COVID-19 Update

Bowman’s Pro Turf, LLC Operation During COVID-19 Outbreak

Over the last few weeks, the workforce in the United States and Wabash Valley has been affected by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. We have been closely monitoring the situation and assessing how it may eventually affect the lawn care industry and our business locally. At this time, we see no reason to halt the daily business operations of Bowman’s Pro Turf, LLC. While we are taking this very seriously, we also feel it also important to provide the promised services to our customers and maintain a sense of normalcy for as long as we are able.

Unlike some jobs, our operation is based on the independent work of our technicians on the property of our customers. We currently have very little face to face interaction with many of our customers in our day to day operations.

Using the guidance and recommendations of the National Association of Landscape Professionals, the CDC, and in compliance with OSHA, we are taking the following steps to ensure the safety of our employees and our customers.

  • Daily cleaning and disinfecting of all personal equipment and work vehicles.
  • Continued email and phone call interactions with all clients and limit unnecessary face to face interactions.
  • Follow all local, state, and federal guidelines and restrictions.
  • Encouraging staff to stay home if feeling sick or showing symptoms of illness.
  • Working with all staff to provide flexibility during times of school closings.
  • Constantly assess the situation while maintaining business operations for all customers.

Because of the already strict rules of wearing Personal Protective Equipment, our team members have already been following many of the guidelines suggested by the CDC and other agencies. We are confident that we will continue to provide outstanding and timely services for the Wabash Valley and our customers over the coming weeks and months. The safety of our employees and customers is always at the front of our minds. We take this situation very seriously and want to reassure our customers that while we are on your property, we are taking all necessary precautions while providing the quality service you have come to expect

We are asking for the support of our customers and the community to urge local officials to allows us to continue to provide these services during this time. Our livelihood depends on being able to travel freely and preform work on our customers property. The very strict safety regulations already in place help to protect us and our customers from unnecessary contact and spreading of the disease.

Protect Your Landscape

Insect and Disease Control

Bowman’s Pro Turf, LLC’s Ornamental Tree and Shrub Program consists of scheduled treatments that are designed for year-long plant health and vigor. Pest control agents are used as needed to minimize insect and disease problems. Insect and disease controls often begin while the pant is still dormant in the spring, and may continue until fall.

Common insect treatments that we preform include:

  • Emerald Ash Borer
  • Tent Caterpillars
  • Bag Worms
  • Beetles
  • Aphids

Tree & Shrub Fertilization

Trees and shrubs have a very unique growing cycle throughout the year. We time our tree and shrub fertilization program to best meet the growing needs of the plants in your landscape. In the spring, plants take up nutrients and spend much of their energy producing new foliage and seeds. During the summer months, plants begin to store water as heat and drought stress may occur. In the fall, plants being to transfer nutrients into the root system for storage over winter.

Our fertilization program will match the growing cycle of the plants and foliage as the plant needs change. A healthy tree and shrub program will greatly increase color, longevity, and curb appeal of your property!

Bed Care

During your regularly scheduled lawn care treatment, you may ask your technician to spray the weeds growing in the landscape beds. While this can be done, special products need to be used to ensure your flowers and other desired plants are not harmed by any weed control products. If you wish for our technician to spray for weed in your landscape beds, an additional charge will be added to your account. 

We apply a special pre-emergent herbicide and fertilizer to your landscape bed to help keep many weeds from growing in your landscaping. Please keep in mind that as you add new mulch, dig in the soil, or disturb the protective barrier made by the products we use, some weeds will grow between applications. Some hand pulling will still be required as the weeds die after the application. Because your landscape is such a delicate area, sometimes weeds will not be able to be properly sprayed as they might be too close or even in with desired plants.

Emerald Ash Borer

Over the last few years, the Emerald Ash Borer has destroyed millions of ash tress across the United States. Here in the Wabash Valley, we can see the damage first hand almost anywhere we go. From local parks to subdivision tree rows, ash trees are being destroyed by this invasive insect. The city of Indianapolis will be spending almost $20,000,000 just to remove all of the dead ash trees from this insect. The average cost of tree removal is around $1,000. The cost to replace a fully grown tree cannot really be measured.

We are trained to identify Emerald Ash Borer damage and know the best methods to treat your ash trees. From direct injection into the tree trunk to deep root soil drenching, we can provide your ash trees with the protection it needs.

If you do not treat your ash trees, they will become infested with the Emerald Ash Borer and will die within just a few years after being first infested. Treatment after a tree has been infested can save a tree, but remember that the part of the tree that has already died will never recover.

