We are pleased to announce the June Lawn of the Month winners. We want to thank everyone who submitted. Remember, each month is a new chance to win $75 towards future applications.
First we have the Jones family in Chesterfield. This is their second year with Virginia Green and they recently updated to the Estate program. With their submission, they wrote, “Just been in since October at this place but was using VG at my previous residence. I have tried several lawn services. VG is the BEST!” Their lawn is really looking great for June!
Next we have the Lobb family in Providence Forge. They have been with Virginia Green since 2014. They are also currently on the Estate Program. With their submission, they wrote, “Best lawn in Providence Forge and for that matter – Virginia! Look forward to winning ‘Lawn of the month.'” Well, wait no longer because you nailed it!
Third on our list goes to the Cyr family in Earlysville who recently upgraded to the Estate Program. Along with their submission, they wrote, “This is our third year with Virginia Green and we just upgraded to the estate program this week. Our lawn is healthy, weed free and super green! Many compliments from our neighbors as they walk by. Thank you guys so much.” It’s a team effort and your lawn is looking good in June!
Fourth on our June list goes to the Barnett family in Yorktown. They signed up with Virginia Green in 2015. They wrote, “This is the best lawn I’ve had in 17 years in this house. Thanks, Virginia Green! Great service and awesome results!”” We always love seeing happy customers and great results!
Next, from Glen Allen, we have the Riley family. This is only their second Summer with Virginia Green and they are currently on the premium program. Their turf is really looking healthy and weed free!
From our Fredericksburg branch we have the Massey family in Stafford. This is the first full year that the Massey family has been with Virginia Green, just starting in October of last year.
Last, but certainly not least, we have the Cavazos family in Midlothian. They have been with Virginia Green for 5 years now and are currently on our Estate program as well as our Tree & Shrub program. They really have a lush carpet for the middle of the Summer!
Thank you to all our customers that submitted for June. If you are proud of your lawn, be sure to submit each month to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your hard working technicians are also rewarded for their efforts.
This plant pest attacks a broad variety of plants, including annual and perennial flowers, many deciduous shrubs and some trees such as maple redbud and tuliptree. The twospotted spider mite is not an insect, but rather a mite, which is similar to a spider. These mites are about the size of a period on a page. Their bodies are oval with eight legs. They are greenish yellow with a black spot on each side of the body in the growing season. Eggs are white to yellow. Adult females overwinter in bark cracks or mulch. There are several generations per year.
Spider mites suck leaf juices, causing white-to-yellow stopped to appear. Stipples are where the spider mites sucked the chlorophyll, which cause the green color from the leaves. When large spider mite populations feed, the stipples run together, which cause the leaves to turn white to yellow to grayish brown and die. Some plants are susceptible to toxins from the spider mites, and low populations may cause leaves to die.
How would you know if your plants have twospotted spider mites? Look for early signs of stippling with the beginning of hot humid summer weather. Examine the underside of damaged leaves or use the “beat” method to determine if you have mites. The “beat” method consists of taking a white piece if paper and placing it among the plants leaves and branches and beat on the plant. Remove the paper, shake or lightly blow off the debris, then smear your hand across the paper. If you see green to blackish streaks across the paper, it is likely you have mites. If you think you have spider mites on your plants, then it is time to call Virginia Green Lawn Care for a free premium tree & shrub analysis and estimate.
In dry, hot, sunny locations, the twospotted spider mite may produce one generation a week. The spider mites can cause a lot of plant damage in a very short time during the summer, so it is important call a professional for help. Since the spider mite is not an insect, it important to treat them with an miticide to control their numbers. Call Virginia Green Lawn Care today for a free estimate to help you control the spider mites and protect your plants.
Root rot is a condition found in both indoor and outdoor plants with poor drainage. As the name states, the roots of the plant rot . Usually, this is a result of overwatering. The excess water makes it very difficult for the roots to get the air that they need causing them to decay. To avoid root rot it is best to only water plants when the soil becomes dry.
Once root rot is identified you must determine if the plant can be saved. If the entire root system has already become mushy, it is too late to save the plant. However, if some healthy, white, firm roots exist, try to bring the plant back to good health by replanting in fresh soil with good drainage (for house plants). Root rot spreads through the soil so the only root rot remedy for garden plants is often to remove and destroy the plant. However, you can try these corrective measures if you want to attempt to save a particularly valuable plant:
- Keep the soil as dry as possible.
