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Five Commercial Landscape Services Krob Landscape Can Help With
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These past couple of years have brought disruption, change, and a downright different way of looking at life and the world around us. But one of the best ways to get ourselves back to some semblance of normal, is to get back to a good routine. (Uncle Earl said he’d give up his bad routines if people didn’t think he was a quitter).

So, it’s time to stretch those arms, lose an hour of sleep to Daylight Savings Time, and think about planting, caring or even a redesign of the landscape surrounding your business.  And at Krob, that routine is our routine.

There are five important aspects we consider when it comes to your commercial landscape and landscaping needs:

•    Design
•    Landscape Installation
•    Grounds Management
•    Plant Healthcare
•    Water Management

DESIGN

Step back and look at your business space.  Really look, and what do you see?  Is it a place you would pull into when seeking out services?  Do the aesthetics appeal to you in a way you would want to do business with you?  If you are questioning your answers to these simple questions, then you know you might need some advice.  We’re here to help with your design.  We will sit with you, look over your current landscape and offer ways to work with you to put your vision into the landscape of your business.  We can start from scratch, do a modification or renovation, or a simple moving and/or re-purposing of what you already have.  We can also show you why design should include your irrigation needs.  


LANDSCAPE INSTALLATION

We are a fully equipped landscape company, so new construction or projects small and large don’t scare us, because we have the equipment and expertise to take on any project.  We are knowledgeable and well-staffed, and therefore, efficient in executing a landscape plan.  But, we don’t sacrifice safety for speed.  Our crews are well-trained and always remain safety conscious.

GROUNDS MANAGEMENT

At Krob, we don’t have a specific season.  We believe in year-round maintenance and care, and will work with you to build a comprehensive plan that includes seasonal changes – both in color and plants; we prune when pruning is required; and we will develop a timely, yet cost effective plan that calls for us to maintain your commercial surrounds on a routine basis. 

PLANT HEALTHCARE

While all plants need four basic things for survival: good soil, good water, good light, and good air, plants also require certain nutrients in order to thrive.  And if you have ever planted anything, you know that all dirt is not created equal. Plants grown in some parts of the country will not live in others, unless similar conditions exist, and part of that is knowing what is needed to allow for those plants to live and grow and be their beautiful self.  That’s where we come in.  Experienced in understanding soil needs, irrigations requirements, and design of landscapes to take advantage of available lighting, we can give you the look you desire while maintaining your plants through quality nutrient management, as well as our thorough knowledge and understanding of where and when to apply specific products for insect and weed control and overall beautification of your landscaping.  

WATER MANAGEMENT

On average, humans can only go about 3-4 days without water.  Well, guess what?  For fruits, vegetables and flowering plants, it’s about the same.  That’s right.  After just a few days, much like us, plants begin to break down and do what they can to survive what to them are drought conditions, often with devastating results for your landscapes.  So, unless you have nothing but cacti or other succulents surrounding your office, your plants need water.  Krob Landscaping is attuned to your property’s watering needs, and can provide expert services for irrigation systems, water quality testing, French drains, and more.  

Krob Landscaping is proud of our dedicated team, and we will gladly work with you in solving new or existing landscape requirements.  Check out our Gallery to see our team in action and view some of the results we have provided to the Gulf Coast - https://www.kroblandscape.com/gallery 

Spring has nearly sprung, so come see us and let us help you.  It’s one routine you’ll be glad you got back to doing!
 


Do You Need Landscaping During Winter?
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You with your favorite wooly socks, a cup of hot chocolate (with floaty marshmallows, of course), and watching the snow pile u………Wait, what?

 

According to the Farmer’s Almanac (and cousin Earl, who fancies himself an amateur weather-guesser), winter in the south for 2021 could be a mixed bag of ups and downs with temperatures and precipitation. So, you never know.

 

What to do then?

 

First, we need to remember that the lawns, trees, flowers – your landscape, is dormant, not dead.  While it needs the winter to rest and replenish, it still requires some care and maintenance. And as we’ve talked about in previous blogs, preparation now will lend itself to beautiful lawns (and less startup care) come springtime. With that, let’s focus on what needs to be done.

 

Pruning, Pulling, Mulching 

 

In our zone (8 or 9), the late winter to very early spring is the perfect time to do the vast majority of your pruning, because it allows the plant to be protected against incisions that cause plants to dry out, which happens if temps drop below freezing. Pruning should be done on dry days to ensure diseases aren’t introduced that could be waterborne.  This is also the time to pay attention to your plant’s shape and location of lower branches and to prune the plant in question according to the desired outcome.

