Toby Beetles, Grubs & Worms – Oh My
The heat and humidity are making it uncomfortable for us and our lawns. Insects thrive in this weather and they are attacking our lawns and landscapes. Japanese Beetles have no known predators in the U.S. so their population has flourished. They have a huge appetite and devour the soft tissue of leaves. White Grubs are in full force and doing a lot of damage to lawns across the city. These ugly worms feast on the roots of grass plants and can destroy much of your lawn before you know you have them. Toby has the easy way to take care of these pests and also great advice on how to keep bugs from getting into your home and out of your lawn. Watch the video tip now and you can avoid the bugs and the bites!
Toby Heat Stress & Disease Tip
The heat has set in and it looks like we are stuck with it for a while - so did the heat stress for our lawns, landscapes, trees & foundations. From yellowing leaves on trees and plants to thinning and browning lawns, it's getting pretty crispy. Is this something you should be worried about or is it just Mother Nature doing her thing? Check out this week's tip and find out what to be concerned with, and what to do to keep things from dying out. All you need to know about heat stress on this week's tip from Toby! From avoiding disease to proper water (and not overwatering!!!!) find out how to keep the heat from beating up your beautiful lawn.
Tips from Toby – Fajita’s & Grill Time
It's finally time to fire up those grills again. But those propane hoses have gone brittle, and your grill is probably not the cleanest these days! It's time to check for leaks and clean that grill prior to firing it up. The leading cause of death and burns from grills are astronomical at this time of year. Don't become a casualty over a great meal! To make your chore seem worthwhile, we've added a great fajita recipe to christen that newly cleaned grill from Toby's Favorite Mexican Restaurant Luna Azteca. Get that grill ready and add some fajita sizzle now!
Tips from Toby – The Total Tomato Tip
Until you taste a enjoy grown tomato from your garden you have no idea how much better they taste than those store bought varieties that have been shipped in from all over the country. From how to get them growing great to what varieties to try we have all the answers for you. Toby shows you the sure way to grow great tomatoes and varieties that will have you enjoying some of the best BLT's you've ever had! This is Toby's Tomato Program that he has perfected over the past 12 years and even if you've had bad luck in the past - this video tip will help you with everything you need to know for great tomatoes from your patio or garden.
Tips from Toby Summer Fungus & Disease
With the wet conditions, high humidity, dull mower blades and wet grass the conditions are as high as they’ve been in years for an onslaught of Summer lawn disease. From Brown Patch to Fungus these disease spores can quickly turn a stunning lawn into a dying sea of brown and ugly. In this week’s tip, Toby shows you the steps to avoid disease problems and the simple products you can apply to keep your lawn healthy this Summer. Protect your lawn now from the disease problems that can destroy your entire lawn in a hurry!
Tips from Toby Keeping Cool
Last week was the first time many of us fired up our AC's this season and that resulted in thousands of emergency calls all over the city. Almost 80% of those calls could have been avoided (along with the expense) by doing a few simple tasks to keep your air conditioning system running smooth all season long. From checking that filter to cleaning off the outside coils and much more, we show you the quick, easy things you can do to keep your AC running cool and efficiently all Summer long.
Tips from Toby Spring Watering Guide
With the wet Spring and now hot, humid temps on the way it's time to check out how much water we are getting each week. Our lawns need 2" of water per week and making sure you are getting the right amount when it's not raining is essential. We show you proper use of a rain guage, how to check for proper sprinkler coverage and some tips to help you avoid disease problems. Watch now and learn a lot!
Tips from Toby Dandelion & Weed Control
Here come the weeds! How can you keep them under control without harming your lawn or adding a ton of chemicals to your lawn? Toby shows you all there is to know about weed control for established lawns or lawns that have been seeded in the past six months. Before you go buying chemicals, spraying, fertilizing or pulling those weeds - watch our Spring Weed Control tip now!
Tips from Toby – The Three Spring Lawn Essentials
Spring has started and stopped and started and stopped and now it seems to finally be back again! Unfortunately, Summer is almost here and if you're not mowing properly, watering properly and feeding your lawn right you are simply not going to have a good lawn. It's time to make sure that you are not only doing these three major steps correctly but understand what the different makeups of fertilizers are and how they can help your lawn. If you don't master these steps you can't have great success so watch now!
Tips from Toby – Spring Mowing Essentials
Think you know everything you need to know about mowing? Just a quick drive around town and we are seeing many mistakes when it comes to mowing correctly. Leaving big dead clumps on top of the grass, mowing when wet, and most importantly, mowing way too low. Even though are lawns are growing fast and may even need two mowings per week right now - mowing too short will lead to big problems that include killing out the grass, improper root development and making room for lots of weeds. Even if you've been mowing your whole life, it's a good idea to check out these tips and make sure you know the how, what, when and why to mowing properly. It will make a huge difference!