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Tips For Pruning Your Plants & Shrubs.

Tips For Pruning Your Plants & Shrubs.

Spring is a great time to start planning for your summer pruning, trimming, and/or shearing of your shrubs. But what method is best for your landscape? Knowing the best method to prune and trim is critical! Pruning a plant at the wrong time of year or in the wrong way can cause irreparable damage to your landscape. For example, it is more than okay to trim knockout roses with power shearers. But, if you do this to a long-stemmed rose variety, like a grandiflora, floribunda, or hybrid tea rose, you’ll ruin the plant! With that in mind, let’s define some terms… Shrub Trimming Normal shrub trimming involves using electric or gas-powered shearers to trim shrubs. This often gives your landscape a more uniform and even appearance. It is also the fastest and most efficient way to trim many shrubs. You should discuss with your landscape professional to determine if this method is right for you as shearing is not advised for some plant species. Hand Pruning Hand pruning involves selectively cutting individual stems to give your shrub a more natural shape. This service is performed with a pair of hand pruners, which look a little bit like a pair of scissors. New growth is removed to maintain its natural shape, one snip at a time. Although more time consuming and costly, this is the best option the long-term health of your plants. Hand pruning is also used to naturally thin a plant to improve air circulation and light penetration. This method is also used for topiaries (trimming a shrub into a specific shape). When trying to maintain that nice...
Mulch Madness Month; Why March Is the Best Time to Mulch Your Gardens.

Mulch Madness Month; Why March Is the Best Time to Mulch Your Gardens.

Mulching your flower beds and garden is a popular lawn care task this time of year. The problem is, most people apply mulch too late in the season, lessening its benefit. To understand the logic behind this theory, the experts at Green Team Lawn Care are breaking down why we mulch in the first place. Related Read: 12 Month Organic Gardening Plan, Free E-Book Why Mulch Matters for Your Yard Mulch is not just something to do for the sole purpose of enhancing the look of your yard, although it certainly does that. Mulching is the single most important thing you can do for your garden every year for several reasons … Suppresses weeds. Holds in moisture that would quickly evaporate without it. Regulates soil temperature. Improves the soil’s structure, which leads to better drainage and use of nutrients. Related Read: Don’t Delay! Spring Weed Control Starts Sooner Than You Think Why Is March Prime Time for Mulch? Just as weeding and removing leaves is easier to do before new bulbs and perennials pop up, the same goes for mulching. The soil is still weed-free, herbaceous plants are just beginning to grow, and the soil is starting to warm up a little, which means it’s the perfect window to lay your mulch while avoiding other plants’ lifecycles. How Much Mulch Do I Need? When it comes to mulch, more is definitely not better! Applying an overly thick layer of mulch can do more harm than good since it’s likely to encourage fungal disease and possibly even kill your plants. To be sure your yard gets just the right amount of mulch,...
Landscape Design Journals: White Rock For Dark Spots

Landscape Design Journals: White Rock For Dark Spots

Here we feature a Landscape Design and Installation project in Westbrook, CT.  Taking an ignored, dark area of a lawn and turning it into a bright centerpiece.   Assessment & Diagnosis A retired Army General and his Wife had recently moved to Westbrook, CT and claimed to us “This is it!” “Our final home, and we want the lawn to look beautiful!”.  “Yes, sir!” we exclaimed, in the spirit of fresh boot camp arrivals. After cleaning all the leaves and debris it was apparent that this area was not only neglected and baron, but it was also at the very forefront of their landscape.  This did not bod well for curb appeal, and did not fit well with the other tightly manicured greens surrounding them.  This area was encompassed by tall trees, and did not even show signs of having any grass growth for years. There were also concerns on the slope and direction of the terrain.  All drainage led directly to this area, in almost a purposeful “catch basin” manner.  Allowing this situation to continue would have been a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi.   Treatment Plan Corrective measures were taken to control runoff and drainage, brighten up this area, and make sure it would be a long lasting solution. After designing the layout and deciding on 3/4″ White Rounded Marble for material, the following steps were taken: Create & Cut bed outline with mechanical edger Dig & remove 3″ layer and dispose of on site Create straight deep edges for retention Double Layer of Landscape fabric Apply landscape material in the form of White Marble Use...
This is the Most Efficient Way to Mow the Grass

This is the Most Efficient Way to Mow the Grass

You want your lawn to look good, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time mowing. When it comes to lawn care, there is a right and wrong way to mow the grass. Conquer Edges First First, take care of your yard’s edges. To do this, Cardinal Lawns, a full-service lawn and landscape company in Ohio, recommends taking two passes around the outside edges (three if your yard is surrounded by a fence). By doing this first, you’ll have room to turn the mower around, which will make the job go faster with less hassle. Pick a Pattern One of the most common and easiest patterns to mow the grass is with stripes. You’ll do one pass, then make a 180-degree turn to make the next pass, slightly overlapping the first pass. Do this until the lawn is mowed. Cardinal Lawns recommends alternating directions each time you mow, so if you mow vertically one week, go in a horizontal pattern the next. Lawn experts note circling is probably the easiest and most efficient pattern when mowing your lawn. After mowing the edges, just keep making passes in a circular pattern until you make your way to the middle of the yard. This is an efficient method for most lawns, as it cuts down on all the sharp turns you’d make if you mow in rows. Mix it Up No matter what pattern you chose, mix it up each week. This will prevent grass from growing in one direction, which not only makes your lawn less attractive but it makes mowing more difficult. Helpful Reminders When you’re ready to...
The Quickest Way to Revive Your Lawn After Winter | Green Team Lawn Care

The Quickest Way to Revive Your Lawn After Winter | Green Team Lawn Care

The Great American Lawn. To some, it’s a manicured masterpiece the equal of anything found at the finest golf course. See our top 10 tips for a perfect lawn. To others, it’s simply a soft, green spot for the kids to play on. However, if your turf isn’t looking so great, there’s no better time than spring to start improving it.   Dry Up Snow Mold One thing to look for after winter is snow mold, a cold-season fungus that causes gray-colored circles or patches where there had been snow. If you see snow mold, rake the lawn to loosen matted grass and allow the grass to dry out. You may need to overseed the area to encourage grass to fill in.   Get rid of leftover deicing salt Also, if you live where winters are cold, grass near sidewalks and driveways may suffer damage from deicing salt. You can apply a thin layer of pelletized or granular gypsum—a naturally occurring mineral used as a soil conditioner—to replace the salt with calcium and sulfur. Water thoroughly. To minimize damage in the future, consider using sand or cat litter instead of salt.   Remove thatch and aerate Spring is the time for a good, stiff raking to remove thatch—a dead layer of debris that slowly builds up at the base of grass. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to aerate. You can get together with the neighbors and rent a gas-powered unit for the day. Or aerate by hand with a manual core aerator. This loosens up the ground, allowing oxygen and water to better penetrate to the roots.  ...