 

Look at your flowerbeds and outside planters and yank out those annuals that have seen better days, and you’ll be closer to ready when it’s time to plant anew.

 

You can use this time to mulch around plants, especially those that are younger (i.e. saplings), or add wire mesh and burlap to protect them from frost or freezing temperatures.

 

Take a look at your Hardscape, too!

 

When you’re not having to worry about what to cut, grow, pull or plant, it’s a good time to look at your more permanent structures (hardscapes) and see if you can move, remove, add or change locations or styles.  Things like benches, hanging pots, trellises, and so forth, are easy to get lost in the spring and summer if there is overgrowth or other elements pulling your eye away.  But, like grandpa in a union suit, winter reveals all! Take a look around to ensure you are happy with your design, and if not, consider changing elements to new locations.

 

You can also dress up your planters, pots and other hardscapes with winter features such as wreaths, pine boughs, ornaments, and on and on.

 

Is that It?

 

Not by a long shot. Part of landscaping concerns the tools you use. Some good tips to keep in mind:

 

  • Drain your mower’s gas and oil.  Most experts agree that just adding a fuel stabilizer is not good enough.  Older gas will gunk up carburetors, clog fuel lines, and potentially damage other parts.  Oil, which can do similar damage, should also be removed from your mowers.

 

  • Drain your sprinkler systems. Find your main valve and ensure it is completely shut off.  Then you should wrap it with insulation or even use just a plastic bag sufficiently wrapped around the valve and then duct-taped to withstand the winter months.  If you have drain valves for your lawn zones, open them to release any standing water. And don’t forget to shut off your automatic timers!

 

  • Sharpen your tools.  Get out those pruning shears, shovels (yes, shovels), tree or pole saws, and so on, and put ‘em on your bench and get busy, or find a local tool sharpener and you’ll be ready once pruning or planting season begins.

 

Need Advice?

 

Krob Landscape has been through a winter or two (or three, or…ahem), knows the land well, and so are happy to impart our love for our area and its winter requirements with you.  We are experts in maintenance, removal, design and installation of all things landscape, whether commercial or residential and will listen to your needs and then help to either build a plan or a quote to provide any necessary services we offer to keep your landscape the example of beauty.

We are grateful for your business with us, thankful for your continued trust in us and know this season of giving lets us give you the best advice and ideas to keep your trust.  

We hope to see you soon and wish y’all Happy Holidays!


How to Prepare Your Lawn for Winter
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Soon it will be time for Turkey Trots, turkey basting and for the woodsy types, turkey chasing.  But before you get all up into who ate the last piece of Thanksgiving pie, consider your grass.  That’s right, before it goes into hibernation, your lawn deserves some final touches to make it ready for a wintery nap.

 

All I Need is the Air That I Breathe

 

Before the weather outside gets frightful

And the fire feels so delightful

Prior to the first frosty blast

Make sure to aerate your grass

 

This fun jingle above is a reminder to all homeowners and caretakers: before the first frost of the season, aerate your lawns. Why? Like us, grass needs a little breathing room, and aerating also helps with the inevitable crowding that happens over the course of the warmer months.  Plus, you will want to fertilize and by opening the soil a bit, this helps the grass store those needed nutrients it will need later on.  And when it “springs” back to action, your grass will come up healthier and lusher!

 

Weed, Seed and Feed

 

Typically, the fall season brings about good conditions in which to work your lawn. Using either a good weeding tool or by hand, remove anything you identify as a weed. A broadleaf herbicide will also do the trick (make sure it’s labeled “selective”, as these should not harm your grasses). Also, remember it’s best to spot-apply the herbicide rather than treating the entire lawn.

 

The soil will generally be softer and moister (easier to work), especially with all the rain we’ve had this year!  So, using a good, stiff garden rake, scratch the top layer of your soil; use a good seed (see last month’s blog to find out more about seed selection); generously spread - highlighting bare spots; then finish with a covering of straw to keep birds from treating your hard work as an invitation to eat.

 

You can also fertilize with compost or commercial material found at most home centers or nurseries.  And lastly, keep the seeded areas well-watered until you see new growth.

