Emerald Ash Borer


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Emerald Ash Borer

The symptoms an ash tree shows when it is infested with emerald ash borer are similar to symptoms caused by other ash pests or diseases. For example, crown dieback can occur due to EAB damage, but can also be the result of drought stress, soil compaction or verticillium wilt, just to name a few. This insect is killing our ash trees.

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Liberty Irrigation

News Release – December 2015

Thank you for your lawn and landscape maintenance service business over the last many years. We appreciate our loyal customers and are always looking for better and the best ways to service your needs!

Over the past 5 years, we have increasingly heard from you, our customers, of your desire for a more accessible and reliable lawn sprinkler service company. I must admit that I have found it challenging to get our customers’ sprinkler system needs handled in a prompt, reasonable, and professional manner. This has been very frustrating for all of us. We were forced to do some sprinkler work for our customers even though we never truly focused on that particular service.

I do not ask much from the vendors I refer to our customers, i.e. irrigation companies, other than to do what they say they are going to do. Over the past 5+ year, I have heard every excuse from my frustrated customers regarding irrigation companies such as not getting returned phone calls, emails, texts, missed appointments, invoicing delays, etc. For those reasons and the fact that I already have Don Holmes, an experienced lawn sprinkler technician, on staff has lead me to make the customer service prompted decision to expand our service division. I am excited to introduce to you:

Liberty Irrigation, Inc. 
111 N 56th Street – Suite #301
Lincoln NE 68504
(office) 402-466-0160
(cellular, Don Holmes) 402-440-7805

This new service we are offering is going to be singularly focused on servicing our customers’ sprinkler system maintenance needs. We will not be doing sprinkler installations, so you will never hear the excuse from us that you will have to wait for service until we are done with a “big project”. I have heard that comment as an excuse way too many times recently, and I’m sure you have as well. Our customers are Liberty Irrigation’s “big project”.

Our sprinkler technician, Don Holmes, has been servicing lawn irrigation systems for over 25 years and is very well known throughout our community and industry as reliable, knowledgeable, prompt and courteous lawn care professional. He is very excited about the opportunity to assist our lawn care customers with your sprinkler system maintenance needs full time.

I will be sending you more information outlining our new service soon.

Thank you again for your business and Merry Christmas!

Healthy Lawns

A lawn’s surface appearance is only as good and healthy as its root system.

Newer lawns need concentrated root management to create a healthy sustainable turf. Treat the soils with root enhancing nutrients such as potassium and phosphorous to promote root growth in early spring and fall. It does not matter how green the grass blades are if the root system is dying.

GRASS

A well-developed root system will lead to a thicker, fuller lawn, so root fertilizers can be very important for grass. The root systems of turf grasses generally grow more vigorously during cooler weather in spring and fall, so Lawn Professionals should apply granulated root growth fertilizers in these months. Lawn care experts recommend fertilizing in April with a solid root growth fertilizer that also contains a weed control product to prepare lawns for summer, then fertilize again in late October with a 13-25-12 fertilizer, which is high in phosphorus, to encourage root growth over the winter. Do not use a product with high nitrogen content fertilizer in the fall. This would only promote diseases such as snow mold and would not promote quality root growth.

POTASSIUM FOR LAWN USE

Of the compounds you can use on your lawn, conventional bagged fertilizers are labeled with numbers, such as 10-10-10 or 5-20-10, indicating the ratio of the three macronutrients, N-P-K, in the mix. You might want one with the last number, which refers to potassium, larger than the others. Potassium helps lawns build the plant proteins that affect the macronutrient content of the plants in the lawn. Ideal amounts of potassium prompt grass to grow and mature faster, help them resist pest infestation and help them grow stronger. Potassium regulates plant growth, increases the sturdiness of deep roots. You can tell if your lawn is deficient in potassium by discovering grass blades, particularly older ones, with brown spots, yellow edges around them and brown or yellow veins.

THE ROLE OF IRON

Lawn grasses most heavily use the macronutrients nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in normal growth and metabolic processes. Of these three primary nutrients, nitrogen is most important to keep a lawn growing fast and thick with an evenly green color. Several micronutrients are also needed in small amounts to maintain good plant growth. The iron molecule is the central atom in all green chlorophyll pigments in plants. Lack of nitrogen can cause new growth to look yellow or white, but a lack of iron prevents plants from even creating new chlorophyll and the lawn becomes pale green or yellow-green. Iron is an important nutrient for chlorophyll production, but iron amendments to soils should only be applied to turf that has a vigorous root system and thick blading.

