A Cool Summer Landscape

Extremely hot temperatures and weeks of little or no rain in some areas have made June look a lot like the middle of summer. Hot, humid summers can be brutal on plants and turf so a little attention will go a long way to keep up and still enjoy the longer summer days with your landscape.


Check out monthly suggestions below (click on month) below to keep a cool summer landscape:



Fescue is the turf choice for most Charlotte residents. Fescue is a cool season grass, which does not perform well in humid and hot weather. Correct watering and preventative maintenance keep turf roots healthy and can decrease weed seed germination. We are still recovering from an extreme season of Poa (weather conditions created the perfect environment for both Poa trivialis and Poa anna). Poa will die off in the heat of the summer, but if you have questions please contact A common summer turf concern can be Brown Patch fungus. Brown patch symptoms differ depending on mowing height, fertilizer, or night watering. Symptoms on turf grasses that are wet for extended periods and are closely mowed will produce a distinctive gray-purplish or smoky bordered ring. more information



Take an early stroll to enjoy your yard. Hand pull a few weeds and feel the earth. Weeds come up easily when the grown is moist (supposing we get a little more rain). Take  a look at your mulch to see if you need a top dressing. A three-inch layer will refresh your curb appeal and protect plants.



Take note of what worked in your yard this summer. A garden journal will be helpful when you decide what to plant next spring. Did you enjoy your vegetables? Did you notice a new garden pest? These little notes can help make next year's garden more successful. It can also stimulate interest in starting a year-round garden  journal of your landscape.  

Americans (83%) think having a yard is important and 90% of those with a yard think it important that is also well-maintained. A large majority of Americans (67%) agree that professional landscape help would allow them to have a  nicer yard. Nine in ten (90%) prefer to live in a home surrounded by trees, grass, and other plants and almost half (47%) wish they could hire a landscape professional to help them. Americans also want to live in an area where they can see or walk to nice landscaping (91%), and they think that it is important (71%) that their neighbors have well maintained yards.

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We consider every landscape a unique opportunity to maintain a green, sustainable, and environmentally healthy landscape to be enjoyed for future generations. The key word is enjoy. A balcony with beautiful potted plants, a courtyard with a water feature or restful sitting area, a front yard, a back yard, or several acres of land can provide enjoyment and add to the quality of life. Plants produce oxygen, provide food and shelter for wildlife and even offer a cool place to sit in the shade. 


On May 15th, we celebrated thirty years in the landscape industry.  The company began as a plant and tree installation firm in 1985, developed a niche in commercial and residential landscape construction, and branched out into landscape maintenance almost twenty years ago. "We were fortunate to start our business when we did," says John Barringer. "Charlotte was in building mode and we built a business doing what we loved and formed long-lasting relationships in the community that we still enjoy today. It is not easy for a small business to thrive in the current economic environment, but we continue to learn from our challenges and remain true to our mission to create and maintain beautiful landscapes. Clients tell us that their property is in good hands and that is a great feeling for us too! It is our desire to help you enjoy your yard. So let us know what we are doing right and what we can do better. Are there services you would like for us to add? We want  you to have time to get outside and enjoy or set the stage for you to do the things you love to do in your yard. We would enjoy hearing from you:


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