Shrubs have a natural shape they will grow into if left untouched. The more you try to change the shrub's natural shape, the more problems you will have with the shrub. Pruning with the shape of a shrub will make life easier for the both of you. Generally, shrubs with hard leaves are better for pruning hard corners and edges. Shrubs with soft leaves are much better to let fill out and have a more natural appearance.
Pruning Flowering Shrubs
Prune spring flowering shrubs right after blooming. Prune too early and you will miss out on the color. Prune too late and you will remove flower buds which will affect the next bloom.
Remove all dead, damaged, diseased or poor performing stems. If there are two stems rubbing together or that have grown into one another, make a judgement call and remove the worse off of the two stems.
Pruning Maintained Hedges
If you have a well maintained hedge, you will need to prune it on the last frost of winter or just after. Remove the fresh green growth on the hedge to have it keep its shape. Some hedges can be maintained by pruning them three times a year, others take much more.
Pruning Poorly Maintained Hedges
If you have inherited a poorly maintained hedge, you will need make a choice on the height. If you want to lower the height of the hedge a little, then gradually lower it a couple inches further down each time you prune. If the hedge has grown drastically taller than you would like it, you will need to remove up to a third off the top of it. You will need powered pruners and most likely a chainsaw. This will leave your hedge looking rather unpleasant until the top starts too grow back. There is also an increased risk of losing some of your shrubs, so proceed at your own risk.
Professional Pruning and Landscape Bed Cleanup
GreenSeasons offers professional pruning and landscape bed cleanup in the greater Baton Rouge, greater New Orleans, Slidell, Prairieville, Walker, Denham Springs, Gonzales, Baker, Zachary, Hammond and Covington areas. If you need professional pruning or landscape bed cleanup service, just click here for a free quote and we will give you a call.
If you would simply like some advice on pruning or landscape bed cleanup, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help.
It is time for landscape cleanup as the temperatures start to rise. Below is a ten item check list to get done before spring. With these landscaping items complete, you will be well on your way to having a great looking lawn and landscape.
Top 10 Ways To Cleanup Your Landscape For Spring
Professional Landscape Cleanup
GreenSeasons will have your lawn and landscape looking amazing, just give use a call. We provide landscape cleanup services in the greater Baton Rouge, greater New Orleans, Slidell, Prairieville, Walker, Denham Springs, Gonzales, Baker, Zachary, Hammond and Covington areas. If you need your landscaping cleaned up, just click here and we will give you a call.
If you would simply like some additional advice, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help.
We get asked very often about Louisiana super plants. What are they? Where to get Louisiana super plants? When to plant them? Where to plant them? Below all of these questions will be answered.
What is a Louisiana Super Plant?
What is a Louisiana super plant? These are plants which are strong enough to handle Louisiana's climate and pretty enough for you to want them in your landscape. Candidates for the super plant program undergo two strenuous years of testing in both north and south Louisiana. They also have to be easy to grow and distribute for nurseries. They are almost always marked with the Louisiana super plants logo shown to the left.
Louisiana Super Plants List
This is a list of the current Louisiana Super Plants. New plants are added twice a year so we will try to update this list when new plants are added. If you are interested in any of the plants, click on the name to follow a link to the LSU Agcenter page for each plant. There is information on planting, sun tolerance, and planting advice.
Where to Buy Louisiana Super Plants
Most nurseries will carry at least one or two Louisiana super plants. Click on this Louisiana super plant nursery list for names, locations, and phone numbers for all registered Louisiana super plant suppliers in the state. It would be best to call before you go to make sure they have the plants in stock since they have been known to sell out.
GreenSeasons is always proud to offer Louisiana super plants in any of our landscape designs. If you are looking for a landscape plan that focuses on using Louisiana super plants, just click here and we will give you a call.
If you would simply like some landscaping advice with Louisiana super plants, please contact us.
Mums are a very popular choice for fall color in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and throughout South Louisiana. Mums have a large array of colors to choose from to brighten up dull areas in your garden landscape. There are two ways to have mums in your landscape and that would be to either plant them as a perennial or to buy mums every year as an annual. Buying them is as easy as going to any store with plants, but planting them and having your mums come back every year seems to give gardeners some trouble. We will go through some steps for mum success.
