Archive for July 2008

Preventative Grub Control

July 29, 2008



Grubs can eat your lawn from the inside out by feeding on the solid root structure of your lawn. Years of careful care can all go to ruin with a grub infestation. Grubs often lay waste to large areas, ruining a substantial amount of green space that can require considerable renovation and restoration. Careful planning in cycle with the seasons, combined with a solid lawn treatment program, can ensure that your lawn will shine and make you proud.  

Before your lawn and hard work become a grub’s next lunch, take this important step- call the people who know best. Make a wise investment in professional lawn service. It will give back with a healthy, vibrant lawn you are proud to own at a surprisingly low cost. Operated locally, Highpoint Lawn Service offers affordable rates and a money back guarantee.


A healthy lawn is the best prevention.


Your first step in preventative grub control is to keep them out of your lawn in the first place. The first line of defense is to care for your lawn, make it shiny and healthy, strong in natural defenses. A healthy lawn wards off grubs. As a strong immune system keeps us from getting sick, a vibrant green lawn helps to grow its own defenses. Like we take care of our bodies, we must take care of our lawns. Healthy, natural lawn treatment is essential.

Unfortunately, there’s no quick way to detect the presence of grubs at an early stage. When symptoms appear, it’s usually too late- grubs have already infested your lawn beyond a treatable stage. The key to prevention is careful lawn treatment.

Systematically applied mid-summer or early fall, Merit® Grub Control from Bayer is absolutely the best product on the market. Proven to be effective, it kills grubs where they sleep, as soon as they are born. As the newly hatched grubs feed on the applied roots, they eat the Merit® and die- long before they wreak their devastation on your lawn.

To be most effective, you should try to do a good job at predicting when larvae appear. Like keeping an eye on the weather, you should keep an eye on your lawn. Know its cycles and trends. If a small infestation generally shows up in the fall, you can be sure to see them again the following year.

Pay attention to the insects in your yard during the summer. If you notice large populations of Japanese beetles, there’s a good chance you’ll see their grubs hatching later in the summer. Spotting a grub problem before it becomes a problem can save you a lot of money and hassle in the future.

In the case of grubs, there are two ways to approach your problem. First, you can take the preventative approach and maintain your lawn with the necessary Merit® application. The second approach is to care for the damage that’s already been done. Careful lawn treatment can heal your lawn and bring back its shine. Proper lawn service can restore a damaged lawn’s health, bring out its vibrant shine for you to enjoy.

Curing a damaged lawn is the more costly approach to handling your grub problem. The majority of the time, serious grub damage will mean replanting some of your lawn to heal its health.

Proper lawn treatment requires expert care, someone who knows the cures for problems that inevitably present themselves in maintaining a healthy lawn. Call in a local expert, one who is familiar with your lawn’s particular climate and rainfall, before it’s too late. Grubs will kill your lawn.

For more information on how to defeat your grub problem before it begins, please call us. We will be happy to talk to you and answer all your questions. We hope you decide to trust Highpoint Lawn Service to bring great results for you, too. Everyone deserves to enjoy a vibrant, healthy lawn. You can, too.





Surface Insect Control

July 29, 2008


Enjoy a lawn that’s healthy and pleasant for the whole family. Don’t let pests infest your beautiful lawn ruining whole patches of your grass in their hunger to thrive. Keep out the insects through our prescribed lawn treatment, tailored individually to meet your lawn’s needs and optimize its performance.


Chinch Bugs


You might think it’s drought, but the dry, damaged areas of your lawn near walkways and driveways could be chinch bug damage. They usually damage the lawn during the summer, when temperatures are in the high 70’s and above.


Symptoms first appear as dead grass. If not stopped in their tracks, Chinch bugs can continue to spread into new turf, destroying large areas of your lawn. Chinch bugs release a toxin that will continue to damage your grass, making recovery of your lawn difficult in the case of severe chinch bug damage.

Chinch bugs can be identified as active, reddish nymphs, with a band of white on their back, feeding on the grass plants of your lawn. They become darker as they grow older, and in the adult stage, have black bodies with white, folded wings. When mature, they measure 1/6 of an inch. They are slow moving insects, and don’t hop, jump or fly.

To test for Chinch bugs, simply remove both ends from a metal can and press it into the ground, next to the damaged area of your lawn. Fill the can with water. If Chinch bugs are present in your lawn, they will float to the surface. Usually, the outer margin of the injured area of your lawn is a good place to look.

Another method of detecting the presence of the pests is to water small areas heavily, covering them with a white cloth. Shortly, the bugs will crawl up the grass blades, clinging to the surface of the cloth where they can easily be seen by turning the cloth over.

Chinch bugs should be dealt with directly through a proper lawn treatment. Call your Highpoint Lawn Service representative today to discuss how to best treat your Chinch bug infestation.

