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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 are...

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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!

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 to all of the new sign ups we had this year. It was a pleasant surprise that we did our very best to keep pace with. We have...

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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!

As you already know, it's HOT! With the heat comes stressed plants, disease, insects and most importantly turf loss! Below are a few things you need to know to help your lawn make it through. [headline h="1"]First things first. Delays delays delays...[/headline] With...

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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!!

It's back again! Year after year lawns in Maine experience the same issue after the snow pack melts. Many folks like to call it winter kill but in reality it is a fungus. The good news is you can prevent damage by ensuring you take a few extra steps in the fall and...

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2011 Spring Newsletter

Are you ready for spring? The temperature has been changing for the better the past week or so and the snow is melting fast! We are all really excited to feel that warm sun shining down on our backs! With all that excitement comes another season of lawn and...

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Important GRUB ALERT!

Now that the rain has returned, we are all happy to see our lawns return to their lush green color again. All of us are now seeing the effects of a prolonged drought period in our lawns. The areas of our turf that didn't receive enough moisture have now told us that...

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Dealing with drought

It's time to start our rain dance! We've been waiting for rain to come for almost a solid month now. We've been blessed with a bit of rain here and there. All rain is welcome but the weather conditions between the rains is what matters to the health of your grass. Its...

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Insect Update

We've noticed only a few cases of chinchbugs this year but that doesn't mean all is well. Chinchbugs by now are well into their 2nd generation and if they are in your turfgrass the population will only increase as the season goes on. Since we've experienced such a...

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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

Compost. Think this something that only old ladies and Martha Stewart do? If so you are missing out on a valuable resource. Even here in Maine where we are buried in snow for four to six months, composting is an awesome way to help the environment, and your lawn and...

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Water Wise

Temperatures this spring have been unusually warm and it has us all thinking about being outdoors again. As we begin the growing season, it is important to take a look at our watering habits. How can we best serve our lawn and landscapes while working hard to conserve...

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Slugs

Slugs

Hosta growers always seem to have more than their share of slugs. During drought years, slugs almost disappear from sight. Prolonged periods of wet weather, however, have the opposite effect and numbers become noticeable. The grey garden slug, Agriolimax reticulatum,...

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Why does my lawn have brown pink patches?

You too? It's funny that every year we hear the same question at this time of season. Why does my lawn have these brownish-pinkish patches everywhere?!!! It's a common question right now since we've had so much rain. With all the rain we've been having it's difficult...

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Proper mowing for healthy growing

Proper mowing for healthy growing

I just had to share this photo with everyone. It's a prime example of how to properly mow your lawn. On the other hand, its a great example of how not to mow. It is a fact that if you mow your lawn properly, you will dramatically improve the overall health of it at...

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Keeping on top of fungus diseases

All lawns are susceptible to fungus diseases. The fungi that cause them are microscopic, thread-like organisms that move around via air or water born spores. These spores are all around us, and they produce new infections whenever environmental factors such as...

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Grubs are getting ready to pupate…

As many of you have already noticed, we are facing another season of "Lawn Enemy #1", the Grub. However, many of you may not realize that the Japanese Beetle has not been the largest culprit. In fact, it is the European Chafer. In my personal experience traveling the...

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What are those dead patches in my lawn?

There are many reasons to you could have dead patches in your lawn. The early spring snow melt sometimes reveals issues with turf that needs to be attended to. Snow Mold is usually the culprit. Many people in our area call it "winter kill" however, the reality is a...

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Giving back to your lawn

Grasscycling, or returning grass clippings to the lawn, is a great way to provide your turf with valuable nutrients in the form of organic matter. you don't want to go overboard, through. Proper grasscycling requires that you mow often enough so that no more than 1/3...

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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

Don't take the benefits of turf for granted. Even those of us in the industry sometimes forget what a miracle a simple blade of grass is. And, too often, consumers or even employees aren't well-informed about the benefits that a well-maintained stand of turf like a...

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Managing Thatch

Every lawn has some thatch. It is when a lawn has too much thatch that problems occur. Thatch is the layer of living and dead organic material that lies on top of the soil. It is made up of surface roots, stems and crowns of grass plants. Studies have shown that grass...

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