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Controlling and preventing crabgrass in your lawn

August 29, 2014

Crabgrass….the very mention of the word can send shivers down the spines of many homeowners.  This is because crabgrass can turn what was once a vivacious lawn into a crisp, discolored, patchy nightmare.  What’s more concerning is that Florida is known to have five different varieties of crabgrass!  (As if one type isn’t enough.)  And to make matters worse, one crabgrass plant can produce approximately 150,000 seedlings, which can stay dormant in soil for years!  So, what this inevitably means for most homeowners is that, sooner or later, they will have to take on the challenging, crabgrass battle.

But that’s ok!  There’s no need to fret.  Heron is here to help and has come up with the following solutions that can help every homeowner prevent the spread of crabgrass in their lawn.

The number one way to help keep crabgrass and other weeds at bay is to maintain a thick and healthy lawn. There are three key ingredients to achieving a healthy lawn: adequate irrigation, proper mowing and fertilization.

Mowing:

You always want to make sure that your lawn is mowed according to its required length.  Most turf grasses have an optimal mowing height of 2 ½ “ to 3”.  Keeping lawns at the required height will allow the turf to shade the soil and prevent certain temperatures that could help crabgrass germinate. 

Irrigation: 

Run  the sprinkler system twice a week and ensure that at least ¾” to 1” of water is being applied per application.   Watering more frequently or at less amounts of time can cause the lawn’s root system to become shallow and the grass to become weak.  Shallow root systems and weak lawns invite crabgrass to sprout throughout the landscape, causing crabgrass and other weeds to become the more dominate plant.   If you have any questions about irrigation or if you are unsure whether or not your landscape is receiving adequate water, we are happy to provide you with a free same day 7 Point Irrigation Analysis.

Seasonal Lawn Care Treatment: 

  1. Pre-Emergent Herbicides:  Having the lawn treated with a seasonal, pre-emergent herbicide is an important part of crabgrass control.  Pre-emergent herbicides are designed to create a barrier in the soil to help prevent seeds from germinating and young plants from developing strong root systems. Most crabgrass species are identified as summer, annual weeds and grow well in soil temperatures of 50 degrees or higher.  For this reason, pre-emergent herbicides need to be applied in the very early spring when ground temperatures are still cool and haven’t yet started to increase.
  2. Post-Emergent Herbicides:  If you notice that crabgrass has already taken root in your soil and is now growing in spots throughout your lawn, it may be time for a post-emergent herbicide.  Post-emergent herbicides kill the crabgrass after it is has sprouted.  Using the correct post-emergent herbicide will depend on the type of lawn you have.  Your lawn care specialist will be able to determine the correct type and amount of herbicides to use.  More importantly, maintaining a continuous lawn care regimen is key to preventing crab grass from invading your lawn throughout the year.

Resodding:

If your lawn is completely covered with crabgrass and/or has major bare spots throughout, resodding may be your next option.  Fall is a great time to re-sod as the grass will have plenty of time before winter to root properly.  Once your new sod is rooted properly, you’ll want to have your lawn treated on a regular basis to prevent crabgrass from growing throughout.  Following the previous steps will ensure that your lawn stay green and healthy.

As always, if you have any further question, we are always here to help.  If you would like a free same day inspection, please call 1-800-81-HERON.

To read more about proper irrigation, click here.

To read more about proper mowing, click here.

To read more about seasonal lawn care, click here.


Back to School Savings!

August 11, 2014

It’s back to school season! To help out, we are running a special that will not only protect your home from termites, but will also give you a substantial discount! It is our goal to keep your family safe this termite season and prevent any potential termite damage to your home.

From now through the end of August, we are offering a 30% discount on termite protection for our customers who currently have or who purchase our pest control service! This will ensure that you will not only receive the best termite protection available, but that your home will also be pest free!

We will inspect your home at no charge, and leave you a detailed report notating any areas of concern. We will carefully go over your current termite protection plan with you to make sure you are fully covered.

Rest assured knowing that Heron’s termite program is backed by a $1 Million Repair Agreement. It is extremely important that you protect your home now, because waiting can be detrimental.

