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My Dog Is Destroying My Fort Myers Yard!

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 14, 2012

We all love fido. He’s our best friend. He provides unconditional love. He’s a member of our family. He also can destroy our yard!

There are two main ways we can identify with as areas that your dog can damage or destroy your Fort Myers yard.

1. Digging
2. Urinating

DIGGING
A digging dog may be bored. Perhaps they need more attention from you. A good walk or some back yard play time may be good for both of you.

A digging dog can also be hiding his valued treasures such as toys or bones in which case we would recommend you not let him take these items into the yard. Perhaps they will be content to just hide them in the couch instead.

A digging dog may also be a phase of their life because they are young. Obedience training and lots of patience will help Fido get past these days. Usually a dog will out grow this by the age of 3 (you hope!).

URINATING
Some dogs are such creatures of habit that they will urinate in the same spot over and over and over again. Moderate urination will actually help the grass by fertilizing it. Over urination in one spot will damage the grass due to the high concentrations of nitrogen.

If your dog has the habit of using the potty in the same spot perhaps you’ll need to follow closely behind them to shuffle them to a different area of your Fort Myers yard. Encourage them to use the whole yard instead of a few choice spots. There are even some over the counter sprays at local pet stores that will help discourage them from using a certain area.

If they just refuse to use another area of your Fort Myers yard then pull the garden hose out and water the area down frequently to dilute the effects of the urine.

If you need us to renovate your landscaping or replace some sod let us know. Just remember, Fido loves you. Don’t let a few holes or yellowed spots in your yard alter your affection for him.

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.

Add A Retaining Wall To Your Landscape

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 2, 2012

RETAINING WALLS

R & R Sprinkler and Landscape has the ability to create engineered retaining walls that are beautiful and functional. We proudly use Anchor Wall Systems. They are free standing, decorative and durable, capable of handling heavy loads. We use the Anchor Wall System retaining wall materials because they do not require the use of mortar. This means there is no permit required. There is no need to get an architect or an engineer involved in the project because the company has spent years of research and development to have their products pre-engineered. That means lower project costs for you.

Retaining walls have the benefit of:

Stabilizing the ground and stopping soil erosion
Adding beauty and value to your property
Increases the size of your outdoor living space
Will protect landscaping in a raised island
Materials for a retaining wall purchased from a typical supplier have height restrictions of 2′. We can construct our retaining walls to any height you need. We create large and small concepts for retaining wall additions. Consider adding a small raised landscape island surrounded by a decorative retaining wall as a focal point in your outdoor environment or something as large as a complete outdoor living area extended off your pool deck.

We use a computer aided drafting system so that you will be able to visualize what your new addition will look like before construction begins. Contact our knowledgeable staff today for more information on how a retaining wall can add beauty, value, style and function to your property today.

Creating a Garden Focal Point

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 9, 2012

A garden focal point is a unique visual element that draws attention to the eye. The combination of garden focal points and accessories create an outdoor area that is pleasant and invites people to spend time there. A small garden should only have 1 main focal point with 2-3 accessories while a larger garden can handle more.

Garden focal points include but are not limited to the following:
1. Fire pits, fire places and outdoor cooking areas
2. Water features, water falls and ponds
3. Statues and sculptures
4. Bird houses and bird baths
5. Outdoor benches or an outdoor seating area
6. A structure like a gazebo, shed, pergola or trellis
7. Outdoor wall art
8. A large hanging pot or collection of hanging pots
9. A tree or group of foliage this is a contrasting color from the rest of the environment
10. Garden gates

There no hard rule for creating garden focal points. Be creative but don’t be over bearing. You want to create a place of serenity, not confusion. R & R Sprinkler and Landscape will be happy to help you design an outdoor area you long to spend time in. With our free design services you will be able to visualize what your outdoor space will look like before it’s constructed.

How Often Should I Water My New Sod?

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On June 29, 2012

Installing new sod is a pretty substantial financial investment in your property. To ensure it roots correctly and lasts a long time we recommend you water it twice a day for the first 3 weeks. The length of time you will water will vary by the type of irrigation system and/or irrigation heads you are using. If you need help setting your timer with the right watering schedules and times please contact us.

Try to water in the hours with less sunlight, like early morning or late evening. More water will make it to the new sod by doing this. Watering during the day causes a lot of the water to evaporate before it has a chance to be effective. Be sure to keep your sod permit handy in case your city or county officials try to enforce current watering restrictions. You are usually allowed unlimited watering for the first 30 days after a new sod installment.

The best way to ensure your new sod is getting the right amount of water is to have an automatic irrigation system in place that has a programmable timer. We install new irrigation systems for both residential and commercial properties. We also service all models of existing sprinkler system.

Cleaning Up Your Lawn and Landscaping After Tropical Storm Debby

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On June 26, 2012

While the Southwest Florida area needed some moisture, we got way more then we asked for with the entrance of Tropical Store Debby. Even at The Burroughs Home in downtown Fort Myers today I noticed the water was over the seawall.

