Tulsa Lawn Care and Maintenance: Why Choose Oklahoma Landscape?

Spring will be here in no time, and the Tulsa lawn care season will begin. If you’re searching for a lawn care company in Tulsa, why should you choose Oklahoma Landscape? Well, simply because we are your single source solution for all your lawn care, outdoor environment, and landscape design needs.

Why deal with the hassle of multiple contractors? We can take the hassle and labor out of Tulsa lawn maintenance and lawn care tulsalandscape design so that you can “find yourself outside” stress-free this year and enjoy to the full your landscape investment. We offer both residential and commercial lawn maintenance and landscaping.

At Oklahoma Landscape, we offer, not just lawn mowing and weed control, but complete estate maintenance to keep your property looking its best all year. From turf care, including lawn fertilization,weed control, aeration, and overseeding, to shrub and ornamental tree care, specialty pruning, flowerbed planting including low maintenance color beds, replacement or updating of existing plant material and addition of seasonal color, we offer comprehensive landscape maintenance for your property.

We provide landscape upgrades, clean-out, and renovation, metal/stone edging installation, snow/ice control and removal, leaf removal, mulching, and of course, weekly lawn mowing, edging, trimming, and debris cleanup.

Have you wondered when to prune your shrubs or trees? Our crews are well-trained in plant care and will ensure that specialty pruning is performed at the proper time of the year for each particular plant, shrub, and tree.

Our professional and courteous Tulsa lawn care crews will always visit your home in uniform so that you have no doubt who is at your home and always leave your property clean and well cared for. Feel more secure knowing just one company is taking care of all your outdoor maintenance needs.

Although we provide routine lawn care and maintenance in Tulsa, we also provide complete outdoor environment design and build services. We can custom design all types of outdoor living enhancements including outdoor kitchens, custom pools, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, pergolas, gazebos, driveways, walkways, pavers, and much more. Think of your landscape as another room you can enjoy and live in. These outdoor living spaces really can extend the boundaries of your home, creating areas to elegantly entertain family and friends or just enjoy an evening at home.

We also provide outdoor lighting design and installation as well as complete irrigation system design, installation, and maintenance.

Don’t spend all your time this year trying to keep up with lawn maintenance or trying to fix an overgrown, weedy flowerbed. Let us take care of everything. As your one-stop-shop Tulsa lawn care professionals, we can keep your lawn looking lush and vibrant and take all the hassle out of lawn maintenance.

Call us today to find out more about our complete residential and commercial estate lawn maintenance programs and other landscape design and build services.

Keeping Rabbits and Deer Out of Your Tulsa Landscape

We may love to watch beautiful deer and rabbits in the wild, but they’re not always so pretty when seen destroying the flowers and vegetables in our backyard. Are rabbits and deer constantly nibbling away at your garden? What can you do to keep these creatures away?

One way to ward off rabbits and deer is to plant foliage that actually repels these animals. You may try planting some aromatic perennials that rabbits and deer don’t favor. Here are few: Echinacea, chives, lavender, garlic, yarrow, peony, catnip plants, and columbine or honeysuckle. Although humans may like the smell of many of these perennials, wildlife like deer and rabbits can actually be repelled by the powerful scent of these plants. You can plant these perennials around the border of your garden or property to help repel these animals.

Along with plants that have repelling smells to certain wildlife, many fragrant soaps can act as repellents. You can hang these bars of deodorant soap, preferably wet, on trees or plants around your landscape to repel pests.

Some gardeners also make natural deer and rabbit repellents combining ingredients like red pepper, hot sauce, garlic powder, eggs, etc. and making them into a mix that these animals do not like and applying it to various plants in the garden.

Along with deer and rabbit repellent plants, many gardeners also use deer or rabbit-resistant plants. These are trees, shrubs, and plants that animals do not like to eat so they don’t bother with your garden in the first place. Deer-resistant plants, trees, and shrubs include juniper, birch, blue spruce, boxwoods, iris, daffodil, lilac, barberry, and holly. Plants that are rabbit-resistant are a little harder to tell but some include birch, hydrangea, elderberry, lilac, daffodils, sedum, and yucca. Planting shrubs that have thorns, fuzzy leaves, or thistles is also a good deterrent.

