Wanna spruce up your patio with color but have no yard space to plant flowers??? Pots with mixed plants always make a great addition to your patio. Try mixing different colors and plants to add some variety. Depending on the size of your patio, try adding multiple pots with color. It will really give that pop of color your patio needs. If you have any questions, let us know! Have a great day!
Who Loves Hydrangeas?!? Such a traditional plant here in the south. They are gorgeous. Something important to remember about your hydrangeas is that they don’t favor the evening sun. Typically from lunch on – they need to be in the shade. A good time of the year to trim them is in the Oct-Nov timeframe. They are a funny flower… and will change color with any soil change. As always, if you have any questions, let us know. Y’ll have a great day!!
Hey everyone! I know we have talked a lot about aeration lately and we wanted to show you an example of what we mean by aeration and the benefits of aeration. It’s a machine with a whole bunch of spikes and we run it back and forth over the grass. It literally pokes little holes in the ground pulling the core plugs out. The core aerator will pull a solid core of the ground out and aerify the root systems, allows more water and fertilizer and will help build a better root system. Your grass looks great when the root system is healthy. If you have any questions about aeration please let us know!! Yall have a great day!
How many of you never plant flowers because you are guilty of killing them because you forgot to water??? You are in luck!!!! Portulaca Flowers are very drought tolerant. In fact, if you water too much, it can kill them! They are a flower that stays low to the ground and will spread pretty well. It has a lot of different bloom heads so they will provide you with plenty of color. So if you are scared to plant some color because of the watering process, this is the plant for you! If you have any questions, let us know! Have a great day!!
Be on the look out for Fungus!!!
The weather recently has been the perfect conditions for fungus. The moist and wet weather is always a common cause for fungus but you may not realize the temperature plays a big part as well. When there are significant differences between the highs and lows like last night, 48 to 81, it creates optimal conditions. Back yards or areas where there isn’t a lot of wind are also more prone. It’s not very practical to try and prevent fungus since the chemicals are only good for 14-15 days, plus they are expensive. The best practice is to keep a look out for the early development of fungus and when you first see it, treat it then to stop and prevent further spreading. If you have any questions or concerns, send us a picture and we will help you ID what you have and make suggestions on what to treat with!
Is your sprinkler system saving you money???
Now that it’s getting hot outside we are going to start talking more about your sprinkler system. You may not realize it, but there are several ways available to use you system effectively and save money in the process. Most propel simply give up during the summer after to many expensive water bills. That doesn’t have to be the case any more. Below is just one example of how a smart controller will not water the yard based upon predicted weather conditions. We will go over this and several other ways so stay tuned!
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They say “Variety is the spice of life!” When you go to plant your seasonal flowers this year, try something new! There are so many different types and colors of flowers that will work in our area that life doesn’t have to be boring! Remember to use different colors and sizes of flowers to add a layered look to your landscape. Put taller plants behind smaller ones and it will give you a layered look that adds extra depth and attention. Also, don’t forget when planting new flowers to give them enough room to grow and fill in the extra space. If you have any questions about types and placement, feel free to ask!
We are all about DIY projects….just not when they are done wrong. I’ll give them a A for effort but one bolt later and they still had a leaking system. A PVC cap would have cost about $1 dollar and the repair takes a few minutes once it is found. There are several different tricks of the trade that will make your job and life so much easier. Morale of the story here…do it right the first time. A little piece of info to keep in mind as well in terms of dollars saved by doing it right. If a leak is not fixed and allowed to leak all day from a single cracked pipe like this one, you could cost yourself over $100/month is additional water on your bill. Give us a call or send us a message if you have any questions about fixing anything in the yard.
We are finally starting to get some good looking color in! Despite the cooler temperatures recently, the roots have finally developed. A suggestion if you get out and plant some flowers soon is make sure you select a good plant to begin with. Make sure you pick a more developed plant that has a good root system growing. We always recommend buying the 4 inch pot plants over the smaller 6 packs for this reason. Also do your homework and make sure you select a plants that is suited to the bed it’s going in. Some flowers do better with sun while others need shade. We will talk more about bed prep later but that is also very important. If you have any questions about location or types of plants, contact us today!
It’s time to start treating crape myrtles for scale!!! Per the LSU Ag testing sites the scale are officially starting to move. The treatment process we are using this year, tested by LSU, is to make two spray treatments followed by one roots soak. This is an example of the tool used to soak the roots. It’s and injectors that is pushed into the ground just deep enough to get to the feeder roots. The high pressure pump forces the insecticide into the ground and soaks the soil. The roots aboard the product and it is carried through the tree and its leaves. As the scale feeds on the tree it comes in contact with the insecticide and the rest is history. This is a great way to “control” the scale. There is still no way to guarantee getting rid of them all together. This will though handle the vast majority of them. Let us know if you have any questions about the treatments!