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Let’s Talk SNOW!

I know what you are thinking, ……. SNOW?? …….. really………………

It hit over 90 degrees earlier today so what better way to mentally cool down a bit, other than to talk snow.

Seriously, we are entering “snow mode” here at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc.  We are meeting with clients, going over equipment, ordering ice melt materials and preparing our team for another fantastic winter season.

We are forever finding new and creative ways to perform our work safer, more efficiently and adding increased value for our client.

Please feel free to contact us with any snow removal and/or ice control related question you may have.  We would love to help you find the very best solution to your snow and ice challenge.

Thank you for visiting our site and please consider Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for your long term snow and ice control service needs.  Have a great day!

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Wind Sculpture = All-Season Kinetic Art for your Special Outdoor Space!

Being a bit of a mechanical enthusiast myself,  I was very happy to hear from one of our valued clients recently who asked if we could help install a “Wind Sculpture” they had ordered from a New Mexico art dealer.

At first, I had no idea what a Wind Sculpture was, but after a quick review of the artist supplied installation instructions and a brief internet search, I was ready to help anyway possible!

Wind Sculptures by Lyman Whitaker = Beautiful, interesting……… the perfect enhancement for your special outdoor space!

So fast forward a month or so, the hand-made Wind Sculpture was shipped directly to our client’s door and was ready for installation.  The client picked the perfect garden location and just a few days later, we returned to complete the install.

The perfect year-round accessory to enjoy and take your garden space to the next level!

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions or service requests you may have.  We stand ready and able to be of assistance.  Thank you for taking the time to visit our site, we greatly appreciate it!

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Weed of the Month – COMMON BURDOCK (Wild Rhubarb)

If there is one weed that seems to appear in some of the strangest places (along with poison ivy) is common burdock, also known as wild rhubarb.

We see this big and bold, large-leaved biennial weed growing within deciduous hedge rows, along edges of lawns, sides of buildings and even under large evergreen trees.   Anywhere the plant can avoid routine mowing or soil cultivation, but still receive modest sunlight exposure, the plant will flourish.

Common Burdock (also known as wild rhubarb):  Burdock is a biennial plant (2 year life cycle) that reproduces by seed.  Plant produces spiny cockleburs (seed heads) which cling to clothing, shoe laces and even animal fur for easy relocation.  Plant has a large fleshy taproot and massive dark green colored leaves with a hairy textured leaf underside.

Remove common burdock by digging out plant when small or by applying a systemic herbicide directly to actively growing foliage (surrounding environment dependent) for best long term results.

Please contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any vegetation control questions you may have.  We stand ready to help any way we can.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

 

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4 Basic Building Blocks of Successful Weed Control in Lawns

1). Cut Grass Routinely Tall (3-1/2″ or greater)

2). Forever Improve the Soil (aerate, fertilize, top dress with organic materials, water routinely, avoid compaction, ensure proper drainage, etc.)

3). Plant Premium Site-Specific Grass Seed (the best seed blends will include 0% WEED SEEDS and 0% NOXIOUS WEED SEEDS)

4).  Apply Selective Broadleaf and Grassy Weed Control Herbicides in a Targeted Manner (adjusted seasonally – as/if needed)

The overall health of your lawn (and soil) is critical to your long term weed control success.  The healthier and denser the stand of turfgrass, the less open soil will exist for an opportunistic weed seed to grow.

Please contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions you may have or to schedule a meeting at your property to discuss any/all future lawn improvements needed.

Thank you for visiting our site and we look forward to being of service to you.  Have a great day!

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LIRIOPE…….. Can you please GET THAT PLANT OUT OF HERE!

When walking through shady areas, mainly on older, more mature landscapes, I occasionally notice a very special low-growing perennial that has a tendency to sneak it’s way around a plant bed, even spreading well into adjacent lawn areas.

The persistent perennial I speak of is called liriope (aka Monkey Grass, Lilyturf or Border Grass).

What makes liriope so special is even though it is very small in size, it is very difficult to completely remove and has a tendency to spread (variety dependent).  Complete physical removal usually takes multiple tries, over several years.  Even non-selective liquid herbicides like glyphosate may only be partially effective due to the plants tuberous root system.

 

IT IS VERY COMMON TO FIND LIRIOPE GROWING IN NEW LAWN AREAS THAT WERE ONCE PLANT BEDS!

The moral of my story is this, start removing liriope early.  Begin digging out your unwanted liriope plants now to eventually reclaim precious planting bed space or to clear the way for a new lawn.

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions you may have or if we can be of service to you.  Thank’s for visiting our site and have a great day!

 

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String-Trimmer Contact vs Delicate Exterior Surfaces

As of late, I have been having more and more conversations with both new and existing clients in regard to the possibility of surface damage caused by routine string-trimmer use at their properties.  When mowing a lawn, it is often the case, that any grass found growing on-site, not accessible by a conventional lawn mower will be cut using a mechanical string-trimmer (aka weed-wacker, line trimmer, weed eater, etc).

Unless improved landscape design or protective strategies are employed (targeted wood mulch placement, expanded plant bed areas, use of sacrificial contact materials, simple grass removal, etc.), contact damage is very likely.

When placed/installed directly atop growing grass or are left in very close proximity to a regularly maintained lawn, the following items or structures are commonly exposed to accidental string-trimmer related damage.