 A good fence around your garden is one of the most effective ways of keeping these animals out. To keep rabbits out, you’ll need to have a fine mesh fencing around the lower 2 feet. Fences will need to be around 8 feet high to keep out whitetail deer, or they can be slightly lower (around 6 feet) but be slanted. Solid wooden fences will of course be the best deterrent for deer so that they can’t spot what’s on the other side.

Your much-loved dog or cat may also be one of the best deterrents for deer and rabbits.  Other tactics include scaring the animals away with scarecrows, radios, loud wind chimes, and motion-sensitive floodlights.

Visit with the Tulsa landscape design specialists at Oklahoma Landscape for more tips on how to protect your garden from deer, rabbits, and insects.

 

Mosquito Prevention – For Your Tulsa Outdoor Enviroment

Well, summer is in full swing here in Tulsa, and with that comes the pesky mosquito. Mosquito prevention should be included as part of your regular Tulsa lawn care program during the summer months. How can you prevent these dreaded insects from ruining your outdoor living fun?

Mosquito misting systems. A popular way of ridding mosquitoes, these systems spray a mist of insecticide to eliminate mosquitoes throughout your outdoor living space. These systems can automatically disperse the mist during high-risk times or can be managed with a simple hand-held control. This is good for when you’re getting ready for a cook-out or special outdoor event. The automatic misting units are available with either a traditional drum-top system or tankless system, both of which can evenly dispense the insecticide throughout the outdoor living space.

Misting systems from MistAway offer smart features like automatic leak detection and shut-off, wind sensors, and an agitation cycle that provides consistent insecticide concentration.

Oklahoma landscape can help you keep your Tulsa outdoor living space free from pests with these effective mosquito misting systems.

Other Mosquito Repellants. Citronella candles, mosquito traps, and various other personal mosquito repellants like those made picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus, or DEET. Make sure you use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellent.

Mosquito netting and air curtains can also help keep mosquitoes away from you and your guests. Air curtains, which are often used at business entrances and drive-up windows, send a continual blast of air across an entrance opening to separate the outside from the inside while the entrance is open. This constant stream of air prevents many kinds of flying insects from entering an area. These can be used in outdoor environments and homes to prevent these insects from invading. Air curtains are also helpful in preventing warm or cold air from escaping a certain area, which can save on energy costs.

Mosquito Prevention. It’s important to drain or dispose of items in which mosquitoes would be likely to breed such as unused jars, ceramic pots, old tires, buckets, and other items that can hold standing water. It helps to turn these items over when not in use.

The Oklahoma City County Health Department gave this checklist:

Change water in birdbaths at least once a week.

Change water and scrub the containers holding outdoor plants twice a week.

Empty pet’s watering pans daily.

Keep swimming pools cleaned and chlorinated.

Drain sagging swimming pool covers.

Fill any tree holes or stumps to prevent accumulation of water.

Clean clogged gutters. Remove any standing water on flat roofs. Repair leaking faucets and air conditioners that cause puddles for several days.

Stock ornamental pools with mosquito-eating fish and aerate the water.

Be careful to irrigate lawns so as to prevent water from standing for several days.

Eliminate weeds and tall grass.

Mosquitoes are not only irritating but can also transmit the West Nile virus. Contact the Tulsa outdoor living space professionals for help in preventing and eliminating these outdoor pests.

Fertilization and Pet Safety Tips for Your Tulsa Lawn

We love our pets! We want them to be able to fully enjoy the grassy space of the outdoors. But at times our Tulsa lawn’s fertilization and weed control needs may require the use chemicals that if ingested can  have serious effects on dogs and cats.

“While small ingestions of fertilizer may only result in mild stomach upset, larger ingestions can result in severe poisoning from the iron, nitrogen, and other chemicals,” The Pet Poison Helpline noted.pets and fertilizer treatments

It’s very easy for pets to pick up fertilizer on their paws, or body, by rolling around in a lawn, and thereafter quickly ingest the weed control herbicide or fertilizer.

Dr. Petra Volmer, a veterinarian and toxicologist at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana said in an article about pets and safety around fertilizers stated, “If you find your pet rolling or walking in a recently sprayed area or spray him by accident, immediately wash the substance off with a mild dish soap, such as Dawn, and contact a veterinarian.”

