• January 02, 2015
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Year-round landscape maintenance

I have had clients ask me in the past to cancel service for a few months during the winter season. Our maintenance agreements are based on a yearly cycle, kind of like when the gas company or local water utilities bill on an equal pay program, you will use more service at different times of the year but the billing is the same per month.

This is how I set up our maintenance agreements, we spend more time during the growing season and although winter slows down there are still many tasks that need to be done in the off season to prepare for the growing season, especially with what seems to be a warming trend in the weather the last few years.

Our 4 seasons differentiate us from most other parts of the country, they are very different yet mild enough for us to enjoy a rather stress free weather life compared to other parts of the country.

Your landscape is also very involved in this seasonal change and it is our job to work with your property to help facilitate this yearly cycle.

Challenge we have here is the landscape grows year around, especially the last few years with what seems to be a warmer climate coming on, there is just very little time for the landscape to rest, or for that matter the maintenance to stop.

Right now as I write we are just past the winter solstice, were our location on the earth is at its furthest position away from the sun. This winter change drops the leaves, sends plants into complete dormancy so they can store food and rest for the spring break out, which of course is right around the corner.

As a landscape manager I break up the four seasons task wise as to what jobs and process of jobs or duties are needed to maintain and improve the overall health of the landscape within the given season. In fact it is such a science as to what should and shouldn't be done, many choose to hire it out. Many homeowners are overwhelmed with proper landscape procedures and the actual amount of work that it really takes to consistently maintain their properties. As an example take a look at a neighbors property that is not professionally maintained and compare, yes I know some folks can handle their yard but from my observation many seem to struggle.

Landscaping Salem Health by Westside Landscape

Without going into the major details here (see other blogs within this site for landscape process and procedures) I believe that utilizing the services of a year around Landscape Professional is well worth the investment. In fact, the horticultural and landscape industry when combined is well over a 100 billion dollar industry.

My point here is people who choose to budget the money to hire a professional contractor to maintain and install their landscapes are on par with millions of other Americans utilizing this type of service for the simple reason that they value their yard and time enough to understand that it can be done better and more consistently by a landscape professional, they also place a high value on the time that they gained by paying a professional to do it.

  • January 02, 2015
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Update and trends for the upcoming 2012 season

In My View...

Landscaping Salem Health by Westside Landscape

Westside Landscape is a leader in the design build field of landscape installation. We specialize in start to finish installation of new lawns, sprinkler systems, stone patios, and outdoor living areas of just about any type, size and shape that you can dream up.

Years ago, when it was easy to secure financing income on a home re-finance or equity line we were installing projects from $5,000 to $50,000 regularly with many people using bank money on their projects. Since the downturn in the global economy we are now seeing most projects in the $5,000 to $15,000 range, with the occasional larger project usually from existing clients that are moving up and building a new home in the down economy with cash.

Most people are not financing their investment, most of our last years clients paid cash for their new landscape remodel, forgoing conventional financing mainly because the financing just isn't out there for an average wage earner on these types of projects.

As a landscape installation professional I have had to get creative with my clients projects not only to save them money but working with them to develop an overall master plan so that they can eventually achieve their dreams, in stages if necessary.

Installation - This Years Trends...

This year I expect to see an increase in front and back yard remodels. Mainly because most people are ready to move forward and invest back into their properties, they are not looking to move into a new house so the money that they would have spent on a re-finance will go directly into their new remodel project. This applies on all aspects of remodel wether it be a new kitchen or bathroom remodel or a landscape remodel.

Sprinkler system installations continue to be strong mainly because of the overall time and water savings that they provide. Most people would rather not have to worry about wasting water, or the risk of a dried up landscape especially when they go on vacation or away for the weekend, this is the best way to ensure that your landscape investment will receive consistent watering. Call me now for a free quote on a new system!!

Maintenance Trends...

Last year our landscape maintenance division grew at about 20% and I expect this to continue. Part of the reason would be that it is taking more hours in the day to make a living and the smart folks understand the value of their time. If you look at the cost of what we charge and the quality of service that I believe we deliver it is a no brainer for those that understand quality of life!

When you get to the point were you are ready to pull the trigger on either a new landscape remodel or maintenance service, give me a call. I would love to sit down with you.

Thanks again...Tim

  • January 02, 2015
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Crane Fly Outbreak

ALERT!!!!! Crane Fly Larvae is on the move!!!

