Grubs are a quiet enemy of a healthy lawn. Voracious eaters, grubs live beneath the surface of unsuspecting lawns. Also aggressive multipliers, grubs will continue to reproduce and inflict ever-increasing damage. Because they live below ground, homeowners are unlikely to spot the invaders or catch them in the act. However, anyone who is paying careful attention can easily spot the evidence of grubs. Here are some signs that grubs are feasting on your grass.
Grubs live to feed on your grass. But they don’t eat the pretty green stems that you see above the surface. Therefore, you won’t see them crawling around on your lawn, and you also won’t see grass being chomped off by these pests. Instead they eat the roots. This means that all of the damage is occurring below the surface. Of course, this will affect the overall health of grass plants. What you will notice is grass that looks wilted or sick.
If grubs continue to feast on your lawn, eventually grass will not just look sick or wilted. Eventually the grass will die. Death of grass will demonstrate itself with brown spots. Sometimes brown spots start out small and you can attack the pest before the problem becomes widespread.
Easily Removed Grass
Another consequence of grub infestation and the accompanying loss of roots is a steady weakening of grass plants. You probably don’t try to pull up your grass, but if you suspect grubs you might want to do just that in a small, inconspicuous area of your yard. If grubs are destroying the roots of your grass, clumps of the plants will be easily removed with your hands. Strong grass plants, on the other hand, will have dense root systems that keep them firmly anchored in the ground.
Increase of Animal Visitors
Finally, a dead give-away that you have grubs is an increase of animals coming to your yard to eat. Animals, including birds, moles, and racoons, are natural predators of grubs. If you have noticed flocks of birds frequently landing in your yard while ignoring your neighbor’s yard, you can be pretty sure that they are coming to feed on the pests feeding on your grass. On an even more unpleasant note, skunks also enjoy a meal of grubs. Now that is motivation to eradicate these pesky pests from your yard!
If you think you have a grub problem, Ping’s can help. Our lawn care division can make needed pest control applications or provide holistic lawn care which includes both fertilizer and pesticide treatments. Call us at 317-298-8482 to find out more about the services we offer.
We’ve been waiting for it since last November and this year we thought it would never come. But finally, spring has arrived in central Indiana. Now that spring is here, it is time to get to work. As winter clears out, it’s easy to see that there is much to be done. Here is a list of spring yard clean-up tasks to get you started.
Clear Lawn Debris
Winter weather tends to make a mess in your yard. Snow, wind, and ice can be hard on your trees, bringing down small twigs, larger branches, and sometimes even whole trees. In addition, leaves and trash may have been blown into your yard and will need to be taken care of. Whether you have a small mess or a big one, Ping’s can come take care of it for you. Even cleaning up a large tree is no problem for us.
Clean Out Landscape Beds
Likewise, your landscape beds may have collected the same types of debris over the winter. Beds may also have dead leaves, flowers, and stems that were not removed in the fall. This can be a big job if you have multiple landscape beds. Or delegate the work to Ping’s Landscape division. We will quickly clean out the old and get your beds ready for new spring plantings.
Trim Trees and Shrubs
Once new leaves appear on trees and shrubs, you might notice that they look a little shaggy. In this case, they could probably use a trim. Ping’s has the expertise and equipment to prune trees, improving both health and appearance.
Aerate and Overseed Grass
Problems with your lawn can become apparent in the spring. Ground may be compact or the grass may become sparse or thin. Taking the time to aerate your lawn and overseed it can improve your chances of a lush, green lawn this summer. If you don’t have the time, Ping’s lawn care team can do it for you.
Great looking lawns don’t just happen. Spring is a good time to start fertilizing your lawn and getting it ready for a healthy growing season. This helps your grass recover from the harsh winter weather and get ready for the hot days of summer. Again, Ping’s can do this for you. We actually have a 6-step program that provides lawn treatments at just the right time.
For many homeowners, spring means that it’s time to apply mulch. This is a helpful practice, which conserves water and reduces both run-off and weeds. It is important that mulch application be done correctly since too much mulch can be harmful to trees and plants. Aren’t sure how to apply mulch? See our blog for some tips or better yet, let Ping’s do it for you.
