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It’s Time for Winter ChoresDecember 14, 2017, 4:31 pm

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Winter has arrived, and it’s important to stay on top of your lawn and landscape! It’s the perfect time to invest in lawn and landscaping services as well as keep your current landscape maintained throughout the season.

A few things to do right now for your lawn and landscape are to schedule winter leaf cleanup and plant trees and shrubs. Freshly dug trees will be arriving soon, and now is a great time of year to plant. At TenderCare, we’ll make sure your landscape looks great in preparation for the new year and warmer months.

It’s also important to plan ahead. Start making your New Year’s resolutions to upgrade your landscape! We’re offering discounts during the winter months on stone work paving, outdoor fireplaces, and cook centers. All work must be done before March 1, 2018 to receive a discount, so be sure to schedule service soon and browse our past work to get inspired.

Additionally, we’re currently accepting pre-payments for lawn care packages. Be sure to ask us about special pricing and discounts and learn more about it here.

Finally, not only is winter a great time to focus on your landscape, but it’s also a time for cooking big holiday meals. We offer a number of Big Green Egg products and woods for smoking meats that are perfect for the holiday season.

Let us help with your winter lawn and landscape services and contact us today! Call 316-788-5416 or fill out our contact form.

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Pre-pay for Irrigation PackagesJanuary 19, 2017, 2:01 pm

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Spring is just around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about your irrigation system. We will begin system start ups as soon as the temperatures begin to rise and will begin scheduling (weather permitting) as early as the first week of March!

We are currently offering 7% discounts if you pre-pay for your irrigation package before February 10, 2017! Our irrigation packages are as follows:

Bronze Package

City Water ($218.55) — Start up, back flow certification, 1 mid-season evaluation & winterization
Well Water ($199.95) — Start up, 1 mid-season evaluation & winterization

Silver Package

City Water ($288.30) — Start up, back flow certification, 2 mid-season evaluations & winterization
Well Water ($269.70) — Start up, 2 mid-season evaluations & winterization

Gold Package*

City Water ($358.05) — Start up, back flow certification, 3 mid-season evaluations & winterization
Well Water ($339.45) — Start up, 3 mid-season evaluations & winterization

*Plus, guaranteed service repairs to system within 48 hours** of evaluation and 10% discount on any materials used throughout the season.

**If a utility locate is necessary for repair of system, the repair will be scheduled after the locate is completed (minimum of 72 hours).

All irrigation system start ups will be scheduled by zip code, and we will schedule your start up according to when your system was started last year. Our irrigation department will contact you in advance with your scheduled start up date. Please fill out our irrigation request form here.

If you are a new customer and TenderCare did not start up your system last year, please call our office at 316-788-5416 to schedule your start up. As always, TenderCare has your needs in mind. Please contact our office if you have any questions.

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Schedule Your Fall ChoresSeptember 8, 2016, 1:02 pm

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Fall is just around the corner, and it’s never too early to plan your needs and schedule your lawn renovation! TenderCare offers a variety of services that are great for restoring your lawn and landscape that may be damaged from the summer heat.

Fall weather is the perfect atmosphere for planting lawns, trees and shrubs. The cooler temperatures are gentler on developing roots, and the natural water supply from rainfall during the fall can give your plants the best start to growing. There are also fewer insects and disease problems that can damage new trees and shrubs in the fall.

Another service that should be done to lawns each fall is core aeration. Core aeration loosens compacted soil and improves growth, providing many benefits to your lawn. This allows more air, water and nutrient movement to root zones and increases the effectiveness of fertilizer and seed growth.

In addition to planting and core aeration, we can also treat your lawn and landscape with slit seeding or hydroseeding. Schedule your fall chores today to ensure that your lawn is healthy going into the cooler seasons! Call 316-788-5416 or send us an email.

