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Are All Pine Straw Mulch The Same?

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On November 12, 2012

Pine straw mulch is a natural ground cover that adds protection and helps retain moisture for trees, plants and shrubs in flower beds and landscape islands. Pine straw mulch is safe for kids and pets, provides weed control if distributed in an even 3″ application and is an organic product.

Pine straw is a broad classification. There are actually at least (3) types of pine straw available for purchase online and at landscape suppliers.

1. LONG LEAF PINE STRAW
Long leaf pine straw, a.k.a long needle pine straw or Pinus Palustris, is 14″ long and is the thickest pine needle available. It has a heavy wax coating which makes it last longer. While it’s the most durable of the pine straw available on the market, it’s also the scarcest to find which also makes it more expensive.

2. SLASH PINE STRAW
Slash Pine straw a.k.a yellow slash pine or Pinus Elliottii, is 9″ long and is the most popular type of pine straw sold on the market. It’s durable, clean and affordable. This is the type of pine straw that is spec’d for most commercial projects.

3. LOBLOLLY PINE STRAW
Loblolly pine straw, a.k.a short needle pine straw or Pinus Taeda, is 6″ L and is the least favorable selection of the three. It’s poor quality and doesn’t last very long. If you see a price too good to be true when you are quoting out a project ask if they are using loblolly pine straw. In some geographical areas its the only type of pine straw that is available. A lot of companies trying to sell this grade pine straw will get you to focus on attributes like it’s heavier in weight or will try to get you to believe that its almost as good as a slash pine straw product. It’s not true. It’s dirtier, combined with dirt, sticks and debris (which makes it weigh more) and is not durable.

R & R Sprinkler and Landscape is a full service landscape and irrigation company. If you want a trusted name for advising and providing quality ground cover solution give us a call. Our 40 years in business is proof that we care about the longevity of relationships with our customers.

The Benefits of Using Pavers for Driveways, Decks and Walkways

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On October 5, 2012

Using pavers for driveways, decks and walkways have many benefits.

1. Pavers Are Good For The Environment
Pavers are made from natural products like limestone, cobblestone, slate or granite so they don’t contain pigments or dyes. They also allow rainwater to filter through and distribute directly into the ground instead of rolling over hard surfaces like concrete where it will pull excess pollutants along the way that will eventually make their way into the storm drains and waterways.

2. Pavers Are Stronger Than Concrete
Pavers can handle a tremendous amount of weight. They are actually 3 x’s stronger than concrete. Pavers are individual pieces installed to form a surface. Because they are individual they adjust to the movement of the earth below. A Concrete surface will crack when the ground below shifts.

3. Pavers Are Easy To Maintain
Pavers require sweeping and rinsing. You will need to apply weed control and they will need to intermittingly be re-sealed.

4. Pavers Are Safe
Pavers have a non-skid surface so they aren’t as slick as other surfaces. They are especially good as pool decks where there is a higher risk if slipping.

5. Pavers Add Beauty and Value

Pavers increase the value of your property. They add beauty by allowing the homeowner to be creative since there are endless color combinations and design possibilities.

R & R Sprinkler is an authorized BellGard Dealer. We can help you with a new paver walkway all the way to a new paver pool deck. Let us know how we can design a new paver addition to your property today.

Weed Mat Is For Landscapes Using Rock Beds

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On September 25, 2012

Weed mat is an man made material that is installed in landscape islands and beds after landscaping and before the installation of ROCK. Weed mat should not be used under landscape beds and islands if you intend to use mulch. At R & R Sprinkler and Landscape we only use weed mat under rock. Using it under mulch retains too much moisture and will choke your landscaping.

Weed mat will NOT prevent the growth of weeds. It may help control them but will NOT prevent them. The best thing you can do to prevent weeds is to spray for them regularly.

When purchasing weed mat we highly recommend you skip your purchase at a typical big box hardware store and invest in a higher quality product from your local landscape supply retailer. We have found that the weed mat sold at local hardware stores is lower quality and deteriorates within a year or two. Good weed mat should last 5-6 years.

If you want to add rock to your landscape islands and beds we can help with weed mat and rock selection. We can even help with a landscape update. Adding or sprucing up existing landscape is a great curb appeal.

Rock Vs. Mulch

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On September 16, 2012

If you are installing new landscaping or refurbishing your existing landscaping there is one question that always gets asked: do I use rock or mulch for my landscape beds?

There are pros and cons to both.

The Pros of Installing Rock In Landscape Beds:
1. Only needs refreshed every several years
2. Doesn’t float or blow away
3. It’s bold and attractive

The Cons of Installing Rock in Landscape Beds:
1. The initial investment of rock is much more than that of mulch

The Pros of Installing Mulch in Landscape Beds:
1. It’s less expensive than rock
2. It retains natural moisture which can help the health of the surrounding landscaping.
3. It’s a softer look than rock

The Cons of Installing Mulch in Landscape Beds:
1. It will blow and float way
2. It will discolor and fade in the Florida sun and compacts with rain.
3. It needs refreshed 2-3 times a year.