Lawn Fertilization and Weed Control

Lawn Care

At Bowman’s Pro Turf, LLC., we realize that no two lawns are alike. Therefore, we carry a variety of products on our trucks at all times. This allows us to custom tailor a program to fit your lawn and soil requirements while staying in tune with changing weather conditions. Our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs are designed to create a healthy and beautiful lawn by improving plant strength and density to control weed, insect and disease attacks with minimum pesticide use. Pest control materials are carefully selected and applied to minimize risk to human health, beneficial and non-targeted organisms, and the environment.

Healthy Basic Lawn Program Schedule

Our preferred and most popular lawn care program is called the Health Basic Lawn Program. Below is a summary of what is provided through this service.

Lawn applications begin in early March and run through mid-December, applied at six- to eight-week intervals. Our recommended full-service IPM program consists of five applications of balanced fertilizer, broadleaf weed control, crabgrass pre-emergent and surface insect control. Surface insect control is for the management of turf destroying insects like sod web worms and army caterpillars. (Nutsedge & disease treatments are available for an additional charge.) Free service calls and on-site consultations are included in our Healthy Basic Lawn Program.

Early Spring
Granular, slow-release fertilizer
Crabgrass pre-emergent
IPM program


Spring
Granular, slow-release fertilizer
Broadleaf weed control
Surface insect control*
IPM program


Summer
Granular, slow-release fertilizer
Broadleaf weed control
Surface insect control*
IPM program


Fall
Granular, slow-release fertilizer
Broadleaf weed control
Surface insect control*
IPM program


Winter
Heavy rate of granular fertilizer for winter feeding
Broadleaf weed control
IPM program

*We will apply insecticide to the lawn if army caterpillars or sod web worms are present.

Fertilizer

We specially select slow-release, granular fertilizers to provide a steady source of food throughout the growing season, which is an excellent value to you and your lawn. Fertilizers are refined and upgraded products of nature obtained from synthetic processes, natural mineral deposits, by-products and organic sources containing plant food elements such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potash and many other essential nutrients. Fertilizers contain nothing that is not already present in productive soil. Your lawn is a living, breathing organism. It required food and water to survive. By supplying your lawn with the right amount of fertilizers and nutrition, you will notice significant improvement in overall health of your turf.

Weed Control

Different weeds will grow in your lawn throughout the year. As the weeds in your lawn change, we also change our products to specifically target these actively growing weeds. We manage our weed control program by monitoring these growing conditions and making adjustments to the products we select throughout the year.

When we apply the first application with crabgrass pre-emergent, the temperatures may likely be too cold to safely and effectively apply a weed herbicide. While it may be annoying to see a few weeds in your lawn between the first and second application, know that it is for the safety of your lawn that we do not apply products when they are not labeled for use. As soon as the temperatures allow, we begin spraying for weeds (usually April 1st).

Some weeds are easy to eradicate, while some may take repeated treatments. Post-emergent controls will be applied to broadleaf weeds actively growing in your lawn as needed throughout the year. Springtime applications of pre-emergent crabgrass control will be applied before germination begins. All weed control products are applied through IPM strategies.

Insect Control

Insects can destroy a lawn in a very short time. Applying controls for these grass-attacking insects is part of your regular program. This sometimes requires the careful and responsible use of effective pesticides through IPM strategies. Every material we use is selected to deliver the best solution to a specific problem. Safety to you and your family is our commitment. (Grub prevention applications – extra charge.)

Lab Testing

Sometimes we encounter scenarios where there is something unusual happening in either the lawn or landscaping. To provide a definitive answer, we will send plant samples to Purdue University Plant Diagnostic Laboratory for testing. When lab testing is requested, a small charge may be added to your account to cover the cost of testing and shipping.

Mosquito Control

Our mosquito control program works to protect you and your family from dangerous and annoying mosquito bites. We schedule our treatments every 30 days beginning in May and going through September. By utilizing an ultra-low volume backpack mister, we are able to create a barrier around areas you spend your time outdoors. We are also able to treat landscape water features with insect growth inhibitors that will prevent larvae from undergoing metamorphosis to grown adult mosquitos.

West Nile Virus

Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Even a small bucket that has stagnant water in it for seven days can become home to up to 1,000 mosquitoes.

West Nile virus is transmitted to a human by a mosquito that has first bitten an infected bird. A person who is bitten by an infected mosquito may show symptoms from 3 to 15 days after the bite.

Culex mosquitoes, which can carry the West Nile virus, breed in places like ditches, open septic systems, discarded tires, unused wading pools, and other assorted containers, particularly if they are in the shade. In urban areas, many sewer catch basins can be found holding not only water but also thousands of Culex larvae and pupae.

Map of counties with West Nile Virus infected mosquitoes.

