Shouldn’t the people who are mowing your grass weekly, be able to recognize a problem with your lawn or landscape plant? Shouldn’t they be able to recognize a leak in your irrigation system? We think so! Bioscape Outdoor Services was created in response to a consistent client request: “We want one company to provide all of the care needed to keep our landscaping beautiful!” It just makes sense that a well-trained and knowledgeable person who is providing weekly mowing and edging will be the first to recognize any other needs in the landscape.
The staff at Bioscape Outdoor Services has the experience and knowledge to provide optimum care of your ornamental plants, your lawn, and your irrigation system. We are highly specialized in the pruning methods necessary to keep your plants healthy and natural in appearance. The plants are constantly monitored for invasions of insect pests or disease organisms which can be devastating to your landscape if unnoticed. Bioscape Outdoor Services applies the appropriate remedies, emphasizing natural or biological controls whenever feasible. The plants in your landscape are kept vigorous and healthy by periodic fertilization applied at the appropriate time. Bioscape Outdoor Services is here to serve you and to keep your landscape looking healthy and beautiful now and for years to come!
By following proven landscape maintenance practices, we can greatly enhance the appearance and health of your landscape!
FOR YOUR LAWN:
Raise the cutting height of your lawn mower to 3 inches! You will find that fescue proliferates at a higher mowing height. Years ago, when the predominant lawn grass was bluegrass, it would tolerate mowing at two inches or less. Although fescue and bluegrass are both “cool season” grasses, they are markedly different in growth habit. Bluegrass is a tillering grass, meaning it reproduces by sending out new shoots below the soil surface. This trait allows bluegrass to recover from short mowing. Fescue is a clumping grass and initiates new growth from the “crown” or center of the plant at ground level. When you mow fescue too short, the crown is exposed to excess sunlight and drying, causing stress and health deterioration. A stressed plant is more susceptible to insect and disease problems.
Fertilize Your Lawn Correctly! The health of your lawn will be directly affected by proper fertilization. At Bioscape Outdoor Services, we only fertilize lawns during the fall months of September, October, and November. In the fall, as the days become shorter and temperatures are lower the growth of fescue grass slows. However, the plant continues to grow below ground, developing an extensive and healthy root system. Fertilizer applied during the fall of the year is used by the plant to promote the development of new roots. The overall health of your lawn will be directly affected by the health of the root system. A well-developed root system will help the turf to withstand the effects of droughts, insect invasions and disease organisms.
FOR YOUR SHRUBS:
Stop pruning on a schedule! Each plant has specific pruning needs and methods. Most plants only need to be pruned once per year…at the appropriate time. We see many landscape contractors pruning plants two, three or four times per year! This is an added expense and very detrimental, causing the plant to have reduced vigor.
Your landscape plants have the remarkable ability to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into food (sugars), stored to sustain the plant. The amount of food your plants are able to produce is dependent upon the presence of green leaves or needles (in the case of evergreens). The more, green foliage the plant has, the more food it can produce! And the more food your plant can store, the healthier it will be. The plant will be better able to resist the attacks of detrimental insects and disease organisms.
At Bioscape Outdoor Services, we know the optimum time to prune each of your landscape plants. We allow the new growth to mature and “do it’s job” to “produce food”, to be stored by the plant.
PROPER WATERING IS ESSENTIAL:
Manage your watering schedule! Yes, watering is a management decision. Plants vary tremendously in their watering needs. Some plants need very little supplemental watering. In fact, Taxus evergreens do best without irrigation and rarely need to be watered. Each year we see many Taxus killed by over watering. Other plants need more watering. Therefore, consider the species of plants being grown in your landscape and water according to their needs. You will likely save money and have healthier plants.
Unfortunately, at Bioscape Outdoor Services, we see as many plants die from over watering as we do under watering. So, what is the correct way to water your landscape?
Think of the soil in your landscape as a giant sponge. The sponge is full of empty spaces or pores. Inside these pores are two essentials for your plants: 1) water and 2) oxygen! Yes, oxygen. Every part of the plant needs oxygen, just as we do! When the soil is dry the pores are full of oxygen. When it rains (or you water) the pores are filled with water and the oxygen is pushed out of the soil. This is O.K. for a while, but too much of a good thing can be bad! When the soil is continuously wet there is no oxygen to keep the roots alive. Therefore, it is incorrect to water every day, or even every other day. In order for a plant to flourish it needs to be watered thoroughly (fill those pores), then do not water for several days, so that the pores refill with oxygen. All plants will do well under this condition.
Why do plants die? Watering too frequently eliminates the oxygen they must have! Watering infrequently denies the plant the water, which is essential to survival.
How much water do you apply? The answer is: When you water, you cannot apply too much! You want to fill those pores. One of the worst things to do is water a little bit, where only the pores at the top of the soil are filled. This encourages the plant to only grow roots in the top inch of the soil. At Bioscape Outdoor Services we recommend watering no more often than twice per week. When you water, apply between ¼” and ½”; enough to saturate the soil.
THE ESSENTIALS OF BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPING:
Bioscape Outdoor Services specializes in well planned design, planting and maintenance of commercial landscapes. Our landscape maintenance programs are tailored to the specific site, the aesthetic goals, and the budget of our customer.
The common element of all quality landscapes is proper mowing, performed on a schedule for optimum growth and health. Whenever practical, we alternate the pattern of mowing, to prevent worn or rutted areas in the lawn caused by the wheels of the mower. We sharpen the mower blades frequently to provide a clean and uniform cut.
Weed prevention is an essential part of maintaining a beautiful landscape. At Bioscape Outdoor Services we apply pre-emergent weed preventers to all mulched beds to keep weeds from germinating and becoming established. Weeds that do emerge are eradicated or hand removed, before they mature into large weeds. NO WEEDS ALLOWED!
A beautiful landscape is “all about the lines”! What do we mean by this? The landscape beds are professionally edged and maintained to provide beautiful, flowing lines in the landscape. Jagged edges are out!
The landscape beds are properly mulched using quality cedar, cypress or “color enhanced” hardwood mulch. The color enhancement keeps the mulch looking “like new” for up to one year. This is a great value to our clients who want to have an attractive landscape year-round.
BIOSCAPE OUTDOOR SERVICES! WE WANT TO BE YOUR LANDSCAPE PROVIDER!