Billbug grub


Different species of grubs present themselves at different times. Unlike the White Grub, which spends the winter deep in the soil, the Billbug grub does not present itself in the turf until early spring when it’s the wettest. Clay colored, the adult Billbug weavel moves out of hibernation during the first warm days of spring, feeds on your lawn, burrowing its eggs into grass crowns and the surrounding soil.

The adult beetles bear a long snout or bill, measuring 1/5 to ¾ inch in length. In four to 14 days after the eggs have been deposited, tiny grubs are hatched in the soil of your lawn. At ½ to ¾ inch in length, the grubs are legless, white, and have an orange-brown head and a dark humped back.

Though the grubs are not very big, their appetite can destroy large amounts of green space, which will have to be reseeded. Save yourself a headache and make it easy on your wallet. Kill Billbug grubs before they have their chance to feast with a regular application of Merit, applied mid-summer or early fall.

Unlike White Grub injury which is often localized into a definite pattern, Billbug grub damage thins the turf, killing your lawn and its natural abilities to fend off diseases. The Billbug Grub does its damage by chewing near the crown, devouring the roots of your grass slightly below the ground level.

Though you can’t see them on the surface, your lawn could be teeming with Billbug Grubs. If the Billbug Grub does serious enough damage to your lawn, you will have an expensive renovation process to deal with.



Cutworms can chew the health of your grass, leaving uneven damage along the grass blades of your lawn, threatening the care you’ve invested in your lawn service. Cutworms have segmented bodies varying from 1 to 2 inches in length. Like Armyworms, they have three pairs of legs, with additional prolegs or unjointed projections on the abdomen.

They usually have a dull color, often greenish-gray, brown or black, with lighter longitudinal stripes along the length of their back and side. The adult moths are a uniform pale brownish-gray, with a wing span of 1 ½ inches. These do no damage.

But the cutworm larvae feed on your lawn at night, hiding in the debris or thatch on the surface of the soil during the day. They inflict damage by uneven chewing along the edge of the grass blades of your lawn. This can skeletonize the blades, completely severing the grass from its roots.

Cutworms are solitary feeders and don’t mass together to do damage like Armyworms. Most species of cutworms will produce only one generation a year. The adult moth lays eggs in late spring, depositing them on the grass blades, weeds and debris. Eggs will hatch in about a week, and the larvae will feed on your lawn until fully grown, riddling the grass blades, causing them to be scraggily and chopped.

At maturity, the larvae will dig cells in the soil, pupate and change into adult moths. But not before their larvae chew the health out of your lawn.


Sod Webworms


Sod webworms can also damage the thick lushness of your lawn by chewing up the grass blades. Sod webworms are the larvae stage of the lawn moth’s life cycle. These worm-like insects are light brown and ½ to ¾ inches in length. Their segmented bodies have stiff hairs protruding from dark brown, circular blotches. Adult moths are a dull grayish-brown.

The female moth will fly over the turf in a jerky, zigzag pattern, dropping her eggs into your grass. Eggs will hatch in about 6 to 10 days, sprouting larvae that will damage your lush turf by chewing down the blades of your grass. Sod webworms often cut the grass blades in half, sometimes severing the entire plant at its crown. They may strip the foliage completely off in patches, causing a yellowish-brown appearance similar to drought damage. Their mere presence can wreck devastation on your lawn if left unchecked.

Sod webworms spin silk-like tunnels in thatch or debris, remaining hidden during the day. Since their life cycle is no more than 6 weeks, most species can have several generations in a single growing season.

All grasses are vulnerable to an attack by Sod Webworms. Proper lawn treatment will kill their eggs before they hatch, saving the health of your lawn from their crude devastation.


Frit Flies Can Lay Ruin to Large Areas of Your Lawn


Frit flies can riddle your lawn, nibbling your grass blades down to their crown, creating extensive damage that can blight your lawn treatment. Adult flies will deposit their eggs in the axils of the leaf blades, tucked inside the sheath. The small eggs are white, with a finely ridge surface. Tiny larvae will hatch from these eggs, boring into your grass stems, feeding on the blades, wrecking patches of devastation in your lawn.

Infestation generally occurs in taller grass, but you usually won’t see the damage until heavy swarms of the insect reach the more highly sculpted areas of your lawn. An infestation of frit flies can discolor large areas of turf, ruining the beauty of your lawn.

Frit flies are very tiny, less than 1/8 inch in length, with shiny black bodies and yellowish-white markings on the legs. They can cause extensive damage to grasses and cereal grains, and often aren’t noticed until whole swarms infect the core of your lawn.

Frit fly larvae hatch in the warm weather of spring, reaching peak populations in June and July. They are not terrible pests, but under the proper conditions, they can wreck extensive damage to your lawn.

Talk to your Highpoint Lawn Service representative today about how to best protect your lawn from harmful frit fly infestation.



Rejuvenate Your Grass by Overseeding.

July 29, 2008

Overseeding is as simple as it sounds, yet it can mean the difference between dry, crabby grass and a vibrant lawn. Too many homeowners overlook the importance of overseeding in healthy lawn treatment. Without new seed to rejuvenate your lawn, your grass will grow old, tired and thin, causing weeds and turf to ravage your lawn.

