Ping’s Is Now Offering Indianapolis Landscape Services

For over 40 years, Ping’s has been providing expert tree care for central Indiana homeowners and property owners.  Our knowledgeable arborists and experienced technicians have been keeping your trees healthy and taking care of your big and small tree problems.  Now we are branching out!  Our new landscape division will bring the same level of expertise and quality to your lawn and landscape projects.  As we embark on this new venture, we will be offering outstanding Indianapolis landscape services such as the following.

Lawn Care

For many of us, most of our residential landscape or commercial landscape needs revolve around lawn care.  You probably want your lawn to be healthy and green, regardless of the weather.  Yet you know that lush, beautiful lawns do not happen without care.  Lawns demand a lot of attention.  They require frequent mowing, periodic fertilization and weed control, and general maintenance.  Ping’s offers all this to our lawn care customers.

Our 6-step lawn care program addresses the basic fertilization and weed control needs of lawns on a seasonal basis.  You can rely on us to provide the right applications at the right time using the right method.  Additional services from Ping’s include aeration, overseeding, and pest control.  We will keep your lawn or grass on your commercial property looking healthy and well cared for.  Our team can even perform the ongoing tasks of mowing and edging for commercial properties, condos, or HOA common areas.

Landscape Beds

While your lawn is a major part of your outdoor space, often the smaller landscape beds capture more attention.  Ping’s can take care of your landscaped areas.  Our comprehensive offerings include everything from design to maintenance.  We can help you add color and beauty to your yard or your commercial property with landscape design.  Once you have a vision, our team will handle the construction, renovation, and planting.

Beyond the creation of new landscape elements, we can also help you take care of the landscaping you already have.  Ping’s will evaluate your property’s climate, soil, and drainage conditions and help you choose the right plants.  We can get your beds cleaned up and ready in the spring.  Through the summer, we provide regular maintenance services such as weeding, dead-heading, and pruning.  When the weather turns colder, we will clear your beds of fall debris and apply protective coverings to roses and shrubs.  Our seasonal flower bed program lets you keep flowers on your commercial property or at your home always looking fresh.  With this program, we will switch out the vegetation in your beds periodically as the seasons progress.  We’ll keep your flowers and plants looking beautiful in every season.

Outdoor Upkeep

Keeping your entire outdoor area looking great is not easy.  It takes a lot of work.  Ping’s can assist you with every facet of outdoor upkeep.  We offer spring and fall clean-up services.  In addition, we can apply mulch to your trees, shrubs, and flower beds.  Of course, we also remain dedicated to providing excellent tree care service.  We will continue to offer expert care for your trees, including planting, fertilization, pruning, and treatment of diseases or deficiencies.  Ping’s can also remove any dead, diseased, or damaged trees or branches.  There is no tree problem that is too difficult for Ping’s!

Ping’s has the expertise and the resources to take care of your outdoor areas.  Whether you are responsible for commercial property, common areas of a neighborhood, or simply your own home, you can rely on us.  Our flexible tree care, lawn care, and landscape services will cover all your needs.  To learn more, call us at 317-298-8482 or schedule a consultation online.

Fertilizing Trees and Shrubs

tree fertilizerWe all try to eat healthy.  Get plenty of vegetables, enough dairy, and the right amount of protein.  But what about your trees?  What kind of nutrition do they need?  Obviously, trees do not “eat;” instead, they receive nutrients from the soil.  Since the quality of the soil can vary based on location and treatment, trees often benefit from regular fertilizing.

The Advantage of Fertilizing

Trees that are planted in suburban neighborhoods are often in particular need of fertilizing.  Home builders frequently remove rich top soil at the time of building.  Further compounding the problem is our habitual practice of carefully removing all fallen leaves each autumn.  In a natural setting, fallen leaves are allowed to decompose and add nutrients back into the soil.  Since we typically do not allow this to happen in residential areas, you may want to consider fertilizing.  When you fertilize your trees and shrubs, you give them the materials they need to grow and live.  Thus, a fertilized tree will typically grow faster, look healthier, and be able to better defend against insects and diseases.

The Type of Fertilizer

The type of fertilizer you need depends on the condition of your soil.  You can perform a soil test to determine any soil deficiencies.  A complete fertilizer will contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, and a soil test will show how much of each nutrient is needed.  The strength of each nutrient in the fertilizer is shown through a numeric designation for each nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, in that order.  For example, 10-10-10 would be a balanced fertilizer containing 10% of each of the nutrients.  Fertilizer can be purchased in either dry or liquid forms.

The Time for Fertilizing

The best schedule for fertilizing is to make applications in both the spring and the fall.  These are times when trees are not under the stress of extreme temperature and are ready to absorb the nutrients you are putting down.  For your fall application, early September to mid-October is ideal.  Tree roots can absorb nutrients as long as the soil temperature is above 40°F.

If you are unsure of what your trees needs or would just rather not mess with fertilizing yourself, the arborists at Ping’s can take care of it for you.  We can assess your soil condition, determine what your trees need, and fertilize your trees.  Give us a call today (317-298-8482) or schedule online to get your fertilizer treatment done while the weather is still good.

