Tips To Keeping Your Backyard BBQ Pest Free

Keep Your Backyard BBQ Pest Free with the Following Tips

It is officially summer, which means most of us will be spending more time outside enjoying the beautiful weather. Did you know that 85% of individuals have claimed that they LOVE summer because it allows them to spend more time outside hosting events like barbecues? The only downside — sometimes you get some uninvited guests, or should we say pests! Ants, yellowjackets, and flies are attracted to barbecue foods, and mosquitoes are active once the sun goes down. If you want to keep your guests happy during your outdoor activities and your backyard pest-free during your barbecues, we highly suggest the following tips.

1.) Since mosquitoes thrive during the dusk and dawn, be sure to have plenty of insect repellant if you are planning a barbecue before the sun sets! Citronella candles can help minimize their presence!

2.) Keep all of the food and beverages in coolers and containers.

3.) Be sure to clean up all spills, trash, and crumbs from the area to prevent unwanted guests from showing up (AKA ants!).

4.) Remove any source that has standing water in your yard. Water in your yard can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes!

5.) If you have screen doors, be sure to check for any damage or holes. If you have any, be sure to repair it before your guests come over. Also, be sure to remind guests to shut doors behind them when coming in and out of the house. This will help keep insects from getting inside.

6.) Make your yard inviting to birds by adding a bird feeder to help keep the pest control to a minimum!

7.) Be sure to keep your lawn well-maintained. Overgrown bushes and weeds can become a great home to insects, so keeping your landscape tidy will help keep them at bay.

8.) Landscape your lawn with plants such as: lavenders, marigolds, and chrysanthemums. These plants are known to keep insects like mosquitoes away!

No one should show up to a party uninvited, that is just proper etiquette! By taking the above tips into account, it should help to keep your outside parties as insect-free as possible! If your sod grass is keeping you from having outdoor activities, call RiverView Turf today. Our team of experts will be able to point you in the right direction of what your next steps should be and will have your yard looking great in no time!

What Sod is Right for You?

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Installing high quality sod is the best solution to obtaining a beautiful lawn that requires low upkeep! Before you take this step, there’s a few questions you need to consider such as: climate conditions in your area and how much shade your yard receives. If you want to choose the right sod for your area, be sure to follow the guidelines below.

How Much Shade is Required

It is important to let your sod installer know how much shade your lawn gets. If your yard gets partial shade, it can mean the world of a difference compared to a lawn that stays fully shaded. Some turf types grow better in shaded areas as opposed to others. For example, most varieties of St. Augustine are shade tolerant.

Is it a High Traffic Area

If you are looking to add sod to a high traffic area, you will need a grass that is durable. For instance, in the South, Bermuda Grass is preferred because of its ability to receive quickly from wear.

What Are Your Climate Conditions

If you live in the Southern Zone of the United States where summers are hot and winters are moderate, you will need a warm season grass. Warm season grasses include St. Augustine, Bermuda, Centipede and Zoysia. If you are located in the Northern Zone of the US where summers are moderate and the winter is cold, you will need a cool-season grass. Cool season grasses include Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass and Tall Fescue.

Do You Have an Irrigation System

Once you have installed your new sod, you need to be sure to maintain it in order for it to maintain its beauty. Watering your lawn often is essential, but this task can grow to become a burden. Rather than doing it yourself, you can install sprinklers or an irrigation system in your lawn that has a time activity.

Does the Type of Grass Really Matter?

To answer this simply, yes the type of sod you purchase matters tremendously! Each grass species is available in varieties that offers a variation in texture, color and growth rate. Although the visual difference may be subtle, the advantages are usually unseen. For instance, some types of sod are more tolerant of pets, diseases or harsh weather. No-name or generic seed may be cheaper, but is usually not worth the savings because you typically end up with more problems.

If you have any further questions about what sod would be best for your lawn, give us a call at River View Turf. We will be more than happy to help point you in the direction we think is best for your home lawn!

Prepare Your Lawn for Spring

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Bad news first: if you neglect spring lawn care, you could end up paying for it for the rest of your year! Here’s the good news: the tasks required in spring aren’t nearly the amount of work that you’ll be spending mowing alone this summer! Check out the tasks below in order to prepare your lawn for spring.

Break Out the Rake

Raking should be your first task when beginning your spring lawn care! You may be thinking, “I just spent my entire fall raking leaves”. However, raking is more than just removing leaves – it is for controlling thatch, too! If your thatch has a build-up of more ½ inch, it is considered excessive. Another great reason for spring raking is to see if any of your grass blades are stuck together causing matted patches. New grass may have difficulty growing through these patches, but raking will help to solve this problem!


Has your lawn fallen victim to bare patches caused by dog spots, heavy traffic, or neglect? If so, you may need to apply grass to fill in these patches. This is known as overseeding your lawn. The preferred time to overseed lawns is during fall, but if your situation is dire you can begin in spring.

Apply Preemergent Herbicides

Do you have a problem with crabgrass or weeds? If so, then your spring fertilization should go hand in hand with the application of preemergent herbicides. Preemergent herbicides help to address weed control before their seedlings can even emerging.

Tune Up Your Lawn Mower

Mowing the lawn all summer can be tiring, right? Don’t make it more difficult by putting up with a lawn mower that doesn’t start! If your lawn mower unit is a little stubborn about starting, this may be a sign that it needs to be tuned up.

Trim the Trees

Once you trim off the dead ends of your trees and shrubs, they will begin growing again! The most important thing about trimming is to be careful about the trimming growth. You want your new growth be healthy enough to sustain itself in case of a cold snap. For flowering shrubs, be sure to wait until the flowers bloom before you cut off the limbs! This will ensure that you don’t trim off limbs that may produce flowers or fruit.

The most important part of spring lawn care is to make sure that your lawn has plenty of time to come back to life during those early spring months! If you do it right, the sun and soil will do most of the work for you. If you are in need of any quality turf grass, contact our office at (866) 298-1504.