Dr. Volmer  also noted that insecticides like those used in the garden for roses and molluscicides for snails, , are often more toxic to pets than herbicides or fertilizers so it’s good for homeowners to be especially careful when using these around animals.

What can you do to protect your pets when you’re fertilizer or weed control treatment to your Tulsa lawn?

It’s always best to follow the instructions on the manufacturer’s label exactly in how much to put down and when to permit access to lawn again. Applying too much fertilizer may cause the grass to retain the fertilizer residue for an extended period of time.

Carrie Gustavson with the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine stated “…make sure a treated lawn is completely dry after waiting the maximum period recommended on the label. To be extra safe, consider watering down the lawn after application and letting it dry before allowing pets into the area.”

Liquid fertilizers, may be harder to see on the lawn, and to know if they’ve been absorbed into the soil. Often water will be used along with a liquid fertilizer to help it be absorbed into the soil. You’ll need to keep pets off the lawn until the grass is visibly dry after being watered, an article in the SFGate Home Guide noted.

With granular fertilizers broadcasted across the lawn it can more easily be noticed that the fertilizer pellets have dissolved and been absorbed into the soil after a watering of the lawn. Generally, you can allow your pets back onto the lawn 24 hours from when you last saw any granules on the grass blades.

You may want to wait at least 48 hours after the fertilizer application before you allow your pets back onto the lawn, to be on the safe side.

“Consulting a professional landscaper for custom fertilizing instructions is the best way to stay safe if you are unsure of the application amount,” the SFGate Home Guide noted.

Oklahoma Landscape, Tulsa lawn care and landscaping company, can take care of all your lawn fertilization and weed control needs so that your lawn not only stays beautiful but is also safe for your pets.

 

 

 

Say Good-bye to Lawn Pests – Tips from Oklahoma Landscape

Is your Tulsa lawn having to contend with pest problems? Whether its moles, grubs, ants, or other insects, these outdoor pests can be very frustrating and wreak havoc on your garden and lawn. What can you do to take back your lawn?

Here are a few things to keep an eye on and some things you can do about it.

When you start to see tunnels and holes throughout your lawn, you may have a mole, vole, or shrew problem. Moles can dig 100 feet of tunnels in a day, the National Mole Hunters Association noted, so these little guys can pretty much destroy a lawn.

Moles dig in search of food like grubs and other insects so controlling these as part of your residential lawn care program can greatly help to control moles. Traps are also an effective mole control method. It’smoles - pest control tulsa easier for moles to dig through your lawn when your lawn is soft and damp, so giving your lawn a deeper watering only once a week may help to stop these pests without causing harm to your lawn.

Grubs are small, white immature beetles that are often found in a “C” shape. These outdoor pests feed on your turf’s roots and will create patches of brown, dead grass that are easily uprooted.

A good residential Tulsa lawn care program can do much to help prevent these pests from taking over. For instance, overseeding your lawn with grass varieties that will thrive in your area will help to keep the lawn strong and withstand a grub attack. Giving your lawn a deep watering once a week can allow the turf to get enough water while at the same time allowing the soil to dry out enough to deter grubs. Aeration, overseeding, and a good lawn fertilization program can help to lessen problems for your turf.

If underneath a brown patch of turf, you find around eight or more grubs, then a pest control treatment might be best. Depending on the type of grub and pest control treatment, this may be good to do in the beginning of summer. Talk with the lawn care professionals at Oklahoma Landscape for tips in treating your lawn for grubs and other pests.

Ants are one of the most common type of lawn pests. Fire ants are especially bothersome as their bite can leave a painful bump or blister and for some can cause fatalities. These aggressive ants construct mounds and underground tunnels connecting to one large colony.

pest control tulsaThere are fire ant baits that can kill the colony queen and ultimately destroying the mounds. There are also pest control treatments that can be used. Check with your local pest control management or landscaping company on the best pest control treatment to use with these ants, and use caution and good judgment when using any treatment against these aggressive insects.

It’s also been found that ants prefer lawns that are not well maintained with areas of high grass, debris, and unkempt shrubbery. So having a consistent lawn care maintenance program for your landscape that keeps your lawn neat and clean can help to control these lawn pests.

For more information on how to prevent or control these outdoor pests, contact the Tulsa lawn care specialists at Oklahoma Landscape.