Maintaining a beautiful landscape is as important as the original investment. We’re happy to assist you in all or part of your annual maintenance needs.
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Most landscapes have a variety of shrubs. Different shrubs require pruning, pest control and fertilization at different times during the growing season. We can help develop a plan to properly prune and thin your shrubs so they stay healthy and live longer as well as fit the size of their planting space and your style preferences.
Though our goal through pruning and fertilization is to keep plants healthy enough to fight off pests, mold, fungus and diseases, we check your shrubs carefully to try to identify any issues before they can become problems.
In nature, shrubs, trees and flowers grow in soil blanketed by leaves and other organic material that helps the ground to retain moisture, provides protection from harsh temperatures and decays to provide essential nutrients.
With landscaping, these same benefits can be provided by mulch. Additionally, mulch adds a neat, well-groomed appearance
Benefits of Proper Mulching
Helps maintain soil moisture – Evaporation is reduced, minimizing the need for watering.
Helps control weeds – A 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch reduces the germination and growth of weeds.
Helps control ground temperature – Mulch keeps soil warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Helps improve soil – Over time, organic mulch can improve soil aeration, structure and drainage.
Helps protect plants – Mulching can inhibit certain plant diseases and can reduce the likelihood of damage from mowers and trimmers by eliminating the need to get close to the plant.
Types of Mulch
There are two types of mulch – inorganic and organic.
Inorganic mulches do not decompose and rarely need maintenance or replenishing. These include types of stone, lava rock, pulverized rubber, and other materials. Because they do not decompose, they do not provide nutrients, but they do still provide the other benefits of mulching.
Organic mulches include wood chips, pine needles, bark, cocoa hulls and more. Because these mulches come from pants, they provide nutrients as they decompose. Different kinds break down at different rates depending on the material and climate, so some need to be replenished more often.
Whether it’s insects, grubs, moles, deer, rabbits…we can help you identify the culprit and take action to curb the problem.
Proper fertilization helps flowers, shrubs, trees and grass thrive. Stressors like drought, heat, insects and so forth will have a lesser effect on healthy plants.
We can institute a program to make sure your lawn and landscaping is fed the right nutrients in the right amount at the proper times through the growing season.
When soil becomes compacted, it becomes difficult for air, water and nutrients to penetrate. While plants need carbon dioxide, they can get it from the air. Worms, insects and microflora and -fauna require oxygen to survive. And your soil needs them to remain healthy. Aeration can open channels allowing air, water and nutrients to again penetrate the soil deeply enough to improve soil conditions allowing for a healthy lawn.
An ounce of prevention…
Weeds are opportunists. The first step in controlling weeds is preventing them. A healthy lawn and proper mulching will go a long way toward preventing weeds.
A thin lawn may need to be aerated or overseeded with a grass species that will perform better your lawn conditions before fertilization will have enough impact to crowd out weeds.
Cutting grass at least 3” high will help shade out baby weeds and allow the grass to produce more chlorophyll, which will lead to a healthier lawn.
If watering is necessary, be sure to water you lawn so the soil is damp at least 4-6” deep so the roots will be encouraged to grow deeper.
…is worth a pound of cure.
For those weeds that still make it through or were established prior to implementing preventative measures (like the dreaded crabgrass and creeping Charlie), there are of course liquid and granular weed prevention products that can be sprayed or broadcast. Depending on the weather, a second application might be needed later in the growing season.
We can assist you in implementing both preventative and proactive weed control measures.