ADDITIONAL LANDSCAPE SERVICES
Turf Fertilizer – Frequency, 10 applications a year (or 5 applications, if winter lawn is not installed):
All turf grasses require a regular fertilization schedule in order to look their best. In the Las Cruces area the two most common types of grasses are Bermuda and Bermuda hybrids (summer grasses), and Perennial Rye grass ( a winter grass). Differing types of fertilizers are required at different times of the year for both grasses. Infinity Greens has a comprehensive inventory of fertilizers, and can create an appropriate fertilization schedule for your lawn(s) to ensure that they stay as healthy and green as possible.
Citrus Fertilizer – Frequency, 3 times per year March, June, and September:
The recommended fertilization schedule is three times a year for maximum growth. Slower growing citrus need less fertilizer than more vigorous varieties. Newly planted trees should not be fertilized the first year because they are too easily burned. The recommendations on chemical citrus fertilizers bags are generally to high. To be safe apply at half the rate recommended. Slow release chemical fertilizers, and organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion can also be used, and are less likely to burn. Slow release fertilizer can be applied at the beginning of the growing season in March and once again in the middle of the growing season in early June, assuming a fertilizer has approximately a 4 month release period. Organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion should be applied monthly during the growing season for maximum growth. Any one of these fertilizers can be applied less often and at lower rates. Citrus trees can go for years without fertilizers and be relatively healthy as long as they are watered correctly, fertilizing will simply help a citrus tree grow better and produce more fruit. Infinity Greens has a comprehensive inventory of fertilizers, and can create an appropriate fertilization schedule for your fruit trees to ensure that they stay as healthy and productive as possible.
Rose Bush Fertilizer – Frequency, 9 times per year January to June, September, and October:
The New Mexico Rose Society recommends applying 90 day slow release fertilizer granules such as Osmocote in March, June & September. However, they do note that because of our heat, 90 day slow release fertilizer really only lasts about 60 days, so a twice a month feeding cycle is preferred. The alternative is a 20-20-20 granular applied every 6 weeks at 1/2 the regular rate during summer months. Infinity Greens has comprehensive inventor of fertilizers, and can create an appropriate fertilization schedule for your rose bushes to ensure that they stay as healthly as possible.
Flower Fertilizer – Frequency, every other week:
Annuals bloom best when they are fertilized on a regular basis. In the ground, every 2-3 weeks; in containers, every 10-14 days. Plants in containers do well with a time release fertilizer. Infinity Greens has comprehensive fertilizers, and can create an appropriate fertilization schedule for your flowers to ensure that they stay as healthly as possible.
Quarterly Fertilization (including Humidic Acid Soil Treatment a.k.a “HASC”) – Frequency, 4 times a year:
This treatment program consists of 4 applications per year with Citrus and shrubs receiving an application of slow release granular fertilizer, followed by a liquid soil conditioner to aid in the absorption of the nutrients. Queen Palms receive an application of all the minerals important to the health of tropical palms, including adequate amounts of nitrogen, magnesium, sulfur, iron, copper and manganese. Adhering to a regular fertilization schedule helps the semi-arid and non-arid adapted plants we all have in our yards thrive in our harsh Southwestern soils.
Pre-Post Emergent Weed Control for Broadleaf Weeds – Frequency, 2 times a year*:
While herbicides cannot achieve 100% control, they are an integral part of a weed control management program which includes manual removal and spot treatment. Pre-Post Emergent Treatment helps to keep the manual aspect of weed control at a manageable level. In order for this treatment to be effective the weed needs to be above ground and have enough surface material to absorb the spray. A Pre-emergent is included at no additional cost and helps to prevent seedlings in the immediate area from sprouting. The herbicides used need to work into the root system before die back is visible. This process takes approx. 1 to 4 weeks, however, the weed can be removed after 7 to 10 days. Pre-Post Emergent treatment is guaranteed for up to 6 months, and includes up to 1 warranty spray per 6 month period as long as a regular treatment schedule is followed (twice yearly treatment). Guarantee excludes emergence of Bermuda, rye grass overseed or nut grass.
Grub Treatment – Frequency, 1 or 2 times a year as needed:
A plant can go from thriving to dead within a very short time span when grubs are present. In fact, it is quite common to find them still feeding as you are removing the dead plant material. Grubs will move from one plant to the next when left untreated. The presence of grubs in your landscape also tends to attract larger animals & pests such as birds, mice, rats, gophers & skunks to name a few. The damage caused by digging to find the grubs can injure or cause the demise of plants adjacent to the stressed/dying plant. Treatment consists of spraying susceptible plants (such as Agaves) with a systemic that kills the grubs. Treatment does not guarantee that plants may not have already been damaged beyond recovery.
Ornamental Pest Control - White Fly Treatment – Frequency, Weekly until gone:
Whiteflies damage plants by sucking out plant juices. Because large amounts of sap can be removed, primarily by the developing nymphs, heavily infested plants can be seriously weakened, grow poorly or die. Leaves often turn yellow, appear dry and drop prematurely. Also, because whiteflies suck out more plant juice than they can digest, the excess is excreted as a sweet, sticky substance called honeydew. The honeydew covers leaf surfaces and acts as a growth medium for a black, sooty mold. Both the removal of plant juices and the presence of the black, sooty mold growing on the honeydew can interfere with photosynthesis, causing, at minimum, an unsightly stressed plant and at maximum, a plant you’ll need to replace.
