Landscaping Solutions

Learn to prune like a pro

February is the best time to prune most shrubs and trees. Selectively removing dead, diseased or damaged branches and shoots now will give you healthier plants in the spring. Pruning also enables you to shape trees and plants for safety and aesthetic reasons. It’s like giving your plants a gym membership   Pruning benefits plants’…

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On your mark, get set … GROW!

If installing new turf grass is on your 2016 gardening agenda, it’s smart to get a head start. Proper site and soil preparation, before you do any planting, will make it easier for new grass to establish itself. You’ll get a healthier, more trouble-free lawn. Don’t procrastinate until spring when the urge to see “instant green”…

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Adventures in Leaf Raking

All of those leaves are all going to hit the ground eventually. It happens every fall. Here are some ideas that we like to call: The lazy person’s guide to leaf raking. Feel free to use any or all of these tips. They are in no particular order. Start by clearing the smallest area necessary.…

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These simple fall lawn care steps will reward you next spring

Late August/early September is the best time to prepare your yard for spring. These easy steps will also give you and your family a good excuse to be outdoors enjoying the cool, crisp weather. Make sure your soil is fertile. Most home improvement centers carry soil tests. Adding amendments now will help your fertilizer work well…

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Mudslides and flooding and drought … oh my!

Why sod is nature’s best weather buffer Healthy sod may just be the solution to many of today’s headline-making environmental issues. Turf does more than beautify your yard. From flooding to drought, air pollution to water pollution, sod works hard to guard against any number of problems. Floods: When the water rises, it tends to…

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Easy ways to transform your backyard into a staycation destination

Extend your summer vacation fun beyond whatever time off your family has from work and school. These days, families are transforming their backyards into staycation destinations. Forget pricey hotels and astronomical amusement park admissions. Invite the gang over for your own brand of excitement. Here are two simple steps for creating your backyard staycation destination:…

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Easy ways to help your lawn and garden survive summer vacation

It’s time for your much-anticipated summer vacation. But after tending to your yard and plants all spring, will they survive your week-long absence? Relax! Before you finish packing your sunscreen and bathing suit, just take a few minutes to do a little last-minute gardening. By following these simple steps, your lawn and garden may not…

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Soggy sod: Help your turf recover from too much rain.

Minor lawn flooding can help you fix future problems When the water is rising, and your neighbors are using boats instead of cars to fetch supplies, your lawn is probably the last thing on your mind. But eventually, you’ll want to deal with the soggy, muddy mess left by the flooding. All that water can…

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