 

Raking and Piling that which Falls

 

It can bring a smile to watch your kids, the neighbor’s kids, or your pup jump in a leaf pile, despite the work that goes into creating that pile of fun.  But leave them too long, and your lawn will not find it funny.  Piles of grass or leaves not meant for compost can prevent sunlight from reaching the grass underneath, hurting growth.  Leaves or grass left on your lawn can cause weakness in the grass or the onset of winter diseases.  The same can be said for that heap of joy causing mold by trapping moisture that can’t naturally evaporate.  Take the time to remove the leaves and grass, and your lawn will thank you for it next year.

 

Questions? Advice? Help?

 

We at Krob are more than a full-service residential or commercial landscaping company, with a desire to help you with your design, maintenance or installation needs. We are your neighbor.  And we care about our community and those we serve with our knowledge and expertise. Come by and see us, or give us a call if you have questions about your lawn, your garden, or if you just have general landscaping questions or concerns.  We’re here to help.  

 

See you soon, neighbor!


Krob Can Help Maintain Your Lawn Health
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That Doggone Grass!

 

Author and Naturist Hel Borland once said, “Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence“. 

 

If there’s one thing most any homeowner or caretaker of a yard knows, it’s that grass loves to grow, and grow, and grow. It will lend itself to growing in cracks of concrete, on trees, heck, even in between house siding! But sometimes, that tenacious grass doesn’t look like we want: lush green is more like not-so-lush brown.  And when it’s like that, lying on a beautiful lawn at night to watch the stars, instead feels you’re lying on a bed of nails while performing a circus act. No thanks!

 

Where to Start?

 

One of the first things to consider if you are going to start a lawn, or attempt to recover or further a lawn, is what growing zone you and your lawn are in.  For most of us along the Gulf Coast, it is Zone 8 (some say 9, but an 8 ½ is probably more realistic).  

 

Once you have that knowledge, now your search for the right seed or products to support seeding can begin.  Yes, believe it or not, there are actually recommendations for which grass to grow according to where you (and your lawn) reside!

 

When to Start?

 

Okay, so you know the zone, now comes buying the seed.  I mean, after all, the seed is seed, right?  Wrong!  Are you seriously going to buy a house without taking a walk-through first? Aren’t you curious to know if there are any problems lurking before you sign documents?  Well, guess what, grass selection requires the same diligence!

 

You want to read the contents of whatever container you are considering to find out about percentages of weed seed (less the weeds, better the seeds), drought tolerance, disease and insect resistance.  

 

Now, remember talking about zones? Yeah, here’s where that comes in handy.  Knowing the zone helps to know which variety of grass to purchase because there are cool-season grasses and warm-season grasses. There’s Kentucky bluegrass, fescue, centipede, ryegrass, and so on. (A Krob tip: stay away from annual ryegrass – it’s only good for the year!). And within genus grass types, sub-types exist.  Uh-huh, that’s right.  Fescues can be creeping red, chewing, or sheep, to name a fescue – oops, I mean to name a few!

 

That It?

 

Ahh - you’ve spread, sown, scattered, or downright chunked the seed, and now it’s time to prop up your feet, grab a nice tall glass of sweet tea and watch that grass fixin’ to sprout.  Sorry, but there’s oh so much more.  Mulching, fertilizing, watering, and keeping pesky neighbors off the lawn are also a requirement if you want that ‘Yard of the Month’ lawn.  

 

So, just like shopping for a house or a Washer Dryer set, educating yourself on what you are buying will save you lots of trouble (weeding, dying grass) later on.

 

Krob Can Help!

 

Do you want more porch sitting and less mowing? Call us! We provide complete and total lawn care and maintenance.  We can help you navigate the outdoor lawn and garden centers to find the right and proper material you need if you decide to go it alone.  Or, we will work with you on developing a comprehensive plan to bring your lawn to a place of enjoyment.  

 

Truth is, grass produces oxygen (and 2,500 sq. ft. lawn can provide enough oxygen for a family of 4 – unless y’all are football players, then it might only be 2!), helps filter the quality of the air we breathe, can help cool a house, provide erosion control, and other benefits.  So, with all that grass provides us, shouldn’t we care all we can about our lawns?  And the best place to get advice, get a plan, or get it done for you, is right here with the lawn experts – Krob Landscape!


