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Pro-Lawn-Plus provides expert lawn care services including lawn fertilizer, lawn weed control, crabgrass control, flea and tick control, aeration and seeding. For more than 35 years we have served Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County in Maryland.

Put a Stop to Grass-Destroying Grubs

Spring is finally here, and along with the beautiful weather and green lawns come the inevitable pests. Per the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pests cause more than 200 million dollars’ worth of turf damage annually! One of the main culprits? White grubs, inconspicuous pests that do their damage under cover. Don’t let your lawn be part of the statistic; learn a little about this pest to limit your chances of serious lawn destruction this season!

Know Your Sneaky Pest

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Grubs are the larvae stage of several types of beetles, two of which are well-known to most of us as the Japanese beetle and the June bug. Both prefer sunny lawns with moist soil and are especially attracted to lawns that are watered regularly during the hot and dry periods. During mid and late summer, the beetles are ready to lay their eggs underground, leaving them to hatch into young grubs amongst the grass roots. This allows the hungry little grubs to feast on your lawn’s succulent roots. What’s good for the grubs’ growth is detrimental to your lawn! They continue feasting through the fall, and that’s when they do the most damage. As winter approaches, they dig down as deep as one foot, escaping from the cold and becoming inactive for the winter. In the spring, they become active again, and continue to dine on your lawn’s roots. This seasonal cycle continues for three years until the grubs reach maturity. They then become beetles and fly into your garden for a different type of meal, and so the cycle continues.   

Evidence of Grub Damage

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If you have wildlife (such as racoons and skunks) digging up your lawn at night, they may be after a yummy snack of grubs. Once grass roots are gone, they don’t grow back, causing dry brown patches of grass. These brown grass areas may feel spongy when you walk on them. You can investigate further by checking the root zone of the sod. Peel back the sod: if it lifts easily, that’s never a good sign, but it may not mean you’re infested with grubs. You’ll need to look for them closely; they’re white and about a half-inch in length with a dark head and legs, and when disturbed they curl into a C-shape. If you find one or two just below the lifted sod, go a little further, digging down another one to two inches. If you find more than three or four grubs within a square foot area, your lawn is infested, and you’ll need help! Once you see the damage, it’s far too late to control. Additionally, the damaged area will not recover because the root system is dead.

Successfully Treating a Grub Infestation

You found grubs, so now what?  Many homeowners attempt to treat the problem themselves, with varying degrees of success. The process can be quite demanding; treatment of grubs is ongoing, not a one-and-done pesticide application. Treatments applied by professionals tend to be much more successful, and there are various pesticides that can be used. Our licensed and experienced professionals know lawns and the pests that infest them. You can rely on ProLawnPlus to choose the correct treatment for your lawn, and we always keep your children and pets’ wellbeing in mind.       

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2019 Winter Letter

January 2019

Dear Valued Customer,

We want to thank you for your business in 2018, our 40th year! We are excited to work with you again in 2019!



As you know, 2018 was one of the wettest years on record in the Baltimore. This made it very challenging for anyone who does outside work to complete it in a timely fashion. We had an overwhelming demand for fall seeding in 2018 and because of the weather, we had many days when we could not get our aeration and seeding equipment on lawns. In the future, we will be trying to get our seeding sold earlier in the year so we can schedule them in advance and meet the demand. If you are not already scheduled for aeration/seeding and think you will want it done this fall, please let us know so we can give you a price and get you in the schedule. We are generally booked for seeding by August 15th.

In addition to aeration/seeding, we offer a Mosquito Control Program, a Flea & Tick control to help prevent Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses, Organic Root Stimulant to help improve root development, Perimeter Pest Control to help protect your home from insect invasion and a Tree & Shrub Program. Please call our office to speak to our knowledgeable staff or visit our website ( for more information or a free estimate.

