Chinch bug ALERT

At this time of the year many lawns can show the effects of hairy chinch bug infestation. A picture of lawn damage caused by chinch bugs.Small, dead brown patches in turf grass are the result of their feeding.

Damage is caused from the bugs feeding on the sap in the grass blades. Grass blades turn yellow and then become brown and die.

Adult chinch bugs A picture of an adult chinch bug. have a very distinct marking caused by the coloring on their wings. It looks like a small, about 4mm in size, black insect with a white “X” on it’s back. Immature chinch bugs will look red with a white stripe.

As the chinch bugs mature and breed, more and more turf may become brown and die. They thrive in hot temperatures and prefer full sun. You may see the damage stop at a shade line but they will progress into the shade. A picture showing the size of an adult chinch bug.If left untreated they can and will kill an entire lawn. Common hosts are bluegrass, fescues, bentgrass, and zoysiagrass.

If you think you may have chinch bugs in your lawn please call (724) 698-5515 and set up an appointment to diagnose and treat your issue.

Paying sales tax on lawn care

Recently more than one customer has asked me why I charge tax on mowing. The implication was that there is no tax on services in PA.

What does the law say about paying taxes on mowing? Let’s find out …

PA code ยง 55.6. Lawn care services part (c)(2) states that mowing is a taxable service in Pennsylvania.

The following are taxable lawn care services:

  • Fertilizing lawns.
  • Mowing, trimming, cutting or edging lawns.
  • Dethatching lawns.
  • Applying herbicides, insecticides or fungicides to lawns.
  • Raking grass on lawns.
  • Applying treatments for weed, pest, insect or disease control to lawns.
  • Watering lawns.
  • Applying lime to lawns.
  • Aerating lawns.

I do follow the state code and I do charge sales tax for my services. If you are not paying sales tax to your lawn care provider then they are most likely neither licensed nor insured.