Read below for helpful landscape, pest prevention, and lake maintenance tips. Questions? Give us a call today!
Ask for an evaluation and treatment program for your high valued landscape investment before a problem occurs. Tree nutritional deficiencies may take a couple of injection seasons to correct. Also, disease treatments are preventative measures and provide no curative remedy.
Trimming & Pruning
Use clean, sharp pruning instruments to avoid injuring the plant or tree. The best time to prune is just prior to new growth, typically in the late winter or early spring. Instruments should be cleaned with a sterilization solution containing either bleach (25% with 75% water), or pine oil (25%/75% water) or alcohol (50%/50% water) between trimming plants/trees to avoid the spread of disease. Palm trees should not be “Hurricane Cut” or pruned above the 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock outline. Removing green fronds reduces winter hardiness, weakens the canopy and leads to nutrient deficiency.
This will vary depending on the type of plant or tree; however, many of our disease issues are attributed to overwatering practices, especially with palm trees. Roots that are saturated cannot pull nutrients from the soil and may even rot. Palm trees require only a minimum amount of water and actually do best under dry conditions.
Landscape According To Site Conditions
Plants and trees should be planted according to site conditions, including soil moisture, soil fertility, and amount of sunlight. Soil testing is recommended for sites with ongoing issues.
Pest Prevention Tips
Properly Store Food
Store pantry products like cereal, flour, rice, pasta, etc., in a Ziploc bag or sealed container. In the event that you have a contaminated product, you only have to throw that one item away saving you the trouble and expense of throwing all food items away.
Keep Food Areas Clean
Roaches and ants are scavenging opportunists. Make sure that food preparation areas and pet food areas are kept clean.
Trim Nearby Landscapes
Keep landscape plants and tree branches off of and away from your home or structure, making it as difficult as possible for pests to use them as a way to enter.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are a major concern for pet owners as they have irritating bites for both animals and humans and can also carry diseases. In addition to having your veterinarian supervise treatments directly for your pet, control tips include:
- Vacuuming regularly and discarding the bag to reduce the populations.
- Washing pet bedding in hot water as allowed per the label.
- Avoid feeding birds or wildlife that can bring in unwanted fleas and ticks.
- Check you pet for hitch hiking ticks before bringing them inside.
- Avoid areas frequented by other pets/animals.
Monitor Bird Feeders & Baths
Bird feeders, though well intended, often attract nuisance wildlife such as rodents. Bird baths can become mosquito breeding pools if not frequently cleaned.
Decrease Nighttime Lighting
Reduce or eliminate unnecessary exterior lighting. Flying insects, and subsequently the spiders that feed on them, are attracted to nighttime lights.
Lake Maintenance Tips
Avoid Feeding Wildlife
Supplementing natural food sources will add to the nutrient load in the water body in the form of excrement. Higher nutrient loads trigger algae blooms and fish kills.
Embrace Desirable Vegetation
Some native plant species, such as pickerelweed and duck potato, can provide an aesthetic and ecological benefit to the water body. These plants provide food and habitat for wildlife while using the nutrients in the water body.
Keep Fertilizers and Grass Clippings on the Lawn
Fertilizers should be properly applied to their intended site and blown off of sidewalks and roads so that they do not wash off into the water system. Likewise, grass clippings should stay on the lawn or in the landscape beds. Decomposing vegetation in a water body will release nitrogen and phosphorous.