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When to Plant Perennials and Annuals!

Annual and Perennial Garden Flowers in Troy, Birmingham, Royal Oak, Bloomfield, and Rochester MIThinking about planting Annual and Perennial flowers this year? Middle to late Spring is the most opportune time to plant perennials and annuals in your garden. By planting them in mid to late Spring, you ensure that any late night frosts do not effect root growth, or plant health. You also ensure that the heat waves of summer do not effect the plant early in it’s growing cycle. Summer planting can also be very successful if proper watering is observed during the planting process.

Watering is crucial to newly planted annuals and perennials. Water the plants immediately, right after planting. Water a minimum of once a week for the first two weeks to keep plant roots moist and improve root vigor.

Garden PLants - Royal Oak, Birmingham, Troy, Bloomfield, Rochester Hills MIPerennial and Annual maintenance is fairly easy. Be sure to remove dead flowers as soon as possible to encourage new growth during spring and summer, prune off any dead tops in late winter, and apply insecticide as needed to control any pests as soon as noticed to help avoid spreading them to other plants.

If you would like to have Perennials or Annuals installed in your garden, or would like to meet with one of our landscaping professionals to plan a landscaping design for your own yard, Call us at 248-588-1694 info@totallawncareinc.com, or Click Here to use our Online Request to schedule an appointment for a free!

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Annual Flowers and Perennials

      It is almost that time of year to start adding colorful annuals and perennials to your home. If you are interested in adding annual or perennials to your existing landscape and outdoor space, please call or email us to request an appointment with our specialist. We can help you choose the right annual or perennial, deliver them to you and install them for you. Please call today 248-588-1694 or email us at info@totallawncareinc.com.

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Plant Health Care. Deep Root Fertilization!

Deep Root Fertilizer in Bloomfield Michigan        Fall Deep Root Fertilize your Trees and Shrubs to help reduce stress from this summer’s Hot and Dry weather. Deep Root Fertilization will improve fine feeder root hair development, and condition the soil. Our mixture is water soluble, and ready for the tree to use. It is full of micro-nutrients to help improve plant color, and vigor. We use minimum Phosphorus in our mixture to help protect our waterways(Click here to learn more!), and stay as Green as can be! Simply call us at 248-588-1694, email us at info@totallawncareinc.com, or Click Here to use our Online Request to schedule an appointment !

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Sprinkler Turn On and Water Audit

Sprinkler Irrigation Water Audit - Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Clawson, Royal Oak, Bloomfield, Troy, Rochester

Not sure exactly what to do for your Sprinkler Turn On? Don’t worry, Total Lawn Care can help! During a Sprinkler Turn On, we check all sprinkler heads for proper coverage and proper working order.  We then set your clock for you, and make any recommendations you may want to impliment to better irrigate your landscaping.
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We can even go a step further, and do a thorough water audit. Landscape irrigation auditing is a great tool for lowering your water bills, and maximizing water efficiency. A Sprinkler Audit consists of three main procedures: Initial Site Inspection, Water Measuring, and Irrigation Schedule Adjustment. Each procedure is designed to result in significant water savings, along with making sure the proper amount of irrigation is reaching each individual zone dependent on what type of plant material is getting irrigated. A water audit is performed by laying out catch devices (Often plastic cups are used.) in a grid like pattern throughout the irrigated area. The zone is then turned on, and allowed to run for generally 10 to 15 minutes. The time is recorded, and the water within each cup is measured and recorded. Next we figure out the precipitation rate at which that zone is running. We do this by taking the average amount of water in each cup divided by the number of of cups, multiplied by 60. This gives us a valid “Inches per Hour”, and allows us to see how effectively the system is running. Because different plant material require alternate watering than turf, knowing the Inches per Hour rate will let us know where we can turn down the zones watering to save on water, but still effectively irrigate the zone.

If you would like to schedule a Sprinkler Turn-On or a Sprinkler Water Audit, please call us at 248-588-1694, email info@totallawncareinc.com, or Click Here to use our Online Request to schedule an appointment for a free!

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Mites and Miticides! Know what to do!

        The recent HOT/DRY weather has promoted Mite activity on Evergreens, including Albertus Spruce, Colorado Spruce, Norway Spruce, Hemlocks, and Firs. Mite damage can often be seen when the needles start to look brown, or dusty in color. The solution: Spray before the population grows to minimize plant stress. We have had plenty of Mite activity in the Deciduous Trees and Shrubs this year, primarily Locusts, Amelanchiers, Crabs, Burning Bush, and Roses. Mite Damage in a Tree and Shrub in Clawson MichiganIf you suspect that you may have Mites, or any other Tree or Plant health issue, please call for a free Plant  HealthCare Diagnosis, and Recommendation. We have a Michigan Department of Agriculture Certified Arbhorist on site, and ready to assist you! Simply call us at 248-588-1694, email us at info@totallawncareinc.com, or Click Here to use our Online Request to schedule an appointment !

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Keep Your Shrubs Looking Beautiful All Season Long!

Shrub trimming should be done twice per season on average after the first round of growth in June/July and late in the season when the shrub is done growing for the season usually around September or October.

shrubs at an average royal oak MI home,

 

 

Shrub trimming has a number of positive effects for the shrubs 1) by removing dead leaves and branches you make room for new growth. 2) You are able to maintain the desired height and width, or shape if you so desire,  by staying on a regular maintenance schedule with your bushes. This also helps to keep shrubs/trees from growing into the side or roof of your home/garage before it’s too late. With the recent storms we have experienced many homes were damaged unnecessarily by dead limbs.

 

 

 

globe and traditional arborvitae just starting to look a bit shaggy for the season

To maintain a nice shape both types of arborvitae should be regularly trimmed.

Keeping your bushes trimmed can help on both sides of the fence when comes to security, it can be used to create a nice privacy barrier for your backyard with a nice arborvitae hedge.  Pruning/trimming can also be used to your advantage to keep views from your windows unobstructed and give you clear line of sight to all areas of your property.

 

remove dead portions of this bush to promote growth of the healthy part of the shrub, Clawson MI

Trimming dead sections of bushes

<——-like this one allows more sunlight and air to reach the healthy parts of the plant which in turn allows the plant to flourish and grow to its fullest potential.

Total Lawn Care Inc. has the best crew leaders on staff to prune your shrubs to help prevent disease or insects from entering the dead part of the bush and spreading to the entire bush, costing you alot more money to replace the whole thing.

Give us a call 248-588-1694 or email us, many times our crew can perform a few tasks during one visit such as weeding your garden beds, cutting in a new natural bed edge, or even cleaning the gutters. All of which will add to the beautification of your property, while keeping the costs down from multiple visits from multiple companies.

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