Landscape Tips and Trends

Landscape Tips and Trends

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Is My Water Feature Leaking?

Saturday, August 18th, 2012 at 10:03am. 669 Views, 0 Comments.

Evaporation can be a significant source of water loss in ponds, streams, and fountains.

Pond / Stream Evaporation:Omaha National Weather Service historical Daily Pan Evaporation Rate Average June / July - .08" -.09"

Omaha Daily Pan Evaporation rate August 14, 2012 - .1" (has been higher in the previous weeks)

Formula to figure how many gallons can evaporate within one day:

(Pan Evaporation Rate / 12 (inches in a foot)) x surface area x 7.48 (gallons in a cubic foot) = approximate daily evaporation in gallons.

Flowing water will have a higher evaporation rate than still water; minimum 2x. Can be much higher in streams and especially waterfalls. Other factors that increase or decrease the evaporation rate are wind, shade, sun, temperature, & humidity.

Example –…


Organic Lawn Care Update

Saturday, August 18th, 2012 at 10:03am. 666 Views, 0 Comments.

We've been using organic fertilizer on this lawn for 2 full seasons; this is the beginning of year 3.  The house is 11 years old and the lawn was initally installed on a typical clay fill, nutrient deficient soil. Herbicides have only been used when necessary and no pesticides have been used during that time.  These worms were all found within 2-3 minutes on the sidewalk and driveway after a rain. In addition to the nightcrawlers there were literally 1000's of small worms as well! The interesting thing is that the neighbor's sidewalks and driveways had very few worms and often none.

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Penton Enterprises Lawn and Landscape

www.PentonEnterprises.com

(402) 614-8200

www.facebook.com/PentonEnterprises


Organic Lawn Care

Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 11:27am. 702 Views, 0 Comments.

We've been using organic fertilizer on this lawn for 2 full seasons; this is the beginning of year 3.  The house is 11 years old and the lawn was initally installed on a typical clay fill, nutrient deficient soil. Herbicides have only been used when necessary and no pesticides have been used during that time.  These worms were all found within 2-3 minutes on the sidewalk and driveway after a rain. In addition to the nightcrawlers there were literally 1000's of small worms as well! The interesting thing is that the neighbor's sidewalks and driveways had very few worms and often none.

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Penton Enterprises Lawn and Landscape

www.PentonEnterprises.com

(402) 614-8200

www.facebook.com/PentonEnterprises

 

 

 


Penton Enterprises Earns Two Coveted Angie’s List Super Service Awards

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 12:29pm. 464 Views, 0 Comments.

Penton Enterprises Lawn and Landscape has been awarded two prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Awards, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies. Penton Enterprises earned two awards: Angie’s List Super Service award for Lawn Care and Angie’s List Super Service Award for Landscaping.

OMAHA landscaping

http://pentonenterprises.com/AngiesList.htm

 

Penton Enterprises Lawn & LandscapeYour Lawn and Landscape Solution402-614-8200www.PentonEnterprises.com


Early Leaf and Needle Drop

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 at 4:53pm. 285 Views, 0 Comments.

Early leaf drop in deciduous trees is most likely due to the extreme heat and humidity. Otherwise healthy trees will not be adversely affected over the long run.

Early needle drop has been observed in some evergreen trees, mainly pine. Natural needle drop typically begins in September, so this early needle loss is likely due to extreme heat and humidity.  If only the interior needles uniformly turn yellow throughout the tree, this is most likely natural needle drop and no action or control is needed.

Penton Enterprises Lawn & LandscapeYour Lawn and Landscape Solution402-614-8200www.PentonEnterprises.com


Millipedes

Saturday, July 30th, 2011 at 10:45am. 454 Views, 0 Comments.

Millipedes are one inch long, brown critters with numerous short legs.

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They are promoted by moisture and their numbers can be quite high during wet weather or near overwatered mulched beds.

They are commonly seen on the side of homes and may enter homes through cracks and crevices. They are not insects, but are in the crustacean family and so insecticides are not very effective against them. They do not damage plants, pets or buildings.

For severe infestations Penton Enterprises has had sucess controlling Millipedes with certain insecticides applied around the perimeter of the property and the foundation.

For mild infestations they are best managed by caulking cracks and crevices to prevent entry into the home.

 

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Frost Damaged Leaves

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 at 8:33pm. 626 Views, 0 Comments.

Trees budded fairly early this spring; long before the average frost free dates. If tree leaves are injured by frost, otherwise healthy trees will develop secondary buds and re-leaf without any long term negative effects on trees.

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Penton Enterprises LLCYour Lawn and Landscape Solutionwww.PentonEnterprises.com402-614-8200


Fall Landscapes

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 at 12:57pm. 471 Views, 0 Comments.

Fall Landscapes

When is the best time of the year to plant trees, shrubs and perennials? Should we wait until spring to install our landscape?

These are the most frequently asked questions that we hear during the fall of the year.

One of the best times to consider new landscaping is from September through November; in some years December plantings will have great success as long as the ground is not frozen.

In the fall, days are cooler, rain is more frequent and plants are headed into their dormant or hibernation period putting a lot of their energy into their root system. We can plant successfully any time of the year as long as the ground is not frozen.

Here are some tips to ensure late season survivability:

1 - Water frequently and deeply this time of year…


Evergreens Turning Brown?

Saturday, April 25th, 2009 at 10:20pm. 7113 Views, 0 Comments.

Every spring we seem to always find dead, brown foliage on evergreen plants including pine, boxwood, spruce, fir, juniper, arborvitae and yew. The extent of the symptoms can vary from brown needle tips on one side of the plant, to one or two branches, to the whole tree or shrub. This brown foliage found on evergreens is a symptom of winter desiccation.

Winter desiccation occurs when the amount of water lost by the foliage exceeds the amount picked up by the roots causing the leaves and needles to dry out and die. During winter months, photosynthetic processes are slowed, but evergreens continue to lose water at a higher rate than deciduous trees. Often you will notice that evergreen leaves and needles will hold their green color after the injury until warm…


The Value of Plants and Landscaping

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 at 7:07pm. 2774 Views, 0 Comments.

A for sale home with a well maintained landscape and lawn can make a substantial difference with attracting prospective buyers.  Here are some interesting facts regarding the value of well maintained and designed landscapes.

  • Landscaping can add between 7 and 15 percent to a home's value. Source: The Gallup Organization.
  • Homes with "excellent" landscaping can expect a sale price about 6 to 7 percent higher than equivalent houses with "good" landscaping, while improving landscaping from "average" to "good" can result in a 4 to 5 percent increase. Source: Clemson University.
  • Landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200 percent at selling time. Kitchen remodeling brings a 75 to 125 percent recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20 to 120 percent recovery…


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