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aphids

Why are my leaves turning black?

Posted on June 13, 2017 by Virginia Green in Lawn Insects & Pests, Newsletter Announcements Aphids, or plant lice, are small, soft-bodied insects. There are hundreds of different species of aphids, some of which attack only one host plant while others attack numerous hosts. Most aphids are about 1/10 inch long (2.54 mm), and though green and black are the most common colors, they may be gray, brown, pink, red, yellow, or lavender. Aphids feed in clusters and generally prefer new, succulent shoots or young leaves. Some species, known as wooly aphids, are covered with white, waxy filaments, which they produce from special glands. Aphids have unusual and complex life cycles that allow them to ...Read More
mowing patterns

Mowing Practices

Posted on June 13, 2017 by Virginia Green in Lawn Care, Newsletter Announcements When mowing your lawn it is important to vary your mow pattern to reduce compaction of the soil. Additionally, regularly changing the pattern in which you mow the lawn will allow you to experiment with creating an interesting stripe pattern. Everyone appreciates seeing a lawn with a beautiful pattern mowed into it! It is easy to create professional looking mowing stripes in your turf! Simply begin the process by mowing one pass around the perimeter of the lawn. (Envision yourself mowing a rectangular lawn). Next, begin mowing a straight line and turn at the end. Then mow the next line ...Read More
dollar spot

Dollar Spot

Posted on June 13, 2017 by Virginia Green in Lawn Care, Newsletter Announcements Dollar Spot is a disease that can attack your lawn during the warmer months of the year. It gets its name from the size of the brown spots that will form in the lawn approximately the size of a silver dollar. The spots can connect to form larger size spots. You can identify dollar spot by the hourglass shape on the blade of grass or by the cotton like fibers growing on the leaf blades. Dollar Spot can be carried from lawn to lawn by mowing equipment, wind, water and shoes. It is exacerbated by a warm and humid environment. ...Read More
Core Aeration

When is the best time to aerate?

Posted on May 30, 2017 by Virginia Green in Lawn Care, Newsletter Announcements Late spring is the best time to aerate warm season lawns in Virginia. Core aeration is the mechanical process of pulling plugs in the soil 3 to 4 inches deep. When Virginia Green double core aerates a lawn, we put over 16 holes per square foot on average. Core aeration is critical for lawns for the following reasons: Improves the flow of oxygen and water in the soil Increases nutrient availability to the roots of the grass Helps spread new grass around in the lawn Reduces thatch development Virginia Green will be scheduling this important service during the month of ...Read More

Powdery Mildew Disease of Dogwoods

Posted on May 30, 2017 by Virginia Green in Newsletter Announcements, Tree & Shrub Care Most of us enjoy the spring blooming of the white to pink flowers of dogwood trees. Sadly, many dogwoods are susceptible to a fungal disease called powdery mildew. It can cover the leaves and infect young buds, shoots and flowers, dwarfing developing leaves and blooms, and causing distortion and even death. Because it survives on the surface of dogwood trees, it is not difficult to eliminate with a combination of cultural modifications and fungicides. To control powdery mildew don't apply very high nitrogen to the dogwood during blooming time. Prune out dead limbs that might be harboring the fungi, but ...Read More