Tropical plants are very beautiful to look at. After all they are usually vibrant, extravagant, feathery, glossy, or textured. It makes sense that these plants would bring some life to one's landscape. Louisiana is a very hot with a considerable amount of rain fall. However, that makes an excellent environment for tropical plants.
How to Take Care of Your Tropical Plants in Warmer Weather:
All plants of course need water, light, and soil to grow successfully. Additional things such as fertilizer and pest control can also improve your plants health. Tropical plants tend to flourish more when they are constantly moist rather than being overly wet. Overwatering your yard could possibly damage the plant. It is also important to try to give your plant enough sun and water if you do not live in a warm and wet climate like Louisiana.
Taking Care of Your Plants During the Winter:
There are one of two things that usually happen to tropical plants during the winter. Tropical plants will either wither and die to the weather conditions, or they will be able to sustain the cold temperatures and live to bloom another season. However, there are several precautions you can take to help prevent certain tropical plants from succumbing to the cold temperatures in the winter.
What to Do If You Want to Take Plants Inside for the Winter:
Assuming you are able to take some of your tropical plants inside and give them proper conditions, it might be one of the best options to help them survive in the winter. Another thing you can do is cut the foliage down because the leaves will eventually fall by themselves due to the cold weather. Another thing you can do is wash the plants. Washing the plants is important if you want to move them inside, because it will help remove any unwanted dirt and possible pests. Speaking of pests, make sure you rid your plant of bugs before you bring it inside.
In contrast, some tropical plants that are more likely to survive the winter. Hardy ferns and clumping bamboo can be found in colder climates, and plants like these are usually the ones to survive harsher climates.
What is sod?
Sod is grass that is held together by roots and a little bit of soil. This easily transportable grass can be rolled out like a carpet when it's time for installation. Sod is a wonderful invention, because it can be placed in areas where it is hard for grass to grow. Sod can also come in the form of artificial turf which is fake sod that is made to look like real grass.
What type of sod should I choose?
There are several different varieties of grass. It is important to choose a grass that is best suitable for your climate. There are grasses that are best suitable for warmer weather and others that are more suitable for cooler weather. There is also transitional grass for areas of both large amounts of heat or cold. Another factor to consider when choosing the correct grass is the amount of shade your grass will be getting.
How to lay sod:
Sadly, you cannot place sod on top of existing grass and expect it to work out perfectly. In order to lay sod properly, there is several steps you should take.
First, you should first measure the area and make sure that the soil is in good condition. The soil should be stripped of any remaining weeds or grass that is in the way. You should also make sure that your lawn is properly graded and leveled making sure to balance the soil's pH levels with sulfur or lime as needed. Additionally, layering organic material on the top of the soil can help balance the amount of water that the soil holds. After the soil has been layered, it is ready for the soil to be tilled.
Try to lay the sod in a straight line. Try using the side walk, driveway, or another straight landscape surface to help guide the placement of the sod. As you lay down sod, make sure to water it occasionally so that it does not dry out. When you reach the end of the lawn, you can cut off any overhanging or additional the sod with knife.
After the sod is laid, check to make sure that air has not been trapped underneath. A surplus of air might cause complication or cause your lawn grow improperly. Be careful not to place too much pressure on the sod when trying to remove excess air as this could result in the sod being damaged. After you have successfully laid the sod and adjusted placement for air trapped underneath, you are now ready to start watering your grass.
Maintenance after installation:
For the first the first few weeks, you should water your sod regularly. Maintaining a good amount of moisture in the grass is important to ensure that your lawn grows properly. It is also important not to over watering your lawn.
After watering your new sod for the first few weeks, then you can go back to watering it on a regular like you would a normal lawn. Make sure that the amount of water is proportionate depending on the weather and other circumstances.
What are moles and voles?
Moles are small creatures with shovel like hands; and they can be grey, black, or brown. They live underground and their den consists of several passageways. They operate underground to protect themselves from harmful predators. They habitat your lawn to consume insects and larvae.
Voles are mouse like creatures that operate underground similar to moles. Voles are herbivores and mostly eat plant roots. If you see dying plants or bushes, then they may be the cause.
