It is hard to believe that we are already half way through 2018. This Spring has been very busy for us thanks to all of you. We are glad to say we are almost done with mulching and are looking forward to our second round of pruning. If you signed up for pruning on your contract this Spring, you don’t have to do anything. We already have you on the list and will be working our way to you. This time through, we are only looking to lightly shape the shrubs to get them back in shape. Doing too much to them can be harmful. If you would like us to take your shrubs down more, we can do that in the late Fall or early Spring. Just give us a call and we can come out to discuss this option with you.
The other thing we have started is our third round of fertilizer for our five and six step clients. This round will have an insecticide in it to target grubs. We want to get them now before they start feeding heavily on the grass roots in August. If you have not signed up for a fertilizer program or signed up for our four-step program, it is not too late to make the adjustment and either get on a program or upgrade to the five-step program to handle the grubs.
Looking forward at the temperatures for the next couple weeks, we are seeing high temperatures and not much rain. If you have a newly installed lawn or plants, please remember to keep up on the watering. This is the time of year where plants or turf that are struggling will give up and die. Many of you will notice your lawns starting to get a brown tinge to it. That is just the grass going dormant due to temperatures and lack of rain. Do not worry though, as soon as the rains start back and the temperatures drop, the grass will start coming back. You will notice us mowing less though during this time. We want to be careful we do not cause damage to your lawn by mowing it when it is stressed and not growing. If you have us take care of your weeds, we will continue to show up to make sure your beds don’t get overrun while the grass is not growing. If you have any questions, please just give us a call so we can get you the answers you need.
We hope you and your family enjoy the 4th of July and continue to have a safe and happy Summer!
Liriope are low, grass-like, flowering plants. They originated in East Asia and Southeast Asia. Although it is sometimes called Lilyturf, it is neither a true grass or a Lily. Some folks confuse Liriope with Monkey Grass, which is also known as Mondo Grass. Liriope is a perennial.
Liriope is commonly used as a ground cover or a border plant in landscapes. There are about 20 varieties of Liriope species available, but “Big Blue” is the most commonly available.
Liriope reaches about 1 foot in height and is clump forming. It has a spikey flower, ranging in color from white to blue and lavender. It produces a dark berry in Fall. They can be grown in partial shade but can also tolerate full sun. Either way, they need a well drained soil. They are tough plants that spread easily and quickly, and one can find themselves in a love/hate relationship with them – in some areas, they are considered invasive plants.
An interesting phenomenon happened here at Brothers Grimm last year. Within one week of each other, two of our key employees ended up in the ER with allergic reactions to stinging insects. Jacob was first after he was stung by a honeybee and Jason followed the next week after he was stung by a ground wasp. Both were told that they had developed a life threatening allergy to stinging insects and both now carry Epi-pen injectors with them should either of them get stung again.
I share these stories to help you understand part of the reason for our stinging insect policy, which is pretty simple: We carry wasp & hornet spray in all of our trucks and if we come across a nest at your house where we are working, we are going to spray it. The standard charge for this is $25.00 per can (vs. $75+ that an exterminator will charge you). Usually, one can will do the trick.
We will take care of it normally without talking to you first as usually these situations call for immediate action. Now, the exception to this rule is the honeybee. We will not spray honeybees, but will let you know if we find a swarm so that a beekeeper can be called to come and remove them. Honeybees need all of the help they can get!