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Mite Damage

Kent Wiens: Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2017 12:52 PM

Just a quick blog article here. Wiens Lawn and Tree Care Has been very busy the last few weeks. This is the hardest time of year for lawn care. It is all about trying to fix the problems that are showing up now as the lawns begin to green up and come out of dormancy. I am seeing a lot of mite damage here in Parker/Denver CO. This is from the warm weather we had especially in Feb. and March when the mites are most active. They were having a hay day this year! If you can pull out the garden hose in those long dry warm periods through the Winter and really soak the lawn good for an hour once a month it will drown out the mites and help prevent Winter kill. Other wise you are looking at an aeration over seeding to repair the damage. We had a big heavy wet Spring snow a few weeks ago here in Denver/Parker CO. that killed the mites. I am not finding any mites active now, just seeing the damage they have already done. Remember when laying new sod; green side up! Kent Wiens owner of Wiens Lawn and Tree Care lawn care mites Spring problems brown spots damage ugly dead 

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SPRING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

Kent Wiens: Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014 8:35 PM

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The lawns are just starting to green up a little and the trees are already budding here in Denver/Parker CO. I have seen several ladybugs and have heard others say they have seen Robins. All signs that Spring is just around the corner! I think we are going to have an early Spring this year in Denver/Parker CO. I have already had several calls for estimates on lawn care and fertilized my first lawn of the season today. I am sure we will still have a few Spring snows but I am so ready for Winter to be over and for Spring weather to begin! I am finishing up the last of the deep root Winter tree and shrub watering and deep root fertilizing of trees and shrubs this week and will begin Spring aerations and putting down some granular slow release fertilizer next week on the lawns to help them green up. This is also when the fertilizer we put down last Fall will help the lawns to green up earlier which is one of the benefits of that application in Denver/Parker CO. It takes 3 things for the lawns to green up. First soil temps have to be warm enough. Second they have to have the moisture available. Third they need food! They need Nitrogen from the fertilizer immediately available to them when they wake up from their long Winter's nap. For more information on lawn and tree care tips and problems please go to http://www.wienslawncare.com and look at my Lawn Tips page and read about insects weeds and diseases or watch my videos on Youtube if you prefer. Just go to Kent Wiens channel on Youtube. Happy Spring fever to you!

Your trees need water now!

Kent Wiens: Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 9:29 PM

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We get a lot of 5-6 inch dry powdery snows that don't contain a lot of water and consequently help the lawns in Denver/Parker CO. but don't help the trees and shrubs. It takes a 2 foot heavy wet snow that slowly melts, like in the Spring time, and soaks a foot deep into the soil to get down to the roots and benefit the trees. That is equal to just one of our deep root Winter waterings at Wiens Lawn and Tree Care. We do Winter deep root watering once a month through the Winter months, November through March and deep root fertilizing of trees and shrubs once a year either in November or March in Denver/Parker CO. We also do pruning of your trees and shrubs. For more information or to watch a video on these subjects, please go to http://www.wienslawncare.com

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Have you aerated and fertilized your lawn for the Fall?

Kent Wiens: Posted on Friday, October 04, 2013 4:28 AM

It is important to aerate your lawn at least twice a year in the Denver/Parker CO. metro area. This has two purposes; alleviate thatch and soil compaction. We have a lot of clay and sandy soils that tend to get hard packed or compacted. This makes it difficult for air, water and nutrients to penetrate the soil and get down to the roots where it is needed. A lawn with a heavy thatch layer will feel spongy when you walk on it and is susceptible to attack from insects and disease. You need to poke holes through it by core aeration. The more the better for a lawn like this. Your lawn is the most receptive to utilizing a Fall feeding of fertilizer to encourage root growth through the Winter. Even though it goes dormant on the top side, the roots continue to grow and develop through the Winter. A healthy root system is essential for a healthy lawn. It also aids to an early Spring green up. A good winterizer is a 20-10-10 slow release granular fertilizer. For more lawn tips please go to http://www.wienslawncare.com/lawntips.html.

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WATER! WATER! WATER!

Kent Wiens: Posted on Wednesday, May 08, 2013 11:20 PM

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We have reached the time in Spring where, if your lawn isn't green right now, there is a reason for it. It's the toughest time of year in the lawn care business. Getting all the problems that are showing up now as the lawns begin to green up or not green up taken care of and getting them looking good.The best thing you can do for your lawn in the Denver/Parker CO. area is SOAK THE EVER LIVING CRAP OUT OF IT WITH WATER! We are hopefully past the cold snap now where you can turn your sprinklers on and start watering on a regular basis. That means the night time lows are staying above freezing and the highs are around 70ish. The soil temperature is warming up and all your lawn needs to finish coming out of dormancy is adequate moisture in the soil. There are 2 reasons for giving your lawn an initial good soaking for at least an hour each zone; to help it green up and also drown out any mites that are present after the warm dry Winter we had in Denver/Parker CO. again this year. We are seeding a lot of lawns as usual this Spring at Wiens Lawn and Tree Care for various reasons. You need to water your lawn in Winter during those long dry periods for at least an hour a month. That means getting the garden hose out and soaking the ever living crap out of it! It will pay off the following Spring by killing mites and preventing Winter kill especially on south facing slopes. For more tips for your lawn in Denver/Parker CO. go to http://www.wienslawncare.com.

MITE ALERT!

Kent Wiens: Posted on Thursday, May 02, 2013 1:09 AM

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WATER! WATER! WATER!

Kent Wiens: Posted on Wednesday, May 08, 2013 11:20 PM

We are in the 3rd year of a drought here in Denver/Parker CO. The trees are suffering as a result and desperately need their roots watered to help them through this warm dry Winter until you can turn your sprinkler system back on in Spring. The other thing going on right now is mite activity in your lawn.These warm dry periods are especially conducive to mite activity. They thrive in warm dry periods. Therefore the mites that are normally active in both February and March could be having a hay day in your lawn right now! You need to water, water, water your lawn and drown those lil' bugars out now! You need to either turn your sprinklers on and water heavily for at least an hour every month or drag your garden hose and manually soak it good for at least an hour a month both to prevent Winter kill and drown out any mites present. To check for mites; lay a white sheet of paper on top of the leaf blades and sweep your other hand over the tops of the grass blades and "herd" them onto the paper. They will look like tiny reddish brown specs that are moving around on it. The other method is to place your hand palm down on the grass and press down really hard and drag it towards you. Then inspect the palm of your hand for blood streaks. If mites are present; treat with an insecticide labeled for mites followed by heavy watering. For more lawn tips see: http://www.wienslawncare.com/LawnTips.html.

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Kent Wiens: Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 6:23 PM

Tags: Lawn care including fertilizing, aerating, weed control, seeding, mowing. Tree care including deep root fertilizing, deep root winter watering, pruning. Denver/Parker CO.


Spring is here, honestly, according to the calendar anyway. We have had an unbelievable amount of Winter weather here in the Denver/Parker CO. area so far this month. As a result, the lawns are slower than usual to green up. April is usually our busiest month of the year at Wiens Lawn and Tree Care getting all of the Spring lawn problems taken care of and getting them up and running. It has been very difficult this year getting Spring aerations done and we have had to put down a granular slow release fertilizer only on the lawns because no one has their sprinklers on yet and watering. We are offering a 10% discount for new clients that schedule at least 4 fertilizer applications and 2 aerations. Offer expires 6/21/13. I truly hope that the cold and snow is over for this year. But the good news is that it has helped us with the drought conditions we have experienced over the last 3 years. It is time to have your lawn aerated for thatch reduction and soil compaction issues. It will be time to start mowing soon. For more help with your lawns in Denver/Parker CO. please visit my website at http://www.wienslawncare.com. Please call 303-358-0041 for a free estimate. 

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Spring is just around the corner!

Kent Wiens: Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 1:50 AM

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Spring is just around the corner and I can't wait! I do not like Winter with the cold and snow. We've been getting quite a few snows here in Denver/Parker CO. which is helping the lawns. It's not enough to help the trees because it takes a 2 foot heavy wet snow that soaks down a foot deep into the soil to get to the roots and benefit the trees. The trees here in Denver/Parker CO. are suffering due to the drought we have had for 2 years now. The lawns will be starting to green up any time now. As soon as it gets warm and stays warm for an extended period of time and the night time lows aren't so cold, the soil temps will come up combined with the moisture from these snows and bring the lawns out of dormancy and they will take off and green up. We will be starting our Spring aerations and fertilizing anytime now here at Wiens Lawn and Tree Care.

MITE ALERT!

Kent Wiens: Posted on Saturday, February 09, 2013 2:39 PM

Tags: Lawn care including fertilizing, aerating, weed control, seeding, mowing. Tree care including deep root fertilizing, deep root winter watering, pruning. Denver/Parker CO.


