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March Newsletter

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

March 2016

Spring has appeared to arrive a bit early as seen this past weekend. Mountain biking this weekend along the Chattahoochee trails Trillium and Native Buckeyes are sprouting from the forest floor. You may notice in your gardens that Peonies and Clematis vines are up 4-6 inches. Spring looks like it is here but Atlanta’s last frost day on average is April 15th. I am sure we may have some more hard freezes coming in the next 30-45 days. Please search around or talk to us about covering and protecting plant growth. Bed sheets, burlap and frost cloth all work well to protect plants from freezing temperatures.

Daffodils are amazing this year and as always we think they are a great addition to any garden. The daffodils started blooming the last week of February and will continue to bloom all month long. The tulips that were planted in November and December should be on full display in the next 3-4 weeks. Pansy and viola beds have finally had some good consistent sunlight and are looking better and better each day. Weather has played a large role in their inconsistent look this year.

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Insects and disease activity is just around the corner. Our dormant oil applications are in full swing and our slow release fertilizer with pre-emergent have gone down in all beds. For ultimate protection on Boxwoods and other difficult plant species we recommend a deep root soil injection. This is performed by inserting a wand into the critical root zone of the plant’s or tree’s roots and triggering the solution of 4-6 month insecticide, fungicide, fertilizer and micro nutrients to be translocated throughout the entire plant from the root system. This application ultimately protects the plant for 4-6 months. This is a super application for Boxwoods to ward off Boxwood leaf miner and prevention of Aphids on Crape Myrtles.

Turf treatments are underway and all turf either warm season or cool season are receiving pre emergent and slow release fertilizer.  All rounds are liquid applications and will continue through April. We are on the lookout for Yellow Patch fungus in Fescue and can treat as needed with a fungicide.  Warm season turf will start to green slowly and with the turf coming out of dormancy we must be mindful that the turf is in a weak state and very vulnerable to fungus. Spring and fall are both tough times for warm season grasses, especially Zoysias. We will be monitoring the turf for Rhizoctonia fungus and will recommend a preventative fungicide if you lawn has had the fungus patch in the past. Later this month and into the first of April we will be lowering or scalping the warm season turf to remove any old grass layers and encourage the turf to grow in full and evenly.

This is a great time to be installing shrubs and trees to your garden. Temperatures are ideal and plants and trees are still in their dormant phase. Installing now gets the plants off to a great start.

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Our Irrigation techs are out evaluating systems and getting them ready for use.  Irrigation technology is at its height and this year we will be offering irrigation technology that you will be able to operate you clock from your smart phone.  Irrigation clocks will now be able to be inserted with a sim card and operate off satellite weather stations unique to your zip code. Monitoring your system from your smart phone or our manager’s phone saves us all time and most importantly WATER!

Thank you so much for your continued business and allowing us to maintain your gardens every week. It is our pleasure to manage your landscape during this busy time of the year.

Peter J. Copses

Vice President

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5 Spring Gardening Tips

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

5 Essential Spring Gardening Tasks for the Month of March.

  Every gardener needs to do these 5 things this time of year.

  1. Pruning – Early spring is a great time to perform dormant pruning. By dormant I mean the plant material has not leafed out yet.  Typically crepe myrtles, roses, and ornamental grasses can be pruned at this time.  This is also an excellent time to deep hand prune evergreen shrubs.  Deep pruning is when we go into the interior of the plant and make cuts so the plant will grow from the inside.  This keep the plant from getting leggy of having no interior growth.
  2. Mulching – Mulching with either pine straw or wood or bark mulches needs to be done at this time. Remember to remove leaves from bed areas and under plants before mulching.  Mulch is applied to insulate plant root systems, retain moisture, control weeds and to add beauty.  When installing mulch apply at a depth of 2 to 3 inches.

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  3. Fertilization – Apply slow release fertilizer to trees and shrubs. Usually you will use 1 teaspoon of fertilizer per foot of height.
  4. Planting – Early spring is a great time to plant new trees and shrubs. The weather is very cool this time of year making this task enjoyable.  The material you plant also will need minimal watering as we typically receive excellent rainfall this time of year in the South.
  5. Prepare your equipment – Make sure your mower is properly serviced so it will run well throughout the summer season. Have the mowers blades sharpened. Have all pruning equipment sharpened and well oiled.  Refill gas cans with new fuel if fuel has set all winter.


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Fall Gardening

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Fall Gardening Tips

ChrysanthemumsWith winter approaching there is a great deal of Fall Gardening that needs to take place in your garden. Aeration and overseeding of fescue turf grass needs to be completed. If warm season turf grass such as Bermuda has invaded the fescue, it should be sprayed out with herbicide before the aeration and overseeding is completed.

Fall DisplaysA pre-emergent herbicide needs to be applied to the warm season turf grasses to prevent winter weeds. Perennials need to be dead headed and divided if they are encroaching into other nearby plant material.

Finally it is time to install fall seasonal color. Tilling and preparing the beds properly is essential to the health and success of the planting. We hope these tips help you with your fall garden. To help you get back to enjoying the changing leaf colors and cooler weather, we recommend a professional performs these tasks. Please let us know if we can help you with your Fall Gardening needs.Aeration and Overseeding Fescue

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