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3 Tips For Keeping Your Lawn Looking Great

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Keeping Your Lawn Looking Great

How to keep a lawn looking nice might seem like a mystery to some people. You may put a lot of time and effort into your lawn, only to have it look subpar. Luckily, getting a nice looking yard doesn’t have to be unattainable. There are a couple simple things you can do to keep your lawn looking great. Here are a couple tips.

1. Spray For Bugs

One of the most important things you can do is manage pests in the yard. Everyone knows how important it is to spray for bugs and pests in the house, but many people do not realize how many bugs they have in their yard. For example, there are some bugs that will actually nest in your grass and eat through the grass. They will steal the nutrients from the soil and from the grass so that it will inevitably die. This is why it is best if you can have professionals come and spray your grass at least once a year. Ideally, the beginning of the season is the best time to prevent the bugs from nesting.

You will notice that your grass has patches of dead spots, rather than everything dying, if you have bugs.

2. Water Only A Couple Days

More water is better, right? When you are talking about volume you may be right, but not with frequency. It is better to water your lawn a couple times a week and really drench the lawn when you do. If you try to water the lawn everyday or a couple times a day a little bit, it won’t work as well. You need the roots of the grass to become really soaked. That way it will allow the roots to get as much nutrients as they need. If you only give the grass a little water each day, even if you do it often, it will never fully reach the roots and the grass will die.

3. Keep The Grass Clippings On The Grass

When you mow your lawn try not to bag it. The grass clippings act as a great fertilizer for the existing grass. They will fall back towards the roots and nourish the soil. If you haven’t mowed for a long time, and the grass is extra long, you may need to bag it. But if you are on top of mowing and your clippings and normal sized, keep them on the grass.

By doing these simple things you can keep your lawn looking great. For professional help, contact local landscapers, such as Glynn Young’s Landscaping & Nursery Center.

The Top Three Reasons To Remove A Tree From Your Property

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Top Three Reasons To Remove A Tree From Your Property

Tree removal is something that all homeowners may consider at one point in time because of a tree they have on their property that doesn’t seem to be adding any value to their home. Tree removal should always be done by professionals, since they will have the right tools, equipment, and experience to get it done safely. However, there has to be a specific reason to remove a tree on your property. A tree removal service won’t be able to get rid of one without some kind of valid reason, since doing this could cause harm to the local environment. Here are the top three reasons to consider hiring a tree removal service for a tree on your property:

The Tree is Dead:

A dying or dead tree must be removed from your property. This is because, first of all, it’s not contributing to the environment in any way once it is dead. On top of this, a dead or dying tree is weak, which makes it highly susceptible to falling down during high winds or any other extreme weather. This can potentially cause damage to your property and other property surrounding you. Dead and dying trees are also subject to pest infestation, and you don’t want that since these pests can then easily make their way into your home as well once they are on your property. 

​The Tree is Causing Damage: 

At some point, a tree’s roots can become so overgrown and out of control that they can begin to cause damage to the foundation of your home, the electrical wires running under the ground, plumbing lines, and more. If this is the case, the tree will need to be removed before it costs you a great deal of money in property repairs. You will especially need to consider tree removal if you have a neighbor who is concerned about the tree on your property causing damage to their own property. You won’t want to end up in a legal battle against them if the tree ever does happen to cause damage to their home.

The Tree is Unappealing:

A tree on your property that is unappealing adds no value to your home and can, in fact, deter potential homebuyers away from your home if you ever decide to try and sell. If you feel that a tree on your property is not adding any value, you can call a tree removal service. However, the tree removal service will have to provide a thorough inspection to determine if tree removal truly is the only option. In some cases, tree pruning will be enough to make the tree appear much more appealing on your property. 

By knowing the top three reasons to remove a tree from your property, you can begin to understand when it is appropriate to call a tree removal service such as Mead Tree & Turf Care Inc to your home.