Spring is here, honestly, according to the calendar anyway. We have had an unbelievable amount of Winter weather here in the Denver/Parker CO. area so far this month. As a result, the lawns are slower than usual to green up. April is usually our busiest month of the year at Wiens Lawn and Tree Care getting all of the Spring lawn problems taken care of and getting them up and running. It has been very difficult this year getting Spring aerations done and we have had to put down a granular slow release fertilizer only on the lawns because no one has their sprinklers on yet and watering. We are offering a 10% discount for new clients that schedule at least 4 fertilizer applications and 2 aerations. Offer expires 6/21/13. I truly hope that the cold and snow is over for this year. But the good news is that it has helped us with the drought conditions we have experienced over the last 3 years. It is time to have your lawn aerated for thatch reduction and soil compaction issues. It will be time to start mowing soon. For more help with your lawns in Denver/Parker CO. please visit my website at http://www.wienslawncare.com. Please call 303-358-0041 for a free estimate. 

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Spring is just around the corner!

Kent Wiens: Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 1:50 AM

Adult mite and egg.


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We are in the 3rd year of a drought here in Denver/Parker CO. The trees are suffering as a result and desperately need their roots watered to help them through this warm dry Winter until you can turn your sprinkler system back on in Spring. The other thing going on right now is mite activity in your lawn.These warm dry periods are especially conducive to mite activity. They thrive in warm dry periods. Therefore the mites that are normally active in both February and March could be having a hay day in your lawn right now! You need to water, water, water your lawn and drown those lil' bugars out now! You need to either turn your sprinklers on and water heavily for at least an hour every month or drag your garden hose and manually soak it good for at least an hour a month both to prevent Winter kill and drown out any mites present. To check for mites; lay a white sheet of paper on top of the leaf blades and sweep your other hand over the tops of the grass blades and "herd" them onto the paper. They will look like tiny reddish brown specs that are moving around on it. The other method is to place your hand palm down on the grass and press down really hard and drag it towards you. Then inspect the palm of your hand for blood streaks. If mites are present; treat with an insecticide labeled for mites followed by heavy watering. For more lawn tips see: http://www.wienslawncare.com/LawnTips.html.

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Maple Trees Are Declining in Denver/Parker CO.

Kent Wiens: Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 3:02 AM

I have noticed that almost every Maple tree I see in Denver/Parker CO. is suffering from what is known as Chlorosys. It is an iron deficiency which turns the normally green leaves yellow. If this condition is left untreated, 

MITE ALERT!

Kent Wiens: Posted on Saturday, February 09, 2013 2:39 PM

the tree will continue to decline and eventually die in 5-7 years. The continued drought we are experiencing in Denver/Parker CO. makes this condition worse. The solution to this problem is Iron treatments along with watering and fertilizing the trees. This is done by injecting the water and iron and fertilizer into the soil to the roots of the tree where it can be taken up by the tree roots. It is essential that the trees receive water through the long dry periods especially in Winter when your sprinklers are turned off. In Summer when you're watering 3 times a week and keeping the soil saturated a foot deep it benefits the trees. It takes a 2 foot heavy wet snow that melts slowly and soaks down a foot deep into the soil to benefit the trees. We just don't get many of those type snows in Denver/Parker CO. This is equal to just one deep root Winter watering that we do at Wiens Lawn and Tree Care through the Winter months. These fertilizer and iron applications should be continued every year until the tree leaves turn back to their original green color, usually it takes 3 or 4 years.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Kent Wiens: Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 5:47 AM

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With Christmas almost upon us, I think we should pause a moment and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and what actually took place on that cold night so long ago. The angel Gabriel had appeared to Mary and told her she would conceive a baby in her womb from the seed of the Holy Spirit. She would call His name Jesus and of His Kingdom there would be no end.

Luke 2:7-14 "And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, an angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were very much afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men."

That was a true miracle that God sent His Son to be born of a virgin and to live a sinless life here on this earth, and be crucified on the cross, and die a horrible death so that you and I could go to Heaven and not Hell. Because that is where we will spend all eternity if we don't believe on Jesus Christ and give our lives to Him. That was the greatest gift ever given. Merry Christmas to all from Wiens Lawncare! http://www.wienslawncare.com

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Have you aerated and fertilized your lawn for the Fall?

Kent Wiens : Posted on Wednesday, October 03, 2012 1:11 AM

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With Christmas almost upon us, I think we should pause a moment and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and what actually took place on that cold night so long ago. The angel Gabriel had appeared to Mary and told her she would conceive a baby in her womb from the seed of the Holy Spirit. She would call His name Jesus and of His Kingdom there would be no end.

Luke 2:7-14 "And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, an angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were very much afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men."

That was a true miracle that God sent His Son to be born of a virgin and to live a sinless life here on this earth, and be crucified on the cross, and die a horrible death so that you and I could go to Heaven and not Hell. Because that is where we will spend all eternity if we don't believe on Jesus Christ and give our lives to Him. That was the greatest gift ever given. Merry Christmas to all from Wiens Lawncare! http://www.wienslawncare.com

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It is important to aerate your lawn at least twice a year in the Denver/Parker CO. metro area. This has two purposes; alleviate thatch and soil compaction. We have a lot of clay and sandy soils that tend to get hard packed or compacted. This makes it difficult for air, water and nutrients to penetrate the soil and get down to the roots where it is needed. A lawn with a heavy thatch layer will feel spongy when you walk on it and is susceptible to attack from insects and disease. You need to poke holes through it by core aeration. The more the better for a lawn like this. Your lawn is the most receptive to utilizing a Fall feeding of fertilizer to encourage root growth through the Winter. Even though it goes dormant on the top side, the roots continue to grow and develop through the Winter. A healthy root system is essential for a healthy lawn. It also aids to an early Spring green up. A good winterizer is a 20-10-10 slow release granular fertilizer. For more lawn tips please go to http://www.wienslawncare.co/lawntips.html.

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Wiens Lawncare receives award

Kent Wiens: Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 9:05 AM

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Wiens Lawncare Receives 2012 Best of Parker Award

Parker Award Program Honors the Achievement

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 4, 2012 -- Wiens Lawncare has been selected for the 2012 Best of Parker Award in the Retail Landscaping category by the Parker Award Program.

Each year, the Parker Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Parker area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 Parker Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Parker Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Parker Award Program

The Parker Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Parker area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Parker Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Parker Award Program

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How is the sprinkler coverage on your lawn?

KentWiens: Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012 4:40 AM

With the heat and drought stress we are experiencing right now in the Denver/Parker CO. area and water restrictions in place, you need to be getting utmost benefit from the water you are putting down on your lawn. You need to be getting the most "bang" for your water buck! If you see water running down the street while your sprinklers are on or you have brown spots in your lawn and you are putting tons of water on your lawn, most likely you are not getting good COVERAGE with your sprinkler heads. With the extreme heat and drought conditions here in Denver/Parker CO. any slight flaw in the coverage will show up as a brown spot in your lawn. Plus you could get a fine from your water company for wasting water by letting it run down the streets instead of going on your lawn, besides the fact that you are paying for it! Two people can effectively check the coverage of your sprinklers. One of you run the clock and just go through each zone for a minute or two while the other one watches what is happening with the sprinkler heads while it is on. You should be getting head to head double coverage over the whole lawn. What this means is one sprinkler head should reach all the way to the next closest head to it and vice versa so they are crossing over each other and meeting in the middle and thus giving you double coverage of the whole lawn edge to edge. The rotor type heads that pop up then oscillate back and forth need to be putting out a fan type spray reaching from the farthest point out and getting even coverage all the way back to the head. Not a pencil stream that shoots out and over and misses in between. If you do this check and it looks like they are covering good and you are watering at least three times a week for thirty minutes each in the early a.m. like you should be right now and you still have brown spots in your lawn, you should get a professional sprinkler expert to check them as they can see things you can't and make adjustments and recommendations to fix it if it's a coverage issue. You can also just dig your finger down into your lawn to check the coverage. First dig your finger down deep into a nice green area and notice how wet it feels. Then dig your finger down into a brown spot and take note of the difference. If you live in Parker CO. the Parker water department will do a free sprinkler coverage check, so give them a call. If a brown spot doesn't get better with added water and actually gets worse, you may have a disease or fungus issue. If you live in the Denver/Parker CO. area and need help with your lawn call 303-358-0041 for a free estimate. Or if you live outside our service area of Denver/Parker CO. go to http://www.wienslawncare.com/lawntips.html for more help with your lawn problems. Also http://www.wienslawncare.com/products.html for videos on these subjects. Or you can see them at http://www.youtube.com and go to Kent Wiens channel.

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Heat/Drought Stress

Kent Wiens: Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 10:55 AM

With the temperatures soaring above the ninety degree mark, the lawns here in Denver/Parker CO. that have been looking so nice and green all Spring are suddenly turning brown. They need more water! When the temps are above eighty degrees consistently, you need to increase your watering times on your lawn. Right now you need to be watering three times a week in the early a.m. for thirty minutes. Or more if your lawn doesn't recover and green back up. Don't water at night because that contributes to disease problems such as Dollar Spot (see lawn tips video Dollar Spot Disease) at http://www.wienslawncare.com/products.html Not only is it getting very hot here in Denver/Parker CO. but it's also very dry. We haven't had alot of consistent rain. We had a huge thunderstorm with flash flooding and hail that caused damage (4 inches of rain in 1 hour). We have 2 fires burning out of control right now destroying hundreds of homes, killing 1 person and destroying thousands of acres of trees. Be sure you are mowing weekly at 3 inches with a razor sharp blade. For help with your lawn here in Denver/Parker CO. for fertilizing, aeration, mowing, weeds, control, seeding call 303-358-0041 for a free estimate.