Spring’s to-do list can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t need to be. Let Ping’s help you out. We provide all these services for commercial as well as residential customers. Call us today at 317-298-8482 and let us know how we can get your property cleaned up and ready for spring.
Was your lawn a disappointment last year? Were you embarrassed to have the brownest, sparsest lawn in the neighborhood? Did you finally just give up on achieving the green, lush yard of your dreams? If you answered any of these questions in the affirmative, we have good news for you. Spring gives you an opportunity to start afresh on your lawn. Here are some spring lawn care tasks that will help you have a healthy, beautiful lawn in 2018.
Clean Up from Fall and Winter
Nature can be messy, especially in the fall and winter seasons. Lawns all over central Indiana find themselves covered by a blanket of leaves every fall. Some leaves fall before summer even says goodbye. Others fall as the chilly nights of autumn arrive. But still others hang onto their leaves well into what feels like winter. Once snow falls, it is harder to rake leaves and remove them from your lawn. In that case, your first spring lawn care task should be to get rid of leaves as well as any tree branches or sticks that have fallen in winter.
Tune Up Your Mower
If there is one thing that everyone does in the summer, it is lawn mowing. It starts in the spring almost as soon as the weather warms and continues through the cooler days of fall. You better be ready! Many homeowners take their mowers in for a tune-up before mowing begins. This assures that your mower will be ready to run when the grass needs to be cut. At the same time, it is important to make sure that blades are sharp, ensuring clean, healthy cuts to grass.
Fertilize Your Lawn
When you want something to grow, you better feed it. This is as true for grass as it is for any other living organism. That’s why homeowners hoping for a lush, green lawn this year should fertilize in the spring. If you are unsure about how to apply fertilizer or just don’t want to do it yourself, Ping’s offers single applications of fertilizer as well as season-long lawn care programs that apply the right lawn care treatments at just the right time.
Overseed or Fill in Bare Spots
As your lawn starts to come back from its winter hibernation, it is a great time to look for thin or bare spots. There will be areas where grass has died or has just been weakened or damaged. Applying grass patch on bare patches allows you to fill in these spots. In addition, overseeding your whole lawn helps promote a fuller, healthier lawn. Take advantage of the mild spring weather to encourage optimal growth and nurture of grass seeds and young plants.
Prevent and Kill Weeds and Pests
While helping grass grow is a good thing, there are other plants and animals that you don’t want growing in your lawn. In the spring, weeds will take off almost immediately. To keep them from taking over, preventative treatments should be applied. Grubs are also known to invade lawns in spring. You can tell grubs are a problem when the birds start to congregate and feast on your lawn. Ping’s 6-step lawn care program will apply herbicides and pesticides to eliminate these problems.
Spring lawn care is important. It provides the foundation for grass that thrives through the changing temperatures and conditions of a central Indiana summer. You are not alone in these lawn care tasks; Ping’s offers services to help with many of these. Whether fertilizing, applying herbicides or pesticides, or overseeding, Ping’s will make sure that it is done at the right time and in the correct manner. Beyond just spring, Ping’s also provides a reliable lawn care program throughout the growing season. To learn more about the services we offer, see our website or call us for more information (317-298-8482).
The growing season is quickly coming to an end. Mowing will soon become unnecessary as the cooler weather settles in and grass enters a dormant stage. But there are still lawn care activities that need your attention. In fact, some of the things you do now can actually affect the healthy and beauty of your lawn next spring. One such activity is lawn aeration. If you are uncertain about what lawn aeration is and whether you should do it, keep reading.
What is Lawn Aeration?
Aeration is the practice of making small holes in the surface of a lawn. The preferred method of lawn aeration is to insert hollow cylinders into the ground. The cylinders force 2- to 3-inch long plugs out of the soil and leave behind holes of the same depth. Alternately, insertion of spikes can also be used for aeration, but this method is not as effective since it does not remove plugs from the soil.
Benefits of Lawn Aeration
But you may be asking yourself why anyone would want to make holes in their lawn? The simple answer is that it actually helps the lawn to be healthier. Some key benefits of lawn aeration include:
- It reduces compaction of soil
- It prevents thatch from building up on the surface of the soil
- It allows better circulation of air
- It improves the absorption of water, fertilizer, and nutrients by grass roots
In short, aeration helps grass get what it needs to live and thrive. It is especially helpful for soils that experience heavy traffic or are in generally poor condition.