Helping Your Roses Climb Properly On A Fence

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Helping Your Roses Climb Properly On A Fence

Climbing roses add a sophisticated beauty to any landscape. They also provide a little privacy when trained properly to grow up a chain-link fence. If you want the beauty and awesome aroma of roses in your backyard, use this guide to help you plant the roses and then train them to grow horizontally, clinging to the fence.

Gather Your Supplies

  • shovel
  • scissors
  • pantyhose
  • climbing rose plants
  • compost or fertilizer
  • garden hose
  • small pruning shears

Plant the Roses

Look at the root base of the rose plant and dig a hole that is about twice the size of the roots length. The best place for the hole is several inches away from the fence. You’ll want the hole as wide as it is deep to allow for proper root spread.

Insert the plant into the hole and cover with the remaining dirt. Spread the compost around the base of the plant and water the area until the ground is completely wet, but not so soggy that your foot sinks into the ground. If using fertilizer instead of compost, follow the directions on the package to ensure that you apply the proper amount.

Create Privacy

Repeat the planting step all the way down the fence, along the area that you want blocked from neighbors or traffic. Space out the plants a foot or two apart so the roots beneath the soil have enough room to spread out.

Train the Roses

Cut the pantyhose into thin strips. Use these strips to tie the stems and vines of the climbing rose plant to the chain-link. Remember that these plants typically grow best and climb if you tie them facing up versus sideways.

Check for new stems weekly. As new stems appear, tie them to the chain link as well.

Prune your roses when you see dead buds by clipping them off with the pruning shears, at the base of the bud. However, keep in mind that many climbing rose plants don’t need pruning that often and you may find that the dead buds fall off on their own.

As the climbing rose plants begin to grow, the more privacy you’ll have in your backyard landscape. Enjoy the beauty and scent that these plants provide, as well as any butterflies and birds that decide that visiting your backyard is a great joy. Ask your landscaper (like Rock Solid Services LLC) for help should you encounter any issues with your climbing roses as they are growing. 

Make Your Backyard Landscaping More Interesting: Ideas For Your New Home

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Make Your Backyard Landscaping More Interesting: Ideas For Your New Home

Moving into your first house of your very own can be one of the most exciting experiences of your adult life. There are so many things you want to do to make your new place more than just a house, but a real home. One of the ways that you may want to go about this is to change up your new backyard’s landscaping and design. However, you may not know what you can do to get started and make your backyard design more interesting. Get to know a few of the ways that you can change up your landscaping so that you can get started as soon as possible.

Add a Retaining Wall

If your backyard is sloped or on a hill, adding a retaining wall will not only give your yard a more interesting look, but it can serve an important function of preventing excessive erosion to your lawn and landscaping. And even if your yard is flat, adding a retaining wall and filling it in with dirt and plants can add depth to your landscaping designs.

Retaining walls are a great way to make your backyard landscaping appear more structured and intentional than just a sea of green grass and random plants and trees. These walls come in all shapes and sizes, and can be made to be as plain or interesting as you would like.

Some retaining walls have ceramic flowerpots built into the wall itself to allow small decorative flowering plants to grow. Others are made of one or several types of stone or brick. And even others look more like mosaic works of art than functional walls. Adding this structural element to your backyard landscaping will completely transform your yard and make it a more interesting and inviting place to be.

Build a Winding Pathway Through Your Yard

While it may or may not be planting season when you move into your new house, you can still make your backyard more interesting and well-landscaped by adding a pathway throughout your yard. If you make that pathway winding and curvy, rather than straight and direct, you can add an element of whimsy and fun to your landscaping design.

This pathway can guide you through the different flowers, trees, and fountains or other elements you plant to add to your backyard landscaping at a later date. You can make your pathway from a wide variety of materials as well.