When moles and voles burrow into your yard, they produce holes and underground tunnels. Those underground tunnels will make your yard less stable and uneven; and the holes will become an eyesore. There could also be uproot and damage to vegitation and plants.
How to get rid of moles and voles:
You can exterminate moles with poison, traps, and repellents. However, sometimes moles and voles go away on their own whenever they have nothing left to eat. Moles eat insects and worms, while voles eat vegitation.
Over watering your yard may cause more complications. Moles are drawn to burrow in soft soil as this type of soil is easier to burrow through and create a home.
Repellents can also rid your landscape of moles and voles. They emit a smell that is distasteful to certain rodents. Repellents contain castor oil which is the main ingredient that they do not like. Traps and bait can also be used, and it will most likely kill them.
Additionally, making sure your lawn cut properly helps to get rid of voles. This is because voles will sometimes hide in excess mulch and grass.
If moles and voles continue to invade your yard after exterminating them, there is another method to keep them out. You can install an underground fence around your landscape, so that it is harder for them burrow and infest your yard.
How to treat your yard properly:
Rodenticides are essentially pesticides that are used to rid the rodents in your yard. Applying rodenticides incorrectly can cause problems for your pets. They can cause your pet to vomit, drool, become nauseous, have reparatory complications, seizures, arrhythmia, comas, and diarrhea if applied incorrectly. They can also cause similar problems for humans. If you believe that there are any complications go seek medical aid.
Make sure that you are always following the instructions and applying only the amount you need. Additionally, make sure that you are applying it only in the places necessary during proper weather conditions. Windy weather can cause pesticides to spread to unwanted places.
Why is Irrigation Important?
Irrigation systems keep your landscaping hydrated automatically to save you the brainpower of remembering to do it yourself during a hot month. It helps your plants to maintain their health by applying the correct amount of water at the correct time. If you have too much water, then your yard will be bogged down, your plant’s roots rot, and fungi start to proliferate. If you have too little water, then everything starts to die. A good irrigation system will filter out some of the harsh chemicals that you can find in your soil, such as salts, toxins, or excess minerals. Dead grass, muddy shoes, and dried-out landscape are some of the things that I personally hate seeing when trying to enter my home after a long day. A correctly designed irrigation system will alleviate some of these issues. Also, an irrigation system saves me the trouble of having to do all the work myself.
Drip irrigation is more costly, but it uses less water. Drip irrigation directly deposits the water into your landscape, garden, or flower beds. Since it directly deposits, there will not be as much excess water to flood your yard and to allow your mulch, fertilizer, or soil to float away. Drip irrigation might also be better if your yard retains a lot of water.
Reoccurring problems that come with drip irrigation are clogged pipes, clogged emitters, and algae build-up. Also in the warmer seasons, the pipes might break beacause of the amount of heat. Clogged pipes can be fixed by running the irrigation system for about an hour after putting in a solution. This will help break down anything blocking the pipes. You can clean the emitters with wire or soaking them in vinegar. If there is an algae build-up then you can fix it with chlorine.
Traditional irrigation is less costly to install, but it uses more water than drip irrigation does to hydrate your landscape. To some people it is also more pleasing to look at than drip irrigation.
Common traditional sprinkler problems include broken heads, pipes, and timer boxes. To fix a broken pipe all you need to do is find the leak, take our the broken pipe, and then put a coupling pipe in the place of the absent pipe. You could just replace a sprinkler head if it is broken. Lastly, to fix a timer box is broken make sure that the fuses are okay. You can replace the fuses but you could also replace the timer box itself.
A great time for your irrigation system to run is in the morning. After running in the morning, the excess water will be evaporated throughout the day. If the excess water is gone than you will not have to worry about over watering your yard. If you overwater your yard you will also encounter problems such as fungus or dead grass.
Irrigation is a wonderful invention that is used to help water your landscape whenever you need it. With a properly irrigated landscape you will have a wonderful yard and wonderful area for activities.
Lawns can become moist over prolonged periods of time for many reasons. Some of those reasons include problems such as one’s lawn not receiving enough sun, grading problems, and improper filtration. Sometimes a lawn’s moisture persists because the soil of someone’s lawn contains smaller particles that hold in more water than other types of soil.