Here are some key facts about termite destruction:

  •  In Florida, termites do more damage to homes each year than wind, fire, storms and other natural disasters combined!
  •  Termite damage is NOT covered by homeowners insurance.
  •  Termites are silent thieves. Before you know it, they will quietly invade your home and cause significant damage to both your home and wallet.
  •  Termites cause MAJOR structural damage to any wood inside of your home.
  • There are few warning signs, however, pinholes around a door frame, baseboards or window frame, a crack in drywall or loose tiles can all be signs of termite damage.
  •  Unfortunately, many homeowners are under the impression that they have current termite protection, and do not find out that they’re not covered until it’s too late.

DON’T WAIT UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE! CALL FOR YOUR FREE HOME INSPECTION!

Watch our termite video at ByeByeTermites.com


The Danger of Fleas and Ticks

June 3, 2014

Don’t let an Infestation ruin your summer. Prevention is key!

Summer is here and fleas and ticks are in abundance.  Although they may not always be visible, fleas and ticks live all around us. They’re in our lawns, shrubs, in our sandy soil and unfortunately, sometimes on our pets.  If the latter part of that statement sounds a little too familiar to you, then your pets are in need of some serious help…and quick!  Fleas and ticks can be dangerous to humans and even more so to pets.  Can you imagine walking around all day long with tiny bugs constantly sucking your blood?  One flea can bite up to 400 times in a day. (OUCH!)  What’s worse is that not only do fleas and ticks feed on our pets but they also transfer deadly diseases, such as Lyme disease.  Take a look at the informative chart below to read facts about fleas and ticks, the differences between the two and the variety of diseases they can spread.  If you have pets, it’s imperative, for your health and theirs as well, to be proactive and seek proper pest control treatment for your home and lawn.  Also, if you think that you may have a flea or tick infestation, an inspection and professional treatment is critical to rid your home of these pests.

Don’t wait until it’s too late, prevent a flea and tick infestation in your home and keep your family and pets safe.

Call 1-800-81-Heron TODAY if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule your FREE Same Day inspection.


Helpful Tips to Protect Your Plants through a Freeze!

January 6, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREEZE WARNING!

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Monday evening and Tuesday. Freezing temperatures can kill plants and other vegetation if not adequately protected.

TIPS TO HELP YOUR PLANTS SURVIVE THROUGH A FREEZE

 1.  Watering your lawn before a frost or freeze will help to insulate and protect the lawn’s root structure.  By watering early enough before a freeze, water has time to seep into the soil and evaporate off of the leaf blades. However, do not water your lawn right before a freeze. Doing so will not give the water on the leaf blades enough time to dry and will cause major, irreversible damage to the turf.

2. Avoid mowing or walking on a frozen lawn!  Doing so can crush the leaf blades causing permanent damage to your lawn.  Keeping the grass tall is also beneficial because maintaining taller turf in the winter promotes a deeper root system and it creates a warmer microenvironment between the grass blades.

3. Protect your plants during a freeze by placing a blanket or burlap cloth over them.  However, do not place plastic over plants. As water turns into condensation, ice crystals will form under the plastic which will cause the plant to die.

A good rule of thumb to remember is that any plant with an abundance of water in their cell structures, such as tropical or succulent plants, are at a higher risk for damage during a freeze. 

THESE ARE SOME OF THE PLANTS THAT SHOULD BE COVERED OR BROUGHT INSIDE DURING A FREEZE: 

- Crotons - Any Palm Plant - Hibiscus
 
- Succulents (such as Cacti) - Citrus Trees (with fruit) - Mexican Petunias
- Lillies (if planted, first cut them and then cover) - Bougainvilleas - African Iris
- Ixora - Eugenias (Topiaries) - Birds of Paradise
 
- Schefflera - Goldmounds - Plumbagos
- Annuals will normally die during the freeze.    

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.

Thank you,
The Heron Team


And Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, Heron Lawn and Pest Control’s #1 Creepiest Crawler in Central Florida…The Black Widow!!!!

October 31, 2013

 

 

 

 

The Black Widow sits lonesome in her extravagent web
Waiting calmly and patiently in hopes to be fed.
Her prey consists of mosquitos and fleas you may find.
Grasshoppers, beetles and caterpillars of the kind.

Her bite is fatal to creatures of the night
Once venom is injected there’s no hope just pure fright.
Their insides will become liquid once the enzymes take hold.
The Black Widow will win, there will only be cold.

For us humans that accidentally come in contact with one
Our outcome will be different, a new story shall be spun.
Her venom is 15 times more strong than a rattlesnakes’ blight
It is powerful, precise and full of pure might.
One bite from this vixen will cause certain distress
There will be nausea and aches and paralysis of the chest.

