It's the Heat of Summer, is Your Landscape Receiving the Water Coverage It Needs?

August 3, 2016

Evaluating and Updating Irrigation Systems/Landscaping/Pruning/Wildlife and Storm Damage/Flower of the Month

 

 

Irrigation

 

2 Reasons Why You Should have Your Sprinkler System Evaluated Mid-summer:

 

1. Higher temps and low precipitation means your lawn needs more irrigation to stay healthy and growing for the rest of the season.  To keep energy costs down, conserve water, and ensure your entire landscape is getting enough irrigation, you should check to see if your current sprinkler system is up-to-date.

2.  Changes to the exterior of your home can prevent water heads from spraying where they need too and numerous other changes on your property can lead to poor water coverage to your lawn and landscape.

 

How BPS Updates your Irrigation System

 

BPS stays up-to-date with irrigation products from Hunter Industries, an innovative company that prides itself in producing efficient systems that use only the water and energy necessary to get the job done.  When updating your system, we only use products with proven resultsLee recommends using MP Rotator sprinkler heads in your yard because they're proven to use 30% less water than traditional sprays, perform better in the wind and apply water at a more consistent rate than traditional models.

 

 

 

 Landscaping

 

Do you have any projects that need to be done on your property?

 

This past season, the landscape crew has worked on a number of jobs and recently finished a small project that included putting in a concrete pad for a client’s hot tub. Currently, the crew is working on a big planting project and also working to extend a creek bed on a homeowner's property.  The la

 

ndscape crew is comprised of a small group of experienced workers.  If you have any projects, large or small, call us today.

 

Gardening

 

In addition to regular weeding and deadheading, the gardening crew prunes shrubs, performs some tree pruning, and keeps an eye out for harmful branches as well as wildlife/storm damage. 

 

Below are some details on these tasks that occur over the spring-fall season:

 

Early summer/mid-summer pruning: At this time of the year, we prune spring-blooming shrubs such as Lilacs.  Lilacs only bloom on old branches from the season before and so, the best time for pruning is after the new blooms have faded. Also at this time, we trim back some of the tall, new growth on shrubs that are blocking views from your home or those that have become aesthetically unpleasing and are OK to cut at this time of the season.

 

Late summer/fall pruning:  In late summer/fall, we trim back shrubs that have grown too large and are OK to be cut.  For example, after the blooms of Pointilla shrubs have faded and the foliage starts to lose its green, these hearty shrubs get cut-back to keep their round-shape and size for the next growing season. 

 

All season-long pruning:  Gardeners keep an eye out for dead, broken, or diseased branches which can be pruned at any time.   Removing these branches helps to prevent insect and decay organisms from entering shrubs/trees. Gardeners also keep an eye out for branches growing-over into driveways, patios, and other areas where vehicles may get scratched or where branch-growth may impede walkways.

 

Wildlife damage/storm damage: Undoubtedly one of the advantages of living in a remote area such as ours is the wildlife.  We are fortunate to see Elk, Moose, Eagles, etc. without having to go too far from home and sometimes we see them right outside our front steps.  At times, the Herbivores will make a nice meal out of your shrubs or flowers.  When we see this type of damage, we record it in our notes and do our best to fix it.  We also keep an eye out for damaged plants and messes caused by storms.  Storms can cause strong winds to break tree limbs or knock loose old leaves and debris from trees which may clutter your flower beds.  We clean the mess, record the damages, and if necessary, report large broken branches and/or fallen trees so they can be properly removed from your property. 

 

 

Flower of the Month

 

Delphinium is a tall, unique perennial that adds beauty and color to the landscape and comes in a number of varieties. It is native to Europe and has been cultivated in America. According to one source, the name Delphinium comes from the ancient Greeks who thought the flower buds resembled the shape of dolphins. According to myth, the Greeks named Delphinium after the Delphi temple which was built to honor Apollo, the sun god. The Delphinium was Apollo’s favorite flower and so; some believe this flower brings good luck. Other traditions believe this flower protects against lightening, eye disease, and witches. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, It is also the birth flower for the month of July and can be found under its other name, Larkspur, which was given to the flower by the Brits because the flower buds resembled the sharp claws of a lark’s foot.

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