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Pruning Crepe Myrtles: A How-To Guide


Known both as crepe myrtles and crape myrtles, this beautiful flowering southern tree thrives year round, offering spectators a visual treat no matter the season. Boasting eye-catching blooms and attractive bark, this flowering tree blooms on new wood. That means pruning is essential to the success of this tree. Winter and early spring are ideal times to get out the pruners because they are leafless, which makes it easier to spot the branches. But don’t just hack away. There is a method to the madness! Here are some tips:

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Common Lawn Care Mistakes and How to Fix Them


Do you look longingly at your neighbor’s lush green lawn and wonder why his is so perfect? Do you go by the books and try to get your lawn to look the same to no avail? Well, you may be taking the wrong approach. You’re not alone, though. Many homeowners make mistakes on a daily basis in regards to weed control, grass growth and maintenance. Here are some common lawn care mistakes you may be making, and tips on how to fix them. Soon, YOUR yard will be the envy of the neighborhood.

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Your Guide to Pruning Hydrangeas


Hydrangeas are a common plant in the South and are thus included in many home and business landscapes. Many home owners and landscapers mistakenly think the best time to prune these bushes is in February; however, this isn’t entirely true when you take a look at how these flowers develop. According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, some hydrangeas bloom on “old wood” while others on “new wood.” If they are on old wood, this means the blooms are produced by buds stemming from the previous summer; buds forming on this year’s growth show up on new wood. As an example, big leaf and oak leaf bloom on old wood; smooth and Panicle hydrangeas bloom on new wood.

Pruning shrubs that bloom on old wood right after flowering will prevent the removal of the developing buds for next year. August is when the next year’s buds start to form. Shrubs on new wood would be best pruned in late winter or early spring so new blooms are encouraged. Check out these maintenance tips:

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Preserving Your Pavers: Protect Them From Debris


If you have pavers in your backyard for a patio, walkway or garden area, you know how beautiful and functional they can be. However, if you fail to keep up with maintenance, they will fall victim to staining, pitting, and cracking from debris and the effects of weather. It’s a fact of life: people will spill wine, soda, and food on your pavers. Nature will drop acorns, falling limbs, leaves and pine needles on your pavers. You can’t really avoid all that, but you can take some preventive measures to ensure these decorative exterior surfaces withstand abuse from the environment, people, pets and weather.

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Landscape Lighting Planning & LEDs: Creating a Plan


When it comes to landscape lighting and design, you need a well-thought-out master plan that incorporates lighting in different phases. Which phases should be done first, second, third? Where do you need the most light? What are you hoping to achieve? Landscape lighting addresses three main factors: safety for guests and home owners at night, theft deterrent and ambience. Having a master plan in place will help this process go much more smoothly.

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The Different Options of Outdoor Fireplaces


If you love to spend time outdoors in your backyard even in the cooler months, there’s no better way to relax than in front of a roaring fireplace. Fireplaces aren’t just for indoors; there are many outdoor options to choose from that can turn a ho-hum evening into a fun and entertaining one. Twelve Oaks Landscape can provide you with just the right outdoor fireplace or fire pit for your family to enjoy in your outdoor living space. From custom built to pre-fab to kits, you have several options at your disposal when considering an outdoor fireplace or firepit.

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DIY Tips on Pre-Emergent vs. Post-Emergent Herbicides


If you consider yourself a DIY type around the yard, you may have decided to go it alone when it comes to handling your lawn. If so, you’ll need to arm yourself with the knowledge on how to treat weeds of all kinds and at various stages in their growth. Let Twelve Oaks Landscape provide you with a few nuggets of information when it comes to the use of pre-emergent vs. post-emergent products for your turf. Our experienced team can help you determine the differences between the most important herbicides you can apply to keep those pesky weeds at bay.

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Landscape Design: The Costs


Landscape design is not cheap. We know that here at Twelve Oaks Landscape, and as such, we recognize the concerns homeowners like you have when determining whether or not landscape design is right for you and your budget. Rest assured, we work with you to come up with a plan that incorporates YOUR budget and YOUR needs so that you can feel comfortable going forward. It certainly is possible to design your yard in a beautiful and functional manner without having to spend a fortune.

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