Season-by-Season Lawn Maintenance Calendar

By: Douglas Trattner Follow our season-by-season lawn maintenance calendar to get a barefoot-worthy lawn and ensure great curb appeal. Early Spring Like so many maintenance jobs, everything goes smoother — and you’ll get better results — with proper preparation. Early spring is the time to get ready for lawn-growing and mowing season. Related: How to… Read More

How to Mulch

How to Mulch By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon Published: April 23, 2012 Anyone can learn how to mulch and prolong the life of their landscaping. Here’s how.   But you should blanket your garden beds at least twice a year — in early spring and late fall — to retain moisture and keep down weeds. That’s why it’s so… Read More

Fall Lawn Care – Leaves

Fall Lawn Care – Leaves I have to admit it.  I actually used to spend countless hours raking and burning all the leaves from the 50+ oak trees I have on my property…for the first few years of my home ownership.  Then one of my very good friends who owned a lawn equipment shop reminded me… Read More

All U Need to Know about Crape Myrtles

Few plants are as connected with homes in Hot Springs and the south as crape myrtles. These plants thrive in heat and humidity and have the potential to bloom all summer long with relatively little care.  But you don’t have to cut them back every year.  Here is an article with everything you need to… Read More

All U Need to Know About Mosquitos

Bug zappers, chemical pesticides, anti-mosquito sprays, special sound frequency devices……all temporary at best.  The best way for Hot Springs home owners to combat mosquitos is to take away their breeding ground. Find out how by the U of A Cooperative Extension Service. (Read How)

Get the Jump on Weeds – Inspect Your Lawn Now

If you are a home owner around Hot Springs, the timing of your application of herbicides is critical.  Even if you don’t see weeds in early spring, they are there in your lawn.  Herbicides, whether organic or synthetic, work by preventing weed seeds from germinating in the first place, and NOT by destroying already up-and-growing… Read More

Fall Landscaping Checklist

 by Roger Cook, This Old House “This is prime time to prep your yard for the next growing season,” says This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook. Cooling temperatures slow aboveground growth, and moister soil encourages strong root development. Removing spent stems, dead branches, and heavy leaf cover protects plants” overall health. Read on for… Read More

Going Green with a Micro Irrigation System

How to Install Drip Irrigation By: Andy Meyers, My Hot Springs Home, and excerpts from Alexandra Bandon, This Old House magazine   In our current era of keeping an eye on going ‘Green’, a drip or micro irrigation system is an easy way to save on water and time in caring for your landscape and… Read More


Based on information provided by the Hot Springs Urban Forestry Division’s “How To..” Series with additional commentary by Andy Meyers   Maintenance is a factor in all forms of landscaping and trees are no different.  No matter the size of tree, sooner or later you will need to prune it.  Here are some reasons why along… Read More


 based from information by the Hot Springs Urban Forestry Division ‘s How to Series with additional commentary by Andy Meyers.     Now that you have successfully planted that new feature tree, what do you do to protect your investment of money, sweat and hard work?  Understanding the important components and hazards that affect trees will go… Read More