Our Lawn Care Program is based on nurturing healthy soil. We practice Integrated Pest Management. IPM is defined as:
a process consisting of the balanced use of cultural, biological,
and chemical procedures that are environmentally feasible, and
socially acceptable to reduce pest populations to tolerable levels.
Knowledge of both pests and plants—and the monitoring of each—is critical to landscape health. Proper management practices (fertilizing, mowing, watering, and aeration) greatly reduce pest problems.
Pesticides are used only when insect and/or disease levels reach intolerable levels. Early intervention allows for fewer pesticides and reduces our impact on the environment.
How it works:
We start with a complete analysis of your soil, which will help us to identify any nutrient deficiencies or soil pH problems that may exist. Next, we recommend corrective measures that may need to be taken and we adjust your fertilization program accordingly.
If no adjustments are needed for your soil, our standard fertilization program can be broken down into the following steps:
MAY Broadleaf Weed Control and Crabgrass Pre-emergent Application. Timing of this application is critical in suppressing crabgrass seed germination. Equally important is the eradication of weeds that may have invaded the lawn during the previous growing season. While we use pesticides in a curative role, experience has shown that this combination application is important to lawn quality.
JUNE Organic Based Lawn Fertilizer Application. A controlled release organic based fertilizer applied in June will continue to feed your lawn for three months. A fully organic product can be substituted but at a higher price point.
JULY / OCTOBER Lawn Inspection. Inspection for insects and/or disease. After notification and following your approval, necessary corrective action is taken.
AUGUST Aeration. One of the most important maintenance practices we can employ to help maintain the health of your lawn. Aeration will prevent a number of problems, including compaction and thatch build-up. It opens passageways in the soil, allowing better air, water, and nutrient movement. During drought conditions, aeration helps water reach thirsty roots.
SEPTEMBER Organic Based Lawn Fertilizer & Broadleaf Weed Control Application. The second (and most important) controlled release organic based fertilizer application is performed helping your lawn to recover from the stresses of the long, hot summer. Broadleaf weed control is applied in September as well.
Integrated Tick Control (ITM)
We will safely treat your shrubs and the perimeter of your property without the spraying of pesticides. And we’ll show you ways to reduce exposure to ticks. Integrated Tick Management
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Deer Damage Control
Our challenge: deer are simply unafraid, desensitized to humans. The best defense against deer browsing is a well thought out landscape design that uses deer resistant plants like andromeda, barberry, boxwood, pachysandra, spirea, and spruce.
From The Danbury News-Times, Shayne’s thoughts on deer, and they havoc they wreak.
Insect & Disease Control
Our work occasionally requires pesticides, the use of which is carefully and responsibly monitored. Integrated Pest Management (IPM), the foundation of YardScapes’ Lawn Care Program, nurtures healthy soil and uses pest control only if necessary.
Curative rather than preventative, YardScapes’ IPM promotes pesticide use only when deemed necessary and only in targeted areas. A complete soil analysis identifies any nutrient deficiencies or (pH) problems. Corrective measures are recommended should problems exist and fertilization is adjusted as needed.
We keep current all research and have the best people and equipment to implement industry advances. Above all else, our aim is to improve, never to harm the environment we work tirelessly to maintain.