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Our professional services include

Mowing: With this landscaping maintenance service, we will mow and maintain your grass weekly beginning around the end of March or first of April. We will also trim and edge any sidewalks and obstacles and blow clippings from concrete surfaces.
Fertilizing: We will fertilize your lawn six times per growing season to keep it looking its best. We can also perform any spot treatments if necessary to promote proper lawn growth.
Bed Care Treatment: As part of our landscaping maintenance services, we will help minimize and control weeds in your landscaping by applying weed control treatments to your flower and plant beds.
Bed Clean-Up: We suggest two bed clean-ups per year to remove the debris, leaves, and pine needles that will collect in your plant beds.
Shovel Edging: This landscaping maintenance service will create a clearly defined bed/turf line around all landscaped beds and trees. In addition, shovel edging will help eliminate a lot of the mulch run off into the grass during thunderstorms.
Mulching: With our mulching services, we will spread mulch in all of your beds and around your trees as needed for aesthetic appeal and weed control.
Cultivation of Mulch: This landscaping maintenance service will rejuvenate the original color of your mulch and help to promote the exchange of nutrients and water for optimal plant growth.
Trimming and Pruning: With this service, we will trim and prune any shrubs, plants, and ornamental grasses to ensure good shape and plant health.
Irrigation Startup & Backflow Test: A system startup for your irrigation system includes turning the water on, replacing the batter in the clock, checking the sprinkler head coverage, and completing a test for county records.
Irrigation Inspection: As part of our landscaping maintenance services, we will inspect your irrigation system three times per year to ensure proper coverage.
Irrigation Winterization: The fall shutdown of your irrigation system includes turning off the water main, blowing all lines free of water, and draining the backflow device.
Lawn Aeration: Aeration is an important landscaping maintenance service that will reduce soil compaction and allow fertilizers to beautify your turf.
Over-Seeding: We perform over-seeding services following aeration in order to ensure a healthy and full lawn.
Tree Trimming: Tree trimming is an important landscaping maintenance service that will keep your trees healthy and properly shaped. During this service, we will eliminate dead, damaged, or unproductive branches, and remove any limbs that obstruct sidewalks or roads.
Leaf Removal: With our leaf removal service, we will remove fallen leaves from both your landscaping beds and turf areas.
Spring & Fall Annual Planting: We can plant a variety of annual flowers and plants throughout your landscape to provide color and design in any season.
Flower Care: This landscaping maintenance service will keep your flowers looking their best. It includes weeding, minor pruning, watering, and fertilizing flowers and annuals.
Preparation of Annual Beds: This service prepares beds for planting by cultivating the soil and adding necessary amendments to the soil to help with the annuals growth.
Removal of Annuals: This landscaping maintenance service includes removing any dead annuals after the growing season has ended.
Tree & Shrub Care: We will apply a number of treatments to your trees and shrubs in order to ensure health and prevent disease or insects.

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Benefits of including Mulch

Mulching: Our mulching service includes applying mulch to all of the necessary plant beds, flower beds, and trees. All of the mulched areas will receive a fresh layer of 2” of mulch that is spread evenly throughout the bed and in the tree rings.
Cultivation of Mulch: This mulching service cultivates the mulch in order to help promote the exchange of nutrients and water for plant material. Cultivation also helps to rejuvenate the original color of the mulch for aesthetic appeal. We perform mulch cultivation services twice per season, including once in July and again in the fall.

With our residential mulching services, we can apply a variety of types and colors of mulch to your property. Each of these different types of mulch can be used to create a unique look or style. The types of mulch we use for our mulching services include:
Double Ground Hardwood Mulch
Triple Ground Mulch
Dyed Brown Mulch
Dyed Red Mulch
Dyed Black Mulch
Cedar Mulch
Rubber Mulch
Pine Nuggets

 

 
Benefits of Mulching:
Helps soil retain moisture during hot Columbia summers in order to reduce watering needs and promote plant health
Reduces the growth of weeds and grasses which reduce aesthetic appeal and compete with trees and plants for water and nutrients
Reduces erosion around trees by softening the impact of rain
Adds organic material to the soil for improved plant growth
Increases the aesthetic appeal of your landscaping and plant beds
Protects trees, plants, shrubs, and flowers from being damaged by mowers


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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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Longer green enjoyment and less maintenance.

 

Zoysiagrass originated from areas in Southeast Asia, China and Japan. It is a low growing, creeping grass, heat resistant, wiry, possibly uncomfortable under the bare foot. Zoysia is slow to establish but aggressive and competes with weeds for its own space.

Zoysiagrasses (Zoysia species) grow best during the warm (80 to 95 °F) months of spring, summer and early fall. They grow vigorously during this time and become brown and dormant in winter. They are adapted to the entire state and are some of the most cold-tolerant of the warm-season grasses.

These grasses form an excellent turf when properly established and managed. For the best appearance, zoysias require cutting with a reel mower, although a rotary mower with sharp blades is satisfactory. They also require occasional watering and periodic thinning or dethatching. Once this grass is established, thatch can build up, especially when heavily fertilized. Remove thatch every two to three years.

