Fall Mulching for a Beautiful Landscape

American Landscaping Mulching in Maryland

New fresh mulch really does make a landscape look great! It not only enhances a landscapes overall look and appeal it also helps your soil retain moisture, so you won’t have to water as much saving you money. Mulching beds around shrubs, flowers, and trees helps control weed growth and protect roots from old man winters freeze.

People ask, how much mulch to use? When is the best time to mulch? And what kind should be used?

When is the right time to mulch in the Maryland area?

In the Maryland area, we typically mulch landscapes twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall.

How much mulch is right?

No more than three inches of mulch is recommended.

What type of mulch is right?

There are many types of mulch.  The most common is the double shredded hardwood mulch in brown or dyed black. The added color further enhances a landscape and lasts longer. However, there are other colors available and it is a matter of taste and what works best in your beds based on the grade of your property.  For instance, shredded mulches work best on slopes and pine nuggets should be used in flat or contained areas. For play areas we recommend clean playground safe woodchips.

No matter what type or color mulch it is important to not over mulch.  At American Landscaping Inc. we are landscape mulch experts and can help you get your landscape area mulched for the fall season.  Have questions and want us to get your mulching project done? Drop us a line and speak with our friendly staff who can assist you with any of your landscaping questions.


American Landscaping Inc.

(301) 384-4486

www.MarylandLandscaping.net

We serve clients in Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, throughout the Washington, DC metro area including the following cities and communities:

Ashton MD | Sandy Spring, MD | Barnesville, MD | Beltsville, MD | Bethesda, MD | Brookeville, MD |Burtonsville, MD | Cabin John, MD | Calverton, MD | Chevy Chase, MD | Clarksville, MD | Colesville, MD | College Park, MD | Columbia, MD | Damascus, MD | Friendship Heights, MD | Gaithersburg, MD | Germantown, MD | Glen Echo, MD | Hyattsville, MD |  Kensington, MD | Laytonsville, MD | Laurel MD | Montgomery Village, MD | North Bethesda, MD | Kensington, MD | North Potomac, MD | Olney, MD | Poolesville, MD | Potomac, MD | Riverdale, MD | Rockville, MD | Savage, MD | Scaggsville, MD | Silver Spring, MD |Somerset, MD | Spencerville, MD | Oakmont, MD | Takoma Park, MD | Wheaton, MD | West Laurel MD | White Oak, MD | Berwyn Heights, MD | Cloverly, MD | Glenwood, MD | Lanham, MD |  Landover, MD | Fulton, MD | Washington D.C.

Lawn Renovation

Lawn Renovation

Lawn Renovation

Lawn renovation may be needed for a variety of reasons, bare areas, sparse areas, excess weed population, deterioration caused by shading from tree growth.  Whatever the reason now is the time to get your plan in place so you are ready to begin your renovation. A complete lawn renovation should be taken seriously and should not be performed unless the proper steps are taken to correct the underlying problem of the turf deterioration.

There can be many reasons for a lawn to be in poor condition and it is important to fully understand the problem or problems that have caused the turf to perform poorly. Some examples of problems that need to be understood could be drought conditions, too much shade, drainage problems, lack of or improper fertilization, compacted soil conditions, disease, too much thatch, improper mowing, insects, acidic soil conditions, or simply the wrong type of turf for the area. Most of these problems can be addressed with a lawn renovation project. However, it is important that you know exactly what the problems are before you start.

It is recommended that you perform a soil test of the area that is being considered for renovation. A soil test will provide you with valuable information about the soil and how the area should be treated. 

Each lawn renovation project is different, in some cases bare areas can be treated and the existing grass can be treated to bring the area to acceptable conditions. However, if the area in need of renovation has serious problems it may be necessary to pretty much start from scratch. Removal of the existing turf, dethatching, lime application, weed control, insect control or addressing shade issues or drainage problems. Spreading topsoil or other compost type material may be considered. Then planting of new seed or sod or planting ground cover where areas simply will not sustain grass might be considered depending on the situation, condition or location.

A lawn renovation project done right can bring beauty and provide a welcoming atmosphere. Preparing and understanding the root cause of the failed lawn is key. Following the right steps and using the right type or types of turf is also very important. Obviously, proper watering, mowing, and ferritization will allow a newly renovated lawn to flourish.  

