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.
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:
It’s a no-brainer that you need to keep your weeds and crab grass under control. But how can you best go about it? The best method is through the use of a pre-emergent herbicide, but let’s clear up all the myths out there first.
Whether you decided to DIY your own landscaping project at home or you hired a fly-by-night “professional” who really botched up the job, landscape design mishaps are, unfortunately, quite common. Here’s what you can do to ensure this doesn’t happen to you again.
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.
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.
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.
If you have a crepe myrtle tree in your yard, you know how beautiful it can be in all seasons, with its stunning blooms and attractive bark. They thrive well in the south, producing beautiful flowers in the summer and brilliant colors in the fall. Ideal as a year-round accent for your yard, this tree’s scientific name is Lagerstroemia, a type of deciduous small tree native to India, northern Australia, and Oceania. While not too hard to care for, crepe myrtles do need a little bit of TLC to ensure they look great throughout the year.
The last thing you may be thinking of right now is the warm weather of spring, but proper planning is everything if you want your lawn to look its best through the following summer. When it comes to spring lawn care, you want someone on your side who has been in the business for many years and has experience serving the residents of Chattanooga, Huntsville and all of northeast Alabama. That company is Twelve Oaks Landscape. It’s never too soon to start planning for spring lawn care, so check out these tips for guaranteeing a beautiful yard. This way, you can hit the ground running once the first bird chirps.