Weed management

Here in Gwinnett county Georgia  we have some really stubborn weeds. Using round up and weed be gone alone will not control some of our tuff weeds. However  there are a few steps you can do to control weeds and even keep them from coming up.

The first step would begin in mid February putting down you first application of pre emergent. Some may say this to early, however doing this early will control any early germinating weeds. This will be a sure start to a successful weed free lawn.

If weeds are still present your lawn you should use a selective post emergent herbicide to get rid of them first. You can do this when ever weeds are presently in the lawn. A pre – emergent only controls weeds that have not germinated yet.

The next step will be Laying your second application in early spring usually around mid to late march. If any weeds are present you can still use a post emergent. However if  you have a Bermuda lawn do not use a post emergent while the grass is starting to turn green .

Throughout the summer continue to monitor you lawn . The pre emergent should cover most of your weeds, though sometime stubborn ones can come up. Pulling these weeds up before they germinate can stop them from spreading.

Around late September  early October you can lay your fall application of pre emergent. This will control the winter weeds. If you have a problem with grassy weeds use a pre emergent that specifies it can control grassy weeds. Make sure to read any labels and warnings concerning toxicity and what it will not harm.

Here at Bright Water Landscaping we know that having a weed free lawn is important. However we also know it can be a very frustrating job. Let us take away that frustration. We can prepare your lawn and make it manageable again. Offering a wide variety of landscaping services around the metro Atlanta area.  Call today for a free estimate on the yard of your dreams

 

Hardy Shrubs To Plant In Georgia

There are many trees and shrubs to choose from when going through you local nurseries here Gwinnett county. To pick plants that are hardy here it is always best to go for the ones native to your area. Here in Georgia some of our native shrubs are:

 

Sweet Shrub
Calycanthus floridus

Bloom Time: Late spring mid summer

Color: red

Foliage: green

Size: 10ft tall and 5ft to 8ft wide

Exposure: Full sun to full shade

 

 

 

Witch Hazel
Hamamelis virginiana

Bloom Time: Late fall

Color: yellow

Foliage: green

Size: 15ft tall and 15 ft wide

Exposure: full sun to partial shade

 

 

 

 

Catawba Rosebay
Rhododendroncatawbiense

Bloom Time: mid spring

Color: pink and lavender

Foliage: green

Size: 6ft tall to 10ft equal width can get up to 20ft tall

Exposure: shade

 

 

 

These are just a few of the many native shrubs in Georgia. All there own unique beauty. Here Bright Water Landscaping we offer services from planting these beautiful shurbs to irrigation installation.  Call today  for a free estimate on any of you landscaping needs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drought tolerant plants

Here in Gwinnett county  many of us struggle with keeping our plants watered during the spring and summer. Using certain plants that are more drought tolerant will cut down on a lot of the worry and hassle. Some of the more drought tolerant plants are.

Lantana miss huff

Bloom Time – Late spring until frost

Color – Yellow, orange, pink

Foliage – Light green

Size – 3-5 ft. with equal spread. Size will vary with space for growth

Exposure – Full sun, some light shade

 

 

 

 

 

Echinaceae purple cone flower

Bloom Time – mid summer- until frost

Color- Purples, pinks, whites

Foliage – dark green

Size-1-3 ft tall 12 to 24 inches wide

Exposure – Full sun to part shade

 

 

Verbena

Bloom Time –  Summer

Color-  multi

Foliage- Green

Size- 12- 18 inches tall and wide

Exposure- Full sun to partial shade

 

 

 

 

Plants like these are native to Atlanta and have been handling our drought for years and years. Here at bright water landscaping, we not only can give you a beautiful garden but we can make it less stressful and easier to enjoy. Call today for a free estimate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water management

During a drought all plants suffer through a lot of stress here in Gwinnett if not watered properly. One of the main parts of a lawn and garden that is effected by a drought  is the grass. Trying to water your grass with hose end sprinklers and hand watering may keep it green but most of the time is very wasteful and even harmful to the grass.

There are ways of watering that can be more efficient and beneficial to you lawn. Hard to reach areas in your lawn can make watering very wasteful if sprinklers are  left unattended. Where as an underground sprinkler system can reach any areas needed to be watered using only the amount of water needed.

When watering your grass the amount of water used is very important. Having an underground sprinkler system also gives you the ability to know how much water is being used. No more wasting water second guessing if you have supplied you lawn with enough.

Having a green lawn comes from a consistent sufficient supply of water and nutrients. Having an under ground sprinkler system  takes away half of the job. The rest can be done by us. Here at bright water landscaping we know how important  having a beautiful lawn is and we would enjoy supplying you with everything you need to have one. From the design and installation to irrigation setup and maintenance to keep your lawn looking new. Offering services in the metro Atlanta area Call today for a free estimate.

