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July 2020 - DID YOU KNOW?​​


​​We have received a few calls from clients who are seeing brownish areas developing in their lawns.  If you see localized dry spots in your lawn, walk across them to determine if they are hard under foot.  If so, this is due to a lack of water and could signify a lack of coverage in your irrigation system or your lawn sprinklers.  Contact your irrigation company or adjust your sprinkler coverage to ensure that the area is getting adequate water. 

If the brown area feels like the green portions of your lawn when you walk across it, then you could be dealing with an insect or a disease problem.   A proper diagnosis would determine the best course of treatment.   Be sure to contact us so that we can come out to identify the problem and recommend a treatment to bring your lawn back to health.  

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November 2020 - DID YOU KNOW?​​


Drought conditions continue to remain a problem throughout Cape Cod.  Although soil moisture levels have recently improved, the prolonged periods of drought often result in damage to roots, particularly root hairs, which is the primary root tissue by which plants absorb water.  Damage to root hairs reduces the ability for plants to take up water even if soil moisture is adequate. Plants suffering from drought stress before winter are more susceptible to winter injury.

An anti transpirant spray at this time of year can be very helpful for your plants.  The spray coats the leaves of the plant and forms a colorless film on the leaf surface to help inhibit water loss.  This allows the plant to retain moisture over the winter months. 

Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you think you have a problem and we can schedule a time to come out to evaluate.


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        May 2020DID YOU KNOW?


​​Between irrigation and natural rainfall, your lawn needs at least 1”-1 ½” of water per week. It is best to water deeply 2-3 times per week, rather than daily. This will help maintain a deeper root system and protect against drought.  If you can't push a 6” screwdriver into your lawn, you are not watering enough.    

When possible, it is best to water as early in the morning as you can.  Cooler temperatures and calm breezes help keep evaporation to a minimum.  Watering in the morning keeps the turf cooler during the hottest parts of the day, which means less stress on the grass.


If the water does not absorb into your lawn quickly, you may need to dethatch.  By doing so, you will remove a thick layer of decaying plant material so that water, air, nutrients, and fertilizer can reach the soil better, plus your lawn can drain more effectively.

Don't forget that your shrubs and flowers need water as well.  In hot dry weather, you should water these plants daily. 








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        April 2020 - DID YOU KNOW?


​​Mosquitoes are more than just pests that fly around your head, buzz in your ears and cause itchy welts on your skin.  They can carry harmful diseases that afflict humans, pets and wild animals.  

There are more than 150 different species of mosquitoes that inhabit the United States, and 51 species have been found in Massachusetts alone.  The most harmful viruses that have been contracted via mosquito bite in Massachusetts are currently Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus. 

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in as little as one inch of standing water. They can go from an egg to an adult in as little as 8-10 days.   Some steps you can take to help prevent mosquitoes in your yard are:  


  • Remove sources of standing water

           (buckets, tarps, old tires, etc.).

  • Clean out the gutters and drain spouts of debris.
  • Change out water sources such as bird baths, pet bowls and plant containers. 
  • Use mosquito repellent.  
  • Stay indoors during dusk and dawn when many species of mosquitoes are most active.
  • Request mosquito sprays for your property.


Properly timed mosquito sprays are also effective in controlling ticks.  Treatments 4 - 6 weeks apart will help to keep these annoying pests away.  






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February  2020 - DID YOU KNOW?


Dead branches and leaves in your yard aren’t just unappealing—they can also affect the health of your lawn.  Specifically, this organic matter can block the growth of new grass, welcome pests, and trigger mold growth. To avoid problems, clean this debris up at the first opportunity.  Keeping your lawn free of leaves and debris throughout the winter months will keep it from suffocating and thinning out.  

Although it can feel like spring sometimes, winter is not over.  Don’t be tempted in any spring-like weather to fertilize or dethatch your lawn.  Your grass has not come out of dormancy yet and cannot absorb the nutrients in the fertilizer.  Dethatching dormant turf grass can damage the plant which will limit its ability to recover.  

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       June 2020 - DID YOU KNOW?


​​Does your lawn have what appears to be dying patches with pink or reddish fibers in them? This may be the telltale sign of red thread, a foliar turf grass disease that is usually seen in the cooler moist weather of spring and fall when your lawn is still growing slowly. It most commonly occurs because of low fertility, lack of sunlight, drought, or other causes of stress.

While affected areas of grass appear to be dead, red thread doesn't kill the grass. The fungus that infects the turf lives in the thatch and is spread by water, wind, equipment and people. The pink growths that appear in the grass do not infect the crown or the roots of the plant, so although unsightly, the grass is not killed by the fungus.

