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Don’t Touch Your Shi Shis!

A Shi Shi is a type of Sasanqua that is commonly known as a Camellia. These shrubs will bloom in late Fall to early Winter. You do not want to trim Shi Shis now because they are producing small buds for the Fall. If you trim them, you would be cutting off the blooms and affecting the blooming cycle for the late Fall months. If you absolutely need to trim a Shi Shi, be sure to make selective cuts rather than an aggressive trim. Try to avoid cutting the small buds! The best time to trim is late January, depending on the shrub’s blooming cycle.

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Fig Ivy

Are you looking for wall coverage that is pretty low maintenance? If so, fig ivy is the way to go! Fig ivy is a popular yet traditional wall covering that can give your home that Southern touch you may be looking for. Throughout the year, the ivy will thicken, and you will need to trim the few stragglers you may see 2-3 times a year. Even though fig ivy is pretty low maintenance, you will need to trim up the top of the growth so it doesn’t cause damage to the trim of the home.

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When Should You Water Your Grass?

Believe it or not, the best time of day to water your grass is not during the day. It’s not in the evening either. The best time to water is actually early in the morning, sometimes before the sun comes up. Watering during the day can cause a few potential issues. One of the first issues that you could run into is the wind. Typically, at night, the wind is not nearly as…uh…windy. Depending on the type of sprinkler heads you have, the breeze can carry the water to areas other than where you want it to go. Another issue is evaporation. During the hotter parts of the day, the water from sprinklers will quickly evaporate. What little water that makes it to the ground won’t have enough time to soak in properly. Did you ever use a magnifying glass to burn leaves when you were a kid? Well, in the heat of the day, water droplets act as mini magnifying glasses on your blades of grass that can cause damage. Watering early in the morning before the sun comes up is the best time of day for your grass because the soil has time to soak up the water properly. It also gives the blades of grass ample time to dry so you don’t get the magnifying glass effect. Dry grass also helps ward off any fungus that might be lurking. We know this was a long winded video with lots of info, so if you need some further explanation or have any questions, let us know!

Crape Myrtle Shedding: Is This Normal?

If you have some crape myrtles that seem to be losing all of their bark, don’t worry! It’s normal! Every now and then crape myrtles shed their bark. It mainly happens in more mature trees and it may or may not happen every year. This is a totally normal process and doesn’t harm the tree in any way. Let us know if you have any questions about your crape myrtles!

Keep Your Grass In Shape

Keeping your grass weed free and looking good isn’t something that happens over night. Being on a program is also not something that you can just stop and expect your grass to stay looking good. It is kind of like working out. You go to the gym, it starts off slowly, but you finally get in shape and looking good so you stop going to the gym. Then after a while, surprise! You’re flabby again… It is the same for your grass. Keeping it healthy and weed free is an ongoing process. So don’t take your foot off the gas, the results are worth it! Let us know if you guys have any questions. 

Are Your Crape Myrtles Turning Black?

Are your crape myrtles turning black? Maybe you’ve even noticed the plants under your crepe myrtles turning black as well. This is caused by scale. Scale is a pest that attaches itself to the crape myrtles and essentially, sucks the life out if it. The black goop that you see is actually a sooty mold caused by the scale’s…uhh.. poo. After some time of the scale’s by-product sitting there, the mold begins to grow. To get rid of the mold, you first have to get rid of the scale. Down below is a link to a video about the treatment process. After you get rid of the scale, the mold can be scrubbed away with some soapy water and a brush, or even a power washer. Hope this helps!

Treating Crape Myrtles Video Click here

The Rundown On Irrigation

With all the rain we have gotten you probably haven’t even thought about turning your irrigation system on. Now that we have some sunny days in the forecast and it’s getting to be a lot hotter, now would be a good time to do a walk through to address any problems. Watch our Q&A with Ashley and David on some potential issues you may run into. If you have any questions for David, let us know!

Great Grass Takes Time

Having that thick, green, weed-free lawn is what we all strive for. Getting on a consistent fertilization and weed control program is the first step to a beautiful lawn. In a world that is all about instant gratification, it’s important to remember that grass is a living thing and it will take time for it to get healthy and grow to be the way you want. There are so many factors that go into how long it will take and how much effort you’ll have to put in. You’ll have to start somewhere, but all your efforts will pay off and you’ll get that beautiful lawn that you’ve been wanting. In the words of Joe Dirt, you gotta just keep on keepin’ on. Let us know if you guys have any questions. #matthewslandscape #wefeedgrass #shreveportlawncare #bossierlawncare

Use Round-Up Wisely And Don’t Let This Happen To You!

https://youtu.be/HRS16Bn54Kk

Round-Up is a very useful tool when you need to get rid of some unwanted vegetation in areas like sidewalks, driveways, or even fence lines. You just have to be sure to take extreme caution when using it close to vegetation that you don’t want to get rid of. Rain or even your irrigation system can cause round-up to go exactly where you don’t want it to, and in this case, the rain caused some runoff into the actual grass and caused a little damage. Make sure you don’t get too close, and you don’t use too much. If this happens to you, don’t worry too much about it, the grass will eventually fill in over time. Hope this helps, and let us know if you have any questions.