Mulch Triumphs Again

In an effort to reduce weed problems at a large residential account that had a limited materials budget we got a tree trimmer to deliver over 80 yards of eucalyptus tree grindings for us to use as mulch. The tree trimmer was happy to have a place to dump his grindings for free and we ended up with beds that were virtually weed free. As a bonus, eucalyptus oil repels fleas so we eliminated a nasty pest problem. We started off with a layer 4 inches thick. After frequent irrigations it compacted to about 2 inches. We now add one or two inches every year.

M.R.
Shamrock Landscape Maintenance
San Diego, CA

 

LOST THEN FOUND

A number of years ago we converted a large turf area from standard 15′ radius pop-ups to pop-up stream rotors spaced 30′ apart. A short time ago the property was sold and the new owner wanted some extensive re-landscaping which involved the elimination of many lawn areas. Finding the capped off fittings in order to install shrub heads was easy because we capped them with a short PVC nipple and a galvanized cap. We found them by using a metal detector. (The pay off in found coins was fun too!)
J.S.
John’s Lawns
El Cajon, CA

 

SLICK DOES THE TRICK

After refilling your line trimmer spool, spray the line with a silicone based lubricant. This stops the line from “melting” at the brass fitting through which it passes on the trimmer head. It also prevents the self feeding mechanism from binding.
J.T.
The Gardening Company
Scripps Ranch, CA