such as street lights, yard, or porch lights. These lights, in March/April, will draw adult egg laying mole crickets to the area for a brief period where they deposit eggs. These eggs hatch in May/June and nymphal stage mole crickets begin to feed. This is the best time to control them as they are smaller and more susceptible to ingestion and contact of the chemical control product applied. As the summer progresses, mole crickets become large and their body becomes more impervious to chemical absorption.

MILLIPEDES/CENTIPEDES

MillipedeMillipedes and centipedes are often confused for each other. Millipedes are usually dark colored and have to pairs of legs per body segment. Millipedes are generally slow moving creatures that break down dead plant material. They are beneficial to your garden as they feed on the dead plant material and return lawn fertilising nutrients to the soil. Centipedes are predacious, feeding on many harmful insects that can damage your landscape plants. Millipedes and centipedes can be found hiding in the damp soil under rocks or boards. They are very beneficial to the overall well-being of your lawn and garden.

ARMADILLO

armadilloArmadillos can be a real nuisance to you and your lawn. Armadillos are primarily nocturnal and do the most damage at night while searching for food. Their favourite meals are insects which live within soil. They damage the ground by digging small fist-sized holes in the lawn in search of these prized insect morsels. Armadillo activity may be accentuated if you live near natural areas where they are plentiful and nesting may occur.

It is a common misconception that if you have armadillo damage you have grubs, however this is not true. Grubs are only a portion of their regular diet. It is our policy not to treat for grubs unless they have been solely identified as the source of the armadillo problem or if they are causing your lawn to decline. However, if their activity becomes unbearable to you, for an additional charge, we will apply the appropriate product to gain control.

DEER

Damage from deer is more common than you would think especially if you live adjacent to a naturalized area. Typically, hibiscus, indian hawthorn and sheflera are their favourite plants to feed on. However, if these plants are not available, deer have been found to eat almost any landscape plant. Feeding occurs during the night when human activity is minimal. Feeding damage will resemble an intense pruning with uneven edges. Besides the reduction in plant size created by feeding, many plants may be weakened. The weakening occurs when new growth emerges and is quickly eaten off.

deerDeer feed on many plants and trees commonly found in the yard. They love strawberries, many vegetables, flowers, and the tender tips of young trees. They have been known to dig up a lawn in search of grubs. Keeping them away from your landscape plants can be a frustrating and seemingly hopeless task.

These are several home-remedy and commercial care products available to help reduce deer feeding habits on plants and trees. Many are short lived, and once the deer become accustomed to the door or taste, they may become ineffective. It is best to change products or methods on a
regular basis.

Some of the remedies are:

  • Hang a bar of soap in a mesh bag from a tree. Fragrant soaps such as Lifebuoy, Irish Spring, and Dial seem to work the best. Tie the bags to the ends of the branches so that any soap that drips off during a rain or snowstorm will not drip onto the trunk. This can be unsightly and ruin the aesthetic appearance of your landscape.
  • Human or dog hair can also be placed in mesh bags or nylons and hung from the tree branches. Human or dog hair is sometimes effective but at the same time can be a little much to accept.
  • Moth balls, blood meal, bone meal, or baby powder are other options that may have a short term success in keeping deer out, but these will require continued repeated applications. In addition, these products have an undesirable odor.
  • Barriers or roll-up fencing can be placed around the affected plant or plants to directly stop the access of the deer to the plant. This type of control can also be unsightly and ruin the aesthetics of the landscape.
  • Repellant’s seem to be the most effective option in controlling your deer problem. Deer repellant sprays are available at most garden centres and nurseries. These are typically applied every three to six weeks on affected plants. It is typically applied more often during the rainy season or when regular maintenance is occurring (via pruning).

Do not dismiss the potential for deer activity in your landscape. If you live near wooded areas you are likely being visited at night by these four legged eating machines.

POCKET GOPHER

Pocket gophers are burrowing rodents that get their name from the fur-lined external cheek pouches, or pockets, that they use for carrying food and nesting materials. Mounds of fresh soil are the best sign of gopher presence. One gopher may create several mounds in a day. In non-irrigated areas, mound building is most pronounced during spring or fall when the soil is moist and easy to dig. In irrigated areas such as lawns, flower beds, and gardens, digging conditions are usually optimal year round and mounds can appear at anytime.

pocket-gopherPocket gophers are herbivorous, feeding on a wide variety of vegetation, but generally preferring herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees. Gophers use their sense of smell to locate their food. Most commonly they feed on roots of plants they encounter while digging. However, sometimes they feed aboveground, venturing only a body length or so from their tunnel opening. They are identified by the absence of a dirt mound and a circular band of clipped vegetation around the hole. Gophers will also pull entire plants into their tunnel from below.

