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It's the classic gardens and landscape shovelon the head, ready and well if
you want showing plants and grass togrow two percent. Chris, Chris and
Chris. No, Chris knows it. Chris knows it. Chris knows it.
Chris knows it. Chris knows it. Chris knows it. Sure,

Chris knows it. See Chris knowsit. And now you're host. Chris
Joyner and Chris Kings show up theR City. I'm Chris King, I'm
Chris Joiner, and I hope everybodyknows. It's spring now. Baby,
it is here, man, itis. Everything's starting to bloom and everything

smelling good. We got bedding plantsin the garden center. We got all
types of fertilizers in the garden center. Spring forward tomorrow. I'm telling you
what the phones are. The phonesare blowing up up with long care.
People want long cair quotes, peoplewant landscape quotes. But really, you
know, it's funny and this isa classic gardens and landscape show. W

r c our Garden centers open Mondaythrough Friday, say eight to four.
But with spring, with spring andtime changing, and we're going to be
going eight to five sotay. Staytuned on that. Just check our Facebook
well up. We update everything onFacebook as far as our business hours.
And then and I know she wasposting some pictures this past week of shipment

of betting plants that we had comein and then also a bunch of house
plants that she's selling, So alot of stuff going on in the garden
center. I was, I wasin a lot this week and and I
tell you, you get some nicesunny, sixty and seventy degree days and
people come out of the woodworks wantingeverything. Well, you know it.

I used to say, I kidabout this, Chris, but I think
I'm honest about it. It.Uh. I go into a deep depression
every every winter, and I thinkeverybody does. You know, everything's so
drab and nasty and just you know, it rains every other day and it's
sloppy, and you know, youjust want to you want to, you
know, put a gun to yourhead. And then you know spring comes

around and you know you see everythingstarting to bloom. Now, I mean
the quints bloom and the Bridaly spyryof the Forsythia. You know that this
has probably been you know, oneout of every ten years, Uh,
the saucer magnolia goes to a completecycle of blooming without you know, a
freeze coming in and burning the bloomsoff of it. This is that year.

Uh. They've been beautiful and arestill pretty, but the you know,
the first ones that started blooming arestarting to drop now. And uh
you know Branford pears or the oldwild pears all over the side of the
road. You know that every oneof those things are putting on a show.
Ye And uh, I mean it'ssprings here, you know, and
it's it's time to come out ofthat deep depression and come see us at

the Garden Center. We're at eighteenfifty five Carson Road where we've been forever
and uh, you know it comessee us Monday through Friday. Uh,
we don't open on Saturday, soyou got to get in here during the
week and uh pick up some bed. I'm not I'm not gonna tell you
to grab thirty flats of impatience andgo put them out by no stretch.

But some of the more hearty stuff, you know, the marrigolds and the
petunias and stuff like that, you'dprobably be all right planting some of those
outside. Uh, if you wantto go ahead and get your pots started,
though, you know something you canuh, you know, plant and
slide in the garage if if wehave a cold spell or whatever, then
that's fine, But I uh,I wouldn't recommend just going out and you

know loading and loading the yard upwith bedding. Plant. Yeah, that's
right, we got we got wegot about fifty treys out there right now.
Hearing about another three weeks, we'llhave about three hundred tree through you
know, three or four hundred treesout there. So you know it's we're
we're just starting to get to thatpoint, you know, technically meteorolgic meteorology

wise, the first of the firstof spring is the nineteenth, which is
like what next this time next week, So we're we're right there. Uh.
You know, Easter is a littleearly this year, you know,
so everybody will be planting their gardens. Uh, probably a little earlier than
yeah, because you know, I'mgonna get some corn, se said plant

by you know Good Friday is thatday, right, Good Fridays early this
year. I've got a spot,Chris where I'm I've already figured out an
irrigation strategy for the corn patch.And I've I've already I've kind of killed
this. I've got a wild Carrickssaid that is growing in my pasture and

where I built my barn. I'mgonna plant. I'm playing a bunch of
corn right there. Uh if Ikeep I figured out how how I'm may
combat the deer and uh, somebody, Yeah, I just had a had
an idea. You know, Igot I got power in my barn,
and I got water in my barand all that stuff. But what I'm

thinking is is I'm thinking that Ican put a little radio out there,
you know, and just have itplaying music, maybe the sound of you
know, the the voices or whatever. You know, I blare some Hank
Williams, you know, maybe they'llmaybe they'll stay out of there. Yeah,
you know, maybe we'll have somecountry boy can survived playing out in
the corner patch. Maybe that'll throughthe deer. But no, lie,