Combine with Overseeding
Often homeowners follow lawn aeration with overseeding, which is the process of scattering grass seeds over existing grass. For lawns that are thin or nearly bare, overseeding can significantly improve the look and health of the turf. Combining the two boosts the effectiveness of overseeding. When sown on aerated ground, seeds have a better opportunity to settle directly on the soil. This promotes germination and root growth. As more individual grass plants grow and become established, the lawn will become more thick and lush. It will also be healthier and better able to fight disease and withstand drought and other damage.
Lawn aeration and overseeding are valuable lawn care practices that every homeowner should consider, especially if there are signs of soil compaction or thinning grass growth. Fall is the ideal time to perform these activities to give the grass seed time to germinate and become rooted before colder weather arrives. If you think your lawn could benefit from aeration and overseeding but aren’t sure how to do it (or just don’t want to), Ping’s can get it done for you. Just like we provide expert tree care that keeps your trees healthy and beautiful, we can also provide services to keep your lawn healthy and looking great. Call us at 317-298-8482 to schedule aeration and overseeding. Our work now will help you get your lawn ready to grow in the spring.
The first sign that there is a problem with your lawn is often a change in appearance. Instead of the healthy, lush green carpet you expect, diseased grass will often be different in color or density. One such difference that you may notice in your lawn is the discoloration caused by dollar spot. You may have never heard of dollar spot, but it can cause pervasive damage to your lawn if it is not stopped.
What Is Dollar Spot?
Dollar spot is a disease caused by a fungus that affects bentgrass, bluegrass, fine-leaf fescues, perennial ryegrass, and zoysiagrass. It shows up first with small yellowish green blotches, which may escape your attention. As the disease progresses, it causes blades to become a tan color, affecting patches of grass about the size of a silver dollar. If left unchecked, the disease will spread and patches will become larger. Eventually, the entire yard may be damaged by the fungi.
What Causes Dollar Spot?
Much like we might catch a cold, grass can become infected when exposed to micro-organisms as well. Activation of fungi spores cause dollar spot to develop. The spores of this fungus may be present in your soil and spread by natural means. They may also be spread through contaminated mowers, sprinklers, or other maintenance equipment. The disease is exacerbated by wet turf, high humidity, and weather that is warm during the day and cool at night.
Can Dollar Spot Be Prevented?
Though soil may contain dollar spot fungus spores, this does not necessarily mean that dollar spot will develop. The right conditions must be present. Some of these conditions are out of your control. For example, high humidity can promote the growth of the fungus. But you do have some control over other factors, such as your watering and mowing habits. Lawns should be watered deeply and infrequently and should always be watered early enough in the day to allow grass to dry out before nightfall. It is also important to keep your lawn free of thick layers of grass clippings by mowing regularly. Cut grass that is left on your lawn can give fungi a perfect environment in which to grow.
What If I Have Dollar Spot?
If you find that your lawn is infected with dollar spot, you can rest in the knowledge that it is fairly easy to treat. For mild cases, treatment with nitrogen fertilizer may stop the spread of the fungus. In more severe cases, a fungicide may need to be applied. When your lawn experiences problems, including dollar spot, the professionals at Ping’s can help. We can evaluate your lawn, identify the problem, and implement the solution. We offer full-service lawn care as well as treatments for specific lawn problems. Visit our website for more information or give us a call at 317-298-8482 for a free quote.
Mowing is not a sport, a hobby, or an art, but we do spend a lot of time doing it. Most Americans like to have a well-kept lawn. Our lawns are a source of pride for many of us, and we work hard to make sure that the grass is always an acceptable height. Since we spend so much time mowing, we should at least make sure we are doing it right. By following these principles for good mowing habits, you can get the most out of your mowing investment.
Keep Equipment in Good Condition
Good mowing starts with having the right equipment. Regular maintenance will keep your mower running and ready to go when you are. At the end of each mowing season, any remaining gas should be drained from your mower before you put it away for the winter. When you get your mower out at the beginning of the season, it is helpful to have it tuned up and looked over by a lawn-mower mechanic. This will hopefully prevent you from running into problems and having to take your mower in for repair when you need it most.
