Live Holiday Trees

TIPS FOR CARE AND PLANTING

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Live holiday trees are a great way to protect our natural resources while keeping memories of the holiday season going for years to come!

Tree selection
The first step is to visit a nursery or tree farm and ask for a tree that is either container-grown or balled and burlapped, with a strong root ball. Pines, firs and spruces all make great live trees.

Before the holidays
Bring your tree home a few weeks before the holidays and store it in a cool place such as a garage or shed. Keep the root ball moist, and bring the tree into your home for decorating roughly a week before the big day arrives.

After the holidays
Once the festivities are over, take the tree back out to your garage or shed and let it sit for a few days before planting.

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When you’re ready to plant your tree, dig a hole that’s as deep as the root ball and three to five times as wide. Next, remove any plastic covering, rope or burlap from the root ball, insert it in the hole and cover it with dirt. Then, cover the dirt with mulch and water thoroughly.

That’s all there is to it. Enjoy your new tree!

Winter Landscapes Can Be Beautiful Too!

Gray skies and gloomy weather are the norm for most of the winter season, but that doesn’t mean your property needs to look drab. You can easily add some “cold-weather flair” to your landscape with the right plantings this fall.

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There are plenty of plants that will provide attractive colors, shapes and textures throughout the winter months. Consider some of the following:

Evergreens are an obvious choice for keeping things green over the winter. Some tried-and-true favorites include Austrian pine, white pine and arborvitae.

Winter-blooming ornamental grasses or flowering plants such as heaths and witch hazel are great for adding a splash of subtle color.

For colorful berries or winter fruit, try barberry, holly or pyracantha. Flowers such as mums, ponsetties and verbenas can also add a burst of color.

Eye-catching bark can be found on Chinese elm, paperbark maple, shagbark hickory, sweet gum and sycamore.

Interesting shapes can also add life to your winter landscape. Beech, mulberry, weeping cherry and weeping willow will all stand out. Regardless of the plants you choose, it’s important to make sure they can thrive in the growing conditions on your property. Also, keep in mind that they’ll need room to expand as they mature. With the right plants in the right places, your landscape can be a beautiful sight to behold this winter!

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Watering the Right Way

Good watering practices can make a big difference in the looks and health of your lawn. Plus, by encouraging healthier growth, you’ll be improving your turf’s ability to stand up to insects, disease, and stressful summer weather. Even though we are heading into fall and then winter, your lawn still needs plenty of water. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Watering

• Your lawn needs from 1" to 1-1/2" of water per week from rainfall or sprinkling.*

• It’s better to water less often and deeply than to provide regular, shallow sprinklings. The soil should be soaked to a depth of 6" each time.

• Early-morning watering is best since less moisture will be lost to evaporation from the sun’s heat.

• Remember that your trees and shrubs also need water. They’ll benefit from a long, deep soaking once per week in hot, dry weather.

*If watering restrictions are in place, we encourage you to follow your city/county guidelines for water conservation, watering your lawn, trees and shrubs whenever allowed.

• Your lawn needs from 1" to 1-1/2" of water per week from rainfall or sprinkling.*

• It’s better to water less often and deeply than to provide regular, shallow sprinklings. The soil should be soaked to a depth of 6" each time.

• Early-morning watering is best since less moisture will be lost to evaporation from the sun’s heat.

• Remember that your trees and shrubs also need water. They’ll benefit from a long, deep soaking once per week in hot, dry weather.

*If watering restrictions are in place, we encourage you to follow your city/county guidelines for water conservation, watering your lawn, trees and shrubs whenever allowed.

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Mole Crickets

• Description – Brown crickets, 1.5" to 2" long, with large front legs.

• Last seen – Making burrows like miniature moles in the soil as they feed on turf roots.

• Mode of Operation – Cause irregular streaks of brown and wilted grass.

Recent rain has made these pests a common problem. Give us a call today and we will take care of them ASAP!

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PROUDLY SERVING OKLAHOMA CITY, EDMOND, YUKON, MUSTANG, TUTTLE, BLANCHARD, NEWCASTLE, MOORE, AND NORMAN

Your Trees Could Be Under Attack!!!

Do your trees look like this?

The adult moth lays her eggs on the underside of leaves in 'hair'-covered clusters of a few hundred. Eggs hatch in about a week.

Female moths cannot fly but the larvae can disperse.

Very small caterpillars can spin strands of silk and be carried by wind, an activity called “ballooning”.