Proper cultural practices to discourage red thread include:

  • Maintain an adequate and complete fertilization program.
  • Water deeply and infrequently to prevent moisture stress.
  • Water in the morning to remove dew from the grass.
  • Prune trees and shrubs to improve air circulation and increase light penetration.
  • Keep mower blades sharp to minimize leaf wounding, which can enhance infection.
  • Collect grass clippings when disease is active.
  • Manage thatch, which can harbor the fungus.
  • Overseed with resistant varieties of turfgrass.


Often times, an application of fertilizer will reduce its severity.  Treating red thread with a fungicide is generally not necessary for home lawns but fungicides are a viable option for extreme cases or for those who find it aesthetically unpleasing.  If you're noticing red thread in your lawn and you would like it treated, let us know and we will set up a time to take care of the problem.​








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August 2020 - DID YOU KNOW?​​


Cape Cod is currently in a “flash drought”, which is a rapid onset drought with decreased precipitation, above normal temperatures and incoming radiation (sun) resulting in abnormally high evapotranspiration.  When combined, these decrease crop moisture levels and can significantly increase fire danger. 

Because of this drought, weeds that are tolerant to drought are popping up everywhere due to the stressed out condition of your lawn and landscape.  These weeds, such as crabgrass, spurge and nutsedge, thrive in hot, dry weather because they don’t require water.  Treatment of weeds in a drought stressed lawn is not recommended because you can further damage the already stressed out turf.  It is advisable to wait until the weather cools down a bit and the grass begins to green up before considering treatment of these weeds. 

Your plants may also be suffering due to this drought.  The hot dry conditions that we are experiencing here has also encouraged spider mites that can be seen damaging a number of both herbaceous (perennials) and woody ornamentals (hydrangeas, spruce) by sucking the juice right out a the plant.  If you see that your plants are stressed, hold a piece of paper under a branch and shake it to see if anything falls.  Spider mites are tiny but you will see them moving.  You do you not have to wait for cooler weather for treatment of spider mites.

Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you think you have a problem and we can schedule a time to come out to evaluate.


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         P. O. Box 458
         Marstons Mills, MA  02648
         508-776-7587 or 617-688-3186  ~ 
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      March 2020​ - DID YOU KNOW?


Last year, when your car, outdoor chairs and deck were covered with a sticky substance that you thought was sap, it was actually lecanium scale excrement or "honeydew".

Lecanium scale insects suck the juice out of the newer plant growth on deciduous trees, particularly oak trees and drop their waste, which also floats through the air. It starts out as a clear sap and then turns black from a sooty mold fungus.  If left uncontrolled, one or two major infestations can kill your trees. 

A properly timed horticultural oil spray will smother the scale which will help to alleviate this problem.




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  September 2020​ - DID YOU KNOW?


Lawns sometimes deteriorate over a period of years to the point where they cannot be nurtured back to an acceptable level of quality by using standard cultural practices such as fertilizing, proper watering, etc.  Complete renovations of existing turf should be carried out if a lawn is composed of at least 50% weedy and undesirable grass species.

Renovation during late summer/early fall generally yields the best results. Minimal weed competition as well as cooler temperatures and ample rainfall usually follow late summer renovation, thus providing a favorable environment for new seedlings. Late summer seeding must be accomplished early enough to allow the grass to become well established before the onset of cold weather in order to enhance winter survival. Renovation may be attempted during spring if absolutely necessary. During late spring, however, extensive weed competition coupled with summer drought and heat stress can reduce the probability of success. 



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       October 2020 - DID YOU KNOW?


​​The leaves are now turning beautiful colors, but as they fall they can become a big problem for your lawn.  When preparing your lawn for winter, you should keep the lawn leaf free.  Going into winter, excessive leaf matter can: 

  • Smother the grass, causing it to thin out
  • Insulate the grass so it doesn’t have the chance to acclimatize to the winter
  • Promote snow mold diseases 
  • Block sunlight and trap excess moisture against the lawn, resulting in bare patches come spring
  • Allow turf damage to be more extensive in the spring from critters (voles, mice). 


Ideally, you could remove the leaves and add them to your compost pile for future garden use.  If you don’t have a compost pile, this would be a great time to start one because decaying organic matter is beneficial to your gardens and flower beds. 

Mulching leaves with a mower and letting them remain on the lawn to absorb the nutrients is another option; however, you must grind the leaves up into fine particles to avoid turf suffocation. Be sure not to mow too thick of a leaf cover because the leaf pieces will not be small enough. If you are not able to keep up with the mulching as the leaves fall, it is recommended that you rake 75 percent of the leaves to thin them out before mowing.