Dollar Spot Disease is going crazy!

Kent Wiens: Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 3:42 AM

Dollar Spot disease is going crazy on the lawns in the Denver/Parker CO. area right now. I have seen it on virtually every lawn I have been on this past week. It usually happens in the late Spring when the temps get into the 90's the first week of June. Both diseases and insects are active in the Spring and Fall. The symptoms are "wicking" or a pinched off straw colored tip on the ends of the leaf blades. Also purplish colored leaf blades and straw colored bands on the leaf blades. It needs to be treated with 2 applications of fungicide 2 weeks apart combined with good cultural practices. Then the damage will need to be repaired by either seeding or sodding. This disease can do damage or even kill your lawn. It is important to water in the early morning, not at night because this contributes to diseases and mow weekly at 3" with a very sharp blade. Even though you are following these good cultural practices however your lawn can still get this disease just from the atmospheric conditions of the moisture in the lawn combined with the heat creates humidity on the surface of the lawn creating conditions favorable for the fungus to grow that causes the disease. Also going from extremely dry conditons to extremely wet conditions can trigger this disease. Such as when you wait too late in the Spring to start watering and then try to "catch up" by pouring the water to it to get it to green up like your neighbor's lawn that's so nice and green already. You should wrap your backflow or get a permanent insulated cover for it and foam tubing for the pipes to prevent feezing and watch for the lawn to start greening up on it's own. That's the time to start watering but start slowly and gradually increase the amount you put on the lawn until it greens up fully and comes out of dormancy and starts to grow. Mowing too short with a dull blade contributes to this disease because it shreds instead of making a clean cut and gives more surface area for the fungus to enter the leaf blades. That's what you are seeing with the "wicking" is the fungus moving down the leaf blade and when it gets to the crown of the plant that's when it does the damage and thins or kills the lawn. Please see the pictures of this disease on my website at: http://www.wienslawncare.com/lawntips.html

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Spring Lawn Problems

Kent Wiens: Posted on Sunday, May 06, 2012 11:20 PM

Spring Lawn Problems

Both insects and diseases are active in the Spring and Fall. I'm seeing mite activity, Dollar Spot Disease and weeds such as Dandelion, thistle and a few others. Crabgrass typically doesn't emerge until late May or early June. Dollar Spot can be caused by poor cultural practices such as waiting too late to start watering in the Spring and the lawn goes from extremely dry to extremely wet as the homeowner tries to "catch up" with heavy watering and get it to green up because their neighbor's lawn is so nice and green already. Also the heat tends to cause atmospheric conditions favorable for this disease. If you are watering good like you should and mowing properly; weekly at 3" with a sharp blade you are doing everything right as far as cultural practices go and your lawn STILL gets this disease it's because the heat combined with the moisture in the lawn creates humidity on the surface and is a condition favorable for the fungus to grow that causes the disease. Then there's good old Necrotic Ring Spot that's active in Spring and Fall and that's when it spreads the most. For more information on lawn insects and diseases please go to http://www.wienslawncare.com/lawntips.html or http://www.wienslawncare.com/products.html as I have videos on all these lawn insects and diseases that you can watch.

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April is a tough month for lawns in Denver CO.

Kent Wiens: Posted on Sunday, April 08, 2012 12:21 AM

April is the toughest month of the year for lawn care in Denver/Parker CO. The lawns are just starting to come out of dormancy and green up. This is when the mite damage and Winter kill and any other problems will show up and need to be dealt with to get them looking good. We had an unusual amount of snow in Denver/Parker CO. this Winter while the mountains of Colorado had very little snow and the ski resorts suffered as a result. The snow pack up there is only at about 50% of the normal amount for this time of year. This after a record breaking year last year where some resorts stayed open until the 4th of July! March however was the exception and recorded a driest ever month of precipitation. So while Mother Nature (the weather) helped the lawns with a huge amount of snow coming close to a record in February, March was just the opposite and February and March are when the mites are active in the lawns. So, if you did not drag out the garden hose and give your lawn a good soaking in March, you very well could have some mite damage in your lawn which will need to be seeded to repair the damage. We are starting to aerate and fertilize the lawns here at Wiens Lawn and Tree Care after finishing Deep Root Winter watering and fertilizing trees and shrubs for the last time just a week ago. For more Lawn Tips please see http://www.wienslawncare.com/LawnTips.html and for Tree Tips please see http://www.wienslawnandtreecare.com.

MITE ALERT! (Mother Nature must be on break!)

KentWiens: Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 2:07 AM

The weather here in Denver/Parker CO. has gone from the 2nd snowiest February in history to the driest March in history! Mother Nature (the weather) must be on break! Therefore the mites that are normally active in both February and March could be having a hay day in your lawn right now! You need to water, water, water your lawn and drown those lil' bugars out now! If you can go ahead and turn your sprinkler system on with out danger of the back flow freezing and start watering, I would! Water for at least an hour the first time and then start watering regularly 3 times a week for 30 minutes each in the early morning. To check for mites; lay a white sheet of paper on top of the leaf blades and sweep your other hand over the tops of the grass blades and "herd" them onto the paper. They will look like tiny reddish brown specs that are moving around on it. The other method is to place your hand palm down on the grass and press down really hard and drag it towards you. Then inspect the palm of your hand for blood streaks. If mites are present; treat with an insecticide labeled for mites followed by heavy watering. For more lawn tips see: http://www.wienslawncare.com/LawnTips.html For tree tips see: http://www.wienslawnandtreecare.com

Mother Nature is helping the lawns in Denver/Parker CO right now.

Kent Wiens: Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2012 12:22 PM

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Mother Nature is doing her part in helping the lawns here in the Denver/Parker CO. metro area. You see it's at this time in February and March that the mites are typically active in destroying lawns. Last year we had extensive mite damage due to the mild and dry Winter we had last year. It was actually drought conditions. We had to seed a number of our client's lawns last year due to mite damage in Denver/Parker CO. While we were still busy Deep Root Winter Watering trees and shrubs, the mites were busy munching on the lawns! Actually mites are a piercing/sucking insect that suck the juice out of the leaf blades of turf grasses. It is very beneficial to water your lawn and trees through the Winter months, especially through the mild and dry periods. This Winter however, we have gotten an unusual amount of snow and cold here in the Denver/Parker CO. area. Another benefit of this water during these months is that it drowns out the mites and the cold kills them as well. So, Mother Nature is doing her part to help our lawns here in Denver/Parker CO. this Winter of 2012. For more tips for your lawn and trees please go to http://www.wienslawncare.com/lawntips.html and http://www.wienslawnandtreecare.com

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Should I be doing anything to my lawn and trees in Winter?

Kent Wiens: Posted on Monday, January 23, 2012 1:36 AM

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April is a tough month for lawns in Denver CO.

Kent Wiens: Posted on Sunday, April 08, 2012 12:21 AM

Even though your lawn turns brown and goes dormant on the top side, the roots continue to grow and develop all through the Winter. That is why it's so important to do a Fall application of fertilizer right before you turn off your sprinklers and it goes dormant for the Winter. Usually in October or early November some time. When you stop watering and the night time temps are consistently below freezing for 2 weeks straight, your lawn will go dormant. The only thing you need to do all through the Winter for your lawn is water it during the long dry periods of no rain or snow. How much should you water? I would pull out your garden hose and really soak it for like an hour at least once a month through these periods. The other benefit of th Fall application or Winterizer application is it helps your lawn to green up earlier the following Spring. It helps to have available nitrogen built up in the soil which is taken up through the roots when the soil temps are warm enough and there's enough moisture available.

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Christmas

Kent Wiens: Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 10:58 PM

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With Christmas almost upon us, I think we should pause a moment and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and what actually took place on that cold night so long ago. The angel Gabriel had appeared to Mary and told her she would conceive a baby in her womb from the seed of the Holy Spirit. She would call His name Jesus and of His Kingdom there would be no end.

Luke 2:7-14 "And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, an angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were very much afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men."

That was a true miracle that God sent His Son to be born of a virgin and to live a sinless life here on this earth, and be crucified on the cross, and die a horrible death so that you and I could go to Heaven and not Hell. Because that is where we will spend all eternity if we don't believe on Jesus Christ and give our lives to Him. That was the greatest gift ever given. Merry Christmas to all from Wiens Lawncare! http://www.wienslawncare.com

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Wiens Lawncare receives award

Kent Wiens: Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2011 1:40 AM

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Wiens Lawncare receives 2011 Best of Parker Award


U.S. Commerce Association's Award Plaque honors the Achievement


New York, N.Y. December 6, 2011-- Wiens Lawncare has been selected for the 2011 Best of Parker Award in the retail Landscaping category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)


The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year,the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.


Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.


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U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.