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Extreme Temperatures and Your LandscapeNovember 19, 2014, 12:55 pm

Like people, landscape plantings need time to adjust to extreme temperatures. Temperatures in Kansas vary greatly, especially during October and November. They plummet at night, and some cold weather temperatures struggle to even reach freezing. South Central Kansas will likely see some damage come Springtime from the extreme and rapidly changing temperatures. While many plantings will adapt to Mother Nature, others will struggle this Spring. Some plantings, like Crape Myrtle, may actually die back to the ground and require pruning to remove dead wood. It is important to not prune too early and give plantings time to recover. In many cases, being patient will pay off. Previous year’s growth may be sacrificed, but older plantings have well established root systems and will recover. Each plant is different and should be analyzed by late spring to determine what is best for long-term success.

This Spring, be sure to check the bark on trees for splitting. This can sometimes happen from extreme temperature swings when the plant has not had the ability to enter a progressive dormancy period. So, dead branches, or existing plants, show little or no new growth above ground. Start checking to see if the growth comes from below the ground near the base of the plant. If so, it is a good sign!

When Mother Nature deals us one of her evil tricks, it is best to not overreact. Rather, be patient and call your landscape professional, as needed, to help assess your options. Unless a branch is broken or is in imminent danger to a structure or blocking a road, wait it out. Let ice melt off of bent branches, and let them return back to their original form. Shaking frozen branches is never a good idea.

Remember to water newer, less established lawns, trees and shrubs during periods of dry, winter weather. Any time temperatures are above freezing and the ground is not frozen, give new plantings a drink to help keep them alive. Check the soil around your lawn and landscape with a screwdriver. You should be able to insert it into the ground, but if not, chances are that things are dry. Generally, a good soaking once every 14-21 days during dry, winter months will suffice.

Don’t forget: the number one rule regarding plantings this Spring will be patience!

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Add aroma to your lawn all season long!September 12, 2014, 1:01 pm

We are now selling pinon pine for your chiminea in 20 lb. bags and 10-inch splits. Pinon offers unsurpassed aroma to add to your outdoor experience all season long, but should only be used in your chiminea and outdoor fire pits.
Consider picking up some these available woods for smoking and aroma:
  • Apple 10 lb. bags
  • Cherry 10 lb. bags
  • Hickory 10 lb. bags
  • Black Walnut 20 lb. bags
If you don’t have a fire pit to enjoy the beauty, warmth and aroma this fall, let us build one for you! Nothing says fall more than a crackling firepit and the smell of fresh pinon pine or black walnut. From simple to extravagant, let us help you enjoy the seasons all year long!
Call 316-788-5416 for pricing.

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Has the summer heat ruined your lawn? Whether it’s just a few struggling areas or the entire lawn, we can help diagnose the proper treatment. We use only top-rated certified seed developed especially for the Kansas area for better color, drought and fungus resistance.

Here are a few ways we can treat your lawn this fall:

Core Aeration

Has many benefits for your lawn. It loosens thin soil and improves root growth. It also increases air, water and nutrient movement to the root zone as well as increases the effectiveness of fertilizer and improves seed growth. If the lawn is thin, it is an excellent time to broadcast seed after the lawn is core aerated.

Slit Seeding

Establishes direct contact of seed and soil in prepared slices where seed is planted. It helps relieve thatch in lawns without disturbing healthy grass. It is an excellent technique for bare or diseased areas.

Hydroseeding

Is an excellent method for seeding bare areas of lawn or for new lawn installation. This technique involves blending a mixture of water, seed and fertilizer with paper and wood mulch to create a slurry that is sprayed on the lawn to bond to your soil. At approximately ½ the cost of sod, it is a great alternative!

We have two of the finest certified turf grass seeds to offer our customers. Depending on your lawn, choose from:

Kansas Premium Fescue Blend: specifically designed for our region and was developed from grass seed trials for maximum effectiveness.

Blade Runner Fescue: designed to help fill-in bare patches on your lawn. This is a seed that works well on areas damaged by pets and is great for over-seeding.

We sell directly to those who desire to do any of these projects themselves and both varieties are available in 5, 10 and 50 pound bags.

Schedule service today to ensure your lawn is healthy going into this winter and next spring! Call 316-788-5416 or send us an email.

