- Watering your yard during summerWe wanted to stress the importance of watering your lawn right now! Remember.... you are going to do more harm if you water your yard everyday for 15 minutes. It’s better to water your yard less frequently for longer periods of time! The objective is to completely soak the ground and then allow time to dry out. Mowing, feeding and watering are so important to your yard, especially with our high temperatures right now. If you have any questions or comments, let us know. Have a great day! You Deserve Exceptional Lawn Care Service with The Most Powerful Lawn Care Guarantee in Louisiana! If you aren’t satisfied with our lawn care or landscape services we will come repeat the work free of charge. Still not happy? Then you owe nothing. It can’t get any easier than that. Our business plan is simple. You want a beautiful yard without any hassle and you do not want to worry about how, when and why things need to get done. That’s where we come in. We aren’t just making a bunch of empty promises. We are saying that we love lawn and landscapes and know how to care of them. Exceptionally reliable, worry free, quality lawn care…guaranteed. Call today for your FREE estimate, 318-286-0967!
- Drainage IssueIf you are having issues with standing water around your house sometimes you have no other choice but to install a drainage system. Depending on your yard, you might have to install a larger pipe. Most yard will do well with a 4 inch pipe, however, some with larger yards or pools may need to go to an 8 inch pipe to make sure that you get enough drainage for the yard size. If you are not sure what size you will need, NDS is a great resource for sizing gallons per minute. As always, contact us with any questions. We'd love to answer your questions. Have a great day!! https://www.ndspro.com/
- Mosquito TreatmentIt's a solid fact that mosquitoes are the worst part about summer. Especially when you live in the south. They show up at the worst of times too! Like when you are having a cook out, while the kids are playing in the yard, when grandma shows up to help with the flowerbeds! They are the pest that won't easily go away.We use a process known as fogging or barrier spray to help control mosquitos in your yard. We do this with a water based insecticide that doesn’t have a smell, leave stains or residue behind. After approximately 30 minutes after your application, you won’t be able to tell that we were there other than the fact that you are not getting eaten up by mosquitos anymore! If you have any questions about this service please leave your comments below. Have a great day!!
- Mowing Your Yard during SummerAs temperatures are rising, you are having to mow your yard more frequently. It’s very tempting to skip mowing the yard on weeks that are hotter but that is a very bad practice!! When you mow your yard infrequently, it promotes a thick unhealthy layer of thatch. The mulching mowers will not be able to mulch up that much grass. Also, the water and fertilizer will have a harder time getting to the roots. If you have any questions or comments, let us know. Have a great day! Our business philosophy revolves around the concepts of highest quality standards and offering guarantees to our clients. This is why we are confident that even if you can benefit from our “fix for free” policy, you won’t need to use it, as we will do our job perfectly from the first trial. Since we work with trained professionals and you won’t see a dull mowing blade nowhere around your lawn and landscape, we think that all you need to do to see if we’re as good as we say we are is to give us a call and ask for a free estimate. We always answer the phone and we provide you with a secure online account and many payment options, including credit card. We know you are a busy person, so flexible schedules are not a problem.
- What does a Flood Watch mean for your Landscape?
What does a Flood Watch mean for your Landscape? As we prepare for Tropical Storm Cindy we wanted to talk about the effects large amounts of rainfall has and what it can do to your lawn and landscape. Most grasses will tolerate being overwhelmed with large amounts of water for longer periods of time without serious damage. The biggest problem with too much rainfall is from the movement of soil and debris over the grass.
What about shrubs and trees? Although we are not expecting high winds to knock over trees, the rain alone can do damage to trees if the ground gets overly saturated. Most shrubs and trees will have a healthy root system already in place that will protect them from too much rainfall. However, if heavy amounts of water should sit for multiple days, freshly planted shrubs and trees could be damaged.
Cleaning up after the rainfall is actually the worst part. After you remove debris such a fallen limbs and soil build up, you will want to avoid walking on your lawn until it dries out. If your lawn is severely damaged by the amount of rainfall you should consider core aerating your yard to help in drying it out faster. Saturated soil followed by drying out can sometime lead to soil compaction which is fixed by aeration. Be sure to also turn off your sprinkler system and allow your landscape and grass to throughly dry out before running it again.
