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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.
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 ...
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 ...
The reason fall lawn care is so important is that it sets the stage for the type of yard and landscaping you will have in the spring. Fall is the time to prepare your grass and landscaping beds for dormancy.
Properly caring for your grass during this time will result in a greener, healthier property come spring. Here are six must-do items to prepare your grass for winter!
Leaves and debris left on your grass can create dead patches in the spring. The leaves and debris work as a layer that blocks your lawn from proper sunlight. They are also a breeding ground for various pests, mold, and fungus. Proper leaf and debris removal allow your turf to receive sunlight and hydrate appropriately.
Now is the time to get your landscaping manicured. Pull all the weeds from your landscaping beds and reshape your beds to make spring preparations easier. Additionally, landscape...
It's autumn and the leaves are falling hard and fast, creating a layer of beautiful reds, yellows, and oranges. You have the perfect setting for fall family pictures and creating piles of leaves for jumping into. You also have the perfect recipe for a lawn disaster if you do not remove those leaves via raking or blowing them from your grass.
The collection of leaves can be the quickest death sentence for your yard. Failing to perform leaf removal allows a thick layer of leaves to build up on your turf, that will kill it in one to two years. More specifically, there are three distinct reasons that your leaves need to be removed, whether it is by raking or blowing.
Aerating and overseeding your yard annually will do wonders for its health and fullness. However, if you do not properly care for your lawn after treating it, all the hard work and time spent on seeding and aerating will have been a waste and your lawn will not reach its full potential.
Caring for your new grass seeds means keeping them 100% hydrated, 100% of the time! If the soil dries out, the seeds can then dry out and cause them to die. Keeping the seeds damp with a consistent water schedule is important for germination and healthy growth.
Your lawn needs to reach a height of at least 2" before you can slow down on watering. This means watering your newly seeded areas for a minimum of 15-20 minutes per spot about 2-3 times per day. Most seed will germinate within one to three weeks.
Dampness creates the perfect atmosphere for grass seed germination. However, the temperature of the soil and air are a major...
Finding a great, local lawn/landscaping company can be a challenge for homeowners. The competition is tough in the Cary, Apex, and Morrisville, NC region, and most of the companies offer similar basic services. Be on the lookout for the small, but distinct, differences that may make a company like Wake Landscapes, stick out to you.
Compiled below are sixteen surefire ways to know you have hired a great lawn/landscape company!
Your lawn and landscaping company should answer all phone calls that come through during normal business hours. Whether you have a question about your current plan, need to reschedule a service, or something else, it should be able to be handled over a simple phone call.
Is it time for your fall or spring cleanup service? You do not have to worry about remembering... your service provider should give you service reminders. Choose a company that helps...
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