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How to Grow Boxwood Shrubs

Boxwood is an evergreen plant that grows in small, dense hedges. It doesn’t flower noticeably, but its rich green color makes it good for foliage cover. They work well for borders or near entryways. However, it’s a slow-growing plant, so don’t expect it to be impressive overnight.

A Few Boxwood Facts


As with all plants, be sure you’re placing your boxwood shrubs well. Boxwood typically does best in partial or full sun, so don’t plant it on the shady side of a house. Boxwood shrubs prefer well-drained soil, although it’s not very picky about pH. In very hot climates, try to plant your shrubs so they’ll receive some shade during the heat of the day, and do your best to water them semi-regularly so they don’t wilt. Try to remember your climate will impact the health of your boxwood.

Boxwood is generally hardy, but it has a few pests to watch out for. The most notable is the boxwood leaf miner, which causes the leaves to turn yellow. You can spray the leaves with insecticide to kill the plant, or try for an organic option such as neem oil.

You may also notice phytophthora root rot, a fungal infection. The fungus kills the roots, so the plant has a harder time taking in moisture and nutrients, and eventually begins to die back. To prevent this, make sure you’re not overwatering your boxwood shrubs, and ensure the soil is draining well.

Winter bronzing is a phenomenon where a boxwood’s leaves turn orange in the cold. This isn’t fatal to the plant, but many gardeners find it unpleasant to have. Winter bronzing is often caused by wind exposure.

To avoid winter bronzing, try to plant your boxwood shrubs such that they’re sheltered from freezing winter winds. If your ground isn’t frozen, give your shrubs a deep watering, especially if you live in a region with dry winters. You may also consider using a slow-release fertilizer in spring and fall. If your boxwoods are still bronzing, try spraying the leaves with an anti-desiccant, to keep their moisture in.

Though it takes dedication to reach its full potential, boxwood is a beautiful foliage plant that’s a staple of many gardens. If you plan to install boxwood shrubs around your home, get in touch with us and we’ll walk you through the process. Contact us at DK Landscaping for more gardening tips and advice.

Time To Mulch

There are various kinds of organic mulches used in garden maintenance.  They act as fertilizers giving your soil the nutrients and conditions needed for sustainable growth. The State of California has policies in place that govern the production of mulch.  Take a look at the various kinds of mulches that are highly recommended:

Types Of Mulches

Newspaper is becoming more widespread as mulch.  Shredded newspaper has been used to maintain a damp environment for plants during shipping. This technique has been used on land as well. The way this all works is because layers of newspaper have excellent water retaining capabilities.  They also help to control weeds and manage soil temperatures. This is an excellent benefit.

Shredded Leaves can be utilized as mulch any and everywhere in your garden.  This is one of the most natural forms of mulch. Many gardens have flourished by using this technique.

Grass Clippings is used in the isolated areas of your garden where you want to restrain weeds.  Grass clippings also are prone to mass down the water causing it not to pass through.

As part of your gardening maintenance plan you should utilize a mulching mower and leave back the clippings on the lawn to supply added fertility to your soil.  Nonetheless, if you place your grass clippings in bags do not discard of them, unless you have utilized weed killer or some other pesticide on your lawn. You should also know that synthetic lawn care items can be harmful to some flowers, so you may not want to use them in your garden.  Grass clippings that are not treated should be placed in your compost bin or utilize as mulch for open areas are not yet planted.

Some gardeners hate to see leaves in their garden, and that’s a fact.  Leaves really aren’t suitable for a formal garden.  But if you cover your garden with the leaf mulch it tend to fusion into the garden in no time. This way you can still have the beauty of your garden untarnished while giving it the advantages of having mulch added.

During rainy times, unshredded leaves may mass together and fight off the water. If the leaves are too wet to shred, they can still be used. If you are considering implementing this gardening improvement technique then seek an expert gardening service. Contact us the gardening experts for more sound advice and gardening maintenance.

How to Transplant Shrubs in Summer

The best times of year to transplant trees and shrubs are spring and fall; however, certain situations may make it necessary to move your plants outside of those seasons. For example, you may want to take your shrubs with you if you are moving or you may have to move the plant because of the weather.

