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Pre-Emergent…Don’t Want To Miss It!

Are you wanting a good looking lawn this Spring? Well now is the time to start the prep work and lay a pre-emergent down. The weeds you see throughout March-May actually aren’t Spring weeds… They are winter weeds! These weeds wait patiently to explode once the temperatures rise. The goal is to stop winter weeds from ever even germinating. This is why you apply a pre-emergent in the Fall. If your plan is to wait till the Spring, once the weeds start to take over, this is a REACTIVE approach and won’t give you the results you’re looking for.  Take a PROACTIVE approach this year and apply your pre-emergent now. Let us know if you have any questions!

Pruning Agapanthus

One of our favorite plants have come to the end of their life cycle. Once agapanthus have bloomed, the stalk will need to be removed. When the stalk is still green, find the base of the plant and cut the stalk off. The easiest way to remove the stalk is with bypass pruners. If the stalk is brown and dried out, it can easily be pulled by hand. There is really not much to the removal but it will leave a landscape with a cleaner look! Also, friendly reminder! Although agapanthus are being trimmed, don’t touch your shi shi’s, azaleas, or pink muhly grass. This will interrupt their Fall blooming cycle. If you have any questions, leave them below.
 

Yuck! Black Sooty Mold

Have you noticed Crape Myrtles turning black? What about the plants around them? In case you’re wondering.. It’s not normal or healthy. Thankfully, it can be fixed! This black mold/mildew is the result of armored scale and their bathroom habits. Armored scale is an insect that lives and feeds on the tree.  After doing business it drops on any plant material below. After a short time, it turns into the unsightly black mold.

Looks Worse Before It Looks Better

When first starting lawn care, things may appear worse before they get better. Let’s say your lawn has a large amount of weeds. Once you take the necessary steps to kill and also prevent weeds, areas of the grass can be left weak and thin. People are often surprised by how many weeds they actually had until they are gone! As weeds die off, it can take 2-3 cuts to remove dead weeds. With time and patience, these thin areas will fill with new grass. A good looking yard does not happen on it’s own. Proper lawn care and weed prevention is a process that needs to be followed carefully from start to finish. Although you got rid of the weeds once.. Doesn’t mean they can’t come back!

How Are Your Summer Flowers Doing?

How are your Summer flowers looking? It isn’t uncommon to have to pull Summer color before being able to plant Winter color. Don’t worry, there isn’t anything you did or didn’t do, it’s just the end of their life cycle. Through September, Summer color may appear to be overgrown and begin to fall over. Sometimes they will break and in itself kill them. Although most color will start to die off, others may carry out through September and possibly early October. Hope this helps! 

Importance Of Surfactant

When applying your liquid pre emergent, you need to consider adding in a surfactant. A surfactant helps break down an application’s water surface tension. Once it’s broken down this allows water to spread evenly and absorb faster. This may sound like a nerdy topic, but it is extremely important!  Let us know if you have any questions!

Applying Pre Emergent.. The Time Is NOW!

When you think of Fall pre emergents, you think of Winter weeds like clovers and such that will take over a lawn when it’s cold outside. While this is correct, be mindful that the most important weeds it will prevent are the ones visible next March and April. Most of the weeds seen during these months are actually still Winter weeds. They lie dormant all Winter anxiously waiting to explode once the temperatures warm up. You have 2 options to address the issue.

1-Be proactive and apply a pre emergent NOW

2-Be reactive and “attempt” to kill the weeds as they start to grow.

Make the right call and get ahead of the game…apply your pre emergents this Fall and don’t fight weeds next Spring!

Dog Pee Effects On A Lawn!!

We all love our furry friends, but their pee can cause damage in the grass. Dog pee contains a high concentrate of ammonia and nitrogen. If your dog pees in the same spot repeatedly, over time the grass will begin to thin out and eventually die. We often see this damage off the edge of patios, along fences, or near front doors. The best way to avoid damage is to dilute the pee as soon as the deed is done. Hope this helps!!