A Guide to Gravel

Posted on November 05, 2020 by Suzanne Carroll

Homeowners in the Bay Area are increasingly turning to gravel for their landscaping projects. That’s because gravel can be the right solution for many local landscaping problems. Gravel helps reduce soil erosion by slowing the flow of rainwater, and it’s an attractive groundcover option for areas where plants have difficulty growing. Also, since it doesn’t need irrigation, it’s a great solution for homeowners who want to reduce their water usage. Gravel can even help protect your home by acting as a barrier against encroaching wildfire.  Read more

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5 Tips for Efficient Lawn Irrigation

Posted on September 01, 2020 by James Florence

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Known for their excessive water consumption, grass lawns tend to get a bad rap these days. However, this judgment isn’t entirely fair. The truth is most turf grasses only need about one inch of water per week to maintain their color and active growth. So, why the bad reputation? Perhaps it’s time to shift the blame from the lawns themselves to those responsible for watering them. After all, a lot of home and property owners waste water by not following efficient irrigation practices. To ensure you’re doing all you can to conserve water with your lawn, read these helpful guidelines: Read more

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Protecting Your Trees From Sun Damage

Posted on July 23, 2019 by James Florence

Before going outside on a sunny summer day, you probably apply sunscreen, put on sunglasses and take other measures to protect yourself from UV exposure. However, did you know the trees on your property may need similar protection? It’s a little known fact that, under certain circumstances, trees are vulnerable to sun damage. But what are these circumstances? And what kind of impact can sun damage have on a tree? Read on to learn more. Read more

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Walking the Property Line: How to Avoid Neighbor Conflicts During Home Maintenance or Improvement Projects

Posted on May 23, 2019 by James Florence

Neighbors are kind of like family—whether or not you get along, you’re pretty much stuck with them. One thing that can impact your relationship with your neighbors is home maintenance or improvement projects, especially if a shared property line is involved. To avoid potential conflicts (and know what to do when conflict arises), we asked a few professionals for their advice on navigating this often-complex dynamic. Here’s what they recommend: Read more

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Industry Organization Spotlight: Tree Care Industry Association

Posted on May 21, 2019 by Jennifer Chan

Arborworks, Inc, a Diamond Certified company, is a member of the Tree Care Industry Association. Photo: Arborworks, Inc, ©2019

“As members of the Tree Care Industry Association, we strive to…improve the quality of life through increasing our knowledge and skills in the management of trees, shrubs, and other landscape plants entrusted to our care.” – From the Tree Care Industry Association’s Arborist Pledge

If you’re planning to care for your trees this summer, it’s a good idea to get to know the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). Most people recognize the ways trees make our lives better. Not only are they beautiful, they also improve our air, offer a home to wildlife and stabilize the soil. But the urban and suburban trees growing in our yards need proper care to thrive, Read more

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Video: Tree Selection

Posted on May 16, 2019 by James Florence

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips for selecting and sowing plants, trees, and lawns. One of these tips dealt with details to consider when choosing a new tree. To learn more about this topic, watch this video by Diamond Certified Expert Contributor John Gingrich of Gingrich Horticulture Service.

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Diamond Certified Experts: Guidelines for Gardening

Posted on May 14, 2019 by James Florence

Goodbye, April showers…hello, May flowers! As growing season hits its stride in the Bay Area, it’s the perfect time to augment your garden by adding new plants, trees and turf. However, to reap the best results, you’ll need to know how to properly select and sow these materials. To grow your knowledge, read the following tips from Diamond Certified Expert Contributors in the landscaping and tree service industries. Read more

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