Pocket gophers often invade yards and gardens, and feed on many garden crops, ornamental plants, vines, shrubs, and trees. A single gopher moving down a garden row can inflict considerable damage in a very short time. Gophers also gnaw and damage plastic water lines and lawn sprinkler systems. Their tunnels can divert and carry off irrigation water and lead to soil erosion. Mounds on lawns interfere with mowing equipment and ruin the aesthetics of well-kept turf grass. The sooner you detect their presence and take control measures, the better.

The post Insects & Pests appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/pest-control/insects-pests/feed/ 0 848
Watering http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/pest-control/watering/ http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/pest-control/watering/#respond Sun, 21 Apr 2013 00:37:53 +0000 http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/?p=772 Proper watering is the most important factor in keeping a nice vibrant lawn: Check irrigation system at least once every two weeks Make sure run time is correct for the time of year Check each zone for proper coverage Check each sprinkler head for blockage Check for leaking sprinkler heads If power goes out you […]

The post Watering appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
Proper watering is the most important factor in keeping a nice vibrant lawn:

landscape-sprinklers

  • Check irrigation system at least once every two weeks
  • Make sure run time is correct for the time of year
  • Check each zone for proper coverage
  • Check each sprinkler head for blockage
  • Check for leaking sprinkler heads
  • If power goes out you may need to reset clock

How to check your irrigation rate:

Use five to ten cans three to six inches in diameter. Place the cans in one zone at a time, scattered throughout the zone. Turn on the water for fifteen minutes. Use a ruler to find the average depth of water collected in all the cans. Multiply the average by four to get your water output per hour. Repeat the above steps for each zone.

How much should I water?

Every lawn is different. There are many factors that determine how much water your lawn needs, such as grass type, soil type, how much sun or shade your lawn gets and the density of the turf. The times listed below are only approximate. Irrigation systems are different as is every lawn. Plant beds generally need about half the water than the lawn.

When not getting consistent rains, each zone should be set to water 45 minutes to 1 hour twice a week. Your lawn should receive 3/4 of an inch to 1 inch of water per watering.

Water Restrictions

Follow the link below to view water restrictions that may be in effect in your city or country. Always refer to your local government or utility watering days and restriction guidelines first.

Click here:
Water restrictions for Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties

The post Watering appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/pest-control/watering/feed/ 0 772
Seasonal Issues http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/pest-control/seasonal-issues/ http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/pest-control/seasonal-issues/#respond Sun, 21 Apr 2013 00:29:24 +0000 http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/?p=844 Management of lawn and ornamental issues vary with each season. Proper diagnosis and chemical application is important to create a healthy and vibrant landscape throughout the year. Southern Care Lawns has the experience and expertise to properly diagnosis and treat the wide variety of issues that affect your landscape. Contact us today for a free […]

The post Seasonal Issues appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
seasonal_routineManagement of lawn and ornamental issues vary with each season.
Proper diagnosis and chemical application is important to create a healthy and vibrant landscape
throughout the year. Southern Care Lawns has the experience and expertise to properly diagnosis
and treat the wide variety of issues that affect your landscape. Contact us today for a free evaluation and quote. We are here to help.

Winter

Frost Injury

When we get a freeze you may see a checkered pattern like the picture to the left. This will grow out when warmer temperatures return and fertilizer is added to help promote growth.brown_patch_rostinjury

Brown Patch Fungus

This disease is most likely to be observed from November through May when temperatures are below 80°F. It is not normally observed in the summer. Infection is triggered by rainfall, excessive irrigation, or extended periods of high humidity resulting in the blades being continuously wet for 48 hours or more. Our fungicides will help stop the spread but only if the infected area can dry out. It will take time to fully recover, though usually not until spring when turf is actively growing again.

Spring

Shot Hole Fungus

Holes in ornamental plants are likely shot hole fungus, a very common issue with prunus species in our climate. It is only cosmetic and is not significant enough of a problem to treat. It has nothing to do with the type of mulch you use, although the fungal spores carried on fallen leaves can persist over winter if you don’t rake and clean up properly. The majority of fungi associated with decomposition are beneficial to plants in the long run and not disease carrying or pathogenic organisms.shoholefungus

Shot hole is a fungal disease which attacks leaves, buds, blossoms, fruits, and twigs. On hibiscus, the fungus often infects and kills buds, which may be covered with a shiny, gummy material. Lesions on leaves and flowers are initially small purplish areas which expand into brown spots with light centres. The lesions are seldom larger than 1/4″ in diameter. The infected spots on leaves often die and drop out in warm weather, giving leaves a “shot hole” appearance. Spores are easily spread by water.