In particular, it is important to make sure that the blades on your mower are sharp. Dull blades can be damaging to your lawn. A dull blade will essentially tear your grass rather than making a clean cut. An uneven cut will cause grass to be more vulnerable to attacks from disease and pests. Mower blades should be sharpened at least twice per mowing season, more if your mower gets heavy use.
Choose the Right Time to Mow
Some tasks on your to-do list can be done anytime, while others have less flexibility. There are no hard and fast rules about when mowing should be done, but there are definitely some guidelines. First of all, you need to know the ideal height for your grass, which varies depending on grass type. This helpful article from DIY Network can help you figure out what’s best for your particular variety. In general, you don’t want to cut more than 1/3 of the height of the grass at each mowing. Following this recommendation will help the grass to thoroughly recover from the stress of mowing.
Additionally, you will want to make sure that the grass is dry when you mow. Wet grass can clump and accumulate on your lawn. As it decays there, these clumps can be a breeding ground for microscopic pests. They can also prevent your lawn from receiving adequate sunlight in the affected areas.
Prepare Before You Mow
You might be ready to just jump in and start mowing right away, but some preparation is best. Trimming and edging before you mow will give you the best results. Doing this prep work will benefit your grass and your mower as well as trees, plants, and other landscape elements in your yard. And best of all, it also makes actual mowing time quicker and more enjoyable for you.
Resist a Mowing Rut
Finally, mowing can be a repetitive task, and you may be tempted to do it the same each time. Maybe you feel like you’ve found a pattern that works and you’re going to stick to it. However, it is better for your lawn if you change things up from mowing to mowing. Following the same pattern can contribute to the problems of turf wear and soil compaction. To prevent this, change the direction in which you mow. Go one direction this week and the opposite direction the next. You can even challenge yourself to mow diagonally across your yard from time to time. It doesn’t really matter how you do it as long as you don’t always do it the same way.
We are in the middle of mowing season. Right now, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to hone your mowing skills. But if excelling at mowing is not your dream, maybe you’d like to delegate your mowing duties to the experts at Ping’s. We’ve got an experienced crew that is ready and willing to take this never-ending task off your hands. Visit our Landscape page to learn more or call us at 317-298-8482 to learn more.
Lawn care takes center stage during the warm months of summer in central Indiana. Everyone is busy at work to keep the lawn looking healthy and green. From mowing to edging, from fertilizer to pest control, significant effort goes into lawn maintenance. Often homeowners and commercial property owners reach the conclusion that lawn care is too much for one person to handle. There are many lawn care companies who are ready to provide lawn care services. Yet not all of them deliver all that they promise. These tips can help you avoid being ripped off by lawn care companies.
As you start to consider hiring a lawn care company, you should be prepared to ask some questions. You can learn a lot by simply talking with a representative about the company and their offerings. Find out how long they have been doing lawn care work and how many employees they have. Ask questions about their process such as how often they provide service. Inquire whether the company is a member of any professional organizations. If the representative seems unable to answer questions, you might be skeptical of their ability to deliver reliable service.
Check for License and Insurance
One specific question that you’ll want to ask is whether the company has the proper license and insurance. Local regulations require lawn care companies to have a license to apply fertilizer and insecticides. Furthermore, companies need to have insurance to protect you in the case that something goes wrong and your lawn is damaged.
Do Your Research
Beyond asking questions, you should also investigate the company from other sources. If your neighbors have used the company, talk with them and find out whether they have been happy. Social media networks give you an opportunity to find out what people beyond your circle of acquaintances think. You can also check to see if the company is accredited by the Better Business Bureau. The BBB will also have a list of complaints against companies that have been filed with them.
Get It In Writing
When you are serious about hiring a company to perform lawn care, make sure you have a contract. The contract should spell out exactly what will be done and how much it will cost. Additionally, you should not pay for the service until it is actually completed.
The bottom line when it comes to hiring a lawn care company is trust. Your lawn is a reflection on you so you want to be sure that any company you hire will do a good job. For years, you’ve been trusting your tree care needs to Ping’s Tree Service. Now you can trust your lawn care needs to us too! Ping’s is accredited with the Better Business Bureau. In addition, we are also certified with the Office of Indiana State Chemist for proper management and application of treatments for tree, plant, and lawn services and currently employ 7 ISA-certified arborists. See our website for a full description of our 6-step lawn care program. Call us at 317-298-8482 or schedule online today for a free estimate on our lawn care services.