Soil management

Soil management is very important for the health of your plants. Especially with the heat stress our plants go through here in Suwanee, GA. They rely on having deep roots to receive moisture during times of drought. Having healthy soil is key for that to happen.  Things like thatch, imbalanced PH levels, and soil texture can all negatively impact plants health.  Soils should be properly amended before plant. A soil test should be ran to figure out what the soil should be amended with.

The texture of the soil is very important when it comes to retention of nutrients and amount of water is able to be held.  Course textured soils like sand or fine rock do not hold moisture or nutrients very well. If you have course textured soils you plants are at risk of drying out during a time of drought. Where as a loamy soils can hold water and retain nutrients much better. Clay soils are not good root production, clay soils should be amended with the proper soil conditioners.

Things like soil management and amending are dirty jobs. Let bright water landscaping do the dirty work for you. Here we not only bring the knowledge but we a bring passion for making things beautiful. Offering wide variety of landscaping services in the metro atlanta area. Call today for a free estimate on the lawn of your dreams!

Grass selection in Gerogia

When choosing what grass to put in your yard you have many options to choose from. Some would think  choosing which grass  to plant in your yard is a simple choice. However in gwinnett county having as broad of a range of temperatures as we do, this decisions should be well thought out.

Here are some different  grasses that would work well in the gwinnett area in the summer.

Bermuda

Bermuda grass is a great choice for the warmer months. Its is very resistant to drought and can be planted in a variety of soils. If fertilized properly, Bermuda will make a lawn thick and green.

 

Centipede

Centipede is a low maintenance grass. It has thick needles like fescue. It is slow growing making mowing very infrequent. It is a warm season grass, there for does very well Gwinnett.

 

  St. Augustine grass.

St. Augustine has a large thick blade and makes for a lush green lawn. This grass will grow very aggressively in the proper climates. However this far north it can be difficult to grow. The further south you go into Georgia the easier it is to establish St. Augustine.

grasses That will grow well in the colder months in Georgia are.

 

Fescue.

Fescue is a very common grass, Doing well in sun and part shade, this is a great grass for back yards where trees block half the days sun. Fescue will need to be over seeded every few years.

 

 

Ryegrasses.

Ryegrasses have many good qualities. Some use this to establish new lawns and also to protect warm season grasses from the cold.

Having a beautiful lawn in gwinnett county may take a little thought, but at the end of the day it is well worth it. Looking out into your lawn and seeing nothing but a green landscape and beautiful blooming plants is an experience you must not miss. Bright Water Landscaping can make that happen for. Making lawns look beautiful for 20 years call today for a free estimate.

Zosia grass

Zosia grass, when established, makes a beautiful lawn. Certain varieties like Zeon Zosia are said to be cold tolerant all the way up to Chicago. However being a warm season grass, it does best in warmer climates. If in the right amount sun, Zosia grass will make a great choice for you lawn here in Gwinnett county.

Zosia originated in areas such as China and Japan. As a family, Zosia is a low grower that spreads slowly but aggressively, making it harder for weeds to compete with. It can tolerate high levels of heat, however does not like the cold. The further north you go the harder it is to grow.

Zosia is a full sun grass, though it can take more shade in the proper climates. In the south it is known to be more shade tolerant then up north, Still requiring at least 6 hours of sun. Once established this grass is very low maintenance. Its thick lower growth makes it harder for weeds to grow and easy to maintain its height. Zosia is also known to  tolerate salt spray just as well as  St. Augustine . Making this a great choice for  lawns near the coast. Zosia can also handle a lot of wear and tear making, it another great choice for athletic fields and golf courses.

Once you have decide to plant zosia grass in your lawn, there will be a few things to make sure of before finalizing your decision. First what type Zosia would you prefer to have?  Zosia comes in many varieties some being fine textured and some course.

Is you lawn in a full sun area or do you need a more shade tolerent variety? Most varieties prefer to be in full sun, however there are options for planting Zosia in light shade, if in the right climate. The furthur south you go the more shade tolerance Zosia will have.

How would you like to grow this grass? You can plant Zosia by sprigs, plugs, sod and certain varieties can now be grown from seed. Planting with sprigs or plugs can take up two years to get established. Seed  can reach establishment in as little as five months. The quickest way to have an established zosia lawn would be sod.

These are all various things that should be considered before choosing which variety to put in you lawn.  Which ever variety you choose, zosia will be sure to impress. Here at bright water landscaping we look forward to creating beautiful landscapes. Weather it be planting your Zosia grass or maintaining its lush green look. Call today for a free estimate on any of your landscaping needs.