Cranefly Larvae

Right now, if you have a lawn most likely there is a hidden culprit munching on the roots of your lawn as we speak. The Crane Fly Larva is here, in full force munching on your roots, unseasonably early effecting just about every lawn that I have looked at in Salem and the surrounding areas. This is very alarming, and we have begun to treat all of our clients lawns and all will have been treated by Friday the 10th of February.

Reason for the outbreak

It is multifold, the main problem is not everyone takes care of their yard, most folks don’t even know that they are there, the lawn dies back, they throw some fertilizer on it in early summer after the crane fly’s hatch and just assume that their lawn looks like garbage. Thus the main reason for the problem is lack of quality maintenance from a yard close by, the Crane Fly is no respecter of persons!

Environmental cause

I’m not ready to jump on the global warming band wagon yet but the warm temperatures we are having are the main reason that the larva is so active this early. The other reason is the La Nina weather pattern we are in, when temps get above 50 degrees the grass will grow and the larva will chomp on your lawn. Right now they are in the early third trimester of growth, this is a problem because most of the worms that I am seeing are very small yet still capable of eating your roots when the temps warm up.

Treatment and remedy

We first treated some lawns with a liquid product labeled for turf in late January, it did not work very well mainly due to the wet, saturated soils and the fact that the larva are very small and down deep in the more healthy lawns with deep roots. I realized after a few days that this was not working so I then purchased as special granular product that I am hoping works better under these circumstances, again I have never had to treat this problem this early in the year. I will observe all lawns and some will need a second treatment mainly due to the amount of rain we are getting. I will do my best to contact you either my mail or phone to let you know if you will need a second treatment.

What to look for

The larva looks like a small short grub worm, however most worms I am seeing are small right now and very skinny, about the length of half your pinky finger and skinny. Take a look at your lawn, if you notice dead looking patches, yellowing or small holes in the ground where the birds have been probing for them you definitely have the larva in your lawn. You can take a knife and open up an unhealthy looking area, you should be able to see the worms in the soil. You will also see them come out of the soil after we treat your lawns, they will be on the sidewalks and curbs, this is good and means that the treatment has been effective.

Wow, this really caught me by surprise, in fact when I talked to my supplier they said we were the first company to order product for the treatment of the larva, there is going to be a lot of dead lawns this year, so warn your neighbor and have them give us a call if they need any help.

Tim Barnes,

Westside Landscape

590 Greenwood Rd

Independence, OR 97351

Phone: 503-585-9517

Mobile: 503-991-0285

FAX: 503-606-0439

www.westsidelandscape.com

  • January 02, 2015
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Drainage Systems

Just about every project that I look at has a drainage problem. In the valley we have the perfect combination of heavy, poor draining soils, lots and lots of rain, also poor design by either the city or the builder/developer that built your home or designed the community that you live in. Unhealthy plants and lawns suffer the most from compact, heavy clay soils, much of the problem can be traced to poor drainage. There are many different ways to solve drainage problems from the traditional french drain to rock wells to the eco friendly Rain Garden.

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French Drain - not sure where the name came from. It consists mainly of a trench and a pipe covered with drain rock leading to either a low spot or a pipe that can take it to either a storm drain, low land area or Rain Garden. This type of drain is best left uncovered by dirt, leaving the round rock exposed to pull water from nearby areas into the lowest part of the pipe or drain. I don't like using a sock around the pipe, unless the area is a slow drain off area, the sock will slow down the time it takes for water to percolate into the pipe, its better to oversize the pipe if you're worried about silting in the pipe over time.

Round rock sump - This type of drain works ok when there is no place to take the water. Dig out a hole, run a pipe or french drain into the hole, fill the hole with round rock, eventually the water will percolate through the soil and drain out the entire area.

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Perimeter drains - I like these drains around lawns to separate shrub beds. Most of the time a shrub bed is rounded up and will drain off down into the lawn. This creates problems especially when the shrubs are watered in the summer as well as the lawn. The water running off the bed is double watering the lawn, this can lead to over saturation of the lawn inviting the crane fly larva to lay eggs in the soil. It is best to try to create french drains along the edges, running the drains away from the lawn areas. Mainly creating a lower "bottom" point in the landscape so that water drops below the root zone allowing roots to penetrate deeper and dry out as needed.

