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5 Reasons to Ensure Your Lawn Has Routine Weed Control

5 Reasons to Ensure Your Lawn Has Routine Weed Control

Here at Sure Green Lawn & Tree Service, Inc., we promote the health and beauty of your lawn and landscape through a variety of lawn care services. Routine weed control is one of the most beneficial services you can enlist for your lawn. Our lawn care providers offer routine weed control to properties located in Liberty Lake, Spokane Valley, and Spokane, WA. We implement our proven 5-application plan and never miss a visit so your lawn can grow free of weeds year-round. 

Check out five reasons to ensure your lawn has routine weed control. 

1. Routine weed control prevents weeds from germinating in the first place. 

A lot of home- and business owners are aware of the benefits of post-emergent weed extraction. However, the benefits of routine weed control go far beyond their removal. Through our routine weed control services, we prevent weeds from germinating in the first place. 

We prepare your lawn to combat aggressive weed growth. Even with the humidity, warm weather, and rainfall present during the growing season, routine weed control keeps these unwanted plants at bay. 

2. Regular weed control treatments make more nutrients available to your lawn. 

Oftentimes, weeds grow much quicker than your grass does. They require a significant amount of resources to thrive, including nutrients, water, and sunlight. If weeds are hogging these resources, your grass won't have everything it needs to grow green and lush. 

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3 Venomous Spiders to Keep Out of Your Home in Spokane, WA

3 Venomous Spiders to Keep Out of Your Home in Spokane, WA

Some spiders are harmless while others can cause skin irritation or more severe symptoms. Unfortunately, there are a few species of native and non-native spiders in Spokane, WA that can harm you, your family members, and your pets with their bites.

Here at Sure Green Lawn & Tree Service, Inc., we offer an effective spider barrier service that keeps these eight-legged creatures out of your home. We provide this service to those in Spokane, Liberty Lake, Spokane Valley, and other nearby Washington areas.

Below, we'll discuss three venomous spiders you should keep out of your home and how our team can help.

1) Hobo spiders are small, but their bites can cause bad physical reactions.

Hobo spiders are small and typically shy. They normally don't get bigger than half an inch, and their leg span usually doesn't exceed 3 inches. Despite their small size, they will bite when they feel threatened.

You can identify a hobo spider by the following characteristics:

  • Hairy-looking legs
  • Herringbone pattern on top of the abdomen
  • Subdued coloration (brown and rust earth shades)

The hobo spider's bite is strong enough to cause localized pain. In some cases, tissue death, medically referred to as necrosis, will occur at and near the bite. Some victims have reported symptoms like:

  • Feelings of general discomfort
  • Vision abnormalities
  • Severe headaches

The good news is that this spider's bite isn't fatal to humans who are in good health. However, a wound ...

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How Long Should Kids & Pets Stay off of a Recently Treated Yard?

How Long Should Kids & Pets Stay off of a Recently Treated Yard?

If your yard has been recently fertilized, you may be wondering when your family can resume its normal use. If your kids and pets get a lot of use out of your yard, it can be difficult to get them to stay off of it.

Here at Sure Green Lawn & Tree Service, Inc., we offer fertilization services for lawns in Spokane, Spokane Valley, and Liberty Lake, WA. Our lawn care team provides everything from regular fertilization to weed and insect control.

In this article, we'll explore how weed control and insecticide can affect kids and pets and how long they should stay off of a recently fertilized yard.

How Do Weed Control & Insecticide Affect Kids & Pets?

If children accidentally ingest a product meant for weed control and insecticide, they may experience acute health effects like:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Irritation of the nose and throat
  • Itching, stinging, and burning of the skin
  • Blisters and rashes

Children with asthma may have especially severe reactions to insecticide exposure.

Pets may experience symptoms like drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea.

In extreme cases, long-term exposure to weed control and insecticide products may result in issues like:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Reproductive problems
  • Damage to the kidneys, liver, and lungs
  • Certain types of cancers
  • Birth defects

How Long Should Kids & Pets Stay Away from a Fertilized Yard?

Dogs playing in a yard in Spokane Valley, WA.

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How to Keep Shrubs & Trees Healthy in Winter

How to Keep Shrubs & Trees Healthy in Winter

Winter can take its toll on your landscape plants, shrubs, and trees. The cooler weather, freezing precipitation, wind, and other aspects of the season can attack your plants if they aren't adequately prepared for these cold months. There are steps your professional plant care company can take to ensure your plants are ready for winter.

