Mulching is one of the best things you can do for your landscape to give your home a beautiful, finished appearance! In addition to decorative value, mulching offers many benefits to your soil and plants. Choosing a natural-based mulch rather than one made of rubber or gravel increases the advantages to mulching.
Mulching protects against the changing temperatures. Mulch acts as in insulator, which helps to regulate soil temperature. During the hot, Florida summer the soil remains cool. The mulch acts as a blanket during the cooler temperatures, keeping soil nice and warm. Mulch conserves moisture as well, so you can spend less time watering. Mulch slows down moisture evaporation so more water remains in the soil and available to thirsty plant roots! BONUS: a 2-3 inch layer of mulch naturally helps prevent weeds from sprouting and taking over your landscape by blocking their growth and access to the sunlight.
Mulching instantly adds rich color and a manicured look to your landscape. Putting mulch in your landscape beds, around the foundation of your home, around trees and between garden beds gives a great curb appeal! Colored mulches compliment the hues of your home and flower beds. For example, Cypress mulch goes will with brick houses, and red mulch with light colored houses.
You want to use mulches made from organic materials, in order to improve the soil as the mulch breaks down. Insects in the soil naturally consume the mulch over time, and add the by-products back into the soil in the form of organic matter. Also, mulch keeps soil nutrients from being washed away with the rain, but it also can release nutrients into the soil if you are using an organic material. This happens as the organic material slowly decomposes on top of the soil.
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There are so many benefits to adding mulch to your landscape, call 3 Seasons Lawn & Landscape today to get a free quote! Are you tired of looking out your window and seeing just a sea of green? We can add a pop of color and enhance curb appeal as well as property values!
Crape Myrtles are an ornamental Asian shrub or small tree with bright colored crinkled pedals. They typically grow in warmer climates of the world, so they are a common plant in Florida. Crape Myrtles provide a remarkable addition to your landscape and are bought frequently for their vibrant colors. They can grow anywhere from 1” to 100”!
Crape Myrtles grow so easily and bloom so long that we love them like family members, except during the winter when they are chopped down to the stump. They bloom so beautifully during the summer but are leafless in the wintertime, revealing nothing but branches. Crape Myrtles grow so fast that it is a common assumption they will grow back as normal when spring comes back around. But STOP! Chopping them down will just leave you with spindly and unattractive growth from ugly stumps in the springtime. This method is commonly referred to as “Crape Murder”.
Prune Correctly – Or else!
The proper way to care for your Crape Murder during the winter, in order to achieve those bright blooming pedals in the summer, is to trim off the top 2-3 feet of your branches just before spring or in late winter. Pruning Crape Myrtles takes gentle care, and is best done by a professional. You want to avoid using an electric hedge trimmer for this job and stick to using your standard pruners. If pruned incorrectly, you could be left with a lot of ugly! Trust 3 Seasons Lawn & Landscape to care for your Crape Myrtles and other ornamental plants in your landscape, call today for your free estimate!
How unfortunate is it to have gardening as your favorite hobby, but your outdoor allergies get the best of you every time? Finding plant varieties that won’t trigger your immune system can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. The easiest way to create an allergy-friendly garden is to hire a professional landscape service to do it for you. With the knowledge and experience in selecting plants and plant maintenance, 3 Seasons Lawn & Landscape is who you should trust.
What Causes These Allergies?
The most common yard allergies are caused by over-sensitivity to pollen. Most of the pollen that causes allergies come from trees, weeds, & different grasses. If you suffer from allergies, we advise you to check pollen counts daily. The term “pollen counts” refers to how many grains of pollen are active within a predefined volume of air. The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America regularly releases environmental statistics.
Can I Avoid The Symptoms From My Allergies?
Most sufferers can’t really avoid the symptoms of an allergy while they work, as there is no way to eliminate irritants from the air. Though you can pick your moments of exposure carefully and take precautions. If you are one of the few that experience more severe physical reactions, it is best to leave the gardening and lawn maintenance to the professionals. You don’t have to settle for a poor quality or mediocre lawn, call 3 Seasons Lawn & Landscape to help avoid those allergic reactions!
Though Florida may not really experience winter, Lawn Maintenance during wintermonths can be a challenge for the untrained homeowner. Temperatures typically drop between the months of December through February in Florida. Here in New Port Richey, it can get even a few degrees lower than most southern areas, and those few degrees can make a difference. Caring for your lawn during this time may not seem as important, but we assure you it is.
Have you ever noticed how your lawn turns brown in the winter? What’s happening is your lawn is going into shock due to the infrequent cold weather. As the cold months approach, your lawn begins to enter a state of dormancy. This meaning that the grass will grow at a slower rate and not be as green naturally. For optimum health for your lawn during the winter, be sure to take proper care by calling a professional for help. There are measures and options that can improve the look of your lawn overall and boost its health too!
Lawn Maintenance During Winter
When mowing your lawn, the recommended height is to be left taller than during spring and summer months in order to give protection to the roots from cooler weather. For St. Augustine grass, the recommended mow height is 3.5”-4’. Due to the lower growth rate in your grass, watering is not of high priority during the winter. You actually want to cut back on your irrigation, especially in the morning when the grass is already wet and cold. Though your lawn may look dead, there is no need for fertilizer. In fact, fertilizing your lawn during cooler weather could cause more harm than good.
The good thing about lawn care in winter, is there is minimum effort needed versus the steady maintenance required for spring and summer. But that doesn’t mean neglect it completely! Let 3 Season’s Lawn and Landscape Inc. maintain your lawn all year round, our highly trained lawn care professionals are able to keep your lawn beautiful no matter what the weather is! Call today for your free quote!