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My lawn looks burnt! Is it? Or is it something else?

We have been receiving many calls over the past week or two of concerns that lawns are turning brown in sections and appear to be burnt! While the first assumption would be because of an application made, experience can usually lead to a different reason.   These...

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When to make the final cut?

When to make the final cut?

Looking ahead at the forecast, it appears that we will stay fairly warm in November.  This should be a red flag as it relates to your mowing practices.  Just because winter is arriving (faster than we may like) doesn't mean you should stop thinking about your lawns...

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The secret to a green lawn during the summer

The secret to a green lawn during the summer

To some the answer is obvious, to others the thought may not have occurred.  Each season our green spaces are faced with threats from many different directions.  Fungus & insects are probably the most prominent.  In order for plants to grow and pass nutrients,...

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Dead tire tracks on lawn? Could be Ascochyta…

We get many calls each year about burns or tire tracks on the lawn on the lawn and usually it's us or the mowing company who are the first to get blamed.  Unfortunately, we are in most cases not at fault for these issues.  You can be assured that as soon as the...

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Summer is here!  Please pay attention to your turfgrass!

Summer is here! Please pay attention to your turfgrass!

Based off the weather forecast for the next 10 days, we are in for some warm weather.  This is great for cookouts and outdoor activities and it's certainly welcome based off the winter we had.  However, managing turfgrass brings new challenges to our area. Lawns need...

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Spring Clean up time?  Not so fast!

Spring Clean up time? Not so fast!

The snow is receding finally!  Did you know that Bangor is within the top 3 cities & towns in the country to receive the largest amount of snowfall this last winter?!! After what we just went through, I'm sure all of you are feeling the fever to get outside and...

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Improvements to your account for 2015

Improvements to your account for 2015

What a winter it has been!  We all were certainly busy this winter dealing with all of this snow.  Needless to say, we were still going through our normal off season to-do's.  Part of the winter hustle was transitioning into a new software.  In order to provide you...

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We’re hiring!  Like to work outside?

We’re hiring! Like to work outside?

Green Thumb Lawn Service is Central Maine's oldest and largest professional lawn care company. We have experienced steady growth over the past few years despite the hard economic times. We are a small family friendly based company who cares for our employees who work...

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What are Chinchbugs

What are Chinchbugs

The above lawn is stressed from Chinchbug damage.  This is a lawn that receives regular fertilization and the customer called wondering why their efforts are not improving their lawns overall looks.  This is a prime example why we recommend folks sign up for our Magic...

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Invasive insects update…

A quick update on European Crane Fly and the European Fire Ant.   MDI seems to be a hot bed of these invasive insects.  It seems that they have been brought in through plantings from other states.  We will continue to keep our eye on these insects as it relates...

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How to grow the best lawn with little effort

How to grow the best lawn with little effort

Now that we've had a nice long weekend of gentle soaking rains that were much needed, we can get our mowers tuned up because mow season is in full swing!! Adhere to the 1/3 rule Never remove more than 1/3 of the entire leaf blade per cut!  This post will be short and...

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How to repair grub damage & is treatment worth the investment?

How to repair grub damage & is treatment worth the investment?

It's that time of season again and grub season is in full swing.  Those of you who elected not to receive a grub control last year may be going through a debate with yourself on how to approach the situation, even if you didn't get attacked last summer.  The first...

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What are the white & pink patches in my lawn?

What are the white & pink patches in my lawn?

Snow Mold If you are wondering why your lawn may be looking like the following pictures, you may be experiencing snow mold.  There are two types, Grey and Pink Snow molds.  If you look closely, there are differences beyond the basic "Grey and pink color".  That's for...

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Phyllophaga – 3 year grubs!!!

Phyllophaga – 3 year grubs!!!

We have noticed an increase in June beetle (June Bug) larvae or Grubs as many of you know them.  European Chafers have been the primary focus as of the past 3 - 4 years and before then from our stand point.  However, the May - June Beetle has many different species. ...

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Will my lawn recover?

Finally we have received some rainfall!!!  Still not quite enough however, it did help.  This is the third year in a row that we have experienced extreme conditions.  As most of you all know, the entire country has been in record drought conditions.  When this happens...

