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Mulching, Bed Clean Up, Trimming & Pruning of Shrubs and Leaf Removal

Mulching:

An important part of landscaping care and maintenance is applying mulch as needed to plant beds and around trees. Mulching will prevent unwanted weed growth and ensure that your landscaping looks its best. In addition, mulch provides nutrients to the plant material that it covers. At Blade and Petal Landscaping, we can deliver and apply a variety of types of mulch for residential properties and landscaped areas throughout the Columbia area.

To learn more about our mulching services for your home, please contact our company today. Our experts can help you to understand your mulching and landscaping maintenance needs and explain more about our complete landscaping services that are available for the Columbia area clients.

 

 

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When a regular mower just will not handle it, call a Bush Hog

Blade and Petal Landscaping offers Bush Hog Mowing Services in Columbia and surrounding locations.

Bush hog mowing involves using specialized lawn mowing equipment to cut tall grass and brush from fields and other overgrown areas. At Blade and Petal Landscaping, we offer our bush hog mowing services to handle nearly any size job. Whether you have a large private property or a plot of commercial land in need of clearing, we can mow your tall grass and brush that an ordinary mower would not be able to handle.

As a leading lawn care and landscaping company, our bush hog mowing services are available to clients located throughout Columbia and surrounding area. With our specialized bush hog mowing equipment, we can meet the needs of many commercial and residential customers. Learn more about our bush hog mowing services or schedule your mowing service by contacting is for availability.

 
What is Bush Hog Mowing?

Bush hog mowing is the ideal choice when you need to clear or mow a large property that has become overgrown with tall grasses, shrubs, plants, and small trees. A bush hog is a large mower that is designed to be attached to the back of a tractor. Bush hog mowers are much more powerful than traditional lawn mowers, and can be used to clear everything from large weeds to small trees and shrubs in a very short amount of time. Because bush hog mowers are equipped with a thick, dull blade attached to hinges, they are resistant against rocks, large stumps, and other potential hazards. Bush hog mowing can be used over rough or smooth terrain including clearing large flat lots as well as inclines and ditches.

With our bush hog mowing services, we can provide mowing services for nearly any size or type of job. No matter how overgrown your land or property has become, we have the equipment and power needed to take down tall grasses, small shrubs, and saplings on any overgrown property or land. Our bush hog mowing services can easily handle the types of projects that would clog or stop a regular mower.

Our bush hog mowing services are available for mowing and clearing:
Fields
Vacant Lots
Overgrown Construction Sites and Development Properties
Retention Ponds
Power Line Right-of-Ways
Roadsides
Commercial Properties
Large Private and Residential Properties
Industrial Lots
Farm Properties
Ditches and Inclines
Animal Pastures and Fields
Subdivision Land


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Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass is one of the few warm season grass varieties that will grow a little further north into the colder climates —  see the adaptation map below. It will turn brown at the first dip in temperature though. More cold tolerant and high quality varieties are being developed constantly  — such as Yukon Bermuda grass seed. In the more warmer tropical south, during average rainfall years, Bermuda will retain a beautiful green color all year round. This grass can be grown on low to high maintenance schedules depending upon the usage. Lawns planted in Bermuda grass can attain full lawn coverage in one year. It is not uncommon for seeded Bermuda lawns to be established within 60-90 days.

Annual Maintenance Schedule

March Through May Mowing: Bermuda grass performs best when mowed between ¾ and 1½ inches. Begin mowing as soon as the lawn turns green in spring. Always leave the clippings on the lawn in a practice called ‘grass-cycling’. Grass clippings decompose quickly and do not contribute to thatch. If prolonged rain or other factors prevent frequent mowing and clippings begin to clump, they can be collected and used as mulch. For more information on mowing, refer to HGIC 1205, Mowing Lawns. Fertilizing: Apply ½ to 1 pound of nitrogen (N) per 1,000 square feet several weeks after complete green-up. Submit a soil sample to determine nutrient and lime requirements. In the absence of a soil test, use a slow-release, complete nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (N-P-K) turf fertilizer with a 4-1-2 ratio such as 16-4-8. Apply lime if suggested. To determine the amount of product needed to apply 1 pound of N per 1,000 square feet, divide 100 by the first number in the fertilizer ratio. For example, for a 16-4-8 fertilizer, divide 100 by 16. The result is 6.25 pounds of fertilizer per 1,000 square feet (100/16 = 6.25 of 16-4-8). For more information on fertilizing lawns refer to HGIC 1201, Fertilizing Lawns. Irrigation: As a general rule, irrigate when 30 to 50 percent of the lawn shows sign of wilt. Probe with a screwdriver to ensure the top 4 to 6 inches of soil are moist following irrigation. Do not irrigate again until the lawn shows sign of wilt. In general, bermuda grass needs a total weekly application of about 1 to 1 ¼ inches of water. Sandy soils often require more frequent watering, for example, ¾-inch of water every third or fourth day. For more information on watering lawns refer to HGIC 1207, Watering Lawns. Weed Control: Apply pre-emergence herbicides to control summer annual weeds when forsythia or red buds are in full bloom. Apply post emergence herbicides in May as needed to control summer annual and perennial broad leaf weeds. Be sure that the product is labeled for use on bermuda grass. Post emergence herbicides are applied when weeds are present, and at least three weeks after the lawn has greened up. For more information on weed control refer to HGIC 2310, Managing Weeds in Warm Season Lawns. Thatch Removal: Vertically mow in May to remove the thatch after the lawn becomes green, but only if the thatch is more than ½-inch thick. After de-thatching, irrigate with ¾ to 1 inch of water. Fertilize with 1 pound of N per 1,000 square feet if the lawn has not already been fertilized. Renovation:Replant large bare areas using sod or sprigs (3 to 5 bushels per 1,000 square feet). Common bermuda grass can be seeded using hulled bermuda grass at 1 to 2 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Do not seed hybrid bermuda grass lawns with common bermuda grass. Use sod or sprigs of the existing hybrid instead.

