Controlling Bermudagrass in My Virginia Lawn
What is this vine-like, spreading grass in my lawn?
Common Bermudagrass, also known as wiregrass, is a warm-season perennial turfgrass. It spreads laterally through stems called rhizomes and stolons. It has excellent heat and drought tolerance but cannot handle shade. It can be a very invasive and difficult grass to control.
Bermudagrass Expectations in Williamsburg in Spring
Bermudagrass Expectations During the Spring Months
Each spring, Bermudagrass comes out of dormancy at different times. Some years Bermudagrass will start turning green in March, and other times as late as the start of May. Once the Bermudagrass comes out of dormancy, it will not grow like it does after a good July thunderstorm in the Williamsburg area. Air temperatures in Williamsburg in late May average highs of 83 degrees and lows of 63 degrees. In our experience, Bermudagrass does not really start to grow to its full potential until after Memorial weekend.
How To Remove Crabgrass in Lawns
What is Crabgrass?
Crabgrass is a summer annual weed occurring in lawns during spring through summer months in many areas. Crabgrass is a very easy summer annual to control in many Virginia areas. With preparation and pre-emergence, you can easily handle crabgrass.
Don't Stop Watering in the Fall
Do I need to water my grass in the fall?
Fall is here and many of our customers have the same question. Is it ok to stop watering? NO! Now is the prime growing season for your fescue lawn.
Your grass is working hard to repair itself from the stress and heat of the summer and to prepare itself for the winter to come. Fertility and water are essential to this process. We at Virginia Green have your fertility covered, but watering your grass is up to you and mother nature.
A Short Guide to Cost Effective Lawn Care
A lush, bright green lawn is one of those things that can really make a homeowner proud. Few people want to buy property that doesn’t have a lawn of some sort. It’s one of the reasons that so many real estate agents tell sellers to clean up their yard as a way to boost their property’s curb appeal. In a way, the lawn is like a status symbol of sorts that comes with home ownership.
When to Prune Your Spring Shrubs
When Do I Prune Spring Shrubs?
Pruning is the selective removal of specific plant parts for the benefit of the whole plant. Some reasons to prune are to train a plant, maintain plant health, improve the quality of flowers, fruits, and stems, restrict growth, remove damaged and diseased branches, and to increase air circulation that can decrease specific plant diseases
Tree & Shrub Issues in the Summer
What are Common Tree & Shrub Issues in the Summer?
In Virginia, we often notice several common issues involving your plant material during the summer. In most cases, these issues are already present but become more prevalent during the summer due to heat stress. In the image below, you’ll see lace bug damage on the underside of plant leaf. Lace bugs are very small insects, measuring only about 1/8 inch long, however they can cause considerable damage to the foliage of ornamental shrubs and trees.
When Should I Prune Trees and Shrubs?
While you can generally prune dead, diseased, or damaged branches year-round, it’s important to prune at timely intervals to create healthy blooms in Trees and Shrubs. Pruning cuts should be made with a sharp pruning tool that’s appropriate for the job and should be limited to no more than roughly 25% of the tree canopy.
Proper pruning paired with Virginia Green’s Premium Tree and Shrub Program will help to provide you with healthy plants in your yard and keep them looking good year round.
How to Identify Scale on Plants
How Can I Identify Scale on Plants and What to Do About Them?
It can be tricky to identify scale as the cause of your plant’s deterioration because there is generally no movement throughout a scale insect’s life cycle. If you suspect scale, the best thing to look for is unusual bumpy growth on the stems and undersides of the leaves. Brown shell-like scale can indicate an infestation. You might also see evidence of a sticky substance called honeydew or sooty mold. Ants might also appear on these plants as they are attracted to the honeydew.
How to Prune Boxwoods
Boxwoods are beautiful shrubs which can enhance and beautify your landscape. Often used as a hedge, they can form a screen against unsightly views. Like most shrubs, boxwoods need dead or crossed branches cleaned out and removed, as they can restrict healthy growth.