My game plan is to go inthere and spray in the next week or
so and just kill everything and thencome in mow everything way low. And
uh then the time I get itmowed down, I'm gonna go in and
and and till that thing up I'mgonna put a ten thousand square foot bag
or or the biggest bag they makeof human I may put about five of

them on my on my corn patchand get that thing going. We recommend
this time of year and really onyour shrubs, on your on your you
know, vegetable gardens, anything likethat, you put humic on it this
time of year, and it basicallyjust, uh, it ramps up the
microbial activity in the soil and man, it'll it'll make you garden do ten

times better than what we did before. Fantastic. Yeah, just the breakdown
of nutrients kind of I've always explainedit to customers, like you know,
when you when you eat something thathas like yogurt or probiotics, it helps
your stomach enzymes digest all the foodmore efficiently so that your body can absorb
the nutrients that humic acid does thesame thing in the soil. It helps

us microbes eat and digest all thefertilizers and the nutrients in the soil so
that the plant, whether it's tomatoesor corn or grass, that those plants
can can utilize and uptake the nutrientsa lot better. You know, that's
a that's a product that we startedselling out of the Garden Center years and
years ago, and I started usingit on on some of those yards that

were just really struggling, you know, if they had really bad grub damage
or or just a weak root systemfor whatever reason. And I really started
coming in and doing heavy doses ofthat hemic acid, and I saw a
huge improvement in the yards. AndI was like, man, this is
not snake ole. This is like, this is legit. And so I
ended up incorporating it into our fertilizationprogram where we come out and treat your

yard yourself. Now we do aspray. There's a liquid version of it
that we use through our service.It's a granule that we that we sell
at the garden Center. But it's, man, it's fantastic stuff. Well,
the cool thing is is you can'tscrew up with it. No,
it's it's not a fertilizer. It'snot a fertilizer subst it says on the
bag. You know, very rarelydo you do you? And we can't

tell you. Hey, you know, if if a thing of kilzof says
five tablespans for gallon, you don'twant to use six? You know,
you want to use five. Uh, you do what the label says on
soul Activator. I won't do whatthe label said, but I'll go out
through there and I'll be I'll havea bag out and like one path.

I mean, I'm I'm putting itout heavy, but it works too good.
I feel you. Uh, Imean, I'm telling you the Garden
Center. That's just kind of onmy mind right now because and before the
before we left the Garden Center,she gave me a bunch of stuff to
talk about and we'll talk about ita little bit throughout the show. But
one of the things, I wasin the office and I saw empty wine

bottle on one of the desks,and Uh, I looked at Jenny.
I was like, so, whaty'all been doing while I'm out giving long
care? Bid y'all in here drinkingwine? Right? Well? No,
Anne got this. Uh these littleceramic things. I had no idea what
they were until she explained it tome. But they're called the plant Nanny
and it's like it's a little ceramicspike basically that you put down in like

a house plant or just any kindof flower pot, and then you take
a you can take a bottle likeone of them in particular, there's a
wine bottle, you fill it upwith water, you hook it up to
that little ceramic spike, and youpunch it down into the soil and so
it slowly feeds the feeds the plantwater. You know, if you go
out of like spr okay, everybody'sgoing out for spring break. Man,

I tell you what, if wego out for down town for spring break,
I can guarantee my easterly is gonnalook like it's about dead by the
time I get back. Well,you use this plant nanny for something like
that. There's there's several sizes,so you can have one that has a
wine bottle in it, and thenthey've got one that you can basically hook
any type of water bottle. SoI mean even just like a regular old
bottled water. You can hook upto it and punch it down in the

soil and you go out of townboom bamboom, easy to water. And
then she, uh, we gotthis new product in and I think she's
probably gonna have to order a bunchmore of this. But there's two tubs.
One is a boxwood restore and protectmix, and then the other one
is boxwood turbo grow and if youhave boxwoods over the if you have boxwood,

you've probably experienced some kind of likedamage on it over the past couple
of years. You know, thatfreeze that we had I don't even really
want to talk about it, butthat freeze that we had back in what's
that December of twenty two really dida number on boxwoods and then they end
up getting a lot of blight whereyou have dead sections in them. But

these are little tubs and you canuse them, and it's basically fertilizer and
it has other secondary nutrients in it, so you can use these to really
help with the growth and the recoveryon your box woods. Super easy to
use fertilizers. They're you know ones, they're both pelletized and just feedure boxwoods
with them. Super easy. Itcomes with instructions about when to do it

and how to do it. I'mnot a huge fan of box woods,
but people, you know a lotof people love them and they cherish them
really, you know, like alot of people cherish Japanese maples. You
know a lot of people put boxwoods to get a certain look in their
home, and when they start lookingbad, Uh, it changes the whole
landscape. So got a couple ofdifferent boxwood products for you know, nutritional