The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium sized businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.


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TREE CARE- PRUNING

Kent Wiens: Posted on Friday, November 04, 2011 10:47 PM

Pruning of trees is done to help improve their aesthetic beauty and to keep them growing upward instead of outward. It also helps to remove the deadwood and create gaps or holes in the canopy to improve sun light and air penetration. Then there are practical reasons for pruning. I'm sure we have all encountered "head knockers" or branches that make it difficult to mow around a tree that has branches that knock you in the head! Also some dead branches can pose a hazard if not removed and actually be dangerous. At Wiens Lawn and Tree Care we do 3 types of pruning: Complete prune, Structural and corrective pruning and Dead wood removal.


Complete prune- includes removal of dead wood approximately 1/2" to 1" in diameter and larger. Removal of crossing and interfering branches. Reduction of long limbs to reduce leverage. Shape and contain. And thinning by approximately 1/3rd. Elevating of skirt and clearing away from structures.


Structural & corrective pruning- includes removal of dead wood 1/2" to 1" in diameter and larger. Removal of crossing and interfering branches and hazard removal.


Dead wood removal- remove dead wood 1/2" to 1" in diameter and larger only.

We also can do shrub pruning and shearing. If you have trees and shrubs in need of pruning or removal in the Denver/Parker CO. metro area, please call now for a free estimate from the lawn and tree care pros at Wiens Lawn and Tree Care. 303-358-0041 Also, please visit our brand new tree care website @ http://www.wienslawnandtreecare.com/Removaloftrees.html to see Joshua our tree specialist in action doing a removal and pruning trees.

La Ninya

Kent Wiens: Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2011 6:37 PM

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Well, the weather forecasters are predicting another La Ninya Winter this year. So you know what that means: dry! It is going to be just like last year which was so dry it turned into drought conditions. That means you will need to water your trees and shrubs at least once a month the whole time your sprinklers are turned off for the winter. It takes at least a 2 foot heavy wet snow that melts slowly and soaks down 1 foot into the soil to reach the feeder roots and benefit your trees. And we just don't get very many of those snows and last year we got none of those kind of snows. Your trees need to be deep root winter watered once a month through the months of November, December, January, February and March in a normal Winter here in Denver/Parker CO. And in a dry year like we are going to have again this year, it is crucial that they be watered to help them survive and fight off attacks from insects and disease and Winter dessication causing them to decline and eventually die. Then they will have to be cut down and that is more expensive than maintaining them properly over time. Your lawn also needs to be watered through the long dry periods of Winter while your sprinklers are turned off. You will need to get out your garden hose and really soak it down good for at least an hour every month or more to avoid Winter kill and/or mite damage. I seeded a lot of lawns this year that had severe mite damage because the homeowner didn't get any water on their lawns especially in February and March when the mites are active in the lawns. Again an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Just ask my clients who had to spend the money to have me replace their whole lawn by seeding it! So, water! water! water! through the Winter!

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Fall checklist.

Kent Wiens: Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 8:43 PM

Fall is upon us here in Denver/Parker CO. The night time low temps are dipping into the 40's and 50's and occasionally the highs are in the 70's which is a sure sign that "fall is in the air!" We are still having some very warm days with highs in the lower 90's and upper 80's though. It's kind of nice because I'm NOT ready for Summer to be over yet! UGH! Although a change from mowing and aeration/overseeding lawns will be a welcome change. I seeded damaged and destroyed lawns all Summer long! You can see some of them on the About Us page of my website @ http://www.wienslawncare.com/AboutUs.html Your Fall checklist should consist of things like: A. Fall aeration on your lawn. B. Winterizer fertilizer on your lawn. C. Blowing out your sprinkler system getting it ready for Winter. Some experts say the Fall fertilizer application is the most vital and important one all year because your lawn is the most receptive to taking up the nitrogen and storing energy for the Winter when it goes dormant on the top side but the roots continue to grow and develop through the Winter. It also aids to an early Spring green up. We will be applying a granular sulfur coated urea, slow release nitrogen 32-5-7 fertilizer on our client's lawns at Wiens Lawn and Tree Care. 

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A WORD FROM THE OWNER

Kent Wiens: Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2011 7:53 PM

My goal is for you to have the best looking lawn on your block. And I won't be satisfied until you do. I take my work very seriously and I really love what I do! I am taking lawn and tree care to a whole new level. No one else is doing what I'm doing! My competitors all think I'm crazy! But that's ok 'cuz when people see your lawn I want them to ooh and ahhh and say "man who takes care of your lawn anyway?" And when you say Wiens Lawn and Tree Care, I want them to ask you for my number! I want you to have the most gorgeous trees and shrubs in your neighborhood too! I want your property to be a showplace. One that both you and I can be proud of. Most people hate their jobs. I guess I have been blessed with a job that I really do love! I wouldn't have spent the last 25 years in the business if I didn't. And I have tried to get out of it more than once when I was working for other companies, but always kept coming back to it just like a bad penny! LOL If you're ready to take the next step and team up with me to make your property look it's very best, give me a call! 303-358-0041 for a free estimate. And definitely visit my website at http://www.wienslawncare.com to see what all the fuss is about!


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World renowned website.

Kent Wiens: Posted on Friday, August 19, 2011 5:52 AM

I am happy to report to you that people from all over the world are reading my blog articles and visiting my website. I have had visits from Japan, China, Russia, England, Belgium just to name a few. Thank you all for your continued interest in Wiens Lawn and Tree Care. It's so exciting to know that I am reaching people from all over the world!


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One month late.

Kent Wiens: Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 11:38 PM

This has been a very strange Spring and Summer here in Denver/Parker CO. Especially concerning the weather. We had a warm dry Winter. Then a cold dry April. Then all kinds of rain in May. Back to hot and dry in June. Now we have had a hot wet July. Consequently, the lawns and all other acts of nature are one month behind. I went up fishing in the mountains for Father's Day weekend and there was no runoff from melting snow coming into Granby Reservoir where I fish. It was hot except the one night it got cold and snowed! It rained pretty much the whole time as well. I thought I had missed the Spring runoff because all the Lake Trout were just sitting on the bottom doing nothing like they do after the water warms up and spawning season has ended. Then I heard from my fishing buddy who went up 4th of July weekend the runoff was taking place then and the lake was filling up and rising ten feet overnight every night! Crazy! So concerning the lawns, the crabgrass and spurge that normally appear late May early June, this year didn't come up until late June early July. Crazy! But it couldn't have worked out any better for my clients lawns concerning weed control because I didn't start any fertilizing until mid April putting down the first application of pre-emergent with post emergent in it as well. This killed the weeds that were already up and then we got all that rain in May that watered in the pre-emergent down into the soil. It then sets up a protective barrier in the soil and when a weed seed sends up a sprout, it hits that barrier and kills it before it ever emerges through the soil. The lawns look great and totally weed free. The biggest problem was mite damage due to the mild dry Winter we had and no one watered their lawn through the Winter months especially February and March when the mites are active and feeding on your lawn. You need to pull out your garden hose and really soak your lawn at least once a month in those warm dry periods. It can save your lawn! Just ask those people that didn't do it and ended up having me reseed their entire lawn! For more lawn tips or for a free estimate please visit my website at http://www.wienslawncare.com

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The Saw.

Kent Wiens: Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011 11:12 PM

One morning a few years ago, I stopped at a restaurant to get a cup of coffee to go. There was an older gentleman in line ahead of me with snow white hair who had Hotchkins disease as evidenced by his hand shaking uncontrollably. He placed his order and went to doctor his coffee etc. The worker called his number and he didn't respond. She called it again a little louder. Still no response. Finally she yelled it out in frustration and he responded. I felt sorry for him as she was so rude to him. I went through the line and got my coffee and was headed back out to my tree company truck to leave. He opened the door and hollered: hey! Do you work for a tree company? Yes, I replied. He said "do you want a saw?" " I guess" was my response bewildered by his question. He came out and got an antique 48 inch 2 man E.C. Atkins tree saw out of the back of his truck. Wow! I said. Now that's a saw! Thank you sir. You're welcome he replied. I thought of my Dad when I got home and how he would like to put the saw above his fireplace in his house in Kansas as he likes antiques. So, I took it to him and he did just that. He got all fired up about this saw and wanted to know all about it and this stranger that just "gave" me this saw and wanted nothing in return. I assured him I didn't know who he was or why he would give me this saw. I never saw the man again although I looked for his truck every time I drove past that restaurant. My Dad shined the brass on the handle up and the emblem on the blade. I did some research on the Internet about the E.C. Atkins company and found out that they took real pride in their work producing these saws and that was right up our alley as both my Dad and me did the same. My Dad was stricken with Pancreatic cancer recently and died on Feb. 25th 2011. I am sure that dear old gentleman has since passed away as well. I can just picture the 2 of them in Heaven visiting like old friends about that saw! My Dad and I actually tried it out on a dead tree before he got cancer and it worked great! I am trying to shine up the blade part of it like new and I'm sure my Dad will be proud of me as he is looking down on me and that old saw. 

This brown spot in my lawn doesn't get better with added watering, it actually gets worse! Why?

