Proactively treating shrubs

Proactively treating shrubs has to be a good thing, right? Is there anything NOT good to be proactive about in treating? Why should the shrubs in your landscape be any less nurtured and protected than the lawn, the trees or the flowers?

Here in the Memphis, TN or North Mississippi areas…

Whether it’s a late spring freeze or a late summer drought, there is always something “out to get” our landscape! Being proactive in the treatment of all of our plants is important in helping them to get strong and stay healthy even in our adverse weather conditions.

Protecting your shrubs is protecting your investment.

By proactively treating your shrubs with our Plant Health Care program, you will protect your investment. Watching a few #askpaul videos will clear up most of your questions and concerns, but here are a few highlights of what you can expect to get from our Plant Health Care program:

  • 6 visits per year from a licensed lawn technician with advanced knowledge of plant health care. 
  • At each visit your plants will be fertilized.
  • At each visit your plants will be monitored for insects, diseases and will be treated for what is found.
  • At each visit you will receive a feedback form from the technician which tells you what he observed, what he did and what you need to know to keep up the treatment process.

When you invest in a plant health care program, you are proactively treating your shrubs. This program allows a professional to examine your plants, determine what is best for them, and then treating and nurturing them to get the most out of your investment.

Why replace shrubs from year to year because they are unhealthy?

The money you spend on a plant health care program will eventually save you from replacing diseased or dying/dead shrubbery. An expert eye can detect a problem in your plants before it spreads to others. A healthy lawn and plant landscape will be strong enough to endure April freezes and August droughts. Let Lawn and Pest Solutions proactively treat your shrubs and lawn. Contact our office to learn more about our plant health care program. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas. 

Plant Health Care

What is a plant health care program? A plant health care program puts an expert in your yard who can detect problems before they spread. Having a beautiful lawn requires an investment, of time, work, and money.

A professional will examine your plants and determine what is best for them. A plant health care program will then treat and nurture your plants to get the most out of your investment.

Protecting your landscape is protecting your investment

The money you spend on a plant health care program will eventually save you from replacing diseased or dying/dead plants. Why spend so much on shrubs, flowering trees, and plants for your yard, and then drop the ball? That is like building a pool and never putting in chemicals or cleaning it out!

What to expect from a plant health care program

At Lawn and Pest Solutions, our plant health care program includes six visits per year. A licensed lawn technician with advanced knowledge of plant health care will plan and oversee your program.

At each visit your plants will be fertilized.

At each visit, your plants will be monitored for insects, and diseases and will be treated for what is found.

At each visit, you will receive a written report from the technician. This report tells you what he observed, what he did to treat your plants, and what you need to know to keep up the treatment process.

Based on your report, your plants will get a fertilizer with micro nutrients and soil beneficial, insect and disease control targeted specifically to your plants and their health at that specific time. 

How is this program different from others? Most programs include a pre-mixed spray that is applied to all of the plants, no matter what they need at that time. 

Why replace plants from year to year because they are unhealthy?

 A healthy lawn and plant landscape will be strong enough to endure April freezes and August droughts. Let Lawn and Pest Solutions take care of your plants and lawn. Contact our office to learn more about our plant health care program. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas. 

Crape Murder

Yes, it is time again to talk about Crape Murder. The act of poorly pruning the beloved tree of the South, the Crape Myrtle.

Speaking of the time…

Now IS the ideal time in our region of the South to prune Crape Myrtles. If now isn’t good for you, you can still make corrective pruning as late as March or April.

How does Crape Murder happen?

Many crape murders are committed by cutting back on the same location of the main trunks every year. Cutting back in the same spots causes knots to develop on the trunks.  These knots are not only unattractive, but they also contribute to weakness in our trees.

Some often chop their trees to a height of around 4-5’.  If your Crape Myrtle is too tall, you can prune it back down to a more appropriate height, but not every year!

It is true that some of these practices will lead to many new shoots and lots of blossoms. Unfortunately, these new shoots will be very weak. Weak shoots can’t support heavy blooms and they will droop and weep from the strain. This is Crape Murder.

Why are we so compelled to murder?

Many times, crape myrtle trees need severe pruning because they are planted in improper locations. 

If you are considering planting Crape Myrtles, here are some tips:

  1. (This is a big one) Where you plant your Crape Myrtle make it or break it.
  2.   Crape Myrtles need lots of sun but not a lot of water to live in our area. 

1.  Remove branches that cross one another

2.  Trunks that cross are an issue. One has to go. 

3.  Remember, it’s a tree NOT a bush. It should look like an umbrella from a distance.

You can still turn your life around!

There’s no need for you to commit Crape Murder ever again. While Lawn and Pest Solutions does not offer a pruning service, we want to help you maintain a beautiful lawn. 

We offer a systemic treatment that includes lawn fertilization and insecticide, which helps it flourish but also helps them fight disease (like Crape Myrtle Bark Scale). This plan can be added to your  Plant Health Care program at Lawn and Pest Solutions. 

We have customers from the Memphis, TN area to all over North Mississippi. Our licensed technicians are ready to assist you. You can contact us here for a quote.

Fall plant health care

Why bother with fall plant care? Pool owners “close the pool” for winter. Boat owners don’t leave their precious investments floating in cold waters all winter. If an ice storm is coming, we move our new cars in garages. Just like boats and cars, our landscapes are an investment.

What’s the use?