Lawn grading is important because it allows the water to flow away from one’s property and making sure your lawn is properly watered. Grading problems include low spots in your landscape and raised areas. If you have those problems than you will see a possible pooling of water in unwanted places.
Improper irrigation can lead to the overt moisture in your lawn by watering too much or at improper times. Making sure that your irrigation is well done can lead to a better-looking lawn. Also, proper irrigation can contribute to the overall health of one’s landscape.
If your lawn is made up of or is primarily made up of clay it may contribute to a consistently wet lawn. Clay soil contains more water because it is made up of smaller particles.
Ways to Fix Your Wet Lawn
Even though your lawn may be constantly wet there are ways that you can fix it. One way that you can fix your lawn is adding topsoil with a layer of straw. If you add topsoil and straw to the low areas than it will help the water gather in less of a concentrated area because it will be more level.
Furthermore, you can check to see if your landscape is properly irrigated and graded. Also making sure your lawn gets enough sunlight can help it become less bogged down with water.
Aeration is another good way to help your lawn. The aeration process helps drain more water through soil. It also helps loosen up tight soil which promotes root growth. Another way that you can fix it is adding vegetation or more plants. Plants and vegetation will take up more water from your lawn. Making sure your yard receives proper sunlight will also promote growth and help evaporate some of the excess moisture.
Regarding your lawn is also an option to help lessen the amount of water it holds in. However, regrading takes heavy equipment, and it is cost more than other options.
Once the lawn in taken care of than one can take pride in, their work and their outdoor environment. If you don’t have a soggy lawn than you won’t have to deal with inconveniences like muddy shoes. With a dry lawn you will also have the opportunity to spend more time with your family and friends in a suitable environment. A great lawn is wonderful for cook outs, picnics, or playing catch.
Reliable Mowing Company
The most important thing for a mowing company is that they need to show up. Outside of reasons like rain or natural disasters, they should be fairly consistent on when they mow your property. A good mowing company will work on a schedule you both agree on and have access. A great company will send you notifications at least the day before they arrive and after they have finished mowing your lawn.
Mowing Company Easy to Contact
Both small and start-up lawn care companies do not usually someone you can contact easily. If the owner is sick or having an off day, they will be unable to be reached. If you have an issue or need some additional work done, you will need someone who will be able to pick up the phone and talk to you.
Quality Screened Mowing Employees
When you hire a mowing company, you also hire on their employees to work at your home or business. They will be around the people you care about a lot. I personally would feel much better knowing the people mowing grass have at least been drug tested and had a background check performed.
Additionally, training is the difference between a mowing professional and a grass cutter. Talk with the a potential mowing company about their training program. Too often, people are sold by the knowledge of an owner or sales rep, only to find out a large gap in knowledge for the people who actually perform the work at their home or office.
Great References of Other Properties They Mow
If you are dealing with an established mowing company, they should be able to provide many examples of properties they mow. They should also be able to give your referrals from current and past clients. If they are unable to , you should consider an alternative mowing company.
Competitive Mowing Prices
When it comes to professional mowing, you should not go with the cheapest quote or the most expensive. Lawn mowing is a competitive industry so true mowing professionals should all have similar pricing. A company that is very cheap may not have the proper insurance or licenses, which could cost you if they have an accident at your home. Expensive mowing services are either charging more for name recognition or not running their company efficiently. You should not have to pay more for either.
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Liriope is often used as a border plant in landscape beds or to fill a bare area. Liriope stays green and flowers so it is a good choice for a lot of landscapes. One issue that can develop with liriope in landscape beds are the development of weeds. We are discussing liriope, not mondo grass. The products mentioned below may not be the correct choice for mondo grass. Let's get to it. How to control weeds in liriope grass.
How to control grassy weeds in liriope
Grassy weeds are difficult to control in liriope if you are trying to pull them out by hand. The best product we have found is Fusilade II by Syngenta. Fusilade II can be applied over the top of liriope and takes care of a long list of grasses and grassy weeds, including both crabgrass and bermudagrass.
How to control broadleaf weeds in liriope
Broadleaf weeds pop up in liriope beds like anywhere else. You may have some success by pulling broadleaf weeds, especially if they have a tap root system. A lot of broadleaf weed control options have temperature restrictions. We've used Image. It shouldn't be used when temperatures are above 85 degrees F.
