PET SAFETY WITH OUR SERVICES

We understand that your pets are an important member of your family, and keeping them safe and healthy is a top priority. Because of this we want to share our pet safety recommendations with you.

Pet Safety After Applications

To keep your pet safe after any of our liquid applications are applied we recommend the following DO’S and DON’TS

  • DON’T let your pet have access to areas serviced while the application is still wet.
    Application usually dries in a couple of hours.
  • DO let your pet go to the bathroom AFTER application dries.
    Only let your pet do his job, then bring your pet right back in. It usually dries in a couple hours.
  • DO resume normal pet activity AFTER 24 hours.
    After 24 hours your pet can resume normal activity in the treated areas.

This recommendation is for all of our applications. While the product is still wet it can cause skin irritations. Waiting 24 hours for normal activity allows the product time to fully dry, begin breaking down, and to be absorbed into your lawn. It’s important to let this process happen before your pet has full run of the lawn. This is the best option for keeping your pet safe after applications are applied.

If you have pets, you can sign up for pre notifications. We can call or text you the day before service so you know what day we will applying your next application.

For answers to other FAQ visit our FAQ page.

3 REASONS WHY FALL IS BEST FOR SEEDING

Is your turf thinning out? Do you have bare spots that you’re tired of looking at? If you answered yes, it may be time to seed your lawn.

FALL IS BEST

Right now, late summer/early fall, is the best time to seed your lawn. Here are the top 3 reasons why:

1. Cooler Temperatures
Cooler air temps along with warm soil temps is the ideal scenario for laying grass seed. This prevents heat stress on your new grass.

2. Better Moisture
In the fall the moisture level in the soil is much better than spring and summer. This is because it typically rains more in the fall. The moisture level is important in order for the seeds to germinate. You don’t want you dry soil (this is often the problem with seeding in the summer).

3. No Crab Grass Preventative
Spring is when a crab grass preventative is laid down. The crab grass preventative will target any new grass seed, thus preventing the new grass seed from germinating.

Fall is the best time for seeding your lawn. It creates less stress on your newly growing grass, and still gives it time to grow strong roots before winter sets in.

CARING FOR YOUR NEW GRASS SEED

Now that your new grass seed has been laid, what should you do?

A starter fertilizer should be applied after your first mow. This will help give your newly rooted grass the nutrients it needs. But, before the starter fertilizer can be applied, your grass needs to start growing. To help with this, watering it is key!

When it comes to watering your newly seeded lawn, watering less but more often, is better than watering once a day for a long time. This means that watering once a day for a long time is not the best option.
Below is what we recommend for watering a newly seeded lawn:

  • You want to keep the surface of the soil moist during the germination phase.
  • Water in short spurts for 2-3 weeks. Water for 5 – 15 minutes 3 times a day. (Morning, noon, and late afternoon/early evening)

If you are unable to water your lawn the seeds will still germinate, but it will take longer.

Here at Grounds Services, when we seed your lawn we also do an aeration. The aeration leaves openings in the soil to allow air and water to better penetrate to the roots of the grass. The soil core that is left on top of the soil should not be raked (even though it can look like goose poop). When it breaks down it is puts nutrients back into the soil. Call us today if you want to get on schedule for your Aeration and Seeding. This paired with our fertilization and weed control applications will do wonders for your lawn!

Look for our upcoming post on How to care for your new lawn.

GRUB CONTROL STILL AVAILABLE!

Do you need grub control? You still have time to sign up for a grub control application! We are starting to see signs of grub activity in lawns. Get your grub control while you still have a chance.

If your grub control application is applied by September 2, 2022 you will be backed by our guarantee.
(If there is breakthrough, we will reaply the grub control. If damage is done to your lawn, we will aerate and seed any damaged area that was incurred because of grub activity.)

MATURE WHITE GRUB

What does grub damage look like?

  • Grub damage will cause discoloration to your turf. Discoloration due to grub damage will not recover with cooler temperatures.
  • Eventually grubs will begin to eat the root structure of your turf. This damage can be easily identified by our technicians.

Call us today to schedule your grub control, 419-536-4344

FAQ

Here at GSI, Grounds Services Inc, we want you to be informed about the services we provide.

In hopes to answer your questions quickly, follow this link to our FAQ page. Here you will find many of the questions that customers ask us on a regular basis.
Below are questions that you will find answers to on our FAQ page:

  • What is a lawn care program?
  • How are my applications scheduled and how often can I expect you out?
  • Can you tell me when you will be coming?
  • What Weeds Are Controlled With Weed Control?
  • Does Grub Control also Control Moles?
  • I Want To Seed My Yard
  • What happens if it rains after a Chemical lawn care application?
  • How long do my kids and pets need to stay off the lawn?
  • Fertilizer and Grass Eating Dogs
  • When can I mow my lawn?
  • Why so much moss?
  • What is a lawn care program?
  • How are my applications scheduled and how often can I expect you out?
  • Can you tell me when you will be coming?
  • What Weeds Are Controlled With Weed Control?
  • Does Grub Control also Control Moles?
  • I Want To Seed My Yard
  • What happens if it rains after a Chemical lawn care application?
  • How long do my kids and pets need to stay off the lawn?
  • Fertilizer and Grass Eating Dogs
  • When can I mow my lawn?
  • Why so much moss?
  • What is a roll over service?
  • Refund Policy

Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions that are not answered on our page, or on our blog.

Scorch on Oak

A customer brought in a sample of some of his oak tree leaves which have been discoloring annually along the edges. He went on to explain that the plant’s location was once backfilled with lime stone and other various rocks to help give a solid foundation before soil was laid (in this case, about 20″ of soil was applied) so a structure could be built. There is also about 10 feet between the tree and a waterway.

