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Reputable Landscaping Companies Vs. Fly-By-Night Landscapers: 6 Red Flags to Watch For
Landscaping is an easy business to jump into and a great way to earn extra money on the side. Throw a lawn mower in the back of your pickup truck, and you’re ready. With so many potential “landscapers” to choose from, how do you select a legitimate company and avoid the fly-by-night landscapers?
A fly-by-night landscaper is someone who wants to make money quickly, without caring about the quality or honesty of the servce they offer. Here are some characteristics which distinguish a reputable landscaping company from a fly-by-night landscaper:
1. The “Company” that is Cheap
If the company you’re looking into is charging below average rates, they are most likely fly-by-night. While a reputable landscape company is required to pay for certain costs such as taxes, insurance and workman’s...
10 Fast Growing Privacy Shrubs for NC
Privacy shrubs are perfect for creating a natural privacy fence between neighbors and street traffic. They also create a sound barrier to reduce noise, and act as a windbreak to protect against harsh winds. Here are our top 10 Fast Growing Privacy Shrubs for NC:
1. Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera) - broadleaf evergreen evergreen shrub with glossy olive green color creates clusters of bluish gray berries that persist through the winter. Fragrant shrub, attracts songbirds.
Mature height – 10-15 ft
Mature spread – 6-8 ft
2. Carolina Midnight Loropetalum (Loropetalum chinense ‘Carolina Midnight’) – lush, purple foliage is the darkest of all loropetalums and retains color all seasons. Broadleaf evergreen shrub with fuchsia fringe flowers in spring and deep purple foliage all season. Deer resistant and drought tolerant.
Mature height – 5-8 ft
Mature spread – 6-7...
3 Ways to Enhance Your Landscape: Pruning, Edging and Mulch
A well landscaped yard goes beyond just healthy grass. There are 3 steps we take to make a yard stand out: pruning, edging and mulch:
Pruning: To start, we would recommend pruning and trimming any shrubs, to a desired shape and size. Winter is the best time to do any rejuvenation pruning if you would like to reduce the overall size of the shrubs including roses, boxwoods, holly’s and many others. Trees, such as crepe myrtles can be trimmed with corrective pruning, by removing any dead, hanging or crossing branches. Ornamental grasses, including liriope can also be cut back late winter. By trimming your trees and shrubs during the winter, it will ensure they grow and fill in correctly during the springtime.
Edging: Once all the shrubs have been trimmed and debris has been cleaned up, it is a great time to edge and redefine any landscape beds. You may also create or extend ...
Leaf Removal Guide: 3 Ways to Remove Leaves From Your Landscape
Leaves are considered a solid waste and should be either recycled or disposed of properly to keep your landscape healthy. With our leaf cleanup services, we'll place all the leaves on the street curb in coordination with the city's leaf collection schedule, haul them offsite, or decompose them through mulching. Here is a guide for removing leaves and debris from your landscape to get your yard ready for the spring growing season, and to keep your lawn healthy and maintained:
1. Curbside Pickup: Loose Leaf Collection
Residential properties in the City of Raleigh, Town of Cary, and Town of Apex have leaf collection available to them at no extra cost through their curbside leaf collection programs which are fully funded with tax dollars. Please note: the collection pass schedule is subject to change based equipment issues or weather conditions.
Here are 10 landscaping services we recommend for the fall and winter months:
1. Leaf removal
We recommend keeping the lawn free of leaves, sticks and other debris which may accumulate during the fall and winter months. This will also protect the lawn from insects, pests, and disease. Leaf removal can be provided with routine blowing into wooded areas or the curb for city pickup, mulched with the lawn mowers to recycle organic nutrients, or collected and disposed off-site.
2. Shrub removal
Fall and winter is the perfect time to remove any dead, overgrown or unwanted shrubs, and prepare for replacing with healthy new ones. We are properly equipped to remove and dispose shrubs of various sizes, including the roots.
3. Shrub replacement
Shrubs can be removed and replaced with healthy new ones to enhance your landscape.
4. Gutter cleaning, Blow off roof
We recommend cleaning the gutters and blowing off the roof in the fall and...
Fall armyworm damage in turfgrass is very distinctive. Since armyworms cross the turf surface as a group, they create a noticeable line between damaged and undamaged turfgrass. Usually damaged areas will originate around a site where egg masses can be easily laid (signposts, buildings) and radiate outward.
Damaged lawns can be treated, but we recommend applying insecticide as a preventative measure for better control.
Aerating and Seeding: Frequently Asked Questions
What are benefits of aerating a lawn?
Aerating a lawn involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow water, air and nutrients to reach the roots.
When is it best to aerate?
In NC, we recommend aerating our fescue lawns each fall, around mid-September through mid-October. Fescue is a cool season grass, so we do not aerate in August because the 90-100 degree heat will diminish germination rates. It is also important not to wait too late in the season to allow the lawn to start growing before our first frost, which usually occurs early November. We always want to keep our newly seeded lawn free of leaves, sticks and other debris to help the seed grow.
What kind of aerators are there?
There is a variety of commercial equipment we use to aerate our lawn. The most popular style of aerators is a walk-behind style aerator, which consists of a drum style self-propelled walk-behind unit. These...
GRASS WATERING TIPS
Here are a few basic tips to keep your lawn alive this summer:
WATER IN THE MORNING
The absolute best time to water your lawn is the early morning, before 10AM (6-8AM is better). Cooler temperatures and calm breezes help keep evaporation to a minimum. If you can't water in the morning, late afternoon is the next best time. However, while it might seem smart to wait for evening's cooler temperatures, watering too late in the evening keeps lawns wet overnight, which can make your lawn susceptible to disease. A wet lawn at night is the perfect condition for fungus to grow. Do not water too late in the evening.
LONGER, LESS FREQUENT WATERING
Frequent, light watering can lead to fungus and a shallow root system; fewer waterings that soak the soil more deeply encourage the roots to grow deeper. If you see mushrooms sprouting in your lawn, that can be a sign you're watering too much. There is no exact number of minutes, or days per ...
9 Reasons To Hire A Brush Clearing Service
Wake Landscapes offers brush cutting service to properties of all sizes in Cary, NC and surrounding areas. We can clear woody vegetation and brush including weeds, briers and saplings to help beautify your property and reclaim overgrown land.
Our brush cutting service can be used for a variety of jobs, including:
Hire a professional company such as Wake Landscapes for your brush clearing services. Call (919) 518-5513 and we will get your vegetation back under control!
How can you tell your lawn was not treated with pre-emergent weed killer in the fall? You will notice weeds covering your lawn in the springtime. When there is evidence of weeds in the spring, it is because they were already present and waiting under the surface throughout the winter.
Treating your lawn during the fall will ensure your grass is weed-free for an extended period into the spring before you need to re-treat with pre-emergent herbicides. Because of this, it is easy to say that the most critical weed control treatment of the year is your fall pre-emergent.
Perennial weeds are easily eradicated if you know when and how to treat them. During the fall, your late summer/early fall perennial weeds are the biggest threat to your spring lawn. During this time of the year, perennial weeds start transferring their stored energy from their leaves to their roots.
Pre-emergent herbicides attack the roots, which effectively kills the ...
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