June Through August

Mowing: Bermuda grass performs best when mowed between ¾ and 1½ inches. Fertilizing: Apply ½ to 1 pound of N per 1,000 square feet every 4 to 8 weeks. Irrigation: As a general rule, irrigate when 30 to 50% of the lawn shows sign of wilt. In general, bermuda grass needs a total weekly application of about 1 to 1¼ inches of water. Insect Control: August is the best time to control white grubs because they are small and close to the soil surface. Mole crickets will begin to hatch in June. Use a soap flush technique to determine if mole crickets are present. For details on the soap flush technique, see EIIS/TO-1, Mole Cricket Management for the Home Lawn. Weed Control: Apply post emergence herbicides as needed to control summer annual and perennial weeds. For more information on weed control, see HGIC 2310, Managing Weeds in Warm Season Lawns. Thatch Removal: Vertically mow to remove the thatch if it is more than ½ inch thick. It normally is best to vertically mow in spring whenever possible.

September Through November Mowing: Mow the lawn between ¾ and 1½ inches until several weeks before the first expected frost. Raise the mowing height by ½ inch as winter approaches if the lawn will not be over seeded. Mowing height is usually raised in mid to late September in the Piedmont and early October in other areas. Fertilization: In September, if a soil test reports deficient potassium (K) levels, apply 1 pound of potash (K2O) per 1000 square feet, using muriate of potash (0-0-60), potassium sulfate (0-0-50), or Sul-Po-Mag (0-0-22). Irrigation: Irrigate when 30 to 50% of the lawn shows sign of wilt. In general, bermuda grass needs a weekly application of about 1 to 1¼ inches of water. Dormant bermuda grass may need to be watered periodically when dry, warm, windy weather prevails. Weed Control: Apply pre-emergence or post emergence herbicides as needed to control winter annual and perennial broad leaf weeds. Pre-emergence herbicides are most effective when applied as nighttime temperatures drop into the upper 50s. Preemergence herbicides do not control existing perennial weeds. Apply post emergence herbicides only when weeds are present. Do not apply herbicides designed to control annual bluegrass if the lawn is to be over seeded with ryegrass. Insect Control: Continue to monitor for white grubs and control if necessary. Overseeding: Overseeding with ryegrass for winter color should be done in mid September in mountain and Piedmont areas, and early October in coastal areas.

December Through February Mowing: Mow over seeded bermuda grass at 1 inch before the grass gets taller than 1½ inches. Do not collect the clippings unless they accumulate heavily on the surface. Dormant bermuda grass that has not been over seeded need not be mowed. Overseed Fertilization: Do not fertilize bermuda grass that has not been over seeded. Apply ½ pound of N per 1,000 square feet in December and February to over seeded bermuda grass. Irrigation: Dormant bermuda grass may have to be watered periodically to prevent desiccation, especially when warm, windy weather prevails. Watering is particularly important for lawns that have been over seeded. Weed Control: Apply broad leaf herbicides as needed to control winter weeds such as chickweed, henbit, and hop clover. Selective herbicides can be applied in November or December to lawns that have not been over seeded to control annual bluegrass (Poa annua) and several winter annual broadleaf weeds.

 


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Centipede grass

For a maintenance schedule for Centipede care, visit our “LAWN CARE” at top of page.

This creeping perennial is well adapted to the sandy, acidic soils of low fertility and requires low maintenance. It spreads by stolons and has a coarse texture with short upright stems that grow to about 3-5 inches and requiring less mowing, survives in mild cold temperatures as long as there aren’t several hard freezes since it doesn’t go into a true dormancy and with light freezes will turn brown but as soon as the temperature rises it will recover and re-greens.

