When you think of a patio, are you stuck in the rut of some square pavers, very little shade and a blank space to plop your lawn chair? With the right planning and creative thought, you can craft a patio design that brings beauty, relaxation and functionality to your backyard.[Read more…]
Lawncare and maintenance is a year-round effort for grass to stay healthy and green. A beautiful lawn adds curb appeal and is a beauty to look upon. Unfortunately, even the most attentive homeowner can experience brown spots on the lawn. Here are some tips for treating them.[Read more…]
Every Spring, millions of homeowners fill their yards with pretty flowers, lovely shrubs, and various trees. If you want something original, the idea of a more permanent structure can be appealing. That is when a hardscaping element may be the perfect addition to your landscaping design.[Read more…]
Keeping your lawn and garden in top shape can often come down to basic preventative care. It’s important to have your outdoor space checked and treated on a regular basis to ensure that every plant is healthy and thriving. Because every lawn and garden is unique, hiring a professional to evaluate your individual situation can help lead to a plan that meets your property’s unique needs. Mulching and dethatching are two important steps that can help prevent your yard from developing costly and more complicated issues in the future.
Having your flowerbeds mulched can provide many more benefits beyond a fresh and healthy appearance. Mulch can help plants and their roots hold more moisture, especially in hot, dry weather. Mulching with rocks may help plants grow more efficiently, as they absorb heat and transfer it to the soil. This creates a more ideal growing environment for flowers, trees and shrubs by keeping the plants warmer without a drying effect. Using newspaper below mulch creates a biodegradable weed barrier by blocking sunlight to stop unwanted growth.
A healthy lawn will eventually develop a layer of thatch between the soil and the fresh, green layer of grass. This thatch is made up of a variety of items from nature, including roots and stems from your grass and other plants. A normal thatch is actually beneficial for your lawn, as it helps protect the soil and living roots from erosion and dehydration. However, a thatch that’s too deep can lead to serious problems for your lawn, including an inability to grow new, flourishing blades or the growth of a detrimental disease. Dethatching may be necessary if your thatch has become overgrown. You may want to seek help from a professional landscaper; it could cause severe damage to your lawn if done incorrectly.
Mulching and dethatching are two important processes in maintaining a robust and beautiful yard. Because this maintenance should be done carefully and on a regular basis, you may need to hire a professional to ensure it is done properly and is not overlooked until it’s too late.
Whether you plan to grow a vegetable garden, beautify your lawn with a colorful flower garden or keep your yard simple with just grass and a few hedges, there are a few spring cleanup measures you need to take to ensure you lay the perfect foundation for the growing season. Read on to learn what four things you can do to ensure your yard looks great this coming season and for the seasons to come.
Winter winds, rain and snow likely wreaked havoc on your lawn, leaving snapped twigs, broken branches and dead leaves scattered everywhere. If you want to ensure your grass grows green and lush and that you’re able to maintain it (read: mow it) without issue, spend a warm spring day picking up fallen sticks and raking up leaves.
Many homeowners don’t take the time to aerate their lawns, but if you do, your yard will thank you for it. Aerating punctures holes in the soil and gives it room to breathe. After just a few days, the holes will begin to fill themselves in and leave little evidence of the process behind. However, your luscious grass and fruitful vegetable garden will serve as signs that you took this extra spring cleanup step.
Some of your foliage may need a little boost after the cold months pass. Add fertilizer to give your plants the nutrients they need to promote healthy growth. If you’re not a fan of fertilizer, use other amendments such as lime and iron, both of which are proven to benefit dormant greenery.
If you deal with weed overgrowth, pests or other lawn issues throughout the spring and summer months, protect your plants with herbicides, pesticides and pre-emergents. Talk to your local landscapers about options that are safe for you, your pets and your children but that effectively do their job.
If you want a lush, vibrant lawn this spring, spring cleanup is necessary. If you don’t have time to do the cleanup yourself, talk to your local landscaping company about how it can help.
Does your yard need more shade or privacy? Tree planting can increase the beauty and value of your home. Trees can offer a retreat from neighbors and noisy streets while attracting beneficial wildlife. But how do you choose the best types for your yard?
Finding the perfect location for your trees will help them thrive and give shade to your yard. Many trees grow better in full sun and require space to draw nutrients from the soil. Some types of trees are excellent as wind or sound barriers when placed along a property line.
