Follow-Up For Aeration and Overseeding

Fall Time-Aeration and Overseeding

A short follow-up for the importance of what to do after aeration and overseeding. Number one is water, water, water. Make sure you are saturating the mulch through and then turn down the water and let is soak for at least 30 minutes. Make sure the water is turned down enough after the initial saturation because the water run off can make the seeds run off, etc.

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Do not fertilize the new seedling grass before 4-5 weeks. If you fertilize too soon this can burn the new seedling grass and also damage the existing turf. It is better to defer to your landscape specialist. However, if you are DIY-ing, you must read the label thoroughly beforehand.

The last thing is often not thought of or overlooked which is the fall foliage. Leaves falling onto the newly aerated and overseeded turf can damage the new seedlings. It is very important to keep the leaves off of the turf.

For a walk through and estimate please call us at: 540-992-4845 or email us for information here.

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Lighting Up Your Holiday Season!!

Let Your Lights Shine Bright!

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We have all heard the expression keeping up with the Jones’, well, we here at Roanoke Landscapes are always giving the Jones’ a run for their money! One of our favorite times of the year is fast approaching.  The time to set appointments for your holiday lighting is now! Be the talk of your neighborhood with your beautifully tailored and designed lighting selections. (photo courtesy of Heinzman)

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The holiday lighting custom goes back to the use of candles to decorate the your Christmas tree.  These were used in upper-class homes in and around 18th century Germany. It was not until the early 20th century that Christmas trees displayed publicly and illuminated with electric lights became popular. Outdoor lighting become popular by the mid-20th century. It was customary to display strings of electric lights along streets and on buildings with Christmas decorations detached from the Christmas tree itself. This was mostly department stores and the main streets in town. Generally, the main shopping hub. Here in the United States the popularity started to outline private homes with such Christmas lights in the cookie cutter housing they started building beginning in the 1960s. Now, it is common place for most people to decorate the inside and outside of their homes. Even trying to out do the neighbors from the year before. All in good fun of course.

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Call Roanoke Landscapes today and let us take your holiday lighting to a whole new level with the ease of our installation and take down. Call us today: 540-992-4845.

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September 11, 2011 We Remember. Never Forget.

Today, is one of those solemn days that we will never forget. As President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in his speech after the bombing of Pearl Harbor:

      “…a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked…”

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There is an evil that presides in the world that we will always fight. But on this day we should be thankful for every single person on this earth. Today, we thank all our service men and women for fighting and protecting the rights which allow us to be the greatest nation in the world. Something, we, as Americans, lose sight of and take for granted.

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Today, we here are Roanoke Landscapes, thank all the firemen, police, and EMT first responders, and everyday strangers who became heroes to one another on this very tragic day. We also thank those who gave their lives on Flight 93; the plane speculated to be headed to the White House of Capital Building, for being brave when they knew their last moments on the earth were coming. Today, we say thank you for your sacrifice 2,977 times and to the more than 6,000 men and women who have lost their lives in the middle east since the attacks on 9/11.

Mayor Rudy Giuliani said it best:

“The attacks of September 11th were meant to break out spirit…Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified.”

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9/11 Never Forget.

God Bless America

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9/11 14 Years Later-A Tribute

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Good Morning America-A look at the 9/11 Memorial Museum -with Matt Lauer

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Japanese Beetles

Japanese Beetles, what are these pesky insects?

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Japanese beetles are a dynamite in a small package. They are small pests that are a big nuisance and threat to your landscape. They eat just about everything. They are classified as a pest to hundreds of different species. They are one of the biggest insect pests in the Eastern and Midwestern US. These pests rack up a steep bill for the gigantic damage they do to landscapes and crops each year. They are native to Japan and were first documented in the US in 1919. Upon their arrival to the US they have since spread across the country wreaking havoc on just about everything.