Spring Has Sprung: Time for Planting Season

As the weather continues to warm up, property owners are getting ready to pick their favorite trees and get them planted during prime tree-planting season.  Spring is a great time to add new life to your landscape, and getting trees planted early can aid in their growth and survival throughout the year.  When choosing a tree specimen to plant, there are several factors to keep in mind.

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Location.  How close will the tree be to a structure?  Do I need it for shade?  Will it attract birds to the area?  Will it enhance the overall appearance of the property?

Availability.  Are these trees readily available in the area?

Size.  How large will this specimen grow?  How much will it spread out?

Hardiness.  How will the tree stand up to the changes in temperature and conditions of the area?

Rate of Growth.  How fast will the tree grow?

Space.  How much room is available to allow the tree to grow naturally?  How much room does it need above and below ground?

Appearance.  Does the tree fit the landscape around it?  How will it look when fully matured?  What is the color and texture of the bark, flowers, foliage, fruit, etc?

Nourishment.  What are the moisture requirements for this specific specimen?  What type of fertilization is needed?

Maintenance.  What type of pruning will be needed to keep this tree looking its best?

Need help choosing your tree?  Our Certified Arborists are experts in tree selection and planting.  They analyze the area by considering soil conditions, presence of channelized winds, proximity to structures and other important factors to determine the tree specimen options that will best thrive and add curb appeal to your property.

Don’t forget to check your community restrictions and what is allowed by HOA’s and municipalities.  Also consider having the utilities marked on your property before getting your heart set on a particular location.  Call 811 for the national “Call Before You Dig” hotline to get assistance.


 

Winter Is Coming!

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Fortunately we missed out on Winter Storm Jonas and the massive amounts of snow it dropped on the east coast. However, winter is not over yet. Even though we had a little warm up this week, meteorologists predict that February is going to be a very snowy month for us here in the Indianapolis area.

Winter storms and heavy snow can cause severe stress and damage to trees. If your trees experience damage from these types of storms, there are a few things for you to consider.

  1. Assess the Minor Damage. If your trees have acquired minor damage with only the smallest branches being injured, then generally there is no major threat to the tree. You may need to clean up the broken twigs and branches or have the crown thinned of bent or twisted limbs. But overall, the tree shouldn’t be in danger or distress.
  2. Asses the Major Damage. Tree damage that consists of large broken branches, missing bark that has been torn off, or trunks that are splintering can be signs of major damage and pose a risk to the health of your tree. That tree may require more maintenance or may need to be removed. A certified arborist is able to evaluate the health and safety of your tree in this situation.

 

Note: If it has been determined that the tree is not worth saving, have it removed as soon as possible. Leaving the tree to die can result in it becoming a hazard tree which increases the risk to yourself and the tree crew that will remove it. Increased risk requires special tools and techniques to safely remove the tree and will therefore increase the cost of the tree care work.

So whether it’s minor or major damage, take time to do a quick evaluation of your trees after a winter storm. If there is any damage, we’d love to help. Ping’s Tree Service offers a FREE Estimate on pruning, trimming, and tree removal services.


 

Preparing Trees For The Winter

WINTER IS COMING!! Before winter officially arrives, there are a few things you can do to prepare your trees for the hazardous weather.

plantingtreePlant the tree. Now is a great time to plant new trees in your yard, just make sure to get them planted prior to a hard freeze. That way they can enjoy the mild weather and frequent rainfall that help roots grow strong. You also want to mulch any new or established trees, but be careful to avoid volcano mulch (mulch piled high against the trunk of the tree).

PrunePrune the canopy.  Fall is a great time of year to have a certified arborist take look at the structure of your trees and make recommendations on how much to prune or trim. Proper pruning allows those brutal winter winds to pass through the trees which results in less breakage and damage, protecting your property.

Feed the roots.  Even during the winter months, your trees’ roots system continues to absorb nutrients until fertilizingthe ground is frozen. Fertilizing your trees helps them stay healthy during freezing temperatures and prepares them to return strong in the spring.

Spray the tree.  Applying dormant oil after insects have laid their eggs will stop insect larvae from developing further.       Come springtime, you’ll have less bugs chewing on your fresh tree buds and fruit. No Worries!! oil sprayDormant oils are less toxic to beneficial bugs and only remove the bad ones.

Need help winterizing your trees, contact us at [email protected] or call 317.298.8482

 


 

To Fertilize or Not To Fertilize. . . That is the Question.

Tree FertilizationYour trees may be STARVING!  Just like humans, trees are living things.  In order for them to grow and produce, they need a proper diet.  Forest trees naturally get the nutrition they need, because of all the decomposing leaves and branches that lie on the ground around them.  But trees in urban areas (where leaves are raked, branches are picked up, and yards are manicured) lack those natural nutrients.  To feed your trees over the harsh winter months, you may need to fertilize them, and NOW is the best time to do that.  Fall fertilization, before temperatures drop to freezing, allows the roots of established trees to take nutrients from the soil and use them to promote root development and protect against disease and insects.  All the excess is stored in the roots and will be available in the spring for new growth.

However, keep in mind, not all trees are perfect candidates for regular fertilization.  It’s important to have a professional evaluate your trees’ needs. They can recommend the proper balance of nutrition that is best.  Just like overeating is not good for you, too much fertilization can be wasted and end up contaminating the soil.

Learn more:  Tree Fertilization

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