Please note that on our website, you can pay your bill, set up auto-pay, see what services you have scheduled, refer friends or send us a note.  Click on the tab that says, “Log In To Your Account” and set up your account. We appreciate any referrals you give us. As a show of our appreciation, if any of your referrals sign up with us, we will credit your account $25.00. Also, the customer you refer would get a $25.00 credit off of their first treatment.

Again, if you have any questions about what program(s) might be best for you, please call or email us. Be assured that our goal is to provide you with a beautiful lawn and/or landscape by giving you the best possible service in a professional manner using the safest materials possible.

Very Truly Yours,

Mark I. Schlossberg




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Mosquito Control

Nothing interrupts a pleasant evening quite like a mosquito buzzing around your ear. Mosquitoes are certainly annoying, and their bites can be aggravating – but they can also carry West Nile or Zika Virus, which makes them a more serious health and safety concern.

The mosquito has quite an awful reputation. It has been called the biggest killer on the planet and the most deadly animal in the world. With just one bite it can cause great havoc by spreading devastating illnesses like West Nile Virus, Encephalitis, Malaria, Chikungunya and even Heartworm in pets.

These threats are becoming more and more of a concern locally. WBAL and other news outlets have done stories like this one discussing the pests and health risks associated with them.

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Our mosquito control program consists of 3-4 sprays to ensure control all season. We start by checking the entire area to eliminate standing water that mosquitoes need to breed. We then apply a barrier spray, using a mist blower, in order to repel mosquitoes in the future.

Call (410) 825-8873 or email us today to request a free estimate for service.

A manager will visit, evaluate your property and leave you an estimate for service.

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Lawn Grubs

Grubs have been forced lower into the soil due to the drought conditions we’ve faced late Summer this year. With the recent wet weather, they will return to the surface and start to feed on lawns. Be on the lookout for brown areas in your lawn that are easily pulled up. See video below.

Most grub damage occurs in September and early October. The optimal time to prevent grubs is from late April through mid-July. Curative treatments in August through October are less effective and require immediate irrigation for effective results.

Grubs can cause severe damage to lawns in Maryland. They are the larvae of several species of beetles but the most common here in Maryland is the Japanese Beetle grub. Their life cycle takes one year to complete. The beetles emerge from the soil in late June/early July and feed on trees and shrubs. During July and into early August, they mate and lay eggs in the soil. The eggs hatch in August and begin feeding on turfgrass roots, especially when there is adequate soil moisture.

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Summer Weeds

Weeds that appear in hot summer weather are some of the toughest to control. They germinate when your lawn is under stress from heat, humidity and drought and thrive under these conditions. Some summer weeds are grass like and are not susceptible to ‘normal’ weed control measures.  Here are some of the weeds you will be seeing during these hot summer months.


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If a bright, yellow-green, grass-like weed is detracting from your lawn’s beauty, there’s a good chance that you’re dealing with nutsedge.  Nutsedge is a yellow-green warm season perennial. It has upright, grass-like leaves with a glossy upper surface and dull lower surface that emerge from the base of the plant. The leaves are 1/8 to 1/2 inch wide, up to 3 feet long, and have parallel veins with a prominent midvein.  Its flat topped, burr-like flowers occur July to September and are affixed to the end of a stout triangular stem. It grows in all soil types, especially moist ones, but does not tolerate shade.

Nutsedge is a perennial weed that is hard to eliminate, mainly because it reproduces itself from tubers beneath the soil. If you hand-pull nutsedge, the tuber is usually left behind and will regerminate. Nutsedge grows quickly in low, wet soil. Left unchecked, it will grow as tall as 2-3 feet! Pro-Lawn-Plus’s 5 Treatment program includes a summer weed spray, that helps control  nutsedge.  But in lawns with an abundance of nutsedge, it is usually necessary to add one or two supplemental treatments.