value that you can use on those. Well, it's kind of the same
deal, Chris. You talked aboutthe Japanese maple and the uh you know
in the boxwood. You go tosome of these old homes and Mountain brook
that are you know, one hundredyears old, and they got box woods
out there at a hundred years old, right, and on a box with
that big you can't just run aroundthe corner and grab another one. How
mean they don't make them with you, you know, So you got to

make sure if you've got you know, a you know, a whole a
whole big landscape full of box woodslike that, that those things are taken
care of, because again, youcan't just go out and grab you anohing
and stick it in. Yeah.Just uh, I tell you Chris this
last week you were talking about beingbusy. Busy. We went down to

uh, we went back to BeckyRoberts and wiped that out and finished up
for Becky. So she's done.We uh, let's see the Morris and
Low's across the road. We gotthem wrapped up and done and then so
we're out of out of Tuckwiller temporarily. We got another job that we've landed

up the street from there, Uhin the cola sack. We'll be working
on probably in another three or fourweeks, you know, when we get
caught you know, around to them. And then uh, we just did
a job for David Clark. Thisis a smaller job. We went in
and just uh and he had twobad spots in the driveway about four foot

wide and the width of the driveway. Yeah, and we went in there.
The concrete was poured at different timesfor whatever reason, and that concrete
was only poured like two inches thick, and it was busted and broken,
plus air roots running all under itand everything. So we went in,
busted those sections of concrete out,dug all the roots out of there,

and dug a good footer and packedin a good footer with our packer,
and uh laid papers in there.While I was at his house, I
delivered him some soil activator, uh, because we were out there doing his
job for him, and uh someis a evergreen food and uh he was
saying something about pre emerging or whatever, and I said, yeah, he

said, can I go ahead anddo this. I'd just put something else
out and I said, yeah,it was fine. I think it was
his lime and he just got itout and uh, I said, yeah,
you can go ahead and put thatout. It's not well. I
said, you put any pre mergingout. He said yeah, I do
the bag of the gold. AndI said, oh, okay, so
it is time to do the bagof gold now. Uh. We do

it in the fall, and wedo it in the spring, and it's
time to do it now. Ifyou put it out now, you won't
have any crabgrass and you won't haveto do another pre emergen till September.
It's time to get that out.And uh, I tell you that A
it's we're actually up for a break, Chris. Let's go ahead and take
that. But I thought that wascool. David was like, yeah,
I do the bag of go yep, like yeah, he listened. I

delivered that, sure did. Let'stake that break right quick. Our number
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loan. That's right, man,I'll tell you what it's. You talked
about that bag of gold before thebreak, and it is time to do
pre merging if you have not doneon it, and all the signs and
every Grandpaul talked about is out there. You know. We call it code
yellow. That's what I said lasttime, Code yellow. I mean,

you know the affodils have bloomed allright. There's there's one sign that springs
right around the corner. For Cynthiais in full swing right now. I
urge you, an there's everybody knowswhen for Cynthia starts blooming. You best
to be putting down some premergent crabbecause crab grass is on the way.
Yeah. Uh. If you havenot sculpture yard, go ahead and do
that. All your bermuta and yoursayas of grass knocked up, Take that

mower, drop that mowing deck,down real low. Give your yard a
crew cut if you feel like it'slow enough at lower. And so you
know this uh, and this oneof the questions I get is why you
know, why do you do that? Number One, it removes all that
dormant turf sea when when grass comesback to life, that brown grass that
you see, it doesn't come backfrom that. It basically comes back from

the roots. So it comes backfrom the ground, you know. So
you you cut all that dormant turfoff, and that basically lets the sunshine
get down to the soil and ithelps the ground temperature warm up and then
it also helps with their circulation andso that helps speed up the green up
process in the spring. Now,you know, there's another big question,

and it's like to bag the clippingsor not to bag the clippings. Right,
Well, when you when you're scalpingthe yard, that's the one time
that we that we say it's imperativeyou must bag the clippings because when you
if you scalp a yard and youscalp it properly, I mean you're gonna
you're gonna have a bunch of abunch of debris all over the yard.
And so that's you know, reallythe one time that we we say that

it's a must that you bag theclippings when you scalp the yard. That
way, you don't get a bigthick layer of grass clippings basically covering up
everything that you just tried to expose. Now after that, you know it's
you know, for we religiously preachedabout bagging the clippings for years and years
and years, and and you knowit's, uh, it's not necessary during

your normal mowings. I mean,we've got, you know, thousands of
customers that do, thousands of customersthat don't. Guess what, we got
thousands of yards that look great.The biggest thing is when you're bagging,
if you don't bag the clippings andyou're mulching them, not leaving them pout
up all over the yard. Solike, I mean, I don't bag
mine, But if I ever getbehind schedule cut my grass and there's piles

