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!
Tips from Toby – July Quick Tips
Here is your round up of July Quick Tips for the home, lawn and garden. Nobody wants to spend a lot of time working outside in this heat - but there are some essentials we need to take care of. We’ve broken down the essentials into things that take very little time so you can get back to enjoying the pool or cooler indoors. From what to do about lawn disease to keeping the AC running smoothly, we've got you covered to help you keep your cool!
Tips from Toby – Home Water Damage & Proper Drainage
With the heavy amounts of rain we've been having our ground is saturated and many people are cleaning up flooded basements. In this week's tip we show you the essentials to make sure that water is properly draining away from your home and the things you can do to help. Before you pay big $$$$ to a foundation company to fix that flooded basement, watch this tip. You may be surprised at where some of that water is coming from and the inexpensive things you can do to keep water from coming into your home.
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 – Controlling Summer Insects & Pests
It's white grub season and with the humid temps everyone is swattting, itching and scratching. In this week's tip we show you how to make sure White Grubs don't destroy your entire lawn and we also show you a one, two punch to control insects in and around your home. Great and easy DIY advice to keep bugs to a minimum and the scratching to a screeching halt!
Tips from Toby – Hearing Protection & Damage
Yard work is tough enough and loud! The damage we do to our ears from mowers, leaf blowers, trimmers and more is significant. This week we help you avoid hearing damage both while working on the lawn and also in all walks fo life. Protecting your hearing and those of your children or grandchildren is very easy with the right advice - we have it all hear for you!
Tips from Toby – Final Spring Lawn Wrap Up
Fortunately we've had a lot of rain this Spring. That rain has gobbled up a lot of the nutrients that our lawns need to keep going through the hot Summer months. Even if you haven't been following Toby's lawn program - it's not too late to get that lawn the fertilizer it needs to thrive this Summer. Lot's of us have areas in our lawn where water pools and doesn't drain well. With all the problems with mosquitos and virus issues, those puddles leave a breeding ground for mosquitos. Toby shows you how to get better drainage in your lawn and help the roots of your lawn grow deep to strengthen up for the hot temps coming around the corner. Watch the tip now. We cover these issues plus a few other quick tips to wrap up your Spring lawn work. Quick and easy tips for a healthy lawn this Summer. This is your last chance before June to beef up that lawn - so get to watching now!
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 Mowing 101
When Lawn season kicks off it can be fun to get back out and mow (maybe once or twice!) but then it becomes work. It’s very easy to want to cut the grass low (thinking it will not grow back as fast) or mow when the grass is wet. These are all mistakes that can kill out a lawn or leave you with weeds. Toby shows you mowing essentials to make your work a lot easier and your lawn beautiful!
Just a quick drive around town and we are seeing many mistakes when it comes to mowing. 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!
Tips from Toby – Correct Spring & Summer Watering
It's the lifeblood of our lawns, landscape and even foundation of our homes - but most of us don't water properly. Watering too much is often worse than not watering at all. Do you know how much you should be watering? How much rainfall did you get at your home this week? Do you water around your foundation? These are all important things to know to have a healthy lawn and home. It is all of our duty to water responsibly as water becomes an every more valuable commodity - but even if you're not in the mood to be "green", keep in mind - you will save a lot of money by watering properly and avoiding damage to your lawns, plants and home, so either way - we all win!