Kent Wiens: Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:37 PM

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This brown spot in my lawn doesn't get better with added watering, it actually gets worse! Why?

The tip that a brown spot in your lawn is not just a dry spot is that when you give it more water, it doesn't go away and actually gets worse. It's a pretty good sign that your lawn has a disease called Dollar Spot and or Aschochyta Leaf Blight. Right about this time in June here in Denver/Parker CO. it starts getting really hot with temperatures soaring into the 90's or higher, the lawns that were looking so good in the Spring because of the cooler temps and watering and fertilizing all turn brown or develop brown spots in them. This can be either heat stress which can be corrected with added watering or disease problems. That's when the men are separated from the boys in the lawn care industry and you find out if you have chosen the right service or not. If they know how to accurately diagnose lawn problems, and know more than just how to do the applications, they will be able to tell you what the problem is and what to do about it. Please see my videos on the products page of my website at http://www.wienslawncare.com/Products.html on both Dollar Spot disease and Aschochyta Leaf Blight disease. Good cultural practices are very important in the management of these diseases, especially Dollar Spot disease. Please watch my video on Cultural Practices at http://www.wienslawncare.com/Products.html Water in the early morning, just as the sun is coming up, not at night as this contributes to disease problems. Mow weekly at 3 inches with a razor sharp blade! This is a foliar disease meaning it's in the leaf blade. The worst thing you can do is mow too short with a dull blade and water at midnight. A bad infestation will need to be treated with 2 fungicide treatments 2 weeks apart AFTER you have corrected the problem that caused it in the first place: poor cultural practices combined with the extreme temperature fluctuations. All the fungicide will do is keep it from spreading. The lawn will basically have to grow out of it and the damaged turf will need to be replaced either by seeding or sodding. It would be a good idea to bag the clippings just until the disease is gone since it is a foliar disease. For more lawn tips please go to http://www.wienslawncare.com/LawnTips.html

My lawn looked great, now it's turning brown! Why?

Kent Wiens: Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2011 12:57 AM

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This brown spot in my lawn doesn't get better with added watering, it actually gets worse! Why?

Every year about this time here in Denver/Parker CO. The lawns that have been looking good for the past couple of months begin to turn brown and look really bad. The cooler Spring temperatures combined with all the rain we got in May, and fertilizing had the lawns looking really good but now it's beginning to get hot with the temperatures soaring into the 90's. You must increase your watering times to compensate for this heat stress. Instead of watering 3 times a week in the early morning for 20 minutes each, you must water at least 3 times a week in the early morning for 30 minutes each. And if your lawn still doesn't recover, water every day for 30 minutes each in the early morning until it does recover. If this added watering doesn't help, and your lawn actually looks worse with the added watering, it probably has a disease called Dollar Spot. That is a pretty good sign and it's about this time of year that it begins to rear it's ugly head and try to destroy your beautiful precious, green, lush, weed free lawn that you have worked so hard for and spent so much money on making it look beautiful. That's why it's important to water in the early morning and not at night because this can contribute to disease problems. It's not good for your lawn to stay wet on the surface for extended periods of time. This is where aeration comes in. Poking holes through the thatch layer (located in the root zone) into the soil beneath helps the water to soak down deep into the soil and encourages the roots to go down deep and promote a healthy turf grass instead of pooling on the surface. Then as the day heats up, it creates humidity on the surface of the lawn and and creates conditions favorable for the fungus to grow which causes the disease. What you want is as the day heats up, for the water to soak down into the soil and for the grass to dry off on the surface keeping the water down deep in the soil where it's needed. For more lawn tips and pictures and videos of lawn insects, disease and weeds, please watch my E-videos at http://www.wienslawncare .com/Products.html

What are these brown spots in my lawn?

Kent Wiens: Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2011 1:08 AM

Please see my articles "Water! Water! Water!" and "MITE ALERT!" Now that the lawns here in Denver/Parker CO. have finally started to green up, I'm seeing tons of MITE DAMAGE! You have GOT to water your lawn through the long dry warm periods in Winter such as we had here in Denver/Parker CO. or pay the price later in the Spring by possibly replacing your whole lawn! I have had to seed several lawns here in Parker CO. due to severe mite damage. Even if you have to drag a garden hose, you need to get some heavy watering done on your lawn especially in Feb. and March because that's when the mites are active and munching on your lawn! But you won't see the damage until the following Spring when it begins to green up and you have these huge brown spots in your lawn that just won't green up no matter how much you water. There will be mottled tan color and purplish leaf blades within the brown areas. For more information on mites please see http://www.wienslawncare.com/LawnTips.html and for more information on Winter watering please see http://www.wienslawncare.com/Products.html and order E-video Deep Root Winter Watering Trees and Shrubs.

What are these circles in my lawn?

Kent Wiens: Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 10:31 PM

Rain, rain, rain! Wow! First we were in a drought here in Denver/Parker CO and now we are being inundated with rain! A little moderation here please! LOL Many people here in the Denver/Parker CO. area have "circles" in their lawn and they won't go away no matter what they try to get rid of them! This is a disease in the soil called Necrotic Ring Spot. Fungicides are not effective, at best all they will do is keep it from spreading and may diminish the scars or "circles" over a period of YEARS and the fungicide that was the most effective on this disease was Rubigan and it was very expensive and they don't make it anymore! Because it's a disease in the soil, in order to remove it you would have to remove 18 inches of the diseased soil and if any of the diseased soil touches the good soil, you've wasted your time! Aeration seems to help somewhat because it breaks up the soil and it's a disease in the soil. The best thing to do about NRS is to cover it up with a different kind of grass that's not affected by it. That would be Perennial Rye Grass. It blends in well with Kentucky Bluegrass as well as other varieties such as Fine Fescue. If you dig up the damaged sod and replace it with new sod, it will last about a year and you will be back to square one because most sod is primarily Kentucky Bluegrass. It is affected by NRS, Perennial Rye is not. For more information on this disease, go to http://www.wienslawncare.com/Lawn-Tips.html and see the pictures of NRS as well as what to do about it. Or go to http://www.wienslawncare.com/Testimonials.html and watch the You tube video on NRS or go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw6KIBhUEQY 

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Why not water at night?

Kent Wiens: Posted on Monday, May 09, 2011 10:10 PM

Many people water their lawn at night and never have any problems. But in the 24 plus years I've been doing lawn care in the Denver metro area, 9 times out of 10 when someone has a disease in their lawn I ask them what time of day are you watering they say at night. As long as you are aerating at least 2 times a year typically Spring and Fall, and don't have a heavy thatch layer, you probably can get away with it. This would be the lawns that are like 30 years old or more. They have virtually no thatch layer. When you walk on these lawns they are hard as a rock and typically have night crawler mounds which even makes it kind of bumpy. But the lawns about 5 to 15 years old and feel spongy like thick carpet when you walk on them are probably going to be susceptible to attack from both insects and disease, and if you water them at night you will probably have disease problems as a result. You see the true "thatch layer" is in the root zone underneath the grass blades, NOT on the surface! Power raking does absolutely NOTHING for thatch reduction! If you pick up an aeration plug, you can see the layers: soil on the bottom and then right above that in the root zone is the thatch layer. It's that spongy material and you need to poke holes in it so the water, air and nutrients can get down to the roots where they are needed and the water to soak into the soil to encourage the roots to go down deep and thus promote healthy turf. For more LAWN TIPS for the Denver metro area please visit http://www.wienslawncare.com/LawnTips.html

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Denver Drought

Kent Wiens: Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2011 9:46 AM

The current drought we are experiencing in Denver CO. metro area is hurting the green industry! We are finally getting some rain and wet Spring snow here in Parker CO. but we had such a dry warm Winter (the driest ever) that a lot of the lawns are still brown and dormant. Also, the night low temps are still around freezing which is slowing the green up process and consequently hurting the green industry here in Denver/Parker CO. April is usually the busiest month for Wiens Lawncare because the lawns are usually green by now! But it just hasn't happened yet. People are still afraid their sprinkler systems will freeze and haven't started watering yet and so their lawn is still brown and dormant. You need to be watering on a regular basis, just wrap your back flow (where the water pipes to your sprinklers comes out of the house) and get it turned on and start watering! The ONLY reason the lawns are not bright green now is because it's been so dry here in Denver/Parker CO. For more LAWN TIPS please visit http//:www.wienslawncare.com/LawnTips.html

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Spring is finally here!