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Pest Alert!  European Crane Fly Introduced to Maine

Pest Alert! European Crane Fly Introduced to Maine

  In 2011, we had a positive identification of the European Crane Fly larvae on one of our customers properties in Northeast Harbor.  In discussions with folks at the University of Mass Turf Care Division, a common thought was that when Hurricane Irene hit New...

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A few of our lawn care secrets..

A few of our lawn care secrets..

There are many claims out there that "All lawn care companies are the same" or "Another lawn care company uses better products" or "Franchise businesses are always better".  Our customers have found that this isn't the case with Green Thumb Lawn Service.  There are...

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Spring Update!

[plain_image w="600" h="237" alt="descript"]http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/spring.jpg[/plain_image] WOW!!  What a season so far!  We had 80 degree weather in MAY, a early dry start to the season and amazing growth this year!  We are so happy...

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Import News: We are making a change this year!

Grubs are getting tough!! For 12 years, we have been using Imidacloprid for control of many species of white grubs. It appears the European Chafer grub is not being controlled as it should. Many factors can cause this failure rate but we believe a resistance to the...

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We’re Hiring!  Like to work outside?

We’re Hiring! Like to work outside?

We are currently seeking individuals for a seasonal part time position with the potential for a full time job! Green Thumb Lawn Service is Central Maine's oldest and largest professional lawn care company. We have experienced steady growth over the past few years...

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Does fertilizing your lawn cause excessive runoff? – VIDEO!

Brian Horgan, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Minnesota and extension turfgrass specialist, explains the surprising results of a research study on water runoff and the use of phosphorous fertilizers.   Please note:  There may be an advertisement...

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Lawn looking brown? Find out why and how to fix it!

[styled_image size="medium" align="left" link="#" icon="zoom" lightbox="yes" alt=""]http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/drought-stress.jpg[/styled_image] As you already know, it's HOT!  With the heat comes stressed plants, disease, insects and most...

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Seeding your lawn. What you need to know.

When seeding a lawn it's important to choose the right seed for your application.  Provided you have chosen the correct (quality) products all that will be required after the job is done is to follow the steps below.  It's your responsibility to ensure germination...

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Spring Grub Damage!  What should I do?

Spring Grub Damage! What should I do?

Spring and fall homeowners all over central and southern Maine are starting to realize that the Grubs are not going away.  Year after year they destroy acres of turfgrass in our state.  It's important to know that you can be proactive about this lawn menace!  First...

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Snow Mold is back!!

[styled_image size="medium" align="left" link="http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/snowmold.jpg" icon="zoom" lightbox="yes" alt="Snow Mold"]http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/snowmold.jpg[/styled_image] It's back again!  Year...

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2011 Spring Newsletter

[styled_image size="medium" align="left" link="http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/springnewsletter.jpg" icon="zoom" lightbox="yes" alt="2011 Spring...

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Important GRUB ALERT!

[styled_image size="medium" align="left" link="http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/grub.jpg" icon="zoom" lightbox="yes" alt="Grubs"]http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/grub.jpg[/styled_image] Now that the rain has returned, we...

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Dealing with drought

[styled_image size="medium" align="left" link="http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/drought.jpg" icon="zoom" lightbox="yes" alt="Drought Stressed Turfgrass"]http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/drought.jpg[/styled_image] It's time...

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Insect Update

[styled_image size="medium" align="left" link="http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/insectupdate.jpg" icon="zoom" lightbox="yes" alt="Insects"]http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/insectupdate.jpg[/styled_image] Chinchbugs We've...

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Bag A Bug, does it really do the job?

Bag A Bug, does it really do the job?

Why would you do this?  Well, there are many people out there that claim it works well.  It does.  The Bag A Bug system from Spectracide works great as a lure.  It's floral scent smells very similar to the Ragosa Rose bush as far as I'm concerned, but does it protect...

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Leaf Spot & Melting Out Disease

Leaf Spot & Melting Out Disease

What it does Leaf spot is one of the most widespread fungus in coolseason turfgrass in our area.  It begins as little brown spots on the sheaths, leaves and stalks.  As it begins to grow the dark brown spots grow in size and the center turns a lighter brown thus...

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What are all those bumps on my lawn?

What are all those bumps on my lawn?

We get asked this question alot.  What are all these little bumps in my lawn?  If you have bumps in your lawn it's generally a good thing, as it indicates earthworm activity in your soil. Earthworms chew their way through the soil and eliminate behind them.  The...

