Don’t Be a Victim of Crape Murder!

on Mar 14 in Yard News, YN News

Stop the murder! Every year around this time, millions of trees and unsuspecting homeowners fall victim to this practice. Educate your friends and neighbors and save a tree today! Read More

2017 Angel Tree

on Dec 12 in Yard News

One of the things we like to do during the holiday season to celebrate the Christmas spirit is buying gifts for the children of our crew members. In the past, we would have YN folks help volunteer by gift wrapping and delivering these gifts. This year many of our team members showed interest in wanting to be personally involved in sharing with these families, so we decided to do our first ever angel tree. For those of you not familiar with this tradition, we put names of the kids on the back of paper angel ornaments, and gave our staff the opportunity to select angels from the tree, with Yard-Nique taking care of the rest. We will then collect gifts at our branch locations to be distributed at our staff Christmas parties.

2017 Wreath Workshop for Carolina Arbors

on Nov 21 in Yard News

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting a winter wreath workshop for Carolina Arbors, an active adult living community in Durham, NC. This is one of the craft workshops we get to put on in the communities we partner with throughout the year, and the Magnolia wreath one always seems to be a big hit with our active adult residents. This year our Director of Brand Management Bobby Jones and Account Manager Davis Putnam got the opportunity to work with these ladies in creating some awesome winter décor for their homes that is sure to make them the envy of family, friends, and neighbors, all holiday season long Read More

Proper Pruning Practices

on Nov 17 in Yard News

The temperature is dropping and winter is creeping in. Plants are going dormant and we are putting up patio furniture and covering up the grills. After we finish cleaning up all the fallen leaves, it feels like we can take a break from yard work until the spring. What you may not know is that the winter can be an excellent time of year to do some much needed pruning. But where to begin? There are lots of different practices/rules that landscapers follow when pruning, and we hope this post will help give you some insight when doing it yourself. Read More

Irrigation System Winterization

on Oct 20 in Yard News

Fall is the time of year to begin shutting down irrigation systems for the winter. Below are some helpful tips to make sure your irrigation system is prepared for cold weather:

The backflow unit is the U-shaped piping that sticks up out of your yard and is the only piece of the irrigation system that is exposed to the elements, which makes is susceptible to freezing and cracking. A damaged backflow can be a costly repair so it is best to winterize it to remove all of the water out of the system.

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Fall Turf Care

on Sep 29 in Yard News

Fall is officially here. As the days grow shorter and we start to feel a chill in the air, this is the time we need to get our hands dirty and prepare our yards for the winter months ahead. There are important steps we need to do to insure we keep a healthy lawn that will survive the winter, and thrive going into the spring. Read More

Common plant and turf diseases

on Aug 25 in Summer Lawn Care, Yard News

Have you ever noticed a white powdery substance on your plants, or large yellowish brown spots in your grass? If you have, more than likely your landscape has been affected by a plant disease. Plant diseases are common in our garden spaces, especially with the summer temperatures and humidity we are frequently experiencing. In this blog we will go over a few diseases and hopefully help you learn how to control them. Read More

Proper Turf Irrigation for the Summer

on Jul 21 in Summer Lawn Care, Yard News

With longer days and scorching temperatures, summer irrigation plays a crucial part in your lawn’s wellbeing.

Irrigating your lawn can be a hit or miss. It’s possible that you are not irrigating enough. Drought stress has many different effects on turf. As grass loses water, the leaf blade becomes less rigid and starts to wilt. If you are seeing certain areas in your turf turn a purple hue, water the area immediately, as this is usually a sign of wilting. A good way to test if your turf is wilted is to step on the area. If your shoes leave depressions in the turf after walking through the yard, it more than likely has drought stress and needs watering. If the grass goes a long period without water, it will go into dormancy and turn a yellowish color. The plant is still alive but the leaves dry up and die. Read More

Summer Insects

on Jun 23 in Yard News

The sun is out and summer is upon us. With warm temperatures come the creepy crawly insects. Bugs can directly harm your landscape. We want to bring your attention to a couple of these little critters to look out for in your landscape this summer.

One pest to look for this month is Japanese beetles. Around the beginning of June is when you will see this beetle coming out of the ground.
Japanese beetle photo: Japanese Beetle Japbeetle.jpgThis insect flies around and loves to devour your beloved Crepe Myrtles, Roses, Plum trees, Japanese maples, Cherry trees, and red buds. They typically feed between the leaf veins, giving the foliage a skeletonized look. A good way to guard your plants is to kill the beetles in grub form before they emerge out of the soil. You can also kill them by spraying a contact pesticide or a systemic chemical that lingers within the plant. Typically you can find these pesticides at your home depot or local garden store.

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Does Landscaping Help Your Property Value?

on Jul 11 in Yard News

Curb Appeal We’ve all heard the term “curb appeal” on those TV shows that talk about selling, or buying, a house.  But, does landscaping actually help increase the value of your home?

Diana Dietz of www.parjustlisted.com wrote an interesting article about this topic.

To us the answer seems obvious but check out the article here to see what Diana thinks.