Caring for Mums
Location is important since it determines the amount of light your mum will receive. Mums should have eight hours of sunlight every day. Most varieties of mums can get by with a minimum of five hours, but would look much better with additional hours of sunlight. Also, if you have a choice, morning sunlight would be better if they are only getting around five hours.
Mums should be watered whenever you see signs of wilting or dry soil. Watering this way will average about three times per week in the absence of rain. A layer of mulch, even in a planter or pot, will help to keep your mums healthy. Do not water excessively since mums can get root rot and that would defeat the purpose of putting extra time into watering them.
Since mums flowering is so brief, they may not need additional fertilizer if they are in good soil. If you find they need a little something more, try a fertilizer with a higher rate of phosphorus (the middle number in the N-P-K numbering on all bags of fertilizer).
How to Grow Mums in Louisiana
A lot of people will tell you to plant your potted mums in late October before the first frost of the year. The next time you hear this you can firmly tell them they are wrong. If you plant your mums in October, they rarely have enough time to develop their roots to survive the winter. You will have a much higher chance of success if you keep them potted during the first few frosty days and nights of the year. Move them inside during frosty nights until all of the blooms and leaves have fallen off. This shows the mum has gone dormant.
At this point you will want to plant the mum in the ground. Till the soil a good six inches deep to loosen it up and mix soil that drains well. Plant mums eighteen inches and two feet apart. Add mulch, leaves or garden debris up and over the base of the plant to prevent freezing. In late January or early February, prune the tops of the mums to under one and a half feet. Begin watering mums in early spring as they start getting their new growth and color. Apply some slow release fertilizer, 20-10-20, when the mums start to grow to ensure they take off. Your mums should be established then and will return for many years to add color to your home landscape.
Alternatively, you could leave them in pots in a climate controlled environment until the following spring if you have the room. That would also mean having what would look like a bunch of sticks in a pot with soil in your home for months and most people would not care to look at that for so long.
Alates, commonly referred to as swarmers, are the termite colony's way of branching out and starting new colonies every year. Luckily, only a small minority of the swarmers actually start a new colony, Unluckily, those colonies grow over years to become enormous with the termite populations numbering in the millions. The number of termites per colony is one key contributor to why the Formosan termite species causes more damage so quickly when compared to our native termites.
what to do if you have swarmers in your home?
First and foremost, If you have termites swarming your home, call GreenSeasons or your termite company of choice to inspect your home. While having a large swarm of termites in your home is unpleasant, it does not necessarily mean you have termites actively damaging your wood. These termites can travel from their originally colony which could be in a tree or some firewood. If this is a recurring event every year for you and others in your neighborhood, you or someone near you probably has an infestation.
If you find pairs of wings and no termites, that means some termites may have paired up and will be starting a colony close by. It will take two pairing termites up to ten years to build up enough workers to cause real damage. Unlike our domestic termite which colonized underground, Formosan termites can start a colony in the wood in your home if they have 2 things: wood and water. Termites need wood and water to live. While your stuck with wood, you can stop the water. Make sure to thoroughly inspect your home, especially in that area for water leaks, drips or condensation buildup. We recommend having a licensed professional inspect your home at least annually for termites.
Watermelon will grown on a large vine sprawling out from the seed you plant. The plant loves heat and sunlight. In southern Louisiana this means planting watermelon seeds in late March to Mid April for best results. There are two beautiful things about growing watermelon. First, once they start growing, they need very little attention. Second, they are great to eat!
If you have any questions, please ask in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you.
Spring and Summer Annuals
We get a lot of questions about what warm season flowers to plant in areas from Baton Rouge to Slidell to New Orleans, Louisiana. To help, we have put together a list of some of the common flowers you can plant, along with the sun requirements, distance from other plants and average height of each species. We hope this helps with adding beautiful flowers to your landscape.
List of Spring and Summer Flowers for Southern Louisiana:
^ Louisiana Super Plant