Preparing and Protecting Your Home during Hurricane Season
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What Is Known

 

If you live near or are visiting the Gulf Coast area, you should know hurricane season around here is now.  More specifically, hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th - September being the most active month, with the climatological peak happening around the 10th of September (that’s climate geek-speak for statistically the most likely day to find storm activity in the Atlantic Basin).

 

Hurricanes are caused by a lack of wind shear combined with warm water, a mishmash of evaporation, higher winds and other phenomena that, mixed together, create the potential for destructive weather.

 

Our big storm from last year, Hurricane Sally, produced over 3 million cubic yards of debris – more than Ivan did ten years previously, at an estimated damage value of $5-7 Billion! Almost no one was immune to some sort of landscape loss.

 

Predicting is not Preparing

 

We are all aware of the weather changes along the Gulf Coast as fast as all get out, and during these summer months when we’re not preoccupied with pools and beaches or praying for football, we’re watching or listening to the latest news for rain, humidity – and hurricanes. But paying attention to weather patterns in the form of cones or cooked spaghetti and making decisions based on predictions can be a recipe for disaster.

 

When it looks as though we may be in the path, even early on, it’s time to review things like food, water, fuel, an alternate means of power (i.e. batteries, generators), and your or your family’s evacuation plan.  What is too often overlooked, however, is preparing the outside of your home, to include your landscaping.


 

But preparing also means thinking of hurricanes BEFORE you plant! Tree locations, for example, should be carefully considered, like proximity to a structure can be the difference between windows being replaced or surviving the storm. 

 

Give us a call when you are looking at design, and our experts will help you consider the possibilities to get the maximum appeal from your trees as well as help determine practical locations to minimize storm damage. 

 

Prevent Pots & Plants Being Projectiles

 

When getting prepared for the impending storm, think beyond just the rain. There’s the potential for high winds, flooding, flying debris, and so on.  Wrap larger plants in a heavier burlap tied with rather robust string, rope or bungees.  Build a canopy around garden plants, wrapping them if possible.

 

In the case of storm prepping, look at your beautiful design of potted plants, not as the work it will take to piece it back together once it passes, but the projectile you may have sitting close to your vehicles, homes or other out-buildings.  Move the pots to a more protected area, such as under the cover of a garage or carport.  If they are sensitive or delicate plantings, bring them inside temporarily.

 

Planning is Prevailing

 

You’ve taken all these steps or some form thereof, and now you’re ready, right?  Not so fast.  What about your gutters?  They need to be cleaned out.

 

Take another look at your trees to ensure there aren’t more limbs to take out, palm fronds to pull down or cut, or pieces already on the ground.  Think about pruning to create some better openings for the wind to pass through.

 

And once the storm has passed, there is the cleanup involved.  Heavy limbs, upturned sod or garden patches, etc., all need to be addressed as quickly as possible.

 

One thing to remember: take pictures and document ALL of your damage.  Landscaping included!

 

Now What?

 

The aftermath of any devastating storm can at times be overwhelming, but with a post plan in mind, the days ahead need not be quite so daunting.  When steps are taken before the storm, it can make a big difference when it is deemed safe to venture out and survey what you are facing.  

 

But you are not alone.  Krob can help, both before and after.  We will help with design to potentially reduce plant loss to a storm. And we clean gutters, do clearing of debris, can blow off roofs, and so on. 

 

Krob knows hurricanes, so give us a call or come see us today!


Reasons Commercial Landscape is a Must for your Business
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Curb Appeal Attracts Customers

A recent survey of a southern community found that 74% of the public will frequent businesses based on landscaping, including parking lots and areas in front and around your building.  

You can stand out amongst your competitors with thoughtful and tasteful design, installation and maintenance of the outside spaces surrounding your business. 

More than owners think, consumers will pull into a parking lot, only to pull away if the business looks unkempt or uncared for, even without knowing anything else! Point is, make your curb appeal, appealing.

 

Focus On Your Business

The world seems to be spinning faster and faster each day, with little signs of ever slowing down.  And that spin requires more of your time to be dedicated to the success of your business – meaning less time for those pesky tasks which nevertheless affect your bottom line.  

Like the landscaping. By partnering with Krob, we’ll take the stress out of “just another thing to do” for you. We listen, suggest, then we’ll implement our shared vision of what you want for your customers, for your company.  

Let us do our business, so you can do your business.

