<![CDATA[Ground Crew Service - "We look forward to serving you!" - Blog]]>Wed, 16 May 2018 17:08:17 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Autumn is for Aerating]]>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:53:29 GMThttp://groundcrewservice.com/blog/autumn-is-for-aerating

Fall Aeration

In order to obtain a happy and healthy lawn year-round, your grass needs year-round care. Summer months can wreak havoc on turf and, depending on the environmental circumstances (temperature, exposure, soil type, etc..), the damage can often be irreversible. If you check yes to any of the following symptoms, consider calling us to schedule your fall aeration to ensure your lawn a healthy regrow in the spring. 

- Heavy use, a playground, children or pets running around 
- Poor drainage
- Lawn dries out easily, has a spongy feel
- Improper soil layering (meaning fine soil layered above coarse soil, disrupting drainage)

The ideal time to aerate is during cool seasons, spring and fall. Fall aeration ensures the soil underneath your turf has all the nutrients and oxygen it needs to keep your lawn healthy through the winter. Still not convinced aeration is what your yard needs? Here is a quick way to check the health of your turf.

- Remove a 4-inch deep slice of lawn with a shovel. If the thatch layer (layer of dead and living shoots, stems, and roots between the green vegetation and the soil) is greater than one-half inch, aeration is recommended.

For more information or to schedule your aeration, call our office: 262-821-9680

<![CDATA[Welcome to the Perfect Time to Plant!]]>Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:20:50 GMThttp://groundcrewservice.com/blog/welcome-to-the-perfect-time-to-plant
Summer is hard on your yard, with hot temperatures, wear and tear, and weed takeovers. If your lawn and landscape looks like it went thought the ringer the past few months, we have good news. September is actually THE perfect time to plant tulips, hyacinths, shade trees, and others for the most beautiful spring bloom.

Here’s why:
  • Cooler fall air temperatures provide relief from the scorching sun and help reduce stress of the plant. (The lower temps are good for gardeners too!)
  • The temperatures lessen the requirement of water, especially for new plants! Water less, roots grow more.
  • The timing allows roots to establish and flourish over the winter rather than the same time they’re developing new buds and leaves. In turn, this produces fuller plants come spring.

In addition to new planting, September is also the perfect time for overseeding. Overseeding is the process of applying grass seed through an existing lawn via cuts made into the soil is a common practice to repair bare spots and reinvigorate turf. A hot summer full of wear and tear can take its toll on any lawn, so when September brings moisture and cooler temps it creates the perfect environment for a complete lawn rejuvenation.

Give your landscape a facelift this fall either with fall planting for beautiful spring blooms and new shade trees, or overseeding for the best lawn on the block come next summer. Call Ground Crew Service for a quote today!

<![CDATA[Fighting Back Against the Emerald Ash Borer]]>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:21:38 GMThttp://groundcrewservice.com/blog/fighting-back-against-the-emerald-ash-borer
If you live in Wisconsin, chances are you’ve probably heard that Emerald Ash Borers have been making quite a feast of our ash trees. Typically, ashes grow healthy and happy for decades, with a network of trunks and characteristic branches. But when an emerald ash borer (metallic green and about a ½ inch long) chooses a tree as its victim, it bores through the bark and into the wood to lay its eggs, leaving a D-shaped hole in the bark once it emerges in the spring. The larvae (which can grow up to 1½ inches long)  hatch and begin to feed on the meat of the tree while being fed on by woodpeckers, further damaging the tree. The burrowing of the larvae underneath the layer of bark creates fascinating arrays of tunnel designs called ‘galleries,’ like the image pictured above. The larvae begin feeding from the branches at the top of the tree meaning the most common first symptom of an infestation is a dieback in the tree canopy.

Unfortunately for a lot of Ash trees, if left untreated, they will die. This is a fact, not an opinion. If you have noticed any of the above symptoms or signs are aren’t sure where to even begin, give us a call! At Ground Crew Service, we realize the impending threat the EAB pose to our Wisconsin landscape. To combat, we use Tree-Age trunk injections that move rapidly into the vascular system of the tree eradicating any burrowing beetles or larvae.  While we have unfortunately had to cut down several ash trees too far gone to treat, as of this date, we have not lost a single tree that we have treated with Tree-Age.  Most trees we are seeing in the area are currently infected with the shimmery green invaders, but there is still time to save them!  

​Click here for more information and give us a call at
262-821-9680 before the 2017 treatment window closes in mid-September!