How to control sedges in liriope
Sedges are connected underground by tubers and rhizomes. This makes it so you can never remove a sedge completely by pulling it. We use Certainty as an over the top selective control for sedge weeds in liriope. It provides excellent control of yellow nutsedge, purple nutsedge, and green kyllinga.
The products suggested here are the ones we have used and found to work. Labels can change over time, so be sure to always check the product label first. If you are looking for a good landscape contractor or need help with weed control, please get in touch with us.
What Is Green Kyllinga?
Green kyllinga is a perennial sedge weed. It will return next year unless you do something about it. Green kyllinga invades by both seed and underground stems known as rhizomes. The weed generally has three long leaves that form on the end of a hard triangular stem. Green kyllinga also makes a spiky green seed head. The seed head will fade to brown if left untreated.
How Do I Get Rid of Green Kyllinga?
Cultural control is the best long term solution for weed control. Creating an environment where your grass thrives and out competes weeds makes for an easier life. Green kyllinga thrives in poorly drained soil. Proper drainage will greatly improve your lawn. Additionally, proper mowing heights will keep your grass in the best position to edge out weeds.
We deal with a few grass types around Baton Rouge and New Orleans: St. Augustine, Centipedegrass, Zoysia, and Bermudagrass. Luckily, there are a lot of good options for chemical control in these grass types. Look for products containing any one of the following active ingredients: sulfosulfuron, imazaquin, sulfentrazone, halosulfuron, bentazon). Read and follow the label for application instructions. Some herbicides take multiple applications.
Ensuring proper drainage and following up with a control product will take care of your weed problem in no time.
Carpetgrass is a desirable grass type in parts of the country. Not so in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Carpetgrass will blend in with centipede grass throughout the year. Then summer comes and the seed heads pop out. Carpetgrass seed heads make a mess of your well manicured lawn.
How to Identify Carpetgrass
Carpetgrass looks sort of like centipede grass. They have grow in a similar manner. The easiest way to identify carpetgrass is to wait until late June and throughout the end of summer. Carpetgrass seed heads shoot out and form a distinctive shape. It is usually described as a Y with one extra offshoot. Checkout the picture above to see it.
How to Control Carpetgrass
Herbicide control products include either Celsius or Finale. Both require licensing in Louisiana. These products work, but may take two applications. Contact us for help.
Carpetgrass does not do well with salt. If you have a salt tolerant grass like certain varieties of St. Augustinegrass, then you may have another option. While we have not attempted this remedy, numerous other sources have found success with it. Attempt at your own risk. The mix is 7 to 10 gallons of water and two cups of table salt. Let it sit in a large bucket for a couple of days to dissolve. Pick a day when there is no expected rain for 3 days out. Using a watering can, lightly water the areas with carpetgrass weeds. You should see the effect in three days.
Lespedeza is an open branched annual weed which is present between late spring and the end of summer in Louisiana. There are other varieties of lespedeza, but common lespedeza is what most people have a problem with in their yards. The stems harden and become woody the longer this weeds stays in your lawn. It grows outward into prostrate mats mixed in with your grass.
Good cultural practices help. The best deterrent to lespedeza is a healthy lawn. Deep and infrequent watering helps to develop strong grass roots. Mowing your lawn at the correct height allows it to photosynthesize enough food. Taller grass provides more shade which denies new weeds sunlight. Cutting your grass too low weakens your lawn while allowing more sunlight to fresh weeds.
Beyond cultural changes, pre-emergent herbicides can prevent lespedeza weeds from appearing in your lawn. The main caveat here is you have to do it before the weed is growing each year. Plan to do before next spring. A few pre-emergent herbicides work well against lespedeza. Products with the active ingredient atrazine, simazine, or dithiopyr work very well at prevention. Read the label to make sure you are applying it correctly.
Once you have a lespedeza weed problem, your go to solution is selective post-emergent herbicides. Luckily, there are a number of post-emergent herbicides available that take care of lespedeza. Products with the active ingredient atrazine, dicambia, metsulfuron, or simazine to name a few. There are plenty more herbicide choices. Read the label before purchasing and be certain it is labeled for your grass type, else you may end up damaging the plants you want to keep.