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It's the classic gardens and landscape shovelon the halm. Ready and when you
want showing plants and grass to growtwo and doercent Chris, Chris and Chris
No, Chris knows it tree,Chris knows it. Chris knows it.
Chris knows it. Chris knows it, Chris knows it. Sure, Chris

knows it. Chris knows it.And now you're a host. Chris Joiner
and Chris Keth, Good morning weaponsthe Classic Guardens for the Landscape Show.
I'm Chris Kean, I'm Chris Joiner. Hope everybody's doing fantastic today. We
were talking sweet gums and fishing.Yeah, my fleet gums are bad and
fishing is good. Now there's thistree that I do not recommend at all,

and I've never even seen it before. But I've got a friend that
does like home warranty work with WhenI say home warranty work, you know,
so these big, these big outfitsthat build subdivisions. You know,
they've got crews of folks that thatuh, you know, go back after
the fact. You know, ifhomeowners find that they have issues with this
or that they go back after thefact and coordinate getting everything fixed right.

Well, he's one of the he'sone of the good ones. He doesn't
try to like cut corners just tosatisfy the homeowner. He's like classic gardens
and landscape. Does it right,does it right when he goes the first
time right. He sent me somepictures of some trees that I guess they're
planting one of their new developments,wondering what it was. And I looked
at the tree and the dad gumthing was like forty fifty feet tall already.

I mean, I mean it washuge, but it's uh skinny.
It's skinny, you know. AndI was like, I have no idea.
Man. He sent me like afar off picture, and I said,
you know, send me a pictureof the leaf and I'll be able
to tell you. Because I thinkhe was just interested because he has a
lot of interest in plants like wedo. And uh. I looked at
the leaf and I was like,man, that looks like a dadgun sweet

gum leaf. And I know asweet gum leaf. And so I started
researching it and apparently there's some kindof silhouette sweet gum that gets like forty
fifty feet tall in stage like fourto five feet wide, skinny like an
Italian cypris. Yeah, that's right, But I do not recommend a sweet
gum. The only place of sweetgum belongs is at the bottom of a
burn pile. I do I likea swet gum. Now. We must

have had at this at the houseI live at now, man, we
must have had dag them two hundredof those things and you and they weren't
nearly as big as the ones youhad around your pond, because you had
about three hundred. I think inall of Saint Clair County, we had
at least sixty to seventy percent ofthe sweet gums on our two properties.
Risky, man, I ain't lying, you know. I think I aged

ten years and five, you know, just you know, trying to get
all that stuff cleaned up and everythingaround my pond. It was. It
was rough, but thank god it'sover. Now, it's clean out,
it's cleaning, and we go fishing. So I've been out of town on
vacation. You went on hiatus allaround the southeast. Yeah, I hope

everybody had a good Memorial Day weekend. We were gone Sunday to Sunday.
We started and we started well,we started here, but we wound up
in Savannah and we stayed there threedays. Loved Savannah, it was it
was too cool, you know,just all the cobblestone roads and the just

the historic areas and all that stuff. A little bit bit laid back place,
you know. And then left andthere went to Charleston and spent three
days there in a neat place,did some boat rides, went out to
uh Patriots Point, and went touh, you know, various things around

town. Just had a real goodtime there. And our last stop was
in Greenville, South South Carolina,and stayed there overnight just to make my
trip home, you know, notseven hours kind of thing. So it
wound up being about four but yeah, eleven mile trip in a big circle,

you know, and wound up backat the house. We had a
good time. Uh. Greenville wasone of the cleanest places. I've never
seen a town that is just itlooks like it's bit shun and uh they
you know, the old creeks runningthrough downtown and stuff like that, and
the the landscape around u those creeks, man, were just it was awesome.

Uh So I'll be back, butuh, yeah, I had a
good time just to kick back andjust rested, you know. You know,
we just I kicked back around thepool, swim and ate a bunch
of food. That's it smoked,smoked a bunch of ribs and Boston Button.
Had a good time with family friends. You know. We got back
just in time to get that reallyrough stormy weather. You know that was

what you When was that, Iguess was Sunday and the Monday. Yeah,
Sunday. It rained at our houseevery week, every every morning.
It seemed like it just it poureddown rain. Which I was glad because
I was, you know, theweek before that while you were out of
town, Chris Keith. It wasit was that Saturday. I was that