of clippings, I'll go through mybackpack, glower and just kind of you
know, spread everything out because thoseclippings will over time decompose and return to
the soil. But when you're scalpingthe yard, that is one time that
we do feel that it's best tocatch all those clippings and bag them up.
And then, you know, thistime of year, a lot of
people might not have even cut theirgrass since like October November, you know,

so you'll have a lot of youmight have still have some leaves in
the yard. You might still havesticks and acorns and hickory nuts that type
thing. So you want to getthat stuff up off the yard as well,
just to make sure that everything's clean. Well, I like to tell
people to you know, if yougot a three or four thousand square foot
yard and you cut you back youyard with a push more, you know,

and it's got a bagger on it, Hey, that's all right.
But for the general guy that likeme or you that's got a three quarter
acre lot and uh, you knowwe're going out there with a z turning
motor everything, it ain't practical forus to bag. I mean, it
just ain't. We'd have we'd havea pile. I mean, I'm not
mowing a lot outside a yard,but still if I had a lawn,

I couldn't see bagging it every time. Man, I'd have I'd have a
half acre clippings out there in abig brush pile or something. You know,
it just wouldn't wouldn't pan out.So yeah, if you got the
small yard, and hey, ifyou're put cutting with a cutting with a
bagger or whatever and all that simpleenough. Yeah, I mean you might

have three bags you know, thewhole time, so it's not that big
a deal. But you know,for the average guy that's got the huge
yard, we're gonna jump on orwe're gonna jump on ours e turn and
we're gonna knock it out. Yes, sir, that's right. So pre
emergent name of the game right now. You got to get that down because
and start heading off crabgrass and alot of your other summer annuals that you

see here I am talking about summerand it's March, right. Well,
what we do now is going toprevent weeds that you'll end up seeing in
the summer. So make sure toget you in the summer. We'll be
talking about poet right. That's right, because we're a step ahead, you
know what I'm saying. You gotto prevent those pre emergents are you know,
several months ahead of them. Ihad I had a I had a
long cair customer that uh missed theirfall pre emergent for various reasons, and

she called and she said, hey, I got you know, I got
weeds in my yard. I can'tbelieve that, you know, just missing
one fall pre emergent will make thatbig of a difference. And I explained
to her, Yeah, I meanyou miss it. You miss a pre
emergent. And it's basically like ifif you're a woman and you're taking birth
control and you forget to take yourbirth control, what do you think is
gonna happen? You know what Imean? Yeah, this premergent is the

birth control for lawn, So ifyou miss a pre mergent, you know,
you know what's gonna happen. Idon't have to go any further than
that, but uh, it's justsuper important right now to do that.
And then we're coming up up toour our grub prevention application. We typically
do that in April timeframe, butnow it's time to really start again from

a preventative standpoint, planning out yourgrub prevention application. So you don't have
grubs in there eating your roots up. Yeah, those things are all in
the yard. You know you're gonnastart moving up in the soil with the
soil temperature coming up like it is. You know, Hodie, I've been
out there. We just did adrainage job for the Fortson's. They're out

in Donna. She is out therein Homewood, and we did that the
other day, went in and pipedsome down spouts out down the side of
her house and put in a Frenchdrain and pipe that out, you know,
one hundred feet out, you know, to the backyard. Uh.
They were having issues with water gettingin the basement. That's that's kind of

a big issue nowadays. It's peoplegetting water in the basement. And uh
a lot of times we can goin there and add French drains and stuff
like that and and and alleviate theproblem. So I guess it's just poor
construction from a water diversion standpoint,right. I mean, I think you
know at some of the time too, you know, the foundation settles a

little bit and you get a crackin the bricks, you know, and
uh, yeah, I know thesecompanies like AFS and all that stuff,
and they be going there and theydo the best they can to you know,
fix that kind of stuff or whatever. But it's kind of tough when
you got to you know, housethat's been there for seventy years. I
mean, what are you gonna doraise the foundation on the thing. It's

just a it's a tough situation.But I guess it can put The homeowner
might not want to tell you thatmuch to do it right. Some of
the time, if we can,if we can turn the water away from
it, yeah, and get itout of the situation to start with.
And and some of the time it'sit helps just banking soul off the house,
you know, making sure that thewater doesn't get to the house.