Roof gutter drains - Many times I see improperly maintained roof gutter drains, they dump down into the landscape flooding out not only the foundation of the house but the plants and grass as well. If you don't have roof gutter drains install them, move the water away from the foundation of the house and the landscape, preferably to the street or a low spot as far away as possible. In some cases it is difficult to get them away from the house and you have to get creative sometimes installing pumps, rain barrels, ect, the main thing is to move the water away.

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Sump pumps - pumps are expensive but sometimes the only alternative. Usually they are used under houses or in basements where water levels are high and drainage is not available. We can be very creative with pumps and basically no situation is beyond drainage if you are willing to install a pump system in the landscape to remove the water.

Rain Gardens - Creativity is the word here! Mainly creating a low drainage area were native plants can thrive. I like to combine round rock, large and small rocks, sandy draining soils, native grasses and ground covers that will naturally handle the water in winter and dry weather in the summer.

Rain barrels - I like this idea, you can get very creative in the designs of these types of drains.

  • They can be used for roof gutter drainage and can be set above ground or under ground.
  • They could be used to water the plants in the summer with under ground storage (cistern) and a drip sprinkler system.
  • I think that eventually this type of drain will be standard practice especially in the SW were water is scarce.

The main thing with drainage is just fix it. Call a professional with many completed projects and references and have them design and install a system for you. It will most likely be the very best investment into your landscape that you can make.

Tim Barnes

  • January 02, 2015
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Character

In our employee meetings, I often talk about character. In this day and age of anything goes reality TV and almost uncensored shock media, it's not surprising that people seem to be compromising on basic core values. Values that many of us were taught as children and encouraged to exemplify throughout our lives.

I remind my employees that it is not all the consistently good things that you do on a daily basis but the few little things that you compromise on when no one is looking that lead to customer complaints. I believe that character is what separates the good companies from the average. The way companies handle day to day operations, how they train their employees, and how they honor their warranties, (if they offer them), will show true from the top down throughout the company, standing the test of time.

When I look at the whole of our company I want us to have a reputation with the folks that says we do all that we can, and then some, to make things right, even if we were not at fault. I want people to know that they can trust our employees and that management will give them the best possible advice based on the facts, and not the bottom line of a project or contract. In our current culture, I am running into more people that are willing to compromise by cutting corners on contracts or service, saying one thing and doing another, and advertising false promises to land projects on which they cannot deliver. Westside Landscape will not have that reputation. We enjoy working with our clients and giving them the best advice that we can and I am not interested in fast pace growth, only sustained growth based on consistently taking care of our clients needs. As I write this blog I know that we are far from perfect, but I want us as a company to take a hard look at what we do every day because it will determine both our success, and our legacy.

  • January 02, 2015
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DIY Sprinkler System Adjustments

We have tested and adjusted many of our clients systems this spring, I have written blogs on this before but thought I would highlight a few adjustment points for those that maintain their own systems.

Typically the sprinkler heads will become either buried over the winter or the grass will grow over them and block the risers from coming up. The following is a quick list of tasks for adjusting and fine tuning your system.

Sprinkler head body adjustment

  1. Check to make sure that the sprinklers are all level and set just below mower height. Lawn sprinklers should be set outside the lawn edge so that the mower wheels and blades will not damage the head.
  2. If the head is not level you will need to completely dig out the entire head using a shovel so that you dig to the bottom of the head loosening enough dirt so that the head itself can be adjusted. After adjustment, compact the dirt around the head as firmly as possible so that it won't move after it is turned on.
  3. If you have pop up heads in the grass there's a good chance they are grown over with grass. Use a round point shovel or knife to dig around the head removing the grass so that the entire head is exposed. At this point you can determine whether the head needs to be dug out and re-set.

Nozzle Adjustment

  1. Shrub spray heads that pop up and have fixed sprays (Rain Bird 1804 and Hunter Pro Spray, better known as shrub spray heads) have fixed nozzles with a very small set screw in the middle. Some are adjustable called (VAN, for Variable Adjustable Nozzle indicated on the top of the nozzle). Others are labeled with numbers according to their distance of spray and direction of throw; for example: 15H is a 15 foot throw at a half spray, 8Q is a 8 foot throw at a quarter spray and so on. To adjust VAN nozzles for direction hold the top rim of the nozzle and turn the adjuster just underneath. To adjust the length of throw use a very small screw driver to turn either open or close the set screw. Make sure that you don't screw it down too tight as it will go thru the head and break the nozzle. If the nozzle is not properly adjusting, throw it away and buy a new one.
  2. Look at the nozzle to see if it is spraying properly. Many times grass or plant roots will get into the nozzle or dirt can clog the nozzle. When you unscrew the nozzle, there is a little screen inside that usually will clear by blowing it out. This should remedy the spray pattern but if not these nozzles will need to be replaced. A typical system will need to have a few of these nozzles replaced every year.
  3. Lawn rotors- Body adjustment is about the same for lawn rotors, nozzle and spray pattern is entirely different.

