Top 6 Landscape Trends 2016

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Lux lighting and edible arrangements are on the rise this year, according to the National Association of Landscape Professionals' list of the top landscape design trends for 2016, a gathering of data based on current consumer demands and lifestyle trends, as well as broader horticultural, architectural and design factors.

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5 Ways to Winterize Your Landscape

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Autumn is an important time of year for home maintenance, especially outdoors. The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) recommends homeowners prepare their yards for colder months before the fall chill sets in.

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Fall lawn-care tips

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Taking the time and effort to prep your lawn for the cooler fall and winter months will result in lusher, greener grass once the temperatures start rising again. Here are some tips to make sure your lawn is ready to take the cooler months looming ahead.

Fertilizing
Fertilizing before cold weather arrives gives your yard nutrients that are good for strengthening roots and increasing the nutrients stored for an earlier spring green. While the top growth of grass stops, grass plants are storing nutrients and energy for the following season.

To determine the best ratio of fertilizer for the soil in your yard, you should utilize a soil test. Otherwise, look for fertilizer with a nitrogen-phosphate-potassium (NPK) ratio of 3:1:2 or 4:1:2.

When applying the fertilizer, make sure that you follow the application instructions and rate information on the package and use a calibrated spreader to apply the correct amount. It is also a good rule to apply the fertilizer in the fall about 2-3 weeks before the ground freezes so the plant can start to take up some of the nutrients.

Instead of pacing the yard with a push spreader, consider a tow-behind spreader attached to your riding lawn mower or garden tractor. An attachment, such as a pull-type spin spreader , can quickly distribute fertilizer evenly across your yard.

Aerating
Aerating, the process of removing plugs of soil and thatch from the lawn, is ideal in cooler months. It encourages deep rooting, improves water and nutrient penetration, and promotes growth of beneficial soil microorganisms. There are a variety of techniques you can use to penetrate the soil such as spiked shoes or spray-on liquids, but to most effectively aerate soil, attach a de-thatcher, or a plug aerator behind a riding mower or tractor to remove plugs of soil from two to three inches deep.

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