Friday. I was heading into workand they had cut the hay pastures and
the hay was down on the ground. Yeah. And I think by the
by the time I got, youknow, coming home on Sunday, you
know, from doing various things,they'd already built everything and then they I
mean that was right right right intime, because that rain was right there
we left. Everybody was a littlebit behind cutting their hair, yeah,
week and a half behind. Itwas all it was all laid down and

the super tall, because I thinkwe've gotten ring before that. Yeah,
I think it just hit just intime to screw them up, you know.
And and so everybody was a coupleof weeks behind cutting their hay,
and I told Teresa, said,then we would get back everybody have their
head. Oh yeah, you know, they all did it at the same
time. So yeah, all that'sdone. And uh but yeah, neat

cool week and we've had a goodwe could dry weather. Now went out
and finished up. I know theguys while I was gone, they finished
up over the glidewelles they had welacked, laying twelve pounds of sad over
there. And then uh, wewent back to they they started irrigation job.

And it's a small house, buta big irrigation job, all right,
I say, a small house,big house, small lot, big
irrigation job and uh seven zones irrigationover there. Uh there's like five zones
for the yard and then and thena couple of drip zones on there and

then uh we went so we hadto go back over there and just kind
of do a little clean up Monday, and then Tuesday we started over at
Bastings. And now he's down inSouth Lakes. Really super nice house with
a pool. You know, he'sright on the lake, you know,
and and uh he his flowers thathe does hisself. They to his planter

boxes. Man, they looked sogood. We went in there though,
and he just had various areas thatjust needed you know, shrubs pulled out,
new shrubs put in and all thatstuff. It's a big shrub job,
but it was kind of it waskind of spread out all over you
know, this area we're planting youknow, ten big eight foot arbroviders,

and then we're planting another five overhere, you know, and we're planting
three more over here. Kind ofthis was like seventeen eighteen arbroviders went out
there, and then another eighty orninety shrubs had a truckload to pull out
and just to put a spit shineon Basm's place out there. So it
looked really good. So that's wherewe've been this week and then come new

and then managed to do a repairto wipe out the week, and then
next week we'll be working and trustwill we'll start to start the week and
trustful, we want we'll probably beall over the place. Before it saiding
before about by the end of theweek, right, yeah, kind of
up in the Ara. You know, there's like a forty chancer rain every

day, but it's one of thosethings you wake up and it might not
rain and drop. Yeah, butuh, I'm glad it's raining today.
We needed we needed we do forwe were due for a shower and uh,
I was gonna drag the hose aroundafter the radio showing water on my
plants. But God decided to takecare of that for me. We know,
I was, I was. Igot in a little early yesterday.

I went out and uh see thelambs and looked at their landscape and drew
a quick design over there. SoI got to the house a little early
and I said, I need tospray. You know, I had blown
out Chris. You know we usedat one time. Now we got those

uh those fancy uh yeah, thebattery operated sprayer. Yeah, y'all got
real boogie with that stuff. SoI've still got one of the nice steals,
which is still a really good prayer. But the girls bought it for
him for Father's Day last week lastyear. So but I had a I

lost the over ring, so likewhere your where your hose connects to your
to the sprayer just screws on rightthere. I somehow that thing had vibrated
loose or whatever and come come aloose and I lost the over ring that
was in there. So I justhappened to have a kit that had about

fifteen different you know, or twentydifferent types of over rings in there.
And I looked in there, Isaid, I think that one might do
it, you know. And Igot that thing and stuck it in there,
and sure enough it boom, justlike it where it work. Because
I was going to go to RGPower Equipment for that little over ring,
you know, And I'm thinking,man, if I got something to work,
I'll make it. Have you gota love when it just works out
like today? And and I screwedthat thing on there and boom it was

instance it says. So I waslike, okay, So I mix up
four gallons and around up, andI'd go down to the pond and I
spread it, and then I'd goback to the barn and I mix me
up another one, and I'd walkedback down there and spread it. So
I wound up putting out about twelvegallons yesterday. It got your miles in
walking right did that, and thenI jumped on the board and mowed everything

around the pond. So everything isclean down there and ready for ready for
fishing. Gosh, talking about mowing, Man, that's the name of the
game right now. I cut grassat work before we left yesterday because it
had gotten I mean, if you'renot cutting your grass once a week right
now, especially bermuda in full sun, that's fertilized. Man, it's growing
like crazy. And I hopped onthe moors about four thirty, not long

before we close, because we weregonna do it next week. But I
was like, no, I waslike, it's gonna be raining on and
off, and I want to getthis stuff done before the uh, before
the rain. I've got that oldCraftsman ride mower there or things about six
hundred and eighty hours on. Itstill still a ticking. They don't make
them like that anymore. No.I hopped on that thing and went to