The 2 main style of rotors that we use are mainly Hunter PGP, in my opinion (the best sprinkler you can buy) or Rain Bird 3500 or 5000, all are good heads. Both nozzles utilize a key to adjust although you can use a screwdriver and allen wrench on both. These heads are fixed to one direction and adjust to the other side. After you do it a few times you get the feel for how it works. As for the distance of water throw there is a small set screw or allen head screw in the top of the inserted nozzle that can be adjusted by using the key for the Hunter or small screw driver with the Rain Bird.

Those are just a few tips for adjusting your heads. Doing this service every year will save water and money over the long haul. If you need help give us a call!

Tim Barnes
Westside Landscape
Office: 503-585-9517
Mobile: 503-991-0285

  • January 02, 2015
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Mature Landscapes

Many of you have landscapes that have seen better days. Even with professional maintenance plants can seem out of place and lawns with multiple types of grass eventually become patchwork and quilt looking. Many of you have been in your houses for quite a few years and in this economic climate you are most likely going to stay put, wait for the market to come back or just stay there and get out of dept. Personally I think this is healthier for the long term outlook of our country anyway by paying down our mortgages and investing some of our hard earned monies back into our long term investment. Investment is the key here, and where to spend that investment usually involves "Time". Back a few years when re-finances were at an all time high, so were landscape re-models. Landscape company's were everywhere but the quality of work was very poor possibly resulting in some of the problems you are now experiencing. Maintenance was also done by most homeowners, that's still true today but in this day and age where "Time" is becoming a premium I am seeing the folks realizing that hiring out to a professional company is an excellent long term investment. The main driver of the economy is the Boomers (post WW2 born between 1946-1964) as boomers age our "Time" becomes the most precious commodity that we have and I am seeing this result in most of the new clients that we are servicing.

Maintenance....What they want - Boomers want quality service, they are used to having their landscapes a certain way and are willing to pay a professional company to maintain their residence as long as they do what they say they will do. To me this is what separates a professional company, providing the service that the folks contract for. At Westside Landscape we have a 1 hour production/teaching meeting every morning. One by one our crews come into the production office and we go over each and every one of your accounts in detail. We discuss things like:

  • Were there any challenges?
  • Did the client leave a message or special request?
  • Are they concerned about a portion of the landscape?
  • What plants need to be trimmed?
  • Is the grass too wet or are their any dry spots?
Our meetings are our way of striving for consistent management of your fine properties. My philosiphy is to be pro-active. As humans we are far from perfect and the morning production meeting is one way to bring as much consistency to our overall program as we can.

Installation - as I mentioned new installs are a little slow in the current climate. I expect this to change and heat up in the next few years. Remember we offer a lifetime warranty on all our installations. We make sure that our installations are going to last as long as possible. I know that when we contract a new installation it is going to look fantastic and it will perform as we promised, especially if we are maintaining the landscape.

Tim Barnes
Westside Landscape
Office: 503-585-9517
Mobile: 503-991-0285

  • January 02, 2015
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Translocation - Fall Treatments - Lime and Crane Fly Application


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Translocation/ fall treatments

