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85 Degrees = Extra Water

When the temperatures rise into the 80's plants require extra water because the ground moisture evaporates quickly.  Any type of flowering plant will quickly begin showing signs of stress in very warm conditions.  If there is little to no rain, extra water is necessary to prevent the plantings from wilting.  Specifically flowering plants like Viburnum, Hydrangea, Azalea, Spirea, and Lilac are the least forgiving in drought conditions.  When temperatures start flirting with 90 degrees plant stress can be 3 times higher than 10 degrees less because ground evaporation multiplies as heat increases.

The simple solution to a hot, dry spell is to add an extra cycle to your daily watering schedule.  Remember when temperatures cool down to cancel that extra cycle to avoid over watering. 

Shake Your Trees!

Winter is here and we will see snow for the next couple of months. Please remember to shake your trees.  Smaller evergreens and bushes, such as Arborvitae, will get sagging branches from large snow amounts or wet, heavy snow.  It is...

Polymeric Sand Installation

With the recent popularity of polymeric sand, many home owners are trying to improve their patio or sidewalk.  It is important that high quality polymeric sand is used.  Many of the big box stores sell inexpensive polymeric sand that has...

Fall Things to Do:

We are now into fall.  The weather has changed from warm and sunny to chilly and damp.  Now is the time to do a few important things to keep your landscaping healthy and protected. 1.  Winterize your sprinkler system.  It is...

How Late In the Season Do We Work?

Many customers ask: How late in the season do we continue to install landscape jobs? The answer is based on two weather conditions: 1.  First significant snow. 2.  When the ground freezes. Once one of these occurs we will shut...

Expanded Box Tree Moth Quarantine

Due to recent detections of box tree moth the quarantine has been expanded.  This pest is highly invasive. The recent sightings have been in Oakland and Eaton counties. The expansion of the quarantine will now include the following counties:...

New Tree Planting

Trees are an essential part of a new home or re-landscaping project.  Trees add beauty and often shade to any yard.  Trees last a lifetime if cared for correctly.  There are several factors to consider when planting a tree. The...

Adjusting Sprinklers to Weather Conditions

It is very important, especially when the weather is fluctuating as it is this year, to adjust your sprinklers.  The amount of water you need is based on the amount of rain and heat we get.  It needs to be balanced based on those...

Mosquito Repelling Plants

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner.  With warmer temperatures come those pesky mosquitos. While using commercial bug sprays can help keep mosquitos away they have chemicals that can be harmful to people and the...

Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses are used for aesthetic purposes to enhance a landscape.  They range in size from 3 inches to 10 feet tall. The colors they display are quite a site to see.  During the winter months, the leaves poke through the snow...

Digital Payments

A new trend in the financial world is using digital payments.  Popular types of these payments are Zelle, Venmo, and Cashapp.  While these are an easier way to transfer money for payment, buyer beware!  If there is a problem with the...

Downspouts

Today most home owners have gutters to catch roof run off water.  That water then travels into horizontal downspouts and discharges along the foundation of the house.  Often landscapers extend the downspouts underground to get the...

Hot Tub to Accent Your Landscaping

Many times we think of landscaping as a way to accent your home.  What can we add to accent our landscaping?  One option is a hot tub.  Hot tubs have become very popular during COVID.  They come is  wide variety of sizes,...

Invasive Species: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Please be on the lookout! According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) anyone who has eastern hemlock trees on their property should look for signs of hemlock woolly adelgid. In...

Keep Your Leaves Clear

Now that the weather has turned colder the leaves are falling.  It is important to keep fallen leaves off your lawn. While raking your lawn is a tedious task, it's important to maintain a healthy lawn.  Keeping leaves off the lawn...

Spotted Lanternfly-Invasive Species

In August, The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the detection of spotted laternfly in Pontiac, Michigan.  Early detection allows containment which is vital to prevent the spread. What to look for: Eggs of the spotted laternfly...

Invasive Beech Leaf Disease

Recently the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a case of invasive beech leaf disease in St. Clair County. The disease has not been present in Michigan before.  It is associated with the microscopic worm,...

Pros and Cons of Artificial Grass

There is a new trend for homeowners.  Installing synthetic grass at their homes instead of natural grass.  There are pros and cons to consider when making this decision. Pros: Pet Friendly Good for water conservation. Free of...

It's Time to Turn On Your Irrigation System

It looks like warmer weather is finally here!  With sunny days, warm temperatures, and drier air you need to make sure your sprinkler system is turned on and working properly.  Irrigation companies are busy so be sure to call...

Buying at Big Box Stores

Bulk trees and plants at low prices, so tempting but buyer beware.  Finally, the temps are rising and the sun is shining!  It's time to get your yard in order.  While out shopping at some of the big box stores you'll often see...

Hardscape Design Trends

Over the last few years we have seen a strong shift in brick paving and hardscape design trends.  In the past, curves and radiuses were often the focal point and highlight of patios and walkways.  The construction process was fairly simple...
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