town and man, that grass outfront is just as slick as glass.
That was. That was one thatyou know, back back when it was
new. It was probably about twelvehundred bucks. You yeah, I think
you're about right now. They're aboutthirty five hundred. We got that.
Sarah and I got that mower.When we first got married. Our first
house was a foreclosure and they onlycut so it was three quarters of an

acre, but they only cut likea quarter of it. Who I guess
the bank that owned the house onlycut, you know, like right around
the house. Well, everything behindthe house is waist high. And when
we first when we got it,we used her dad's lawnmowre to get it
cut down. And I think wecut grass for like two weeks straight trying
to get that grass cut down.And then Sarah said, Hey, if

you buy me and mower, I'llcut the grains. And I said yes,
ma'am. And so, uh,you know, we were first married,
so we're trying to hunt every singledeal that you could find. We
got that thing. It's when Searswas still up at Century Plaza, when
Century Plaza was still open. Idon't even know that Century Pliza itself was,
it's still open, but I'll sayit was Sears, but the Sears

was and they had that thing onsale. It was like, you know,
last year's model, and it's it'sgot a fifty four inch deck on
it. So I think it wasconsidered like ag equipment or something like that,
because the because of the deck wasso big, and uh they had
it marked down and I mean mya thousand bucks something like that. It
was you kniled it on the pricesA thousand eleven hundred bucks. Yeah,

and uh I didn't have that.I think we were there in like my
little Toyota Ta Coma that I usedto have, and we wouldn't fitting there
because the deck was too big.And ended up calling a friend and uh,
he can't. He met us downthere. We loaded that joker up
in the back of his truck andbrought it home and it's still running.
Yeah, she does a good jobdown there. Well, Christmas time for

a break. Let's go ahead anddo that. Our number. If you
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work or drainage work done. Uh, this time of year is a really
good time of year to do likepipe down, spouts out and stuff like
that, because you know, wegot through our spring, you know,
heavy heavy rain season or whatever,and this time of year we start hitting
these dry spells and we can actuallyrun our equipment down the yard and not

tear it up too good. Sonow's a good time to do drainage work.
So if you need drainage work,call us eight five four four thousand
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moulture down right now. You know, it's gonna take us a little while
to get that thing back up andrun. And so, uh, we're
gonna have to pause on that fora little bit. Uh. Justin snagged

a stump the other day with oneof the hydraulic coses and pulled apart out
of the U out of the lambtrack. So we gotta get that thing
fixed. Justin, Justin the master, fix it all. Man, you
can fix man that that pump onthat thing. He called me. He
said, boy, I screwed upbad, Chris, I said, what

did you? Jay said, Man, I screwed up the pump on the
grinder Head's gonna cost ten thousand bucksor something. I'm thinking myself, Okay,
Justin's been a little bit melodramatic withthis thing, you know, and
comes back the next days. Ifound somebody that will rebuild that think twelve
hundred dollars has sounds a little better. Well, yeah, let's take that
break or number if you want tocall us again A two O five four

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five four three nine nine three sevento two, and we got Herold on

the line. Good morning, Harold. How you doing, buddy? Hey,
guys, pretty good? Do itall right? For a sixty six
year old guy on his birthday?A happy birthday? Well, I'm gonna
have to put you on the whileI'm thinking about happy birthday Bob too,
said happy birthday, Bob, andsaid happy birthday to Bob. In a

while, I'm gonna put him rightthere in your category hair Star hours.
Harold, I don't know Bob,but I'm sure his birthdays. Out for
a run this morning. Uh,now, Bob is probably not running.
I am hey, good to hearfrom you, guys. Pledge, y'all

had a good all of it.My blueberry bushes. I've got the blueberries.
I've got some of them that areall shriveled up, and I've been
watering them. What is that?You know? Without out and looking at

it, Harold, I'd say youprobably got some kind of fungus or something
on there. Okay, that's that'swhat I was afraid of. What what's
the remedy for that? Some ofwhat you may have to do is kind
of google blueberry, uh, diseasesor whatever, and then it'll bring up

some some various things or whatever.A lot of times there's some of the
time there's different funguses or whatever thatwill cause a oh used to looking at
I googled it. There's there's one. I don't know that this is it.
It's amazing what Google can do foryou these days, right, right,
Harold, I googled it and itsaid call Classic Garden Show. That's

right. Well, we have aspecial Google called Chris, there is a
type of what's called anthracnos fruit fruitrop. So I got my Google sitting
right here called Chris Keith because heknelt. He said, it's something probably
some type of fungus. But yeah, that's what it's what it's looking like.
Okay, all right, So youguys are telling me to use the
Google machine. Man, Yeah,I'll come into Classic Gardens and we hook

