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Buying and Caring for your Christmas Tree

Every year when I was little we would always go to the local tree farm and pick out the perfect family tree.  Being I had siblings, we always fought over the biggest or fluffiest or the one that just had that smell… the smell of pine and the woods…  the smell of Christmas.  We would get to rotate every year who would get to choose.  Some years we even felt sorry for the “imperfect” trees and would get them. Sure they leaned over a little and weren’t perfect… but those are the trees I remember the most.

If you are venturing out this holiday season to purchase your own Christmas tree, here are a few things to remember.  When selecting a tree, slightly pull on some stems.  If the needles fall off, move on to the next tree.  You want to find a tree that has no needles falling off.  Once you get the tree home you want to cut about 1/2 inch off the bottom.  This will allow the water to absorb into the tree.  Speaking of water… you need to water your tree everyday!!!  Christmas trees can absorb up to a gallon of water a day!  They are thirsty, so don’t forget to water them.  You want to pick a spot in your house away from any heat sources.  We all remember the movie the Christmas Vacation and you don’t want your Christmas tree to go POOF like theirs.  After Christmas is over with what do you do with your tree????  Here in Louisiana, we like to take our trees to our favorite fishing hole!  The fish will use the christmas tree as cover and come spring, you’ll know exactly where to find them! If you have any questions about Christmas Tree care, let us know.  Have a great Holiday Season!!

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Caring for your plants during Winter

Finally it is starting to feel like Christmas outside and lately we have had some temperatures that have dipped below freezing. What happens when it freezes to your plants….  well…. the water inside a plant freezes causing damage to the cells of the plant. What does that mean for your tropicals??? That means a lot! They need to be covered as best they can.  All home improvement store in town sell material blankets. They are perfect for protecting your plants from frost. They are lightweight and easy to put on and take off.  If you have potted plants you need to bring them inside if possible.  Even if you just store them under you covered porch or garage. Getting them out of the elements will help tremendously. Let just say you forgot.  The weather dipped below freezing and frost has already got to your plants…   you can bring them back but it’s best to wait until the spring.  Keep your plants slightly wet and use some fertilizer after the frost has is gone. If you have any questions about plants during the winter, let us know.  Have a great day!

For more information, visit this website for some great tips on winter care for your plants!

 

    Installing Shingle Tabs to your Roofline

    When it comes to hanging Christmas lights on your roofline, people usually use staples.  Staples are notorious for leaving damage to your roofline.  We wanted to share a little tip with you.  When you are hanging your Christmas lights, try using a shingle tab. A shingle tab is a plastic piece that you can screw light bulbs into that will slide under the shingles of your house. Using a shingle tab not only helps with keeping your lights lined up but it is also less impactful to your roofline. You can buy these online or in town. They aren’t that expensive but they do provide you with a cleaner look for your home. If you have any questions, let us know. Have a great day!

    Matthews Landscape has been in the Christmas Lights Installation business since 2008. Our focus has always been on making the installation and maintenance of your lights a stress free part of your holiday celebration. To make sure you receive the best experience available we have made sure every installer goes through a series of training and safety classes to help them become the best they can be.  We provide all the custom fit materials to our clients for the install. During the Christmas season we service the lights in the event bulbs burn out or other issues arise. After the holidays, we then come back and remove the lights, box them up and then store them in our warehouse free of charge!

    For more information, visit our youtube channel.

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    Add some Christmas light flare to your landscape

    The Christmas season is about family and joy and Christmas lights!!  It’s always been a favorite childhood memory of mine to hop in the car and drive around looking at all the different Christmas light display.  Now that I am a adult it’s fun to spruce up my yard with that same joy I had when I was a kid.  Fast forward to today, Christmas light displays have changed… drastically.  At any given time you can drive down your street and find lights not only on the roofline but lights around the columns, lights on the fence, lights around the front door and every window, lamp post etc….  you might even see a 6ft Mickey Mouse blow up decoration as well.  It’s safe to say this isn’t your grandmas light idea anymore.

    This year we wanted to bring you a few more ideas to add some flare to your yard.  Everyone knows lights on the house give it that extra glow but have you considered adding lights to your tree trunks?  Yes, tree trunks!  It’s so simple and will add so much “wow” to your landscape.   First you want to get some string lights and you want to wrap the tree trunk (or limbs).  You want to make sure the spacing is about 2 – 4 inches apart.  Every so often, add a few staples just to make sure you keep those stings in place.  At night, this will give your yard an even better glow.

    If you have any questions about Christmas light install, please give us a call.  Matthews Landscape has been in the Christmas Lights Installation business since 2008. Our focus has always been on making the installation and maintenance of your lights a stress free part of your holiday celebration. To make sure you receive the best experience available we have made sure every installer goes through a series of training and safety classes to help them become the best they can be.  We provide all the custom fit materials to our clients for the install. During the Christmas season we service the lights in the event bulbs burn out or other issues arise. After the holidays, we then come back and remove the lights, box them up and then store them in our warehouse free of charge!