Trees may cause damage to property if set too close to buildings or near underground pipes. A trained and licensed professional can find the ideal tree for your area and specific need.
Size is an important consideration when considering a tree planting design plan. How much will one tree grow? How close should you plant it to other trees? Will it give enough privacy? An expert can design a landscape plan with current and future growth in mind.
Native trees usually perform better in local climates and soil. Native trees also attract native animals and insects. Other trees may do well, but you will want to consider trees that have a proven record of success in your location.
Some species of trees should be avoided because they can become invasive. Others may not be able to survive severe weather, pests, or diseases. Many experts generally recommend against certain types of trees, such as Bradford pears, which have a short life span and are prone to disease. A few species like sweet gums release seed pods that can be a safety hazard to children and pets.
A licensed contractor can help you find the best trees and recommend the best tree planting time for your area. Once your trees are planted, you can enjoy them for many years to come.
Between work, running the kids from place to place, taking care of the home and all of the other responsibilities you squeeze in between all that, your schedule is full, if not completely overflowing. Yet, when the snow begins to fall, you have to make time somewhere between making breakfast and heading to work to shovel your driveway. Talk about disheartening. Fortunately, there is a way that you can lighten your load—hire a professional snow blowing service to clear your drive for you.
Inexpensive and Hassel Free
Despite popular belief, most professional blowing services are affordable. Most companies offer their services to entire neighborhoods, that way they can knock out multiple jobs at once. This not only reduces expenses on the company’s end, but it also lowers the price for customers because workers are able to complete more jobs in a shorter amount of time.
For one low fee, which is normally charged monthly, you can have your driveway cleared before you even wake up. Best of all, instead of the job being “sufficient enough” for you to back out of your driveway, a reputable snow blowing company will make sure that you have a nice, smooth and safe surface to walk on from your front door to your garage. This means that your front steps and any pathways between your home and any outdoor areas you need to access will be completely cleared.
It’s the Safe Way to Go
Shoveling snow can be dangerous and detrimental to your physical health. Not only do you risk catching a cold or coming down with the flu by being out in the cold, but also, you risk throwing out your back or developing chronic back pain. By hiring a professional blowing service, you can prevent both short-term illness and long-term pain—and all of those pesky medical expenses that come with poor health.
If you live in an area that receives a lot of snow, save yourself time, money, hassle and pain by hiring a professional snow blowing service this winter.
Do you have a yard that has lots of shrubs? If so, you likely know how important it is for them to be regularly pruned. Not only does it make your landscape look beautiful and well taken care of, but pruning shrubs can also aid in producing more blooms. However, before you begin snipping away, there are a few things you should know.
1. Don’t Prune in Autumn
It may seem harmless, but pruning in the fall can actually damage your plants, especially if a frost happens to hit earlier than usual. Regardless of the kind of shrubs in your yard, hold off on pruning until they are in dormancy. Late winter and early spring are typically the best times of the year to prune because they help stimulate blooming. However, the ideal season may vary depending on what types of plants you have. A landscape contractor can help you figure out what time of year is best for your yard to be pruned.
2. Maintain Your Shrubs
Pruning shrubs isn’t a one-time project—instead, it should be a process that is ongoing. Throughout the year, have broken or sick branches removed and cut away sprouts that are growing quickly. Outside of your seasonal pruning, be careful not to cut away too much, and instead try to fix only immediate issues.
3. Prevent Dense Shrubs
If you notice that your plants are getting very dense, it may be time to get them trimmed. This is because shrubs need an adequate amount of air circulation and light in order to remain healthy. Too many branches can prevent the plant from receiving these necessities, and should therefore be removed.
Although you might be able to do some basic pruning and maintenance on your own, it is best to leave it to an experienced professional. Those trained in pruning shrubs have the knowledge, tools and techniques to make sure your landscape is as healthy
Fall cleanups in the garden contribute to a healthier and more productive spring garden. However, once summer’s harvest is over, the list of cleanup chores can seem endless. From mulching beds and cutting back perennials to fertilizing lawns and cleaning tools, much of the work is physically demanding and time consuming. Here are five popular to-do items for gardeners.
When the days are long and the nights are warm, there is no place more pleasant to be than lounging on your patio. There are many options available when it comes to having a patio installed. Below you will find descriptions of some of the most popular patio paving materials to help you get an idea of what you want your patio to look like. Consider it “Patio Materials 101.”