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WEBWORMS- Chew off grass blades and pull them into tunnels they make in the thatch layer.
CHINCH BUGS- Sucks juices from the leaves and stems of grass plants. Also, block food- and water-conducting vessels by injecting a toxin as they feed.
GREENBUG APHIDS- Like chinch bugs, suck juices from grass plants while injecting a toxin.
BILLBUGS- Feed on grass stems.
CUTWORMS- Feed on grass leaves and crowns.
Lawns under attack from these pests may show a variety of symptoms, including: thinning turf, irregular patches of yellowing, orange-brown or brown grass and torn-up pieces of sod where animals have been looking for bugs to eat. What’s even worse is that lawns damaged or weakened by insects are less tolerant of other stresses such as heat, dryness and disease.
Healthy lawns tend to be less affected by insect activity, so it’s important to follow good mowing, watering and fertilization practices. If any of the above symptoms do appear, treatment with insect controls may be necessary.
Now that the winter is approaching and the temperatures are plummeting lower and lower everyday, it’s time to winterize your lawnmower. Before conducting these procedures make sure to take safety precautions. If your follow these tips your lawnmower should start up usually next season when it is needed.
Steps towards the winterization of your lawnmower:
- Remove the gasoline from the engine. You can do this by siphoning the gasoline out and putting it in a container that will safely store the gasoline.
- Then run your lawnmower until the remaining gasoline is completely used and the engine automatically stops.
- Next, drain the gearbox oil and crank case oil. When disposing these oils make sure you do not dump it in a sewer or drain, instead consult the municipal authorities so that it may be properly taken care of.
- Apply lubricating oil and then crank up the engine using the rope so that the piston and crank shift is lubricated. Make sure to remove the spark plug first!
- Gloves are suggested for the rest of these steps; turn over the engine and clean remaining grass clippings and debris off of it. Remove any remaining debris that could be caught in between the body and engine.
- Using a piece of steal wool clean the underside areas of your lawnmower. Apply WD-40 to the cleaned areas for protection.
- After these steps remove the air filter and the oil filter. If you have a paper air filter it will need to be replaced but if not then you may clean it normally. You can put your new air and oil filters back in your lawnmower now so you don’t forget or you can do so in the beginning of next season.
- Fill the tires with air and move your lawnmower over to storage for the winter.
If these simple precautions are taken your lawnmower will have a better chance at working next season when you’ll need it! Good luck!
It’s hard to believe that spring and summer are already behind us, and fall will soon be a distant memory. Where has all the time gone?
Well, when you’re busy doing something you love, time does have a way of flying by. It seems like we lose track of time every year, because we really do love working with you to help your green spaces reach their true potential.
We’re grateful for the confidence you have in our training and expertise. Whether we’re troubleshooting a problem with a particular plant or simply taking steps to encourage healthier, more beautiful growth, you can rest assured that we’re giving it our all.
This is a great time to think ahead to next season. Are there any services you’d like to add next year? Do you have any special projects in mind for your property? If so, please let us know. We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have, and to show you how we can be of help.
We value your feedback, so please tell us how we’re doing. Clear communication with our customers enables us to improve upon the quality of our services year after year.
Thank you for your continued business, and have a great winter season. We’ll see you again in the spring!
What is a mono-garden? It’s a garden that is all one flower; either in different colors or all one color. By planting this way a person can really capture the beauty of one flower, maybe it’s your favorite flower.
You can choose any flower you want but the most popular would be tulips, because they come in a wide variety of colors.
So if you want to try something new AND be able to have a colorful garden, give the mono-garden a shot. Good luck!
Incidentally, the crews at Emil Yedowitz Landscaping and Irrigation Solutions work hard at planting mono-gardens during the months of November. So if you’re ready to have one installed for you, please call us at 914-377-9039.
NOTHING! You see when a tree is cut properly (unlike the picture of this cut limb), the tree “compartmentalizes” the injury at the cut location. Trees can resist the spread of bacteria and/or microorganisms at the cut location naturally….some trees faster than others but it will happen. The “compartmentalization” process helps stop the decay of the tree from spreading.
In fact, dressing the wounds could indeed cause an infection or further damage to take place in the tree, causing further decay, and decay at a faster rate.
So, what do you do? As I said earlier, NOTHING. Let nature take its course. Do not paint the wound. The tree will heal naturally! And the million dollar question here is “Why is this a sample of what NOT to do”? Zoom in on the picture and send me your response. – Joe Yedowitz, CLT
How to Survive the attack of the Japanese Beetle!
Have you ever seen metallic, Japanese beetles attacking your flowers, trees, pool and maybe even you? This is a common problem for many people being how these beetles are attracted to over 300 types of trees and many different types of flowers such as roses. These beetles can destroy your crops and shrubbery. They originated in New Jersey in 1916 and adjusted to the climate and infested the areas surrounding. These beetles are often found in pools as well. If you still don’t know the beetles I’m referring to, maybe this will spark a memory, Japanese beetles are notorious for flying into your hair and inhabiting it until you unpleasantly come across them! Now I’m sure you remember. It’s clear that these beetles are pests and its time to get them off of your trees and plants and stop skimming them out of your pool and stop pulling them out of your hair, its time to get rid of them!
Do your trees and plants often get eaten to death by these pests? There are many simple ways to put an end to their harmful lifestyle!
One approach you can take is insecticides. There are many insecticides that can be used, such as:
If these all sounded like gibberish to you, no worries! You can have a professional take care of it for you or you can simply take a different route.
Another approach that can help rid you of these beetles is a more organic one. You can:
- Purchase nematodes, they will feed on the grubs and eliminate them. Let the food chain take its course! (by the way, grubs are the larvae form of the beetles. They live below the surface of your lawn, and emerge as yes…a beetle!)
- You can also purchase milky spores which are also insects, and when the milky spores are ingested by the grub, they will eliminate the grub as well.
- Lastly, you can spray them with a garlic mixture spray. They hate garlic so this will keep them away. The spray is made by using up two cloves of garlic and a hot pepper in a pint of water. Strain, add a drop each of liquid Ivory soap and vegetable oil & spray on plants early in the morning. This will keep the beetles away naturally, versus using chemicals.
- You can also plant flowers and trees that the beetles aren’t attracted to such as: Most evergreen ornamental such as fir, arborvitae, spruce, pine, hemlock and rhododendron are not attacked. The beetle also does not like lilac, magnolia, holly, euonymus, dogwood, boxwood and red maple. Resistant flowers include ageratum, snapdragon, columbine, begonia and yucca. Resistant vegetables are onions, rutabaga, cauliflower, red pepper, lettuce, tomato and parsley. Plating these next to your plants that attract the beetles will help to keep them away!
Well now that you have some ideas, you just have to choose what the right idea is for you! Good luck with getting rid of these beetles!!