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Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of year again. Warm spring breezes are calling us outdoors. Our yards are coming alive, with the first blossoms appearing and green returning to the trees. Spring-cleaning is traditionally a time of clearing away winter cobwebs as we look forward to bright, warm, sunny days—and our gardens and yards need it just as much attention as home’s interior spaces.
spring-cleaning and your garden
Spring is a time to get back in the dirt after a hiatus during the dreary cold of winter. When it comes to landscaping, spring affords the perfect time to rededicate your commitment to your lawn. If you are just getting started with your own landscaping adventure, here are a few things to consider as you prepare your yard for spring:

Temperature: The varieties of plants you may wish to consider will depend largely on your local climate. Plants generally can only tolerate certain ranges of temperature throughout the year. You can use the National Gardening Association’s hardiness zone finder to enter your ZIP code and find out what varieties of plants will likely thrive based on your climate zone. You can also consult with a certified specialist or your local nursery for planting ideas.
Moisture: Another key element is the amount of moisture in your soil. The frequency with which you’ll need to water your plants is determined by how well your soil drains and how much moisture is usually present. Environmental factors like wind and weather may affect your moisture levels so it’s important to understand how your local weather conditions affect soil moisture. Furthermore, it may be necessary to design or redesign landscaping according to water drainage and run-off needs. Oftentimes, someone may select a plant that matches their moisture and temperature zone but fail to allow for proper drainage of excess water. Such excess could drown root systems, which would prevent the plant from thriving.
Soil assessment: The quality and composition of your soil is another important consideration. Should you discover that your soil is less than optimal, you can use compost to fertilize and revitalize your growing area. Once healthy soil has been established, proper pH balancing is necessary to ensure successful growth. To learn more about selecting the right fertilizer for your lawn.
Animals and insects: Any ecosystem will harbor species necessary to keep the entire cycle healthy and vibrant, so it’s important to be aware of which creatures and critters are native to your area. You might inadvertently plant something that a local animal would find absolutely delectable. To avoid this, try to select plants that will not be targeted by local pests. On the other hand, you may wish to incorporate plants that attract helpful insects known to keep harmful insect populations at bay. Keep in mind, too, that pests in your garden can become pests in your home—so keeping the unwanted critters at bay is in your best interests!
In addition to gardening and landscaping, check your outdoor entertainment areas such as patios and decks for any repair work that needs to be done as part of your spring-cleaning. This can go a long way toward ensuring that your outdoor fun won’t be interrupted by unnecessary accidents or injury. Make a spring-cleaning checklist to help you prioritize tasks into a manageable workflow.

lawn care and fertilization
Springtime affords another opportunity to fertilize your lawn. Making wise decisions about when to fertilize and which fertilizer to use can help keep your lawn and landscaping features green throughout the growing season. To ensure you’re targeting the right applications at the right time, work with trained specialists—like the knowledgeable experts at TruGreen.

With the weather getting warmer and the skies getting bluer, make the most of this lovely season and get busy with your spring-cleaning. Check with ACG Sprinklers for more information. With the right lawn services applied at the right time, you can maximize your efforts in maintaining a green, healthy lawn and landscape you’ll love all spring and summer long.

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Residential and Commercial Lawn Maintenance Service

Keep Your Home or Business’ Lawn Beautiful Without the Hassle
We provide residential and commercial lawn care maintenance. We also provide care services ranging from lawn mowing to fertilization to cleaning up your yard. . If you are interested in scheduling regular landscaping and lawn care services, contact our experts at ACG Sprinklers. Keeping your lawn green, vibrant, healthy, and free of weeds is a job for experts. Our team provides regular services designed to ensure that your lawn stays looking its best all year-round.

Our residential and commercial landscaping services include the following:

Lawn & bed maintenance
Landscape / hardscape
Snow & ice management
Irrigation and Draining
Pest, weed & fertilization
Spring and Fall Clean-up

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If you are aiming for an immaculate lawn, you need to do a little more than mow it every few weeks. Regular feeding, watering, weeding, and trimming are necessary to give you a lawn to be proud of. How Often to Mow There are no hard-and-fast rules about…

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From ensuring that their needs are met to helping narrow down a landscaping design plan, there are many reasons why homeowners turn to landscaping companies for professional advice when planning and designing their landscaping.

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Summer Lawn and Landscaping Tips
One of the most challenging seasons for growing plants and maintaining lawns is during the summer. As the temperatures rise, plants begin to wither and soil starts to dry. Worse, some cities and communities impose water restrictions making lawn soil and plant hydration more difficult.

If this continues, plants, flowers, trees, lawns and gardens may undergo severe and irreparable damages. It is therefore essential to create precautions and implement wise watering measures to keep your lawn and plants alive during this season.
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Landscaping Tips – Use Thicker Borders Around Outdoor Stairs

In the event that you want to upgrade the outside of the house by installing a stairway that connects the garage to the open porch, you have arrived at the perfect spot. Before you settle on home expansion, you ought to remember what can be the pitfalls in such an outdoor construction. Unlike the insides of the house, the exteriors should be arranged keeping the worst possible situation in mind. The outsides of the house experience adverse weather conditions. So adverse climatic conditions, dust, grime, mold, and ordinary wear and tear of the outsides need to be considered while looking to build a stairway.