Unfortunately, our lawns cannot hide from the force of mother nature but having a plan in place for lawn care during heavy downpours will help to ensure that after the storm passes your lawn, trees and shrubs will survive.
- Dollar Leaf WeedDollar Leaf Weed is a very common weed you will find in the south. It is commonly described as "mini lily pads" which is exactly what they look like. You will find them in any type of grass. They like really wet areas in your yard so if you have area in your yard where water does not train really well, you might see this weed start growing. It is considered a broadleaf weed so you can prevent it and you can kill it with any type of atrazine product. Dollar Leaf Weed has an almost identical twin called Dichondra Weed. The difference between them is that the Dollar leaf weed has a stem that hits the leaf in the center. The Dichondra weed has a stem that grows on the side of the leaf that causes the leaf to make a half moon. Dollar Leaf Weed is a very low growing weed so cutting your grass higher will allow the grass to choke out the Dollar Leaf Weed. Here is a product we suggest using in helping with Dollar Leaf Weed. Let us know if you have any questions! Have a great day! http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/bayer-advanced-southern-season-long-weed-control-for-lawns-p-2036.html
- How to treat DandelionsDandelions are a broadleaf perennial that grows all over the United States. Most people think that just pulling the flower out of the soil will kill the weed, however, Dandelions have a root system that can grow 2-3 inches into the soil that will need to also be removed. Spring is the best time frame to starting the process of killing the weed. There are serval ways you can stop this weed from growing in your yard. Mow high! Having a thick and healthy lawn will help prevent dandelions from spreading. Dandelions will thrive in thin lawns so keeping a thick lawn will in a sense suffocate the weed out. Being consistent with the use of pre emergents in the spring and fall are a way to prevent them from growing. Using a pre emergent will help in suppressing the weeds.... making it more difficult for dandelions to grow in the future. The main thing to remember when trying to rid your yard of dandelions is that you must treat all the way to the root! Also, we know everyone loves to take the dandelion once the flower has turned to seeds and blow them into the wind. Just make sure that wind direction doesn't blow those seeds back into your own yard! If you have any comments, leave them below. Have a great day!
- Crape Myrtle Scale: What is it?Now that spring is in full force and your crape myrtles are about to bloom, you need to be aware of what else might be going on with your crape myrtles. Scale has become a big issue around Shreveport / Bossier when it comes to scale. Most people notice the black sooty mold first and that's when they realize there is an issue. You usually see the black mold on the tree and on all of the plants under the tree. The reason for this is the scale. The live in the tree feeding on the outside bark. They secrete a by product called honeydew, the clear sticky stuff you will see. The black mold grows on this honeydew. So the answer to get rid of the mold is to get rid of the scale. Fixing one issue will fix 3. In the Spring the scale are young and tender. This is also when they are the most active. While there is no real way to get rid of them all, you can control them right now. If you wait until later in the summer the treatments are not nearly as effective due the are armored shell they develop which makes it hard to get insecticide to the bug. Like we said, there is no way to get rid of the scale but there are treatments. It has to be a 3 step approach. First you want to use a bee friendly insecticide that way you don't disturb the pollinators or bees. The first two should be sprayed onto the tree and all the crakes. This is best if done using a spray gun that can reach the tops as well. Space the first 2 applications out by roughly 2 weeks. The third application can be a deep root injection if you have the equipment for this or you can drench the roots using a bucket. If you have any questions, let us know. This is a very important step in helping to control this problem. Have a great day!
- Powdery Mildew in St Augustine GrassHave you seen powdery mildew in your St Augustine Grass? This is actually a pretty common issue during warm, wet or humid weather. All of which we are no strangers to. Generally speaking it's hard to prevent but it's also pretty harmless to the grass as well. You typically can brush your hand or foot across it and it will fall right off the grass blade. So long as the grass doesn't appear to be in distress like the ones shown, there no need to react or do anything. It will usually go away the next time you cut the grass of when the weather dries up. In the event it does seem to be spreading or causing a decline to the grass, you will need to apply a fungicide to the affect area. If you've got any questions please let us know! Have a great Monday!
- Do you have a Sprinkler System?There is so much to be said about this picture! If you have a sprinkler system at your house then you should also have a vacuum breaker. That's the copper U shaped thing in the side of the house. You know, the thing that freezes in the winter! This is an attempt to repair one, a poor attempt at best. Usually we are all about telling you how to fix this stuff on your own. However, when it comes to vacuum breakers they have to be installed, inspected and tested by a licensed professional. PLEASE don't accept this as an ok job! If you have any questions, please let us know!