When we quote a customer rock vs mulch in a landscape bed the initial sticker shock from the difference in price between the rock and the mulch is significant. However, remember that you will spend your mulch figure two to three times a year almost. Plus you have the additional time and labor to install it. In the end, the choice is going to be – which look do you like best.

R & R Sprinkler and Landscape is a full service landscape company able to advise you on all of your rock and mulch needs.

Control The Foot Traffic Through Your Sanibel Property

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On September 12, 2012

Some Sanibel property owners are particular about where they want foot traffic through their property. It makes sense to avoid traffic in certain areas for security reasons, safety reasons, to avoid a wear pattern in the grass or to prevent damage to delicate landscaping. There are some easy ways to control foot traffic using a variety of methods and materials.

1. Stepping Stones
Install stepping stones along the path you’d like folks to travel. This is a great idea along the sides of a house. You will have higher traffic along the side of the house especially with maintenance contractors like pool technicians and pest service men.

2. Rows of Bushes
Installing small bushes or shrubs on either side of the area you want traffic in your yard is a natural way to keep people away from areas of the property. It’s like driving on the road, you have to stay in your lane.

3. Paver Walkways
Install a continuous walkway using pavers. This is popular choice for Sanibel properties for a pathway from the pool to the dock.

4. Wood decks
Construct an entire deck, just like in a preserve area. Make it so that stepping off the wood deck is uncomfortable and folks will keep their foot traffic exactly where it should be. This is especially helpful if you are trying to preserve the natural landscape of Sanibel beach or if you are concerned about turtle hatchlings.

5. Rock or Mulch Pathways
Build a path with landscape material such as mulch or rock making the intending path of visitors and family members obvious and expected.

There are many different and creative ways to control the foot traffic on your Sanibel property. Let R & R Sprinkler and Landscape know how we can help in constructing one that works for you.

We Kill Sod in Cape Coral and Fort Myers!

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On September 11, 2012

Doesn’t sound like a company you want to hire right off the bat does it? It’s a genuine proposal though. If you have bought a Cape Coral foreclosure or an old Fort Myers house and the property had been badly neglected for a long period of time then you may need to do an overhaul on the yard. In a lot of instances you can fertilize and irrigate the grass along with some tough weed control and get it to come back to a normal yard. However, in extreme cases you need to just start over.

We usually don’t recommend sodding over sod unless you are just making a patch. If the Cape Coral or Fort Myers yard is in that bad of shape you don’t want to take the chance of the weed and pest problems of the old yard overtaking the new sod. That would be a horrible waste of your money.

We approach a sod replacement with a four step process:

1. Chemically kill the old yard using a professionally licensed pest control company.
2. Scrape out and properly dispose of the dead materials.
3. Re-grade the property so the new yard will be even and free of holes or lumps.
4. Install new sod.

Incidentally, if you don’t already have an automatic sprinkler system the best time to install it would be between steps 3 and 4. It’s always better to put a new irrigation system in during a construction process rather than disrupting the rooting of the new sod at a later date. If you are really dedicated to the restoration and rejuvenation of your Cape Coral or Fort Myers Home then you should ask us about our landscaping services as well.

Happy sod killing!

Behind The Knee Wall Of The Front Of A Florida Home – A Maintenance Disater

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On September 5, 2012

In Florida a lot of the homes were built with a pretty little knee wall along the front of the house. Whoever thought of this concept had a great architectural mind but had no idea what a pain in the rear it would be to maintain landscaping behind that wall. It’s such an awkward space. To small to get the lawnmower in but too big to have to weed eat the entire area.

How do you maintain that awkward little area at the front of your Florida Home? We recommend you renovate it. Kill the sod (which by now is mostly weeds). Scrape the contents out so you can have a clean slate. Do not re-install grass, instead consider a rock bed or a mulch bed with some easy to maintain shrubs.

If you have your rock properly installed by a professional landscaping company they should lay a weed barrier down first which will help (not eliminate) the growth of weeds up through the rocks. Pick a rock that will compliment your home. Have the landscape estimator help you choose some plants that will be well suited to that area of the property. When choosing plants consider a plant that can tolerate shade and is low maintenance like cocoplums or podocarpus. Even consider a few hibiscus plants to add color to the front of your home.

Be sure to ask your landscaper about the necessary irrigation the plants will need. You may need to make a renovation to your sprinkler system to accommodate the new landscaping. It’s always better to have this done prior to the landscape addition and to have the landscaper and the irrigation company communicate the details of the project before anyone begins work. Your landscaper cannot perform irrigation services unless they have a specialty licensed to perform irrigation services.