If you are considering a lawn or turf renovation job contact us at American Landscaping Inc. We would be very happy to provide you with information on the steps to return your landscape back to its intended beautiful condition.


Residential Landscaping & Commercial Landscaping Services

American Landscaping Inc.

(301) 384-4486

www.AmericanLandscaping.net

We serve clients in Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, throughout the Washington, DC metro area including the following cities and communities:

Ashton MD | Sandy Spring, MD | Barnesville, MD | Beltsville, MD | Bethesda, MD | Brookeville, MD |Burtonsville, MD | Cabin John, MD | Calverton, MD | Chevy Chase, MD | Clarksville, MD | Colesville, MD | College Park, MD | Columbia, MD | Damascus, MD | Friendship Heights, MD | Fulton, MD | Gaithersburg, MD | Germantown, MD | Glen Echo, MD | Hyattsville, MD |  Kensington, MD | Laytonsville, MD | Laurel MD | Montgomery Village, MD | North Bethesda, MD | Kensington, MD | North Potomac, MD | Olney, MD | Poolesville, MD | Potomac, MD | Riverdale, MD | Rockville, MD | Savage, MD | Scaggsville, MD | Silver Spring, MD |Somerset, MD | Spencerville, MD | Oakmont, MD | Takoma Park, MD | Wheaton, MD |  Washington, DC | West Laurel MD | White Oak, MD | Berwyn Heights, MD | Cloverly, MD | Glenwood, MD | Lanham, MD |  Landover, MD

 

How to Care for your Crape Myrtles and Keep Them Blooming

How to Care for your Crape Myrtles and Keep Them Blooming

Crape Myrtle

Now is the time of the year to fully enjoy your beautiful crape myrtles in Maryland. The flowers come in many different colors from deep reds, whites, pink, purples to light lavenders. Many times, people wonder why their crape myrtles aren’t blooming well. Several reasons could be causing your trees to have sparse numbers of blooms.

Improper pruning and pruning at the incorrect times is the most common reason for crape myrtle lack of flowering. Pruning should occur after the trees finish blooming or in very early spring beforeCrape Myrtle they start new sprouts. Pruning them once they have started growing in the spring will affect the number of blooms. Keep in mind that you don’t have to trim the tops of your crape myrtles.  You can let the tops grow naturally and just keep the sucker growth pruned out to keep them looking neat.

Other reasons your crepe myrtles could be lacking many flowers is too much nitrogen. Over fertilizing can cause crape myrtles to generate lots of leaves but not many blooms. This is common when the trees are in areas where lawns are frequently fertilized. You should lower the amount of nitrogen during the growing season. Use a slow release organic fertilizer in the spring for best results.

Drought and lack of sun can also affect your crape myrtles. Crape myrtles do like it hot and lots of full sun. If the weather is cooler than normal it can affect the number of blooms. If your tree is over shadowed by larger trees and doesn’t receive full sun for most of the day they will be lacking flowers. During the time of drought in the summer, your trees may go dormant and can also affect the amounts of blooms the tree will produce. Proper watering is important.

As we have mentioned above there are many common reasons your crape myrtles can have less than the desired amounts of flowers. A quick overview, it is important that you prune your trees the right way and at the proper time of year. Plenty of sun, water, drainage and slow-release fertilizer in the spring. Treat insects and disease when first signs arise.

If you live in Maryland and have established crape myrtles or are thinking of new plantings, American Landscaping Inc can assist you. We can provide you with information regarding the variety and color crepe myrtle that is right for your landscape area. Our experts can plant them and get them going and maintain them for you year-round.

 


American Landscaping Inc.

(301) 384-4486

www.MarylandLandscaping.net

We serve clients in Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, throughout the Washington, DC metro area including the following cities and communities:

Ashton MD | Sandy Spring, MD | Barnesville, MD | Beltsville, MD | Bethesda, MD | Brookeville, MD |Burtonsville, MD | Cabin John, MD | Calverton, MD | Chevy Chase, MD | Clarksville, MD | Colesville, MD | College Park, MD | Columbia, MD | Damascus, MD | Friendship Heights, MD | Gaithersburg, MD | Germantown, MD | Glen Echo, MD | Hyattsville, MD |  Kensington, MD | Laytonsville, MD | Laurel MD | Montgomery Village, MD | North Bethesda, MD | Kensington, MD | North Potomac, MD | Olney, MD | Poolesville, MD | Potomac, MD | Riverdale, MD | Rockville, MD | Savage, MD | Scaggsville, MD | Silver Spring, MD |Somerset, MD | Spencerville, MD | Oakmont, MD | Takoma Park, MD | Wheaton, MD | West Laurel MD | White Oak, MD | Berwyn Heights, MD | Cloverly, MD | Glenwood, MD | Lanham, MD |  Landover, MD | Fulton, MD | Washington D.C.

