SLS Landscaping, Inc. recognizes that each property’s needs are unique. Our experienced staff and management team provide creative and cost effective solutions for your lawn care needs. We offer basic care plans to full service lawn maintenance packages, allowing you the convenience of dealing with one company. We take the time to customize a program to accommodate the needs of your property.
Weekly Residential Lawn Care: Lawns will be mowed with our mulching mowers on a weekly basis. Lawns are mowed at a height of 2.5″ to 4″ as conditions dictate.
Weekly Residential Edging and Trimming: (Included With Weekly Lawn Care)
SLS edges on a weekly basis to provide a neat, well-manicured look to the edges of the lawn along sidewalks, curbs and driveways. It gives your lawn’s borders a more finely-groomed look by preventing grasses from growing outside the confines of the lawn’s edges.
We edge the lawn with a blade that is oriented in a vertical fashion, and is used by running it in a straight or curved line along the borders of the lawn. String trimmers are used to level out any patches of grass where our mowers cannot reach, or that are too small to mow leaving these areas looking well-manicured.
Benefits of Not Bagging Your Lawn: If your lawn is cut on a regular basis and there are not large piles of grass clippings, it is best to leave them on the lawn. Grass clippings do not need to be collected and can actually benefit the turf by returning nutrients and organic matter to the soil. A big misconception about leaving the lawn clippings in the yard is that they attribute to thatch buildup. Thatch is a layer of decaying plant matter that accumulates at the surface of the soil, but grass clippings (if not left on the lawn in excess) break down quickly and are healthy for your lawn.
Pruning Ornamental Plants in the Landscape
Ornamental plants in the home landscape are pruned for many reasons. Some plants are pruned routinely to maintain a desired size or shape. Others are pruned to promote healthy vigorous growth, flowering or fruiting. Sometimes it is necessary to prune shrubs that overgrow their sites, crowd other plants or limit the view from windows. Plants damaged by insects, diseases or freezing injury may require corrective pruning.
Corrective Pruning: Pruning is an essential part of good health care for trees and other plantings, discouraging disease and other problems caused by the invasion of pests. It also enhances appearance, promotes proper growing characteristics and reduces potential risk to people and your property. Corrective pruning will help trees and plantings adapt to their surroundings and improve and beautify the entire area. Well-maintained plants sustain and increase property values.
Maintain or reduce plant size: Pruning can prevent a plant from overgrowing its space in the landscape and eliminates the need for drastic cutting of crowded, overgrown plants. It can allow for growth of plants under or adjacent to the pruned plant. It can also serve to reduce the leaf area on newly planted trees and shrubs. This promotes survival through transplanting and consequent root loss.
Remove undesirable growth: Pruning can encourage plant vigor through the removal of weak, overcrowded growth. Such thinning often improves the visual balance or symmetry of the plant.
Remove dead, diseased, or broken branches: Pruning will aid in maintaining the shape, vigor, and health of the plant. Stimulate flowering and fruiting. Removal of the current year’s old, faded flowers and fruit clusters will promote flower buds for the following season.
Rejuvenate and restore old plants to vigorous Growth: Proper pruning can restore a youthful, natural growth habit in certain overgrown shrubs. Prevent damage to people and property. Pruning can minimize the hazard of limbs interfering with power lines or overgrowing structures. It can also remove weak crotches before limbs break in strong winds and open blocked sight lines caused by overhanging limbs near driveways or street corners.
Shape plants in an artificial form: Pruning and shearing can be used to shape plants as hedges or for rigidly formal espaliers or topiaries.
Some other pruning types include:
- Crown cleaning: The selective removal of one or more of the following items: dead, dying or diseased branches, weak branches and water sprouts.
- Crown thinning: The selective removal of branches to increase light penetration, air movement and to reduce weight.
- Crown raising: The removal of the lower branches to provide clearance.
- Crown reduction or shaping: Decrease the height and/or spread of a tree.
- Vista pruning: The selective thinning of framework limbs or specific areas of the crown to allow the view of an object from a predetermined area.
- Crown restoration: Should improve the structure, form and appearance of trees which have been severely headed, vandalized or storm damaged.
Mulches are materials placed over the soil surface to maintain moisture and improve soil conditions. Mulching is one of the most beneficial things a home owner can do for the health of their trees and shrubs. Mulch can reduce water loss from the soil, minimize weed competition, and improve soil structure. Properly applied, mulch can give landscapes a handsome, well-groomed appearance. Mulch must be applied properly; if it is too deep or if the wrong material is used, it can actually cause significant harm to trees and other landscape plants.
Benefits of Proper Mulching:
- Helps maintain soil moisture. Evaporation is reduced, and the need for watering can be minimized.
- Helps control weeds. A 2to 3 inch layer of mulch will reduce the germination and growth of weeds.
- Mulch serves as nature’s insulating blanket. Mulch keeps soils warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
- Many types of mulch can improve soil aeration, structure (aggregation of soil particles), and drainage over time.
- Certain types of mulch improve soil fertility.
- A layer of mulch can inhibit certain plant diseases.
- Mulching around trees helps facilitate maintenance and can reduce the likelihood of damage from “string trimmers” or the dreaded “lawn mower blight.”
- Mulch can give planting beds a uniform, well-cared-for look.
Not Too Much Mulch!
As beneficial as mulch is, too much can be harmful. The generally recommended mulching depth is 2 to 3 inches. Unfortunately, many landscapes are falling victim to a plague of over mulching. A new term, “mulch volcanoes,” has emerged to describe mulch that has been piled up around the base of trees. Most organic mulches must be replenished, but the rate of decomposition varies. Some mulch, such as cypress mulch, remains intact for many years. Top dressing with new mulch annually (often for the sake of refreshing the color) creates a buildup to depths that can be unhealthy. Deep mulch can be effective in suppressing weeds and reducing maintenance, but it often causes additional problems.
Problems Associated with Improper Mulching:
- Deep mulch can lead to excess moisture in the root zone, which can stress the plant and cause root rot.
- Piling mulch against the trunk or stems of plants can stress stem tissues and may lead to insect and disease problems.
- Some mulch, especially those containing cut grass, can affect soil pH levels. Continued use of certain mulches over long periods can lead to micronutrient deficiencies or toxicities.
- Mulch piled high against the trunks of young trees may create habitats for rodents that chew the bark and can girdle the trees.
- Thick blankets of fine mulch can become matted and may prevent the penetration of water and air. In addition, a thick layer of fine mulch can become like potting soil and may support weed growth.
- Anaerobic “sour” mulch may give off pungent odors, and the alcohols and organic acids that build up may be toxic to young plants.