Do It Yourself tips.............

A few trade secrets we thought we would share with you. Please let us know if you have any other questions on how to do something in your lawn and landscaping! Also check back with us later this year for a series of "how to videos".

Thanks again & we hope these tips are helpful!

Lawns-

* Mow your lawn no lower than 3" cutting height. Raising the cutting height to 3.5" during mid to late summer will keep your grass greener and help shade the ground to suppress those unwanted weeds!

Your yard is your canvas for your landscaping!

*Watering in dry times for longer periods of time will promote deep root growth & ease the disease pressure of common fungal attacks. Avoid short, frequent waterings.

*Core Aeration is key to having great turf. After aeration is performed, filling your "plugged" areas with a compost will give your soil a natural, long lasting boost of nutrients and will also cut down your lawn watering bill saving you time & money.

Pulled plugs allow moisture to soak in instead of running off

Landscape-

*Mulch- Keep a 2-3" layer of mulch over your landscaping beds but avoid applying mulch on or near any plant stem or tree trunk. If you already have 3"+ layer of mulch, you will need to remove the mulch layer before applying new mulch.

A well defined edge keeps mulch in & grass out

*Decorative stone mulch should have a plastic or woven fabric placed in between stones and the soil (acting as a soil separator) to keep stones clean. If not, the soil will come up thru your stones creating a future mess.

Decorative stones used as a mulch

*Pruning- Early spring is the best time to cut back most non-flowering shrubs with the exception of roses & butterfly bushes. Typically you can remove 1/3 to 1/2 of the shrubs growth. In most case this will rejuvenate the plant, leading to a healthier plant. As a general rule, flowering shrubs should be pruned when this years flowers are fading.

Gas or electric triming shears saves time & energy

Hope this was helpful! We hope to lead you down the right path!

Please check back with us later for more tips and to view our "how to" series of videos. As always, please let us know if you have any other landscaping questions! Happy gardening!!

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