If you don’t believe in fall plant health care, think about this. All of the time and money you have spent on planting, lawn fertilizing, nurturing & watering shouldn’t be wasted. The money and time you have spent shouldn’t go to waste over the fall and winter. 

You won’t regret it

By protecting your landscape with fall plant health care, when spring arrives, you will be proud of your healthy and well protected lawn. At Lawn and Pest Solutions, we offer a plant health care program that focuses on keeping your landscape and shrubs insect and disease free.

How does the LPS Plant Health Care program work?

If you join our Plant Health Care program, an expert will visit your lawn six times per year. The pro will examine all of your plants, make notes and leave a written report at each visit. You will receive a copy of the notes and they will also go on file. 

The pro will then treat your plants specifically based on what is happening with your plants and what they need. Most programs include a pre-mixed spray that is applied to all of the plants, no matter what they need at that time. 

A program tailored to the specific needs of your lawn.

You can spend a lot of time and money guessing what is wrong with our landscape and even trying to fix it yourself. With our plant health care plan, you can spend less money and save lots of time by leaving it up to a professional. Contact our office today to protect your investment. You can reach out to us at 662.534.4535, 901.560.2399, or fill out our online contact form to know more about lawn care weed control. Our licensed and trained technicians serve the North Mississippi and Memphis areas.

Should I invest in plant health care?

Living in North Mississippi and the Memphis area, it’s not unusual to wake up on April 21 and find that your landscape has suffered yet another freeze. For those who remembered the night before, maybe some shrubs and plants were covered in burlap or with garbage bags or tablecloths or just anything that could be grabbed before bedtime. For most, we all woke up with our fingers crossed that whatever happened last night wouldn’t kill our plants!

We have all filled our carts at the home improvement stores with spring plants and had sticker shock when the total is announced. Some of us have invested much, much more in professional landscaping services that rival the cost of a new car. Why do we spend so much money on shrubs, flowering trees, plants for our yard and then drop the ball? It’s like building a pool and then never putting in chemicals or cleaning it out! Or buying a car but never changing the oil or tires. 

Protecting your landscape is protecting your investment. 

When you invest in a plant health care program, you are allowing a professional to examine your plants, determine what is best for them, and then treating and nurturing them to get the most out of your investment.

What do I get with a plant health care program?

At Lawn and Pest Solutions, a plant health care program includes the following:

  • 6 visits per year from a licensed lawn technician with advanced knowledge of plant health care. 
  • At each visit your plants will be fertilized.
  • At each visit your plants will be monitored for insects, diseases and will be treated for what is found.
  • At each visit you will receive a written report from the technician which tells you what he observed, what he did and what you need to know to keep up the treatment process.

Why replace plants from year to year because they are unhealthy?

The money you spend on a plant health care program will eventually save you from replacing diseased or dying/dead plants. Nurturing your plants and making them the healthiest they can be will help them to become stable and mature in your lawn. An expert eye can detect a problem in your plants before it spreads to others. A healthy lawn and plant landscape will be strong enough to endure April 21 freezes and August 21 droughts. Let Lawn and Pest Solutions take care of your plants and lawn. Contact our office to learn more about our plant health care program. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas. 

Plant Health Care, what does that mean?

Have you ever just wanted someone to tell you “what to do” ? Like country music star Pam Tillis, I am a person who doesn’t like for people to “tell her what to do”…there are some instances when that IS what I want. Lawn care is a prime example. I want a beautiful lawn, I worked hard to pay for landscaping to have a beautiful lawn. Now, I don’t know “what to do” with my beautiful landscaping. 

Do you want to take pictures of the spots on your plants and then search Google to find out what they are? Do you then want to research what to do about this new disease that is living on the leaves of your favorite shrub? What are those bugs crawling all over your azaleas? Are they killing it? What do you spray on that? When do you spray it?

This is what plant health care is all about.

You have spent a lot of money on your landscaping. Why not maintain the health of your beautiful shrubs and trees and flowers? Why not get advice from an educated professional who can tell you what to do? Our plant health care pro CAN do this for you.

Lawn and Pest Solutions Plant Pro 

If you join our Plant Health Care program, an expert will visit your lawn six times per year. The pro will examine all of your plants, make notes and a written report at each visit. The pro will put the notes in your file and will also leave a copy of the notes for you. The pro will then treat your plants specifically based on what is happening with your plants and what they need. 

How is this different from other lawn services?

Based on your report, your plants will get a fertilizer with micro nutrients and soil beneficials, insect and disease control targeted specifically to your plants and their health at that specific time. Most programs include a pre-mixed spray that is applied to all of the plants, no matter what they need at that time. 

Why do I need a Pro for my plants?

Why do you need a pro for anything? Why not just let anyone do anything to your car, your toilet, your hair or your dog? A pro means you are letting someone who knows what they are doing use all of their knowledge AND experience handle the investment you have made in your landscaping. 

Our pros don’t prune trees or pull weeds. Our pros are carefully examining what is happening to the plants in your yard. They are taking notes and reviewing the progress of the treatment plan. They are leaving you with careful instructions on what to do next and how to do it. 

Don’t wait until some disease or critter has taken over your plants. Be preventative and keep those bugs from taking over the plants you so lovingly selected, planted and nurtured. Let our pro be on the lookout for invasive pests like crape myrtle bark scale and advise you on treatments. Contact our office today to learn more about our plant health care program. Get a Lawn and Pest Solutions plant health pro in your lawn ASAP!