you up. Yeah. I meanyou're probably gonna have to, uh come
in the garden center and get atype of fun aside to treat them.
Harrold. Yeah, AND's got aAND's got a book in the in the
garden center that's really good. We'vehad it for we were we wore out
one and we were bought the otherone and the new ones. Kind of

it's kind of a problem solver moreor less book, but it's got different,
uh, different diseases and different pestsand stuff like that that that attack
all kinds of book or all kindsof plants, and uh, it's just
kind of a problem solver book thatkind of helped us out, you know,
just trying to diagnose things for folks, and uh, you may have

to bring in the garden center,and uh, you know you want to
when you bring some of those samplesin, bring some foliage too. You
know you may have some like defectivefoliage or something like that, and and
some of the defective fruit. Makesure you put it in a bagg because
we don't want to be spread,you know, anything around or whatever.

And bring it in and let themtake a look at it and they'll help
you get some furnish side or somethingout. Early spring, I brought the
breach truck. I bought the bagof gold, and I saw Anne,
and I'll tell you that Mike Tenderis a lucky man. She's all over
the place, ain't she. She'sas nice, She's as nice as she

can be. She's a good friend. And I appreciate everything you guys.
Say. Well, listen this sixtysix year old. Guys gonna finish up
this run? Yeah, well yougot to run because you know they will
take you out to dinner or somethingtonight, man, and you'll work and
you'll put the pounds right back on. Well, I say, if you
don't run, you'll die. Yeah, all right, guys, good talking

to you. I have a greatday, all right, buddy, you
too, And uh, we've gotChris next on the line. Good morning,
Chris, how you doing. Goodmorning. I have a couple of
questions. I got some plumb trees. I got a small little orchard in
the back of my property, likefour or five fruit trees. I got

a couple of like three plum trees. One of them is kind of struggling,
looks like it's got a lot ofSpanish moss on the on the main
branches in the trunk, and it'sgot a little bit of foliage and a
little bit of fruit. But theother two are thriving much better. So
there's that. And I had Ihad two apple trees and one of them

just completely died. I was ablejust to basically grab it by the trunk
and just snap it right at theat the base. It was it was
so dead. And the other secondapple tree that I have has all these
little shelf fungi on it, soI'm sure it's a fungus. And half
of that tree is dead too,and I think it's probably going to go,
but it is still producing apples andhas some foliage. So that's that's

my question about. And then theother the other question that I had was
we got to notice from the watercompany that our water usage compared to last
year at the same time, hasgone a fifty thousand gallons. And I've
looked at the meter at the street. It's not turning, so I don't

have a leak in the house anywhere. And I called the water company and
they told me it's probably the poolor the irrigation system. But I haven't
been I haven't had to fill mypool, and I've walked all my irrigation
zones and I can't find anything that'sleaking that would account for that big of
a difference. I would. I'mkind of ad a lot. I would.

I would assume, Chris, Idon't know what area of town you're
in, but I assume you've probablygot a secondary meter on your on your
irrigation system as well. At anyrate, if you're if your meter's not
spinding, you're not using water.So if they you know, if I'm
not, It's hard to say forsure, but I think they just screwed
up reading your meter. Well,that's what I tried to say to them,

and they said, well, ifif there was a problem with the
meter, it would actually show thatyou're you're using less water. Not more.
And I'm like, well, youknow, a faulty meter could could
misread it either way. But it'salmost like, yeah, yeah, I
guess. You know, it seemsto be that those things would the more

the more digital and technology wise theyget things, the more they screw them
up in some cases. And uh, if you look that thing and that
little red and that little red thingsnot turning, then it ain't moving.
There ain't no water being used,right right, Well, okay, what
do you think about the fruit trees? Sounds like it was describing liking on

on some of them, the Spanishmoss looking Yeah, the mossy looking stuff.
There's probably lichens. Uh, theygrow. It's funny. Lichens grow
will grow in anything that stands still, So like if you stood outside literally
you know I'm exaggerating, but anythingthat stands still can grow lichens on it.