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Weed Control In The FallSeptember 13, 2013, 3:39 pm

Did you know proper weed control begins in the fall? Many weeds actually germinate in the fall and can be easily controlled while small.

Proper control of weeds can be achieved with proper treatments which will help prevent a flush of weed growth next spring. Fall is the best time to control dandelions and other perennial weeds.

Weeds are usually the most visible turfgrass pest and can be a major problem if left untreated. Weeds compete with plants for space, light, water and nutrients. They also detract from the appearance of a green lawn. When herbicides are applied in the fall, the chemicals are transported to the roots along with carbohydrates, killing the entire plant instead of just the parts above the surface.

For more severe weed problems, herbicide can be applied to larger areas. These products won’t damage underlying grass, but should be used cautiously around landscape beds. Accidental spraying or spray drift can damage shrubs and ornamental plants. For the best results, leave it to the professionals! Call us today and schedule an appointment.

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Fertilize This Fall!August 30, 2013, 3:17 pm

Fall is the best time to apply fertilizer for cool season lawns. Healthy, thick lawns are not only pleasant to look at, but healthy lawns tend to have deeper root systems that require less water and help keep pesky weeds at a distance. Fall fertilizer is a win-win for you and your lawn!

Taking the time to fertilize in the Fall strengthens your plant and lawn’s roots, which give them a solid base to thrive and grow next Spring. Your grass will be recovering from a hot sumer, so you want to treat your lawn with the right formula to get it growing again. With plants, it is important to fertilize in the Fall so that by Spring, they’ll be stronger and have more flowers.

Nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium are the primary components in lawn fertilizer. Some fertilizers release their nutrients quickly while others release it slowly. We can help you determine which fertilizer is best for your fall application, given your grass and climate.

Contact us today to get started on planning your Fall fertilizing! We make it easy for you and will help you get the healthiest and strongest lawn possible.

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Schedule Your Lawn Renovation!August 22, 2013, 7:54 pm

Fall planting is just around the corner, and it’s not too early to plan your needs and schedule your lawn renovation!

Lawn renovation involves planting grass seed into an existing lawn area, often adding new grass to repair damage or increase tolerance to natural wear. Normally, renovation is done when 20%-40% of the lawn is dead or has little growth, when the lawn is soft and spongy and responds poorly to water and fertilizer, and when weeds such as dandelion, plantain or grassy weeds cover 20%-40% of the area.

Use what the professionals use and see the difference! At Tendercare Lawn and Landscape, we use only Kansas premium fescue seed, designed for south central Kansas growing conditions. Choosing a seed that is designed for your growing conditions will ensure the best possible outcome for your lawn. We install and sell this product in 5-lb. bags all the way up to 50-lb. bags for your convenience.

As always, we are here to answer any questions you may have about your lawn, premium fescue seed and more. Contact us today to start scheduling your lawn renovation!

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Deep Root FeedingAugust 20, 2013, 7:07 pm

Deep root feeding is an affordable way to get nutrients to the roots of a tree living in compacted soil which normally makes it difficult for the tree to get water, nutrients and air it needs.

Root feeders join a garden hose and have attached containers that are filled with fertilizer. It injects fertilizers, insecticides, and other soil enhancers directly into the tree’s root zone. This is where the nutrients are absorbed.

There are many advantages to root feeding. One of the most important is that it breaks up compacted soils, which allows water, air and vital nutrients to get into the tree’s roots. This encourages roots to go deeper into the ground. Deep root feeding also saves water and is more efficient than surface watering. Deep root feeding provides nutrients for only one tree rather than all of the weeds along with it.

We will be scheduling for deep root feeding of trees and shrubs soon. Deep root feeding helps deliver necessary nutrients to your plant’s root system, and healthy roots make for happy, healthier plants! Think of this as vitamins for your plants. Proper nutrients for plants, just like people, help to ward off many conditions before they occur. Contact us now to see how proper plant nutrition can help your plants remain healthy!

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