Larger larvae may crawl to adjacent plants.

The caterpillars are highly variable in coloration, ranging from a pale yellow to dark grey, with yellow spots and long and short bristles. The webs are progressively enlarged and much messier looking. The webs are concentrated to the tips of the branches. Larvae feed inside the tents with the very young larvae feeding on the upper surfaces of leaves; later, they consume whole leaves.

A Quenching Soak

During the hot days of summer, watering your lawn seems like an obvious necessity. It is crucial to remember that your method of watering can be just as important as the fact that you are watering at all.

In the middle of a hot, dry summer, getting the grass blades wet will not do the trick. A proper watering means soaking your lawn enough that water reaches the roots. When this happens your turf is able to absorb valuable moisture that helps keep it green and healthy amid stressful summer heat. When the ground is hard and dry, short, heavy waterings will lead to runoff as opposed to absorption. Longer periods of slow water flow are the most effective strategy – even if these periods are less frequent.

If at all possible, plan on watering early in the morning, before the day has a chance to heat up. Avoid evening watering as extended periods of warm moisture facilitate the overnight growth of harmful fungus. Water is a main ingredient to a healthy lawn. The most efficient and effective approach to watering is a deep soak, not a quick splash.

Soak It All In With Moisture Manager

Drought can wreak havoc on your lawn, even once the dry spell is over. Drought can weaken turf and make it more susceptible to disease. Turf roots, as well as the soil itself, can also become hydrophobic after periods of drought. This condition causes soil and turf to actual reject water, making drought damage even worse.

We are excited to announce a new service that combats this problem. Moisture Manager is an environmentally friendly soil treatment that helps your lawn make the most of watering efforts. By attracting water to both turf roots and the soil, Moisture Manager combats the effects of drought and hydrophobia while ensuring that your lawn uses water as efficiently as possible.

If cutting your water needs by up to 50% interests you, give us a call and we will make Moisture Manager work for you!

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks – you literally wouldn’t wish them on a dog. Yet environmental conditions, proximity to woods and open fields, and wildlife and pets near your home can lead to an infestation of these pesky and potentially harmful critters.

The good news is that professional treatment programs will help rid your lawn of fleas and ticks.

CONTROL IS ESSENTIAL

Fleas must be eliminated from your lawn and garden because they can easily move inside on pets or humans. They usually multiply rapidly and can quickly infest carpets and upholstered furniture. Outside or inside, fleas usually require multiple treatments for complete control.

Treatment programs are also essential when ticks become a problem in the home land-scape. Ticks can carry Lyme Disease or even Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which are both very serious illnesses. Humans should avoid all contact with ticks.

PROTECT YOUR FAMILY

We can help keep fleas and ticks away from your family by working with you to develop a solid plan for their control. Prompt treatment as soon as a problem is noticed will prevent the invaders from migrating to inside living spaces.

Whatever your flea and tick control needs, please feel free to call us for more information.

Give Me Air...Let Me Breathe!

Keeping your lawn thick, green and healthy calls for aeration.

Could we hear turf talk, we’d hear cries for help and life-giving air. We’re not talking about hospital rooms with oxygen tents. What turf actually needs is to be punched full of holes. The process is called core aeration.

To keep your lawn healthy through periods of stress the soil must have adequate water, air and nutrients available. Soils that are hard and compacted impede root growth, which prevents the grass plants from developing the deep root system needed to survive hot, dry periods throughout the season.

Core aeration is the process of mechanically removing plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn. Aeration opens the soil, helps reduce compaction, improves water filtration, improves rooting, reduces thatch and acts in many other ways to improve the lawn.

Aeration can be done any time of year but is most effective when the soil is soft and weeds are not actively germinating. It should be done at least once a year, while some lawns need aeration twice a year because of especially heavy soil or traffic.

Proper aeration can reduce water requirements up to 25 percent without harming the grass plant. The cost of the aeration itself can be recovered over a year’s time in water savings alone because the water is getting down to the root zone. It’s not evaporating or getting lost in the thatch layer. The cores left behind stimulate microbial activity to break down the thatch faster and make a better growing medium for your lawn.

With regular aeration the turf clearly benefits. Aeration helps maintain the thatch layer at 1/2 inch or less. There is less stress from disease, and the roots get water and food as well as the air they need.

Aeration is one of the best things you can do for your lawn. Now is the time to schedule core aeration, click here to schedule this valuable service!