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Dealing with Brown Patch

posted Jun 12, 2012, 8:21 PM by Phillip Hanks

Fungi is no fun when dealing with lawn care. It will take a beautiful lawn and turn it real ugly real fast.

Your best resolve is to apply fungicide when turf is stressing, or just before it stresses too much. For cool season grasses, you will want to apply in June, July, and August.

Mechanical practices, such as sharp mowing blades set to a high setting, and only watering in the early morning hours, are very helpful.

Irrigated lawns deal with this more on average because a moist warm environment is being created by more than normal amounts of water.

Prolifiscapes does lawn treatments, starting at $40 per treatment.

It's not too late to switch to Zoysia.

posted Aug 11, 2011, 1:31 PM by Phillip Hanks

Zenith Zoysia is an excellent replacement for tall fescue. It is much less maintenance once established, both from the mowing perspective & treatment requirements. Call to find out more about the benefits of making the switch. The after the first week or two of September, we will not be able to install the zoysia, since it is a warm season grass, so get it worked in asap in August if possible. 336-303-0669

Mulch Now

posted Feb 10, 2011, 7:00 AM by Phill Hanks   [ updated Feb 10, 2011, 7:03 AM ]

Now is a great time to mulch. If you've just planted summer bulbs or are waiting on tulips to pop up, now is a great time to get that mulch out while you don't have to spend all your time mowing. We can deliver a load for you or install it for you. Contact Prolifiscapes for more information.

Aerate and Overseed Now!

posted Sep 25, 2010, 5:59 AM by Customer Service

Fall is here and it's time to aerate and overseed. With a little rain in the forecast and cooler weather on the way, now is the ideal time to aerate and overseed with sod quality turf type tall fescue. Don't wait too long, especially since leaves will be falling soon.

Here's what we recommend you do:
  • Core aerate then overseed your lawn.
  • Apply a balanced 18-24-12 seed starter fertilizer.
  • Apply lime (we use the soluble granule type - it works faster)
Last step?
  • Enroll in our lawn treatment program to keep your lawn looking lush and green.

It's your lawn's time for lime.

posted Aug 6, 2010, 8:52 PM by Phill Hanks   [ updated Aug 6, 2010, 9:28 PM ]

The most commonly planted lawn in our area is tall fescue. 90 degree+ days are its enemy, and lawns can look pretty rough without adequate shade or properly timed watering. Fortunately, September is only a month away, and time to start the routine of fall aeration and overseeding. You'll want to do a "maintenance" amount of lime as well, possibly more if starting a new lawn. You can also send soil samples to labs or Greensboro's local agricultural extension. Keep in mind that palletized lime, calcite, general is absorbed into the soil within 3-4 weeks rather than 3-4 months with slightly cheaper basic lime. This means you get faster results with the palletized calcite.

Brown Patch

posted Jun 22, 2010, 6:55 PM by Customer Service

You've probably seen it. You might have it. We've had very hot, very humid days. Not only that, but we had multiple days of downpours seemingly suddenly in the afternoon of a sunny 90 degrees. If you have what appears to be dead areas of grass that are splotchy in nature, chances are you have brown patch. The following link to NCSU's turf files lets you know some simple things you can do to help improve the conditions. Of course, you can have us treat chemically as well.

It's Summer...

posted Jun 2, 2010, 8:36 PM by Customer Service

So it's hot - your lawn doesn't grow as fast as it once did. What now? Well, summer means that people aren't having as much done now that spring has passed. That also means great deals on hardscapes and lighting.

Why not get the cheap stuff from Lowe's? The super cheap lighting systems will likely have numerous issues within the first year. I've been there/done that. So, in my opinion, no lights are better than crappy lights. Likewise, if you're going to install lighting, do it right the first time.

We can install a system that has a lifetime warranty on the transformer and lights. That means the lighting not only looks good when you put it in, but stays in good condition, becoming an investment for your home. If you do a copper system, the patina effect is quite beautiful.

Halogen lights offer the most versatility, as both wattage and angle of light can be adjusted (from 12 degrees to as much as 60 degrees). Using a small degree enables you to emit MORE light (candlepower) with LESS wattage than most bulbs with larger degree numbers. Most typical is the 36 degree.

LED lights are much more efficient, but also costly by comparison to the halogens and not nearly as versatile. It will not be long, however, until the LED's offer the angle and light intensity variations of the halogens. Until then, only go with the LED's if you would prefer to spend more green to shave a little off their already minimal electrical costs and you don't mind reduced versatility by comparison to the halogen systems.