IRON VS. NITOGEN

While both nitrogen and iron nutrients create green turf, you cannot substitute or eliminate one nutrient and expect the lawn to remain forever green. Iron treatments can mask an unhealthy lawn and be a procurer to lawn diseases. When growing, lawn grasses utilize large amounts of nitrogen to elongate their leaf blades, resulting in an increased need for mowing. If iron is deficient, the lawn can still look pale green or yellowish. Eliminating all nitrogen from lawn soil slows or stops growth, but iron molecules keeps extant grass blades green.

Read more: www.ehow.com/info_8561984_ironite-do-lawns.html

Sirococcus Shoot Blight

In 2012, we saw a huge increase in needle blight on spruce trees. Here is the latest information on spruce tree blight:

Sirococcus shoot blight of spruce causes branch tips to turn brown and needles to drop off leaving infected brach tips bare. One year old growth may also turn reddish brown and cast needles. Small black fruiting bodies can be seen on infected shoots. To manage this disease on young trees, apply chlorothalonil in May, when new shoots are one half to two inches long, and repeat the application 3-4 weeks later.

To Fertilize or Not Fertilize Our Trees

Liberty Lawn & Landscape believes it is important for our customers to be updated on the most current information in the landscaping industry. Here is an article written by an accredited arborist, instructor and educator.

To Fertilize or Not Fertilize Our Trees
by the Plant Health Department @ Terry Hughes Tree Service

In the green industry, there is always that question of whether or not it is a good idea to fertilize. I have heard both sides of the story, and both have valid points. I tend to believe that it is always in the best interest of the plant in the current urban settings to do so.

People will say, “The trees in the forest don’t get any fertilizer.” Well, that is true. The trees in a forest or wooded area don’t need the deep root feeding like they would in a housing development. They have the luxury of natural decomposition. This breakdown of natural material will give the plants in that type of setting the minerals and nutrients that they need over a period of time. The problem with the urban setting where our plants and trees are put in the ground is that they lack that decomposition of plant material. Everyone rakes and bags their leaves and grass. Therefore, there is nothing being put back into the soil. Not to mention that the land developers come in and change the grade of the land and only leave the bare clay soil. This is not the best type of surrounding for a newly planted tree as we all know.

That being said, we as arborists should be fertilizing our trees and shrubs to give that plant what it is so lacking in this clay soil we are surrounded by. This brings up another benefit to deep root fertilization by breaking up these compacted clay soil conditions. In doing so, this will also allow air to get to the root system enhancing the vigor of the plant. The main objective in deep root fertilization is the healthy establishment of the plant’s root system.

Spring Start Up

It’s about that time again!

We will be starting our first round of lawn treatments in late March. Please, have your yard cleaned up prior to this time. If you need assistance, please, contact us.

This spring, we will be using two applications of Pentamethalin for our pre-emergent. This product has been proven to be the best for preventing crabgrass and foxtail in Nebraska. Several seasons ago, we changed our broadleaf weed control product to Q4, which gives us extra control for crabgrass, ground ivy, nut sedge and spurge. We always offer the highest quality products and services available.

We will use Merit grub control exclusively again in 2013 to give longer control against these and most other insects feeding on the turf. Grub worm has been a serious problem in Nebraska for a few years, but our “Merit” control works great in nullifying this pest along with sod webworm and cutworm.

Our program will control broad leaf weeds and most insects, and provide enough nutrients for the turf throughout the long growing season without promoting excess growth.

The weather forecast for this year is hot again, but wetter. This forecast, if true, will help keep us reasonable water bills.

I am hoping gasoline prices remain somewhat reasonable throughout 2013. Unlike other companies, we have never charged a gasoline surcharge and hope to never have to do so in the future.

Check out our website at www.LibertyLawn.biz. It is full of useful information on many subjects. The site will help us provide even greater service to our prized possessions – you, our customers.

Please, contact us if you require help starting or repairing your sprinkler system.

In the event you will not require our services for the upcoming year, please send written notification to the office. If we do not receive a cancellation request, we will continue our services as usual.

Thank you for your business.

See you soon!
Doug McIntosh
Owner

New Customer Promotion: Free Fall Core Aeration

2013 New Customer Promotion

Free Fall Core Aeration

New lawn care customers of Liberty Lawn and Landscape will receive a free fall core aeration.

New customers must sign up for our deluxe 6-step lawn care program, which includes grub control, pre-emergent, fertilizer, and broad-leaf weed control. New deluxe 6-step program customers will receive a free fall core aeration in 2013.

Contact us today for your free lawn care estimate!

Offer expires April 15, 2013.

Account balance must be current at time of fall aeration.

Value not to exceed $2,000.