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Dallisgrass is a light green warm season perennial. It spreads upright forming clumps with leaves that are about 1/2 inch wide. It germinates in 60 to 65 degree soils, and although it thrives in the hot and humid south, it can be found all the way up to Maryland. The best way to remove this plant is by pulling out the clumps with your hands or a small garden tool since no herbicide is currently labeled to selectively control it.

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Spotted Spurge


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Spotted Spurge is a summer annual that produces seeds in 60 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. From a central taproot, it grows a flat, extensively-branched mat up to 2 feet in diameter. The stems leak a milky sap when broken. Its leaves are small, oval and up to 3/5 inch long. They can be purple spotted and hairy. Flowers occur June to October and are small and cup shaped. It is found in thin, drought-stressed soil in hot climates and closely mowed grass. This weed is resistant to many weed control products. To minimize Spotted Spurge, water deeply, aerate your lawn, fertilize in autumn and avoid close mowing.

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For information about these and other weeds, visit the Difficult to control weeds section of our website .

ProLawn Plus’s Exclusive Five Treatment Lawn Care Program will leave you with the best looking lawn on the block! Add to that our tree and shrub care and perimeter pest control services and you have the best lawn care and landscape service in the area. Contact Us

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Lawn Mushrooms

Though we can’t control mushrooms directly, there are management practices that can reduce them.

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Mushrooms in your lawn call for different measures than standard lawn weed control. Mushrooms are classified as fungi, rather than weeds. Most mushroom-producing fungi in lawns are actually beneficial, because they break down organic matter, releasing nutrients that promote plant growth.

Mushrooms found in lawns often grow in areas where there are dead tree roots, excess thatch, or other organic matter. These mushrooms are usually harmless to grasses, but some people don’t like the look of them in the grass or want to get rid of them because children play in the area. Many of these mushrooms are associated with over irrigation, poor drainage or excess thatch. Removing excess thatch and aerating the soil to improve drainage as part of a lawn care program may help. There are many different types of fungus and molds. Have you ever seen the lovely sight of the “Dog Vomit Fungus” growing in a mulched area ? Click for more info


Extensive areas of fungi in your lawn, with or without mushrooms, may require more aggressive management. Give ProLawn Plus a call today for a free lawn care estimate. We will provide a complete lawn analysis and recommendations to rid your lawn of mushrooms and other fungi, allowing your lawn to be able to grow to its full potential.


ProLawnPlus provides professional lawn care and tree/shrub services for Maryland residents in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, in addition to portions of Harford and Carroll Counties.

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Brown Patch Lawn Disease

Brown Patch disease (Rhizoctonia spp.) occurs in Maryland in warm, humid weather. The combination of daytime temperatures that are over 85°F and nighttime temperatures that stay above 65° F  with little air flow leaving the grass moist  for over eight hours are the perfect conditions for this turf disease.  You can identify Brown Patch by its symptoms.  Light tan lesions with dark brown edges across the middle or tips of the grass blades are signs you might have Brown Patch. On mornings with abundant dew, you will actually be able to see the signs of the fungal mycelium which look like cottony structures.

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It is mainly a problem on improved varieties of Tall Fescue. If you have a variety that is especially susceptible to Brown Patch disease and the ideal environmental conditions are expected for an extended period of time, you might need to have your lawn treated with a fungicide to avoid having to reseed the lawn in the fall. However, if a cold front is expected within a few days to lower the humidity and nighttime temperatures, it may not be necessary to spray.

If you suspect you have brown patch, avoid nighttime watering if you can. Afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms on a humid night set up the ideal conditions for Brown Patch disease.  More information on Brown Patch UMD

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Lawn Care Benefits

A healthy, well maintained lawn has many benefits. It’s not just about getting a green lawn. Properly timed and applied fertilizer actually protects the Chesapeake Bay by providing dense root mass that stops soil erosion and leaching of the fertilizer. A healthy lawn is an excellent sequester of carbon, provides noise and dust reduction and a safe playing area for kids.

