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Weed All About It

Weed All About It

A publication brought to you by your friends at Full Care.

Spring is here! No Really, Spring is Here, I think?

Now that the excitement of spring is upon us, it is time to bring the lawn and landscape back to life. Since spring is the best time to plan and reinvigorate the landscape, the first task at hand is cleaning up what Old Man Winter has left behind. Here is a checklist of services that will be addressed on your property in the following months; likewise for your home away from work, if you so choose to have a green thumb this spring.

  • Clean and remove all debris, leaves and weeds from the lawn and landscape.
  • Cutback any dead foliage from perennials and ornamental grasses.
  • Prune trees and shrubs removing any dead or damaged foliage, limbs and understory growth.
  • Spade edge all landscape beds and tree rings to provide a crisp clean look and maintain a separation between the mulch and the turf.
  • Apply granular pre-emergent to the lawn and landscape to help reduce/control the germination of weeds and sedge grasses.
  • Install mulch to all landscape beds and tree rings which helps retain moisture, keeps weed germination to a minimum, keeps plants cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Here is a link to help calculate how much mulch you will need for proper coverage, mulch calculator.
  • Plant spring flowers and vegetables– pansies, daffodils, crocus, lilies, hyacinth, peas, spinach and lettuce.
  • Open irrigation systems to check for cracks or fractures to valves and backflows, sprinkler heads for proper coverage and rotation, and drip lines for breaks, seals or clogged holes.
  • Begin to plan for those late spring, early summer landscape projects.

There are other various items that can be addressed as well including plant transplantation before leaf bud, dividing perennials and grasses and tending to plants which were damaged by the past winter. In certain areas around the Midwest, a few plant species, (Laurel, Oakleaf Holly, and Southern Magnolia) have begun to show leaf damage and plant die back due to the severe winter; patience is the only medicine at this point. Per the Farmer’s Almanac, the forecast looks bright but even if winter decides to hold on for a little while longer, rest assured we will see you very soon and are always here to help with your landscape needs.

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Did You Know…….

Having a well maintained landscape can increase the resale value of your home and or property by 10% – 14%. Installing additional trees and plants, a paver patio and fire pit, an outdoor kitchen and pool area can bring a recovery value of 100% to 200% at selling time. Projects of this kind require attention to detail, a unique knowledge of the industry, and proper planning to achieve the goal of setting yourself apart from the other guy. Here at Full Care we take great pride in delivering that goal! Together we can achieve lasting first impressions through communication, providing optimal solutions, and delivering a quality product. Curb appeal is the first impression and you never get a second chance to make a first impression!

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Happenings From Within Full Care

As we all know, winter decided to stick around a little longer this year, thanks Punxsutawney Phil, thus our services have started later than the previous years. However, we love a challenge and we are working tirelessly to make sure that all of your properties are serviced in an orderly and timely fashion. Two of our locations, Louisville and Indianapolis, are gearing up for annual events that impact their communities every year, the Kentucky Derby and the Indianapolis 500. Much time and effort is put into scheduling and completing the work in time for these events. Our customers always want to look their best and we showcase our talents for everyone to see. Lastly, congrats are in order for Lynn Kirn who celebrates his 10 year anniversary with Full Care this year. We look forward to another 10! Welcome, Pat Heirty to our St. Louis location. Pat is a landscape architect who has worked with Full Care in the past and we are excited he has decided to accept a full time position with us. We thank Lynn and Pat for their continued dedication.

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Featured Plant: Palibin Lilac

Palibin Lilac, Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ is the little sister of the well-known Dwarf Korean Lilac. This plant maintains similar characteristics with the sweet fragrant, pale pink, lavender flowers in early spring and the ovate dense dark green foliage smaller than most other common lilacs. However, the Palibin Lilac is a smaller, compact, low spreading plant with a mature size of 4-5’ tall with a spread of 5 -6’. Native to Northern China and Japan, the Palibin Lilac is a graceful yet tough, formal variety deciduous species with a superior resistance to powdery mildew making this plant ideal for the most difficult of sites.

The Palibin Lilac has a wide variety of uses in the landscape; a single specimen or anchor for a tight space or garden, natural screen/informal hedge along property lines or foundation plantings underneath windows to not obscure the view. This particular species of lilac can be found in a tree form, called ‘on standard’ further elevating its use in the landscape as a small ornamental tree. The ability to tolerate a wide range of soil conditions and the use in full sun or part shade locations with little to no maintenance, makes the Palibin Lilac a very appealing addition to any residential or commercial landscape.

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Thank you from your friends at Full Care!

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