The long term effects of Debby are appreciated, filling up our lakes, retention ponds, wells and aquafiers. However, there are some immediate negative effects on our grass and landscaping with the sudden insurgence of winds and rain. Heavy winds and rain damage landscaping, wash away mulch and fertilizer and can even erode soil.

Here are some issues you may need to deal with in the re-cooperation efforts from Tropical Debby:

1. It’s likely that your delicate plants may have gotten damaged with the heavy winds and rains we’ve received in the last several days. As soon as it is done raining you need to quickly prune these plants to allow for recovery.

2. Mulch has washed away. You may be able to rake and replace some of the wayward mulch. Your best bet is to re-mulch once the rains stops. If your mulch floats easily you may want to consider using a heavier mulch or switching to some sort of rock.

3. Consider holding off on fertilizing your grass and landscaping until after the rainy season subsides. Fertilizing during a storm season is often a waste of time, money and resources. Most the fertilizer will wash away which means it had no benefit for your property. On top of that, the fertilizer easily enters our ground water system.

4. Help your landscaping dry out faster by pulling mulch away from trees, bushes and plants. Mulch serves two purposes; it’s decorative and it helps keep hold moisture. We just got a ton of rain so holding moisture for starving plants won’t be an issue for many days.

Did you get some damage to your landscaping and need some clean up and replacement plants and trees
? R & R Sprinkler and Landscape is a full service landscaping company. We can also help replenish your washed away mulch or can give you options on another materials for your beds and islands. We have years of experience to assist you.

Curb Appeal for Your Southwest Florida Property

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

There are some simple and inexpensive ways to maintain the curb appeal of your Southwest Florida Home.

1. BE CLEAN
Keep your grass mowed. Clean up fallen tree branches and palm fronds. Keep pine cones, pine needles and fallen flowers and debris consolidated and picked up.

2. BE NEAT
Keep your trees and shrubs neatly trimmed. Keep your flower beds and landscape island edged. Noting is worse then a row of edges blocking the window of a home. It blocks light into the house, it block the view out of the house and it looks unkept.

3. ADD COLOR
What a difference adding a little pop of color makes to the front of a house. Small, seasonal plants such as impatients, pansies or mums make a big impact with just a little bit of output.

4. KEEP MULCH FRESH
Flower beds with mulch fade in the Florida climate. Throw some fresh mulch in your flower beds and landscape island for a renewed look to your property.

5. GET RID OF THE WEEDS
A house with weeds screams “unkept home” or “abandoned house”. If you are like most of us, you don’t have time to spend hours to pull weeds from your yard and landscape. You can purchase a sprayer and some weed killer from your local garden center. Take a walk around your house once a week to spray the weeds. You’ll kill your weeds and get some exercise in the process.

6. KEEP YOUR GRASS GREEN
This is often easier said then done with dry seasons and water restrictions. However, installing an automatic irrigation system is a step in the right direction. Once you have a sprinkler system installed you must be meticulous in keeping the sprinkler heads accurately adjusted to get the best coverage of your grass and landscaping. An irrigation maintenance contract is a wise investment if you are not fond of the mechanical aspects of maintaining an irrigation system.

The Fort Myers Landscape Installation Process

Posted by Mike On February 1, 2012

The Fort Myers Landscape Installation Process

This is the ninth installment of 11 Things You Need to Know Before Hiring a Landscaping Company which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.

You’re finally there! You’ve hired a professional landscaper, researched their credentials and portfolio, asked lots of questions and chosen your final landscaping plan. After the final review of bids and warranties, you’re confident about moving forward with your chosen provider. It’s time for the Fort Myers landscape installation process to begin.

This is the fun part! Your landscaper, knowing both your personal preferences and optimal growing conditions of your area, will begin to transform your yard. Depending on the Fort Myers landscape you’ve chosen, the installation process and timeline will vary. However, in general, the process will be as follows:

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Do You Really Need a Landscaping Warranty When Working With a Naples Landscaper?

This is the eighth installment of 11 Things You Need to Know Before Hiring a Landscaping Company which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.

A couple months ago, your landscaper planted a lush ficus hedge along the side of your yard. It looked great for a week or so. Now it’s brittle and dry. Who’s to blame?

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When Reviewing Cape Coral Landscaper’s Bids Don’t Compare Apples to Orange Trees

This is the seventh installment of 11 Things You Need to Know Before Hiring a Landscaping Company which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.

Always have your Cape Coral landscaper make a personal visit to your property for a visual inspection. Walk through the yard with them, and point out areas that concern you. This is the perfect time to repeat your needs and wish list. Make sure that you’re both on the same page. This helps your landscaper give you the most accurate bid. If you’re interviewing multiple landscapers and aren’t specific enough during this walk through, you won’t be comparing apples to apples. What else should you expect?

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