Articles & Tips

Care of Plants
Watering - Watering is the most important thing you can do for your newly installed or existing plants. Before watering, make sure to check the moisture of your soil. Over watering can damage plants and trees just as much as under watering. Consistency is the key to healthy plants. If you miss a day of watering, you should continue at the same rate you normally would. For newly installed plants or trees, remember to water them thoroughly immediately after planting. Run a hose on moderate pressure for about 30 seconds for small plants and 1-2 minutes for larger plants and trees. During the plants first year, you should water it 2-3 times per week. For mature plants you should water 1-2 times per week, with a deep soaking during drought season.

Mulching - Mulching is an important aspect of any planting installation. Mulch not only retains moisture, but also adds nutrients, reduces the potential for weed growth, and adds a manicured appearance to your property.

Pruning - Plants should be pruned at least once per season after they have bloomed. The use of sharp and clean trimmers is extremely important to ensure the healthiness of the plant.

Fertilizing - Please contact us for your specific fertilizing needs. However, if your are a do-it-yourself person, we recommend the use of a slow release 10-10-10 balance fertilizer once per season.

Turf Care
Maintenance of Hydroseeding - Watering is the most important aspect or germinating a healthy lawn. You should water your newly installed lawn daily to the point of saturation. We recommend running a hose and sprinkler instead of hand watering to ensure proper coverage. After the lawn is installed, avoid walking directly on it for 2-3 weeks. Do not use fertilizer or herbicides on hydroseeded areas for the first three weeks after installation. Once grass had matured it is okay to apply herbicides after the first 3 mowings.

Maintenance of Sodded Lawns - Water newly sodded areas everyday for the first 2 weeks. Don't allow sodded areas to dry out, it needs about 1/2 inch of water per day. A light watering or rainfall is not sufficient enough to ensure proper growth. It may cause harm to the sod. Also avoid walking on sodded areas for a period of 2 weeks.

Overseeded or Slice-Seeded Lawns - Overseeding and slice seeding can only be performed on existing lawns. Watering is not as crucial as other types of grass installation. However, weekly watering and fertilization is vital.

Pavers & Walls

Concrete Pavers - These are care-free, however, there are a few simple steps to keep them looking new:

  1. Annual sweeping of sand into any joints or voids in the design will ensure minimal weed growth and proper alignment.
  2. Oil or grease stains can be simply removed by an over the counter grease and oil remover. You can purchase these products from any major home improvement center, or through us.
  3. Efflorescence is a chalky, whitish powder haze common on concrete and masonry. Weathering will make this disappear over time. Efflorescence removal products are available to take care of this problem.

Sealers - These products complement your walls and patios. Sealers can make old patios look new again, and can also produce a wet look (sheen) to protect against stains.