PLANT HEALTH

PLS-Lawn Health Chart-April 2019

Complete lawn, tree, and plant care services provided by professionally trained and accredited technicians.

Proper plant care requires professional applicators, but it also requires professional quality products, not just any fertilizer or compost. It involves doing the right treatment, at the right time, with the right quantity, for the right reason, by the right people.

Our plant care technicians are trained to do the right treatment for your lawn so you can get maximum value with a minimum of inconvenience to you.

While all our plant care services can be purchased individually, our services are available in a variety of packaged programs, best suited for your needs.

Lawn Insect Services & Descriptions

Insect Treatment – Active

Dry patches in the hot summer months are a sign of insect problems. Insects can cause significant damage in a short period of time, timing of treatment is crucial. A special permit from the province is required when your pesticide allotment has been used. All pesticide application must follow provincial government regulations and adhere to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices. The insect problem should be under control within a couple of days and should be effective for a couple of weeks. Multiple treatments may be necessary during times of high infestation.

HOME OWNER:

  • Your lawn should be cut at 7.5 cm (3 inches) for insect treatment to be effective.
  • Keep people and animals off the grass for 24 hours after application.
  • If the treatment solution comes in contact with your skin, simply wash with soap and water.
  • Insect damage will require topsoil and seed or new sod.

Watering instructions after application:

  • European Chafer & White Grubs – Lightly water after application.
  • Chinch Bugs, Leatherjackets and Sod Webworm – Do not water for 48 hours after application.

Insect Treatment – Pre-Emergence

This treatment usually takes place in early summer to help avoid significant insect issues during the late summer and the early fall months when the insects are most damaging. This treatment does not prevent chinch bug activity.

HOME OWNER:

  • Do not mow or water for 24 hours after application.
  • Keep people and animals off the grass for 24 hours.
  • If the treatment solution comes in contact with your skin, simply wash with soap and water.

Lawn Health Services & Descriptions

Analysis & Monitoring

This service includes monitoring overall lawn health including proper mowing, watering, weeds, diseases and potential insect issues.

Soil Test - Compaction

Compaction of soil can impair water infiltration into soil, crop emergence, root penetration, crop nutrient and water uptake, all of which result in poor lawn development. Weeds thrive in compacted soil. If compaction is poor, a lawn core aeration is recommended.

Soil Test - Nutrient

Our soil test determines pH, the macro and micro nutrient levels, and other soil properties that may affect turf health. The test helps determine what treatments are needed including calcium amendment requirements to correct any deficiencies.

Core Aeration

This involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow water, air and nutrients to infiltrate the grassroots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more healthy lawn. Aerating also alleviates soil compaction. When aerating, cores are left on the ground as a natural topdressing material and incorporates as organic matter into the thatch and upper soil levels.

HOME OWNER:

  • You can continue your regular mowing schedule, cores will simply break down and serve as organic matter on your lawn. Rake and scatter the cores elsewhere on the property if you prefer.

Calcium Amendment

The primary role of calcium amendment, also known as liming, is to help maintain chemical balance in the soil, reduce soil salinity, and improve water penetration. Application rate is based on only maintaining your current pH values, the amount of product does not correct a low pH value.

HOME OWNER:

  • You can continue your regular mowing schedule. You can also do fall cleanup as the product is pelletized and fall off tree leaves. When the product gets wet, it will bind to the surface.

Fertilizer - Granular

A high quality slow release granular fertilizer provides a complete range of nutrients for healthy turf. Our fertilizer will not break down in sunlight or leach through the soil with watering or rainfall and will stay in the root zone of the grass plant. Our fertilizer is safe for people and pets immediately following application.

HOME OWNER:

  • You can continue your regular mowing schedule. Note that cutting height should be higher during the summer months. Continue to mow until freeze up to prevent disease and matted grass in the spring.
  • Watering is normally required during the summer months to benefit the fertilization. An average of half an inch of water per week is recommended to sustain proper growth, colour and vitality.

Fertilizer – Liquid Bio Nutrients

A high quality liquid organic blend to establish soil biology. We apply bio nutrients blended specifically for turf grass. This will introduce microorganisms into the soil that are beneficial to the soil ecology and lawn health. This is very important for overall plant and root health, growth, and stress resistance. Our fertilizer is safe for people and pets immediately following application.

HOME OWNER:

  • Do not mow for 24 hours after application. Note that cutting height should be higher during the summer months. Continue to mow until freeze up to prevent disease and matted grass in the spring.
  • We recommend you lightly water after application. Also, watering is normally required during the summer months to benefit the fertilization. An average of half an inch of water per week is recommended to sustain proper growth, colour and vitality.

Weed Treatment - Natural

A natural alternative to our traditional weed treatment. This treatment uses iron to combat weeds. Two applications are required approximately a month apart.

HOME OWNER:

  • Do not mow or water for 24 hours after application. This will provide adequate time for the product to be effective.
  • Broadleaf weeds should start curling within two weeks and should be totally dead within four weeks.

Weed Treatment - Traditional

Provincial law permits lawn care companies to use up to a 50% pesticide allotment for your total lawn area in one year. For this reason, we usually complete a spot weed treatment for the most visual areas as needed using up the allotment unless otherwise directed. If the weed population is not too severe, we may be able to use this 50% allotment over the entire lawn. Application is normally late spring or early summer but may vary based on weed population and weather conditions.

HOME OWNER:

  • Stay off the grass and do not mow or water for 24 hours after application. This will provide adequate time for the product to be effective.
  • Broadleaf weeds should start curling within two weeks and should be totally dead within four weeks.
  • If the treatment solution comes in contact with your skin, simply wash with soap and water.

Tree & Shrub Services & Descriptions

Birch Soil Injection

Birch soil injection to help control leaf eating insects. A second treatment is necessary 30-45 days later.

Dormant Oil

Assist with control of overwintering eggs and scale insects. We apply a dormant oil as required. Completed in early spring before the trees bud out. Cannot be applied to blue spruce.

Fertilizer – Deep Root

We fertilize evergreen and deciduous shrubs twice per season.

Insect Treatment – Tree

Used generally during the summer months to control insects in trees, shrubs & perennials.