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If you find it necessary to move a plant during the warmest part of the year, you will need to take certain steps to ensure its health. Here are some tips on how to move shrubs in the summer without harming them:

  1. Choose the Right Location
    Transplantation represents a dramatic change and a plant will have to adapt to its new environment slowly in order to survive. This means that you will have to keep factors like sunlight, soil drainage and soil pH in mind when choosing a new location.
  2. Dig an Appropriate Hole
    You will need to dig a hole that is approximately twice as large as the shrub’s root system. The additional space allows the roots to grow into the new site comfortably.
  3. Carefully Remove the Shrub
    Work carefully to avoid damaging the root system when uprooting shrubs. You will want to take as much of it as you can. You will also want to move some of the soil from the old location to the new one. You can place larger shrubs on a tarp and drag them to the new location along with some of the soil.
  4. Add Adequate Water to the New Hole
    You will want to wet the hole thoroughly before placing the shrub into it but avoid oversaturating it as this can cause the shrub’s roots to rot.
  5. Place Shrub in the New Hole
    Along with the shrub, place some of the soil from the old location into the hole as well as some potting soil. Pat the soil down around the base to ensure that the shrub stays upright. You can add watering stakes to the ground so that the shrub can water at root level but this is not essential. Be careful to avoid damage to the roots when installing the watering stakes.

The quality of your landscaping plays a major role in your ability to enjoy your yard and in your property value. If you need help with moving shrubs or with any other aspect of landscape maintenance, contact us today. Our experienced landscaping crews know how to move your shrubs and trees quickly and without damaging them.

Plant Trees and Shrubs That Add Interest to a Garden in Winter

Tons of homeowners run down to their local nursery to pick up shrubs and small trees for their garden design. You can actually find some great deals by purchasing cold-hardy plants, shrubs and trees out of season, so to speak, prior to the thermometer dropping in September and October.

The problem is that these same homeowners don’t exactly know what to do with their cold-hardy plants and shrubs or whether they can set to work planting them in late fall and early winter or if they have to wait until the weather warms up in spring to put on their gardener’s hat.

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How to Deal with Cold-Hardy Trees, Plants and Shrubs

What you may not know is that a variety of shrubs, plants, perennials, and trees can survive and even thrive in – what the USDA terms – the coldest planting zones in the country.

So, the question no doubt on the minds of everyone in these more frigid hardiness zones is whether to keep your trees and shrubs in pots throughout the cooler months or whether you can get started in late fall.

The answer’s that you can choose to do either, but you can definitely set to work right now, start planting in the late fall, and beautify your garden and outdoor decor throughout the winter and into the verdant spring months. Evergreen shrubs and hawthorn are two popular options.

What you still want to do, though, is manage your expectations and perhaps set your sights lower than a veritable Garden of Eden springing up in the crisp winter months. Here’s how to get started:

  • Follow Nature’s Lead

You would be very hard-pressed to find potted plants, much less artificial ones, growing wild out in nature.

Taken that to its logical extension, your plants and shrubs will typically be healthier and happier by being put into the ground than staying in a plastic pot in your garage throughout the winter season.

  • What Should I Plant?

Evergreen garden shrubs are but one example of resilient shrubs that can really add another dimension to your garden and front lawn during the winter without causing too much heartache in terms of worry or added energy you have to expend to make it happen.

Both conifer trees and evergreen shrubs can make it through winter in one piece, and the needle-leaf style of evergreen shrubs are normally considered more robust in cold-hardy climates.

Yew and Juniper are two kinds of evergreen garden shrubs that are resilient, tolerant to cold temperatures and drought conditions, yet really benefit from developing their root networks early in the fall (if you’re thinking about planting these early) as opposed to waiting until early-to-mid spring.

Deciduous trees like the Japanese Maple, eucalyptus, birch or hawthorn tree can even demonstrate fruit growth in the winter, which really adds a splash of color and interesting contrast against the icicles and powdery, white winter snow.

  • Going About It the Right Way

Year-round plants, shrubs and trees don’t actually need the extra shot in the arm that less hardy flora might.

There’s no need to use a crazy amount of fertilizer or growth agents in the late fall to get the most out of these trees and shrubs throughout the winter.

Still, realize that many of these flora grow upwards and their root networks are delicate at this early stage. Try not to move around or prune these shrubs early in their development.

Much and a little water in the fall are probably all these plants need to avoid desiccation and thrive for you year-round. Contact us today for more tips or help in getting started.