- Spruce up your patio with colorWanna 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!
- All About HydrangeaWho 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!! You Deserve Exceptional Lawn Care Service with The Most Powerful Lawn Care Guarantee in Louisiana! If you aren’t satisfied with our lawn care or landscape services we will come repeat the work free of charge. Still not happy? Then you owe nothing. It can’t get any easier than that. Our business plan is simple. You want a beautiful yard without any hassle and you do not want to worry about how, when and why things need to get done. That’s where we come in. We aren’t just making a bunch of empty promises. We are saying that we love lawn and landscapes and know how to care of them. Exceptionally reliable, worry free, quality lawn care…guaranteed. Call today for your FREE estimate, 318-286-0967!
- AerationHey 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!
- Drought Friendly FlowersHow 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!!
- Have you seen Fungus?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?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! You Deserve Exceptional Lawn Care Service with The Most Powerful Lawn Care Guarantee in Louisiana! If you aren’t satisfied with our lawn care or landscape services we will come repeat the work free of charge. Still not happy? Then you owe nothing. It can’t get any easier than that. Our business plan is simple. You want a beautiful yard without any hassle and you do not want to worry about how, when and why things need to get done. That’s where we come in. We aren’t just making a bunch of empty promises. We are saying that we love lawn and landscapes and know how to care of them. Exceptionally reliable, worry free, quality lawn care…guaranteed. Call today for your FREE estimate, 318-286-0967!
- Variety is the spice of lifeThey 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!
- DIY Advice
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.
- Plant Colors have Arrived!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!
- Treating Crape MyrtlesIt'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!
- St Augustine GrassHave you ever noticed long strings of grass in your St Augustine sod before? They are called runners and as the grass comes out of dormancy you will start to see them more. St Augustine grass is known for its ability to fill in bare spots and repair damaged spots the fastest. As these "runners" grow throughout the yard they help give that thick carpet look it is know for. Also, as our night time temperatures get warmer and the grass starts to grow more aggressively, it's a perfect time to aerate the ground so the yard can repair itself faster. Personally, it's my favorite type of grass! We provide a wide range of services, including but not limited to lawn mowing, mulch installations, irrigation services, weed control and fertilization, edging, trimming and many more. We respect your property, so we always clean after ourselves and use only full functional, clean and maintained tools and equipment. We won’t treat your lawn like just any other one, but we will assess its needs and features and we will provide you with a care and maintenance plan supervised and approved by our head agronomist so your lawn can benefit from the best care and reach its maximum of potential. Turning your lawn and landscape into the envy reason for the whole neighborhood is a goal we aim to reach! Call us today!
- Mulching Your YardMulching your yard actually has more to do with the equipment you mow with instead of an actual technique you use. Most mowers do one of three things to the grass. They blow or discharge it out of the side, catch it in a bag or mulch it. To mulch make sure all of the openings in the deck of the mower are closed off. Also make sure you have a proper mulching blade installed as well. They are curved like the one shown in the video. Now, as you mow the grass, it is chopped into several smaller pieces and dropped back into the ground. This organic material decomposes and provides nutrients to the soil. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. At Matthews Landscape, LLC we strive to be your most reliable service company in the Shreveport / Bossier City area. With years of experience in lawn care, landscape maintenance, lawn fertilization and irrigation service, we specialize in keeping your property looking its best. Our business plan is simple. You want green grass without any hassle and you do not want to worry about how, when and why things need to get done. That’s where we come in. We aren’t just making a bunch of empty promises. We are saying that we love grass and know how to care for it! Exceptionally reliable, worry free, quality lawn care…guaranteed. We Guarantee You Will Be 100% Satisfied With Our Lawn Care Services or We Will Repeat The Work Free Of Charge . If You Are Still Not Satisfied, You Owe Us Nothing !