Read more and watch the video at: http://acgsprinklers.com/2016/04/08/landscaping-tips-use-thicker-borders-around-outdoor-stairs/
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SPRING COLOR

The trees have flowered and gone to leaf, lining the streets and filling our yards with shades of green to keep us cool in the upcoming summer months. To keep your yard filled with color through the growing season it’s time to place perennials and prepare annual beds.

Color can make a strong impact in a landscape if placed strategically around the yard. Choose areas that will be seen by cars passing by or neighbors taking a late afternoon stroll down the street. Dress up areas near the driveway and make a statement that creates a welcoming entrance to your home. Add drifts of color along your walkway that will cheerfully lead people to your door. The annual and perennial garden is something that should not be left for others to only enjoy. Add splashes of color around your patio area making the space more inviting and intriguing to those enjoying the outdoors.

The many nooks around the typical yard can be planted and enjoyed by a homeowner through a window or while out in the yard. There is more than one way to exploit the beauty of the annual flower. Many people like to plant them in the ground but others prefer to make them mobile and move them around the landscape. This option allows you to create change in the landscape as the growing season moves towards fall. Annuals are a perfect match for summer pots.
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Creating a Cohesive Property

One of the first things our designers take into consideration when meeting with a new client is to identify any strong existing features on the property. These features could consist of the homes architecture, interior design, a wooded back yard, or being next to a pond or lake. All of these existing features, coupled with the homeowner’s personal style and need for a functional outdoor space, is the basis behind a comprehensive design.There are many ways to make a connection between the home and landscape. Some homes have a strong architectural style, while others are more universal. A good designer will find elements within the home to pull inspiration from. For example, using colors or shapes from the brick or stone façade of a home and repeating them within the design of the patio ties the two together. Sometimes our designers will opt for the same materials, as well.

Read More at: http://acgsprinklers.com/2016/04/25/creating-a-cohesive-property/
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Pollinator Promise by Scotts

Can you imagine a world without berries, apples, oranges or almonds? Hardly! But without honeybees, butterflies, ants and other pollinators to keep a healthy ecosystem in place, it could happen.

In fact, research shows that for every three bites of food, one is the result of the work of pollinators.

So if you’ve ever wondered what pollinator – friendly gardens are all about – or why you should have one – here?s the FYI on a DIY pollinator garden.

Pollinators
All flowering plants require pollination in order to reproduce. Pollinators help by transferring pollen from the male anther of a plant to the female stigma so that fertilization and seed production occur.

Some plant species don’t need help with the pollination process. These are known as self-pollinators. Others do fine with a little pollination help from wind or water.

But certain fruits and seeds, such as blueberries, wild strawberries and sunflower seeds, require help from insect or vertebrate pollinators, such as hummingbirds, beetles and bees.

Read More: http://acgsprinklers.com/2016/05/01/pollinator-promise-by-scotts/
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Basic Spring Landscape Maintenance

The winds of winter still chill our air as northern Nevada prepares for spring. A flourish of spring color can be seen with forsythia in full bloom, daffodils and tulips popping up and our flowering pear, plum, cherry and crabapple trees not far behind. To get the most out of your landscape this growing season, spend some time now doing easy and basic maintenance on your existing lawn, trees and shrubs by preparing your planter beds and installing new plants.

To start, perennials should be waking and well on their way to making themselves seen, slowly emerging through the mulch placed as a protector in the fall. To ensure your plants continue to mature move the mulch away from the rising plants, allowing them to breathe. Add new mulch around the base of the plants. This will allow the new growth to spread and breathe while suppressing weed growth in the surrounding bed. Organic mulch (shredded bark, compost, Gromulch, etc.) will provide additional benefits to the soil — improving its structure and nutrient level as well as increasing its moisture retention. Now’s a good time feed your perennials with a slow release plant food like Osmocote or Miracle Gro Shake n Feed.

If your plants have had insect problems in the past, then a plant food with a systemic insecticide like Bayer Rose & Flower Care would be a good choice. If your landscape is new (less than 5 years old) you will want to consider using a fertilizer to ensure the best growth for the season. Newly planted shrubs, lawns, perennials and annuals will need nutrients to help establish their roots in the soil. (Trees can be fertilized after they’ve been in the ground for a year.) Select a balanced, slow release fertilizer to ensure that the nutrients are gradually released and made available to the plants. Evergreen trees and shrubs, hydrangeas, rhododendrons and dogwood trees usually require a fertilizer formulated for acid loving plants while most deciduous trees and shrubs will do best with a balanced fertilizer.

Given our soil’s notorious lack of nutrients, even well-established landscapes may need to be fertilized. And if your trees and shrubs have had insect or disease problems in the past, you’ll want to treat them now with an appropriate product. Examine their growth habits to decide if fertilizer will enhance your plants’ performance. Trees and shrubs that don’t show sufficient growth or have small leaf development may need a shot of nutrients. Be sure to read the product directions when applying your fertilizer; it’s important to apply the right amount at the right time of year. Too much fertilizer and applying it at the wrong time of the year will be harmful.
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