- Don’t irrigate the plant unless the soil is almost completely dry.
- Pull back the soil to allow moisture to evaporate from the soil.
When it comes to identifying root rot, look at the plants. Plants with root rot can’t absorb moisture and nourishment from the soil properly. The plants often resemble those suffering from drought and stress and mineral deficiencies. Signs of root rot in garden plants include stunting, wilting and discolored leaves. Foliage and shoots die back and the entire plant soon dies. If you pull up a plant with root rot, you will see that the roots are brown and soft instead of firm and white.
The best root rot remedy for garden plants is prevention. Prevent root rot by filling in low parts of the garden and improving the soil with organic matter so that it drains freely. If you can’t improve the drainage, use raised beds where plant roots sit above the soil and don’t over water. Even when all of the precautions are taken in the garden, root rot may still occasionally become an issue. However, if you pay attention to the signs of root rot in garden plants, you’ll have a better chance of saving them.
If you think you might be seeing root rot, or would like a Free Estimate for our Tree & Shrub care, please call our office today!
Most everyone loves to be outdoors and enjoy their lawn. But, did you know there are countless things to do on your lawn? There are things to do from mowing, to playing, to just relaxing on your lawn. Here we are going to talk about a few things you can do to enjoy your lawn.
First we will start with some of the fun things to do on your lawn. Entertaining friends and family is a big part of using your backyard lawn. Families and friends have picnics, cookouts, fire pits, along with games such as croquet, corn hole, bocce, horseshoes, kickball, sandboxed, trampolines, jungle gyms and swing sets. But did you know some people put in miniature golf courses and gaga ball (a fun game for one to a hundred players, children and adults, similar to dodgeball, played on the ground) courts.
Other things to do in your lawn is to plant in beds around and throughout your lawn are trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Instead of just planting what your neighbor has planted, try native plants to Virginia. Try perennial plants like Solomon’s seal, red bee balm, Joe Pye weed, triliums, Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherry Brandy’, to name a few. American beauty bush, Virginia sweerspire, mountain laurel, spicebush and black haw are a few native shrubs for the landscape. Red buckeye, downy serviceberry, eastern redbud, white fringe tree and eastern hop hornbeam are a few native trees. Several local nurseries have many native plants available. It is not advisable to dig any of these up from the wild.
Another thing to do in your lawn is to just relax. Whether it is on a blanket, a lounge chair or a hammock, it is sometimes just good to lay back and listen to nature. You can listen to the birds, squirrels, chipmunks or the sound of a running brook. Some people enjoy the sound of running water as they relax in their lawn, such as a water fountain or manmade brook flowing in their lawn. I’m feeling more relaxed and sleepy just thinking about it.
Still others just like to watch the grass grow. A good healthy lawn is much better to look at then one full of weeds and bare spots. So when you Google ‘things to do in your lawn’, the number one solution is Virginia Green Lawn Care. We can help you get and maintain a healthy lush green lawn, so you can do the things you want to do on your lawn. Call us today for a free lawn and tree and shrub estimate today.
Competition is really heating up with our Lawn of the Month submissions! We want to thank everyone who submitted a photo. If your lawn was not chosen this month, please try again next month!
First on the list we have Heiry family in Henrico. They have been with Virginia Green for 8 years now and are currently on the Estate program. With their submission, they wrote, “Our lawn is weed free & looks beautiful. Many compliments from our neighbors.” We are happy to hear that and the lawn looks fantastic!
Next we have the Cramer family in Yorktown. They have been a Virginia Green customer since 2015. With their submission, they wrote, “Since the onset of having Virginia Green service my property the yard looks great, the service is outstanding, and we have had nothing but great results. I have nothing but good reports from the neighbors that I have referred and will be contacting a new neighbor to add to the list.” Our best form of advertising is word of mouth and we love that the yard looks so good it is getting good reports. Lawn looks amazing!
Next we have the Wolfrey family in Fredericksburg. Being our newest market, they only started with Virginia Green last fall. They are currently on the Premium program and their lawn is looking weed free and healthy for the end of spring!
