Steps to Control Common Winter Insects in Your Ornamental Shrubs

Are your ornamental shrubs safe from winter insects? Even during the colder months, your landscaping can be vulnerable to pests. Before you risk losing your beautiful shrubs, use these simple steps to control winter insects.

Watch Your Watering

Too much or too little water can lead to shrub damage. Too much can cause root rot and wet feet, while too little can lead to dry limbs and dead leaves. When your shrubs are weak from improper Watering, they are more susceptible to pests.

Feed Your Shrubs

Providing the proper nutrients to your plants in the fall can lead to improved health and resilience during the cold months. In addition, feeding your shrubs the right mix of supplements and fertilizers can help keep them more robust and less volatile to pesky pests.

Consider Biological Controls

Natural pest control can include predatory insects and is one way to keep your shrubs healthy and bug-free. Ladybugs are an example of an insect that can help keep other pests off your ornamental shrubs.

Talk to a Pro

One of the best ways to fight pests on your ornamental shrubs during the winter is with guidance from a professional. With knowledge and insight from training and experience, they can apply what they know to your lawn and garden to keep it healthy through the cold months.

Contact the team at W.P. Law, Inc. They’re standing by to answer all of your questions when it comes to winter pests and protecting your ornamental shrubs.

How to Avoid DIY Landscaping Disasters

DIY landscaping can lead to a rewarding experience, as well as landscaping disasters. So if you’re determined to be a weekend warrior and do it all yourself, keep these tips in mind when getting to work. They can help you avoid some of the most common mishaps.

Tip #1: Have a Plan

Going into landscaping your yard without a plan is a great way to waste time and money. Create a plan before you get out the shovel or hit the local nursery.

Tip #2: Know Your Plants and Soil

Putting the wrong plants in the wrong soil or the wrong place can lead to many dead shrubs or extra work moving plants. Get to know what types of plants and trees do well in what environments and types of soil.

Tip #3: Planting the Right Trees

It’s tempting to only plant fast-growing trees to see quick results but be sure to install a variety. For example, include some hardwood trees, such as oak and maple, that are stronger and live longer.

Tip #4: Consider Maintenance

Do you love or loath yard work? If you love it, then high-maintenance plants, shrubs, and flowers might be right up your alley. If you loath it, be sure to choose lower-maintenance plantings so you won’t spend your free time doing what you hate.

Tip #5: Talk to a Professional

Talk to a professional before you get started with your DIY project. They can help you find the right products for your lawn to ensure the health and longevity of your investment.

Reach out to the experts at W.P. Law, Inc. for all the products you need to help bring your landscaping vision to life.

Winter Is Coming: How to Prepare your Lawn for Frigid Temps

Even in beautiful South Carolina, winter temperatures can impact your lawn and landscaping. Instead of losing grass and plantings to frigid temperatures, look at some simple ways to winterize your yard before the cold weather moves in.

Don’t Stop Watering

As long as the weather and temperatures permit, keep watering your grass, trees, and gardens. You don’t want them to dry out and die before the cold winter weather even arrives.

Keep on Mowing

The same is true for mowing as it is for watering. As long as the weather is warm into the fall months, keep mowing your lawn. Time the last mowing of our warm-season grass so that the final mowing takes place just before the last of the autumn leaves fall.

The final cutting height should equal the safe cutting height for your turf. If your turf is too tall before the last cut, remove only 1/3rd of the leaf blade weekly until the final cutting height is attained. Short grass will let in more sunlight to the roots to help keep it healthy until spring.

Aerate the Soil

Aeration allows water, fertilizer, and oxygen deep down to the roots of the grass. This is the boost your lawn needs to stay healthy all winter.

Don’t Forget to Rake

There is some misinformation when it comes to raking the leaves on your lawn. Some say it makes excellent mulch to protect your grass, but it can lead to rot. Wet leaves put extra weight and moisture on your yard and could damage the grass if left through the winter. Make sure you rake to prep your lawn for winter.

These tips can help carry your lawn through the frigid temps of winter and help it come out in the spring healthy and green. For more information on lawn care or help with lawn and landscape winterizing, contact W.P. Law, Inc. today.

Insider Tip: Rain Gardens

If you’ve ever wondered about drainage for all that runoff rainwater and what you could do with it, you’ve come to the right place. We have a solution to enhance your landscaping while harnessing the extra water that could otherwise be a problem. Our insider tip? Rain gardens.

What is a Rain Garden?

A rain garden is a spot in a landscaped yard, either residential or commercial, that is concave or has a downward slope, like a shallow basin. It collects excess rainwater that drains from the surrounding areas, including streets, driveways, roofs, and sidewalks. Because of the way it self-irrigates, it’s a great place for planting flowers and grasses.

Why Do You Need a Rain Garden?

A rain garden is an excellent solution to the problem of excess stormwater runoff. Where that excess rainwater could end up in the storm drain, or worse, carry pollutants into the groundwater, a rain garden can help. Plus, they’re a beautiful addition to your landscaping, and they’re environmentally friendly.

How to Create a Rain Garden

The top priority when planning a rain garden is location. Avoid locating the garden on a slope above your home within 10’ of the foundation, or atop your septic system. You’ll also need to ensure no utility lines are under the area where you want the garden.

For help creating a beautiful, functional, and beneficial rain garden for your home or business landscaping, turn to the experts. Contact W.P. Law, Inc. for the knowledge and experience with drainage and landscaping to bring your rain garden to life.

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