 

Landscape Companies Have the Proper Tools

Nothing is more aggravating than needing the right tool for whatever task you are wishing to accomplish.  And just as the right wrench, ladder or software can save time for either the DIYer or business owner, so can having the right landscaping tools.  

Problem is, good landscaping requires much more than just a garden rake or shovel of some kind. Garden tools, fertilizer, ladders, trash removal material and so on, not only make the job easier, they can make the difference between “eh” and “wow!”  However, the investment can be significant if you want to do it yourself.  

But Krob relieves you of having specific tools, and of keeping a schedule to maintain your yard or lawn.  We also use premium tools and material, meaning your landscape is not only done well, and on time, it’s done with quality results.

 

Think Safety

Trees are your thing, so you’d like to incorporate them into your design.  Gardens add to the overall pleasing effect of your business, and you’d prefer a natural-looking area surrounding your location.

But with trees come limbs, branches or sticks, and so does the opportunity for them to fall where and when they shouldn’t, and often when you least expect or realize it.  Nature is a wonderful thing, but pests love it, too.  

Krob’s professionals can spot and properly care for trees before they are a liability, and are trained to spot potential pest control problems so that your landscape is maintained not only aesthetically, but with safety in mind as well.

 

Lower Your Energy Bills

That’s right, lower them.  By selectively planting well-placed trees and shrubs, you can provide shade to your place of business, and help reduce heat absorption, which in turn lowers air conditioning requirements.  Shrubs protect from heat against your building’s walls and windows, while trees can help with taller structures.

Krob will help select the ideal spots, and their expertise ensures your building is protected against both erosion and water saturation, by allowing wind flow and drainage away.  Smart! 

 

Be A Community Leader

Your street, your block, your neighborhood.  The poet Alexander Smith once said, “A man doesn't plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity.” When you care about how you look, others take notice.  

And when they care, the seed is planted for everyone to care about, now, and in the future.  Your commercial landscape means more than just beautifying your immediate spaces, it means you believe in bringing others around you up.  

We at Krob believe in working with businesses to develop comprehensive yet elegant landscapes and are committed to helping you succeed by creating a pleasing and carefully planned design. 

Let Krob partner with you to increase value and save time while beautifying the world around you and your business.  Call us for a quote today!


Everything You Need to Know About Krob Landscape’s Lawn Management
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If managing your lawn is driving you to madness, you’re not alone. A lush carpet of vibrant green grass will certainly boost your curb appeal, but keeping it that way can be a real drain on your time and energy (not to mention your wallet).

 

The good news is, you don’t have to mow the months away. Hiring a lawn management service like Krob Landscape can give you the best of both worlds: a lush, healthy lawn and the time you need to enjoy it. 

 

If handing over your lawn management hasn’t crossed your mind, here’s everything you need to know about Krob Landscape’s Lawn Management.  

 

Mowing

 

Believe it or not, mowing isn’t only about the way your lawn looks. A proper mow actually keeps your lawn healthy and resistant to problems, which helps it stay spectacular for seasons to come. 

 

At Krob Landscape, we provide a masterful mow each and every time. Our professionals know the optimal height for your turf type and use specialized mowing equipment to keep your lawn nice and neat (so no more hours spent sharpening your mower blades). We even offer customizable schedules to provide personal service all season long. 

 

Hedging

 

If you’re tired of spending hours hacking at your hedges, Krob Landscape has the solution you’ve been searching for. Our professional landscape staff knows how - and when - to prune your hedges to keep them square in shape (or any other shape you desire). After giving your hedges a happy trim, we’ll clean up the clippings to leave your landscape in clean and perfect condition. 

 

Edging

 

Edging looks excellent, but it takes the right tools and extra time many homeowners don’t have. Luckily, Krob Landscape has the skills and the service to give your entire lawn a crisp, clean look. Our specialists know how to shape up any edge, from garden beds to sidewalks to driveways and more. 

 

Lawn Blowing

 

After a good mow, discarded lawn debris can leave your landscape with a less-than-desirable look - and hours of clean-up time. Luckily, Krob Landscaping can handle both without handing you any additional stress. Our team uses professional-grade blowers to rid your driveway, deck, and any other hard surfaces of unsightly lawn clippings for a clean, polished landscape. 

 

Fertilizing and Pre/Post Emergents

 

If you’ve ever gotten frazzled in the fertilizer aisle, you’re not alone. There are so many choices in chemical landscape products, and the wrong one may harm more than help the health of your lawn.

