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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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Winter Watering

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Lawn | 0 comments

Winter Watering

The Weather Outside is…Delightful! During these short winter months, Arizona is the envy of the nation!  While most of the country is bundled up, plowing snow out of the driveway, we in Arizona are sitting in our lawn chairs, enjoying perfect weather.  This is the time of year when our old adage “you don’t have to shovel sunshine” is especially poignant for our visitors.  But one thing our friends don’t have to worry about is watering the lawn in the winter.  With drastically different temperatures, our watering...

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Saving your Winter Lawn Before it’s too Late

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Lawn | 0 comments

Saving your Winter Lawn Before it’s too Late

Do you need some help saving your winter lawn? Good job! You got your lawn seeded on time this year, you aerated, you made sure the seeds got enough water, you even kept the kids and the dog out of the yard for 2 weeks… so why does your lawn look so sparse? We Arizonans put a lot of work into our winter lawn, and sometimes it really doesn’t seem to pay off. There are a lot of reasons things can unexpectedly go wrong with your new lawn: Birds Birds could be eating some of the seed, but generally have little impact, if the lawn was properly...

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Queen Palm Fertilization

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Plants | 0 comments

Queen Palm Fertilization

Give Your Queen Palm The Royal Treatment Queen Palm trees are well-deserving of their regal name; these majestic giants are jewels of the Arizona landscape.  While their crowning fronds reach up to soak in the ample sunshine, their  roots struggle to find the nutrients needed to remain healthy and strong.  Queen Palms thrive in acidic soil, but our dry, alkaline soil does not readily provide sufficient nourishment for these royal trees.  There are two important things that are vital to keeping Queen Palms healthy: Correct Watering Not all...

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