Laying sod

Sod is turf that has been grown from seed by a farmer and then sliced under a thin layer of soil. After it is cut farmers will either  stack or roll the sod and then sell it. Installing  the sod as quickly as possible is recommended. If for some reason you need to wait a few days before laying the sod, put the pieces in a single layer in as much shade as possible. Monitor the moisture level, do not let the sod dry out, keep it evenly moist until planting. With the heat we have in Gwinnett this could be more then once a day depending on the temperature.

Proper preparation for laying sod is very important. When starting to prepare you lawn, clear away any old grass, weeds, rocks ect.  The area you are planting in should be completely cleared out of all debris. Have the level of the soil about 3/4 of an inch  below any walk ways or curbs to insure thicker grass.

Before laying the sod a starter fertilizer should be  used. Spread the fertalizer at the recommended rate provided on the bag. Work the fertilizer in with a rake. If your anywhere close to Suwanee  in the middle of the summer, chances are the soil will be dry, moisten is slightly before installation.

Finally the installation of the sod. When laying the sod make sure all of the pieces are as close a possible without any overlapping. Over lapping will make it more difficult for the sod to root. When you run into a spot where a piece will not fit, cut the piece to fit the side. Keep what ever does not fit to the side, do not discard, you may be able to use this further into the project. Directly after the sod is laid you should begin watering it. For the first  two weeks keep an eye on your turf, do not allow it to dry out during this time. Water at a depth of 1″. Also when your sod is first laid it will probably be different colors. Do not be alarmed this is usually because of the way it was stored before installation.

Everyone wants a lush green lawn but planting and caring for those plants can be a lot of work. That’s where we come in. Let bright water landscaping be your go to guys for any of you landscaping needs. From laying sod to doing the work to maintain its beauty.  Call today for a free estimate.

Groundcovers

Almost every garden has that bare ugly spot where nothing seems to grow well. Maybe the area dose not get enough sun. The soil maybe course and hard for plants to grow in. Maybe it’s on an incline where to much wind and water run off make the area unlivable for everyday plants.

What ever the case may be these are obstacles we all run into somewhere in our lawn and garden. The problem may very but the answers are all the same. Cover the area with flowing vibrant green ground covers.

Ground covers are easy to grow and are visually appealing, they cover empty areas, and lowers maintenance needs. Ground covers can make a boring, empty area into a beautiful focal point. These plants can cover up bare spots under trees and can be used to transition spaces along pathways. They also provide a beautiful show of flowers as the seasons change.

Ground covers are a very inexpensive, quick way to deal with challenging areas. They provide the same functionality mulch does at a fraction of the price. Fall is the best time to plant ground covers, giving roots a chance to become established before the heat of the summer puts added stress on them. before you decide which ground cover to choose from, here are some tips to help you make you decision.

Don’t go after the first variety that catches your attention. Figure out what type of conditions the plant will be in. Then find one that will grow well in that type of area. Most ground covers are very versatile. Some prefer sun, while others thrive only in shade. Some prefer dry locations. Others require moist soil.

Have a soil test done. Find out if you soil in course or fine? Is there clay that needs to be amended? The test will also tell you the ph level of the soil. Most plants take in nutrients best at a slightly acidic ph level. To make your ph level more acidic add sulfur to make it more alkine add lime.

As easy as they are to grow groundcovers still require some care. Proper fertilization, weed prevention, and water will still need to be done. More care will be needed when they are first planted and more sparingly after they are established.

There are many different options when it comes to using ground covers in you problems areas. To insure the job is done right call bright water landscaping today . We insure to assess  each problem individually, and provide the solution to solve it. Covering the metro Atlanta  and Gwinnett areas call today for a free estimate.

Water Features

Adding a water feature to you landscape can completely change the feel  of your outdoor area. Turning your lifeless outdoor space into an area you can relax and entertain in.  Anything from adding a small fountain on the deck, to transforming your outdoor living space into a tropical paradise.  Any of the many different types of water features can really  put the finishing touch on you landscape.

Anyone can benefit from having a water feature in their landscape. Just by adding a small fountain you can attract many different types of wild life to the area. Having a calm sound of flowing water to  relax to can make any area a quick get away at the shut of an eye. Giving any area a boost of curb appeal is always a plus. Adding things like ponds or stone fountains can increase your property value  if you are ever plan to sell.

When adding a pond there are certain plants can be used to help clean the water. Plants like elodea and fanwort provide oxygen for the water. They also take in any excess nutrients from fish waste.  Water lilies are gorgeous and benefit the pond by take up nutrients from the water keeping the natural cycle of nitrogen flowing. If you have fish in you pond plants the cover the surface like water lilies will provide  shade from the hot afternoon sun.

As you can see there are many benefits from adding water features to your home. The first step is making the decision to have the outdoor space you have always dreamed of.  The second step is finding the right people to do the work. Here at bright water landscaping  we look forward to making that happen. Providing service around the gwinnett and meatro atlanta area for all your landscaping needs. Call now for a free estimate.