'Answers to Your Questions'
What can I do to improve my lawn?
Effective lawn care is all about doing the appropriate service at the correct time of the year. Nothing is more frustrating than spending time and money on a service that just doesn’t work. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts in establishing beautiful turf. Proper irrigation and a six-round turf program including fertilization, weed control, fungicide treatment, and overseeding are essential in establishing and maintaining healthy turf. Please contact us for details and pricing on our turf programs as well as irrigation options.
What is the best kind of grass seed to use on my lawn?
In our area, fescue has been the standard in turfgrass for many years. Although Bermuda and other hybrid warm-season grasses are becoming more popular, most of us like to see a green lawn in the winter as well as the summer. In choosing a fescue seed for your turf, it’s very important to use a high quality fine blade fescue blend. Wide blade fescue seed is cheaper but makes much nicer pasture grass than turf. The advantage of using a 3-way blend has to do with disease resistance, complimenting “green peak” schedules, and ultimately a healthier, heartier lawn.
When is the right time to plant trees and shrubs?
Late fall is the ideal time to plant trees and shrubs because even evergreens are dormant during this time of year. Along with cooler temperatures, transplanting dormant trees and shrubs is the key to minimizing plant stress and increasing their survival rate. Another important thing to remember when planting B&B material in the fall is the plant should not have been field dug until the first frost. Beware of “great deals” on large B&B trees if you can not verify when they were dug. Container shrubs and trees will transplant well nearly anytime of the year if watered and cared for. Be careful, however, during dry hot summer months, as this is the most stressful time of year for nearly all plant material.
Will mulch around my house promote termites?
Mulches contribute to a stable moist environment that is good for trees and shrubs, and unfortunately, also a good environment for termites and other insects. For this reason, mulch should never be placed directly against wood structures. However, the myth that termites “inhabit” mulch is simply not true. Termites will eat through bark mulches to get to wood, but the bark found in quality mulches is not a food source and will not sustain termites. The real danger lies in using low quality mulches that contain wood material such as pallets and lumber. This will promote termite colonization wherever it is used and should be absolutely avoided. Beware of the “free mulch” temptation from sources getting rid of their shredded wood refuse.
Why is there such price disparity among irrigation system installers?
Irrigation systems all serve the same primary function, which is tapping an existing water source and routing water to intended areas of the landscape. That’s where the common characteristics stop. There is a significant amount of cost variance between correctly installing an efficient irrigation system with the latest water technologies and one that simply gets things wet. With the cost of water and the increasing need for efficiency and conservation, the additional money invested in a quality irrigation system will be recovered in water savings in a very short time. Remember that the installation cost is a one-time investment, but the monthly water usage, plant replacements, and system repairs are an ongoing expense.