Kent Wiens: Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 11:37 PM

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Although it has officially been Spring here in Denver/Parker CO. for a while now, because it's been so dry nothing has been blooming or the grass greening up. But the trees here in Parker and Denver CO. are finally beginning to bloom. Denver usually is a little ahead of Parker because Parker is a little higher in elevation than Denver. Denver being the "mile high" city at 5,280 feet and Parker being around 6,200 feet in elevation. The lawns here in Parker CO. are finally beginning to green up as well. It's so depressing when the lawns are still brown and the trees bare even though the weather is nice and it's Spring time. We have been busy doing Spring aerations and the first fertilizer/iron,weed control applications here in Denver/Parker CO. We have also done quite a few seed jobs here in Denver/Parker CO. They seem to be a little slower germinating I think because we are still getting down around freezing temps at night and then getting up in the 60's and 70's and even 80 a time or two in Denver/Parker CO. People are slowly beginning to turn on their sprinkler systems and starting to water which is helping the lawns to start greening up here in Parker CO. We will be mowing soon and hopefully the lawn season will begin in earnest. This is when the trees will start showing the results of the Deep Root Fertilizing and Winter Deep Root Watering we did at Wiens Lawncare last Fall and Winter and early Spring here in Denver/Parker CO. For more LAWN TIPS and Tree Care help please go to http://www.wienslawncare.com/LawnTips.html.

April is a tough month for lawns!

Kent Wiens: Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2011 4:21 PM

April is the toughest month of the year for the lawns in Denver/Parker CO. It's the time of year when lawns are just starting to green up and come out of dormancy. It's also when the problems REALLY show up that have already been there but didn't show because the lawn was still brown and dormant. Things like mite damage and diseases and Winter kill from not getting enough water through the long dry warm periods last Winter in Denver and Parker CO. It's also the busiest for Wiens Lawncare because that's when everyone typically sees that their lawn is greening up on it's own and say hmmmm.... guess I better do something about watering and fertilizing my lawn. It's so dry right now in Denver/Parker CO. I STRONGLY suggest you get some water on your lawn even if you have to pull out the hose and give it a good soaking. But if it were me I would wrap the backflow to protect against freezing and start watering regulary immediately! If you would like more tips for your lawn , please go to http://www.wienslawncare.com/LawnTips.htmla 

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Spring Aeration

Kent Wiens: Posted on Friday, April 08, 2011 11:52 PM

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 Spring and Fall are when most lawn care companies perform lawn aerations. You can aerate any time in the Spring, Summer or Fall. Actually, if you have a heavy thatch layer, you need to do three aerations, Spring, Summer and Fall. The more the better. There are two reasons for aeration here in the Denver/Parker CO. areas: soil compaction and thatch reduction. The first one: soil compaction is a real problem here in Denver/Parker CO. because we have a lot of clay and sandy soils that tend to get compacted very easily. When you poke holes in the turf, it introduces air, water and nutrients to the root zone and is very beneficial. The second: thatch reduction is very important because a heavy thatch layer (located in the root zone) makes your lawn susceptible to attack from insects and disease. The water cannot even penetrate it and just pools on the surface. Then as the day heats up, it creates humidity on the surface which are conditions favorable for the fungus to grow that causes diseases. It's not good for the lawn to stay wet on the surface for extended periods of time. That's why it's not good to water at night, the best time to water is in the early morning while it's still cool. Then as the day heats up the water will soak down into the soil and encourage the roots to go down deep, making for a healthy turf grass. Aerating also helps the water not to run off as badly on slopes. I do not recommend power raking at all, it just does the same as raking by hand; gets the dead grass from the surface which needs to stay on the lawn and be recycled back into the soil. The faster your lawn decomposes the clippings, the less thatch you will have. That's why the older lawns (30 years or more) have no thatch layer, they have more microbial activity and nematodes, night crawlers doing their jobs and it decomposes and recycles the clippings into the soil. The younger lawns (5-10 years old) haven't had time to build up microbial activity and therefore have a heavy thatch layer and need to be aerated three times a year. That's why they feel spongy like carpet when you walk on them. If you pick up one of the plugs you will see the layers: bottom layer is soil, right above that is thatch (spongy material) then the actual grass plant above that. For more lawn tips for the Denver/Parker CO area lawns please visit http://www.wienslawncare.com/LawnTips.html

10 Things you must know to avoid choosing the wrong lawn and tree service.

Kent Wiens: Posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 12:09 AM

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Save yourself headaches later by researching now. This will save you time and money later.

Questions to ask. Things to look for. Reasons to stay away!

You got a flyer on your door, you called a service and got an estimate. Before you sign on the dotted line, ask yourself these questions:


1. Are they a legal business?

Do they have a registered trade name with the state in which you reside? It is law in the state of Colorado: EVERY business must have a registered trade name with the state. This is public information and you can go on the state's website and do a search on their DBA (doing business as) name and see. If they don't, you probably don't want to do business with them.


2. How long have they been in business?

Just because they haven't been in business very long, doesn't necessarily mean they are not a legitimate business. IF they have years of experience working for other reputable companies. Maybe they just recently made the move to start their own business. But if they just started yesterday and don't have previous experience in the industry, you probably want to stay away.


3. Are they registered with the Better Business Bureau?

Just because they aren't registered with the BBB doesn't necessarily mean they're not a legitimate business. It is very expensive to register with them and maybe they just can't afford it yet, BUT you can do a search on their business on the BBB website to see if there are any complaints there against them. I always do a check with the BBB when considering using a new business that I'm not familiar with.


4. Are they licensed?

You must be licensed with the Colorado Department of Agriculture to legally apply pesticides for hire in the state of Colorado. A pesticide is any chemical used to rid you of a pest. IE: herbicide: weed killer, insecticide: insect killer, fungicide: disease killer.


5. Do they carry insurance?

Any business must carry a minimum of at least one million dollars of liability insurance in the state of Colorado. This is in case they do major damage on your property or there is injury or death caused by them.


6. How much experience/knowledge do they have?

Do they know enough about lawn and tree care to accurately diagnose and make recommendations for the problems with your lawn and trees? You don't want to be paying them all kinds of money to do the applications and your lawn just continues to look worse and worse because they're not addressing the problems on your property. All they know how to do is the applications and that's it.


7. Do they guarantee their work?

Some things you can't guarantee such as seeding because good results depend on the client doing their part by following watering instructions and we have no control over that, but we can guarantee that the job will be done right the first time and to your satisfaction.


8. Why are their prices so much lower on some services such as aeration?

First, you must be sure you are comparing apples to apples. Do they carry liability insurance? Do they have a registered trade name with the state? Do they have the necessary licenses? A legal driver's license? Are they a legal citizen of the United States? If they do damage on your property will they fix it or replace it at no cost to you? If you pay $25 for your aeration and they do $250 worth of damage to your sprinkler system and won't fix it or replace it, YOU HAVEN'T SAVED MUCH HAVE YOU?! And, if necessary, get it in writing BEFORE they do the job!


9.Do they keep their word?

When they say they will be there on a certain day, do they show up? If not, do they give you a call to explain why not? Do they say they will do something and when it comes down to it, they won't? Do they quote you one price then bill you for more? How is their integrity? Are they a man of their word? Do they return your calls? How soon?


10. Do they use safe products?

Are they concerned with the health and safety of you? Your children? Your pets? The environment? The public? Your property? Do they list on the invoice they leave you: products used? Any precautions? Special instructions? EPA registration numbers in case of emergency? Their contact information? Your contact information? They should because IT'S THE LAW!!!

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Mite alert!

Kent Wiens: Posted on Tuesday, April 05, 2011 12:26 AM

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Just as I suspected would happen, I am seeing mite activity on the lawns here in Parker CO. and I am sure they are active in Denver CO. lawns as well. I strongly recommend that you turn on your sprinkler systems and begin watering heavily! This will serve two purposes: to help your lawn come out of dormancy and begin to green up and start actively growing, also to drown out the mites that have been active through the mild dry Winter we had here in the Parker CO. and Denver CO. areas. I really don't think we will have any hard freezes this Spring (fingers crossed) and you can wrap your back flow for extra protection as this is where they commonly freeze. At this point I think it is worth the risk or you may have extensive mite damage and end up replacing much of your lawn. The lawns here in Parker/Denver CO. would be greening up already, as the soil temperatures are high enough, but it has just been too dry! We are in a drought in Parker/Denver CO. We need moisture so badly! We got a few inches of snow in Parker CO. and that should help the lawns some although it wasn't near enough to help the trees. 

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Drought

Kent Wiens: Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 1:01 AM

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We have had a very mild dry Winter here in Denver/Parker CO. But now it has escalated into a severe drought here in Denver/Parker CO. It is taking it's toll on the lawn care industry here in Denver/Parker CO. The lawns are normally greening up already by this time in Denver/Parker CO. We are experiencing extreme fire danger in Denver/Parker CO. and have already had numerous wildfires burning out of control in Golden CO. as well as 2 fires here in Parker CO. There are bans on fires in the Boulder CO. area and will probably have bans in Denver/Parker CO. as well. Wiens Lawncare is finishing up the last of our Deep Root Winter Watering of trees and shrubs and we will begin doing lawn care next week in Denver/Parker CO. Please pray for rain in Denver/Parker CO. and surrounding areas of the Denver CO. metro area as we are experiencing a severe drought at this time. For LAWN TIPS please visit http://www.wienslawncare.com/LawnTips.html.

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Water! Water! Water!

