It’s a new year again, time waits for no one. It is cold out and the lawns are brown, trees are bare, no BBQ grills smoking with the aroma of ribs cooking and there are no flies or bees swarming around. It hasn’t been a really cold winter; maybe old man winter is waiting to hit us with those ice storms and snow at some point in the near future. We need the winter season to do his job and in a few months spring will be here to show her lovely face. Regardless, we look forward to what this year has to bring and all the lawns we can transform. We also wish you a Happy New Year and hope that your
Do we value plants for what they do or for what they look like? Landscapes are not only designed to be pretty and compliment your home, they also can be designed in a way to attract native insects and other animals. If you love being outside and like seeing butterflies and certain birds around your landscape, install plants that these animals are attracted to. These plants/trees provide food, shelter and help with reproduction for many insects and animals. They are dependent upon one another for survival. "What we plant in or landscapes determines what can live in our landscapes." -- Jeff C
What can you do when Grass will not Grow Under Trees? This is an issue for lots of people and we are asked this question often. Some grass varieties need direct sunlight in order to thrive and stay thick and healthy. The tree provides a canopy or umbrella that blocks out the sun. Grass like Bermuda requires at least 6 to 8 hours of full sun to grow at its optimal. If it does not receive that amount of sunlight, it become thin looking and your lawn can be filled with bare spots. There are some variety of grasses that can withstand some shade like Fescues and Zoysia, but some trees roots grow
Core Aeration - What you Need to Know. This procedure pulls out cores of soil from the lawn to help with compaction and help grass roots receive water, nutrients, air more efficiently. In return, this can help green up the lawn and provide for stronger roots. We usually advise to do it at least once a year because of the clay becoming so compacted overtime, it's hard for the nutrients to get down to the roots efficiently. If you want to rent your own aerator, you can rent one from Home Depot or any tool store. They have the gas powered push aerators and the tow behind aerators that you can at
Encore Azaleas, why are they called 'Encore' azaleas? Let's break it down... The definition of 'Encore' -- a repeated or additional performance of an item at the end of a concert, as called for by an audience. So why do they label these varieties of azaleas with the word 'Encore'? Most azaleas bloom once a year during springtime, but these varieties of azaleas bloom up to 3 times a year. These shrubs will produce additional *performances* of beautiful blooms for you spring, summer and fall. And while most variety of azaleas thrive in shade, 'Encore' azaleas like 4 to 6 hours of full sun to pro
When pruning trees the best time to prune them is during the winter when you can see the branches and have a better idea of which branches to remove. Pruning trees allows the tree to grow in the direction and shape you want them to grow. Pruning the bottom branches of large trees will create a natural canopy for people to walk and sit under for shade purposes.
Esthetically speaking, when edging a lawn, you create the final look of a neatly mowed lawn. The edge work defines the lawn and creates borders for shrub and flower beds creating a neater looking lawn. The main purpose is to prevent grass stems from growing on sidewalks and on street ways.