 

The good news is, there’s an easier way. Krob Landscape has a team of expert lawn professionals that know which fertilizers to apply - and which ones to avoid - for a lush, healthy lawn. We can even take the worry out of weeds with pre- and post-emergents that prevent and protect your lawn from unwanted invaders.  

 

Mulching

 

A layer of mulch can help you make the most out of your landscape. Beyond keeping your plants in prime condition, a perfectly paired mulch can add a pop of sophistication to your overall landscape look.

 

However, making the most out of mulch isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Too much mulch can suffocate your soil, while too little leaves the root systems exposed. Mulch also comes in a variety of styles and sizes that each bring unique pros and cons to your plants. 

 

Krob Landscape can take the madness out of mulching by helping you choose the right form and applying it in the right places for maximum benefit to your plants. With seasonal service, we’ll even maintain your mulch at optimal levels month after month for a magnificent look all year long. 

 

Personal Lawn Programs

 

Your lawn is special - and your lawn care should be, too. Krob Landscape offers residential lawn management (RLM) programs that are completely customizable, from personal services to tailored schedules for every season. If you’re ready to love your lawn again, contact us today! 


4 Tips to Keep Your Lawn Low-Maintenance
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Is maintaining your lawn making you crazy? Having the lushest lawn on the block requires some work, but it shouldn’t eat up every second of your season. If you feel like you’re spending more time mowing your yard than making memories in it, it’s time to rethink your lawn maintenance. By making a few minor changes, you can tend a lush, low-maintenance lawn that looks wonderful with half the work.

 

Install irrigation Systems

 

If you’re tired of handling the hose, invest in irrigation to turn watering your lawn (and landscape) into a truly low-maintenance matter. Many irrigation systems work on a timer, allowing you to set an automated watering schedule at set times and days of the week. Some advanced systems even feature weather and moisture sensors that help it deliver the right amount of water at any given time, saving you the stress of determining the right soak per season. 

 

Mow More 

 

While it may seem contradictory to suggest more mowing, creating a lush, healthy lawn is the fastest way to cut down on routine maintenance. Many homeowners fall into the trap of letting their lawn grow tall, then cutting it extremely short. However, this will kill your lawn over time and lead to a host of time-consuming and expensive problems. 

 

Instead, mow more frequently and limit each mow to no more than ⅓ of the total blade height. This will also create smaller grass clippings that act as a natural fertilizer without suffocating your grass, so remove the mower bag and let the clippings lie.

 

Control Weeds Early

 

Once weeds take root in your lawn, getting rid of them can turn into a full-time job. To save you hours of time in late-season weed control, apply pre-emergents before the growing season to halt weed growth before they germinate. Many pre-emergent blends also include a fertilizer, helping your summer lawn grow strong and green with half the work. 

 

Get the right grass

 

When installing or reseeding your Alabama lawn, choose a grass that is suited to our subtropical climate. Warm-season grasses like Bermuda and Zoysia thrive in high temperatures, requiring less water, fertilizer, and care than other turf types. Speak with a landscape professional or visit our local extension if you need help choosing the right grass for your landscape. 

 

Bonus Tip: Let Krob Landscape handle it!

Of course, the easiest way to get a truly low-maintenance lawn is to turn your routine maintenance over to the professionals. Krob Landscape offers customized management programs that handle every step of your lawn maintenance to keep it healthy while lightening your chore list. Contact us today for a free quote! 


4 Ways to Protect Your Landscape From the Heat
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If there’s one thing summer is sure to bring to lower Alabama, it’s heat. Our area routinely has some of the hottest summer temps in the country, creating a sweltering season that’s hard on all living things - especially your landscape. 

 

Hot weather can be brutal on your plants. Like humans, they need extra care to ensure they stay hydrated and healthy during periods of extreme heat. Unfortunately, those high temperatures also make it hard to get excited about hours of heavy yard work. 

 

The good news, a few easy steps can help your plants keep their cool under the sun’s scorching rays. As temperatures rise, follow these four easy tips to protect your landscape from the heat. 

 

MOW A LITTLE LONGER

 

During the summer, avoid the temptation to cut your grass as short as possible. While this may extend the time between mows, taller grass will cast longer shadows that help your soil retain moisture and protect it from the sun. During periods of high heat, raise your mower blades to keep your grass between three and six inches tall. You can also leave the clippings on the lawn for a bit of natural mulch. 

