Winter Fertilizer – The Season Finale

DO YOU NEED A WINTER FERTILIZER ? Fertilizing in the winter may seem like an odd thing to do. After all, plants can’t grow in freezing temperatures, right? Although that is true, your lawn still needs nutrients to endure the winter. The importance of winter fertilizer is often misunderstood.  Successful lawn care is about planning … Read more

Do This, Not That!

Don’t let these no-no’s screw up your yard in Gastonia, NC SCALPING YOUR GRASS Lawn mowing is not just about keeping up appearances: it’s about grass health, too. And scalping is a big “no-no”. You may think that cutting your lawn shorter means less mowing, but that isn’t true. As a matter of fact, it … Read more

Woes with Winter Weeds

Lawn care supplier store with shelves of herbicides

2019 was North Carolina’s warmest year on record since 1895. With very few days of wintry chill during December, January, and February, Mother Nature has consistently moved the mercury higher for us in 2020 and made it a warm and wet winter. This combination of a mild climate with lots of rainfall has created a … Read more

Landscaping To Take Care Of Our Back Yard Birds

Male and female cardinal birds

Don’t Forget About our Feathered Friends ! The Arctic Chill will arrive tonight and bringing with it freezing cold temperatures. So, what can we do to help our wild birds? We just need to provide them with things that may be scarce this time of year: shelter, water, and plenty of food. WATER: BIRDBATH OR … Read more

A Homeowner’s Guide on How to Read a Fertilizer Label

Bag of fertilizer displaying contents of nitrogen, potash, and phosphate

As we anticipate the arrival of spring, this magnificent season brings with it a list of outdoor resolutions. Many of these promises have to do with lawn and garden projects that require a basic knowledge of fertilization. We use fertilizers in a variety of capacities: flower containers, vegetable gardens, newly planted ornamentals, and to enhance … Read more

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, it’s hard to believe that 2017 is already upon us! The start of a new year is a great time to establish a vision and plan for your Gastonia, NC lawn. Take a moment to think about your lawn. What changes do you want to see in your turf in 2017? Set … Read more

Green Grass, Blue Skies, and Flowers

There is a perfect spring week every year and last week was one of those. Despite canker worms floating through the air along with tumbleweeds of pollen, the landscape in Gastonia was breathtaking. The sky was blue. Gardens burst into bloom. The lawns were green. Birds chirped. We enjoyed warm days in the upper 70s. … Read more

Creating Winter Interest in the Landscape

Now that the hustle and bustle of the Holidays, the Super Bowl, and Valentine’s Day are over, take a breath of fresh air. The weather in Gastonia, NC has been pretty drab over the past two months with lots of gloomy skies and what seems like never ending rain. While we are anxiously waiting for … Read more

The Classic Southern Porch – Curb Appeal on a Budget

Today’s article is posted by guest blogger Marlis (Joe’s wife). Boston ferns are a classic look for any Southern porch. Should you choose to hang your ferns, or display them atop a plant stand, the lush green fronds offer unique interest and Southern grace. Even with the challenge of limited space, the large and flowing … Read more