Monday, March 7, 2016

Livonia Home Improvement Expo


Looking for something to do  March 19,2016 come visit us Sat 9-4

Come visit us at the Turf Pro Inc. booth (booth #15) at the Livonia Rec Center for the Livonia Home Improvement Show. There will be plenty of vendors and exhibitors on site to provide you with great ideas for home improvements and fun spring projects. Admission and parking are FREE. You might learn a thing or two, and you'll definitely have plenty of fun with the whole family. There will even be free food samples from local restaurants handed out from 12 - 1:30 pm for visitors.

Livonia Community Recreation Center
15100 Hubbard St, Livonia, Michigan 481
Turf Pro, Inc.'s photo.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Blue Spruce Decline

In recent years, we have been noticing that blue spruce decline is becoming more widespread and appears to be increasing in this area. 

Photo 1. Declining spruce trees. Photo credit: Bert Cregg, MSU
Declining spruce trees. Photo credit: Bert Cregg, MSU

Blue spruces are prone to a wide variety of insect and disease issues and we have seen an increase in diseases affecting blue spruces in the past few years. One of the most obvious symptoms of spruce decline is branch dieback, which can progress pretty rapidly over just a two to four year period. 

There are three main types of diseases that affect blue spruce trees: 

1. Needlecasts - Needlecast diseases cause spruce trees to shed needles. These diseases are caused by fungi that often infect the current year's needles. As the disease progress, the infected needles normally die within a year of infection. 

2. Tip Blights - Tip blights are fungal diseases that affect new, emerging shoots. 

3. Canker Diseases - Canker diseases affect the branches or main stem of the tree. One typical symptom of canker diseases are sunken spots along the stem that ooze resin. Canker diseases can interfere with the branch's ability to transport water and nutrients, which can result in death of individual branches. 

There are also some common pests that can cause spruce decline, including Gall adelgids and spruce spider mites. 

The best way to care for your spruce trees is to give them the proper care before you notice problems. This includes proper watering practices, feeding, and necessary preventative treatments. Each week, or as often as possible, you should take a walk around your property and look for any signs of distress on your plants. It is much easier (and more cost effective) to prevent issues than to correct after they've already become a problem. In some cases, once you start to notice visible decline, there isn't much that can be done. 

Deep-root feeding can provide your spruces, and other trees and shrubs, with the necessary nutrients to keep them strong and healthy. Healthy trees are going to more easily be able to fend off diseases and other pests that could impact them and show less damage even in the presence of pests. 

If, however, you are seeing issues with your spruce trees or any other plant material, it may not be too late. Fungicide applications can help with certain fungal diseases, deep-root feeding can help the plant to recover, and other treatments may be possible for other issues. 

The first step to saving your trees and shrubs that are showing signs of stress is to diagnose the problem. Our tree and shrub expert can help with that! Next, he'll help to design a plan of attack using an integrated pest management approach and provide you with a detailed schedule of necessary and recommended treatments, both curative and preventative.  

Call us today to set up a tree and shrub consultation with an expert with almost 30 years of experience!
(734) 699-0010

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

What's that white fuzz in your lawn?

This winter was rough on your lawn. As the snow melted, you may have noticed circles or patches of grey, tan, white, even pink, dead-looking grass. It was most likely snow mold. 
Snow mold seen in one of our customers' lawns earlier this season. 
Snow mold is a fungus that thrives when the grass is snow-covered for long periods of time. Even though this winter we saw a shorter period of snow cover than it usually takes for snow mold to thrive, the conditions must have been just right for it because we saw a lot of it.
There are two types of snow mold, grey snow mold and pink snow mold (more severe). Both will appear as circular dead patches, usually 3-12 inches in diameter. Close up you may see fuzzy webbing or strings (mycelium) on top of grass blades or at the outer edges of the patches. 

Grey snow mold is the less severe of the two, and the variety that we saw a lot of this spring. The damage is primarily to leaf blades only. Further damage usually stops when the lawn begins to green up. The mycelium will dry out and the grass will usually recover as normal growth resumes. Lightly fluffing up the dead grass with a leaf rake (not a grass rake) can help the lawn recover more quickly. 

At this point in the season, your grass should begin to recover from snow mold damage as it begins to grow. If for some reason it doesn't seem like your grass is recovering, you can give us a call!

For more information on other common lawn issues, see our website page on Common Lawn Problems here

Friday, February 20, 2015

Welcome to the team!

We would like to welcome Jason Warner to our staff of highly qualified lawn care & landscape professionals. Jason is a Michigan State University 2012  graduate in landscape and will be an added asset to our staff with his expertise and knowledge. 

To learn more about Jason and the rest of our team, click here