With the cool fall weather comes a change of season and a change in our daily habits. Gone are the thoughts of summer vacations, camping, spending time out in the warm summer sun, kids are back to school and its football season here again. The landscape is also in a major transition. Plants and grass are beginning a process of translocation whereby they move sugars that they have been producing from the leaves and stems of the plants down to the roots for winter storage so that they have the strength to survive the cold that they know is coming. As a professional landscape provider we help and encourage plant health by properly feeding plants and grass throughout the year. Plants are different from grass, plants have larger, stronger root systems (that is if the plant is healthy and the soil is good). Grass is different, especially with the amount of rain we get in a year with a combination of winter rains and summer watering systems, combined with our clay soils this all leads to very shallow/unhealthy root systems. Fall is the best time to apply fertilizers and lime to the lawns, the
more healthy the lawn is going into the winter the stronger it will be and the deeper the roots will be come spring time. We just finished up our last summer fertilization first of September, your last fertilization will be about the end of November, this is important because we will get about 30 inches of rain between now and the early spring time, the more rain we get the
more fertilizer that washes down through the soil table becoming unavailable to the roots once past the root zone. You can tell in the spring the lawns that have been properly fertilized, come about April most lawns will be a yellow/sick looking color, a lawn fertilized in the fall with the proper blend will be greener and healthier come spring time, if not this would indicate
other problems (a whole other subject).

Lime

Now is the time to apply lime (calcium). What this does is change the balance of the soil called( PH). Fertilizers use Sulfurs to help bind the fertil-izer so that it slowly releases the nitrogen blend in the fertilizer mix. Most of the Nitrogen (a liquid turned into a solid pellet) is coated with a hard cased sulfur to bind it so that it slowly releases. Problem is Sulfur works against the balance of the soil lowering the PH (balance of the soil) Lime- Calcium, (basically a rock pulverized into a spreadable pellet) helps to counter the ef-fects of the sulfur raising the PH of the soil. Lime is not something that you do every year, this is a myth and we don’t apply lime to every lawn every year, some lawns need more lime than others, some need less.
The best way to tell if your soil needs lime is to soil test, I know that soils in our area are between 5.5 and about 6.2 on the PH scale with 7 being neutral, unless you have a very sandy lawn you will have a very acidic (low PH) soil. As a rule, adding lime every 2 to 3 years is an excellent idea, but not every year as is the old school of thought. Well I know that is a lot to absorb, you can do more research on our web site or on the internet and let me know if you have found out information that I must know, as one thing is for sure I don’t know it all, (just ask my wife!)
We will be applying lime to most of our accounts in October.

Crane fly application

I am more concerned than I have been in years regarding the crane fly larva (search Tim’s blog for detailed info on crane fly) . The past mild winters and our warm fall temperatures is not a good sign. I predict we will need to treat crane fly in December this year.

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  • January 02, 2015
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Summer 2012 Wrap Up

Here we go again, another summer gone, fall is here and personally I love it! So many things are unpredictable, but not our seasons and personally I love the change and consider myself fortunate to be a lifelong Oregonian! That aside, it has been a great summer for Westside Landscape. We continue to see increased growth in most of our business mainly the maintenance end of the business. One way that I know we are a different company than in years past is the size of our compost pile. As you know our main facility is located on acreage in local/rural Polk county just 2-3 minutes from West Salem. This gives us an advantage over our competitors because we recycle our own materials, the debris we get off of your yards. Each day 5 to 7 trucks come back to our facility and unload a full truck of yard debris to our debris pile. We separate all of your waste into 3 piles, sticks and branches, grass clippings, leaves and plant trimmings. This is one way I can gauge how much we are growing is by how much debris we are getting off of your properties. The pile is large and the effort to maintain this pile continues to increase. I consider myself fortunate to have this property and to be able to manage this portion of the business, otherwise we would have to drive to a recycle center and pay someone else to perform this service raising the cost of doing business, ultimately having to charge more. Another benefit is we have a lot of very nice compost and mulch on site, some we use on projects most returns to the earth as it should.

  • January 02, 2015
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Free Moss Service

Free Moss Service- Yes this is true, if you are a residential maintenance customer of ours we provide a free moss control service. I’ve thought about charging for this service but in this day and age it just seems like money doesn’t go as far as it should and it’s the Christmas season so why not just provide moss removal for my clients. I use a product called Ferris Sulfate; it is basically a pelletized form of Iron. As you know moss grows very well in our damp climate, moss also grows in undisturbed areas where debris turns into organic matter. For example at the bottom of curbs along the blacktop, in flower beds in areas that have not been raked out in a long time, on your roof, in the gutters, and especially shade areas, ECT. What we do is after cleaning an area, mostly hardscape areas that have porous material that traps organic matter; we apply the Ferris Sulfate zapping the growth so that these hardscape surfaces remain safe to walk on. If we are missing an area please feel free to email or call me as a friendly reminder.

