Tree Trimming In South Texas

Before you find yourself balancing on the top rung of your ladder, praying the wind doesn’t blow, take a few minutes to evaluate the situation. 

Red Tip Photinia CPR

So many times I go out on projects and see a recurring trend - diseased plants! One of the most common is Photinia Leaf Spot. Most of the time the client is at their whits-end when it comes to a solution for the issue. We’re huge proponents of preventing diseases, rather than trying to play defense and attempting to deal with an existing problem in the landscape. I’m going to share with you some basic steps you can take to improve the health of your plants and landscape.
 
  1. Remove Decaying Leaf Matter
I know what you’re thinking, “but composting is good for the soil”. You’re right, but one of the differences between your compost pile and the 2” of leaves under your plants is Heat! When you have a compost pile of leaves and other waste, the center of that pile heats up, killing the bad bacteria and spores that spread disease. On the other hand, the mat of decomposing leaf matter under your shrubs just doesn’t have the chance to get hot enough and begin a beneficial composting cycle. So your best bet is to remove them. 
  1. Prune
Take the time in the Fall to do the major pruning on your Photinias. You want to create good air circulation and plant structure. Don’t continue to prune in the Spring and Summer with the goal of just encouraging new growth. If things are getting out of control, go ahead and prune back what is required, but do the major work in the Fall. 
  1. Mulch
A critical step in any landscape is the proper application of mulch. You want to have approximately 3” of loose mulch around your plants. When mulch gets compacted it begins to cut off the flow of oxygen to the root zone. Make sure you fluff up your mulch a few times per year. 
  1. Treatment
If you have a heavy infestation of disease, it may require additional treatment. We prefer an application of organic fungicide, but there are also chemical options available. Read the labels and see what you are comfortable applying in your landscape. 
 
With a little bit of planning and care, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful color and structure of the Red Tip Photinia for years to come!  

Spring Green Up

Now that Winter has given way to Spring, it’s time to make sure your landscape is ready for the family! We want you to be able to enjoy the most lush lawn and vibrant blooms in the neighborhood. Here are a few quick tips for getting your landscape ready for the months to come! 
 
  1. Check your irrigation system for proper operation and coverage. 
  2. Remove any remaining dead or decaying growth from winter damage. 
  3. Fertilize plants and shrubs with a quality organic fertilizer. 
 
Following these simple steps you will begin to see results in as little as 5-7 days! BUT if you’d rather sit back and just enjoy the results, give us a call and we’ll take care of everything!  

Landscape Maintenance

March 15th, 2016 by Summitadmin

What’s the best and easiest way to maintain your landscape?! Team up with a company who understands your needs better than anyone else! 
 
We believe that understanding your long term goals enables us to create the best solutions for your landscape. As spring approaches, now is the ideal time to take look at your lawn and beds. Our team is always ready to answer your lawn and plant related questions. Give us a call today or come walk through our Design Center in Hondo and experience what makes us the leading landscape maintenance company in South Texas. We can’t wait to visit with you!   

 

Spring is Around the Corner!

After a long winter filled with cold temperatures and brown plants, what are the two main things we all want? Warm sunny days, and green plants!! This series on Getting Ready for Spring will help you cover all the bases when it comes to bringing your landscape out of hibernation. This blog is going to cover one of the “component” sides of your landscape green up.

 

Let’s start out by defining what we are actually doing with fertilizers and how they can help us. You may have wondered what numbers like 4-2-3, 18-46-0 and 24-8-4 actually mean to you and your landscape.