Did you know that a lawn area just 50-ft square absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and releases enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe? Or that the grass and trees along the U.S. interstate highway system release enough oxygen to support 22 million people! That green patch of earth under your feet is not only beautiful, it’s environmentally beneficial.

Scientific research has documented the many benefits of turfgrass to our environment. Today’s improved turfgrass varieties are very effective in reducing pollution. A thick healthy lawn traps and removes dust and dirt from the air. It also acts as a natural filter, reducing pollution by purifying the water passing through its root zone. The clean gentle strength of turfgrass is the most cost-effective method for controlling wind and water erosion. A thick, healthy Pro-Lawn-Plus lawn absorbs rainfall and prevents major run off.

Lawn care benefitsAnother often overlooked benefit of a healthy lawn is its tremendous cooling effect! On a hot summer day, lawns will be 30 degrees cooler than asphalt and 14 degrees cooler than bare soil. The front lawns of eight houses have the cooling effect of about 70 tons of air conditioning. That’s amazing when the average home has an air conditioner with just a three or four ton capacity. The cooling effect of irrigated turf reduces the amount of fuel that must be burned to provide the electricity which powers air conditioners.

A well maintained lawn can also enhance the “curb appeal” of your home, adding as much as 15% to the value, while providing a natural and safe setting for fun and games. The soft resilient surface of turfgrass is the safest and least expensive place to play. From backyard games to the NFL, athletes of all sizes prefer the green cushion of turfgrass. A healthy, thick lawn quietly adds to the beauty of our lives and even our mental and physical health. As you can see, the satisfaction of creating a beautiful lawn can be rewarding for you and the environment.

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Spring Lawn Care


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Spring Lawn Care

After a long, cold winter we are looking forward to getting started on spring treatments next week. Time to start thinking about spring lawn care! ProLawnPlus provides expert lawn care services including lawn fertilizer, lawn weed control, crabgrass control, flea and tick control, aeration and seeding. For more than 35 years we have served Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County in Maryland.

We’re locally owned and operated.

This local “flavor” allows us to get to know you and your lawn so we can customize your treatments as needed. Want us to call a day before we come out? We can do that. Do you want an Organic Lawn treatment? We can do that. We’re your neighbor, so we want what’s right for you.


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Our environmentally friendly lawn care programs will help you get a thicker, healthier lawn.

ProLawn Plus’s Exclusive Five Treatment Lawn Care Program will leave you with the best looking lawn on the block! Add to that our tree and shrub care and perimeter pest control services and you have the best lawn care and landscape service in the area.

We take pride in providing you with the best looking lawn and best customer service possible. We also have numerous lawn care videos and educational documents on grasses, weeds and lawns available to help you understand how to care for your lawn.

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Fall Leaf Removal Tips


Fall leaf removalIt may not be as fun as it use to be to rake leaves in your lawn. But it is necessary to get the leaves off your lawn as soon as possible. If you wait until all the trees in your yard are bare, it could be too late. The leaves will become wet from rain and morning dew, stick together, and form an impenetrable mat that will suffocate the grass below and possibly breed fungal diseases. An alternative to raking leaves is to use a lawnmower fitted with a collection bag or vacuum system.  Regardless of whether you use a rake or a lawnmower, just be sure to remove the leaves before they turn into a soggy, suffocating mess. Another alternative is to mulch the leaves into the lawn.


If you’ve got a large yard and you use a riding lawn mower, try leaf mulching. When the leaves are dry, drive over them with your lawn mower. The mower chops them up and returns the smaller leaf pieces to the lawn. Leaf mulching with a mower doesn’t negatively affect turf performance, and it is a time-efficient way to get rid of those leaves, which can damage your lawn. Maintaining a leaf-free yard this fall can help assure a healthy lawn come spring.  It may seem like a thankless task, the leaves just continue to fall, littering your lawn with more leaves. But come Spring, your lawn will be thanking you!

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