Commercial Landscaping News - July 2013

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July 2013 LAI Pros Newsletter



Looking Ahead To Next Year

The peak season for planting is in the spring. What most people don’t realize is that most trees and shrubs should be planted in the fall months. It is the best time to have new landscaping put into place and in far less time than you might in the spring. Chrysanthemums are a great fall look to add to summer beds until the winter annuals go in at the end of October. Consider adding spring-flowering bulbs. The bulbs must also be planted in the fall for spring bloom.

Contact us for planning for your budgets for the next year. We will meet with you and quote your proposals for landscape enhancements, shrubs and trees for the following year.

Call or email us for an appointment today!

Invest In Container Gardens

A very easy way to make changes to your curb appeal and to boost the impact of your investment is to invest in stunning containers. A bit of ivy planted in the ground is not very striking. But trail that ivy from a stone container near the front doors and you have a totally different level of beauty and appeal. 

You can use containers around your property with special attention on the entrance. Containers are a good resource regardless of how much space you have to work with. If you have a wide porch, large containers, and even clusters of containers working down the porch stairs are stunning. 

A smaller porch or entryway might benefit from a more vertical arrangement with a tall, narrow container and plantings. Best of all, you can leave the containers in place and rotate your plants as the seasons change. 

Let Landscape Associates work with you to integrate beautiful container garden into your landscapes. Call us today.

Weathermatic Computerized Water Conservation Irrigation System
Water bills can be staggering – especially those for large properties in the summer months. But one company is trying to do more to reduce not only your water bill, but the actual amount of water that is being wasted every time you run your sprinkler system. 
Weathermatic realized that most property owners are overwatering by at least 38 percent when they turn on the sprinklers. And those sprinklers are accounting for half of the total water bill for the property. To help monitor and control water usage, Weathermatic created the SmartLink system.
The SmartLink system uses specialized sensors and web-based controls to actually determine when landscaping has been adequately watered. This feature will determine the optimum amount of watering based on the soil conditions and efficiency. The web-based controls also allow you to shut the sprinkler system off remotely at any time to avoid watering in the rain, or during times of local watering restrictions.
With all of the features working on the Weathermatic system, commercial sprinkler systems can be set to avoid watering during freezes, to water specifically to suit weather conditions, and sprinkler controls can be set remotely. Finally, all watering data is reported in real-time so that property owners can see the savings add up. 
Landscape Associates can help set up & maintain a comprehensive irrigation system. Call to schedule an appointment today.

Invest In Fall Curb Appeal

The cooler months of fall are excellent opportunities to start planning ways to spruce up your property’s curb appeal. Often, you can get serious bang for your buck in terms of plants, and with a bit of fall color, you can add a tremendous amount of appeal to your building’s exterior over the next few months.


Rose Rosette Disease
While many rose varieties are hearty enough to withstand just about anything Mother Nature throws at them, there is one disease that can cause significant trouble for certain varieties – including the Knockout roses that are so popular for their durability and drought resistance.
Rose Rosette disease has been around since the 1940s, but it has taken more than fifty years to make its way to the southern regions of the United States. The disease is common on multiflora roses, but can appear on any variety. 
The disease is spread by mites that are only visible on new plant growth using a magnifying lens, and the infection is most common in the spring. Even if you can’t see the mites, you may see other signs of infection including red leaves, small leaf growth, excessive thorns and rapid stem elongation. 
There is currently no cure for rose rosette disease. If you find plants on your property infected with the disease, they must be dug up and removed – including roots. This will help stop the spread of the disease to other plants, which is all that can be done to preserve your landscape. 
If you suspect this disease is present in your landscaping please call us today for an evaluation.