Plant Maintenance : Sprinkler Systems, Irrigation Controllers

A home plant maintenance system might just be the most worthwhile outdoor home improvement project going today. An automated sprinkler system – brought under your control with an irrigation controller – beautifies your entire lawn and garden and makes having guests over a pleasure instead of something to fret over.

Irrigation systems are designed to efficiently deliver water straight to your roots without squandering water and overwatering, which can cause its own set of problems. You really want to avoid overwatering since waterlogged soil precludes your roots from absorbing oxygen and really flourishing.

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How Homeowners Benefit By Automating Their Irrigation

Without a home automated sprinkler system or drip irrigation system loaded with sensors and brought under your control with an irrigation controller, it can be difficult to determine what exactly the right amount of water for your lawn and garden.

An automated system with controllers and sensors, in short, allows you to have greater peace of mind and save potentially hundreds of hours every year on watering and manual maintenance that could otherwise be automated and strictly measured with Smart controllers and sensors.

  • Irrigation Controllers For Your Home

Automated sprinkler systems outfitted with an irrigation controller and sensors to detect soil, water and weather conditions greatly benefit homeowners and business owners alike. You may have heard irrigation controllers called “irrigation timers,” and that’s because these controllers can kickstart your automated sprinkler system at just the right time, every time.

An irrigation controller works with automated sprinkler systems as well as more traditional drip irrigation systems.

The reason homeowners are increasingly choosing to use irrigation controllers in their lawns and gardens is because they want to have the autonomy to set the exact starting time of watering cycles and alter the frequency and duration of daily irrigation based around their needs and changing seasons.

Every home is different and has different irrigation needs: You may have a home in an arid area that needs longer and more frequent home irrigation or a home in a temperate climate that gets plenty of rain and sunshine.

You might also have a larger lawn or garden with flowers, plants, and vegetables that would do well with a little bit of water throughout the day. Irrigation controllers let you have that control and deliver just the right amount of nourishment that your home, lawn and garden need.

  • Get It Just Right With Sensors Too

Imagine this scenario: You have your automated home sprinkler system installed, you’re feeling good about your lawn, garden and the shrubs in front of your home, and you even have an irrigation controller setup that allows you to control the duration, time and frequency of your daily watering regimen.

Things are looking good…but can you improve things further? Can you virtually eliminate the possibility of overwatering?

The answer’s yes you can: automated sprinkler systems that use both sensors and irrigation controllers allow you the most control. How? Irrigation controllers essentially set the basic framework that you and your landscape maintenance company have determined is the best for your home’s or workplace’s lawn.

Controllers then fine-tune the process by giving your real-time rain and weather information that can tell your automated system to deliver more water (e.g., in drought-like conditions) or less water when your lawn is in danger of being overwatered. As we discussed above, overwatering can be just as detrimental as underwatering.

An automated sprinkler system or drip irrigation system with an irrigation control and sensors gives you more options, virtually eliminates the chances of over/underwatering, and allows you to efficiently bring the best out of your lawn, garden, home and workplace. Contact us for more lawn care tips.

Use a Weed Eater and Get Rid of Pesky Shrubbery

If your property is saddled with unsightly shrubs that just keep getting in the way of the rest of your landscaping or even your walkways, the solution is our weed eater service. Shrubbery has a tendency to overgrow in every which way, causing all sorts of havoc. This is a common problem that can be cleared up by our weed maintenance team.

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Do Yourself a Favor and Ally With the Weed Control Experts

Unruly shrubbery has the potential to ruin an otherwise beautiful yard. The weed control aficionados here at DK Landscaping know all the nuances about weed control products and weed control strategies. We will prevent wayward shrubs and weeds from overflowing onto surrounding components of your landscape. If you have any questions as to what the best way is to manage those pesky shrubs, do not hesitate to reach out to our experts. We know the ins and outs of weed control products as well as weed eating machines. Allying with our team has the potential to save you plenty of time, money and heartache.

Don’t Torture Yourself Attempting to Manage Shrubs by Hand

DK Landscaping has all the equipment that is necessary to get rid of those unruly shrubs once and for all. Too many homeowners make the mistake of trying to manage shrubs and weeds by hand. This is a waste of time and effort. You can trust our team to use our state of the art weed eaters to put an end to your shrub problem. It is a quite an easy solution compared to attempting to find a product that will keep those shrubs under control or using your hands to remedy the issue.