And then some of the time weare going in with these French drains and
putting them in so when the watercomes down towards the house and it gets
in our French drain and runs out, and uh, just diverting the water
some of the time will help youout. A lot of times with foundation
problems like that, there's not agood solution. I mean, I know

a lot of people that have sumppumps in their basement, and you know,
it's cutting They're constantly pumping water outof there just from groundwater, you
know. So it's a big problem. But uh, hopefully you buy the
house that doesn't have a leaky base. That's right, yes, sir,
that yeah, Donna's uh yard.It was a prime example of one chrisy

where you're you're out there and youpull up on the yard and it looks
as it should. Uh there's nota weed in in the front yard at
all. I mean, it's justthe perfect straw yard with you know,
it's starting to get a little greenin it, but for the most part
it's dormant. And uh, theirbackyard you can tell here in another month
and a half that they'll be virtuallyno sun back there if they do just

a little bit. And they've gotjust Scanton Saint Augustine in the backyard with
a little bit of ois and mixedin and a whole lot they it looks
like they might have seated it willfescue. They had a lot of poe
in in it and all that.So they obviously don't treat the backyard.
So you can walk in the backyard. In the backyard totally green, you
know right there because hot grass righteverything on the sun. But uh,

yeah, we got them, Wegot that trenched in and got them fixed
up on that stuff, so we'regood to go. On that. Yeah,
you know, it's that's that's themain thing that I'm getting phone calls
about. Like for people that haven'tdone long care, It's like, man,
over the past two weeks, youknow, I have I just bought
this house and look fine when Iwhen I bought it last fall. But
god, the last couple of weeks, weeds have been coming on because we've

had fantastic weather. I mean it'sbeen great. It's been great weather.
It's been weed jumping. But yeah, the weeds have been popping up all
over the place. So you gotto get in and and uh, you
got to get your pre merging down. We we can come out and give
you a quote on fertilization. We'dcontrol. That's basically what I was doing
all last week and here in thenext sixteen weeks pretty much. That's what

I'm That's what I'm gonna be doingwide open. Well, your phone rings
off the hook this time. You'reChris Webb and ours does too. I
Mean we always say, you know, in in January, where the where
the loneliest people are around. Youknow, come March, we're the most
popular, and everybody wanted to youknow, everybody wants to see you,
and uh it's pretty typical. Uh. The phones are ringing off the hook

for landscaping right now. Uh,we've been doing irrigation you name it.
I mean it's going name and nothing. If you need pavers or or anything
like that late or retaining wall built, we'd be glad to help you.
I know, well, I knowour Ricardo's crew is going to be working
over at Rudd Yeats. Well,we've done two big projects for Rudd out

there. You can't miss Rudd's place. He's right there on the corner and
Crestwood right up the street from thefilling station, right there the pizza joint,
and uh darn, I hate it. I'm not working on that job,
man, but uh I got theygot to get it. When I
cleaned. They got an Italian ItalianChicken Club sandwich that will knock your socks
off. Man. It's a fantastic. My go to is the filler and

the sweet potato fries. They hadsome sweet potato fries and they it's some
kind of like caramel dipping sauce.Oh my goodness, I tried. I
could drink that straight out of thebottle. Here we go off of all
food, right Focus. That's oneof those little small mom and pop restaurants,
and uh man, it is fantastic. I've ever eating their pete and
I had a a I ate thefiller every chicken cord on blue one time,

and I think that sandwich weighed abouteighteen pounds I picked up. You
know, all right, when yougo to when you go to a restaurant
and you grab the sack of foodand you're like, all right, that's
got some weight to it. You'relike, yeah, I'm gonna be full.
I'm gonna go into a food comeafter this. There's just this feeling
that you get, you know,and you're happy firsts when you when you
pick up the sack and you're like, goly, it's light. I'm gonna

be hungry in about ten or fifteenminutes. Now. The sandwich is there?
Who stuff for two meals? Threemeals? Their pizza's fantastic. Uh
huh. But yeah, the guyswe don't do a lot of that kind
of stuff. But I think they'redoing an extension for a for a driveway
over there, and that that's whatRicardo's crew does for us. We do,

they do our hard, they do. We do a lot of the
hardscape stuff ourselves, me and sirchildren in the herado. But they do
like the rock work and like theblack walls with stucco faces and stuff like
that. Of course, met meand Surgery don't fool that stuff there to
do the concrete work. They're mason, They're made, they're the mason mason

part of it. Yeah, well, Chris, before we go to break,
I just do want to mention again, keep up to date on our
Facebook page. I know Ann's asshipments come in, She'll put pictures on
there. We did get vetting plantsin, We got some hanging basket ferns.
We got a small shipment of somevegetables, not a whole lot right
now, but she'll be putting moreand more stuff on there as far as

the shipments come in. Systemic insectdrench super important right now. Everybody that
has a crape myrtle that's turned blacklooks like somebody took a blow towards to
it. All right, you gottaput that furtilough systemic insect drench on that.
Anne's gotten. Just she constantly getsnew stuff, you know, the
first part of the show talked aboutthese two box products. For box woods

