Entries by Sean Greenhow

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 […]

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Springtails! Snow Fleas!

A favorite spring insect, snow fleas or springtails, are making themselves known outside right now.  These ground pepper sized insects flick their tails and jump to amazing heights.  This jumping action is what gets them confused with fleas.  This insect, pictured here from under a microscope, loves the cool wet conditions of spring.  They are […]

Ultrasonic pest control devices simply don’t work.

Ultrasonic pest control devices – Don’t work. This is probably not a news flash, but people continue to purchase and promote ultrasonic devices to control insects and rodents. Not only has there never been any university testing to prove efficacy, the FTC has successfully sued manufacturers to make them stop publishing claims that the devices […]

Plan for spring – Get ready to test your soil.

Plan for spring! Get ready to test your soil and plan your garden. Here in New England you may see your grass and garden again soon as the snow melts over the next two weeks. Plan on running a soil test if you haven’t in the past 2 years, or ever. Pulling and preparing a […]