Winter Lawn Installation – Frequency, 1 time a year – September/ October:
Warm season grasses, such as Bermuda or Bermuda Hybrids go dormant and turn brown when soil temperatures fall below 60° F. Temperatures should be around the mid-sixties at night on a consistent basis for good over seed weather. This usually occurs between mid-Oct. to mid-Nov. Each year varies, so an exact date can not be provided. We do know from experience that installing your Winter lawn at the earliest opportunity, after weather conditions are right, results in the best looking and healthiest winter season lawns. Knowing ahead of time that you want a winter lawn will allow us to pre-plan and execute the installation efficiently and at the earliest opportunity. We send Estimates out to existing customers as early as late July/early August. Unless otherwise stated in the Estimate or Service Agreement, Winter Lawn Installations include the following items: Pre-programming of a seed germination watering schedule, scalping/thatching, seeding, fertilizing, mulch, lawn head check, and activation of pre-programmed watering schedule. If you are not an ongoing service customer and are interested in having us install your winter lawn, call us to put your name on our winter lawn list.
Seasonal Flower (Annuals) Installation – Frequency, Biannual – March/ September:
The icing on the cake! There is little else in the plant world that makes a property “POP!” year round than a few colorful pots or planter beds of seasonal flowers. The Las Cruces area has summer annuals which thrive in hotter months, and winter annuals which thrive through the colder months. We send Estimates out to existing customers as early as late July / early August. Unless otherwise stated in your Seasonal Flower Estimate, installation includes pick up, delivery, bed and/or pot preparation, layout, installation, starter fertilizer and setting your Irrigation Timer to water flower zones at a new install frequency to help establish rooting. If you have color or design preferences, our designer will be happy to discuss and accommodate whenever possible. If you are not an ongoing service customer and are interested in having us install Seasonal Flowers, call us to put your name on our Seasonal Flowers List.
Vegetable & Herb Gardens:
Infinity Greens can develop ground level or raised bed gardens. We can select, install, irrigate, fertilize, maintain AND leave you a basket of fresh vegetables or herbs at your doorstep as produce becomes available in the garden! Installation cost and maintenance of the garden will depend on how much work you and your family would like to do, and how much you would like Infinity Greens to take care of for you.
Palm Tree Trimming – Frequency, 1 time a year after seed pods emerge, June/ July:
Trimming of Palm Trees includes removal of dead fronds, Palm flower and fruit stalks. The formation of fruit and seed takes strength away from Palm Trees unnecessarily. When mature, fruits may provide food for pests such as rodents and birds. Palms, such as date Palm Trees, produce infertile (where there are no male trees nearby) or fertile fruit that will later drop making a mess or staining concrete surfaces. The seeds of some Palms such as Fan Palm Trees (Washingtonia robusta/filifera) will germinate in undesired areas of the landscape if not removed in a timely manner. Skinning of Palms is optional, but can be done at the same time at an additional cost per foot of skinning.
Tree Trimming / Monsoon Prep – Frequency, 1 time a year May, June or July:
In 2008 the National Weather Service decided to take the guesswork out of monsoon start and end dates, June 15 became the first day of monsoon, and September 30 became the last day. During the monsoon season southwest states experience high winds, dust and severe downpours that commonly result in flash floods and tree damage. Thinning out trees prior to monsoon season can help protect your trees from damage caused by high winds. Trimming does not guarantee that your tree will not sustain damage or blown over, however, thinning of the canopy allows winds to more readily pass through the canopy decreasing chances of breakage, or the tree falling over completely. Infinity Greens also offers after storm clean ups.
Rose Bush Pruning – Frequency, 2 times a year January & September:
The New Mexico Rose Society recommends pruning back rose bushes by one half in January, and by one third in September. The January pruning forces the rose bush into a short period of dormancy. Proper pruning includes removing all foliage on each bush (never re-use removed foliage as mulch), cutting out of all spindly or crossing branches, and removal of dead wood to open the center of the bush so the sun can reach bud unions. In the 3rd or 4th week of September roses should be pruned back by one third following the same directions as for January EXCEPT foliage is left on the bush.
Frost Damage Protection – Frequency, 1 time a year:
Installation of frost protection materials for frost sensitive plants in your landscape helps avoid severe cut back of plant material in the Spring, or at worst removal of a plants damaged beyond rejuvenation. At the end of the season, you can store undamaged frost protection materials purchased for re-use the next year. If your plants do sustain frost damage, please be aware that Infinity Greens does NOT prune back frost damage until the plants begin growing again in the Spring, unless you specifically request us to do so. Pruning may stimulate new growth which would be vulnerable to late frosts. Additionally, the frost damaged leaves and stems help trap warm air with the canopy. The damage is often not nearly as bad as it initially looks, and new growth may come out of tissue that you thought was completely dead. The full picture of damage sustained can only be observed after new growth starts in the Spring.