Grading Your Landscape Area

Landscape Grading

Landscape and yard grading is very important and in some cases, can be an owner’s biggest nightmare. Having the land properly graded will allow for water run off to prevent major water issues down the road. Proper grading is a concern for any property owner. When a yard is sloping towards a house or dwelling it becomes a definite concern for water problems.

When considering any project such as additions, patios, and new beds you should always consider the impact it will have on your existing water flow.  For any project, the goal is to have the yard or landscape slope away from the house and or any structures. A good plan is needed to get the job done right. You can work with your professional landscape company to make sure your project will be enjoyed and not cause future water issues. Be sure to have Ms. Utility mark for any underground wires and utilities before any re-grading or digging is performed.

An experienced landscape company will provide meaningful solutions to any problem areas. Now is a good time for retaining walls, additions, and other landscape features. Make your concerns known and provide any ideas or wishes so that the landscape company can address them.

Pay close attention to high points and low points. Dirt can be added or removed to achieve your goal. The goal is to change the angle of any slopes to control water runoff in the proper direction.

Once the grading is completed you will need to plant new grass, trees, shrubs, and other plantings or structures to stabilize the area. Grading a landscape or yard, if done properly, can be easy with the right professional leading the way. Performing grading during the summer months is a perfect time because the ground is typically dry and can be properly regraded and compacted.  Save money now by getting the grading right and prevent opening your wallet later after damaging water causes problems.

If you are considering a grading project in your yard or commercial landscape, contact American Landscaping Inc. We have experienced professionals who can assist in the planning and get your property graded right!


American Landscaping Inc.

(301) 384-4486

www.MarylandLandscaping.net

We serve clients in Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard & Anne Arundel Counties, throughout the Washington D.C. metro area.

Japanese Beetle Control and Management

Japanese Beetle Control and Management

The Japanese beetle is a serious pest to the Maryland area. The beetles can destroy your turf and ornamental plants quickly.  The beetles were first found in the U.S. in the early 1900’s being accidentally introduced in New Jersey. Up until that time the insects were only known in Japan. Our Maryland climate is perfect for this destructive insect with hundreds of species of plants for the adult beetle to feed on. With no natural enemies, the beetle thrives and their population increases every year.

Description of the Japanese Beetle

The adult beetles are about 7/16 of an inch long with a metallic green body with copper brown wing covers. They are easily noticed emerging from the ground and begin feeding on plants in June. The beetles are very active for 4 to 6 weeks. The average Japanese beetle will live approximately 30 to 45 days. They tend to be most active on warm sunny days and prefer plants that are in the direct sunlight. Eggs are laid soon after the adults emerge and mate. The females will burrow about 2 to 3 inches into the ground and lay their eggs. The eggs will hatch and the grubs will spend about 10 months in the soil as white grubs about 1-inch long. The grubs will feed on the roots of turf grasses, vegetables, and other plants. Their feeding will quickly damage the plants they are feeding on.

How to Control Japanese Beetles

It is important to realize that these pests cause damage in two different ways. In the grub form, they can be found when planting flowers or other plants in the soil as they feed on the root systems.  If you notice your lawn dying in patches you can check by pulling on the dead patch and if it pulls up easily this is a sign that the roots have been eaten by grubs.  Check the surrounding living grass to see if there are grubs in the soil just below the roots. The heaviest months of feeding are from June to September.  The second stage is the adult beetle form. This is when you will see the green and brown beetles eating thousands of holes in the leaves of many tree and shrubs.

Treating the turf or grass with a grub control treatment will prevent the grubs from feeding on the root systems. It is important that your landscaper apply a permitted insecticide at the appropriate time.  Different products can be used at different times depending on the infestation and grub or beetle stage of the insect.  Typically, June through September are your main treatment times. Usually, a granular product is preferred for the grub stage but it is important to water the product into the soil right away to ensure the product can get into the soil before the sun can break it down and render it useless.

