Entries by Sean Greenhow

Time to aerate your lawn

Time to aerate your lawn. Run your irrigation system first and mark any heads that could be damaged by aeration. Then aerate & overseed your lawn. This opens up the root zone for air, water and nutrients to penetrate and stimulate growth.  The best time to aerate is August 15th to September 20th to allow […]

Biopesticide for BedBugs

A unique new material is now available.  In development for the past 4 years, this biopesticide kills bedbugs that cross a small treated area and impacts the other bedbugs by transferring the fungus to them when it goes to a harborage.  Bedbugs are gregarious and harbor together which improves the effectiveness of this material because […]

Fairy Ring Fungus in lawn

To the right is fairy ring fungus in a lawn.  This is the least severe or Type III Fairy Ring.  Making sure the lawn is fertilized regularly, aerate and overseed, and irrigate lawn to maintain soil moisture.  This fungus gets is name from the circle of mushrooms (children were told they appeared because fairies danced […]

Termite monitor in use

Termites live in the soil everywhere in New England. We install and inspect termite monitoring stations to check for termite activity adjacent to your foundation. These stations do not attract termites they alert us to the presence of termites in that area. If termites are adjacent to the foundation we recommend a termite treatment to […]

What poison ivy looks like

This is a quick video to show what poison ivy looks like. The three leaves give it away, but note the color and edges of the leaves. Poison ivy turns red and orange in the fall. Call us to help manage poison ivy on your property.


Carpenter Ant Frass

Carpenter ant frass is like a pile of sawdust with shiny black ant parts in it. This pile is from the basement sill just behind where the deck is attached to the house, a common area that moisture effects wood due to snow sitting on the deck and issues with flashing around the deck or […]

Thatch and dethatch

Thatch is living material that is part of the growth of bluegrass in lawns.  An amount of thatch is normal in a lawn.  In the photo above, my finger is pressed down on the thatch layer that is growing over the top of the soil.  If soil is compacted or if the natural process of […]

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bees make holes around the size of the tip of your pinky finger. The female drills a round hole through the side, then drills a perpendicular hole along the grain of the wood. She will lay her eggs inside with an insect to serve as a food source, then she will close off the […]

Leave the lawn clippings!

Why is the Boston area obsessed with removing lawn clippings?  No, granular fertilizer cannot be removed by mowing it.  You should always leave your clippings on your lawn.  Lawn clippings are mostly nitrogen and water and should be left to make your lawn healthier.  Don’t bag the clippings, don’t let your landscaper bag the clippings.  Clippings […]

Termite swarmers versus ants with wings.

If you find ants with wings in the spring, there is a possibility that you have termite swarmers.  Termites swarming inside are an indicator that a mature termite colony has access to the structure.  The termite has a thick waist versus an ant has a pinched waist.  The termite has a curved antennae which appears […]