You have just taken your out of control entrance of your Florida home from a pain in the rear to maintain issue to an eye appealing addition. R&R Sprinkler and Landscape is able to help you with a project like this from the sod kill all the way to the final landscape installation and sprinkler repair and all the steps in between. Call us today.

Celebrating 40 Years of Installing Sprinklers, Landscaping and Sod in Cape Coral, Florida

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 30, 2012

Not very companies can say they have been around for 40 years! The City of Cape Coral became incorporated in 1970 and R & R Sprinkler and Landscape was hot on it’s heels installing the first irrigation systems, landscaping and sod by 1972. We set high standards for our employees and suppliers that when an irrigation or landscaping product is provided or installed that we intend to stand behind our work. That’s why we’ve had our doors open since 1972. We have customer’s that have known one of our owners, Mike, since he was born. Now THAT’s amazing! Thank you to all of our loyal and referring customers that have made us a successful landscape and irrigation company. We couldn’t have done it without you. We will continue to serve you for as long as you will patronize us.

Prepare Your Landscaping At Your Southwest Florida Home For Tropical Storm Issac

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 23, 2012

It appears that Southwest Florida will bear the brunt of Tropical Storm Issac by the end of this weekend. Whether we are hit directly or not, we will still have some pretty nasty weather coming our way.

NBC2 has great tips on preparing for a storm.

In addition to preparing your house and family to endure a storm, you should consider some housekeeping with your landscaping and outdoor elements to avoid damage to your plants and trees and property.

If you have large trees or palms take a close look to see if there are already loose branches or palm fronds that you could remove now. The high winds and rains are sure to tug them loose once Tropical Storm Issac gets closer. Falling limbs can cause damage to your roof, windows, screens, vehicles and more. Taking a little bit of time now will save you a lot of trouble over the weekend.

Do you have potted plants in containers. Start moving them into an area they will get less damage. Not only will it save you damage to the plant or tree, it will ensure that your beautiful pots don’t get damaged as well.

Do you have landscaping maintenance equipment stored outside? These would include but not limited to wheel barrels, hoses, shovels, rakes, lawn mowers, etc. Start clearing space out in your garage to house these tools.

If you live on salt water you will be affected by the salt spray. If you have plants along your seawall or edge of the property they may get damaged. The sod along this area too may incur damage as well. Once the storm calms down we recommend that you start adding fresh water from the garden hose to reduce the effects of the salt water.

Do you have an outdoor living area? You will need to consider moving in any items that could go airbourne during the storm like lawn furniture, fire pits, benches, pool toys, etc. You not only want to protect the outdoor furnishings but you want to avoid having any item launch unnecessarily into the air that could cause harm to your property or to a person.

The silver lining to this cloud is that a storm will reveal to the homeowner the areas of their landscaping that are weak or need improved
. Keep your eyes on the weather and start preparing your Southwest Florida Landscaping for Tropical Storm Issac.

How Will I Maintain My Lawn Sprinkler In Naples, Florida?

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 16, 2012

You are blessed enough to be a seasonal resident in Naples Florida. You have spent your snow bird days meticulously manicuring your lawn, updating your landscaping and getting your irrigation system fine tuned to maintain all of the labors of love.

Now, it’s time to go back up north for the summer. You have hopefully hired a trusted lawn and landscape company to maintain your assets while you are gone but have you thought about your lawn sprinkler system?

Most seasonal residents turn off their irrigation systems when they are ready to go back up north. This is soooooo bad for your sprinkler system.

The only lubrication an irrigation system receives is from the water running through the pipes, through the valves and out of the sprinkler heads. No water running means no lubrication. Guess what? When you return to your Naples paradise you may be in for some repairs to your lawn sprinklers due to the lack of operation.

Your timer to your lawn irrigation system should be set to run at least once a week. During the rainy seasons you will only need to have your system run through each zone for a couple of minutes. During the non-rainy seasons it should be set to run through each zone @ 15 minutes depending on the type of landscaping or lawn area you are covering and the type of sprinkler heads that are installed in the areas and current watering restrictions that are in place.

R & R Sprinkler and Landscape offers a variety of service contracts for your lawn irrigation system. We want your sprinklers to run adequately and efficiently throughout the year to maintain your yard, trees and shrubs.

Don’t you want your Naples property to look as beautiful when you return for this season as it did when you left last season. Less time spent on landscaping means more time spent playing golf, fishing or enjoying the gorgeous Florida beaches.

You wouldn’t leave a car sitting for months at a time without letting it run and you shouldn’t let your lawn sprinklers either. See how an irrigation maintenance contract from R & R Sprinkler and Landscape can benefit your Naples home today.