Below you will find useful tips on a variety of topics. The menu on the left-hand side of this page will quickly direct you to the information you desire. Additionally, the following links may prove useful in your information gathering:
Virginia Tech Turf: Provides publications and information from the turfgrass extension specialists at Virginia Tech
Turfweeds at Virginia Tech: Provides weed resources as well as Weed ID, a web-based photo resource of over 200 common weeds.
As always, do not hesitate to contact our offices if you require further information or assistance.
Aeration has many benefits—it will help control thatch, improve soil structure, thicken underground roots and rhizomes, relieve compaction, and improve penetration of both water and fertilizers.
The aeration process removes small cores of soil and turf from your lawn. These cores are left on the lawn to break down and melt back into the soil after a mowing and/or rainfall. These cores are a source of organic matter for your lawn. Organic matter contributes to improved soil structure, a major factor in turfgrass growth and development.
Fall is an excellent time to aerate the lawn. Ideally, lawns should be aerated annually.
Of all the problems and pests that can damage a lawn, fungus diseases are the most frustrating and difficult to control. There are literally hundreds of diseases that can and do infect turfgrass.
The best control of a fungus is a healthy, properly fertilized lawn which is able to withstand the temporary damage done by a disease. Proper mowing and watering are also factors in disease prevention.
Fungicides, chemical controls of diseases, are too expensive and their results too erratic to make their use practical on home lawns.
Remember, most diseases are weather-related, and the damage is only temporary. A well-maintained lawn will eventually recover from disease damage when weather conditions change.
Since the chemical control of disease, on a preventive basis, is impossible and impractical as well as unwise, Green up makes no applications of fungicides, except in rare cases where we deem it necessary, and only then with a customer’s permission.
Dog urine can cause nitrogen burns in the lawn. With time, the turf will recover from these burns. Repeated urination in one area can kill turf due to excess nitrogen levels. Watering an area after urination will help dilute nitrogen levels in that area, reducing the probability of nitrogen burns appearing in the turf.
It is not only impossible and impractical to try to control all the insects that may be present in your lawn and/or soil—it is also unwise.
Unwise because insecticides can not only eliminate turf damaging insects, but also beneficial insects and organisms, such as earthworms.
Green Up does control insect populations that grow so large that damage occurs to the lawn. While we do use insecticides, as necessary, it is Green Up policy to emphasize their prudent and judicious use. You have our word that we will take an extra measure of care to use insecticides responsibly.
Since insect problems can occur at almost any time, and it is neither practical nor environmentally sound to control them on a preventive basis, Green Up extends to all its customers subscribing to any of our treatment programs, a “No Quibble Insect Control Guarantee.” If you at any time have turf damaging insects strike your lawn, we will control them at no additional charge.
Click HERE to read Green Up's recommendations for moles.
Moss can be physically eradicated by raking with a stiff-tined rake. However, if the reasons for moss growth are not corrected this may be only a temporary solution.
Mowing is the most important thing you will ever do to your lawn. Proper mowing is beneficial to a lawn, while improper mowing can be harmful.
Proper mowing can be painless and lead to an improvement in turf quality. We recommend you follow these guidelines:
A good rule of thumb: Mow often and mow high.
Mushrooms visible in the yard can roughly be compared to the
fruiting bodies of trees. They are the reproductive arm of the subterranean mushroom mycelium; the mycelium is the widely branching vegetative part of the mushroom plant. Control of mushrooms is thus extremely difficult, as it would involve treating an underground organism! Mushrooms are mostly observed in the spring and fall months when adequate moisture is present.
Mushrooms are actually quite beneficial to the health of landscapes. Mushrooms decompose dead organic material, such as leaves, grass clippings, and wood debris. They enrich the soil with nutrients from these dead materials. Furthermore, mushrooms enjoy a symbiotic affiliation with plants. Mushrooms facilitate plant root uptake of water and nutrients while the plant provides sugars and amino acids to the mushroom.
Fall is the time we recommend that you seed areas. The spring is a poor second to Fall when it comes to seeding. Many Spring seedings end in failure. The best time to seed in our area is from August 15th through October 15th.
Adults are approximately 17 millimeters long and have a characteristic "shield" shaped back. They produce a pungent odor. These insects often congregate on houses in the late Fall and move indoors as the temperature drops. The best control for these pests vacuum removal. Chemical controls have not been proven effective.
To keep your lawn healthy and green in our area, it is sometimes necessary to water. By watering your lawn, you can assure good growth, color, and recuperation of your grass. If you do not water, expect the lawn to cease growing and turn brown.
Green Up recommends the following guidelines when watering:
To ensure the success of the seeding and germination of grass seed, you must water properly. For grass seed to germinate, it must be kept constantly moist, so light, frequent watering is best.
Green Up recommends the following guidelines to ensure the success of the seeding:
Weeds are a constant nuisance in any lawn. An Integral part of each Green Up maintenance program is the control of weeds—both grassy and broadleaf.
Green Up control methods take three forms:
While Green Up does use herbicides to control weeds, it is Green Up policy to emphasize their prudent and judicious use. You have our word that we will take an extra measure of care to use herbicides responsibly.
Since weeds can become a problem at almost any time, Green Up extends to all its customers subscribing to any of our treatment programs a “No Quibble Weed Control Guarantee.” If you notice weeds at any time, please call us for a FREE weed control call back application.
Woolly adelgid females are 1/16th inch long, circular insects. They protect themselves with a fluffy, white wax when they lay eggs and feed where hemlock needles attach to twigs. Signs of infestation include yellowing and premature drop of needles as well as the presence of white, fluffy insects. Woolly adelgids are easily controlled with horticultural oil applications.