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close up of oak tree leaves

Oaks have a deep root system. As his tree continues to mature, the roots will continue to grow as well – the problem is that now his tree has an obstacle in the way of healthy root development and is now developing symptoms of scorch.  For his situation, a maple would probably serve this location better.

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Annual Bluegrass, AKA: Poa Annua

Annual bluegrass can be unsightly in home lawns, especially when it produces seed heads. Germination typically occurs in early fall when the soil temperature dips below the 70 degree mark.

If annual bluegrass is problematic in your lawn, the best treatment is a late summer application of pre-emergence (though this herbicide will halt turf seed from germinating too). This will stop the seed heads from germinating before winter sets in.

The above images show a close up of the seed head and a germinated annual bluegrass plant.

If you have annual bluegrass in your lawn and you want to schedule a pre-emergent for summer, give us a call as so we may note your account: 419-536-4344.

Stink Bugs

Brown marmorated stink bug adult I believe the first time I really took notice of stink bugs in our area was in 2012 or 2013, though they were probably in the Northwest Ohio area prior to that. They have since become problematic for the agriculture industry, home gardens and around (inside & outside) our homes. The good news is that the stink bug does not bite humans and is otherwise harmless to us (with the exception of damaging our food supply and for those with certain allergies). The pest is active during the growing season with peak activity in fall as the insect attempts to find shelter for the winter. Keeping the stink bug out:

  • Seal cracks around windows, doors, chimneys, siding, etc.
  • Repair broken screens
  • Keep lawn debris away from foundations

Stink bugs may be targeted with a [dish] soap/water mixture. This spray must come in direct contact (sprayed on the pest) with the stink bug for it to be effective in terminating the pest. This is a great video of someone trying different mix rates of soap and water specifically for stink bug control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6m9xzhphLs Bifenthrin has also shown promise in controlling these pest.

Tick prevention & tips

May is right around the corner and also marks Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

In an article posted on Yahoo Health ( https://www.yahoo.com/health/ticks-are-early-abundant-and-urban-this-year-117256478987.html?soc_src=unv-sh&soc_trk=tw ) has noted that tick activity this year is expected to start earlier than usually and possibly be more abundant than usual, especially in areas that were blanketed with snow during the winter.

Tick Facts

  • Ticks will usually wait for a host by resting on tall vegetation, when the host rubs up against the plant the tick will then ‘grab’ onto him/her and begin to search for an appropriate feeding site.
  • Ticks can locate to a new area by hitching a ride on a host, be it a deer, bird of other animal.
  • When a tick feeds, it may transmit a variety of different diseases. Read about the different diseases here: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/

Protect Your Home

  • Keep your lawn mowed
  • Clean up leaves & debris
  • Keep shrubs trimmed
  • Prune low branches
  • Keep wood piles off the ground and at least 20′ away from the home
  • Create a mulch or stone pathway barrier at least 3′ in front of wooded areas to deter ticks from crossing from woods to your lawn (if your lawn abuts a wooded area)
  • Deter deer and rodents from your lawn
  • If ticks are a concern, you can have your lawn sprayed (or a perimeter) with insecticides

Protect Your Family

  • Wear light colored clothes when playing or working outside to make it easier to spot a tick
  • Wear products with DEET (applied to the skin – always read and follow label instructions) to repel ticks and other insects
  • Use products that contain permethrin for your clothing and shoes
  • After outside activity, check for tick activity on yourself, others and pets

Want more? Check out these sites too:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/stopticks/

http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/life_cycle_and_hosts.html

http://cfaes.osu.edu/news/articles/out-for-blood-ticks-lyme-disease-cases-the-rise-in-ohio

Have a newer tree planted in your lawn? Might want to protect it from winter.

Salt can cause considerable damage to plants as it breaks down in the soil and starts replacing available nutrients with compounds that are toxic to the plant, some plants are more susceptible to its effects than other.

  • If your plants are along a roadway that may get slush spray from salted roads you can help protect them by building a barrier with plastic along the road way.
  • Water the landscaped areas and trees close to walkways, roads or drives deeply before winter sets in. You can also add gypsum to promote leaching in late fall or spring (when the snow thaws).
  • Use salt that does not contain sodium chloride for areas around sensitive plants.

Some common trees in our landscape & lawns that are susceptible to salt damage:

  • American Sycamore
  • Box-Elder
  • Japanese Maple
  • Red Maple
  • Serviceberry
  • Boxwood
  • Birch
  • Redbud
  • Dogwood
  • Beech
  • Crabapple
  • Norway Spruce
  • Norway & Red Pine
  • Eastern White Pine
  • Scotch Pine
  • Douglas Fir
  • Many species of Oaks
  • Lilac
  • Yews
  • Arborvitae

Wrapping the trunk of a tree with tree wrap or a light colored wrap will help reflect the suns rays to help prevent activated growth during the winter months.


Heavy cold winds can cause evergreen plants to lose moisture through their needles and dehydrate them. The needles will become brown (though that is not an indication that the whole branch is dead) and unsightly. Help protect your conifers by watering deeply before winter sets in and setting up a burlap barrier on the unprotected side of the tree.


mulch-trunkMulch newer trees to help the soil cool down slower and retain moisture. Never pile mulch directly against the trunk of the tree – it should have a ‘volcano’ appearance (as if the trunk of the tree is the lava shooting out).

For more information, check out:
http://groundsservices.com/treeshrub_winterstress.htm
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/protecting-from-winter-damage/