    For more information on Christmas lights, click here to visit our youtube page.

    Commercial grade Christmas lights are the better choice

    When it comes to Christmas lights, everyone wants the brightest and easiest set up.  This is why we recommend using a commercial grade christmas light.  Commercial grade lights you can cut to size.  Meaning…  you aren’t subjected to using the exact amount of lights with all that over hang.  You can literally cut the cord to the length you need for your roofline.  Nothing is more frustrating than getting to the end and having 3 or 4 extra feet of lights you don’t need.  They are very simple to use, you can cut the wire, and use the plugs to make a new end. You can’t do that with the lights you buy from Home Depot or Lowes.

    The other advantage to commercial grade Christmas lights is the shingle tabs.  They slide under your shingles and it holds the light in place.  We also recommend you buy LED.  This will save you so much in power.  The other neat thing is it comes with a wire that you can make your own extension cord.  If this is something you are interested in, you can buy commercial grade lights in bulk online or if you wanted to visit a local store, Splash Pools and Spas has them.  We do recommend getting an extra few feet when you purchasing your lights.  You’d rather spend a little extra so you don’t come up short.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask.  Have a great day!

    For more information on Christmas lights, click here to visit our youtube page.

     

     

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    How to care for your Poinsettias this Christmas season

    Poinsettias are a staple at the Christmas season and you can find them everywhere during the holiday season. From malls to front porches they bring the color to Christmas. They come in many different colors: red, white, and pink.  When choosing your poinsettia you want to look at the stem.  The stem needs to be thick and strong.  Stay away from stems that have breaks or wilting as it will cause the plant to wilt faster.  Most poinsettias will last about 4-6 weeks with proper care.  Once the flowers start to fall off the poinsettia life is near it’s end.  Poinsettias need sunlight to survive.  Placing them in a window makes them happy.  They are also temperature sensitive. They like it to be about 65 to 75 degrees.  They don’t need a lot of watering.  You will know it’s time to water when the soil on top gets dry to the touch.  So don’t over water them.  Once the poinsettia has bloomed, you do not need fertilizer.  Just water.  Side note:  Poinsettia is NOT poisonous.  They have gotten a bad rap in the past however they safe for human and pets.  Just don’t try to eat it… mainly because that’s just gross.  If you need more information on Poinsettias, click here.

     

    Replacing your Irrigation Nozzles with MPR Nozzles

    When you are updating your irrigation nozzles, consider an MPR nozzle. The MPR nozzle waters your yard more effectively. Rather than spraying the water with a mist like spray…. it’s more of a controlled spray with 5 different smaller streams. It gives the water time to soak in which prevents run off. It also doesn’t give you that misting effect that if you were to have a big wind, it just blows it all over the place. It will continue to give you a good watering regardless the wind speed. To replace the existing nozzles it’s as easy as twisting them off and twisting the MPR nozzle on.  It also saves you money. That’s everyones favorite part. You do not have to use as much water because you aren’t losing as much. It’s not hard to replace either. You can change it yourself! They aren’t pricey… about $4 or $5 bucks each. If you have any questions, let us know.

    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. 

    Oh, Deer

    Oh DEER!  We’ve seen this before but not at this level. Deer love Pansies! A couple things you can try that can help in keeping them out of your flowers beds are Deer Off or Vinegar. Deer Off is a product you can buy at any local home improvement store. It emits a human type odor which is suppose to keep the deer away. Another option is just using some household items. We are using a kitchen sponge covered by pine straw. Once you get it covered, pour some vinegar on it. So if you are having issues with your pansies missing…. try one of these options. Hope this helps and if you have any questions, let us know. 

    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. 

    Why we Use Commercial Grade Christmas Lights

    Thanksgiving is past and this is the time everyone will be putting up their Christmas lights. We wanted to talk to you about the advantage of commercial grade Christmas light material. It comes in bulk but the best part is that you are actually able to cut your Christmas lights to fit the area you need. Nothing is more frustrating than putting up your lights and having so much extra material. There are several places online you can purchase this from or you can swing by Splash Pools and Spa and they can get you set up. If you have any questions, let us know.

    Matthews Landscape has been in the Christmas Lights Installation business since 2008. Our focus has always been on making the installation and maintenance of your lights a stress free part of your holiday celebration. To make sure you receive the best experience available we have made sure every installer goes through a series of training and safety classes to help them become the best they can be.  We provide all the custom fit materials to our clients for the install. During the Christmas season we service the lights in the event bulbs burn out or other issues arise. After the holidays, we then come back and remove the lights, box them up and then store them in our warehouse free of charge!

    Planting your fall color

    When you are planting your fall color you want to make sure you are making good decisions when choosing your soil.  As you get ready to plant your fall color keep in mind that your flower beds need to be higher than all other areas. The reason for that is you want it to be able to drain really well. This prevents root rot. Also you want to use a really rich and fine potting soil or some sort of landscape mix.  When you squeeze the soil you want to make sure it does not clump up.  This will ensure it will not retain a lot of water.  If you have any questions, let us know. Have a good day!