It’s the first week of August in Ohio which means the Akron-Canton area is all abuzz. Canton has the Hall of Fame festivities going on and August 1st started the Bridgestone Invitational. Even though traffic all over is beyond crazy, everything seems to be going well so far. Of course, the busyness isn’t contained to those two activities. Our crews are working hard to get projects wrapped up and keep properties looking as good as the weather is allowing us.
We are at the time of year when most lawns are turning brown. This dormancy is normal and not to be worried about. The grass will turn green again once the temperatures start to cool off and the nice slow rains start to pick up. The heavy downpours we have experienced in the last couple weeks don’t do any good for your lawns and plants. Instead of soaking into the ground for the turf and plants to use, most of the rain just runs off and heads for the drains or low spots in the neighborhoods. My neighbor who happens to have the lowest property on our road has the greenest grass right now while mine is brown.
There are quite a few lawns we mow that we have been skipping the last few weeks and I don’t see that changing in the near future. If you have us do bed maintenance on your property, we will still stop by to make sure no weeds are growing in your beds. Just because we haven’t cut your lawn doesn’t mean we are not keeping an eye on it. We will look at the lawns each week to evaluate if it needs cut or if it’s better to leave it go for another week.
Make sure to keep an eye on your plants and trees during this time of year. Especially anything that was planted within the last year. This is the time of year you may need to be out watering them to make sure they make it through the Summer. If you have any questions on your plants, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are always happy to provide advice on how to take care of your landscape.
The other thing we are working on is getting through our second round of pruning. If you are noticing your shrubs are looking a little hairy, don’t worry, we are working our way through the list and will be getting your property back under control. If you did not select to have pruning done on your contract this Spring, but would like your shrubs pruned, don’t worry. All you have to do is give us a call and we can get you put on the list.
The next operations we are currently planning for are aeration and overseeding. If you initialed those on your contract this Spring, you are all set. If you did not and would like to discuss getting your lawn taken care of, just give us a call. We still have plenty of time to evaluate your lawn and get you on the list. We will be starting on aeration and overseeding in September to make sure the new seed has plenty of time to grow and get established before going into Winter.
The Phantom Hydrangea is one of the larger hydrangeas available. It can grow up to 6-8 feet high and wide. It does best in a partial sun area of your lawn and will produce amazing white flowers that can grow up to 15 inches long. As the Summer progresses, the white flowers will slowly turn to a soft pink. It is a heavy bloomer with sturdy stems that do not flop.
The flowers appear in mid-summer and stay through the rest of the season. Like all hydrangeas, the Winter can cause them to die back to the ground but they will push back and can still achieve their normal size. They look amazing when done in a hedge row and allowed to grow to their full size. In the Fall, the dead flower heads can be cut off when doing your Fall clean up or left on over the winter to provide some Winter interest.
The newest threat to trees in Ohio is the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. It is a sucking insect that targets Eastern and Carolina hemlocks. It is a small aphid like insect that grows to a maximum size of less than 1/16”. It is found on the underside of the needles from October to May and will produce a wooly covering that is white in color. It sucks the sugars, stored in the needles, to survive on and can result in the eventual death of the tree. It is currently found in 19 states from Georgia to Maine and has recently made its way into Ohio. The life expectancy of trees that are infested can range from 4 years to more than 15 years. There are control methods for the insect and early detection is key to helping the trees survive.