Questioning lawn aeration?
Last fall, a curious five-year old watched with great interest as we walked our machines through his parents’ lawn. When we were finished, he asked me why we put so many holes in the ground. Why do we aerate a lawn in the fall?
It’s a good question.
The little holes we drill with our aerators allow food and water to reach grass roots. And those little holes also provide extra space for roots to spread and grow. After aeration, natural nutrients and water can more easily reach grass roots. read more →
Mosquitoes: are they “bugging” you?
It’s summer, so guess who is back! Mosquitoes. And with all the extra rainfall we’ve had this summer–they are definitely “bugging” us!
The extra rainfall combined with higher humidity allow for the pooling of sitting, stagnant water–which makes the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. According to UNL’s Urban Entomology department, “Mosquito reproduction is rapid and a generation can be completed in as few as 5 -7 days.”
What are some of the risks involved with mosquitoes?
Other than making us “itch” for them to go away, mosquitoes are also known for some of the diseases they transmit. Here in Nebraska, we hear mostly of West Nile Virus cases. Internationally, we have heard about their possible involvement in cases of newborn microcephaly believed to be transmitted from mosquitoes to humans through the Zika virus.
Locally, they are more of a nuisance than anything, but most people want to protect their family from any possible mosquito-borne diseases they may be carrying. Therefore, it’s important that you control the mosquito population near your home to reduce risks.
How do we fight mosquitoes?
First of all, it’s important to routinely spray for mosquitoes. You can purchase from a variety of yard barrier chemicals at your local hardware or garden store, but these chemicals are often unsafe for children and pets.
Beginning routine sprays earlier in the season controls breeding and thus reduces population. Here at Paradise Lawns, we now offer a Mosquito Control Program as part of our Organic Lawn Care. We target where mosquitoes live and breed–killing existing mosquitoes and repelling new ones from your property. Our treatment is a combination of botanical control products that are much safer for children and pets, so you can continue your outdoor activities without risk of adverse effects!