Management options for shot hole fungus would be to avoid overhead watering, prune and destroy dead buds and cankered twigs if present, rake and destroy infected leaves and pace plantings and prune to provide good air circulation.

SUMMER

Slime Mold

PhysarumOnTurf
You would think by the name we would be talking about a slimy, gooey condition on the grass. Actually, slime mood often appears as if ashes or oil was deposited on the grass. Closer examination reveals a granular, crusty, or powdery material moving up the blades of grass from the thatch and soil surface.

The good news is that slime mood is not harmful to grass, but because it is so visible, it creates concern. Most of its life cycle is unseen, breaking down and feeding on organic matter in the thatch and on the surface of the soil. When environmental conditions are just right, it goes from its vegetative state to a reproductive mode. This is when the light colored to dark tray to black spore masses become visible. It moves up any type of support, in this case grass blades, and turns into a large mass of spores that are then blown in the wind and transported in runoff water. The spores easily rub off on your shoes or hand when touched. Though it is unsightly, slime mold does no harm, and can be washed or swept off the grass. No fungicides are required.

Gray Leaf Spot

A common problem we encounter in early summer on St. Augustine grass is a leaf spot disease called Gray Leaf Spot. Gray leaf spot develops rapidly with abundant moisture and warn temperatures on St. Augustine grass. It is especially troublesome in shaded areas that remain damp for prolonged periods of time, in low lying spots, or where water runoff flows regularly. Under these conditions, the disease can cause serious thinning of the turf.gray-leaf

Leaf spots first appear as tiny brown to ash colored spots with purple to brown margins that enlarge and become elongated or diamond-shaped. Sections of the leaf blade will also turn yellow. In severe cases, lesions develop on stems and spikes and the leaves wither and die. Turfgrass may have a burned or scorched appearance resulting from death or spotting of the leaf blades.

Management of leaf spot would be to avoid applying high rates of soluble nitrogen fertilisers on moderately shaded lawns during summer months. Water lawn early in the morning and only when supplemental water is needed. Avoid evening watering that keep the leaf surface wet for long periods of time. Catch grass clippings where fray leaf spot is a problem.

The post Seasonal Issues appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/pest-control/seasonal-issues/feed/ 0 844
Trees & Shrubs http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/pest-control/trees-shrubs/ http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/pest-control/trees-shrubs/#respond Sat, 20 Apr 2013 20:34:58 +0000 http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/?p=776 Below are some of the most common issues that can effect Florida trees and shrubs. Click an image to learn more.

The post Trees & Shrubs appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
Below are some of the most common issues that can effect Florida trees and shrubs. Click an image to learn more.

Asian Cycad Scale

Asian Cycad Scale

Chilli Thrips

Chilli Thrips

Tulip Tree Scale

Tulip Tree Scale

Sphaeropsis Gall

Sphaeropsis Gall

Abnormalities in Palms

Abnormalities in Palms

Stem Canckers

Stem Canckers

Pink Hibiscus Mealybug

Pink Hibiscus Mealybug

Aphids

Aphids

Bougainvillaea Chewers

Bougainvillaea Chewers

Fusarium Wilt

Fusarium Wilt

Lace Bugs

Lace Bugs

Lubber Grasshopper

Lubber Grasshopper

Rugose Spiraling Whitefly

Rugose Spiraling Whitefly

Oleander Caterpillar

Oleander Caterpillar

Ganoderma Butt Rot

Ganoderma Butt Rot

Texas Phoenix Palm Decline

Texas Phoenix Palm Decline

Mites

Mites

Sooty Mold

Sooty Mold

The post Trees & Shrubs appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/pest-control/trees-shrubs/feed/ 0 776
I will absolutely recommend http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/testimonials/i-will-absolutely-recommend/ http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/testimonials/i-will-absolutely-recommend/#respond Sun, 31 Mar 2013 23:36:04 +0000 http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/?p=768 Thank you Rick and crew for doing such a nice job with my yard. I am so happy, it looks great. Always on schedule,  available to reach, and explained his thoughts and ideas to me which I greatly appreciated.  Its always  nice to hear people comment how nice your yard looks. I will absolutely recommend Rick and AIG to friends […]

The post I will absolutely recommend appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
Thank you Rick and crew for doing such a nice job with my yard. I am so happy, it looks great. Always on schedule,  available to reach, and explained his thoughts and ideas to me which I greatly appreciated.  Its always  nice to hear people comment how nice your yard looks. I will absolutely recommend Rick and AIG to friends and neighbors.

Thanks again

Debbie K.

The post I will absolutely recommend appeared first on AIG Lawn.

]]>
http://www.aiglawnandlandscape.com/testimonials/i-will-absolutely-recommend/feed/ 0 768