 

WATER THE RIGHT WAY

 

Like humans, plants need proper hydration to survive the summer heat. However, it’s not as easy as giving your landscape a good soak every time you get the chance. When it comes to heat and hydration, you need to water the right way, at the right time. 

 

Water evaporates very quickly during periods of high heat, especially at the peak of the day. To help your lawn and plants retain moisture, aim to water them during the early morning. This cuts down on the amount of water lost to wind and evaporation and allows the roots to absorb the most moisture before the highest heat of the day. 

 

There are many ways to water your plants, but some are more beneficial than others. When temperatures are high, it’s best to apply water directly to the soil rather than using an overhead sprinkler. This is because less water is lost to evaporation, and foliage stays dry, minimizing diseases. This method can be done with a drip irrigation system or by using a soaker hose. 

 

APPLY MULCH

 

Mulch is beneficial all year long, but it is especially good at protecting plants from the summer heat. A layer of mulch insulates the soil, helping to reduce evaporation and protecting the delicate plant roots from extreme heat. It will also help control weeds that compete against your plants for moisture and nutrients. 

 

For best results, apply a layer of light-colored organic mulch to your beds and around plants and shrubs. Two to Three inches should suffice - anymore and you risk suffocating shallow plant roots. Avoid piling mulch around the base of trees, which can lead to rot and disease. 

 

PROVIDE SHADE

 

Provide shade to protect your plants from the stress of the overhead sun. You don’t have to get fancy - a big beach umbrella, old bedsheets, or even propped-up cardboard should suffice. You can also use shade cloth, an airy material at your local home and garden store that provides temporary protection from the sun to garden plants. The key is to choose a shade that blocks the sun without hindering natural airflow. 

 

A lush landscape can help you create the coolest home on the block - if you can help it handle the heat. If you prefer to skip the summer strain, let the professionals at Krob Landscape handle the work for you. Our landscape maintenance plans cover everything you need to enjoy a stress-free landscape all year long. Contact us today!


The Best Times To Mulch Your Beds
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When is the best time to mulch your beds? Even landscape enthusiasts find themselves
asking this common question. Mulching is one of the best things you can do to preserve the
health and beauty of your landscape - if you add it at the right time. Add your mulch too early or
too late and you may get the blanket with none of the benefits.


The good news is, taking stock of your beds, your goals, and the weather can help you find just
the right time. In this article, we’ll break down everything you need to know to decide the best
time to mulch your beds.


Why Mulch Matters


When it comes to mulching, the why is just as important as the when. While mulching certainly
helps your landscape maintain a polished appearance all year long, it also has some key
benefits that explain why some times are better for mulching than others. The benefits of mulch
include:


Weed Control. Mulch acts as a natural weed suppressant because it blocks sunlight from
reaching the soil, smothering any weeds that are trying to germinate and grow. It also prevents
any loose weed seeds that are blown into your beds from reaching the soil below.


Fertilization. Organic mulch such as pine straw, leaves, and grass clippings break down over
time and naturally fertilize your bed soil, leading to improved plant growth.


Stable Soil Temperature. Applying a layer of mulch on top of your soil helps it maintain a
stable temperature in extreme heat or cold. It also protects the roots of your plants, which
typically extend only an inch or two into the topsoil.


Maintains Soil Moisture. Heat and wind cause the moisture in your soil to quickly evaporate.
As temperatures rise, adding a layer of mulch holds moisture in the soil, cutting back on how
often you need to water your beds.


When To Mulch


So you need to add mulch to your beds. When is the best time?
In general, the best time to add mulch to your beds is in mid to late spring. This will help your
landscape with weed control, protect your soil from the summer sun, and create a contrasting
look against your vibrant spring plants.

Ideally, you want to mulch after soil temperatures have warmed but before weeds have the
chance to sprout in your beds. Mulching too early in the season can prevent your soil from
thawing and delay your seasonal blooms.

Many gardeners also add a layer of mulch to their beds in the fall. Fall mulching insulates the
soil and protects it from the extreme cold of the winter season. Fall mulch will also begin to
degrade by early spring, delivering a powerful dose of nutrients that can help your spring plants
shine.


If you can’t make time to mulch, let the professionals at Krob Landscaping handle it for you! Our
expert landscapers will use the right products at the right time to help you get the most out of
your mulch. Contact us today!


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