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Wild Violets: A Harbinger of Death for your Wheaton Lawn?

Although Wild Violets are beautiful purple flowers and can be quite pretty, they can also be stubborn little monsters that can take over your lawn. Wild Violets can be a serious annoyance and quite difficult to eradicate once they’ve made inroads on your property. In this article, we’ll give you some healthy advice in prevention and eradication of Wild Violets; the pretty little outlaws of your yard.

Wild Violets are hearty little beasties and can grow in most parts of the world, which is why it is not uncommon to find them in Wheaton, Aurora, and North Aurora, Glenn Ellyn, Naperville and other neighboring suburbs. Interesting tid-bit of information, the Violet was adopted as the state flower of Illinois in 1908.

The root systems of Wild Violets spread far and their leaves are very waxy, which is why they can resist many common weed killers on the market, and making them more difficult to get rid of. As Wild Violets march on in your yard, expanding their presence, they compete for resources with your grass and kill off healthy lawns.

Wild Violets are easy to spot and you need to be proactive in removing or killing them early. The following are a few tips on what you can do to eliminate them from your lawn.

Manual Labor – Time to get out the hand trowel and get your hands and knees dirty! Dig up the Wild Violets by hand and be sure to dig deep so that you remove the entire root system of the plants so that they don’t come back.

Lock and Load – Pile on weed killer to kill those little buggers before they spread. Again, because of their waxy nature, it can be difficult to kill Wild Violets with weed killer. So, you’ll need a lot of it and a tough one at that!

Reseed your Grass – After removing the Wild Violet overgrowth, be sure to reseed your lawn with more grass seed, water and fertilize as needed to bring back a healthy lawn. This will help prevent another infestation and keep your yard looking great!

Be prepared this summer and don’t wait for Wild Violets to become a problem in your lawn. If you need help, we’re always a phone call away!

Getting Rid of Grass Clumps!

As summer starts to turn up the heat, you may begin to see clumps of grass forming in your yard. This is a good indicator that something is not right. In this article, we’ll review how and why unsightly clumps of grass form in your yard and what can be done to eliminate the problem. Let’s take a quick look at common types of grass before diving into how to control clumping.

Tall Fescue Grass and Kentucky Blue Grass

Tall Fescue Grass is a common sight in Illinois and is one of the more popular types of grass. Beyond lawns, Fescue grows along roads and other places in the wild. Fescue is hearty, grows well in the Chicago suburbs, doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, and is very reliable.
Kentucky Blue Grass is also a common type of grass used in lawns, for business properties, in school yards, sports fields and more. During its peak season, Kentucky Blue Grass can sometimes turn a bluish hue; hence its name Kentucky Blue Grass. Unfortunately, during peak season, Kentucky Blue is somewhat temperamental and can be affected by diseases or drought.

Controlling Grass Clumps

Tall Fescue Grass is what is known as a “bunch” grass, which refers to how new blades of grass, called “Tillers” grow. A Tiller is a new blade of grass that grows from the base of the original plant. A single plant can produce dozens of Tillers, which gives the appearance of large clumps of grass.

It is sometimes hard to control the clumps, because there is a very large root system involved. Spot treatment using herbicide containing glyphosate can help eradicate grass clumps. Another option is to do some manual pulling to thin out the grass clumps. Again, keep in mind the root system can be large, so work to remove some of the deeply embedded roots and not just the top blades.

If you are only seeing a few clumps, that’s great because you only have a few areas to focus on! A few hours of manual pulling or application of an herbicide product and you’re in the clear. If you yard is full of clumps, it’s probably a good time to call in the professionals, such as Schmitt’s! We’ll help you identify the proper solution to your lawn problems and get what you need done right!

Should You Hire a Lawn Care Service Provider?

As summer rolls around and your outside landscaping and lawn care to do list grows, it’s a good idea to find some help before becoming overwhelmed. The longer you wait; some of the fairly mundane routine tasks can become a troublesome mess to deal with. And nobody likes headaches! The following is an overview of the benefits to hiring a lawn car service provider.

Pros

Save Time – There is no doubt that hiring a lawn care service provider will save you tons of time; time you can enjoy with your family or doing the things you really enjoy. Schmitt’s will work with you to develop a schedule for routine maintenance, keeping your yard and property looking great and functional too!

Costs are Probably Less than you think – Routine maintenance and mowing doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg and can actually save you money in the long run by keeping your plants, trees, shrubs and lawn healthy. Improper care can cost you in lost plants and a lawn that needs replacement.

Better Results – Schmitt’s has 35 years of experience and a dedicated team of specialists that know the best methods of care for all aspects of your landscaping and lawn. We can certainly help your property look its best year round.

Safety – Professionals have the right tools, equipment and knowledge of fertilizers to keep you, your family and your pets healthy.

Cons

Choosing a Provider – Although it might seem daunting at first, choosing a lawn care provider really isn’t too difficult. At Schmitt’s, we’re always more than happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have and review your unique situation before providing an assessment and estimate.

Narrowing down what you Need – We like to work with our customers to determine what needs to be done and what kind of schedule you should expect. As part of this process, we’ll work with you to identify what should be completed and when.

Fertilizing – Many customers prefer to avoid potentially dangerous and unnatural chemicals when it comes to fertilizing their lawns. At Schmitt’s Landscape Company, we use a great bio-blended fertilizer that is safe for you, your family and your pets.

Hopefully the above pros and cons help you understand that hiring a lawn care service provider is a good idea. Although there might be some difficult decisions to make, the end results and the labor that you save are well worth it. Give us a call today! We’d love to get to know you and learn more about your situation and how we can help.

Preventing Heartworm in Your Pets with Proper Lawn Care

Heartworm can kill your dog or cat and make their life miserable. Summer is the best time for any dog owner to play fetch and romp around in the backyard with Fido, but you need to be wary of Heartworm and what you can do to prevent your pets from becoming ill.

What is Heartworm?

Heartworms are needle thin worms, or parasites, that once your pet becomes infected, live in the blood stream of your cat or dog. They continue to breed while in your pet’s blood and infest inner organs, especially within the lungs and heart from which they get their name. As the worms grow and reproduce, they prevent proper blood flow; can cause blood clots, cause organ failure and death.

Heartworm is typically transmitted by other parasites that feed on your pets’ blood, such as mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. If one of these insects fed on an infected animal that has heartworm, your pet can become infected if bit by the same insects.
How does lawn care enter the equation? Well, there are a few things you can do to keep mosquitoes, ticks and fleas out of your yard and thereby reducing the potential for Heartworm to be transmitted to your pets.

1. Make sure your lawn is mowed appropriately, properly and consistently. A tidy lawn can prevent mosquitoes, ticks and fleas from having a party in your yard.

2. Reduce and eliminate any landscaping features or water drainage problems that create standing water. Mosquitoes breed in standing water.

3. Reduce any areas of overgrowth where fleas and ticks like to hang out and will quickly hitch a ride on Fido’s back when traipsing through heavy brush, tall weeds or uncut grass.

Early diagnosis of Heartworm infection can be difficult, as symptoms usually aren’t easily recognized. Routine vet health checks that include a blood test to detect Heartworms are the most effective way to diagnose the condition. Be sure to keep up with preventative medication, such as monthly Heartguard chewables.

Pets may start to feel tired, eat less and lose weight when they are infected; but even these symptoms are slow to appear.

Be careful and take good care of your pets by maintaining a happy and healthy lawn!