Our fourth winning property belongs to the Pierce family in Richmond. They have been a loyal customer for 10 years now! Their property is looking so lush and dark green, that they brought in a drone photo that really showcases the entire property. We love seeing such happy customers and beautiful lawns!
The Huxford family in Hampton takes the title of our next winning property. They only started with Virginia Green last fall. They received our aeration and overseeding service last fall and their lawn is really showing a beautiful, weed free turf!
And last, but certainly not least, we have the Blake family in Glen Allen. They have been customers since the summer of 2014 and are currently on the Estate program. Their lawn is really standing out in the neighborhood and looks like a green carpet!
Thank you again for all customers who submitted this month. These winning properties will receive a $75 credit to future applications and their technicians will also get recognized. If you think your property has what it takes to win Lawn of the Month, please submit a photo and why you love Virginia Green to email@example.com.
You are worried about your boxwoods, because there appears to be something mining the inside of the leaves. You could try calling the seven dwarfs to help you control them. They are most likely boxwood leafminers, which can be a major pest of the boxwoods. The leafminers don’t have picks and shovels to mine the leaves of boxwoods, but they do eat away the inside of the leaves.
This pest is a small fly that was imported into this country many years ago. The adult is a orange-yellow mosquito-like fly. They swarm about boxwoods in mid to late April for about two weeks. They mate and lay their eggs into leaves.
The yellow maggots or larvae hatch and feed inside the leaves. They cause blisterlike blotch mines that appear on the bottom side of infested leaves. Heavily mined leaves turn yellow and prematurely drop. During the spring and summer, look at the underside of the previous year’s leaves to easily to detect an infestation. Mines of the current season do not become obvious until fall. Most damage is done in the fall and late winter. That is what we are seeing now.
If you think that you might have adult flies hovering over your boxwoods, you could try a contact spray. This type of spray is a hit or miss application. We use a systemic injection to control the larvae from within the plant. If you would like a free estimate for protection of your trees and shrubs, call our office at 804-285-6200 in Richmond, 757-258-1788 in Williamsburg, 434-975-0100 in Charlottesville or 540-903-2593 in Fredericksburg.
As always, we are very pleased to announce our April Lawn of the Month winners. The competition is really getting heated as we get into the spring months. Thank you for everyone who submitted a picture this month. If your property was not chosen this time, remember to submit every month for your chance to win!
Our first winner for April belongs to the Anderson family in Mechanicsville. They have been with Virginia Green for 2 years. They are very satisfied with their service. They wrote “We couldn’t have gotten this far with our lawn without Virginia Green. We were a bit skeptical at first that they would be able to correct our grass because it was so bad, but within the first year they brought our grass to life. The Technicians that come out to do our treatments are professional, courteous and they always take the time to answer any questions I may have. We now have a thick, green, healthy lawn and I can’t wait for summer to come so I can walk barefoot in it!” The lawn is certainly lush and beautiful!
Our next winning property is the Gough family in Charlottesville. This is their second year with Virginia Green and they are currently on the Estate Program. With their submission they acknowledged their technician, Jordan. “He has been extremely attentive to our lawn and I have never seen the grass look this good in early April. My only complaint is that I have had to mow my grass 5 times already this season due to his work. We moved to Charlottesville 3 years ago and went with a competitor for lawn service. After the first year and a half, we fired them and came to Virginia Green. We are ecstatic. Our neighbors have commented several times about our grass and I noticed Jordan working in one of their yards today. His hard work in our yard has paid off for us but also for your company as at least one neighbor has switched to VA Green and others are considering it.” Jordan loves making your lawn look beautiful!
Our third property for this month belongs to the Driscoll family in Toano. They are in their second year with Virginia Green and are currently on the Premium Program. With their submission they wrote how beautiful their lawn looks and we couldn’t agree more!
For our next winner, we have the Donati family in Midlothian. They have been with Virginia Green for 6 years now! They are currently on the Premium Program and with their submission wrote “you all have helped us keep it attractive and healthy!” Well it takes team work but that lawn is sure looking healthy and green!
Next in line for Lawn of the Month for April is the Williams family in Barbousville. They are currently on the Premium Program and they are in their third year with Virginia Green. They are really showing a beautiful green for April!
