All posts by Peyton Sykes

LED Bulbs VS Glass Bulbs

Before you buy your Christmas light material this year, make sure to research all the given options. We have done our best to go full LED and it has changed the game! Although LED bulbs are more expensive, the cost is well worth it. One thing we have always wanted to avoid is broken glass! No matter how careful you are broken glass is just a thing. LED bulbs are made of hard durable plastic, making them almost indestructible. Something to keep in mind is how much you can save on your power bill. LED bulbs use 90% LESS electricity vs your traditional glass incandescent bulb. Let us know if you have any questions!! 

Questions Before You Buy.. Christmas Lights!

Halloween has come and gone.. Time to start thinking about Christmas!! Looking to out do the neighbors this year? Wanting to hire professionals to install your Christmas lights? If so, there are a few key questions you should be asking. These questions are to ensure you receive the best product for the best price. Let us know if you have any questions or need suggestions! Have a great day!

Crape Myrtles Are Changing!

We’ve had a few calls about Crape Myrtles changing color and if anything could be wrong with them. Don’t worry, nothing is wrong,  it is perfectly normal this time of year. Crape myrtles will continue to change through the rest of the year. Once December hits their leaves will begin to fall, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to trim them. Crape myrtles should be in complete dormancy before being trimmed. Once they are dormant, this is when selective cuts can be made… Remember to never commit CRAPE murder! Hope this helps! If you have any questions, let us know down below! Have a great day!

Pine Straw or Mulch?

It’s one of the most popular asked question this time of year.. “Which is better.. Pine straw or Mulch?”

In all honesty.. The ball is in your court! While both have their own pros and cons, one does not out do the other. For example, price. The price difference between the two is not enough to choose one over the other. Here are a few things that may help you decide.
Don’t install mulch if pine trees are in the yard. Although mulch tends to look much cleaner, over time it ends up covered in pine straw looking messy! Pine straw is a hiding place for snakes… so that a huge con for some people! If landscape beds hold water keep in mind, mulch is more likely to wash out of the bed vs pine straw.
The list could go on and on. At the end of the day, choose whichever looks better in your opinion or best fits your situation. Let us know if you have any questions! 

Landscape Lighting: Photocell Timer

Time change is this weekend so don’t forget to set back the clock!  While everyone knows to set back the clock, people do tend to forget about their landscape lighting. The biggest complaint with landscape lighting is having to figure out when and how to set the time manually. Either the lights are coming on too early or going off too late, vise versa. 

An easy solution for this is a photocell timer. A photocell timer will trigger landscape lights to turn on once it’s dark and turn off once the sun comes up.  The one downside of a photocell timer is if we experience a thunderstorm the lights may trigger and come on. It’s a very small downside compared to all the positive advantages they give. These timers can be bought here in town at Ewing Irrigation.

Let us know if you have any questions or need suggestions. Have a great day!

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“Winterizing” A Lawn

This time of year we are asked about “winterizing” a lawn. The meaning of winterizing can be subjective. If someone is living up North and has cool season grass, there are far more steps needed compared to someone in the South with warm season grass. Right now the main thing that needs to be done is apply pre-emergent. Pre-emergents stop winter time weeds from germinating. Do NOT apply fertilizer to your lawn right now. Grass is weeks away from going dormant and green grass is coming to an end. Applying fertilizer right now opens the opportunity for disease and fungus to develop. Later in the year you can apply supplements for the grasses root system. Right now is all about weed control and prevention with Pre-emergents!

Yuletides and Shi Shis

Looking for Fall blooming shrubs? Once knockout roses are done with their blooming cycle, it’s time for Sasanquas! Yuletides are tall and have a cylinder shape, while Shi Shi’s are short and shrub-like. Both are beautiful Fall and Winter bloomers. When Shi Shi’s bloom, the flowers are bright hot pink. Yuletides flowers are bright Christmas red with a yellow center. It is very important that these two aren’t trimmed right now since buds are set! Let us know if you have any questions!


Mosquito Treatment

Don’t forget about mosquito treatments!

Mosquitoes live in the “shade” of a plant and also feed on nectar they produce. This is why we treat the landscape of a home. On top of treatments, be sure to eliminate beneficial producing conditions for mosquitoes. Let us know if you have any questions or need suggestions!