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Planting Seasonal Color

Fall is here and you are probably getting ready to add your seasonal color.  What you need to be aware of is the weather.  It’s still pretty warm and with is being so warm the flowers haven’t hit their full growth.

As you see in the video, we went to a local grower in town and their flowers still aren’t bloomed.  There are flowers grow locally.  What you need to be aware of is when you walk into a Lowes or Home Depot and you see fully bloomed flowers.  That means those flowers have been grown elsewhere and have adapted to that weather.  These plants have had the opportunity to root and grow faster.  What concerns me is when you take those flowers and plant them in our current weather conditions, you will have some loss. We want to encourage you to keep an eye on the weather.  Wait until you see where the weather consistently drops, when it gets ideal for the best chance of survival.

If you have any questions about where to buy, what to buy… just let us know.  We’d love to help you out.  Have a great day!

January Newsletter

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 January Newsletter

We hope your your holidays were great!  As the new year rolls around we are trying to find more ways to provide you with the best lawn care and landscaping service possible.  One of those ways is through quality communication.

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We are going to start a consistent monthly new letter to keep you informed about whats happening in that month as far as services.  When we have special deals or raffles taking place this is how you will be informed.  It will also have pointers and tips if you choose to perform certain task on your own.  We understand that not everyone wants to get these and respect that.  If this is the case and you would like to opt out and not receive anymore newsletters from us simply CLICK HERE.  Thank you again for all of your support and we look forward to another great year with you!

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January – Prepare for the Freeze

Recently our temperatures have been dipping well below freezing and as most of you know this can cause a problem with you irrigation system if it isn’t winterized properly.  Most of the problems you will see occur at the vacuum breaker.  This is the upside down U shaped pipe, usually made of copper, that comes out of the ground typically on the side of the house.  When the water isn’t drained out of the pipes it can freeze and bust the pipes.  This can result in repairs that range from a range of $50.00-$500.00 depending on the extent of the damage.  Just because the temperatures drop below freezing doesn’t mean the pipes will rupture however the cost of repairs isn’t worth the time to properly winterize the system.  To learn more about the proper way to winterize your sprinkler system watch the video below.  Or if you would like to have us take care of this for you feel free to call our office of go to our web site and submit a request.  Thank you again and have a great day!

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Garrett Matthews
(318) 286-0967
info@matthewslandscape.com

Matthews Landscape, LLC
381 Mt. Zion Rd
Shreveport, Louisiana 71106
(318) 230-2585

A Healthy Environment Starts in Your Own Backyard

There’s a great slogan that’s been running around for several years now, within the environmental movement as well as others: “think globally, act locally”. What if you could do something for your local environment and your community that also increased your own happiness, gave your friends and family enjoyment, and added to the value of your real estate? If that sounds like a win all around, you’re right! And it all starts with a healthy lawn.

A truly healthy lawn is more than just green grass for people to play on and make your backyard look pretty. It helps to keep the air clean, prevents the erosion of topsoil, filters out contaminants in rainwater, it even absorbs air pollutants! It’s also an entire ecosystem unto itself, providing food and shelter for all kinds of wildlife, from earthworms to bugs to birds and other animals. This doesn’t mean you have to let bugs and weeds take over your yard – far from it. But a well cared for, strong, and healthy lawn will deal with most bugs and weeds naturally, decreasing or even eliminating the need for harsh pesticides or weed killers.

With years of experience in lawn care, landscape maintenance, lawn fertilization and irrigation service, Matthews Landscape, LLC in Shreveport, Louisiana specializes in keeping your property looking its best. We offer a broad range of techniques and work hard with our in-house technicians and horticulturists to bring you a well-rounded approach to your home or business.

Thatch Control & Soil Compaction

Thatch Control & Soil Compaction in Shreveport Bossier City Lawn Care

Soil compaction and excessive thatch has become a problem in many lawns in Shreveport Bossier City.  Both are easily treated issues that Matthews Landscape has the equipment and knowledge to handle.  Ask for your Free Estimate today to have these problems taken care of.

Thatch is a tight layer of organic debris existing between the grass and soil surface. It is composed primarily of products from stems, leafs and roots that are fairly resistant to decay. Although a little thatch improves the wear tolerance of a lawn, excessive thatch allows for disease organisms and insects making the lawn more susceptible to damage from disease and drought.

 

(Reference Picture Above)Thatch is the layer of
un-decomposed and partially decomposed
plant material tightly interwoven with living
tissue between the soil surface and green
vegetation.

In many lawns, organic debris is produced faster than it can decompose and thatch starts to develop. Multiple factors determine the speed of thatch development by affecting how fast the organic matter is produced.  Infrequently mowing or allowing grass to grow too tall before mowing is the major factor to this happening.  Also compacted soil conditions leading to shallow root development is a problem.

Mechanical removal of thatch can be best achieved with a vertical mower (also called a power rake). These machines have steel knife-like or spring-like tines that rotate perpendicular to the ground surface. To be effective they should be set so the tines bring a small amount of soil to the surface with the thatch debris. Vertical mowing results in a large volume of debris that must be removed from the lawn. Disposal of this debris sometimes presents a problem as you will need a large trailer to haul it off.

The best time for vertical mowing is usually between June and October because grass is growing vigorously then and should recover quickly from any damage. In addition, few weed seeds germinate at that time. A light application of fertilizer  and regular watering will speed the lawn’s recovery after vertical mowing.

Soil Compaction is a problem that occurs in your lawn due to heavy traffic such as a lawn mower.  It can also occur from the extreme heat drying out the soil causing the ground to become very hard.  Compacted soil can lead to shallow roots systems in you grass and create thin and weak looking turf.

Aerification of compacted soils promotes better moisture and air penetration into roots. It helps to establish a deeper and healthier root system and stimulates activity involved in feeding the grass. To be effective, the aerifier must have hollow tines or spoons that bring the cores of soil to the surface.  It’s best to run a core aerifier over the lawn in different directions to break up compacted soil as much as possible.  Allow the cores to sit on the surface and crumble apart over time. This “top dresses” the grass with soil containing desired micro-organisms that will work at decomposing thatch.

The best time to aerate is between July and October.  Spring or summer aerification can also be successful, especially when followed with regular, frequent watering.  Follow up with an application of per-emergence herbicide after aerifying to help prevent annual weeds from sprouting.

 

 (Reference Picture Above) An aerifier takes plugs out of the
ground, leaving holes approximately one-
half inch in diameter and up to three
inches deep.