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Piedmont Triad Landscapes-Preventing Weeds

February is the time to apply an application of pre-emergent herbicide (like Preen). This product kills any annual weed seeds from germinating, like chickweed. It works for about 3 months, so another application in May and another in July/August, because different weeds grow at different periods.

First, determine your enemy and then find the solution. If you have perennial weeds such as horserope or poison ivy, this product will not work. Hand pulling or the use of an herbicide like Round-Up need to come into play.

Annual weeds are plentiful in the Piedmont Triad Area. With a nice 3-4 inches of mulch, weed seeds will have a difficult time reaching the sunlight for photosynthesis. Another option is planting non-invasive groundcovers like, mazus, iberis, or creeping phlox, to name a few.

Purslane  in an annual weed growing close to the ground in the summer.

Below is another weed called spurge, with a more radiating growth habit, both are summer annual weeds.

Sorry to say, dandelions are perennial weeds and need to be hand-picked.

There is another solution! Hire someone to do it for you, 360 Landscape and Lawn Maintenance.

If you have a natural area in an open exposed location, weed seeds will want to put down their roots. Make sure it is mulched and incorporate some groundcovers. Don’t forget the pre-emergent herbicides for February, May, July/August (we know you are on vacation) to ensure weed-free beds.

Remember-What is weed is to some, may not be to another (consult the women of the home before eradicating please).

Happy Pulling and we’ll see you at the “Celebrating Mother Earth” Event in April

Diana Digs Dirt

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Posted by on February 4, 2011 in Landscape Maintenance, Weed Prevention


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English Ivy Can Cause Problems-REMOVE

Here in Greensboro, NC, English Ivy is prevalent in all established neighborhoods like Fisher Park and Irving Park, and is taking over. Let’s look at the damage this beautiful evergreen groundcover can cause and where it can be used safely.

Groundcovers are a great way to cut down on the surface area of your property to be mowed. Established neighborhoods have an abundant amount of English Ivy because that was the trend, like boxwoods. Is your English Ivy planted at the foundation of your home or at the front entryway? If so, this should be removed. This groundcover will climb your home and destroy the mortar or paint. It is a RAPID grower, especially if planted in part shade or shade. We have problems with Copperhead snakes in Greensboro and English Ivy planted by the front entryway serves as a nice cool hangout and potential danger.

English Ivy should never be planted in a natural area where trees are also planted unless a regular landscape maintenance program includes removing from tree trunks. Mentioned above, English Ivy grows very fast and will eventually grow into the canopy of trees and smoother foliage in need of sunlight for photosynthesis.

English Ivy makes a great addition to outdoor pots. It provides evergreen interest with foliage cascading over the edges.

English Ivy is perfect for shady slopes where mowing on an incline is almost impossible. The slope below is perfect for the groundcover.

English Ivy is perfect for large natural beds in shady locations without trees or shrubs within. With Piedmont Triad properties having large outdoor spaces, natural beds reduce maintenance.

English Ivy is wonderful for front landscaping because of its manicured and evergreen growing habit. Remember, 75% of your front landscaping should be evergreen to provide year round curb appeal.

Love the fact that English Ivy is a great addition to centerpieces too.

Happy Planting and Removing! Here is a company I recommend for the English Ivy Removal, 360 Landscape and Lawn Maintenance



Posted by on January 3, 2011 in English Ivy


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Leaf Removal Maintains Healthy Grass

Why are we spending time and money to remove leaves from our lawns and grassy areas in the Piedmont Triad? Because we have an abundance of annual weeds ready to germinate and reproduce at an explosive rate. Leaves not removed from grass areas are also destroying any healthy turf beneath. Proactive measures will save homeowners time and money in the long run.

  • Get the leaves off the ground quickly to provide your lawn with  crucial sunlight.  Leaves can accumulate and get wet, leading to mold growth and attracting pests.
  • Schedule a professional lawn care service at least a week in advance of when you want the leaves raked up. Most leaves should be down by late November or early December, call 360 Landscape and Lawn Maintenance. (they offer neighborhood discounts)
  • If your yard is near a street-side storm drain, check that area for leaves. Clumps of wet leaves after a heavy rain can prevent drainage, which can flood your yard, street or even a neighbor’s property.
  •  Raking is strenuous activity that can leave you with a sore back. Pace yourself and take frequent breaks.

An “annual” is defined as a plant that germinates from seed, grows to maturity, produces seed and dies within a 12 month period. Most annuals only live for half a year at best, with a few exceptions.

Annual weeds will either be “summer annuals” or “winter annuals”. Most winter annuals will germinate in late summer or fall, survive through the winter and grow quickly in the spring. The will produce seed and die by late spring or early summer.

Annuals die each year and must come back the following year from seed. To ensure their survival, most annual lawn weeds produce an enormous amount of seed. They are quite successful since annual weeds are some of the most abundant weeds on the planet.

Most lawn weeds don’t like competition, so a thick lawn turf is your greatest defense against weeds. Focusing attention on weed control without building a thick turf is a sure thing you will have continued weed problems. For lawns currently in poor condition, it may take a couple of years before you see a major reduction in lawn weeds. This is a process.

Homeowners want this

Not this

Happy Planting

Diana Digs Dirt

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Posted by on December 14, 2010 in Landscape Maintenance, Leaf Removal


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