I don't care some of the someof the crusts that I have on
my on my skin and legs.But but likings also seem to grow better
on something that's headed south. Andsome of the time, uh, with
fruit trees, that's you you haveto keep them on a Their fruit trees

are paining the butt for lack ofa better term, and some of the
you you always, regardless of whatfruit it is, you have to beat
on a constant spraying regiment, youknow, and you've got to spray every
two to three weeks, uh witha fungicide slash insect aside, just to
keep you know, fungused down.And and we've got to We've literally got

a chart in the garden center thatwe hand out to people that's like a
do it yourself care maintenance program forlike various fruit trees. And it's basically
you got to come in every youknow, you start in the spring with
a dorm and oil spray, andthen every two weeks or three weeks after

that you go in with a fungeof side slash and said, we got
a furtilong fruit tree spray in thegarden center that you know, you'll take
that and you mix it up andevery two to three weeks you spray the
tree and uh, you know,it's just there's just they're paying the butt.
And you know a plum tree,uh is they're brill pon to getting

bores and you may have got boresin it, or that apple tree you
know that died. You said,you snapped it off right at the at
the ground, which you know,it could have been just from that,
or it could be from from anumber of different things. So a lot
of times it's easier just if yousee one going south, snatch it up

and go get you another apple tree, because it's you know it you by
the time it takes you to sprayand do and try to diagnose and all
that stuff, you could already haveanother plant in the ground coming on and
doing good. Yeah, okay,all right, well thank you appreciate that.

So, yes, sir, appreciateit. Chris gotten to the point
where we just don't even we don'teven sell fruit trees anymore. Uh at
the garden center. Well, it'smuch easier just to go to the farmers
market and buy some fresh fresh uhsome fresh apples, or hey, hey,
I bet how about there'll be abumper crop of peaches this year ahead
and tell you and uh, plumsand peaches are one of the ones,

really two of the worst ones.And really apples here, you know,
growing ice apples, like you know, you go to the grocery store and
buy we just don't do that now, you know, we don't get enough
chilling hours, you know up washDon and places like that where they get
plenty of chilling hours and stuff.Even if you go to say you go
to Gatlinburg and you go up intoyou know, you go to the like

carvers, you know they'll they'll beup there. They got you know,
they probably got five thousand apple trees. Around that point. There was some
place where there's a farmer's market inMaggie Valley, North Carolina. We went
to and they had fresh apples.By by I mean we bought a whole
bushel. I mean a big old, big old thing of it, and
I think I ate half of themon the way home. We just don't

grow them good here. You know, this is this is a good spot
for peaches and plums. But again, if if a peach farmer has an
issue with a tree or whatever,they just stat it out. They're gonna
lose a year or two of produce, but they'll snatch it out, replace
one and forget about it rather thantrying a cure. Yeah, I'm sure

we're doing another. Let's go aheadand do that. Our number if y'all
want to go to call, it'stwo O five four three nine nine three
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and Chris No. And now you'rea host Chris Joiner and Chris Keith and
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If y'all want to gives call,it's two O five four three nine nine
three seven two And uh yeah,boy, the landscaping is going night and
nothing right now. Man. Youknow, one, we we've been doing

a lot of irrigation sawd work anduh we're getting to that time of year
where I don't like doing it.Yeah, because it is such as it
can be. Rush right. Well, it's a it's a rat race because
you you know, you you're puttingin an irrigation system and trying to you
know, and she's doing her bestto try to coordinate. Okay, what

day do we need to get thesawd because I'm out there putting in you
know, six or sevens on's irrigationat times, and it's like, okay,
we got on Monday, We've gotto order sawd for Wednesday. And
you know you got to order theSAD two days ahead of time. Well
you and you got a six percentchance of rain this day, and you're

like, you don't want to bustthe ground up anymore than you have to.
And then this time of year,you can't let sod sit on the
pallet on the ground. And youstarted getting water right then, you know,
so we're once we you know,and we've had pretty nice weather up
to now. It hadn't got likesuper hot. You know, We've had

a day or two that's flirted withI agrees, but for the most part
it's been pretty cool. But youknow, just at any minute, the
switch is gonna flip and it's gonnamake ninety seven to ninety eight degrees and
if you get sawed, it's gotto hit the ground and get watered like
asap and it dries up. Onthe pallet and the heartbeat. So but

we'll do it for you. Andwhen it gets when we get it off
the palette and get it down andget the water to it or whatever,
it's gonna come on like gang Busters, I'm telling you. And we slink
some fertilighter down on that flawns aersget and we're getting into that time of
year two where it's uh, troubleshootingyards. You know, grass becomes the
big issue. I was at agentleman's house yesterday, had two big tree,

old tree stumps in the front yard. And it's is you knows,
when you get old tree stumps thatare rotten, it's difficult to go grass,
you know, right on top ofthose and right around just because you
got so much just organic material.It's decomposing and soil structure changes and it's
just difficult. But then that thatbrowning just I mean it radiated out like

fifty feet all around that tree.Something like, man, what in the
world is going on? When Ifirst pulled up, I thought that looks
like chinchbug damage. And he hada company that was treating his yard,
and I go out, I'm diggingaround and when when when you look for
chinch bugs. I mean, you'reon your hands and knees, like,
yeah, you think these things are? These things are? These things are?

