April Newsletter | Things to do now…

April Newsletter | Things to do now… ———————————————- – Now is the last time for pruning most evergreen trees and shrubs. – This is also the last chance to prune citrus and ficus and other sun-sensitive trees. Be careful. If you wait too long, new foliage will not have time to fill in before sun damage occurs. As a rule, any area of bark exposed to direct sun for 3 or 4 hours needs to be protected with shade cloth or tree wrap to prevent sunscald. – Thrips begin to appear in Citrus Bloom. Don’t get alarmed at all those thrips crawling in and around your citrus blossoms. The citrus bloom is the most likely place to see thrips. Thrips vary in color from black to pale yellow. Since they pose no particular threat to citrus bloom, attempts to control them during the blooming season should be avoided to protect the honeybees. – There are two general rules for pruning flowering trees and shrubs: For plants that produce blooms on old wood or last season’s growth, prune as soon as possible after the bloom ends. For flowering plants that produce blooms on new wood or this season’s growth, prune in late winter or early spring. – Still time for fertilizing all trees, especially citrus deep fertilizing. – It’s also a good time to apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of trees and shrubs. This relatively inexpensive soil amendment does more to improve growing conditions around desert plants than any other treatment including fertilization. It reduces soil temperatures, runoff and evaporation, encourages nitrogen cycling and improves soil microbiology. – Cut out any cold damage on tender plants as they begin to show new growth. That will be a good indication of where to cut. Wait until nights are in the 60 degree range to start sowing seed for summer grasses. If there is a winter grass planted over existing Bermuda grass, discourage the winter grass by cutting it short and allowing it to dry out before resuming water to summer lawn grass. Grow Land specializes in winter-to-summer transitions, so call us for pricing! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us for a free consultation at 602-689-2947. We are here to help. (Read online...

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Bocce court at Dancing Apache Winery

This Bocce Court & Horseshoe Pit installation is our featured project of the month, and this family operated winery at Dancing Apache Ranch wanted activity / game play features for a special events wine tasting room, as well as one for a more private “family” gathering space. Their choices were bocce & horseshoes, and we couldn’t have been happier to create this for them! We first had to meet with the client to select the location for each amenity, and after a little brainstorming and checking out our other bocce & horseshoe courts online, we think we nailed it…the bocce court selection was directly adjacent to this cool outdoor tasting room. The view from the bocce court is the barn-converted tasting room on one side, and the vineyards on the other….PERFECT! If that wasn’t enough, we also installed new matching-themed landscape lighting with bronze fixtures and a programmable timer. Now the competition starts with wine and goes on into the dark… Next came the locale for the family horseshoe pits, and the natural spot was right next to the most popular family gathering area. Where you ask?…why, the kitchen / outdoor dining ramada of course! This added sport amenity really brings the family together, both young and old, and the simple style ties that ranch theme destination together full circle. With a little sod removal and some grading, this completed install was a total ringer, with everybody a winner. Adding sport amenities to gathering spaces is a great way to bring family and friends together. From the bocce court at the tasting room to the horseshoe pits at the ramada, the installation of these two activities included all the finishing touches. One look at the bocce court proves why we are the top bocce court builder in Arizona! As with every project, we provided our “like it was my house” service. Call us for your very own creation!        ...

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Tips for Fall

Monsoons still here, Fall around the corner. The season change is coming up. Let’s be preparing now.   Some of our top recommended tips for late monsoon / early fall season… Adjust irrigation timers. Prepare for over-seeding. *Sprinkler checks are a must before your seed goes down! Ask us about our Sustainable Landscape Management practices! Do color change-outs on annuals. Fall is a good time to plant flowers like Geraniums and Petunias. Regularly check plants to see if they are getting enough water. Check the ground around all plants. Consider post-emergent weed spraying/mitigation because of the monsoonal moisture…call us to schedule a free estimate. *Note: It’s time to schedule your over-seeding by calling 602-689-2947.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us for a free consultation at 602-689-2947. We are here to...

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