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Roaches * Ants * Fleas * Rodents * Termites * Bed Bugs * Lawns

General lawn care & pest control tips

Care for new Sod

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 Watering 

  •  Your water company will permit new sod to be watered EVERY DAY for 30 days.
  • Sod must be WATERED IMMEDIATELY after it is installed! Waiting to water even 3-6 hours can be detrimental to the new sod.
  • For the first TWO WEEKS after install, water your new sod TWICE A DAY a ½ inch per zone, per application.
  • Water once in the morning and once in the late afternoon. 
  • On the 3rd and 4th weeks after the initial installation of your new sod, water once a day at ¾ inch per zone, per application.
  • With new sod, remember that no irrigation system can be fully dependable to water accurately!
  • Hand watering with a garden hose will be REQUIRED FOR SUPPLEMENTAL WATERING ON HOT SPOTS! If you see any brown spots in the new sod, hand water it immediately!
  • Resume regular watering schedules after 30 days.
  • If rainfall for the day exceeds 1”, then do not water that day. Resume watering the following day.
  • Treatment
  • Newly installed sod is more susceptible to fungus, disease, and insect damage and must be treated to protect it from disease as well as lawn damaging insects within 1-2 weeks after installation. 

Mowing

  • NEW SOD CANNOT BE MOWED FOR THE FIRST 1-2 WEEKS!
  • The first 2 cuts must be minimum of 4 inches high for St. Augustine or 2 ½ inches for Zoysia. 
  • Never remove more then 1/3 of leaf blade per cut. This will cause the lawn to undergo stress, thinning, and can even result in death of the lawn.
  • Resume regular mowing after the first cut.

Managing hard to control weeds

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Bermuda grass, torpedo grass, nimble-will or Alexander grass cannot be selectively treated. 

This is because there are no available herbicides on the market that will selectively kill those types of weeds without harming the healthy grass that surrounds them. Since these weeds cannot be selectively treated, our recommendation is to use a non-selective herbicide, such as “round up”, which will kill the entire area, including the healthy lawn around the areas that are heavy with weeds. Once the entire area is dead from the root up, re-sodding the area with new St. Augustine/Zoysia grass will be the best next step. If any of these weed varieties are present in your lawn and you chose not to re-sod with St. Augustine/Zoysi, in time, the weeds will continue to spread to other areas in your lawn, creating a bigger problem in the future. 

It is possible for the variety of weeds mentioned above, to regenerate themselves in the same area of the newly laid sod. The best defense against weeds returning is to maintain a thick and vigorously growing St Augustine / Zoysia lawn. A great way to discourage weed growth is to mow the area more frequently. This will prevent the weeds from growing too tall and will cause the lawn to grow faster and thicker. You should never let weeds grow higher than the grass blades. Your mower blade level / height should be between 3 ½ to 4 inches for St. Augustine and 2 ½ - 3 inches for Zoysia in areas where any of the aforementioned weed types were or still are present in your lawn. The taller growing St. Augustine and Zoysia grass will eventually shade the invasive weeds, such as Bermuda grass, which thrives best in the sunny and dry conditions. 

Help eliminate invaders

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Here are some steps you can take at home to help eliminate and prevent home invaders


  • Keep Counters Clean
  • Fix Cracks
  • Check Window and Door Seals
  • Avoid Clutter
  • Fix Dripping Faucets
  • Keep foods in tight containers / sealed bags
  • Do Not Use Cardboard for Storage
  • Keep underneath stove and fridge clean
  • Trim Trees and Shrubs Away from structures
  • Keep Lids on Garbage Cans


Does my home have termites?

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Even though there's no indication of termites in your home, only a thorough termite inspection by a trained professional can determine if they are present.  Termites can squeeze through gaps as narrow as 1/32 of an inch to get into your harm.  

                            Those "Ants" Might be Termites
Winged termites are often mistaken for ants.  Here's how to tell them apart:

Winged ants have two pairs of wings and the front pair is larger than the hind pair; bot pairs of termite wings will be the same shape and size.

  • Ants have elbowed antennae; termites have short, straight, beaded antennae.
  • Ants have a distinct constriction between body regions; termites have a gradual constriction.
  • Don't be fooled by color or size; ants and termites can vary both in size and color based on species