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Although the concept of watering our gardens seems intuitive, it can be hard to tell if you’ve effectively gotten your plants watered. A good way to check to see if you have given your plants enough water to their roots is to dig a hole about four inches deep into the ground beside your plant to see if the soil that deep is still moist. We night think that the leaves at the top of the plant are looking a little dry, but spraying water on the actual leaves is not an effective way to get moisture to your plants.

The first key with watering your plants is that you don't necessarily want to water them every day. If you water your plants every day then the roots of your plants have no need to grow deep because they are getting water on the surface of the soil. The goal of any gardener is to establish deeply rooted plants, so you can see why this would be a problem! A good method to practice during this time of heightened heat is deep watering. The concept of deep watering is this: water as much as reasonable, as seldom as reasonable. When the top soil begins to dry out, the roots of your plants will grow downward looking for moisture. If you have deep watered, the soil underneath the surface will retain that moisture and it will help your plants to become more deeply rooted in your garden. One practice that we recommend is watering about three times a day for 3-4 minutes each time as opposed to one singular 10-minute watering. The goal is to train your plants, so take care!

The days are long and hot, but the nights are the perfect balmy temperature to sit outside, possibly by your newly finished firepit, and relax in the company of the ones you love. Every other time of the year, when the sun goes down, the temperature drops and enjoying the nighttime is better done indoors. The summer is a great opportunity to throw a barbeque, or spend some much needed time in the great outdoors, even if the outdoors is right outside your house. A great way to further enjoy your landscape is with landscape lighting. 

At TPS Landscaping we have a full range of specialites. We can help design your new patio, firepit, or even driveway as well as help you choose the flora to perfectly accent. What better way to enjoy that flora than with lights illuminating it when the sun can't? These landscape lights not only show off your perfectly manicured flower bed, but also provide for a way to set the mood for your outdoor gathering. Instead of having to move inside due to the lack of light, these lights help you navigate around your patio and provide just enough light to keep the good times rolling, while not overpowering your gathering with spotlight-like illumination. Give us a call today to set up an appointment to have your landscape lighting installed!

Many people struggle with the common problem of lawn pests. Some of the most common pests include moles and voles. These pests both live underground, but inflict different types of damages to your lawn and plants. Moles mostly eat insects or grubs living underground. The majority of the problems that they cause is due to the loosened dirt their tunneling creates in your lawn. This loosened dirt, however, when mixed with the excess rain that Western North Carolina experiences during the summer can make for a ruined and uneven landscape.

Voles are a little bit more dangerous to your lawn and plants because unlike Moles, they are plant-eaters. They enjoy grass and flower roots and will eat seeds and bulbs.

There are different ways to control Moles and Voles that range from relocation to killing. To identify where exactly the Mole or Vole is living, tramp down on some of the visible tunnels and wait a couple days to see where the ground raises again, that way you know where the active tunnel is. There are a variety of traps and techniques you can use to kill or trap a Mole ranging from homemade traps to traps installed and executed by a professional.

Controlling Voles is best done with an animal such as a cat, but if you don't have a pet cat, we’ve got extra tips in our arsenal! Voles are smaller than Moles in size, so traps made for rodents such as mice will work to catch a Vole. We also might suggest digging sharp materials such as Permatill and Soil Perfector into your soil, or even mixing some gravel into your soil to make it uncomfortable for the Vole to tunnel.

Soil pests can be the death of a perfectly good garden, but with our tips and a call to a specialist, you might be able to salvage your hard earned lawn and garden. These pests are not only summer nuisances, so make sure that whatever work you do to rid yourself of them, you keep an eye out for them to reemerge!
Roses bloom on and off from spring through the fall. The summer is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of a rose. But as the saying goes, every rose has its thorn, and in some cases that thorn might be potential disease that could wipe out your plant.

In some pest and disease situations you can use natural intervention before turning to chemical intervention. Observation can be your best key to keeping your roses healthy. If you notice mites or aphids on your rose bushes you can use water pressure to knock them off while also giving your roses a nice drink. Making sure the plant stays clean is great prevention. If you must use chemical intervention, make sure you’re selective in what you use. Using them strictly based on the instruction is important to ensure that you don’t kill or damage bugs that can help to protect your plants.

Some diseases that can commonly infect roses include Black Spot, Powdery Mildew, Stem Canker and Dieback and Botrytis Blight to name a few. Many of the diseases commonly found on rose plants include some type of fungus and can appear in different forms such as: gray-brown fuzzy growth, grayish white powdery substance on the surfaces of leaves, shoots and buds, circular black spots on leaves with yellow outer ring.

Keep an eye out for these symptoms for diseases as some can arise after long periods of wet environments, and with our typically rainy summers in the Mountains, it is something to think about!

Western North Carolina seems to experience a rainy season starting in May. Our afternoons are full of showers that help your grass grow at accelerated rates and your garden, hopefully thrive, even without the help of an irrigation system. But how do you ensure that your garden continues to thrive and not become overgrown when the rain may inhibit you from working out in the yard as often as you’d like? We’ve got some tips on how best to take advantage of the rain.

When the soil is wet, it is much more flexible and pulling weeds is actually easier. You have a better chance of being able to pull the plant out, including the roots if you weed when the ground is wet. For weeds like dandelions and thistle especially, you can avoid regrowth by successfully pulling the roots out whole.

Summer is the perfect time for fresh lettuce. Picking your lettuce when it has been raining is beneficial for a few reasons. One, lettuce thrives in the moisture, so your picking will be plentiful. And two, thanks to the moist and typically cooler conditions that rain brings, the lettuce will be sweet and tender in flavor and feel.

If you are growing Mint, rain is a gift. Mint loves moist soil. You can utilize Mint in a variety of recipes and can even use it to make fresh Mint tea!

If you need to install any supports, cages or stakes, when the soil is wet is easiest. The structure pushes into the dampened soil much easier than a dry, hard soil.

Do be careful during rainy times that you are not tromping over the same ground too often. You could kill the grass or plants by accidentally squishing them when it has been raining. At TPS Landscaping we can help. The installation of a rock path is helpful to let everyone know the best path to walk to preserve the life of your precious grass and plants! Give us a call for a quote today.