Kent Wiens: Posted on Saturday, March 26, 2011 10:39 PM

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The lawns here in the Denver CO. metro area are trying to green up on their own because the soil temps are up due to all the warm weather we have been having but can't because it's so dry! Our average snow fall amount for this date is around 51 inches. We have only received 18.5 inches in Denver/Parker CO. The lawns need our help. You need to turn your sprinkler system on, wrap the back flow to prevent freezing in case of a Spring cold snap and water! water! water! This will also help to drown out the mite population that I am expecting in the Denver/Parker CO. area due to the mild dry Winter we had. They have been active through the Winter months here in Denver/Parker CO. and I'm expecting a heavy infestation of the mite population here in Denver/Parker CO. For videos and information on mites and cultural practices (watering and mowing) please visit http://www.wienslawncare.com/Products.html


Here's what Colorado State Extension says:


Many factors influence lawn water requirements, and no two lawns are exactly alike. A healthy, high-quality bluegrass or ryegrass lawn may need up to 2.25 inches of water per week under hot, dry, windy summer conditions. It may require much less when the weather is cool or cloudy. Turf-type tall fescue may perform well with less water than a bluegrass lawn, if it can grow a deep root system. In many cases, however, tall fescue requires as much water as bluegrass to look good. Buffalograss and blue grama lawns can remain green for weeks without watering, even during the hottest summer weather.

Shady lawns and areas protected from the wind require less water over the growing season than more exposed turf. However, the roots of mature trees and shrubs also need water. You may have to water more in mature landscapes where the roots of many plants compete for water. Healthy turf, encouraged by proper mowing, fertilizing and cultivation, uses water more efficiently.

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Spring is just around the corner!

Kent Wiens: Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011 1:43 AM

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The Robins are happily chirping and searching for worms, the Ladybugs are here flying around, the lawns are yawning and slowly waking from their long Winter's slumber, Spring will be here officially this Sunday. And I am so READY!!!!! I hate Winter! LOL Bring on the sunshine and warmth! Although overall we've had a rather mild, warm and very DRY Winter here in the Denver metro area. The lawns here in Parker CO. are just starting to green up a little bit. If it wasn't so dry I'm sure they would be greening up more (the soil temperatures are high enough) but we've only had 18.5 inches of snow this Winter and our average is 51 inches. The trees really need water bad! Even in an average moisture year the trees don't get enough natural moisture because we live in a semi-arid climate in Denver/Parker CO. That's why at Wiens Lawncare we Deep Root Winter Water trees through November, December, January, February and March while everyone's sprinkler systems are turned off for the Winter so they don't freeze and cause damage. It would be good to start fertilizing your lawn and even watering with the hose to help bring your lawn out of dormancy and getting it to start greening up. Maybe even go ahead and start your sprinkler system up? It's hard to say, we could still get a cold blast, but for sure some time in April, no later! It would also be ok to go ahead and aerate your lawn, but it's best to soak it real good the night before to insure good results. We are still watering and fertilizing trees at Wiens Lawncare and will be starting to fertilize and aerate lawns in April. Putting down both pre and post emergent herbicides to get a jump on the weeds to get good control on them. The best time to kill weeds is when they are little in the early Spring.


I'm afraid I have a bit of sad news. My Dad passed away on February 25, 2011. He was only 77 years old. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about 6 months prior to that. It was so sad to go back to Kansas and bury my best friend. We have no promise of tomorrow: James 4:14 tells us "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow, for what is your life? It is but a vapor which appears for a little, then vanishes away." How ironic for him to leave this world in the Spring when the earth is so full of new life everywhere. New colts and calves and baby animals of all sorts being born; one life ends and another begins.

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E-videos

Kent Wiens: Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 11:52 PM

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Mites

Kent Wiens: Posted on Saturday, January 08, 2011 4:02 PM

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This is the time of year when mites are active. Especially during a mild dry winter like we are having here in the Denver Colorado metro area. I highly recommend pulling out the garden hose and SOAKING both your lawn and evergreens such as Pines, Spruces, Junipers etc. Many times the mites come down from the evergreens into the lawn below them. That's usually where they are found as well as next to a fence or building where there is heat reflection off of it. They like warm places such as south facing slopes and along concrete sidewalks and driveways. You can basically drown them out with massive amounts of water, but the best one two punch is to treat them with insecticide, wait at least 24 hours, then soak the crap out of them! If you want more info please visit the Lawn Tips page of my website at http://www.wienslawncare.com/LawnTips.html Also, I am in the process of producing and editing my new E-videos LAWN TIPS series which will be ready soon and includes a report by me called "10 Things you must know to avoid choosing the wrong lawn and tree service." It will be excellent quality and content videos and will save you time and money! Well worth the price! http://www.wienslawncare.com/Products

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Christmas

Kent Wiens: Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2010 9:53 PM

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With Christmas almost upon us, I think we should pause a moment and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and what actually took place on that cold night so long ago. The angel Gabriel had appeared to Mary and told her she would conceive a baby in her womb from the seed of the Holy Spirit. She would call His name Jesus and of His Kingdom there would be no end.


Luke 2:7-14 "And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, an angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were very much afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men."


That was a true miracle that God sent His Son to be born of a virgin and to live a sinless life here on this earth, and be crucified on the cross, and die a horrible death so that you and I could go to Heaven and not Hell. Because that is where we will spend all eternity if we don't believe on Jesus Christ and give our lives to Him. That was the greatest gift ever given. Merry Christmas to all from Wiens Lawncare! http://www.wienslawncare.com

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LAWN TIPS- Aschochyta Leaf Blight

Kent Wiens: Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2010 3:39 AM

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Aschochyta Leaf Blight is a foliar lawn disease, meaning it's in the leaf blade. It is characterized by what is known as "wicking" which is a tan or white colored pinched off appearance on the tip of the leaf blade. Similar to a candle wick. It is caused by atmospheric conditions such as the weather and poor cultural practices (see LAWN TIPS- Cultural Practices http://www.wienslawncare.com/LawnTips.html ) High Nitrogen rate fertilizers also contribute to it as well as other diseases. It will also have white colored bands about midway on the leaf blade. It is not as damaging as Dollar Spot and usually does not require a fungicide. You can correct it by altering your watering schedule. Water less often but more at a time. So if you are watering 3 times a week for 15 minutes each, change it to 2 times a week 30 minutes each. My brother had new sod just laid and was watering daily 3 times a day as you should to get new sod or seed established, but it was also raining alot and they had fertilized it when they laid it. So it developed Aschochyta Leaf Blight and I told him to cut back the water but more at a time which was scary with new sod but it grew out of it with no damage and recovered nicely. For more LAWN TIPS please visit my website at http://www.wienslawncare.com/LawnTips.html

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Tree Shrub Care

Kent Wiens: Posted on Monday, December 13, 2010 5:57 AM

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Your trees and shrubs need fertilizer and water just like your lawn does. This helps keep them healthy, vigorous and actively growing making your property beautiful and thereby sustaining the value of your property. It also helps them to fight off attacks from insects, diseases and beetles. Water sustains life. Watering is especially crucial for their survival in the current drought we are experiencing in the Denver CO. metro area. It is extremely dry as we have not had any measurable precipitation for a while and are behind our average which is a very dry climate anyway and that is why it is necessary to irrigate to grow things here. According to Colorado State Cooperative Extension: The trees in Denver are "already stressed from last winter being so dry. And need to be Deep Root watered this winter just to survive." In addition, we have very poor soils; alot of clay and sand which are horrible for growing things in. Deep Root fertilizing, as we do at Wiens Lawncare, also helps aerate the soil over the roots of trees thus allowing air, water and nutrients to get down to them. The feeder roots that take in water and fertilizer nutrients are in the dripline area which is from the outer most circumference of the canopy in to the trunk. That is where you want to fertilize and water your trees. Fertilize once a year and winter water once a month while your sprinkler system is turned off for the winter. For more help with your trees and shrubs please visit http://www.wienslawncare.com

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LAWN TIPS- Leaf Spot

Kent Wiens: Posted on Tuesday, December 07, 2010 12:38 AM

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Leaf Spot is another foliar lawn disease meaning it is in the leaf blade. It is usually found in extremely wet areas in the lawns. Even somewhat swampy or marshy areas perhaps where there is poor drainage or a low spot. Every lawn has a little Leaf Spot in it and it usually is not harmful unless you have a really bad infestation. Then it can cause thinning or what is known as "meltout." Watering at night as well as high nitrogen rate fertilizers contribute to this disease.