- Crape Myrtle Bark Scale
Crape myrtles are considered an essential Southern plant for good reasons. Selected from Lagerstroemia indica or its hybrid with L. fauriei, these summer-flowering trees offer spectacular flowers, colorful autumn foliage, and handsome sculptural trunks that few other plants can match. A new pest on crape myrtles, the crape myrtle bark scale was first detected in Texas in 2004 and quickly spread to 130 counties in 11 states by 2016. An article on its distribution, damage, life stage and population trends was published in the spring 2016 issue of Louisiana Agriculture. For more information click hereAt Matthews Landscape, LLC we strive to be your most reliable service company in the Shreveport / Bossier City area. With years of experience in lawn care, landscape maintenance, lawn fertilization and irrigation service, we specialize 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.
- Sharpening your mower blades
If you are looking for a greener, fuller and healthier yard, you might think about to sharpening your mower blades. With dull blades, your lawn mower will tear the blades of grass leaving it weak and promoting grass diseases. Sharpening your blades will leave clean cuts to the blades allowing a healthy grow safe from fungal and diseases. Here at Matthews Landscape, we use an angle grinder with regular grinding blades. Make sure you are taking off an even amount off both sides of the blades. Putting an even edge on your blades will give you that clean cut for your lawn.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy0bRAadT9k&t=6s
- Episode 001: #FeedYourGrassIn this episode, Curtis and Garrett talk about fungus, bugs and what you can do about them all! https://youtu.be/lmpXqhZ96Ek
- Scale On Crape MyrtlesAre your crape myrtles and shrubs covered in a black looking mold? If so, here are a few answers to break down whats going on. As most people know by now scale is a a very serious problem in our area. Scales are a bug that feed on the leaves and limbs of your plants. They are usually the white looking part you will see. What most people dont realize is that the black sooty mold on all the plants under the trees are a result of the scale as well. As they feed on the trees the put off a by product called honeydew. This is usually the sticky and shinny stuff you will see on other plants, walls, patios or anything else under or around the trees. They black stuff is called sooty mold and it grows as a result of the honey dew. While the mold and honey dew themselves wont kill the plants they block the plants from being able to absorb light which will affect its growth. They best way to fix all of these issues is to get the scale under control. Removing they from the equation will fix everything else. Once the scale are under control all the pants can be sprayed off with water and a little time to get things back to normal. The technical name for the scale is Armored Scale. As they mature they form a hard shell on the outside that can be difficult to get chemicals to. The best time to treat for them is in the early spring with the new generation of bugs are young and have not developed the armor yet. So noteworthy facts are that generally speaking scale is very hard to kill and control but can not be ignored. Also they way they spread, if you treat yours and the neighbors do not there is not guarantee it will no spread. There are several different chemicals that have better than average control results. If you need help deciding what to use call our office and we would be glad to make suggestions.
- Why Sharp Mower Blades MatterWhen your mowing your lawn its important to make sure you keep a sharp set of blades on the mower. Obviously the amount of grass you are cutting will determine how sharp you blades are but there are several other factors to consider. If you are hitting rocks, sticks in the yard or other debris this will all affect how shape the blades stay. Cutting tall thick grass or wet grass will also affect how dull they get. When your blades are sharp they will actually cut the grass. Dull blades tend to pull and tear the grass. A easy way to see this it by looking at the ends of the grass. If they have a frayed look then it may be time to sharpen them. If like most people you are mulching your grass it is even more important to have a sharp set of blades to make sure the grass is getting chopped into fine pieces that can easily break down into a natural mulch for your grass. If it is not it can lead to a thatch build up sooner than normal. It is a good idea to change them at least once on month if possible. This can be a easy task by simply using a angle grinder in your garage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akkbM39oEq4
- How To: Calibrate Your SprayerAnyone who has ever fought with weeds in their yard will tell you that liquid chemicals give a far better control than granular. In order for this to be effective though you need to know how much product your putting out. To do this you equipment will need to be calibrated correctly. This task is extremely easy and extremely important. Since most people will be using a hand sprayer that is what we will focus on. To start, mark off a 10x10 area on the concrete to give you 100 sqft. Next fill your sprayer with plan water. Now you will need to time your self spraying the 100 sqft area. Once this is complete spray into a container for the same amount of time. This will tell you how much water it takes to spray 100sqft. Armed with this knowledge you next will look at the chemical you are using. There will be some basic math involved and the numbers will be different for each person. Now you know how much chemical to mix in your tank and can apply the right amount to the grass for weed control. While granular products work ok, liquid is by far the best to control weeds in your grass. If you need more help feel free to call or email our office!
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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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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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