United Landscape News & Landscape Tips Lexington, Kentucky

Plant of the Month: The Goldenrod

Yellow-Plant-Goldenrod-Flowers.jpg The Goldenrod is known for its prominent yellow flowers which can be seen across the bluegrass. Peak bloom for this flower is from August to September making it the perfect accent piece for your garden before autumn comes. However, you'll want to be sure to find the perfect spot for them, on average goldenrod stands at one meter tall. Additionally, the Goldenrod is edible and can be used as an attractive garnish for a salad or use the flowers to make tea.

New Plant Pathogen Introduced to Lexington

Boxwood_blight_leaf_spots.PNGBoxwood blight is a new disease to the Lexington area and causes rapid defoliation and plant dieback. One of the earliest symptoms include brown circular leaf spots as shown above. If you notice these spots or are concerned about boxwood blight spreading to your landscape contact us. Our team is prepared to handle your case with above standard care and atttention to detail. For more information on boxwood blight please visit our friends at the University of Kentucky: https://plantpathology.ca.uky.edu/files/ppfs-or-w-20.pdf

Why is mulch so important?

* Retains moisture around the plant

* Protects the plant from injury by equipment

* Maintains soil temperature around the plant

* Smothers weed growth

* Provide nutrients through decay of mulch material

* Aesthetically pleasing                                                                                                   

Improperly mulching causes moisture to stay in direct contact with the bark. This can penetrate the bark cells and interfere with the phloem, which is the tissue of the plant that transfers food throughout the plant. This interference leads to die back from the base of the plant upward. This can lead to general decline, leaf drop, and premature death of the plant.                                                      

Pest Alert: Boxwood Leafminer

leafminer.jpgContact us today to have your boxwoods treated. The Boxwood leafminer is a significant pest of boxwoods everywhere.  The larvae of this tiny fly can damage to boxwood plantings by feeding between the upper and lower layers of the leaf, thus starving the plant of photosynthate.  General plant symptoms of an infestation include yellowed leaves, reduced growth and leaf dieback.  Signs of the leafminer include blisters on the underside of leaves which house the egg and developing larvae.  Chemical controls can range from foliar sprays to soil drenches in mid-spring.                                                                                 

Spring Is Here

Spring cleanups are important to getting your landscape off on the right foot for the year by refreshing the look and the health of your plants. This time gives our crews a chance to see what occurred over the winter. Remove any leaves, broken limbs, or weeds that returned after our last cleanup. This cleanup also includes re-edging beds, so the fresh mulch will stay in the bed and out of the lawn. An application of pre-emergent is applied to keep the number of seasonal weeds in the beds to a minimum.                          

Lawn Not Looking So Hot?

If winter has taken a toll on your lawn this is the time to start thinking about a lawn renovation. Our staff are experts on fixing your lawn so that it will perform for years to come.

TIP: Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50%, by shading the windows and walls of a home. - American Public Power Association

TIP: Trees can reduce traffic noise by up to 50% and can mask unwanted noises with pleasant sounds. - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 

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