Additional Tips To Protect Your Home

While the treatments are very effective, there are some guidelines that we ask all customers to follow for the best results.

  • Keep all landscaping well maintained and trimmed to a reasonable height. Overgrown bushes or debris around your home create a great breeding ground and harborage for mosquitos.
  • Properly dispose of old tires or plastic bottles. Debris and trash can keep water even in the middle of a hot summer. These become dangerous breeding grounds for mosquitos.
  • Mow your lawn or property on a regular schedule.
  • Use an insect repellant containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide).
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials to keep mosquitoes away from the skin.
  • Make sure all windows and doors have screens, and that all screens are in good repair.
  • Cleaning clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug up the drains. Roof gutters are easily overlooked but can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.
  • Aerating ornamental pools, or stocking them with predatory fish. Water gardens are fashionable but become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.
  • Turning over plastic wading pools when not in use. A wading pool becomes a mosquito producer if it is not used on a regular basis.
  • Turning over wheelbarrows and not allowing water to stagnate in birdbaths. Both provide breeding habitat for domestic mosquitoes.
  • Cleaning and chlorinating swimming pools that are not being used. A swimming pool that is left untended by a family that goes on vacation for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Be aware that mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers.
  • Using landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. Mosquitoes will develop in any puddle that lasts for more than four days.

For more information about mosquito safety and mosquito-borne diseases, visit https://www.in.gov/isdh/23592.htm.

Our mosquito control program is a great start to protecting your property from mosquito and mosquito-borne diseases. While we can guarantee our program works, we need to be very clear that west nile virus can still be contracted from other properties.

Services

We provide several services that will help you protect the investment in your home. Specially designed lawn care programs, pest control, termite control, and tree and shrub care, we can help provide programs for you to meet your specific needs.

To learn more about each of our services, click on the bold title above each description!

Please note that as an industry standard, all of our services automatically renew from year to year. Unless you contact us to change, add, or cancel your services, we will continue our work until we hear from you.

Lawn Care

No two lawns are the same! Our specially designed lawn program is tailored to meet your needs. Each treatment is specially designed for the time of year it is applied. Our program is known to produce lasting results.

Mosquito Control

Mosquitos are the Center for Disease Control’s biggest concern. In Indiana, almost every county has tested positive for mosquitos carrying the West Nile Virus. Every county in the Wabash Valley has had confirmed cases! We offer a complete mosquito control package for your property. Take back your backyard and enjoy being outdoors again!

Seeding & Core Aeration

Every year between August 15 and September 30, we offer seeding and core aeration. We know the best time to seed is during that small window in late summer and early fall.

Aeration provides benefits such as improved air and water flow, stronger root system, and less soil compaction. Consider aeration for healthier turf.

Liquid Aeration

Over the years, mechanical core aeration has been the preferred method to aerate lawns. While it does provide a needed benefit to the soil by opening the root system, it only is able to affect about 20% of the total lawn. We combine two products from the Green County Fertilizer Company to provide this organic solution to your lawn.

Tree, Shrub, and Bed Care

Our tree and shrub care program focuses on insect and disease control. Beautiful landscaping requires constant upkeep. If you notice insect damage or diseases attacking your plants, let us know!

Pest Control

You live inside and bugs live outside. We can help you keep it that way! Our perimeter pest control plan protects your home with a barrier to keep bugs outside. We apply either a liquid or granular insecticide around your home, windows, doors, and eaves to limit access of these pests to your home.

We also offer treatment for grubs.

Lab Testing

Sometimes we encounter scenarios where there is something unusual happening in either the lawn or landscaping. To provide a definitive answer, we will send plant samples to the Purdue University Plant Diagnostic Laboratory for testing. When lab testing is requested, a small charge may be added to your account to cover the cost of testing and shipping.

EPA Issues Final Glyphosate Mitigation

Every 15 years, pesticides go under review by the EPA to retain their registration. Glyphosate has been under review and the results have been posted by the EPA. Their conclusion was not a surprise to anyone in the industry.

Unfortunately, many people are falling for the adds on TV regarding the pending lawsuits to get your share of the pie.

In our business, glyphosate is probably one of the least used products in our inventory. Glyphosate plays a giant role in agriculture. Regulatory bans on glyphosate will change farming. Here are some things to understand when you hear about these issues.

-Both Agriculture and Turf professionals utilize the IPM principal when applying products. This stands for Integrated Pest Management. When following this method of chemical use, we do things culturally, environmentally, and chemically to get the best results. The end result is always the least amount of pesticides are used. EPCOT even has a ride all about this…

-When asked, “Are you spraying RoundUp on my lawn?” the answer is “no.” RoundUp is one of many products on the market.