Different methods of insecticides can be used to treat adult populations of the Japanese beetle. It is best to ask your professional landscaper to handle spraying any insecticide to ensure you are using an approved insecticide that will not cause damage to other animals or plants and is safe for rain runoff.

Some people ask about Japanese beetle traps. In most landscape situations, the use of the traps probably will do more harm than good as they will attract the beetles to the trap and the beetle will generally feed on nearby plants prior to entering the trap. If you decide to experiment with traps, be sure to place them well away from gardens and landscape plants. The Japanese traps are sold in many garden centers and use baits that mimic the scent of virgin female beetles and is highly attractive to male beetles.

If you are experiencing damage to your turf or ornamental trees or suspect that you have grubs, call American Landscaping Inc. at (301) 384-4486. We will be very happy to help you get your Japanese beetles and grubs under control!


American Landscaping Inc.

(301) 384-4486

www.MarylandLandscaping.net

Two Plants to Avoid when Working in the Yard

Poison Ivy & Poison oak

Working in the yard can be a relaxing experience but it can come with an ouch if you are not careful! Have you ever had an itch that just won’t go away after working around the yard? That itch can turn into a rash and cause discomfort and pain.  Normally people experience symptoms on their skin within hours of contact with either poison ivy or poison oak. Did you know that over 85% of the public is allergic to these poisonous plants? In Maryland, poison ivy and poison oak are not only found in the woods and unmaintained areas but also golf courses, public parks, and your own back yard. Both of these plants belong to the same family and they produce a resin (an oily substance) called urushiol.

Avoiding these pesky plants is the best advice but many times people come in contact with them without even realizing it. The best way to protect yourself is to know what the plants look like and look for them before venturing into areas where there is vegetation.

Poison Ivy

Poison ivy has several characteristics that make it stand out from other plants. The leaves grow in groups of threes. They resemble a mitten in shape. In the spring the leaves are reddish in color and typically dark green in summer and turn yellow and orange in the fall. It is a vine that grows trailing along the ground or climbing on trees, plants and anything else in its path.

Poison Ivy

Typical Treatment

If you come in contact with poison ivy a rash or blisters form on the skin. Wet compresses will help soothe the itch and over-the-counter calamine lotion or corticosteroid lotion should help.

Poison Oak

Poison oak is also a vine with fuzzy green leaves. The leaves grow in clusters of three and are toothed with rounded tips. Some poison oak plants will have small white berries attached to the leaves.

Poison Oak

Typical Treatment

Treatment for poison oak is the same for poison ivy.

With summer now in full swing in the state of Maryland both poison ivy and poison oak are flourishing. Be aware of what is growing in your landscape and pay attention to avoid contact with these plants that bite back. 

Removal

Use disposable gloves to remove or wash the gloves separately as soon as the removal process is complete. If you are severely allergic hire a landscaper to remove for you.


American Landscaping Inc.

(301) 384-4486

www.MarylandLandscaping.net

We serve clients in Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard & Anne Arundel Counties, throughout the Washington D.C. metro area including the following cities and communities:

Ashton MD | Sandy Spring, MD | Barnesville, MD | Beltsville, MD | Bethesda, MD | Brookeville, MD |Burtonsville, MD | Cabin John, MD | Calverton, MD | Chevy Chase, MD | Clarksville, MD | Colesville, MD | College Park, MD | Columbia, MD | Damascus, MD | Friendship Heights, MD | Gaithersburg, MD | Germantown, MD | Glen Echo, MD | Hyattsville, MD |  Kensington, MD | Laytonsville, MD | Laurel MD | Montgomery Village, MD | North Bethesda, MD | Kensington, MD | North Potomac, MD | Olney, MD | Poolesville, MD | Potomac, MD | Riverdale, MD | Rockville, MD | Savage, MD | Scaggsville, MD | Silver Spring, MD |Somerset, MD | Spencerville, MD | Oakmont, MD | Takoma Park, MD | Wheaton, MD | West Laurel MD | White Oak, MD | Berwyn Heights, MD | Cloverly, MD | Glenwood, MD | Lanham, MD |  Landover, MD | Fulton, MD | Washington D.C.