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Plant Spotlight – Weeping White Spruce

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The Weeping White Spruce is a unique conifer with a fun, dangling branching habit.  This tree is known to be stately, with a very straight trunk and pendulous branches.  It is perfect for tight spaces.  The needles are green with a blue cast and prefer part shade to full sun.  Weeping White Spruce thrives best in well drained soils and does well in zones 2 – 7.  It typically grows to a height of 20-25 feet in 25 years with a mature spread of 4-5 feet.

This evergreen makes a superb accent specimen or does well planted in groups as a windbreak or for a screening effect.  It should be watered regularly in extreme heat for best performance but will require less water once established.

To inquire further about how All American can incorporate this evergreen elegance into your landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Japanese Beetles in the Residential Landscape

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If you live in the Omaha metro area, the plants in your landscape are most likely affected by the destruction of Japanese Beetles, whether at the larval or adult stage.  The adult beetle and juvenile grubs are threatening pests that attack many crops, turf, garden fruits and vegetables, and more than 300 species of flowers, shrubs and trees.  They just are not very picky!  Japanese beetle harm to plants is simple to recognize. Typically, the bugs can be caught in the act, visible and hanging out on the foliage or in the blooms. The significant signs of Japanese beetles are comprised of skeletonized leaves or entire defoliation of a leaf.

Fortunately, in most cases adult Japanese Beetle destruction is only aesthetic and is not fatal to most plants providing that there is not substantial or long-term injury.  For example, most rose bushes can survive Japanese Beetle feeding with only the considerable damage done to the blooms.  However, why have a rose bush if you cannot enjoy the blooms?  What can be done about these annoying creatures? Removing beetles by hand from favored plants can be a pragmatic and successful management practice for smaller landscapes or few plants, particularly when only a small number of the little monsters are present in the landscape.  Physically picking them off the plant and dropping them in to warm water with soap is an effective means for control.  To inquire further about how All American combats Japanese Beetles chemically in the landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Pergolas in the Outdoor Landscape

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A pergola defines an outdoor space as a place that is intimate and comfortable. While supplying segmented shade, pergolas permit a little sunlight along with a nice gentle wind and are frequently utilized for accommodating a dining space.

Regardless of its exposure, a pergola is generally intended to emulate an outdoor room. A pergola can be separate or connected to the home.  Bigger pergolas can get exceptionally unstable and may necessitate concrete piers to secure the base. You will also want to validate that your ideas do not breach setback requirements or homeowner association regulations.

Pergolas are normally fashioned of wood, aluminum or fiberglass. Redwood and cedar are the most prevalent wood choices, alongside pressure-treated wood as a lower-cost option. Each wood pergola ought to be re-stained once a year or repainted as necessary. All woods will weather with age, but pressure-treated wood is more apt to bend and break.

To have a pergola designed into your landscape or outdoor space, call All American at 402-408-0000 today!

Plant Spotlight – Palm Sedge

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Palm Sedge is a dense, clump-forming plant known for its foliage.  The plant generates stiff, rigid stems that typically grow to 20 inches tall with 8 inches of pointed, grass-like, light green foliage extending from the stem ends.  Palm Sedge is a Missouri native and spreads via rhizomes.  It is also self-seeding.  The sedge is easily grown in average, medium to wet soil in full sun to part shade.  The species does well in some shade but tends to flop in too much shade.  It thrives in zones 4-9.

Palm Sedge gets its name from the leaves that somewhat superficially resemble miniature palm fronds.   To inquire further about how All American can incorporate this water-loving specimen into your landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Benefits of a Healthy Turf System

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Properly maintained turf serves the environment in many ways and All American’s chemical program can make that a reality.  All American offers professional turf and landscape bed fertilization performed by certified pesticide applicators.  This ensures that the correct chemical is used for the appropriate application on turf grass and is carried out at the proper rate and time of year. 