The older your grass is, the slower it reproduces itself. Overseeding makes your lawn grow thicker and healthier, choking out weeds and diseased grass with new seed. Overseeding is an essential part of any effective lawn service. Enjoy a fresh lawn by seeding frequently.

Overseeding with special pest resistant grass varieties can restore lawns thinned and weakened from a hot summer or drought. The thousands of holes in your lawn from core aeration are ideal seedbeds and protect the grass seed germination, ensuring survival.

The Highpoint Lawn Service custom seed mix offers your lawn improved varieties, giving your lawn the recuperation it needs. These grasses enhance insect and disease resistance, defending your lawn against pests.

Overseeding is a simple but important part of any effective lawn treatment program. Our custom seed mixes will give your lawn a rich thickness, the perfect blend of variety and freshness your lawn deserves. Let our local, professional lawn service help you decide which grasses are right for you.

Core Aeration

July 29, 2008


Core aeration increases the penetration of air, water and nutrients into the roots of your lawn, stimulating new root development, inviting a thicker turf. Core aeration encourages your lawn’s appetite, leading to a robust and healthy lawn. By opening up passage ways of water and air to the root system, core aeration enables your lawn to get the nutrients and water that it needs to stay healthy throughout the growing season. It’s an essential part of any lawn treatment, ensuring a beautiful lawn that the entire neighborhood can enjoy.

Not only will core aeration bring out the essential beauty in your lawn, it’s good at relieving diseases too. Core aeration affects the soil compaction by increasing the decomposition of thatch, reducing habitats for insects and diseases. It works by removing cores of soil and thatch, allowing your lawn to better breathe and absorb the water it needs to be healthy. This encourages conditions that favor microorganisms that can naturally breakdown accumulated thatch.

Core aeration is an ideal method in preparing your lawn for overseeding. Your grass can tire from years of wear, so overseeding becomes necessary to keep your lawn young and healthy. By opening the soil through core aeration, you give new grass a chance to seed and grow, keeping your lawn fresh and green throughout the year. Opening small holes in the soil, core aeration breaks up your soil, increasing its circulation as it grows healthy and thrives.


Spring or fall are the best times of year for core aeration, when the lawn is still actively growing and the soil’s still moist. Your Highpoint Lawn Service Representative can discuss an ideal time to schedule core aeration for your lawn. Call us today. We’ll be happy to help you choose the time that is optimal for your lawn, enabling your lawn.








The Highpoint Program description

July 25, 2008


At Highpoint Lawn Service, we use only the best quality products on your lawn, combined with an individualized lawn treatment program specialized to meet your needs. Our employees aren’t seasonal or transient but here for a career. They take great care and pride in your lawn, working on it year after year, knowing what it needs to be healthy.

Our lawn treatment program includes five treatments of custom blended fertilizers featuring dry, granular, slow release products. It’s a more natural approach that provides a slow release into the soil, breaking down over time. The slow release gives your lawn the nutrients it needs to be thick and healthy. Our fertilizers provide a natural feeding to the roots, allowing the grass to grow lush and robust, like on the finest golf courses.

Our custom blended, dry fertilizer gives your lawn the nutrients it needs, when it needs it.

We believe in an environmentally sound approach to weed control, target weed control. We don’t believe in generic, all over weed control. Our program involves constantly modifying the treatment of your lawn based on what we see is happening.

At Highpoint Lawn Service, customized, personalized customer service is our bottom line.


Our professional care, combined with a friendly, personal approach, will bring out the best in your lawn. Our quality products and lawn service will give your lawn the character to carry through the dryness of summer.


Our program guarantees results.


Follow our simple instructions and a healthy, lush lawn will be yours backed with a money-back guarantee. We specialize in healthy lawns that are bug and pest resistant, lawns that shine green throughout the year, adding a rich gleam to the neighborhood. You’ll be proud of your beautiful new lawn. We guarantee it.

Producing the Akron area’s most beautiful lawns since 1979…

July 24, 2008



Become the envy of your neighborhood with a lush, thick lawn. Locally owned, we’re practically your neighbors. We know the unique problems and weather patterns for your lawn, and we can tailor a lawn treatment program that’s just right for you. When making a smart investment in a thick, healthy lawn, you don’t want an off-the-shelf service. You want an expert whose familiar with both you and your lawn. Our employees aren’t transient. They treat the same lawns year after year, getting to know your lawn as if it were their own. Through target weed control, we constantly modify the treatment of your lawn, customized to what we see happening. We put the customer first.


We guarantee our results and your satisfaction.


Owning a thick, healthy lawn has never been easier. We offer affordable results backed by money-back guarantees, so you can display a healthy lawn your proud of without breaking your wallet. Your lawn will be cared for professionally and it’s guaranteed. Call our lawn service and speak to an expert. Help us give you the vibrant lawn you and your family deserve.