Our Weed Eater Equipment

DK Landscaping refuses to use anything but the highest quality metal blade edgers to trim shrubs and other aspects of customer lawns. This style of cut allows for superior precision and control to generate the cleanest possible cut. It is a stark contrast from our competitors who use string edgers that create wavy edges and ugly wide gaps. Such wavy edges and gaps look terrible and allow for conditions in which weeds and shrubs grow in all directions. You can rely on our shrubbery and weed experts to use our weed eaters with great care. Our team is well aware of the fact that these powerful machines move at speeds topping 4,000 revolutions per minute.

Shrub Beds are Quite Sensitive

There is absolutely no point in attempting a do it yourself (DIY) style shrub maintenance job in which you pluck shrubs/weeds out of the ground. Hand weeding actually leaves the roots intact so those annoying weeds and shrubs will keep on growing right back. Furthermore, using a low quality weed fabric will allow weeds to break through. Even attempting a DIY mulch job has the potential to exacerbate your shrub and weed problem. If you do not select the proper type of mulch, it will affect the soil’s warmth and consequently impact the growth rate of your shrubs.

DK Landscaping is Here to Help

You are not alone in your battle with these disorderly shrubs. When you ally with DK Landscaping to eliminate those pesky shrubs, you will no longer feel disappointed and annoyed when you look at your property’s landscaping. Our weed eaters will get right down to the core of the problem so you don’t have to invest one more second in shrub management. Reach out to DK Landscaping today to schedule a consultation and/or an appointment. We’ll discuss our services in-depth with you and provide a quote. Contact us today by dialing 707-280-3632.

Boys and Girls Club

DK Landscaping received a call from the Rotary Club called asking if we were interested in assisting them with selecting the proper mulch for the Boys and Girls Club of Rohnert Park’s vegetable garden.  Kathy Lee then met with the club’s director, Micki Jones.

While meeting with Micki Jones, Kathy looked around noticed everything was overgrown and looked like a jungle. Upon learning that no one was caring for their landscape due the City of Rohnert Park’s budget cuts, Kathy asked if DK Landscaping can be a corporate sponsor and donate our services.

DK Landscaping is now a proud corporate sponsor and official landscaper of the Boys and Girls Club of Rohnert Park.  We donated 20 man hours and cleaned up their jungle.  We also spread a bunch of mulch on their flower beds.  We are performing maintenance on a weekly basis– 100% donated.

We are also donating an additional $25 to the club with each new maintenance account that we sign up.  The minimum we will donate for 2012 is $500 regardless of how many new maintenance accounts we get.  If the amount is more than $500 they will get the larger amount.

Cotati Police K-9 Dog Fundraiser

The Cotati Police department’s newest police K-9 is Koda, a 2 ½ year old German Shepherd from the Czech Republic. Koda was acquired by the police department in October 2008 after the unexpected death of police K-9, “D’JANGO” who died on July 22, 2008 from an allergic reaction to a bee sting. In an outpouring of generous support, individuals and businesses throughout Sonoma and Marin Counties donated the funding necessary to purchase Koda and sent him to 10 weeks of training with his handler, Officer Christopher Kaupe.

DK Landscaping contributed the following:Corporate sponsor

  • Corporate Sponsor
  • Printed, mailed and emailed out hundreds of letters and flyers to neighborhoods and sphere of influence.
  • Team of four volunteered for the day of the event.

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Battle of the Brews

For 16 years, the Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa has held the Battle of the Brews fundraiser. This annual event draws an estimated 1,800 attendees each year, and represents a unique opportunity to enjoy one of the largest beer tastings in Northern California while at the same time helping to change the lives of needy children in Sonoma County. All proceeds of this event are placed into Active 20-30’s Youth Benevolent Fund.

The Active 20-30 called upon DK Landscaping for plants to soften up the venue located at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. DK Landscaping teamed up with The Urban Tree Farm and donated plants for this annual event.

Senior Citizen Assistance

Santa Rosa senior, Barbara who was fighting skin cancer needed assistance due to a storm that damaged her tree. Barbara was on a fixed income and could only afford 1/4 of the service. DK Landscaping donated the full service.

Mike Desmond, manager of Horizon supplied material to DK Landscaping at cost.