People have different tastes in clothes, houses, and cars, but when it comes to lawns, everyone wants the same thing. They want a green, healthy lawn that looks beautiful and well-maintained. Since a great-looking lawn does not happen by itself, you will find homeowners working hard in their yards throughout the year. Unfortunately, there are enemies of a healthy lawn that seem to always be at work to destroy your lawn, including the following.
Worms and Insects
Some of the most devastating enemies of a healthy lawn are worms and insects. While nature is full of these little critters and many are beneficial for grasses and other plants, some can be damaging and even lethal to grass. One common pest that can do significant harm to your lawn is the white grub. If you see birds or small animals feeding in your yard, you probably have a problem with grubs. Luckily, grubs are fairly easy to treat. Usually a chemical called Imidacloprid will get rid of grubs and allow your lawn to return to health.
Another enemy of a respectable lawn is disease. There are many fungi and bacteria that can find their way into your lawn and attack the grass growing there. These disease-causing agents do not affect all grasses alike. Each type of fungi and bacteria will attack certain types of grass. They also only do damage under certain conditions. This is why you may notice grass starting to die at the change of the season. Changes in the moisture or the temperature of your lawn may cause these diseases to flare up.
Animals and Kids
More noticeable than small insects and microscopic pathogens, animals can also be enemies to your lawn. Dogs in particular can tear up grass and make it hard for it to grow. Once grass has been uprooted, it is difficult to promote its growth. Overseeding may be necessary, but even this measure will be futile if the behavior continues. Kids can also be hard on your grass, especially if they like to dig in a favorite spot, but they usually grow out of these damaging habits in a few years!
Lack of Sunlight
Plants need sunlight to grow so it is not surprising that grass will suffer when it doesn’t get adequate sunlight. This often happens under large trees that block the necessary rays. Grass that does not receive enough sunlight will become thin. The lawn may even become completely bare under thick trees. A good pruning of the trees above the bare spots will encourage grass proliferation. It may also be helpful to apply more grass seed once the offending trees are cut back.
In addition to sunlight, plants also need nutrients from the soil. Compacted soil is an enemy of a healthy lawn because it keeps grass from reaching vital nutrients. Roots cannot develop normally in compacted soil. Fortunately, aeration is an easy remedy for compacted soil. In fact, aerating your lawn annually will help to keep your yard healthy and beautiful.
Misapplication of Fertilizer
Finally, did you know that you can be an enemy of your quest for a good-looking lawn? Even while you are working diligently to promote healthy growth in your lawn, you might be doing more damage than good. Fertilizer can be very beneficial to your lawn, but misapplication of fertilizer can be harmful. Uneven application of fertilizer might leave your lawn looking striped instead of uniform. Overfertilizing will cause your grass to turn yellow or even die.
If you feel like you need a little help making your lawn live up to your dreams, Ping’s has the solution. We have a lawn care program that will give your grass just what it needs when it needs it. We can evaluate what enemies are attacking your lawn and how to tackle them. Whether you need an ongoing lawn plan or a one-time targeted application or service, Ping’s has the expertise to get your lawn looking great. Call us today at 317-298-8482 to get started!
We understand the nearly universal desire to have a lush, green lawn. A beautiful lawn gives you a place to enjoy time outdoors and also makes any property more attractive. Yet often homeowners and commercial property owners find that the work required for that dream lawn can be a bit daunting. This is where Ping’s can help. We are now offering Indianapolis lawn care services, both with our pre-set 6-step program or with a customized program that meets your lawn’s individual needs.
Round 1: Stop Crabgrass Before It Even Gets Started
Ping’s starts the 6-step lawn program in the spring. We apply pre-emergent crabgrass control early enough to block crabgrass growth before it even gets started. Making a pre-emptive strike at the crabgrass gives us an advantage and a better chance to win the battle. By minimizing crabgrass growth, the healthy desirable grass has an environment where it can thrive.
