PROFESSIONAL ADVICE

Lawn Damage-Important Information!  

May 2018 – Paul Tomlinson, our Plant Health Specialist

Due to the explosion in numbers of European Chafer there is severe damage being done to lawn areas. The Department of Environment has made a temporary change in policy regarding the treatment of this pest.

We offer a proactive treatment known as Insect Prevention- Acelepryn. The treatment can help prevent the growth of European Chafer in the future.

The stipulations for this temporary change in policy are:
If you have chafer damage, we can treat 100% of your lawn with Acelepryn only. We have been using this product for several years with great success. We are required to submit a photo of the damage and request a onetime permit to treat your property.

If there is no visible damage to your lawn but a property within a 250 meters radius has chafer damage, we can do a preventative treatment on 100% of your lawn. We are still required to obtain a onetime permit and photo of damage on neighbouring property.

This is a huge change in policy as it allows us to be proactive in trying to prevent an infestation from happening. As I mentioned, this is a temporary change and Environment will monitor the treatments and review the results.

This treatment is most effective when applied between early May and mid-June. It will not control the chafer that is there now, nothing will. It will help control the next generation which appears in late July/ early August. This will break the cycle. If you think chafer is present or close by, please call to arrange a Preventative Insect Treatment.

Learn more about the European chafer beetle species

Paul Tomlinson – I.P.M. Accredited

Spring is here!  

Advice compliments of Paul Tomlinson, our Plant Health Specialist.

Now that spring is here, consider a soil test to help with your plant and lawn health:

Soil Test
After the snow has melted and your lawn has dried out some, it is time to start thinking about what you can do to have a lush green healthy lawn. We strongly suggest you start with a soil test.

A good soil test will measure the ph of your soil and will tell you how acidic your soil is. Lawns prefer a ph of 6.6 -7.0. Any less than this makes it difficult for the grass to take in the nutrients it needs.

Tests show that the soil in our region has a ph of around 5.5 – 6.0. This low ph can be adjusted over time by adding a calcium product to your lawn.

A good soil test will measure the nutrients in the soil so you can apply the right fertilizer. It will also show the amount of organic matter in the soil.

Grass generally prefers 4.5% – 5.0 % organic matter in the soil.

The soil test we do will give you all this information as well as suggestions for improving your soil.

Paul Tomlinson – I.P.M. Accredited

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