Identifying Japanese Beetles

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Japanese Beetles are ½ inch in length and metallic blue-green with tan wings, with small white hairs lining each side of the abdomen. They lay eggs in the soil during June, which develop into tiny white grubs. These grubs will remain under wraps for about 10 months and overwinter and grow in the soil. They emerge from the soil as adult beetles and begin feeding in June. They usually attack plants in groups, which is why damage is so severe. Although the life-cycle of the adult Japanese beetle is barely 40 days, it can cover a lot of ground. They leave leaves looking like they are “skeletonized”, meaning only the veins remain on the plants. This is these easiest tell-tale sign you have a Japanese Beetle problem.

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How to treat the problem of Japanese Beetles?

  • Call Roanoke Landscapes and let our experts help you diagnose and treat your problems.
  • Try to select plants that Japanese Beetles will not be attracted to. See our list of best and worse plants (posted below) for Japanese Beetles.
  • In the grub stage of late spring and fall (beetles have two life cycles per season), spray the lawn with 2 tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap diluted in 1 gallon of water per 1,000 square feet. The grubs will surface and the birds will love you. Spray once each week until no more grubs surface.
  • Unfortunately, the most effective way of getting rid of Japanese beetles is to hand pick them. It’s time consuming, but it works, especially if you are diligent.
  • You can also purchase parasitic nematodes (most garden centers have them) and drench the soil around the area where you have the problem.
  • Neem oil and sprays containing potassium bicarbonate are somewhat effective.
  • Put down a drop cloth and, in the early morning when they’re most active, shake them off and dump them into a bucket of soapy water. They will not survive.

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(lists taken from the http://www.almanac.com)

Best:

-Least favored by adult Japanese beetles and less susceptible to destruction.

  • Ash
  • Boxwood
  • Burning bush
  • Dogwood
  • Hemlock
  • Holly
  • Magnolia
  • Northern red oak
  • Redbud
  • Red maple

Worst:

-Most favored by adult Japanese beetles and more susceptible to destruction.

  • American linden
  • Apple
  • Apricot, cherry, peach, and plum
  • Birch
  • Crab apple
  • Crape myrtle
  • Japanese maple
  • Norway maple
  • Pin oak
  • Rose

If you are plagued with a beetle infestation please do not hesitate to call us here at Roanoke Landscapes.

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Have A Safe And Happy Labor Day!

We celebrate Labor Day as a public holiday on the first Monday in the month of September. It is in honor of our labor movement here in the United States. It honors the contributions to those workers that showed the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

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The Central Labor Union along with the Knights of Labor organized the first parade in New York City directly following the Haymarket Massacre that happened in Chicago that occurred on May 4, 1886. When it came time to name Labor Day a national holiday President Grover Cleveland thought and feared if he named the holiday to be set in May that it would commemorate the massacre and that is not what Labor Day should be remembered for. Therefore, Labor Day was established In September.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day from all of us here at Roanoke Landscapes!

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Secrets To Landscape Success: Day 20

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Lighting up your Life!!

There is no use in having a beautiful landscape installed and work hard to maintain its luscious splendor if you can’t see it at night. This is why landscape lighting comes in handy. A house can be seen in the day and look magnificent as well at night. There is something that leaves you awestruck when you have a well-lit landscape and home at night.

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Lighting can be an integral feature for your home and make your features pop like your deck, patio, water feature, bench at the end of a pathway and other special areas.

This lighting is not only stunning and beautiful; it’s also very important for safety.  The lighting will allow you to use your landscape day or night time. There are many types of lighting available leaving you with infinite possibilities to pull your landscape and garden area and tie it in with your home and overall style.

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This completes the 20 blog special of the Secrets To Landscape Success from Roanoke Landscapes. You can find all of our blogs in this series by going into our archive along with many more. If there are any things you would specifically like to know about please email us with your questions and I will write some blog posts in the future.

Call us today to help you design the outdoor living space of your dreams. Whether it be a big or small project.

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