All American’s grounds maintenance program boasts an outstanding five step turf grass fertilization, herbicide and insecticide program.  Each step is timed for the needs of the turf grass, from pre-emergent application to fighting grubs in the lawn.  All American also encourages homeowners to consider a fall aeration with over seeding to encourage a lush, green appearance of the turf grass.  All steps, including aeration and over seeding are extremely beneficial to turf grass health and are offered as part of the All American grounds maintenance proposal.

To inquire further about how All American can benefit your turf system by implementing a chemical program into your lawn, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Yellow Nutsedge

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Yellow Nutsedge

If you have mowed and a day or two later you see yellow grass growing higher than your lawn, Yellow Nutsedge is the culprit. They are grass like, green with yellow spiky flower which is the seeds, and a V shaped stem. It is very tough to control because the roots which are also known as taproot or tubers that grow 8 to 14 inches deep in the soil. Regular weed killer will not get rid of these pesky weeds. Just like dandelions, do not pull them. Nutsedge have a very delicate root structure that can break at the slightest pull that the root will regenerate a new plant very quickly. Leave the plant alone to grow tall enough to be sprayed with herbicide. To inquire further about how All American can help you control Yellow Nutsedge, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Plant Spotlight – Tulip Poplar

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The Tulip Poplar or Tulip tree is an underutilized deciduous shade tree with light green leaves that resemble the shape of a tulip that turn a brilliant gold color in the autumn months.  Known for its greenish-yellow tulip-shaped blooms in May and June, they are perched high in the treetop at 1 1/2” – 2” in diameter.  The tuliptree grows to be around 70-90 feet tall with a spread of 40 feet at maturity.  It is a fast-growing species with growth of about 2 feet annually.

The tulip tree thrives in full sun, meaning it should receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.  It is hardy to zones 4-9 and is blessed with aromatic stems.  To inquire further about how All American can incorporate this shady specimen into your landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Benefits of a Healthy Turf System

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Benefits of a Healthy Turf System

Maintained turf shines in many ways, and All American’s chemical program can make it a reality.  Turfgrasses need, at minimum, 16 nutrients for typical growth and maturity. Some nutrients are required in hefty volumes, other nutrients only in miniscule amounts.  Despite the total essentials, an absence of any of these nutrients will reduce the progress and growth of the turf. Consequently, a calcium shortage can be just as harmful to the turf systems as a deficit of nitrogen, even though turfgrasses exhaust more nitrogen than calcium.

When it comes to cost, fertilization does more to advance mediocre turfgrass or uphold superior lawns than any other management exercise. Correct fertilization attempts yield a dense, lush, medium- to dark-green lawn that counterattacks irritants and environmental strains.  To inquire further about how All American can benefit your turf system by implementing a chemical program into your lawn, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Slender Silhouette Sweetgum

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Plant Spotlight – Slender Silhouette Sweetgum

There is so much to love about Slender Silhouette Sweetgum, with its tall, thin form, making it ideal for tight spaces.  This columnar variety of Sweetgum grows 35-50 feet tall and just 4 feet wide, making it perfect for those of us who need just one more tree or have little space to work with in the landscape.  The bark becomes fissured or develops deep furrows as the tree matures.  The deciduous, star-shaped foliage is deep green in the summer but turns yellow to deep red in the autumn months.   Slender Silhouette thrives in full sun to part shade conditions and prefers a moist but well-drained soil.  The tree is hardy in zones 5-8 and is a quick grower.

Some envision a sweetgum tree as a nuisance for the fruit that they drop, however, Slender Silhouette Sweetgum produces only a little fruit, and it falls in a small area since the tree is so narrow. To inquire further about how All American can incorporate this lovable specimen into your landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Plant Spotlight – Lava Lamp Coral Bells

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Plant Spotlight – Lava Lamp Coral Bells

Lava Lamp are a new variety of coral bells that deliver large, coppery-purple leaves and are known for their ease of growth and texture addition to most any shade garden.  A fabulous accent plant or cut flower, Lava Lamp grows 16-24” tall by 24-28” wide and prefers full to part shade landscape situations.  Grown for its intense foliage, Lava Lamp tolerates a variety of soils and is hardy in zones 4-8.  To inquire further about how All American can incorporate this effortless perennial into your landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

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