1. How to Trim Ornamental Grasses

    Daniel Davidson, with Alan Ivey Landscape says: Monkey grass: I normally set the height of the push mower at the highest setting. Fountain grass: depends on height and type. Contact your landscape professional for more info. Tall grass: I probably cut back 1' to 2' from base of plant. Smaller grass:  probably 8'' to 16'' from base of plant. It's more of a gut feeling when cutting it back if that …Read More

  2. How to Read a Turfgrass Seed Analysis Label

    Your objective in purchasing and installing turfgrass seed is to establish a high-quality, beautiful and useful lawn.To accomplish that, you must start with high-quality seed of the varieties of turfgrass species that will best fit your geographic area, your intended uses for the lawn and your long-term turfgrass maintenance program. Proper site preparation, installation procedures and post instal…Read More

  3. The Ins and Outs of Soil Analysis

    What is a Soil Analysis? A Soil Analysis is a sample of soil that is taken from your yard and processed to show which elements (phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, sulfur, manganese, copper and zinc) are available to your grass. The quantity of available nutrients in the sample determines the amount of fertilizer that you need. A Soil Analysis also measures soil pH, how acidic your …Read More

  4. Tips on Trees

    According to Eddy Perry of Dr. Ugly Tree Service, tree pruning can be done anytime of the year; however, recommended times very depending on the species. Winter in general is a great time to prune. Well pruned plants or trees produce more flowers and fruit. Sensible pruning also helps ward off pests and diseases. To learn more about your lawns specific needs, feel free to contact: Dr Ugly Tree …Read More

  5. It’s Time to Get Our Yards Ready for Spring!

    February and March are the time to get our yards ready for Spring. According to Hunter Ivy of Ivy's Lawn & Garden Care, right now we are trimming monkey grass, ornamental grass, and other spent perennials.  We also provide late winter clean ups to include final leaf removals as well as shrub maintenance if needed. For long-term appearance, Crape Myrtles should be thinned, not topped.  We s…Read More

  6. Spring Is Coming! Is Your Landscaping Ready?

    Daniel Davidson at Alan Ivey Landscape has some must-do tips for spring: This is the time of year that most of us are looking forward to the weather beginning to warm back up, and gearing up for the growing season. There are several things you can do to prepare your landscape for the spring flush as I call it. In February  1. Begin cutting back monkey grass: Cutting back your monkey grass will re…Read More

  7. To Scalp or Not to Scalp?

    OK... So what is Scalping? Scalping means cutting your lawn at the lowest possible mower setting. While you lawn may look a little exposed at first, in the end you are getting last year's growth out of the way so the young Spring growth can make a strong début. One Important Note: if your lawn is fescue you should not scalp. Scalping fescue will seriously inhibit the growth and resilienc…Read More

  8. 5 Tips for Mowing When It’s Wet

    1. Clean Up! As you mow over wet grass, the clippings form a icky, sticky mess. Cleaning the mower deck and wheels (don’t forget those tiny crevices), will reduce rust damage and keep metal from corroding. If the clippings do not wash off easily you can take a putty knife and gently scrape them away. 2. Keep it Short. Mowing more often not only encourages a thick, healthy lawn but will also keep…Read More

  9. Choosing the Right Mower

    Types of mowers: there are three basic mower types; the reel, flail and rotary. Reel mowers are primarily used on professional game fields and golf courses. Reel mowers have horizontal blades attached to a rotating reel. As the reel rotates, the leaves are pulled towards the blades and are cut, which provides a close, consistent cut. Reel mowers cut the leaves cleanly, giving a soft, smooth appea…Read More