What are Tar Spots?

Tar Spots on Maple Leaves  The weather is cooler and leaves are changing colors.  Fall is truly a beautiful time of year and Maple trees are a show-piece with their vibrant shades of orange, red and yellow.  However, this year you may notice that some of your Maple’s leaves have tiny black spots that look like tar.  These spots are actually a fungus that delveloped in late spring and continued to spread throughout summer.  The great news is, these tar spots are seldomly detrimental to the overall health of your trees but they may cause premature defoliation.  Here are a few things you can do to help prevent these spots from returning next year.

Since Infection occurs when leaf surfaces are moist;

1.Improve air circulation by thinning crowded plants and pruning overly dense growth.

2.Avoid overhead irrigation.

3.Water only in the morning to ensure leaves dry quickly.

4.Rake up fallen leaves and destroy them.

Good Luck to you and enjoy those fall colors!!

Fall Yard Maintenance

Fall lawn careYard landscaping for next year doesn’t begin next spring, rather, it begins this fall. Proper fall yard maintenance lowers the risk of plant diseases next spring. Raking the lawn ensures your grass won’t smother under a burden of fallen leaves. Of course, fall yard maintenance means winterizing: putting your plants to bed properly, sheltering them where possible from the rigors of winter.
 
Get Started this weekend before it gets too cold!!

Avoid Japanese Beetle Traps!

No beetle traps

University research indicates that using Japanese beetle traps can actually make problems worse. The traps are intended to trap and kill the beetles in your yard. However, they use pheromones to attract the beetles to the traps. And these pheromones bring more beetles into your yard than the traps can catch.

Hate Japanese Beetles? Here is a list 0f plants they avoid.

Learning how to get rid of Japanese beetles can help save your lawn, garden and foliage. Japanese beetles and their grubs are voracious eaters that cause the U.S. hundreds of millions of dollars in agricultural damage every year.

For a fun do-it-yourself pest control project, try gardening. The following is a list of plants that Japanese beetles are known to avoid:

  • Begonias
  • Bleeding heart
  • Carnations
  • Columbine daisies
  • Flowering dogwood
  • Forsythia
  • Junipers
  • Lilacs
  • Lilies
  • Nasturtium
  • Snapdragons

Japanese Beetles

Here’s a familiar face, I’m sure. It’s just about time for these iridescent nuisances to put in an appearance, if you haven’t spotted them already. They’ll do a little munching as they get into their cycle of feeding, mating and laying eggs.

Lately they seem to like to lull us into a false sense of serenity. Just when you think they might not be a problem this year, there they are snacking on your trees. We will never get rid of them entirely, but you can take steps to keep the adult population of Japanese beetles under control.

Give Happy Turf a call to schedule your appointment today, before it is too late! 262-697-5013

Late Spring is the season for Grub Control

Don’t let dead spots happen to you.
It’s easy to miss grubs as they gradually cut the roots out from under your lawn until brown patches begin to appear and they’re finally discovered. If you suspect grubs, pull back the turf. If the lawn pulls up easily (like new sod), you may find white grubs in the top inch or so of the soil. Don’t wait
Grubs won’t disappear on their own. They should be treated by Happy Turf! Give us a call today…262-697-5013