You could put two dozen of themon a on a thumbnail. And
so I'm looking, I'm looking,I'm looking, and I start seeing them
scurrying around. That area was reallydry, and with the hotter and drier
it gets, the more chinch bugslike it. And basically what they do
is they they they pierce the leafblade of the grass and they feed off

of all the nutrients and all thesap in the in the grass blade.
Well at the same time kind oflike uh uh you know some of these
other insects they secrete the toks andin the leaf blade and it kills the
grass. And man, they canjack up you, or I mean,
they can really mess it up bad. And so I picked I picked up
the phone and I called the homeowner right then and there, and I

said, man, he's I said, listen, you've got chinch bugs in
your yard, and uh, youknow, you've got to get these treated
or it's gonna it's gonna continue toget worse because these things are just going
to continue to feed until we getinto the fall. And uh. He
asked me a question. He's like, well, do you think you know
my other company does a pretty goodjob keeping the weeds down and keeping the

grass green. Do you think Ineed to fire them? And I said,
if they haven't told you anything aboutlike why your yard looks like garbage,
yes, you need to fire them. I there thinking about, Oh
my goodness, and actually I'm working. I got to finish working up to
quote after the radio show and sendit over to him. It was the
end of day yesterday that I wasthere. But you know, you got
chinch bug chinch bugs in yards,which twenty four years of doing this,

I think that the last probably yearand a half two years, I've seen
more chinchbugs, legitimate chinchbugs. AndI've seen an entire twenty four years that
I've done this, and I don'tknow. I guess I guess over time
they're starting to get more acclimated tolike our weather. Because chinchbugs is a
big South You know, when youget down to the coast Montgomery in south

or over Savannah and Charleston where youwere, you got a lot of Saint
Augustine though. They're huge, Imean big, big time issues and the
zoyser grass the last couple of yearshave really started getting hammered by these things
and to the point and it's youknow, it's it's to the point where
like I had to take all ofour lawn care guys and fine yards with

chinchbugs and take them to it sothat they could know what to look for,
because you just don't see them veryoften. But that's that's something that
starting to pop up in yards.Dollar spot in Bermuda right now. Oh
my gosh, with the you know, with the heat, with the humidity,
with the rainfall. If you've gota little brown polka dots that look
like leopard prints basically like all inyour Bermuda grass, that's a type of

fungus called dollar spot, something thatyou got to get treated with with the
fund your side. Sometimes if it'sif it's very minor, you can come
in with like long food plus iron, you can fertilize it, you can
keep it cut real real low,and uh that'll that'll push it out.
But with the humidities most of timesyou just have to come in and treat
that and then once we you know, start once that flip, that switch

flips. Chris Keith and things startgetting dry. Youn have dry spots popping
up all over the place. Youreally just have to stay in tune or
have somebody like Classic Gardens and Landscapethat knows what they're doing on their yard
or knows what they're doing to diagnosethese type things. But that's moving through,
you know, basically September October.You really have to pay attention to

your yard, you know, mowand wise, you got to stay on
top of that irrigation. I wasat Miss Dorset's house over in Trustville yesterday
and there was one spot in thecorner, you know it was that was
real brown, and I started scratchingat the dirt and like patting on it,
and I was like, Miss Dorsett, look at this dust coming up.
And then you move over to wherethe grass is green and the and

the soils wet. You know,you could sit there and kind of mold
it in your hand because it hadgood moisture. But that that little bitty
corner right there just wasn't getting hit, wasn't getting hit by irrigation, and
uh, it just kind of payattention to that kind of stuff. You
know. Some of the time,Chris, we'll be out there putting in
an irrigation system, and you know, some of the time you just have

a little corner like that. That'sweird, you know that just it irrigation.
You just won't get to try tomake you, yeah, you try
to make your heads go right tothis corner or whatever, and you know,
not get on the plant in thenot get on the shrubs because you're
trying to water them with a differentyou know system, or you know,
maybe you got drip on them orwhatever, and you don't want to double

water everything in that bed. Sosome of the time we have to put
a little put a little head inthis corner just for this little dry spot
and put like a little one ofthose little one thousands or whatever that I
call them, a little worthy birdspins it around, keeps that one little
corner in. They're wet enough towhere you know, you don't have that

