Blog

Feb
14
Aeration

Aeration is a must for a healthy lawn. Aeration removes small cores of soil, turf, and thatch from your lawn, to help the uptake of water and nutrients. It helps to thicken your lawn, and improve the effectiveness of irrigation and fertilizer and pest control applications. Aeration should be done annually, but sometimes if soil is compacted, twice a year may be needed.

Aeration:

Improves lawn health

Helps control thatch

Helps keep your root system healthy to aid against insects and diseases

Helps relieve soil compactation

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Jan
30
Crown Rot

Crown rot is a disease caused by a soil-borne fungus which can be active in soils indefinitely. Wet humid weather is mainly to blame, and symtoms vary from plant to plant. Most symtoms go unnoticed until it's too late. Rotting may appear on one side or only on lateral foliage at first, then eventually spread to the rest of the plant. Diseased areas may appear discolored, usually tan or dark colored, which is an indicater of dead tissue. As crown rot progresses, the plant will begin to wilt and quickly die. Prevention is key, due to the fact theres usually not much that can be done to save the plant once diseased. Remove infected plant. Replace area of soil about 8 inches deep and 6 inches beyond the infected area. Correc...


Jan
21
Revisiting Large Patch Fungus

Since Large Patch fungus still seems to be an issue this year we wanted to revisit this disease and a few of the causes. Improper watering start and stop times is a big issue. Always have your irrigation cycles ending at or just before daybreak, this will allow a good deep soak without laying on the turf all night and holding too much moisture. Inspect you system at least once a month, or give us a call for an irrigation inspection to be sure all zones are working correctly. You want to be sure your system isn't watering while it's raining! Get those rain sensors fixed! Humid days and warm temps along with cool nights is another reason large Patch fungus starts. Temperature fluctuation plays a huge role and is the leading cause ...


Jan
12
Pop ups that stay up

Most pop ups have springs that pull them back down when there is no water pressure. If they don't retract it's usually because dirt or debris is lodged between the sprinkler body and preventing the head from sliding smoothly. Disassemble the sprinkler head and clean it, or if it doesn't come apart, replace it. You can also lubricate the sprinkler head with spray lubricant. Remember, before reinstlling to flush the line first to remove any debri that may be trapped as to not clogg the head. Testing your irrigation system should be done on a routine basis to help ensure proper function. Give us a call, and schedule your irrigation inspection today and let McGuire's Beautiful Outdoors irrigation department get your system up and r...


Jan
04
Prune With A Purpose

Here is an example of how not to trim an oak tree. This canopy is ruined due to over pruning. This Oak has lost all it's aesthetics. Too many lower limbs were removed in order to raise the canopy where reduction cuts would have been the proper solution. In addition, the picture on the right shows an improper cut which actually tore the bark away. Tree's are already under stress from day to day enviromental factors, to trim excessively or improperly stresses the tree more and leaves it susceptible to disease. Give us a call and prune with a purpose! We are ISA Certified Arborists, fully licensed and insured!

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Dec
27
Winter Mowing Maintenance

St Augustine lawns do continue to grow over the winter months, although at a slower rate. While your lawn may not become overgrown in winter, it's a good practice to keep it mowed, edged, and line trimmed to help keep a manicured appearance. Thatch control is another reason to keep lawns mowed during winter months. Although it doesn't seem like it's growing much, it is indeed still growing and active. Mowing, but at a less frequent rate during the winter months does help keep thatch from accumulating. If at the minimum, bi-weekly mowing isn't done, thatch can accumulate enough as to where the mowing height will have to be adjusted higher to accomodate the extra thatch to avoid scalping the lawn. Bottom line is mowing is a necessity durin...


Dec
19
Winter Invaders

As daylight hours are shorten and temperatures drop, winter insects seek shelter from cold conditions in places like hollow trees, under mulch, and inside your home. Unfortunately climate controlled structures are attractive for invaders. Keeping your home protected on a quaterly basis with a perimeter insect bait and spray will help keep pests where they belong, outside! Give us a call for your free quote!

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Dec
09
Disease Process

There are many steps in the disease process, and enviromental conditions play a role in them all. Innoculation is when the pathogen comes in contact with the plant. This is always occuring on lawns. Infection is when the pathogen actually enters the plant via wounds, improperly cut leaf tissue, or natural openings. A fungus infecting a plant doesn't automatically imply disease. A pathogen must become established inside a host for the host to exhibit disease. It is at this time when the pathogen starts to disrupt the normal growth of the plant or affect the appearance. Depending on the pathogen, it may reproduce via spores. These spores may then spread to other parts of the plant.

A disease is an interaction between a plant a...


Dec
01
Sagos

Sago care is easy making it a great plant. The sago grows primarily outdoors, but makes a great indoor plant as well. Commonly known as the "Sago Palm" they are one those plants that look like a palm but isn't a palm at all, it's a cycad.

While sagos generally prefer full sun, they will tolerate shady areas as well. They prefer dry, well drained soils, excessive moisture will lead to root rot. With minimal care, these plants can last a lifetime.

Annual fertilization is usually enough, but unusual yellowing of the leaves may indicate a magnesium or potassium deficiency. In this case iron and or Epsom salt spray can be applied at the suggested rates to the foliage, this will not undo the yellowing of the older foliage, bu...


Nov
24
Large patch Fungus

Large patch is a common disease of warm-season turfgrasses in spring and fall. It's caused by the fungus Rhizoctonia solani.

The fungus is present in the soil and thatch layer year-round, but only occurs under certain conditions. The fungus survives in the heat of summer, but thrives in cooler temps when the soil is wet. It becomes most active in temps below 70 degrees. The fungus spreads in the thatch layer and infects the grass's sheath, stolens and roots. It is especially severe in poorly drained and OVER-FERTILIZED turfgrass.

Proper fertilization is a must to help prevent outbreaks of large patch. It also helps to improve drainage in areas that hold water or stay saturated for long periods. Mowing at the proper height wi...


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