 

  • Wood Stairs, Fencing and Gates
  • Deck, Fence and Mail Box Posts
  • Tree Bark/Exposed Roots
  • Wooden or Plastic Children Playground Sets
  • Low-Voltage Light Fixtures
  • Exposed Utility Cables
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Vinyl, Wood or Aluminum Siding
  • Air Conditioner Condensers
  • Low-Growing Annual and/or Perennial Foliage
  • Aluminum Downspout Extensions

Please be sure to let us know if you have any questions or if our team at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. can be of help in the creation of a beautiful, maintenance-friendly landscape at your property.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

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Enjoy Professional Lawn and Landscape Care this 2020 Growing Season!

We can truly help!

It is our complete pleasure to share our multi-decade industry knowledge and experience with you to ensure the very best possible outcome for your lawn and overall landscape setting.

Here are just a few areas of expertise we would love to share with you.

  • Property Clean Up:  General debris removal, lawn raking, leaf disposal, paved area sweeping, etc.
  • Mechanical Lawn Improvement:  Core aeration, power raking/dethatching, slit-seeding.
  • Routine Seasonal Services:  Lawn mowing, plant bed detail, fallen leaf removal, drainage system cleaning and service, wood mulch installation, etc..
  • Vegetation Feeding and Control:  Lawn fertilization, lawn broadleaf/grassy/grass-like weed control, noxious weed control, poison ivy control, pavement weed control, insect control, etc.
  • Deciduous and Evergreen Care:  Bush trimming, select pruning, shrub and hedgerow rejuvenation (partial or complete).
  • New Plant Material Installation:  Perennials, annuals, shrubs, ground cover, bushes, trees and new lawns from seed.
  • Drainage Solutions:  Buried extended down spout drains, debris filtered drain inlets, surface and sub-surface water capture and conveyance, buried sump pump outlet relocation, etc.
  • Residential Soil Grade Modifications: Perimeter slope adjustments along foundation, problematic plant relocation/elevation/complete removal, strategic soil berm placement, lawn replacement, etc.

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any lawn or landscape related questions you may have.  We stand ready to assist and look forward to being of service any way possible.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

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Sometimes, only a snow shovel will do………..

When clearing snow from difficult to access or “obstruction-rich” areas, there are only a few ways to get the job done.  Of course, melting snow is fine when minimal accumulation occurs.  Just apply salt or any other suitable ice melt material and wait for clear pavement to happen.  But, when snow falls fast and accumulation is rapid, physical removal is the only way to gain control of the targeted area.

When snow blowers, plows, rotating brooms, etc. simply cannot fit or reach the area in need of service, a snow shovel becomes the only option available.  A well built snow shovel PLUS the will and ability to use it, is the most important snow removal tool a contractor or self-performing property owner can have.

Shovel-Only Areas:

  • Between/around parked vehicles (when necessary/requested)
  • Stairs
  • Stoops
  • Decks
  • Shopping cart corrals, bike racks, etc.
  • Utilities
  • Trash dumpsters
  • Along base of overhead garage doors

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any snow, lawn or landscape management service request you may have.  We look forward to hearing from you and stand ready to help anyway we can.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

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SNOW PRO TIP – Store Your Opened Plastic Bag of Deicing Salt in One of These!

When applying bagged ice melt materials to sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, etc., it is very likely that at some point along the way, once a store bought plastic bag of salt is opened, you will have unused material leftover.  Since bagged ice melt material is expensive, it is very prudent to do what you can to save the unused ice melt material in a manner so it can be used at a later date.  Simply rolling closed the open plastic bag is a crapshoot at best.  If the contents are allowed to become wet or even draw moisture from the air (hygroscopic materials – calcium chloride in particular), it will harden, clump and become nearly impossible to apply in an effective manner.

Store your open ice melt material in a plastic 5 or 6 gallon bucket WITH A RESEALABLE AIR-TIGHT LID!

Beyond storing unused ice melt material at the end of a winter weather event, keep a few additional covered buckets pre-loaded and ready to go before the storm arrives.  A bucket of salt is so much easier to handle than a clumsy, wet or sometimes snow covered plastic bag.

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any snow and ice related service you may require.  We appreciate the opportunity and look forward to being of assistance to you.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

 

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We Raise Sunken Air Conditioner Condenser Base Pads!!

Has your air conditioner condenser shifted or become sunken over the years?  Is soil, mulch and other debris now infiltrating the base of your condenser?  Do you need to raise the soil level where your air conditioner condenser currently sits to improve on-site drainage?  If any of these or similar issues pertain to you, please contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. to schedule an on-site property evaluation, we can help!

Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. will stabilize/elevate your existing condenser pad or replace it all together with a new and improved model. **Please Note:  A qualified HVAC contractor will be needed to first disconnect your condenser’s electrical and coolant lines so we can improve the base pad area, then return later upon our completion to re-connect the unit (additional fees apply).**

Our on-site property evaluation will include the following:

  • Determine cause of original base pad failure (poor or nonexistent sub-base material previously used, negative drainage situation found, foundation settling occurred, old pad not structurally sound, etc.)
  • Assess surrounding landscape areas to determine best long term strategy for new condenser pad placement (away from mower and grass trimming equipment), adequate pad elevation (3″+/- above grade), determine any/all surrounding drainage improvements needed, etc.
  • Discuss new pad type and size, make note of who client will select to decommission the existing unit, timing of new pad installation and set date to have HVAC contractor return to reactivate applicable equipment.

Keep your air conditioning equipment in great condition and extend it’s lifespan by elevating it above soil grade and out of standing water prone areas.  Please be sure to contact Pacocha landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions or service requests you may have.  We are very happy to help any way we can.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

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