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Landscaping, Irrigation, and More

R & R Sprinkler & Lanscape, Inc. of Cape Coral, Florida Blog

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.

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.

Did Tropical Storm Debbie Burn Your Lawn?

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 8, 2012

Can you believe it’s already been a month since we felt the impact of tropical storm Debbie? We’ve been flooded with calls about dying grass. We are not surprised to find that most of the complaints are from customers that live along the salt water.

Not only did we see the levels of our canals rise over the sea walls and saturate our lawns but Tropical Storm Debbie was also accompanied by high winds. High winds tossed all of that salt water over our houses, landscaping and yards. The areas that got misted with the salt water will most likely recover quickly with the natural drying out process and fresh water rains our Southwest Florida climate affords to us in the summertime.

The areas along the sea walls and near the water’s edge may or may not be as lucky. Too much water on a yard is as dangerous as too little. Too much salty water on a lawn is disasterous. The salt burns the grass. If you notice you have brown spots or your grass is dying where you know there was storm surge, flooding or water sitting that was salty your best course of action is to soak it with fresh water. Fortunatley for Southwest Florida we have had a lot of afternoon storms to help wash away the saltiness that Tropical Storm Debbie brought us.

If this doesn’t appear to be working you may consider adding a little bit of fresh water garden hose time to the area, you may need to fertilize the area (moderately), you may need to re-seed the area or you may even need to consider re-sodding the area. If you live in an area prone to surges of salt water you may want to consider adding a rock bed, mulch bed, an area of pavers or maybe even a retention wall in lieu of replacing sod. R & R Sprinkler and Landscape can send our experienced staff to advise you of your best course of action.

Above all else remember, lawn technicians, landscapers and sprinkler system companies have no control over the weather. If you were the unfortunate one that sodded a yard or planted new landscaping along an area adjacent to salt water just before Tropical Storm Debbie – be kind. Any good business owner will help you the best they can but they cannot warranty items caused by Mother Nature flexing her muscles.