The zoysias form a dense, attractive turf in full sun and partial shade, but often thin out in dense shade. Most zoysias grow very slowly compared to other grasses and usually are established by sprigging or plugging, although there are seeded types. Sprigs or plugs, 2 inches in diameter planted on 6-inch centers, will cover completely in two growing seasons if watered and fertilized properly. However, it may require several years to cover if not properly maintained. As it is a slow grower, it requires less frequent mowing than some other grasses. It will, however, recover slowly from damage due to its slow growth habit.

Zoysia japonica is sometimes called Japanese or Korean lawngrass or common zoysia. It has coarse leaf texture, excellent cold tolerance, and it can be seeded.

Meyer zoysia, also called “Z-52,” is an improved selection of Z. japonica. It has medium leaf texture, good cold tolerance and spreads more rapidly than most other zoysias. This is the zoysia often advertised as the “super” grass in newspapers and magazines.

Belaire is also an improved Z. japonica variety noted for its excellent cold tolerance and medium green color. It has a coarser leaf texture and faster rate of establishment than Meyer. It is susceptible to brown patch disease.

Emerald zoysia is a fine-textured hybrid that is possibly the most attractive zoysia. It is well-suited for top-quality lawns where a good maintenance program is provided. Emerald zoysia has less winter hardiness but more shade tolerance than Meyer. It has a dark green color, a very fine leaf texture, good shade tolerance, high shoot density and a low growth habit. Emerald will develop excess thatch rather quickly if overfertilized and is prone to winter injury northward from the Columbia area.

El Toro is a relatively new zoysia that was developed in California and looks like Meyer zoysia. It is the fastest growing zoysia, tolerates mowing with a rotary mower and produces less thatch than Meyer. The winter hardiness of this grass is not well-established although it can be found growing in the Columbia area.

Zenith is a hybrid zoysia that is available as seed. It has a medium dark green color, a medium density, and will tolerate light shade. It is planted in late spring to early summer with a seeding rate of 1 to 2 pounds of seed per 1000 square feet. The seed should be very lightly covered with soil by raking. Cover the seeded area with straw to retain soil moisture during the germination period. Water the newly seeded lawn very lightly three or four times per day to keep the seed moist for best germination.

The seed will germinate in ten or more days. Gradually reduce watering frequency, but give the lawn longer soakings to establish the new grass root system.

In general, the zoysias are slow to cover completely (thus more costly to establish), less drought-tolerant than bermudagrass, and recommended for lawn use only when the homeowner is willing to provide the required maintenance.

 

For more information about Zoysia care, please see “Lawn Care” at the top right.

 


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Shrub, Hedges and Bushes

Trimming hedges is one of the least enjoyable gardening jobs. Apparently, its right down there with weeding and composting as people’s least favorite chores, with most clients rating it a tedious job. Blade and Petal Landscaping utilizes the right equipment and knowledgeable crew.

A hedge becomes thick as a result of regular trimming where each cut gives rise to a branch. Hedges need more than just annual trimming — you must pay attention to watering and feeding, and to the control of pests, diseases and disorders if they are to remain healthy and attractive.

Watering is necessary during dry spells in the growing season — hedging plants are generally spaced much closer than other garden plants and so their roots compete heavily for water. You can use a garden hose or sprinkler, but the most effective method is to lay a seep hose along the base of the hedge. Apply enough water to saturate the top 15cm (6in) of soil — equivalent to 2.5cm (1in) of rainfall — at each application and repeat whenever the top 2.5cm (1in) of soil is dry.

Mulching annually with forest bark around the roots of a hedge will help to prevent undue water loss from the soil.

Feeding should be carried out regularly. Apply a general-purpose fertilizer, such as bone meal, at the rate of a generous handful per sq m/yd in spring as a soil dressing. Treat a strip up to 90cm (3ft) wide from the base of the hedge and hoe the fertilizer into the surface 2.5cm (1in). Water it in if the soil is dry.

If the root run of the hedge is under turf or paving, then apply nutrients as a foliar feed from a pressure sprayer. Use a liquid fertilizer which is rich in nitrogen for leaf growth. Repeat whenever the foliage appears dull and lacking vigor. Foliage sprays can also be applied as a mid to late season back-up to the main spring soil dressing.

Weeding Around the Bottom of Hedging Plants

Eliminate weeds from the base of a hedge using a draw hoe, by hand or with chemical sprays. Weeds compete with the hedge for nutrients, water and light so remove them before they begin to accumulate.

Water-soluble diquat and paraquat weed killers are effective against most weeds under a hedge, but avoid wetting the leaves of the hedge. Glyphosate in liquid or gel form is ideal for killing persistent perennial and annual weeds.

Cutting out dead wood is another vital task. Branches often die out in the center of an established hedge. These should be pruned away since they can harbor diseases such as coral spot which soon spread through the entire hedge. Make clean cuts with secateurs back to healthy wood. This is best done during the growing season when live wood is clearly visible.

If a whole plant dies out within a hedge, grub it out and replace with a young specimen after first preparing and conditioning the soil as for planting a new hedge.

Pests and diseases should be treated as for other garden shrubs and trees. Healthy plants are resistant; use chemicals with care and discretion.


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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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