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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.

YouTube ProLawnPlus WBAL Pet Info


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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Lawn grub damage

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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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Lawn mushroom

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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Lesions on Grass Blades

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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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