As the summer winds down and we move into fall, your yard is going to need some special attention before the cold weather hits. To help your grass thrive all winter and emerge healthy and vibrant in spring, there are a few actions you need to take this fall. The Lawn Care Experts at Giroud explain 4 Steps for Fall to have a beautiful lawn next year. These include aeration, seeding, fertilization and testing the soil pH.
There are few things more frustrating for an Arborist than to see a tree in decline because of bad pruning. While pruning is important for tree health and safety, it can lead to devastating consequences when the job is put in the wrong hands. Without proper knowledge and training, improper cuts can permanently damage and even kill an otherwise healthy tree! Read on to learn about the types of bad pruning; what can result from poor pruning techniques; and, how to avoid disaster with your trees.
There's no way around it- Insects in the summer time are inevitable! While some bugs are just annoying, others can pose serious risks, and ticks are at the top of the list. Ticks carry a variety of diseases that can harm you, your family and your pets. Fortunately, there are many actions you can take to protect your property from dangerous ticks and the illnesses they can carry.
The humid part of the summer season is officially here, and that means some unwanted familiar foes have probably popped up on your lawn. Arguably the worst of the weedy type grasses in the Philadelphia area is Nutsedge. This persistent eyesore might be driving you crazy and for good reason. Nutsedge is notoriously difficult to control! The experts at Giroud explain what Nutsedge is, why it's such a pain, and what you can do to keep it in check.
When it comes to summer storm damage, we here at Giroud have seen it all! We’ve seen tall Poplar trees that have split right in half from high wind gusts. We’ve seen entire root systems from massive Oak trees that have lifted out of the ground soaked from heavy rains. We’ve cleaned up all kinds of trees that have crashed down on top of houses, cars, fences and pools. As Philadelphia weather continues to heat up, the odds of having a major summer storm also intensify. While summer storms are inevitable, property damage doesn’t have to be!
The Spotted Lanternfly is a new pest that has invaded our area. These beautiful but nasty bugs are swarming Pennsylvania in concerning numbers. First spotted in 2014, Penn State's Agriculture Extension has been monitoring the Spotted Lanternfly and issuing warnings about this invasive insect. They're a problem for local farmers who are losing fruit and timber crops to the insects' voracious appetite. However, homeowners are also seeing impacts that range from annoying to significant damage. The experts at Giroud show how to spot the Spotted Lanternfly, why they're more than just a nuisance pest, and how you can help in the fight against these insects.
Summertime ushers in popsicles by the pool, baseball at the park and warm nights on the patio. Unfortunately, it’s also the season for mosquitoes and ticks! If your yard is a magnet for these bloodsucking pests, you'll want to consider a mosquito and tick control program. With Traditional and Organic options available, how do you choose the best program? While Traditional Programs give quick results, Giroud's 100% Organic Mosquito and Tick Program is a completely chemical-free option. Keep reading to see what kind of program is best for yard and also how a Giroud Expert can help you decide!
Summer should be a time for outdoor play, barbecues and relaxation. But, a dark cloud hangs over our sunshine-filled days: it's the threat of dangerous mosquitoes and ticks. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has reported that illnesses and diseases from these pesky insects have tripled in the United States in the last decade! While Lyme Disease is the most common, other diseases such as Powassan Virus, Alpha-Gal Syndrome, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Zika and West Nile Virus are also on the rise. The experts at Giroud Tree & Lawn break down the symptoms, the reasons for the increase in diseases, and how to naturally control mosquitoes and ticks in your yard and make yourself less attractive to these bloodthirsty pests.
After the long winter we've had, it's refreshing to see the trees leafing out, the flowers blooming and bright green grass! April Showers bring May Flowers, but May Showers can often bring June fungi! You may see fungus in the form of pesky mushrooms popping up around your property. But, do you know how to spot the signs of a fungal disease on your lawn? To the untrained eye, it can be tricky to diagnose which type of fungus your lawn is suffering from. That's because many fungi share similar symptoms- such as brown spots, dead patches and dry grass. Keep reading to see what Giroud’s Lawn Care Experts have to say about these unsightly spots, and how to best to manage each variety of fungus!