corner that dies out on you onaccount of that stuff. So it's just
part of you gotta pay attention andsometimes you just got a handwater. I
was at MSS Daughtery's house the meetingwith them. They're ever in the Shoal
Creek area. Man, they're fantasticpeople. I've known them basically my entire
career here, and they had somespots up on a steep hill that you

know, the soils just rockier thaneverything else, and they don't want to
run that particular zone irrigation, youknow, million times just to keep too
you know, a couple of littlespots you know water, so I like,
you know, you've got to andI think they've got maybe a little
ferry ring in those spots. Sowe were talking about coming in and like
aerating those with either the aerator oreven just taking a little pitch for it,

just to break the tension of thesurface and handwater in those spots to
keep the soil hydrated. So there'sjust music. Like I said, you
just got to pay attention to yardsmoving forward. If you want them to
look nice, you got to payattention to it and have professional help like
us to diagnose. And it won'tbe long. We'll have spittle bugs popping
up in yards. It won't belong we'll have you know, army worm

waves a couple of months. Uh, just well, just a lot of
stuff is gonna be going on inyards, just like these cicadas have moved
in, you know, and andjust you know, been noisy and doing
their thing. You know, wehave waves of army warmers, we have
waves of spittle bugs, and wereally never know what to expect. We

just got to have to play itby ear as it comes. That's why
on our long care program we offera three step insecticide program. So we
start in the spring putting out preventativemeasures to take care of all these bugs.
And then, uh, you know, if something does pop up that
you know, the preventative doesn't takecare of, then we come in with

quick kills and kill what, youknow, the bugs that attack. So
you know, when you when yousign up with Classic Gardens, then we
offer you the three step insecticide programon top of your additional treatment. But
man, it's like an insurance policyand it does a fantastic job of keeping
those bugs out of your yard beforethey ever, you know, become an
issue. And unfortunately we always havesome type some type of insect. Oh

yes, you at some point,you know, when you got when you've
got good grass, you know,well maintained bermuty yard, a well maintains
oisy yard. It's like a thoroughbredhorse or pure red dog. There's always
something that's got to be done right. Yeah, but the alternative is to
have to be that guy in theneighborhood that has nothing but well the thugs.
The bugs don't look for the crappiestyard to lay their eggs in.

They look for the healthy. Theylook for the healthiest one. And you
know that's why you got to havea trained eye out there, you know,
checking on things and making sure yougot a good got a good program
going on. And that's Classic Gardens. You call us eight five four,
four thousand and five, Chris,we're time for a break. Let's go
ahead and do that. You mightbe able to get in the last minute
call if you call in now twooh five, four thirty nine nine three

seven two, and we'll be rightback on the Classic Gardens and Landscape Show.
These guys know they're dirt. It'sthe Classic Gardens and Landscape Show with
Chris Joiner and Chris Keith Russell.Green Houge has been insuring my business,
my home, and my farm forover twenty years. You see Russell as
an independent agent. He gets toshop the insurance industry to bring me the

best possible insurance and price. GreenHouge Insurance is a family run business with
his wife Marcia and son Adam.As Russ eases up a little, Adam
is stepping in. I remember whenmy home on my farm burned down to
the ground. I called Russ thatafternoon, and the next morning I had

an adjuster standing next to me onmy farm. My memory's a little foggy,
but the way I tell the storyis he wrote me a check on
the spot for the full amount ofthe policy. If it didn't happen that
way. It was so easy towork with them that it seemed it happened
that way. I also remember whenmy house in Birmingham had tornado damage.
I called green Houge, laid ona satdery prepared to leave a message on

the phone. Russ answered. Isaid, Russ, why are you work
so late on a Saturday. Hesaid, Mike, there was a storm,
and I'm expecting some phone calls frommy customers. It might be hard
to believe, but that's the kindof service you get from Green Houge Insurance.
Give Russ or Adam a call todaynine to sixty seven eighty eight hundred
and tell them that Mike sent you. I pulled in weed Tember my sun.