Sometimes fatal to small children, animals and the old
All symptoms could be avoided if warnings were foretold.
So take heed to this message, keep it fresh in your mind.
Remember to stay away and share it with all of mankind.

The Black widow is vicious, she shows no remorse.
Just ask the male spiders that have come across her course.
So be safe and have fun on this Halloween Night!
But BEWARE of this Femme Fetale….
BECAUSE SHE JUST MIGHT BITE!!!


Coming in at #2 two this alienistic spider is just plain scary!!! It’s The BROWN RECLUSE!!!!!

October 30, 2013

Commonly called the “Violin” spider because of the distinct patter on its back, the Brown Recluse is definitely a CREEPY CRAWLER to watch out for!  Although this recluse likes being alone, if provoked its bite can be one of the nastiest bites known to man!  The venom of a Brown Recluse bite can cause the living cells and tissue around the bite to die, resulting in very painful, gruesome, “FLESH ROTTING” open wounds.  Removal of the dead flesh and skin grafting are often the only ways to stop the ulcer from spreading.  Side effects can also consist of fever, chills, rashes, nausea and vomiting.  Look for these crafty critters hiding in your old shoes, clothes, wood piles and behind old boxes.  This is certainly not a spider you want to come in contact with!


Coming in at #3 these guys are pretty frightening to come across…Yellow Jackets! EEEEEKKKK!!!

October 29, 2013

 

 

 

 

Often confused with bees because of their black and yellow coloring, Yellow Jackets are far more dangerous!  These noisy nuisances are extremely aggressive and often attack without being provoked.  How rude!

Do not swat at a yellow jacket!  These vicious villains feed off of your aggression and will attack if you do.  Unlike bees, yellow jackets do not lose their stingers and can actually sting and bite their victims multiple times!

FREAKY FACT:  Smashing a yellow jacket releases a “warning” pheromone to alert other yellow jackets to attack!  With nests containing 400-5000 angry yellow jackets, this is not a flying army that you want coming after you!


Coming in at #4 on Heron’s Creepiest Crawlers in Central Florida Countdown are GERMAN ROACHES!!!! YIKES!

October 28, 2013

These feisty germ spreaders are the most common roach species found in homes, apartments and even restaurants.  (Mmmmm….more roach soup please!)  German roaches are the number one cause of upper respiratory diseases among infants.  Infestations can even trigger asthma attacks in adults.

Ever wonder what a German roach infestation smells like?  In a home where an infestation has occurred, you may smell a musty or sour odor permeating throughout.  This is because German Roaches produce odorous secretions, which can even affect the flavor of various foods if strong enough.

Controlling these bothersome buggers can be quite the challenging feat.  Female roaches produce one egg capsule every 6 weeks.  Each capsule contains up to 48 eggs.  Just before these capsules are ready to POP!, they are carefully placed into crevices and other hiding places where they’ll be safe and sound until hatching time.


We are winding down to the Top 5 most terrifying pests in our Creepy Crawlers countdown. Coming in at #5………BED BUGS!!!!!!!

October 27, 2013

Don’t confuse these guys with ticks.  Although they look similar, at only 3/16th of an inch, bed bugs are difficult to see with the naked eye.  Like vampires, a bed bug’s favorite lunch consists of blood from humans and animals.  Their bites cause inflammation and extreme itchiness of the skin.  As bed bugs bite you, they excrete blood from their previous victims on to your skin.  GROSS!!!

These bloodsucking beasts like to hitch rides in luggage, backpacks and shipping crates.  Once inside your home, bed bugs will travel through your wall voids from room to room making control extremely difficult.


#6 on Heron’s Top 10 Creepiest Crawlers in Central Florida Countdown!!!!! Terrorizing Termites!!!!!

October 26, 2013

Termites cause more damage each year than hurricanes,    fires and floods combined.  These sneaky savages can eat away at the trusses in your attic and the beams in your walls with no visible signs of damage for years, which is why they’ve earned the nickname “silent invaders”.  What’s even more terrifying is that termite damage is NOT covered by homeowners insurance!

HEED THE WARNING!!! Termite damage is 100% preventable with the proper treatment.

FREAKY FACT:  Termites work 24 hours a day and never sleep.


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