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EC Landscape News - SUMMER 2018 EDITION


The Summer 2018 Edition of EC Landscape News is now available online.

Although summer has tiptoed in thus far, we can expect temperatures to be on the upswing very soon.

Our Summer 2018 issue looks at the impacts that seasonably high temperatures have on plant materials. We offer what signs to look for that may indicate plant stress. We also discuss techniques to minimize stress damage, and how to select plant materials that are better suited to low water and high heat conditions.

Also included is an article discussing the impact of minimum wageincreases, and how that will affect the landscape maintenance industry, as well as other sectors of the economy that are labor-based. Continue Reading




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WEED CONTROL


Management of summer weeds is a challenge faced by both landscape professionals and home gardeners. Moderate temperatures, elevated humidity, and an occasional evening shower are the perfect combination to launch the invasion. The term weed is somewhat subjective and dates back to the 7th century. Weeds, by definition, are “plants out of place.” According to Ralph Waldo Emerson however, “A weed is but a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”

Even though we live in relatively controlled environments, it is nearly impossible to prevent weed intrusion. Weeds can invade turfgrass and planting areas and rob them of much-needed moisture and nutrients. They are carried in by the wind and birds or transferred from lawnmowers, which is why we practice thoroughly cleaning our mowing equipment after each use.

The most common weeds found in our areas include creeping spurge (Euphorbia serpens), petty spurge (Euphorbia peplus), purslane (Portulaca oleracea), and dandelions (Taraxacum officinale). We will focus on spurge in this article, giving a brief description of its characteristics, followed by our program methods for mitigation and abatement. Continue Reading

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Fall Fertilization

Frost

Landscape Fabric

Lawn Aeration and Dethatching

Mulch

Smart Controllers

Spring Lawn Care

Weeds