We have created a learning center to share with you information that is helpful in creating and keeping a beautiful outdoor room, your yard. Periodically we will add information to this page to keep you educated on topics ranging from how to care for your hardscape to dealing with pests on your plants. If you would like to know about a topic that is not yet in the learning center or need help with a specific problem fill out our contact form and someone with get back with you. Or just pick up the phone and give us a call 231.922-0087.
MAINTAINING HARD SURFACES
Keeping a wooden deck clean isn’t only for aesthetics; it can help you avoid costly maintenance down the road. Clean tree debris such as leaves, twigs and seeds from the deck frequently as these items can cause stains. These stains may become permanent or require extraordinary effort to remove.
INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM)
IPM uses a variety of methods to reduce the risk associated with chemicals to people and the environment while managing pests.
Eliminating all insect pests isn’t practical; “flawless”lawns and landscapes are expensive, impossible to sustain, and detrimental to the environment. Most people know that pesticides can be harmful to people and the environment; few realize that the overuse of pesticides can also cause or intensify plant problems!
Automatic irrigation systems can provide turf and plant areas with consistent watering throughout the growing season. While TruNorth can provide irrigation maintenance to suit our needs, you may find the following information helpful.
LANDSCAPE LIGHTING SYSTEM
Outdoor lighting enhances the natural beauty of your property while also providing added security. There are two types of outdoor lighting, Low Voltage and Line Voltage. Your project may have either low voltage, line voltage or both dependant on the specific requirements and goals for your site.
LAWNS AND TURF
A new lawn, regardless of being seed or sod, should be mowed as soon as it reaches regular mowing height. The mower blade should be sharp; a dull blade might rip the seedling out of the soil. After the turf is established, regular weekly mowing during the growing season is the main task in maintaining a lawn. During extremely hot conditions, when no growth occurs, mowing is not necessary.
PERENNIALS, GROUNDCOVERS, AND ANNUALS
After your perennials are first installed it may look as though your perennials are planted too far apart. Keep in mind that this extra room allows space for them to grown into their mature state without crowding.
TREES AND SHRUBS
TruNorth uses standard horticultural practices for the proper transportation, preparation and installation of all plant material. All of the trees and shrubs installed on your site are transplanted from a nursery. Transplanted, regardless of how carefully performed, results in the destruction of a large portion of the absorbing root area. As the above ground part of a plant is a direct result of its roots, transplanting can set back a plant for a few seasons while it acclimates to its new environment.
Water is essential for the health, vigor, and appearance of all plants. During the spring we generally receive a sufficient amount of moisture. Mid-summer is probably the most critical transitional period because moisture levels can drop quickly and soil moisture availability becomes hard for roots to find. Moisture levels will drop quicker when conditions are hot and windy.
WILDFLOWERS AND PRAIRIES
Prairie seeds will often germinate over a period of two to three years. Some will appear the first year, while others will come up in the second and even third year after the initial planting. Most perennial prairie flowers and grasses will not flower until their third or fourth full growing season. Patience is required when establishing a prairie.