Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Beauty of Ornamental Grasses

Horsetail is ideal for xeriscaping
Ornamental grasses come in a variety of sizes, shapes and textures. Many of these grasses tend to be taller and bushier than other plants making them able to "catch the wind" and provide movement in your landscape. The true upside of these plants is that many of them are able to endure a wide variety of heat, extreme cold and drought conditions with low maintenance. In addition, many grasses are resistant to insects. So when you're looking for some ideas of what to plant...consider these:

Fountain Grass - Warm season
Fescue - Cool season

April - National Lawn Care Month

A healthy lawn is of utmost importance to our environment. It not only produces oxygen but it also cools the atmosphere. Healthy dense grass slows water run-off, removing contaminants and trapping soil. Yet, during drought years, many of us wonder whether we should replace our lawns. Before doing so, consider this.  Many lawns in the California North Bay are overwatered.  As your landscape professional we can help you "drought-proof" your lawn. Here are some of the ways:
  • Deep tine Aeration NOW!
  • Tune-up of your irrigation
  • Switch up irrigation cycles
  • Recognize signs of  visual stress
If you're thinking about tearing out or replacing your lawn, talk to us first. Drought tolerant varieties and ways to care for your lawn may require less water than you think. We're here to help and only a phone call away.

Aeration...A Must for Your Lawn

This year, more than ever, with reduced rainfall and the need to conserve water, aerating now through early summer is an important step in the care of your lawn. With aeration, the soil is opened up to allow water to enter more easily. In addition, proper aeration avoids run-off which in turn, improves the effectiveness of watering. Aeration pays for itself through your savings in water. It will last 3 to 4 months, so now is the time to get it done - while everything is beginning to dry out.

Although aeration does not last more than 3 or 4 months, it is the best method for managing thatch, soil compaction and...we can't say it enough...SAVING WATER!