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Was visiting a lawn today. The customer was showing me some Quaking Aspen suckers that were coming up in her lawn. This near relative of poplars is notorious for sending up suckers from its roots. These suckers if left alone will turn into a new Quaking Aspen tree.
In one spot, she had cut back the suckers quite often and there was a part of the root- almost a stump that was 3-4 inches across. When I looked at it, I was surprised to see a bunch of Chinch Bug nymphs crawling all around the stump
I suspect the chinch bugs were basking in the early morning sun. They prefer sunny spots and a piece of root that is up above the ground level is not damp and moist. And there are very few grass blades to shade it.
So they climbed up on the piece of root to enjoy the sun. There wasn't any damage to the lawn at this point, but if there are enough nymphs, they could feed enough to damage the lawn.
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When people call in the spring and say that they have crabgrass growing in their lawns already, you can be skeptical. Crabgrass is rarely seen here until June. In April, you may find skeletons of old crabgrass plants that have died over the winter. Often the dead grass disintegrates and disappears. Especially in front yards where they get walked on or shoveled with the snow.
Here are some photos of some crabgrass skeletons from a backyard.
A good lawn care program can give you a better looking lawn when a lot of other lawns are still rubbing their eyes after the long winter nap.
This is a lawn that was fertilized late October last year. Notice how much greener it is than the neighbouring lawns at the beginning of April after a long hard winter.
With Turf King's slow release fortified organic fertilizer, the lawn can absorb nutrients even when it looks like there is little activity. Those important nutrients are stored in the roots and are ready for action early in the spring.
On lawns with a late season fertilizer application, warmer weather in the spring lets those lawns start the green-up process much sooner than lawns that are not as nutritionally stable.
Call Turf King to book your lawn care program and make sure to include the winter fertilizer in your lawn package.