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    Preventing Pests from Entering Your Home

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Colder weather is setting in, and that means pests of all shapes and sizes will be looking for a warm place to call home. Unless you want your home to be overrun with spiders, ants, cockroaches, mice, and other pests, take some steps to pest-proof your home before you have a real problem on your hands. You can always contact a pest control company to deal with any uninvited house guests, but these tips will help prevent pests from entering your home to begin with. 

    Eliminate Food Sources

    Pests will eat just about anything, but you can make your home less appealing if you eliminate easy access to food. Seal up boxes and bags of food in the kitchen and store open food in sealable bags or containers. Immediately clean up spills and crumbs, and refrain from walking around the house while eating. If your pets eat outside, don’t leave their food on the ground overnight. Finally, make sure to keep a tight lid on trash and replace leaking trash cans outside.

    Eliminate Water Sources

    Although pests can live for weeks or even months without food, many pests will die very quickly without water. To make your home less appealing to pests, fix leaky faucets inside and around your home. Empty excess water in flower pots and plant stands. Inside, wipe water and other spilled liquids off the counter as soon as you first see it.

    Seal Entryways

    Although pests can infiltrate your home through the most undetectable cracks and holes, try to seal up noticeable entryways to make it harder for pests to move into your home. Seal cracks and openings along baseboards, behind sinks, and around pipes and windows. Check your doors and windows to make sure they shut tightly. Outside, keep wood piles, debris, and trash away from your home to keep pests at bay.

    Natural Way Pest Control Service can help keep your home pest-free this winter. We offer full pest control solutions for residential and commercial properties in Chicago and Detroit. Contact us online or call us toll-free at (888) 438-4733 to schedule a free estimate. 

    Lawn Care Tips for Colder Months

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Your lawn isn’t just grass—it’s an investment. A lush, healthy lawn can significantly improve your home’s curb appeal and even the value of your property. But with colder weather setting in, it’s going to take more of an effort to keep your lawn looking its best.

    Here are some lawn care tips to keep your grass looking great throughout the winter. 

    Clear Debris

    Dead grass and other materials can build up on the surface of the soil during the fall and winter months. This layer of debris, known as thatch, impedes drainage, harbors fungal diseases, and prevents strong, healthy root development. Rake the lawn surface firmly to remove thatch and embedded moss.

    Improve Drainage

    With winter storms on the way, you want to improve your lawn’s drainage as much as possible. Aerating is by far the best mechanical process you can do to you lawn. Not only will aerating improve drainage, it will also help important nutrients reach the root structure and stimulate new growth in your lawn.

    Taking Care of a Bald Spot on Your Lawn

    Bald spots on your lawn are extremely unattractive. If you want to take care of these eye sores yourself, you’ll need to remove the dead grass and cover with lime to break down excess acid in the ground. Cover the lime with mulch and sprinkle grass seed on the area. Cover with another layer of top soil and water. In a few weeks you should notice healthy grass filling in the bald spots.

    Keep it Short

    Mowing is much different in winter than it is in summer. You want to keep the surface of your lawn as short as possible to help water, sunshine, and other nutrients reach the winter grass that needs it most during the winter. Low grass also helps to keep field mice and other burrowing animals from preying on your lawn. The last cut of the season is the only time it is recommended to cut below two inches.

    For help keeping your lawn looking its best this winter and all year long, contact Natural Way Lawn and Tree Service. We provide lawn care services throughout the Detroit Metro area. Visit our website to learn more about our lawn care services, or call us toll-free at (888) 438-4733 to schedule lawn treatment with one of our professionals. 

    Help Prevent Winter Injury to your Landscape

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Last winter was Metro Detroit’s coldest in 36 years. Our record exposure to harsh, freezing elements resulted in unusually high levels of winter damage to our landscapes. Winter burn injury can take place whenever the soil freezes and wintry winds blow, drawing moisture from trees, drying out foliage and causing die back.


    For the most part, and particularly with evergreens, this damage is already done, however it is also possible damage may appear sporadically through the next year as well.

    Natural Way offers Winterguard Protection, a late fall anti-desiccant spray that will help control winter burn and minimize winter damage. While we have had great success with this service in past seasons, our field inspections this spring returned mixed results. Although damage will be lessened on any landscape treated with anti-desiccant, this will be little consolation for homeowners that experience this problem with their landscape.

    So what should we do?

    Anti-transpirant sprays remain an effective component of a winter protection game plan.

    While we cannot forecast the severity of winter weather, we can take precautions going forward to minimize future damage and help prevent a repeat of this winter. In addition to providing your trees and shrubs with a protective wax coating, we strongly recommend burlap for all prized landscape assets, and placing physical barriers on the windward side of young shrubs and trees will help too. Perhaps most importantly, make sure there is adequate soil moisture in the fall, as this will help prevent the drying out of trees and shrubs.

    Grub Control Tips for Your Lawn

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Grubs, or beetle larvae, are one of the most destructive lawn pests in Chicago and Detroit. Unfortunately, by the time homeowners detect grubs eating away at the roots of their lawn foliage irreversible damage has often been done. To avoid having to reseed entire segments of your lawn due to grub damage, focus your efforts on preventing grubs from infiltrating your property in the first place. The best time to treat a lawn for grubs is during the egg-laying season, as this prevents beetle eggs from advancing to the larvae stage. Highly effective pesticides are available and should be applied in the summertime. 

    To speak with a lawn treatment service professional who can protect your Chicago or Detroit lawn from attack by grubs, slugs, snails, fungus, and mildew, call Natural Way Lawn and Tree Service at (877) 431-2667. To date, we have helped more than 16,000 households keep their lawns lush, green, and free of grubs and other pests.

    Choosing Ornamental Trees for Your Yard

    Last updated 3 months ago

    A well-designed yard can enhance a home’s exterior and boost its value on the market. If you are working on a landscape design for your Chicago or Detroit lawn, do your research to ensure that any ornamental trees you choose to plant or transplant on your lawn complement your home’s architecture and existing landscape features. A few common ornamental tree types and the benefits for which they are known are discussed below.

    Evergreen Trees

    Much Midwestern flora lies dormant all winter long, causing Chicago and Detroit homeowners to rely on other landscaping elements and seasonal lawn decorations to keep the appeal of their properties high for several months each year. Planting and maintaining evergreen trees such as the baby blue Colorado spruce and cascade falls bald cypress can keep some natural green color in your yard year-round.

    Foliage Trees

    Evergreen trees are highly beneficial to a yard’s winter appeal, but if you want your yard to be as attractive as possible during the fall season you should plant at least a few foliage trees on your lawn. In addition to fostering fall splendor when the leaves of foliage trees change color and dance to the lawn below, foliage trees provide much-sought after shade in the summertime. Ginkgos, smokebush, and other large foliage trees also serve as natural barriers that are ideal for segmenting off different landscaping sections or lining the perimeter of your property.

    Flowering Trees

    Crepe myrtle, Japanese flowering cherry, dogwood, and other flowering trees add color and fragrance to your yard. The blooming that these trees experience in spring and summer are a boon to homeowners who want to keep their yards lively and colorful no matter the season.

    At Natural Way Lawn and Tree Service, we know that your lawn is an investment and would be honored to provide it with the best care it can get. If you are seeking tree planting assistance or would like to have a lawn treatment specialist attend to the needs of ornamental trees, shrubs, and grass on your Chicago or Detroit Lawn, call Natural Way Lawn and Tree Service at (877) 431-2667.

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