Some of these steps include fertilization, addressing insect infestation, stopping plant disease, and more. To make it through the winter in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, and the nearby areas, your shrubs and trees need to be as strong as possible.

Fall Fertilization Treatment Keeps Plants, Shrubs, & Trees Well-Fed Throughout the Winter

Fertilizing plants before winter in Spokane, WA.

A key step in preparing your plants, trees, and shrubs for winter is to give a winterizer fertilization treatment sometime in the fall. At Sure Green Lawn & Tree Service, Inc., we apply a slow-release fertilizer to your lawn during the fall and a quick-release winterizer product as the temperature begins to fall. These nutrients spread into your soil, nourishing all the plants, shrubs, and trees on your property as well. When your landscape plants are well-fed entering the winter months, they are more resilient to fight off any problems that winter may bring, whether it be icy weather or freezing temperatures.

Perform an Inspection for Signs of Insect Infestation on Plants & Shrubs

If insects have started to take over your landscape plants, shrubs, or trees, then it's vital to...

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Why Your Lawn Needs Fall & Winter Fertilization

Why Your Lawn Needs Fall & Winter Fertilization

Your lawn requires many various services to keep it strong, healthy, and green year-round. Fertilization is one of the most important services you can provide your lawn. While spring is the most popular fertilization time, your lawn greatly benefits from fall and winter fertilization.

Fall and winter fertilization promotes better nutrient absorption, sustain your lawn through the cold winter month, and help it recover stronger and greener in the spring. Here is why your lawn needs fall and winter fertilization in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, and the surrounding areas.

Better Nutrient Absorption

Grass in Spokane Valley, WA that has greater nutrient absorption thanks to fall fertilization.

Autumn provides your lawn with the perfect environment for optimum nutrient absorption. Cool temperatures and an influx in moisture reduce stress on your lawn and help your grass roots drink up nutrients applied by your fertilizer treatments. Fertilizing in winter continues to provide your lawn with helpful nutrients and energy needed to last throughout the winter. Your lawn’s health and survivability during the winter are determined by the number of nutrients it can soak up before dormancy.

Winter Sustainability

Applying fertilizer in the fall is pivotal to your lawn’s sustainability during the winter. Winterizer, as it’s commonly known, provides your lawn with food and nutrients that it can store for later use throughout the winter. Before entering dormancy, your lawn prepares itself for the winter by increasing its...

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Why Spiders Need to Be Kept Away from Your Family & Pets

Why Spiders Need to Be Kept Away from Your Family & Pets

According to the Washington State Department of Health, there are two spiders of medical significance present in Spokane, Spokane Valley, and Liberty Lake, WA—the black widow spider and the yellow sac spider. They are known for having venomous bites. For those who have spider allergies, any kind of spider bite could make them ill.

Even though it’s just two venomous species, two spiders are two too many. Both species make their way indoors for various reasons. Black widows come inside because they like building their webs in dark, cluttered areas such as the basement. Yellow sac spiders wander inside human homes during the fall because they’re not a fan of the cold.

But you don’t have to accept these visitors who are dangerous to your children and pets as they innocently play and explore the house. Sure Green Lawn & Tree Service, Inc. has been helping customers with spider prevention and spider removal since 1992. Our spider barrier service is a popular option for protecting your home from spiders.

The Effects of Spider Bites Include Blisters, Rashes, Muscle Pain, & More

A yellow sac spider rests on a plant in Spokane Valley, WA.

Spider bites can range in level of severity. Those who are vulnerable or have compromised immune systems (such as children or the elderly) will likely suffer worse symptoms. Those with high blood pressure will, too, find spiders dangerous to encounter. The symptoms can also be more severe—or even deadly—if the bite comes from a more venomous spider. Black widow ...

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Why You Need Weed Control for Your Lawn

Why You Need Weed Control for Your Lawn

When thinking about lawn health, we often think about the usual steps of fertilization, proper irrigation, and regular trimming and maintenance. What many often overlook, however, is how weed control is just as important for your lawn's health.

Without weed control, weeds starve your grass and plants, creating an unsightly mess and causing more time and money to be spent later on. Weeds wreak havoc to your landscape and diminish your property's investment. Here are some reasons why you need weed control for your lawn in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, and other nearby areas in Washington.

Why Weeds Are Bad for Your Lawn

Generally speaking, weeds are plants that provide no value, in terms of food or nutrients or visual appeal to your lawn. They spread rapidly and once their roots take hold, they become stronger and much harder to eliminate. These weeds also become much more aggressive over time. The sooner you take action against weeds in your yard, the easier it is to get rid of them and keep them gone.