Rounds 2 to 5: Feed the Grass, Kill the Weeds
Once the growing season is in full swing, our lawn care strategy changes. We will make 4 application, one during each the late spring, summer, late summer, and early fall. These applications have a dual purpose. With fertilization, we give lawns the nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy throughout the season. At the same time, we apply broadleaf weed control to minimize the proliferation of weeds. Together these two components produce a yard that is uniformly green and luxurious.
Round 6: Get Your Yard Ready for Winter
As the growing season winds down and the weather starts to get colder, we will make our final application of the year. This late-fall application gets your lawn ready for winter. While through the summer the object of the treatments has been to keep grass looking lovely, now the main purpose shifts to strengthening the roots. Additionally, this application will get grass ready for the early spring growth that follows the winter dormancy.
What Your Lawn Needs, When It Needs It
Ping’s lawn care program is structured to provide your lawn with what it needs just when it needs it. Our lawn care experts know the strength of the fertilizer that is best for each season as well as the best time and the best way to apply it. We will schedule these treatments with you at the right time so you don’t have to worry about it. In addition to these application, we also offer other lawn services, including:
- Fungicide Treatments
- Grassy Weed Control Treatments
- Grub Worm Treatments
- Insect Control Treatments
- Lawn Core Aeration
- Overseeding with Starter Fertilization
- Slit Seeding with Starter Fertilization
If you are thinking about starting Ping’s lawn care program, now is the time to sign up. New customers who act now will receive Round 6 for FREE. Call us at 317-298-8482 or schedule online for a free estimate.
For over 40 years, Ping’s has been providing expert tree care for central Indiana homeowners and property owners. Our knowledgeable arborists and experienced technicians have been keeping your trees healthy and taking care of your big and small tree problems. Now we are branching out! Our new landscape division will bring the same level of expertise and quality to your lawn and landscape projects. As we embark on this new venture, we will be offering outstanding Indianapolis landscape services such as the following.
For many of us, most of our residential landscape or commercial landscape needs revolve around lawn care. You probably want your lawn to be healthy and green, regardless of the weather. Yet you know that lush, beautiful lawns do not happen without care. Lawns demand a lot of attention. They require frequent mowing, periodic fertilization and weed control, and general maintenance. Ping’s offers all this to our lawn care customers.
Our 6-step lawn care program addresses the basic fertilization and weed control needs of lawns on a seasonal basis. You can rely on us to provide the right applications at the right time using the right method. Additional services from Ping’s include aeration, overseeding, and pest control. We will keep your lawn or grass on your commercial property looking healthy and well cared for. Our team can even perform the ongoing tasks of mowing and edging for commercial properties, condos, or HOA common areas.
While your lawn is a major part of your outdoor space, often the smaller landscape beds capture more attention. Ping’s can take care of your landscaped areas. Our comprehensive offerings include everything from design to maintenance. We can help you add color and beauty to your yard or your commercial property with landscape design. Once you have a vision, our team will handle the construction, renovation, and planting.
Beyond the creation of new landscape elements, we can also help you take care of the landscaping you already have. Ping’s will evaluate your property’s climate, soil, and drainage conditions and help you choose the right plants. We can get your beds cleaned up and ready in the spring. Through the summer, we provide regular maintenance services such as weeding, dead-heading, and pruning. When the weather turns colder, we will clear your beds of fall debris and apply protective coverings to roses and shrubs. Our seasonal flower bed program lets you keep flowers on your commercial property or at your home always looking fresh. With this program, we will switch out the vegetation in your beds periodically as the seasons progress. We’ll keep your flowers and plants looking beautiful in every season.
Keeping your entire outdoor area looking great is not easy. It takes a lot of work. Ping’s can assist you with every facet of outdoor upkeep. We offer spring and fall clean-up services. In addition, we can apply mulch to your trees, shrubs, and flower beds. Of course, we also remain dedicated to providing excellent tree care service. We will continue to offer expert care for your trees, including planting, fertilization, pruning, and treatment of diseases or deficiencies. Ping’s can also remove any dead, diseased, or damaged trees or branches. There is no tree problem that is too difficult for Ping’s!
Ping’s has the expertise and the resources to take care of your outdoor areas. Whether you are responsible for commercial property, common areas of a neighborhood, or simply your own home, you can rely on us. Our flexible tree care, lawn care, and landscape services will cover all your needs. To learn more, call us at 317-298-8482 or schedule a consultation online.