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A new layer of color can be just what a home needs to enhance its cosmetic beauty. This new color can be achieved by adding landscape mulch. Not only will this give your home that little pop it needs but will also benefit the life of the plants while protecting your property. When & How to Mulch can be applied at any point throughout the year; however spring is the most common time. Adding it in the spring signifies for many that this is a new year with new life and a new look.  Landscape mulch is easy to install and typically needs to be redone every year or two. If the landscape mulch has lost its color or is ...

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Dormant Oil standard

A dormant oil application is one of the most important steps to take to help protect ornamental trees and shrubs against insect populations. What is Dormant Oil? Dormant oil is an application that is done while ornamental trees and shrubs are still in their dormant state. The oil is mixed with water and sprayed onto the leaves, branches, and trunks of trees and shrubs. Dormant oil is classified as an insecticide. The oil suffocates and kills exposed insects and exposed eggs on or in the plant by covering their breathing tubes or through absorption of their outer layer that destroys the cells within the insects. When to Apply Dormant Oil? Dormant oils should be applied to trees and shrubs while ...

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Rose Rosette Disease standard

As with everything in nature, there are always predators and always diseases just as there are always those that are more susceptible. Even the hardiest trees and plants can become target to diseases and sometimes can result in devastating losses. In the case of Knockout Roses and other rose bushes, in the last 10 years they have been over planted in landscape areas and now have become a susceptible host. The infective agent known as the Eriophyid Mite is responsible for Rose Rosette Disease (RRD). What is Rose Rosette Disease? Rose Rosette Disease is a viral disease that is transmitted by Eriophyid Mites. Most rose species are susceptible to Rose Rosette Disease and will often die within a few years ...

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Landscape Weeds standard

There is nothing peskier when finishing up planting new flowers or shrubs than having to go back through and pull weeds from the landscape beds. The nuisance of landscape bed weeds can be unsightly as well as damaging to the plants and shrubs that you are trying to grow. Luckily, there are a few things that can be done to ease the burden of these landscape weeds and possibly prevent them all together. Landscape Mulch One of the easiest ways to combat weeds within landscape beds is to install mulch or other filler item such as rock. Landscape mulch has multiple benefits to protect and promote the life of the plants within the beds, as well as add color and ...

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Fall Colors standard

Every fall, the trees begin to change colors and turn beautiful shades of reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. This color change makes for beautiful scenery for a weekend drive. While many enjoy the masterpiece that Mother Nature has created, most do not know why this change occurs. How the Colors Change There is still quite a bit of mystery behind the changing of the colors, but scientists do know that there are three factors that assist in the change. Those factors are pigment, weather, and the length of darkness. Darkness During the longer and cooler fall nights a biochemical process in the leaf takes place. During the spring and summer when days are longer, photosynthesis is in full force creating ...

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Contact or Systemic standard

Insecticides and fungicides are necessary to extend the life of ornamental trees and shrubs. Insecticides will fight the battle against the pest population that wants to eat the plant, while fungicides defend against disease causing fungi. The two forms of these treatments offer continuous care for the plant by killing what is already present and protecting against any future problems. In addition insecticides and fungicides are designed either as a contact or systemic mode of action. Contact Insecticides A contact insecticides does exactly as it is named, it kills on contact. The pest does not have to ingest the insecticide to be terminated. This is usually applied to ornamental trees and shrubs as a spray, once the spray touches the ...

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Pruning Trees and Shrubs standard

Ornamental trees and shrubs can be costly to purchase and to upkeep, so it is best to do what you can to extend the life of them. In order to keep them healthy and strong, pruning is necessary from time to time. Knowing the correct time to prune them is essential for proper results and to prevent harm to them. When to Prune The best way of knowing when to prune an ornamental tree or shrub is to know what kind it is and research that specific plant. Also, asking questions of the nursery staff can be beneficial. In general, the best time to prune most trees and shrubs is in the winter or very early spring, when the plant ...

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Planting new trees and shrubs standard

The success or failure of a tree or shrub starts with the planting procedure. Once planted they need proper care until they are established and mature. What is needed When starting the process of planting new trees and shrubs, you first need to know what the tree or shrub is, what it needs, how to care for it, and if it will be successful growing in your climate. Next, be sure to have the correct tools and supplies. Shovels, water, fertilizer, and possibly top soil will be needed. Having all these items handy will allow for a smooth planting process and avoiding multiple trips to and from the planting site. Finally, it would beneficial to ask for help, especially when ...

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Caring for newly planted trees and shrubs standard

The success or failure of a tree or shrub starts with the planting and post planting procedures and care. Once planted they need proper care until they are established and mature. The roots need to be established, they need watering, mulching, fertilizing, and pruning. Establishing Roots When a newly planted tree or shrub is establishing its roots it is not growing much in the canopy, don’t let this cause discouragement because the growth of the tree may not be noticeable in the first few seasons. The establishment of roots is a phase and does not happen overnight. This phase actually takes one growing season per inch of diameter of the tree or shrub when conditions are favorable. For example, when ...

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Japanese Beetles standard

While not very destructive in its native country of Japan, Japanese Beetles are very destructive in America, especially to rose bushes, crape myrtles, birch trees, and many more. Not only are Japanese Beetles destructive above the ground they are as equally destructive within the ground while they are white grubs. Japanese beetles are clumsy fliers, constantly running into things and falling out of the air. They have a hard, metallic, copper colored body with a green head. Life Cycle of Japanese Beetles Understanding the life cycle of Japanese Beetles is important to know in proper timing for insecticide treatments for landscape plants. Knowing the life cycle can also aid in troubleshooting lawn issues or aid in timing for proper preventative ...

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