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Repairing Crepe Murder

 

Do you have crepe myrtles that have been Murdered over the years? You don’t have to drive very far around town to see what we are talking about. It’s everywhere! Crepe Myrtles are suffering from years of being trimmed in the wrong way.
 
Good news…if you have patience, dedication and are committed to doing the right things there is some hope!

Pre Emergent Time

Does your lawn look anything like this?

It’s our favorite time of the year…It’s Pre Emergent Time!!!

Of all the things you can do for your lawn Pre Emergents are the most important one of all!  Every Spring and Fall when the weeds are getting ready to wreak havoc remember they can and  must be stopped.  Weed and Feed is a horrible idea to plan on and generally speak is a big fail in the long term.  Why kill the weeds when you can prevent them!

Do something positive this year and take care of your lawn!

Proper Maintenance Order

 

When you are performing your maintenance in the landscape it sometimes may take several days. Even if it doe not, make sure you are doing everything in the right order. What we mean by this is you don’t want to clean out the beds before you have trimmed the shrubs. If you did you would be left have to clean them out twice. Think through the order in which you attack the clean up. Start at the top and work your way down. If you are adding new mulch or pine straw this is always the last step. Before you blow or rake out all of your trash make sure you are done crating any new debris. Hope this helps!

Azaleas and Sasanquas

 

In the Fall time when you start to clean up your landscape, make sure you stay away from the Azaleas and Sasanquas. Both of these plants have already set their buds and are prepared to bloom. By trimming them now, you will cut off all the blooms and affect the number of flowers they produce. Both of these plants need to be trimmed after they have bloomed along with being fed.

Deer vs Hair

 

Deer vs Hair: If you are having issue with deer eating your plants, consider a trip down to the barber shop. Not to get your hair cut but to get a bag of hair. Deer hate the smell of humans. By getting a bag of hair and sprinkling it around your landscape, the deer will avoid the strong smell of humans in the area. The smell will wear off over time so be prepared to re apply after some time.

Photo-Cell Timer Problems

 

Photo Cell timers are one of the easiest and most reliable timers to use with your Christmas Lights.  They have a photo eye on them and when it gets dark they turn the power on.  Most have a dial so that you can choose to run the lights for a predetermined amount of time.  An issue that can arise is when there is other light sources in the area.  Sometimes security lights, the Christmas lights them self eves or any other light source will make the timer think it is daylight again and turn the lights off.  The fix to this is to move the timer or use a digital one.

Questions you should ask about Christmas Lights

 

If this is the year you decide to get Christmas Lights there are a few important questions you need to make sure you ask.

1:  Am I getting to purchase the lights or am I just leasing them?

The purchase model is one of the more popular choices we see people take advantage of.  With this model there is an upfront investment the first year to actually purchase the lights but in the years that follow you are only paying to have them installed and removed.  They are your lights and you can do with them as you please.  If you decide to change your installer then you have the material to let someone else use.  With the lease model you do not own anything.  You are just renting the lights during Christmas and pay the same fee every year.

2:  What kind of material are you using?

With commercial grade material you have the ability to custom cut the Christmas lights to fit your home.  If you need 33 feet of lights then that is exactly what you cut.  You also want to ask about what size bulbs are being used.  C9 bulbs are the larger and more popular bulbs.  Don’t get sold the cheaper and smaller C7’s because they wont look as good in the end!

3:  LED vs Incandescent?

LED’s are taking over the market very fast.  Not only do they last longer but they also save you money with the electrical bill.  Incandescents are also made of glass and break very easily.  They usually are only good for 2 maybe 3 seasons and then have to be replaced.

sago palms

Trim Your Sago’s!

If you don’t have SAGO PALMS I’m sure you know where some are and I’m sure they look like these. Typically speaking, they can handle out winter time temperatures with out any issues. This last winter was anything but typically though! When they are subjected to extreme temperatures and/or snow and ice, the fronds (palms) will turn brown or yellow. This doesn’t mean the plant is dead but the palm will need to be trimmed. Once they turn color, they will never turn green again. They need to be trimmed all the way to the base like the one in the video. This summer when it starts to get hot again they will fill back out and be as beautiful as ever. When you do trim them, make sure to wear gloves because they can be very sharp! If you have any questions feel free to ask!