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Frequently Asked Questions
When should you plant?
Plantings are best installed between the months of April – June, September – November. July and August, the hot months, are okay if weather conditions are suitable. A sprinkler system ensures water in the hot months. Plants today are resistant to many adversities so the window is much greater for planting.
What's the best way to water plants and lawn?
It is better to soak plants and lawns less frequently rather than lightly coating them on a frequent basis. With a light coating, the water rarely gets into the target root zone and is absorbed by the soil around.
Why are my bushes dying?
This could be one of a thousand things: poor plant location, sun or shade, over watering, under watering, insects, fungus, damage, root damage, poor soil conditions, poor drainage conditions. A soil test and good evaluation of the site may lead to a solution.
Why do I have spotty grass?
This also could be one of many issues: drought, over watering, insects, fungus, your dog or cat, poor drainage or soil conditions. This would best be looked at by a turf expert to determine the cause and proper remedy. It could be as simple as proper fertilizer, a grub control or thatch and aeration.
How do you prepare a sprinkler system for Winter?

It is very important to blow out the lines of your sprinkler system to avoid freezing and cracking of pipes and heads during the winter months. Avoid costly repairs.

How do you care for concrete pavers in Winter?

Do not apply rock salt. Use calcium chloride granulars. They're less harmful to the pavers and your landscaping.

Can concrete pavers be laid on top of an existing slab?

Only if the elevation is correct and if the slab is in very good shape. Remember you need proper drainage under your pavers for good stability in bad weather and a sturdy base usually of crushed aggregate compacted. Don't forget the pitch of your stone also.

Where should the pond be located?

Location of your water feature is essential for many reasons, but from the standpoint of algae formation, it grows best in full sun locations. Algae will grow anywhere, even in shade, and some algae are beneficial for a proper eco-system. Location will cut down on unsightly algae, as will U.V. lights and certain additives to water. Also, fish will eat algae as well.

How do you care for fish in ponds? Winter pond maintenance?

Do not feed your fish when the water temperature reaches 55 degrees or below. A fish's digestive system slows greatly and they will always want to eat. However, if food sits in their stomachs and is not digested it becomes toxic and may harm or kill them. Feed them occasionally through the year with fish food. They will eat bugs and algae as well in the pond. Excessive food will cloud up water and mess up the ph levels and water conditions.

Keep water depth at least 24" minimum for ponds, especially with fish. It gives them good protection from prey, i.e. birds, raccoons, etc, and keeps room for plant shelves.

In the winter and fall months use a netting material over your pond to keep leaves and debris out that will sink and create messy conditions in your pond.

It is good to keep the pump going at all times for circulation and aeration of water for your fish. Heaters and smaller pumps in the winter months, to keep ice from forming over in a solid state, is essential.