Centipede grass is a slow-growing, apple-green, coarse-leaved turf grass that is adapted for use as a low maintenance, general purpose turf. It requires little fertilizer (one to two pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per year), infrequent mowing, and will tolerate moderate shade if it receives at least four hours of full sun, daily. It does not tolerate traffic, compaction, high phosphorus soils, high pH, low-potassium soils, excessive thatch, drought, or heavy shade. Centipede grass (Eremochloa ophiuroides) was introduced into the United States from seed found in the baggage of Frank Meyer, a USDA plant explorer who disappeared on his fourth trip to China in 1916. It was initially used for low-maintenance cemeteries and eventually for lawns during and after the Depression and is sometimes referred to as “lazy man’s grass” or “poor man’s grass”. It is well adapted to the climate and soils of the coastal plains and lower Piedmont areas of the southern United States.

Centipede grass is a low-growing and medium-textured naturally yellow-green colored perennial turf. Its low fertility requirements result in slow growth and reduced maintenance. Centipede grass’ natural color is Granny Smith crab apple green. Over fertilizing to obtain an unnatural dark green color reduces its cold tolerance and usually increases long-term maintenance problems. Centipede grass is currently the most common home lawn turf grass in the South. Centipede grass is adapted to infertile soils. It spreads by stolons, producing a medium-textured turf. Maintenance requirements are low when compared to other turf grasses. It has fair to good shade tolerance, good drought tolerance, and can be established from seed or sod. Since it only produces surface runners (stolons), centipede grass is easily controlled around borders of flowerbeds and walks. Centipede grass is highly susceptible to damage from nematodes (especially ring nematodes) and ground pearl insects. Nematode damage limits centipede grass’ use in deep sandy soils. It exhibits iron Chloris (yellowing) and produces a heavy thatch if over fertilized. It has poor salt tolerance and forms a loose turf that is not very wear-resistant, so it will not withstand heavy foot traffic. Stolons from centipede grass have high lignin content and do not decompose readily, thus developing a thatch layer. The rate of thatch accumulation is a direct result of management practices, which provide excessive vegetative growth. When over fertilized, the subsequent growth means new runners are soon several inches above the soil surface and exposed to the wide fluctuations of temperatures normally experienced in late fall and winter. Within several years, large brown dead patches form in early spring. This die back is collectively referred to as “centipede grass decline.” Following proper management techniques can prevent this problem: Avoid over fertilizing (e.g., 0 to 2 lbs N per 1000 sq.ft. yearly) Prevent thatch accumulation or remove thatch when it exceeds ½-inch in thickness Irrigate during drought stress, especially in the fall and early spring Maintain a mowing height of 1½ to 2 inches.

Improved varieties of centipede grass are available, including Centennial, Oaklawn, Tenn Turf (formerly, Tennessee Hardy), Top Quality and TifBlair. The improved cultivars have better cold tolerance than common. However, these must be vegetatively propagated and are selected specifically for their improved cold tolerance. Centennial will perform a little better on alkaline soil than common centipede grass. The centipede grass seed and sod produced in most Southern areas are a mixture of red- and yellow-stemmed grasses.


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Columbia, SC Landscaping Service

Our Clients are the reason for our success!

Not many people actually have the time or patience to tend to their landscaping either at home or work.

Blade & Petal is here to help.

We offer expert, professional landscaping craftsmanship to both residential and commercial clientele.

Our upscale service occurs before entering your property. We are licensed by the counties we serve. A $2 mil commercial liability insurance is always enforced on our employees, equipment and vehicles. All employees are US citizens and undergo both a criminal background check and periodic illegal substance testing. Blade & Petal knows the importance of protecting you, your family and property from harm and liability before, during and after your service.

Highend landscaping service provides annual care and maintenance in a timely manner to guarantee the success of your lawn, flowers, hedges and trees with the proper fertilization, weed and insect control, hedge trimming, and de-thatching and mowing. Installation and repair of plants, flowers and irrigation systems, #1 grade pine needles or mulch, and bed retaining walls are some of the other services we provide. Bush hog mowing and tractor work is available for heavily overgrown vegetation.

If you are serious and particular about the care and maintenance of your landscape, Blade & Petal, with our professional and careful service, could be the solution.

Whether you want to maintain your lawn for that upcoming
“Yard of the Month” contest, barbecue or create a professional, manicured look for your office building, put our experienced team of landscape professionals to work for you.

Our services include:

•Lawn mowing & De-thatching
•Sod installation and over seeding
•Maintenance for irrigation systems
•Tree and shrub care
•Landscape design
•Fence/rock wall construction
•Mulching beds and Pine needles
•Fertilization
•Bush Hog and tractor work
•And more!

A beautiful landscape is just a phone call away. Contact us today!

(803) 254-0818

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