that are specific for that as forestfertilization. But and then she's she was
showing me some other stuff down there. You know, the water nannies,
you know, for for water basicallymanagement. If you're going out of town,
you can put those in house plants. But man, she's just constantly
getting new stuff in. So stayup to date on our Facebook page.
She'll be putting more and more stuff. And uh and then as far as

our business hours as well, we'llbe updating that whenever, uh we change
those. That's it, man,the Spring Guarden Center's popping everything is.
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set up a point of landscape andlawn care, if you need irrigation,
night lighting, a patio or ataina wall, if you want land clearing
or forest mulching. Now this isa great time of year to do forest
moulting because everything's starting to green up. And uh, man, you if
you've just got a jungle and youneed to get it beat back and get
it under control. Man, tackleit now before it just flushes out and

gets nuts. I kind of hateit this time. Here. We give
somebody a price to do landscaping,Chris, you know, and you Mike
goes out there and he takes alook at it, and he's like,
ah, it's this won't be thatbig a deal, and then you give
it about. You know. Idon't get out there to do the job
until like, you know, sixor eight weeks later, and it's like
everything's flushed out, and it's liketwice as big as looked at it,

looking at these dormant shrubs, andhe's like, oh man, the guys
can snatch his things out, noproblem. And then you know, six
weeks later it's flushed out, andI said, God, damn, I
got like a I call him up. I'd be like, I've got a
pile of crap out here to getout of here. Keeping you on your
toes is what he's doing, rightman? How about that? Uh listen,

I know earlier this week, ChrisKeith. I was out on a
yard and somebody had somebody had trimmedsome river birches up and I was there
just looking at a few things,and I'm walking around. I'm looking up
under the tree and it's like,man, it's like raining up underneath that
thing. I'm like, what inthe world. And it's a bright sunny
day. I'm like, man,what in the world is going on?

As I got close to the riverbirch, I'm like, huh, I
see what it is. They hadcome in and trimmed a bunch of the
lower limbs off, and that thingwas bleeding like crazy. I mean saples.
A minute ago I was I trimmedsome some Japanese maples for John out
on the Emerald Lake. I guessthat was a month and a half,

about a month ago, back rightat the end of January, I guess
you'd say, and uh, itmight have been the first or second week
in February. Usually what I tellpeople is is, if you want to
trim your trees, trim them onthe Ja's really don't most trees. It
doesn't make any difference. So,like, if you want to go out
there and limb up your oak trees, and yeah, three hundred and sixty

five days a year. Man,let it rip. If you need to
cut some limbs off your crape myrtlesor whatever. We don't want you to
knock the tops out of them.But if you want to go in there
and thin them out or whatever,you could do it three hundred and sixty
five days a year. It won'tmatter. If you got a sweet gum,
you just take a chainsaw to thebase of it and you cut the
whole thing down. No bad timeof the year to cut a sweet gum
down. You know it doesn't makeit. Yeah, sweet gums, you

just cut it off, lush withthe ground Bradford pair, cut it flush
to the ground. Sorry, sorryto get distracted, Sorry to get distracted
that but to the j's, tothe j's. So if you got something
that is like bleeds a lot.A Japanese maple was prime example, any
kind of maple for that matter.Uh, do it in January, do
it in June, do it inJuly. That's it. You know.

I cut those ones for John overthere the first week of February. So
I fudged a little bit, butI was back over there about three weeks
later and they'd already quit, youknow, bleeding, and I already you
know, hardened off or whatever.We also don't recommend painting anything over those
wounds. You you want them toactually heal from the inside out. Think

of it is like if you ifyou scratch yourself or whatever and you put
a band aid on it or whatever, it's never gonna heal fully until you
get some mayor to it. Thena lot of times, you know,
regardless of what you cut it with, you know, you can get bacteria
in that cut, and you knowit really needs to bleed out a little
bit just to you know, getthe get the the dirt out of it

and stuff. It's kind of likeyou know, you us brocks out on
a on a cut. It's thesame deal. You need to you know,
just leave it open and let ithell, let it hill on the
son. So when we talk aboutbleeding, like like trees this time of
year, that river birch, forexample, it's all that sap starting to
flow up through the tree. Andso when you cut limbs off like that
Japanese maple, the same way,when you cut those limbs off, that

sap oozes out all those all thoseplaces where you cut the branches. The
same same deal goes for the fall. You know, if you if you
cut your trees back too late inthe falls, the SAP's moving down through
the tree. It's going to bestored in the root system of the plant.
That sapple will ooze out and bleedout. So that's what we're talking
about when we're talking about bleeding.It's just the SAPs on the move inside

