A Few Landscape No-Nos

 

Hard to believe its been the end of March since our last post. It has been a VERY busy year here at Eden Landscaping Co. In some cases, one for the record books. But that’s not what this post is about. We are going to discuss some of the mistakes, serious and not, that homeowners (and some landscapers, though not us) do on their properties. And a few pet peeves of mine as well.

1. Roundup – Where To Use it, And Not…

It amazes me that every year, after all the info I provide my clients, I still see people use Roundup to kill lawn weeds. NO, NO, NO!! Do you like big brown spots on your lawn? At least the weeds were green!

Roundup is a NON-selective herbicide. This means that it will kill anything green you spray it on. It does not discern grass from weeds. If you want to kill a dandelion, you use a broadleaf weed killer, a selective herbicide. (I’m sitting here shaking my head as I write).

PLEASE READ THE LABEL ON ANY HERBICIDE YOU USE! For a professional applicator such as us, it’s the law!

2. Mulch Volcanoes

We know that the trend is for those really nice looking tree bed mounds. But did you know that by piling mulch around a tree planted at grade (that’s level with the lawn for you homeowners), you are creating a potentially harmful condition for your trees? You are not only burying the root system, which inhibits the breathing of the roots (yes, roots breathe), but the bark of the trunk of the tree is NOT meant to be exposed to soil or mulch around it.

If you look at a properly planted tree, it flairs out where the trunk meets the ground. It does not look like a lollypop stick shoved into the ground. The bark of the flair is different from the bark on the trunk, as it can tolerate soil against it. Soil, or mulch, against the trunk will cause rot of the bark, and allow insects and diseases to penetrate the now-rotting bark.  So, DON’T pile the mulch against the trunk of any tree.

And finally…

3. Roundup Is NOT Killing The Bees, and Other Misconceptions

I was recently in a discussion on Facebook, and someone chimed in that Roundup was responsible for bee colony collapse. WHAT? I can understand other pesticides, especially improperly used insecticides causing this problem, but Roundup? I explained to this poor misguided creature that Roundup is probably one of the safest herbicides out there. It’s toxicity level is very low. And chances are that you’re not spraying it on flowers that bees are attracted to anyway. There are far many more chemicals to worry about than Roundup. And, if used PROPERLY (again, read the label), it does its job, and goes away. There is no soil activity, and whatever Roundup does get into the soil is quickly consumed by microbes.

It will not …kill all the bees, the neighbor’s dog, affect someone with hypersensitivity to pesticides (no smell), render your soil (or you) sterile, and a whole other slew of things. Roundup is great for your lawn IF, and only IF, you want to start over! More weeds than grass? Or bad grass that you can’t get rid of? Then THIS is the time to use Roundup on your lawn. Once you have killed it all off, you’re ready to reseed. Why? NO SOIL ACTIVITY! Strip off the dead grass, and sow your seeds!

Thanks for allowing me to vent. This stuff bothers me sometimes. And you all need to know this. Any questions? Please feel free to ask , or submit your comments.

 

 

 

 

 

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