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Planting and Pruning Your Landscape for Spring

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Plants | 0 comments

Planting and Pruning Your Landscape for Spring

Ready to Start Planting and Pruning Your Landscape for Spring? It’s time to begin planting and pruning again as the new season approaches. Winter is coming to a quick end as desert temperatures start climbing up the thermometer and cozy jackets become lighter sweaters. For the past few months, trees and shrubs have needed to be covered during the chilly nights and carefully watched. With the weather warming up, you may still need to cover those plants, but it’s also time to start prepping for spring and Arizona’s scorching summer. Growing...

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Winter Watering in the Desert

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Lawn, Weed Control | 0 comments

Winter Watering in the Desert

Rain, rain DON’T go away…but weeds please do! How Winter Watering in the Desert Works In most places, rain is depressing and ruins days, but when living in the desert, where the sun seems to never go away, rain is always a time to celebrate. This past winter, Arizona has been getting quite a bit of rain and it’s been nothing but great. However, with as much rain as Arizona has been getting, maybe it’s time to check on your watering schedule and check on those weeds that are popping up everywhere because of the rain. Watering In the...

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3 Tips on Caring for Your Winter Garden in Arizona

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Plants | 0 comments

3 Tips on Caring for Your Winter Garden in Arizona

Gardening is a favorite pastime for many people in Arizona and we have a climate that makes it possible to cultivate a garden all year long. Winter in Arizona does have a cold spell that consists of approximately two weeks where the temperature drops below freezing at night. If you happen to live in higher elevations, temperatures can be colder during the day as well, leading to some gardening difficulty. Here are 3 tips to help you protect your Arizona garden this winter. Cover Your Fragile Plants During Colder Arizona Nights If you have...

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How to Prevent Winter Weeds in Your Rocks

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Desert Landscape, Weed Control | 0 comments

How to Prevent Winter Weeds in Your Rocks

Preventing winter weeds in your rocks In Arizona, there is no relief from the constant threat of weeds, even in the winter. While most of the country is covered in snow, our state is covered in weeds, so Arizona is still the better place to live, the weeds think so too. Weed seeds, lying in wait below your rock-yard, start to germinate and sprout as the temperature begins to drop, in our fall and winter months. Winter weeds you may see in your yard: Silver-Sheath Knot-Week (Polygonum argyrocoaleon). Spiny Sow-Thistle (Sonchus asper)....

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Pearlscale in Arizona Lawns

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Bermudagrass, Weed Control | 0 comments

Pearlscale in Arizona Lawns

Pearlscale, The Scourge of Bermuda Grass As your yard emerges from a season of dormancy, it is refreshing to see that hearty green grass.  It is not refreshing, however, to see the circular patterns of Pearlscale damage left in your yard.  And the worst part is that this insidious insect lays about 100 eggs during the summer and that offspring multiplies the destruction of the lawn you have worked so hard to nurture. The tiny bugs we know as Pearlscale live deep in the ground and feed off of the roots of your grass, killing individual...

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Fertilization and aeration

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Lawn | 0 comments

Fertilization and aeration

No Time Like the Present As June brings us beautiful sunshine and summer fun, it also brings us triple-digit temperatures.  Now is the time to aerate and fertilize your lawn so that you don’t have to spend the time reviving it later in the summer when the heat gets really dangerous. Most of us here in the Valley of the Sun have Bermuda Grass, and with our desert climate, it is really thriving.  But, what if it isn’t?  Our soils are mostly a very dense clay, and this compaction can really hurt your yard.  That’s why it is...

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Catching Nutgrass Early

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Weed Control | 0 comments

Catching Nutgrass Early

Nutgrass, Catching it Early As our weather warms up, we start thinking a little more about caring for our yards.  We are thrilled when we see green because it can be scarce in our part of the country, but it isn’t always a welcome sight.  Nutgrass, also known as nutsedge, is a particularly unwelcome resident.  This weed is pervasive in the valley and you need to know what to do to keep it from making an unsightly siege on your beautiful lawn. Because nutgrass can spread quickly and overtake your yard, even growing into patches 10 feet...

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Shrub and Tree Fertilization

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Plants | 0 comments

Shrub and Tree Fertilization

Spring is Here, Time for some Shrub and Tree Fertilization! Even with our mild winters, we sure are glad when the weather starts to warm up again!  As spring settles upon us here in the valley our yards begin to come back to life.  Starting now, before our weather gets back to record highs, you can get your little haven ready for a beautiful summer.  Green Keeper has specialized fertilizer to address the needs specific to our plants here in the unforgiving desert.  Our fertilizers are applied 3 times a year, starting in the spring. Generic...

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Spring Weeds Make the Worst Bouquets

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Lawn, Weed Control | 0 comments

Spring Weeds Make the Worst Bouquets

Spring Weeds ~ What We Don’t Love About Springtime February is the month of love; these days, we are a little more sensitive to the people and things that make our lives better.  This increased awareness of the love in our lives stands in stark contrast to the things that we don’t love.  As our limited winter slips away, the warmer weather not only reminds us why we live in this gorgeous valley of the sun, but it also encourages the growth of Spring weeds. It may come as a surprise that different seasons bring different weeds, but...

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Winter Weed Prevention in your Desert Landscape

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Desert Landscape, Weed Control | 0 comments

Winter Weed Prevention in your Desert Landscape

Back to Reality Now that the holidays are over, you have the chance to notice that the holiday season also kicked-off another weed season.  How did your low-maintenance desert landscaping become overgrown with so many nefarious weeds?  While we love and appreciate our winter rains here in Arizona, we do not have the same feelings for these resulting little interlopers.  What can be done to save your pristine desertscape and prevent further disturbances? Unless you want to spend countless hours kneeling on rocks and pulling out every bit of...

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