I followed the lawn Anble Long one. I fought the lawn anber Lon
one. My yard work never seemto get done. I bought the lawn
Amble Long one. I fought thelawn Amber Long one. I'm goving crams

and I'm getting mad, gonna getout of my spread gone. My grass
is brown and my shrups look bad. I bought the lawn amber. They
were back on the Classic Gardens ofthe Landscape Show and just rehashing man.
Lawns are starting to get a littlefungus in them. You gotta pay attention,
getting start to get a little bug, a little bugger. Yeah,

I gotta pay attentions happening. Uh, if you have us treat yard,
we pay attention. You don't haveto pay attention, you know. That's
what I do. Don't have topay it. I a customers and that's
what I tell them. I waslike, listen, this is a relationship.
Like you know, we're we visitthe lawn, you know, roughly
once a month. You're there everysingle day. So you know, if
you see stuff popping up that continuesto get worse and worse and worse between

treatments, to call us, wecheck it out because it is. And
that's uh. People have to understandthat, like we're only a small part
of the of the equation. Youknow, to make a beautiful yard,
homeowner has to do their part keepingthe grass cut. We're to your yard
twenty minutes right there. Every day. Homeowner has to keep it watered,
you know, homeowner has to everynow and then, you know, even

on the even on the best preemergent program, you know, there's some
weeds that are just really really hardto control with pre emergent and from time
time you got to pick a fewlittle weeds. Hey, you've got to
keep your flower beds maintained. Youknow, we're getting into the season where
you start and seeing it's starting seeingthat old gripe weed right where people call
it little mimosa tree. Well,nine time out of ten when I see

gripe weed in a yard, guesswhere it's coming from. It's coming from
the flower beds because the flower bedsaren't maintained and there's no pre emergent control
in those flower beds. So yougot to keep you know, those flower
beds maintained. So it kind ofkeeps the weeds out of the yard.
And mowing again. Mowing is ahuge part of weed control. Now,
if you're not cutting your grass,you know, every week. And I

know some people are just or deadset or they just they can only cut
their grass every two weeks. Butif you're not mowing your grass regularly,
that's a huge part of weed control. And the best fertilizer program in the
world ain't gonna do much good ifthe homeowner doesn't do their part. You
know, it's like a marriage.Well, I know a lot of people
together. I know a lot ofpeople aly on somebody else that cut their
grass, you know, and that'scool some of the time, you know,

it's it's easier to dry on theguy that cuts the grass do it
than it is for you to doit yourself. Everybody's busy, Yeah,
and uh, but what I doat home, like what I did yesterday,
Chris, I went out there anddid my spring because I got in
a little early and I got outthere the grass around the pond. You
know, I could have let itgo for another week and it had been

all right. I mean, aswell, it's just a pastor, you
know. But I knew we hada heavy chance of rain today and I
said, you know what, Iwant to get that thing cut before this
rain gets here or whatever. Soyou know, a day or two earlier
then I might have went, that'sfine, you know when it got done
and uh man, it looks goodout there. So some of the time
you have to come up a gun. You know. You if you get

on a if you get on aweekly regiment of cutting your grass, and
you know Saturdays you're cutting day,and then you look at the forecast and
it's like seventy percent chance of rain, you may have to bust that more
out a day earlier. Otherwise youmight be three days behind because you know,
just looking at the forecast over thenext few days, we got a
fifty to fifty shot by three orfour days in a row. So you

know, you may have you maywind up going ten or twelve days,
you know, before you get yourgrass cut if you wait till that seventh
day, so you might have tobust move and get it done on that
sixth day. My brother in lawgot caught by that today because he we
were at his house last night cookingfatas on the blackstone. He's like,
yea, I'm gonna try to I'mgonna try to beat the rain in the
morning when I wake up and cutgrass. And he's got this old pasture,

had out a ton of Dallas grass, fescue, you know, just
hodgepodge and stuff. And I wokeup this morning. That was the first
thing I thought. I was like, no, he didn't beat the rain,
you know, Chris, when wegot that hell of storm. That
was two weeks ago before I wenton I went on vacation. I was
all the way down at the pondwith John Deere and my sister's up there

on top of the hill and shesaid, I'm trying to telepathically tell Chris
because I'm sitting here watching you know, I'm watching James Spain on on the
news and he's like severe thunderstorm warningfor Saint Clair County or whatever. And
Chris is down here on the lawnboard at the lake, and I was
like, I was probably seven hundredyards from from the barn when the bottom

fell out, and I'm coming acrossthe oh, I mean, what could
I do? Jump off the lawnmowerand like run to the barn. So
I got soaked down there. That'spart of That's part of it, right,
part of it well, Chris,that means it means we're out of
time. But y'all come see usat the Garden Center money through Friday,
eight to five. And uh,if you need landscape and long cair irrigations,

patios or taining walls, any ofthat stuff, you call us eight
five, four or four thousand andfive. We'll come out there and do
it for you. We'll see younext week on the Class Guard Landscape sho
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