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Caring for your new lawn

Caring for your new lawn

If you have just seeded a new lawn, here are a few tips that should help get it off to a good, healthy start.  A little attention in the beginning goes a long ways to providing years of beauty and enjoyment in the future. Watering The single most important requirement...

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Keeping Ladybugs from getting in your house!

A guide to preventing ladybugs from entering your home. Each fall, many homeowners experience the nuisance of thousands of swarming ladybugs looking for shelter in homes and outside buildings. As they try to find a place where they can hibernate during the winter,...

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The Truth About Ticks – Outdoors Magazine

The Truth About Ticks – Outdoors Magazine

If the old phrase "As goes Maine so does the rest of the nation" is true, than residents of Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York can expect a tick-filled spring. In a story just released by the Maine Sunday Herald, reports of confirmed Lyme disease cases have been...

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Taking control of lawn traffic

Taking control of lawn traffic

When lawns are subjected to ongoing foot traffic, leaves, stems and crowns can be crushed from continued, direct pressure on grass plants.  Soil compaction is also common in these situations, making it harder for roots to expand and limiting the flow of air, water and...

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It Ain’t Easy Being Green: Compost

[styled_image size="medium" align="left" link="#" icon="zoom" lightbox="yes" alt="Compost"]http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/compost.jpg[/styled_image] Compost. Think this something that only old ladies and Martha Stewart do? If so you are...

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Water Wise

[styled_image size="medium" align="left" link="#" icon="zoom" lightbox="yes" alt="Water Wise"]http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/waterlawn.jpg[/styled_image] Temperatures this spring have been unusually warm and it has us all thinking about being...

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Slugs

Slugs

[styled_image size="medium" align="left" link="#" icon="zoom" lightbox="yes" alt="Slugs"]http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/slug.jpg[/styled_image] Hosta growers always seem to have more than their share of slugs. During drought years, slugs...

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Why does my lawn have brown pink patches?

  [styled_image size="medium" align="left" link="#" icon="zoom" lightbox="yes" alt="Red Thread"]http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/redthread.jpg[/styled_image] You too?  It's funny that every year we hear the same question at this time of...

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Proper mowing for healthy growing

Proper mowing for healthy growing

[styled_image size="medium" align="left" link="#" icon="zoom" lightbox="yes" alt="Proper Mowing"]http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/propermow.jpg[/styled_image] I just had to share this photo with everyone.  It's a prime example of how to properly...

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Keeping on top of fungus diseases

[styled_image size="medium" align="left" link="#" icon="zoom" lightbox="yes" alt="Fungus"]http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/fungus.jpg[/styled_image] All lawns are susceptible to fungus diseases. The fungi that cause them are microscopic,...

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Grubs are getting ready to pupate…

[styled_image size="medium" align="left" link="#" icon="zoom" lightbox="yes" alt="pupa"]http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/grubcycle.jpg[/styled_image] As many of you have already noticed, we are facing another season of "Lawn Enemy #1", the...

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What are those dead patches in my lawn?

[styled_image size="medium" align="left" link="#" icon="zoom" lightbox="yes" alt="Snow Mold"]http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/snowmold.jpg[/styled_image] There are many reasons to you could have dead patches in your lawn.  The early spring snow...

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Giving back to your lawn

[styled_image size="medium" align="left" link="#" icon="zoom" lightbox="yes" alt="Grass Clippings"]http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/grassclip.jpg[/styled_image] Grasscycling, or returning grass clippings to the lawn, is a great way to provide...

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Why Pesticides?

Rea-life incidents illustrate the essential role pesticides play in health protection and safety.  Following are some events that demonstrate the beneffits of pesticides and why these products need to be avalialbe to the public. A Surf City, Calif. family was overcome...

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The Miracle Beneath Your Feet

[styled_image size="medium" align="left" link="#" icon="zoom" lightbox="yes" alt="Feet"]http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/feet.jpg[/styled_image] Don't take the benefits of turf for granted. Even those of us in the industry sometimes forget what...

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Managing Thatch

[styled_image size="medium" align="left" link="#" icon="zoom" lightbox="yes" alt="Thatch"]http://www.gtlawnservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/thatch.jpg[/styled_image] Every lawn has some thatch.  It is when a lawn has too much thatch that problems occur.  Thatch...

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