Pruning: How and When to Prune Flowering Plants

Popular master contractors - Contractor Forums - Hydrangeas are another story. Plants that bloom in late summer or fall, on stem growth from the current growing season, should be pruned in winter or early spring, while the plant is dormant. Some plant types will make this easy and others not so much. The key is to figure out which type(s) you have. . During the growing season that follows, buds will form and bloom on the current year's growth. Some hydrangea bloom on the old wood while others bloom on the new growth. Azaleas, for example, form buds all along the stem, so you can cut anywhere and still encourage buds to bloom ..More

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Closer Look at Yellow Nutsedge

Directory listing of technicians - Blog - Ask A Question - Cold weather can also help to keep yellow nutsedge under control. The plant is also somewhat shade tolerant. . When soil temperatures drop to below 20Ëš F, the tubers will die off, but those that are much farther down will remain viable ..More

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DIY Core Aeration Is Aerating Your Lawn Worth It?

Find best 10 certified contractors - Technician Forum Service - The application of additional grass seed to an existing lawn, sometimes called overseeding or reseeding, is best done immediately following core aeration of a lawn. This is because the openings caused by the aeration process make it easier for the new seed and/or nutrients to penetrate the soil. . Fertilizer applications are also more effective at this time. Obviously the individual applying these materials must know what to apply and at what rate ..More

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Lookout and Prevent Fall Armyworms On Your Lawn!

Top 10 Best industrial contractors - Service Professional Forums - And with a name like Fall Armyworms, you know the news can't be good. Fall Armyworms aren't really worms at all, but caterpillars, the larvae stage of Fall Armyworm moths. In the south, where warm season turfgrasses thrive, their threat begins earlier and lasts longer. . In northern climates, where cool season turfgrasses grow, Fall Armyworms attack as summer gives way to fall. They start small and grow to an inch and a half in length. As often as not, by the time a serious infestation is diagnosed, substantial permanent damage has already been done. Fall Armyworms tend to appear unpredictably in large number, like an attacking army, and they come hungry. Even their scientific name, Spodoptera Frugiperda spells trouble, as frugiperda is Latin for lost fruit ..More

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Rejuvenate Your Lawn with Core Aeration and Reseeding

Top 10 Best technicians - Repair & Troublshooting Blogs - If you are in the more southern part of the cool season areas, you have more time, but you should try to have it completed by end of October. One other important part of a fall lawn overseeding program, it needs to be completed early enough for the seed to germinate and sufficiently grow before inclement weather sets in for the winter. . Even if your area did not have to endure any extreme heat or drought this past summer, having the lawn aerated and reseeded will help ensure an even better lawn next year. In the colder parts of the cool-season areas, try to have the seeding completed by the end of September ..More

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