Simply put, weeds choke out your grass and kill it by depriving it of much-needed space, nutrients, and light. Weeds also compete with flowers, vegetables and other plants for water, nutrients, and sunlight. Because weeds are voracious and grow astoundingly fast, they often absorb more of one nutrient than others, leaving an imbalance of nutrients in your soil. When fertilizer is applied to your lawn, weeds are the quickest to soak up...

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Best Practices for Preventing Plant & Shrub Diseases

Best Practices for Preventing Plant & Shrub Diseases

In our area of Washington, we have many different types of plants, shrubs, trees, and bushes. These provide beauty and excellent scenery, but they are susceptible to many threats.

When these plants and trees aren’t properly fertilized, they lose the strength to fend off insects and diseases. Here are some common diseases that plague plants in the areas of Spokane, Spokane Valley, and Liberty Lake, and how we can work to help prevent them from destroying the plants in your yard.

Lecanium Scale Infests Many Plants, Sucks Sap Out of Branches & Leaves

Lecanium scale can overtake trees in Spokane Valley.

Lecanium scale is actually a type of small insect, and there are several types of this pest. They like to invade plants and trees that produce sap such as birch, oak, dogwood, maple, and fruit trees. In other words, they may end up infesting pretty much any kind of tree, even some evergreen trees.

Typical signs of this include leaves wilting and a sticky substance that the scale puts out. This sticky substance can accumulate and become a haven for mold. As this builds up, it begins to block light and air that is needed for photosynthesis to occur. Scale starts to develop during the winter and then feeds during the summer. They spread to other trees as the leaves begin to fall.

To control these invasions, it’s best to be proactive and keep inspecting plants and trees for any signs. These are best killed with chemical treatments applied by a professional who is licensed to use them.

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What Happens When Your Lawn Isn't Fertilized

What Happens When Your Lawn Isn't Fertilized

If you want your lawn in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, and other nearby areas in Washington to look full, lush, and green, there are a few things you’ll have to do to get it there.

One of the most important things you can do for your lawn is to establish a regular fertilization treatment to ensure it gets the nutrients it needs. Without fertilizer, your lawn will suffer. Here are some of the things that will happen to your lawn without a routine fertilizer application.

Your Lawn Won’t Be Able to Fight off Insect Infestation or Diseases Without Fertilizer

This grass in Spokane Valley has brown spots due to disease.

An important aspect of fertilization is that it makes your grass stronger. With that strength comes a greater ability to fight off common plant diseases such as red thread, Rhizoctonia, pine needle scale, and more.

In our area of Washington, we also have many common insects that affect the health of your lawn. These include white grubs, chinch bugs, cutworms, and others. The best way to eliminate these from your yard is with a pest control program but establishing a strong foundation in your grass helps to keep these pests away, too.

When your lawn goes without fertilizer, it loses the strength it gains from those nutrients.

Your Grass Will Not Look Healthy or Feel Soft if it Isn’t Fertilized

The three nutrients in fertilizer are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Each serves a different purpose in lawn health, and each is a necessary nutrient to have...

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Why It's Crucial to Keep Pests out of Your Yard

Why It's Crucial to Keep Pests out of Your Yard

Keeping your lawn and landscaping in great condition takes strategy and consistency in many different areas. One of the major areas is lawn pest control which targets insects and spiders that can threaten the well-being of your property and home.

Lawn pests create destruction and damage to your grass and soil. There are a variety of pests that plague the areas of Spokane, Spokane Valley, and Liberty Lake that need to be treated for on a regular basis in order to maintain a healthy, green lawn.

Most insects are active during the growing season. Warmer weather from May through October sees an influx of pests in lawns and landscaping.

Prevention of Infestation is Key

A brown recluse has taken up residence in this Spokane lawn.

Maintaining routine pest control and spider barriers before an infestation occurs is practical. Once pests start to invade your lawn, getting rid of them is a lot harder than keeping them off in the first place. The same goes for spiders making homes in your landscaping, or worse, in your home.

At Sure Green Lawn & Tree Service, Inc., we offer preventative insect treatments and spider barriers throughout the warm seasons. Insect treatments are maintained frequently throughout this time, while our spider barrier program contains four treatments spaced out over 6-8 week increments. Treating your lawn is important if you want to keep pests out of your yard.

Common Spiders & Their Bites

In Spokane and the surrounding communities, venomous spiders such as the black widow...

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