the tree. And uh, Ijust that's crazy. Just man, I
saw that God's raining up underneath thatthing, and sure enough, that's that's
what it was. That tree.It won't die, you can't. You
can't kill a river birch. Butmakes a little bit of a mess some
of the time. You know,the aphids on those things get so bad
too, Like you walking under thosethings and you feel from that all that

little honey reds and coming off thosethings. Well, not for those folks
that do the fertile loan system againStect Drinch saying, I don't worry about
aphids or bark skill. Yeah,any tree, any tree for that batter,
that's just a man over the like. We've talked, We've talked to
extent about that that crape myrtle barkskill that that uh we've that you get
on there where you know, it'sjust white specks all over the trunk and

all over the tree limbs, andthen this time of year it's just jet
black and uh, that's just youcan go all around town. We've got
a couple here at the garden Centerthat we like on our back forty that
I'm gonna be putting the drench onover the next couple of days that Anne
and I were looking at because they'rejust like getting They're on the back forty,
so we don't pay too much attentionto them, but sure enough we

saw those. Uh, I'm gonnabe treating those so it doesn't spread anywhere
else, trying to do our partto keep that stuff in check. Yeah,
well, I tell you go intosome of these neighborhoods too. You
know, he's tight. Now.I always call them garden homestyle sub divisions,
but they're not a lot of timesthey're not even a garden home.
They're a big house just on alittle lot. Ye and h most of

the time they require you to havesome type of tree out in the yard,
and uh, they only give youabout a handful of options. You
know. Some of the time theyhave to get hoa approval. You know,
like if we go in there anddo a landscape job for them or
whatever, I'll have to give themtwo or three trees and they'll be like,
well, we can't do this,we can't do that. They don't
They say, I can only plana maple where I can only plan a

magnolia, or you know something crazy. So you go through some of those
neighborhoods and they those maples with thatbark scale. You know, you every
other tree in the neighborhood's half deadfrom that stuff. So, yeah,
you got to make sure you getout your furtilong systemic insect drink. We
had a maple in our parking lotthat got that skill on it. Yeah,

treated it, I think two threeyears in the road. We do
it every year now, but ittook it took a couple of years for
it to really get back to itsformer glory. I had a lot of
eye back in it. And thenyou know, they uh the soil compaction
around you know, those maples.You know it's and I talked to doctor
Jacoby about this at one point.But you know, you get small subdivisions

where they've had you know, everyconcrete truck, every skitzteer, every excavator,
every construction vehicle that's that's driven overthe front yard. And then and
then they're taking rock and they're packingrock down basically every time they're driving through
it. And then they plant amaple in the front of and that soil
is just so compact that those maplesjust don't like it. And so then
that stresses the tree out because they'rereally struggling, you know, to to

live just because it's such the soilso compact. And and then when you
tree gets stressed out, it's more, uh, it's more susceptible to insects,
and it's more susceptible to the todisease. Chris Keith, like you've
always talked about the the hunter line, and the pack doesn't go after the
biggest and baddest antelope. He's lookingfor that scraggler that week one that he
can that he can run down easier. Or well, I guess she can

run down easy because you know,male lines don't do much that she can
run down easy. Plants are nodifferent. When a plant gets under stress,
they're more susceptible to diseases, andwe'll see that a lot. Like
you know, last September or Octoberit was super dry. I mean we
got really really dry last September andOctober. Well you might not see this

bark scale or you might not seesigns of bores until like the following year.
But those boors and those insects wereattracted to those trees and it started
attacking those trees back last fall.And now we'll see the after effects of
them this come and growing season.But just get your fertile loan, systemic
insect drench here at our garden center. Put on your trees pre emergent,

get your premergent. Man. Wecannot preach that enough. There's two big
pushes for pre merging, you know, nationwide, and that's that's typically in
the March timeframe and in the Septembertime frame. Now we do some if
you don't do the bag of gold, we also do some supplemental pre emergence
throughout the year. But this isone of the big big pushes for pre

mergent for what what you're gonna beseeing over this next growing season. And
you got to get it out nowto make sure you stay ahead of those
those weeds without a doubt. Yeah, I mean, and there's gonna be
some weeds, you know, Likewe're getting into the we're getting into that
time of year where the weed freezeon you can spray it prime time to

do that. So if you've gottricky stuff like wild violets and ground ivy
and stuff like that. Some ofthe time spur is kind of difficult to
control, and you want to goin there and start hitting you know,
some of the some of the tougherweeds like that. With a little weed
freeze on, it's a good timeto do it. Most of the time
we can we can uh control mostof the weeds with the pre emergent.