Commercial customers- I do not provide this service to commercial customers for free as your large parking lots require more material and effort than the residential customers. Most of your large parking lots need this treatment as it is an excellent deterrent for liability claims. Please give me a shout and I will get you out a quote. This service is very reasonable and well worth the wintertime effort to budget this annually.

  • January 02, 2015
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Spring Start Up

We have been busy the last couple of months preparing our crews and equipment for the new season ahead. Our landscape equipment is constantly needing attention, the mowers have to constantly be maintained, blades sharpened, cables adjusted. Blowers are high maintenance items as cables need adjusting, filters must be blown out and cleaned every day. In the last 2 weeks we are in the process of painting all of our trailers, replacing lights, chains, wires, ECT as the day in and day out grind takes its toll on the structure of each of these trailers and our equipment. Trucks are continuously maintained and detailed every day, I build this into our daily routines as clean trucks, trailers and equipment make for a very efficient, professional crew. We will also be purchasing a number of new pieces of equipment to replace older outdated mowers, weed eaters, trimmers, ECT in 2013.

Spring Maintenance Specials- Remember our long standing New Client Special – as a new client you receive 2 months of landscape maintenance at no charge, we comp your first and last month so you don’t even receive your first invoice until the end of the second month. Also existing clients can recommend a friend and receive an additional 2 months free within the following year and any year after that.

Cleanups- Many times I will forgo a cleanup fee when we take on a new client, this saves you more money right up front and you still quality for our 2 months new client special.

Quality Service- We are more than a Mow and Blow company, we are a professional Landscape Service Provider/Property Management Company! You will receive much more service than any of our competitors, we are completely licensed and insured. You will find that most Mow and Blow companies are not even insured to be on your property and there seems to be more and more of them hitting the low end of the market, more that I have ever seen and they really are not any less expensive than our professional service.

Landscape Installation- This sector of the industry has been slow in the last few years but I anticipate more activity within the Landscape Installation sector of the business as people need to replace and update their existing landscapes. Paver, Concrete, Patios, Sprinkler Systems, New Plants, Bark Mulch, Water Features just to name a few general categories of projects we perform within the Landscape Industry.

Have an Incredible Spring Season! Tim

  • January 02, 2015
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Trimming plants Spring trimming-cleanups

I recently helped my cousin up in Seattle cleanup his yard one weekend when visiting. Most of his plants had not been trimmed in a while and it gave me a chance to get in and get my hands dirty reshaping a few of his plants as well a spending quality time with my cousin as we worked together on his yard. The yard was not too bad but did have some left over fall leaves and winter windblown debris so we needed to do a cleanup as well as trim the plants.

Tools - As you well know when working in the yard you need the proper tools. Properly trimmed plants require  hand pruners, long handled loppers and a hand saw, you may also need a powered hedge trimmer for larger overgrown plants and hedges. I like to have the hand trimmers on my belt in a leather sheaf this way I won’t set them down and lose time looking for them. I also move all the other tools I'm using along with me saving time as I work.

Process - We started in one corner of the yard, first trimming and thinning the branches on the deciduous trees, next raking out leaves that were hiding under and inside the plants. There were a few bulbous Perennials’ and grasses needing trimming to the ground and some ground covers that needed thinning. The David Viburnum in the Shade were leggy so I trimmed them up a bit and removed much of the dead wood.

Small Trees - The yard had a beautiful Lilac tree, also what looked to be a Cherokee Chief Dogwood, some Vine Maple, Camellia, a nice looking Lace Leaf Japanese Maple and a Perotia all of which had very healthy looking buds on them. My main goal when trimming upright growing woody plants is to take out the dead wood mainly inside the trees, remove the weak non upright growing branches and the crossing out of place branches. The Lace Leaf Maple needed some major work, it was tangled badly and I ended up removing about 60% of the foliage so that the tree could somewhat start over without completely balding it out.

Fruit trees - it’s not too late to trim out fruit trees, Apples, Pears, Cherry’s all benefit from pruning each year. This helps to shape the plant but mainly helps to focus the new growth on a select few branches with the idea of creating better, healthier fruit as the tree will send valuable sugars to these fewer branches leading to higher quality fruit.

Well I wish that I would have taken some before and after shots but I left my camera at home, the before and after of this yard was amazing and the plant material really looked good with their new haircuts. Don’t be afraid to get out there and make a mess, if you think you made a mess and can’t figure it out, give me a call and I will help you clean it up!