Fertilizer programs make all the difference.

posted Mar 14, 2010, 9:22 PM by Customer Service   [ updated Mar 14, 2010, 9:29 PM ]

It's mid-March. If you haven't already spread crabgrass pre-emergent & fertilizer, you need to ASAP. From here on out, we can make the maintenance of your lawn exceptionally simple with an economically priced automated application schedule customized to your lawns needs and budget. Not only that, but we're able to address everything from mowing to AutoCAD & end-product graphics rendering designs & installations of hardscapes, plant material, life-time warranty outdoor lighting, and all else deemed "outdoors". Our intellectual productivity sets us apart from the typical lawn guy.

Which Mulch is Best?

posted Feb 28, 2010, 11:05 PM by Customer Service   [ updated Feb 28, 2010, 11:22 PM ]


4 mulch options exist in our area (Greensboro, NC). Most common is pine straw. People always ask me, which is better? I am going to let you answer that for yourself, but first, I will give you the pros and cons of each.

Pine straw: A good long leaf pine straw has a beautiful bronze/orange appearance when first installed. Whether or not it holds its color depends on quality and sun exposure. An area that gets mostly shade will look almost as good in 12 months as it did the day it was put down. However, an area receiving full sun exposure will look grey and begin to break down rapidly after only about 6 months, leaving those who are particular about their landscaping with no choice but to re-apply. The great thing about the pine straw, aside from uniformity, is that there is generally very little weed seed contained within the pine straw.

The cons of pine straw: You have to know what you’re getting. If you don’t purchase fresh long leaf pine-needles, you will not get a good product. Lowe’s and Home Depot sell slash pine straw for about $3.50+tax per bale. Even at its best, it is a crappy product. At its worst, you could also have issues with mold, as well as aged/partially decomposed pine straw that does not look fresh, even when you first install it. Also, you have to make sure you fertilize your plants (and preferably amend the soil before you plant), because the nutritional value for your plants provided by pine straw is next to nothing. That said, I make sure that the long leaf pine-needles I provide are baled the week they’re delivered, and I use an organic fertilizer specifically for the pH level preferences of the plants in the landscape.

Coverage of Pine Straw: On a re-application, you can adequately cover about 50 square feet with each bale of pine-straw. If it is your first time applying, you will need to go thicker, at approximately 35 sq ft per bale.

Pricing of Quality Pine Straw: While slash pine-needles from Lowe’s/Home Depot/Wal-Mart may only run about $3.50+tax/bale, a quality long leaf pine-needle bale will usually range from $4.50 to $5 retail. You can expect installers of top quality pine straw to charge anywhere between $6.50and $8 per bale, mostly dependent upon how many bales you need. After all, the installer has to factor in loading time, delivery time, labor, workman’s compensation, vehicle costs, liability insurance, etc.

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Dyed Mulches are also gaining popularity. I’ve mulched countless houses in the prestigious Arbor Run neighborhood in Stokesdale, NC with black mulch. What draws people to it? – When you want elegance & simplicity, the black mulch is absolutely stunning. It adds depth and punch to the definition of the house & plants. Black or brown dyed mulch is typically preferred for brick homes. The red sometimes complements homes that are a colorful vinyl or masonite siding. Dyed mulches also are 99.9% weed free in most cases. They also decompose slower than standard hardwood mulch, so you can go much lighter on the touch-ups year after year. Some people can get 2 to 3 years out of their mulch depending of how clean they keep their beds & sun-exposure.

Cons: Since they are dyed chipped lumber, they do not have the nutritional value of regular hardwood mulch. If you have pets or a playground area, you should use non-dyed mulch, called “certified playground mulch”, since the dyes contain lead. Clippings, leaves, and dead weeds stand out like a sore thumb since you have such a consistent, unnatural color. If you are OCD in any way, it will be hard not to notice the little things that make the bed “not perfect”.

Retail price for dyed mulch is around $30 per cubic yard. It can usually be installed for about $40 to $50 per cubic yard. If you have a substantial area to cover, don’t even think about buying bags of it, as you will spend about $70 per cubic yard. If you do the math, the equation equals shooting yourself in the foot if you use bags on anything of size. One cubic yard will cover about 100 square ft at 3″ (first application) or about 150 sq ft at 2″ (subsequent applications).

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Double-ground hardwood has many benefits with little drawback. It may not look as uniform as the pine-needles or dyed mulches, but if you have a significant number of plants or ground-covers, the plants will thank you. You will notice your plants spread & fill out far better with hardwood mulch & don’t require as much additional fertilizer, if any. It also tends to retail about 30% cheaper than the dyed mulches, around $22 to $27 per cubic yard. You can expect to pay between $25 and $40 per cubic yard installed, if paying a professional, with the main variable being quantity being installed.

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Pine bark is used sparingly in our area. The benefit is that for smaller areas, it often holds its color decently for well over a year, and is relatively inexpensive. Aside from color retention, the drawbacks are similar to those of pine-needles. Coverage per cubic yard is about 100 sq ft at 3″ and 150 sq ft at 2″.

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