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Cicadas Are Back.  Are You Prepared for Brood X?

Cicadas Are Back. Are You Prepared for Brood X?

What is a Cicada? Cicadas are sometimes called Locusts, but they are actually related to more commonly seen landscape pests like Aphids and Leafhoppers.  There are two different types of Cicadas - annual cicadas and periodical cicadas.  Annual Cicadas appear in smaller numbers every year, while periodical cicadas come out every 13 or 17 years and have extremely large populations.  Brood X, for example, is expected to have billions - yes I said BILLIONS - of insects this summer. When Will Brood X Appear? Soil temperatures need to be 65 degrees for roughly…continue reading →
Does Your Property Have Too Much Mulch?

Does Your Property Have Too Much Mulch?

Each Spring, millions, maybe billions of yards of mulch gets applied to landscape beds and tree rings around the world.  Mulch comes in all kinds of materials, colors, and textures and it provides countless benefits in the landscape.  The look of new mulch makes a significant impact on the visual appeal of properties.  Outside of the aesthetic improvement, it provides weed control, moisture retention, and helps keep soil temperatures consistent.  The benefits are numerous, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.  When excess mulch builds up year…continue reading →
Ice Melt – After the Storm

Ice Melt – After the Storm

How Does Ice Melt Effect Landscaping? There are several types of products used to manage snow and ice during winter months.  Rock salt (Sodium chloride) is one of the most commonly used de-icers.  It is inexpensive and very effective, but unfortunately can be potentially harmful to certain surfaces and plants that may be nearby. Other types of products contain minerals like potassium, magnesium, or calcium.  These types of products are less likely to cause damage to the landscaping plants and hardscapes.  The downside is that they are more expensive than rock salt and…continue reading →
Get Your Property Noticed with Landscape Lighting

Get Your Property Noticed with Landscape Lighting

As the days get shorter, commercial properties may feel less and less welcoming if key features and outdoor spaces are not lit with landscape lighting. We take for granted that public spaces will be well-lit after dark, but pole lights and high voltage bollards often don't highlight the more intimate features of a community or property. Low voltage accent lighting is designed to softly brighten outdoor spaces, making it inviting visually. Lighting Makes Outdoor Spaces Inviting Extending indoor living spaces into nature makes creating safe, well-lit outdoor spaces a new priority for property…continue reading →
Master Plan Today for a Beautiful Spring

Master Plan Today for a Beautiful Spring

Can you imagine building a house without any plans?  How would you know if the end result fits your needs or if it is within your budget without a plan?  Once upon a time, there were probably plans for the landscaping at your property.  Those plans probably showed what plants to use and where to put them.  They may have also outlined proper planting techniques and diagrammed play areas or outdoor seating spaces too.  But I bet those plans are long gone now.  And things in the landscape have grown, died, or changed. …continue reading →
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