But there's just some weeds. Yeah, wild onions are growing like crazy right
now. You can shoot them witha little weed freezone at burn the top
side of them. So just someof the trick of your stuff that pre
merge it doesn't take care of.That's when the weed free zone comes in.
You can do that now, andyou'll still even on the best pre
mergent program, you'll you'll have somebreakthrough. You know, you particularly long

the edges, you know where theedges of concrete. You know, if
you if you keep it edged withlike a string trimmer, and there's like
a little gutter running through there,all these weed seeds blow and deposit in
there edges of flower beds. Youknow, particularly if the flower beds are
unkept and they and they have youknow, tons of weeds in them,
then those weeds tend to encroach intothe yard. So you know, this

is the way I look at it, right is uh is if you get
a million weed seeds that are depositedinto your yard at any given time of
year, and you have you know, less than one percent of them,
and you get you know, tenor fifteen weeds that germinate out of a
million weed seeds, I think that'sI think that's a plus. Yeah,
you know what I mean. Soyou always have to come through and and

uh yeah, listen, I knowthat I do this at my yard.
If I'm going to check my mailand I see a weed or two here
and there, I just bend overand pick it up, just pick it
out, you know what I'm saying. But if that's not your thing,
or if you do have some weedbreakthrough, you can come in with weed
free zone. Pop that stuff.Because yes, Chris, you know,
wild violets are a perennial. Youget your different types of the diicondra and

ground ivy, which is a perennial. So once you get it in your
yard, you gotta spray it out. Yeah, because it doesn't necessarily germinate
from seed. It will germinate throughrhizomes and underground roots and spread that way.
So there are just some things yougotta you gotta spray out. Some
of them are tough anyway. Youknow, wild violets, man, you
can fight with those things for years. Oh my god. It takes forever

to get as you rid of them. And you know, if you ever
quit for a little bit, theycoming right back. And the same thing,
you know, nut grass. Ifyou got nut grass, uh,
and you want to get shit ofit, you're gonna have to move.
It's just when you move to thenext house, don't overhear gate because if
I got some nuts in that yardtoo. We've had nut grass in our
front yard at our garden center sincenineteen ninety and that's when we started business,

and I think we've sprayed it withevery single new product that anybody has
ever come out with that is supposedto be the next big mural miracle for
nut grass, and uh, everyall these products about about nuts. That
sedge is mainly just about like control. You know, you're really keeping it
in check so you know you canhave you can have a feel a yard

full of it. You know,you hammer down on it, and you
think, just when you think youget it all clear, you get one
or two sprigs that pop up,and you just got to stay on top
of it, and you never reallyfully get rid of it, you know,
but you really you be aggressive andyou keep trying to keep it,
keep it beat back, and keepit under control. That's it. Well,
Chris, is time for the lastbreak of the show. Let's go
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We were talking about mister Rals andI was about to say, uh,
We've got probably a dump truck andtraded a load of stuff to pull
out over at mister Rals's house.He's got big arbividers. And you know
you plan arbividers in front of yourhouse. You better knowing about twenty years.

They're gonna be about twenty feet tall. That's right. His is twenty
feet tall and about six or eightfeet wide, and we're gonna rip him
out for him, more than likelyand put him in a new load maintenance
landscape. You know, he's gonnabe in for five six b you know
that's rip out, putting new in. Yeah, they were putting back in
sixty shrubs, I guess, anduh, you know that's and he'll be

good to go there another twenty fiveyears. We'll be there a day,
I mean maybe a day and somechange, and we'll knock that thing out
for him. So, I mean, if you need landscaping, it really
depends on the size of the jobor whatever. But most time it's around
three thousand bucks, and it goesup from there depending on you know,
how much stuff we rip out andput in. You know, and we've

said over the years about every fifteentwenty years, give or take. That's
typically when things get overgrown, thingsget shabby, you lose plants, and
that's typically kind of a time framei'd say a life span of an average
landscape. Now, you know,some people might have had a landscape that
was done when their great grandmother builtthe house. But you know what I'm

saying, But usually about fifteen ortwenty years, that's a we've seen that.
That's when people start ripping stuff outon the shrubs too. I mean,
if you had a new house theyput compact to hollies on in front
of the front, Yeah already,you know that's a ten years sho of.
Yep. Most of the time theyget root disease before then and they
start dying off. So that's onereason why we don't use them. And
a lot of it's choosing the rightplants that have a little more longevity and

they stay lower longer so you don'thave as much prunit and all to do,
and they don't get overgrown again withbut we make it easy. We
come in there, we rip allthat stuff out, and we put new
stuff in all your hard escaping.So if you want to really transform a
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backyard. So do a lot ofthat. A lot of lawn care going
on right now. I know thiscoming week, I'm already getting booked up

with appointments to go look at disastersus yards of people that hadn't done anything
as far as fertilization or weed controlor you know, a lot of do
it yourself people just get tired ofdoing it themselves, and I'll give them
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