Home » Blog » It’s Not Just What we Grow… It’s Not Just What we Grow… July 3, 2014 Controls, Disease, Education, Fertilizer, Green, Insects, Landscape, Lawn, Pest, Plants, Seasonal, Summer, Timely Tips, Van Putte Gardens, Wildlife/Insects Cut about this much sod to bring in if your lawn has damage. Be sure to bring a piece that includes the transitional area where the lawn goes from good to poor. The combination of the first days of July and local temps breaking 90 degrees this week means summer has definitely arrived. And THAT means the start of control season. Lawn weeds, garden weeds, grubs, insects, animal damage… you name it, summer’s got it. So when you want to know “what is this and how do I [not] kill it?”, let us help! We see all sorts of weeds this time of year and are happy to identify them and recommend the best methods of killing/removing them. Just bring us a good-sized sample and if you can, a picture of how it’s growing in your lawn or garden, and we will suggest traditional or organic solutions. If your lawn is getting patches, turning rusty, or growing odd grasses you don’t want, we’ve got great turf and lawn fungus experts too — cut a roughly 1-foot square piece of turf along the transitional line (where it goes from good grass to poor), and bring it in for us to examine. Or maybe you don’t know what’s eating holes in the leaves of your veggie plants, or what those brown spots are on the bottoms of your tomatoes, or why certain leaves are turning yellow. Again, just bring us a sample and we’ll diagnose the problems and get your garden back on track. The combination of our staff’s at-work and at-home garden experience means we’ve seen the gamut of pests and disease and are happy to share what works and what doesn’t. Tomato Blossom-End Rot is a common symptom of calcium deficiencies. We can also test your lawn or garden soil’s pH for free if you think that might be an issue. Bring in about a quart of soil (the size of a small coffee can) and we can test it in about 10 minutes. Be sure not to touch it with your hands before we test it since oils from your hands can alter the pH reading. Just gather it with a trowel or with gardening gloves on and you’ll be all set. So whether you have an immediate problem or are even just curious about what exact flower or shrub is growing in your landscape, drop by with a cutting this summer and see us. Remember, it’s not just what we grow, it’s what we know! Our staff, equipment, and knowledge are all here to help! Check out TIMELY TIPS for summer by scrolling down and clicking on July, and refer back to the same page for more seasonal tips throughout the year.