Aeration is the mechanical process of removing small cores of soil from your lawn allowing air flow to the root system of the grass plant. This intensive process can proove worthwhilein several ways:
Most lawns, especially clay type soils, can benefit from this service annually.
This service can be furthure enhanced by using the proper fertilization program, and possible overseeding at the time of aeration. It is our recommended service of choice over De-thatching.
Shrub Shearing and Pruning
Pruning is a practice that is frequently misunderstood. All too often individuals will wait until a plant has out-grown its intended space before they decide to prune. Others incorrectly view pruning as an annual spring ritual that must be done, sometimes when it is not needed. Additionally, overly sheared shrubs lose their natural shape, and the rounded “balls” actually detract from a more natural informal landscape design.
We believe in an effort to promote natural grown patterns that should dictate our shearing and pruning efforts. Therefore our schedule is generally a two step process, once in May and again in late June. We discourage the process of ritual shearing of shrubs several times a season, especially post July. But as needs of our clients are required, we can tailor a program specific for your site. To simplify our processes, our general policy is to never shear or prune a shrub that is currently flowering, and to not shear or prune any later than July 4th.
Why we take this approach
A basic understanding of how a plant responds to pruning may be helpful. The soft, green growing tips of a branch are called the “terminal bud.” This bud produces a hormone that affects the growth of side branches. The biology of basic pruning is simple: if you remove the terminal bud, the lateral buds below your cut will be stimulated to grow into more branches. If you leave the terminal bud, the branch will grow longer instead of thicker.
Spring-flowering (before May) shrubs such as forsythia, lilac, viburnum, and spirea flowers on buds formed the previous summer or fall, to ensure maximum flowering, these varieties of shrubs should be pruned as soon as possible after flowers fade in the spring. If these shrubs are pruned during late summer, fall, or winter many of the flower buds will be removed. Little or no pruning should be done after the Fourth of July. Hydrangeas are an exception to this rule. They are summer bloomers but should be pruned immediately after flowering. Shaping spring-flowering shrubs after midsummer removes the new wood with next year’s blossoms.
Summer-flowering (May or later) shrubs flower on new growth produced in the current growing season. They should be pruned before or as close to initial new growth begins in earlier spring, and only as actually needed. Summer and fall-flowering shrubs include abelia, beautyberry, butterfly bush, Rose of Sharon, and summer-sweet. Additionally, frequent shearing does not encourage new growth from the base, which is needed to promote flowering.
Chemical Parking lot, Fence Line & Bed weed control
We understand the frustration of unwanted weeds and grasses around your property can pose to its overall appearance. We can limit this issue by maintaining a three step chemical campaign in these troublesome areas.
A skilled understanding of chemicals and application method is warranted with this service.. Only trained, certified technicians will perform this task and only during very select conditions. Additionally, the use of Glyphosate,commonly known as Round-up, may not be recommended in heavily landscaped areas, or continued use under tree canopies etc. A more traditional split campaign of organic mulch, manual extraction, and pre/post chemicals may be recommend for some areas, as well as other cultural suggestions.
8676 Hinterland Trl
Rives Junction, MI 49277
Spring Arbor, MI 49283
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