For our sixth winning property, we have the Cross family in Quinton. They have been with Virginia Green for 4 years now and are currently on the Estate Program. With their submission, they wrote, “I’m still extremely happy with the incredible work you guys do treating my property. I’m located in Quinton Va in the Patriots Landing neighborhood. It’s immediately apparent which lawns you guys manage versus the competition. THERE REALLY IS NO COMPETITION! Thanks again for the wonderful job that you guys do.” We are happy to partner with you to make your lawn look gorgeous!
And last but certainly not least, we have the Sarnecky family in Midlothain. They have been with Virginia Green for 6 years now and are currently on the Premium Program. That dark green lush carpet is really looking healthy for April!
Thank you to all our customers who submitted. Remember, if you were not chosen this month, submit again next month by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We have new winners each month!
Our Tree and Shrub Manager states that we are seeing signs of the Eastern Tent Caterpillar active in our area, not to be confused with bagworms or webworms. They build “tent” like nest in the crotches of the trees where they feed. These caterpillars are leaf chewers, and while they can defoliate a tree when the population is high, rarely is this feeding fatal and a healthy tree will push out new growth.
The Eastern Tent Caterpillars emerge and feed early-mid spring and then move on in their lifecycle, while the tents remain until they weather away.
They mainly feed on Maples, Cherries, Plums, and Apples. Virginia Green controls them by spraying susceptible trees with horticultural oil during Tree and Shrub applications. The oil smothers and kills the eggs. Cultural control is as simple as breaking open the nest, it provides access for the caterpillar’s natural predators.
If you would like a quote for our Tree and Shrub program, please contact our office.
We are proud to offer our customers top quality lawn care services. A great lawn isn’t only for your home. Are you a business owner looking to keep your property appearing it’s best at all times? Do you want your property to reflect the quality and personality of your business? Our goal is to make things greener not only in residential neighborhoods but in commercial areas as well.
Satisfaction is guaranteed with our quality commercial lawn care program. Accelerate your business traffic by catching your customer’s, and potential customer’s eyes with an attractive and lush commercial lawn. We understand the values of operating a business which is why we try to use those same principles when it comes to commercial lawn care.
From basic weed control to aeration and seeding, we take a proactive approach and can design a lawn care program just for you. With our lawn management services and detailed instructions after each application, we will help maintain the property and keep your business looking great helping to attract ideal consumers.
Our commercial lawn care program can also include tree and shrub care. We carefully inspect and treat ornamental trees and shrubs for insects, disease and weather damage, providing the necessary fertilizer and care to ensure healthy blooms and vigorous growth. Our practice of Integrated Pest Management and deep root fertilization means your trees and shrubs are protected against damaging insects and properly fed for growth and color.
Spring is around the corner! Call our office today and schedule an estimate so we can get your commercial property Virginia Green!
The mild temperatures and moderate rainfall makes tall fescue thrive during the spring. We aerate and seed during the fall to repair any areas and help with soil compaction to provide better pore space allowing your lawn to breathe more.
Come spring in our climate, tall fescue is in its second growing season for new plants and numerous seasons for fescue plants that are well established. This also means it’s generating new growth like crazy!!
Spring mowing may often be needed every five days. It is important to not only keep your mower maintained but keep a sharp blade. Often times new mower blades are not sharpened perfect for safety reasons. The easiest way I find to sharpen my blade is a bench grinder. There are many kits you can buy at your hardware store to help you with sharpening and leveling.
What I find easiest for me is to use the bench grinder to sharpen. To level I simply hammer a nail halfway into something upward and flat and place the center of the blade where it would screw into the mower on the nail. If it sits at a 9 and 3 o’clock level I know it’s good. If one side sits lower than the other that means I need to take a little more off that side to even it out.
The importance to having sharp blades goes beyond aesthetics. When the blade is dull it stresses the plant which also makes it more susceptible to disease. When your blade is dull it makes your mowing have a white appearance and the tip is torn. How often you need to sharpen depends on the size of your lawn and how often you mow. A rule of thumb would be to monitor the up close and far away appearance. If it looks like clean even cut you will know. The pictures included is of the same lawn up close and from a distance.
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