It is characterized by a dark brown spot or "lesion" on the leaf blade which is only visible on close inspection of a single leaf blade perhaps even with a magnifying glass. The treatment for Leaf Spot is very similar to Dollar Spot: 1. Good cultural practices, water in the early a.m. not at night. Improve drainage of low spots or wet marshy areas, perhaps by installing a French Drain. Mow weekly at 3 inches with a razor sharp blade. 2.Treat the diseased areas and even the whole lawn with a Fungicide labeled for Leaf Spot. FOLLOW LABEL DIRECTIONS EXACTLY! These fungicides are preventitave as well as curative so it is best to just treat the whole lawn. Usually 2 treatments 2 weeks apart. 3. Repair the damaged areas by either seeding or sodding. To see a picture of Leaf Spot on a grass blade go to my website at http://www.wienslawncare.com/LawnTips.html

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LAWN TIPS- Disease: Dollar Spot

Kent Wiens: Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 3:14 AM

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Dollar Spot is a foliar disease that causes problems in lawns such as thinning and damage including killing grass. Foliar meaning it is in the leaf blade. The symptoms appear as brown or yellow spots and upon closer investigation you will see what is known as "wicking" at the end of the leaf blade. See the Lawn Tips page of my website for some excellent pictures of this. It is usually caused by poor cultural practices: watering and mowing and atmospheric conditions such as the weather. Going from warm to cold wet to dry etc. It is best to water in the early morning not at night as this contributes to disease problems. It is not good for the lawn to stay wet for extended periods of time. When your lawn is wet all night long then the next day when it gets hot it creates humidity on the surface of the lawn which are conditions favorable for the disease to develop. In the early morning it is still cool so you won't waste water through evaporation, it will soak down into the soil, then as it warms up the lawn will dry off on the surface and the water will go down deep into the soil to encourage the roots to reach down deep for it preventing shallow roots which are not healthy. It is best to mow weekly at three inches with a razor sharp blade. A dull blade shreds instead of cutting clean and that is where the fungus enters the leaf blade on the tip and the wicking is the fungus working it's way down the leaf blade. When it reaches the crown of the grass plant it will kill it. What do you do about Dollar Spot? 1. Good cultural practices. 2. Treat it with a fungicide labeled for Dollar Spot (read and follow label directions EXACTLY). 3.Repair or replace damaged turf with seeding or sodding. For more help with your lawn fill out the contact form on the Contact Us page of my website or call 303-358-0041 for a free estimate.

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LAWN TIPS- Disease: Necrotic Ring Spot

Kent Wiens: Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2010 3:35 PM

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There is a disease in the Denver Colorado metro area lawns that is very common called Necrotic Ring Spot. It is a disease in the soil caused by spores that can lie dormant for up to 30 years and then become active at any time. It is characterized by what are called scars that are circular dead spots with one tuft of live grass in the center. It can be spread by a mower particularly if you use a service that mows numerous properties on a weekly basis. The only way to prevent this is to bleach the blades and tires after every lawn mowed. So obviously that's NOT going to happen because time is money and those guys need to mow as many lawns as quickly as possible in a day. So what can be done about it? Well, if you were to try to remove the diseased soil, you would have to remove at least 18 inches of diseased soil and if any of the diseased soil touches the clean soil, you have wasted your time. So that is not a good solution. If you tear up the affected grass and re sod it, it will last about a year and then it will come right back because most sod is primarily Kentucky Bluegrass. If you treat it with fungicide, it will at most keep the scars from spreading, but they are not very affective and very expensive and don't get rid of the scars. The fungicide that worked the best was called Rubigan and it was very expensive and they don't make it anymore. So the BEST solution is to seed the affected areas with a different variety of grass that's not affected by this disease. That would be Perennial Rye grass. Bluegrass is affected by it, Perennial Rye is not. So you basically just cover it up with a new type of grass. Perennial Rye is a sunny type of grass and germinates in 10-14 days, blends in well with the Bluegrass and is more disease resistant than the Bluegrass. I love the looks of a Blue grass lawn, but it is best to introduce some Perennial Rye so that you have about a 50-50 mix of Bluegrass and Perennial Rye.

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LAWN TIPS- Cultural Practices

Kent Wiens: Posted on Sunday, November 14, 2010 7:40 PM

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Cultural practices are basically the watering and mowing of your lawn. It is best to water in the early morning, not at night as that contributes to disease problems. It is best to mow weekly at 3 inches with a razor sharp blade. You don't need to bag the clippings if you aren't over fertilizing and you lawn is not growing too fast. You should only be cutting a third of the leaf blade off per cutting. Your lawn should be able to decompose the clippings without bagging and it needs the nutrients from the clippings to help build up microbial activity in the soil which helps your lawn decompose them. The older lawns (over 15 years old decompose them the fastest and usually have no thatch layer at all. The true thatch layer is in the root zone not on the surface as some people seem to think. You can see it when you perform a core aeration. Pick up one of the plugs and you will see the layers: the soil first on the bottom, then the thatch layer (spongy material) then the grass plant.

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Why should you spend money on lawn and tree maintenance services?

Kent Wiens: Posted on Thursday, November 11, 2010 2:06 PM

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You have spent literally hundreds of thousands of dollars purchasing your home. You want it to look good and therefore maintain it's value, especially if you ever need to sell it for whatever reason. Your lawn and trees and shrubs need routine maintenance just like your car needs regular oil changes and routine maintenance. They need food: fertilizing at the proper time, they need water in abundance year round, they need medicine as needed: weed control, insect control, disease control, they need a haircut and proper grooming: mowing, pruning, they need vitamins: iron for good color as well as other nutrients. They need all of these things working together to keep them healthy and actively growing and helping them to fight off attack from weeds, disease and insects, just like we need to have a healthy diet, excersize and water, water, water! That's why we at Wiens Lawncare offer regular lawn maintenance: full service lawn care including: fertilizing, weed control, aerating, seeding, mowing. Tree and shrub care: Deep Root tree-shrub fertilizing, Deep Root Winter tree-shrub watering.

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SNOW!

Kent Wiens: Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 12:31 PM

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Well, we had our first snow of the season here in the Denver CO. metro area. It will be good for the lawns but unfortunately will not soak down far enough to benefit the trees, and it has been so dry! We are behind on our rain and snowfall totals and the trees desparately need water. It takes at least a two foot heavy wet snow that slowly melts and soaks down into the soil to benefit the trees. And we just don't get those very often here. We get mostly four or five inch snows that are dry and powdery and just don't hold much moisture. It is a semi-arid climate. Thus, we have to irrigate our lawns , trees and shrubs to keep them alive and healthy. That is also why we do Deep Root Winter Watering here at Wiens Lawncare, to help your trees and shrubs through the long dry periods in winter while your lawn sprinklers and soaker hoses are off. It is also important to fertilize your trees and shrubs. We Deep Root Fertilize trees and shrubs. They need food and water just like your lawn does and just like we humans do. All living beings do, we can do without food for a period of time but not water. Water sustains life.

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Winter is coming!

Kent Wiens: Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 8:37 PM

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Just finishing up the last Fall aerations and Winterizer applications of fertilizer on the lawns and getting ready to shift gears for winter work. What do we do in the winter? So glad you asked. Snow removal and tree/shrub deep root fertilizing and deep root winter watering. Your trees and shrubs need fertilizer and water just like your lawn does. Winter watering is very beneficial while your sprinklers are off through the long dry periods. We don't typically get enough natural moisture in the Denver metro area to really benefit the trees and shrubs. It takes at least two feet of heavy wet snow that slowly melts and saturates the soil to equal just one deep root watering. It needs to soak down a foot into the soil to reach the roots and benefit the tree. We use a probe with a hose attached from the tank in the truck to inject water or fertilizer under high pressure. You push the probe about eight inches into the soil around the drip line of the tree and inject water from there and it saturates down a foot into the soil to the tree roots. We make a hole about every three feet around the "drip line" or outermost perimeter of the tree. One gallon per hole monthly for watering. Half gallon per hole yearly for fertilizing. It makes a huge difference in the overall health and vigor of the trees and makes them look so beautiful and makes them grow faster and helps them fight off attack from beetles and insects and diseases. 

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Fall is in the air! (Lawn care service Denver-Parker CO.)

Kent Wiens: Posted on Monday, September 13, 2010 11:57 PM

Hello everyone!

Kent Wiens here, owner of Wiens Lawncare in Parker, CO. (Full service lawn care company Denver-Parker CO.) Well, we are rapidly moving into fall with the overnight temps getting much cooler. Where did Summer go? I do love Fall don't get me wrong, but it just means we are that much closer to winter and snow which I hate! I used to love snow in my younger days when I skiied and ice skated and went snowmobiling. But now I just have to shovel, plow and work in it and I hate it! LOL It's time to start thinking about Fall aerations and winterizer applications of fertilizer on the lawns and Noxious weed control especially for Leafy Spurge. Here at Wiens Lawncare we are just finishing our #4 or late summer applications and trying to get the seed jobs finished so clients will have time to water them every day 3 times a day for 3 weeks to get the seed to germinate before we get into frost danger or they turn their systems off for the winter. Aeration is very important for 2 reasons: soil compaction and thatch reduction. Every lawn in the Denver metro needs at least 2 aerations per growing season: Spring and Fall and more if you have a heavy thatch layer which is located in the root zone of your lawn. It will feel spongy when you walk on it, usually the younger (0-10 year old) lawns have this problem because they have not built up enough bacterial/microbial activity in the soil to decompose the clippings fast enough yet. The winterizer application of fertilizer is the most important one of the year. You need to give it a good shot of nitrogen in the Fall because it is most receptive; storing energy for root development through the Winter. Even though it goes dormant on the top side the roots continue to grow and develop through the Winter. That's what the winterizer does as well as aid to an early spring green up. Enough from me, does anyone have any lawn care questions for me?