– RoundUp is a brand name. RoundUp has many different formulations for different purposes.

-Glyphosate is not in every herbicide.

-Glyphosate is the active ingredient that has been targetted in the cases.

-Glyphosate is the most used herbicide in agriculture. It is formulated to target invasive species in farm fields, right of ways, utility lines, and so on.

-Glyphosate has very little residual toxicity after the product is applied. This means it does not stay in the soil for very long before breaking down.

-When used according to the label and law and with proper personal protection, a handler and applicator have nothing to fear.

– Other agencies in agreement with the EPA include the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency, The Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority, The European Food Safety Authority, and the Germon Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

We have read the EPA statement and dug a little deeper into their research. The agency that has listed glyphosate as a “probable cause of cancer” has only ever listed 1 product as “likely not to cause cancer.” Every other product, food item, or thing they have tested, according to them, will probably cause cancer. According to them, we should all have cancer by now from everything.

Here is the link to the press release. In this, you will find more information about the decision. Please read and click on the additional link. You will then find a 216-page document about the research that was conducted.

https://www.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products/interim-registration-review-decision-and-responses-public

Our 2018 Year End Review

The 2018 growing season has come to an end but we are still very busy preparing for 2019. We want to share some of the highlights from our year and reflect on some important things that we have learned that can make your lawn healthier for the coming season.

Thank you!

We are thankful for the Wabash Valley that has allowed us to serve you since 1987! Your faith in our family business means the world to us and we are always working hard to be the best we can be.

We are thankful for our great team of employees. Each one of them adds something to our organization that cannot be taken for granted. Two of our team members have made this their second career after their honorable service in the Indiana Air National Guard.

We are thankful for Dennis and Christine Bowman who had the vision in 1987 to build this business from the ground up to where it is today. As a second generation family owned and operated business, we are proud of our roots and what got us to where we are today.

Training

We had a great year of continuing our education in the lawn care industry. We were very fortunate to attend multiple seminars throughout the year. These training included:

Real Green Users Conference (Real Green is the computer program we use that manages our invoices and customer database)
Advanced Turf Solutions Winter Education Seminar
MRTF Summer Workshop
IPLLA Summer Field Day
Green Industry Expo and Trade Show
IPLLA Winter Workshop

These educational opportunities provide us with resources and materials that we use to continue to improve our lawn care practices.

Lawn Tips

We rely on our customers communicate with us regarding any changes you notice in your lawn. Lawns also require proper cultural practices to ensure the work that we are doing gives your lawn the most benefit. Please review the following expectations and contact us if you have any questions.

Our expectations from you, the customer:

  • Mow the lawn no shorter than 3.5 inches. Keeping the grass tall provides a stronger root system for the turf and allows for greater disease, drought, and heat tolerance. We never recommend mowing shorter than 3.5 inches for any reason.
  • Do not bag mowing clippings when mowing. Always return clippings to the lawn as it will continue to provide up to 30% of the nutrition back into the ecosystem.
  • Wait at least 24 hours after an application to mow the lawn. This is vital for the herbicide applications! The herbicide needs to work through the vascular system of the plant and into the root before mowing occurs.
  • Irrigate when possible. Lawns require 1.5 inches of water per week to actively grow. Long durations of drought stress will cause the lawn to go dormant and make it harder to identify if there are other issues such as disease or insect damage.
  • Communicate with us. As mentioned above, we need your help when situations arise in your lawn. As soon as you notice something that looks strange or out of place, let us know. Sometimes, waiting a few months for things to “improve on their own” only makes the situation worse. Never hold in your frustration with nature when most things are a simple fix if addressed early.

What you should expect from us, the lawn care professionals:

  • All jobs will be completed as agreed upon based on the estimate form and property lines confirmed by the customer.
  • All laws and regulations regarding the use and application of our products are followed exactly as specified by the Office of Indiana State Chemist and product labels.
  • Only licensed technicians will perform any kind of work on your property.
  • We stay up to date on all liability insurance. Copy of coverage is available upon request.
  • All issues brought to our attention will be handled in a timely and professional manner.
  • If there is ever any question, we will submit soil, turf, and plant samples for further testing to the Purdue University Pest and Plant Diagnostic Laboratory.
  • Everything we do on your property is backed by science and carefully considered before any application is made.

2019 Services

We are very excited to get our 2019 season underway. As new technology becomes available, we are always adding to our program to provide improved services.

Please remember that our services continue from season to season. Should you wish to cancel, change, or add to your program, please contact our office. Opting out of prepaying for the season does not indicate your intention to cancel services for the 2019 season.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you for the many great years of business and we look forward to the many years to come.