Basic stone and brick pathways are traditional and classic, while stones shaped like fossilized leaves or tree stumps can add a touch of playfulness and naturalism to the design of your yard. There are no limits to what you can do to make your winding pathway in your yard, and once it is complete, you will not be able to help but walk around your yard and enjoy your new home.

Now that you know how to get started making your new backyard more interesting, you can get started as soon as possible. You will have your own private oasis before you know it. If redesigning your landscaping sounds like too large of an endeavor, contact a professional, like those at Quality Lawn & Landscape, to do so for you.

3 Landscaping Trends You Should Know About

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Landscaping Trends You Should Know About

Like hats, colors, and hemlines, landscaping designs have seasons where trends go in and out. If you’re curious about which trends you should try as you redecorate this year, here are 3 landscaping trends you should know about.

Fruits Out Front

The myriad colors that nature gives fruits, herbs, and vegetables are gorgeous — so why not put them out on display? Instead of tucking your home garden into a small corner of your backyard, the latest trend is to present the fruits of your labor (literally) to the world, allowing their colors and scents to be a decoration all their own. Aside from the obvious benefits of a home garden — sustainability, always having fresh produce on hand, etc. — you’ll have a lovely little patch to show off to your neighbors and friends.

To achieve this look, start with easy-to-grow foods like zucchini, tomatoes, and sage. Invest in good fertilizer and make sure to water your plants regularly.

Bring It Down Low

The 2000s saw a lot of meticulously kept lawns, where there was a specific place (and look, and shade, and angle) for everything in the heavily decorated front and back yards. With the arrival of the New 2010s, however, the low maintenance approach is in, with fewer baubles and water features and more simple, nicely kept yards. Not only does this approach appeal to more modernist sensibilities, it also allows for a trendy lawn without breaking your ever-shrinking budget during these hard financial times.

To achieve this look, ditch the 24 sets of wind chimes for a nice lawn mower and leave the decoration to a simple, yet elegant tree like the Weeping Cherry.

Everything old is cool again

If you want just a touch more decoration than a tree, a garden, or a manicured lawn, however, the current trend is not to pick up the fanciest new toy on the market, but to go vintage. Resist the urge for the motorized hammock, and instead try to find an old, claw-footed metal chair that you can attach a cushion or two to for a chair that’s both trendy and fashionable. Other vintage accessories, such as bird cages or ornamental metal stands will complete the look, especially if decked out in the season’s hottest colors — bold, rich purples and sparkling metallics.

To achieve this look, try shopping around at different yard and estate sales. You’d be amazed at the amount of vintage lawn ornaments and furniture you find if you just take the time to look.

For professional landscaping services, contact a company such as Affordable Cuts

How Hiring A Landscaper Can Save You Money In The Long Run

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Hiring A Landscaper Can Save You Money In The Long Run

When working within a budget, a do-it-yourself landscape may seem cheaper. The reality is that unless you are an expert on plants and how they grow, your lack of knowledge can cost you in more ways than you expect. Many problems can be avoided by hiring a professional to guide you away from common mistakes.

Poor Composition

No doubt you’ve seen unsightly yards full of a multitude of different plants that seem to have simply sprung from the earth with no rhyme or reason. Having a variety of plants can be lovely if they are placed properly. A professional landscape plan can give even a cottage garden a flow and continuity that will enhance your curb appeal and increase your property value when you sell.

Lack of Soil Testing

Soil is the most important element of your landscape plan. Not only does the soil composition and pH need to be suitable for the plants you want to grow, but the drainage is also vitally important.  A landscaper will have all the necessary tests done and recommend suitable plants for your soil conditions.

Improper Plant Placement

Every neighborhood has examples of trees and shrubs that are not suited for their space. For example, that tiny oak tree you planted on the corner of your newly-constructed stone patio for shade has roots that can tear up your hardscaping as it matures. Those cute little arborvitae you planted as foundation shrubs in front of your house can grow to 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Knowing the proper placement of plants will save you having to replace them and repair the damage they caused at a later date.

Cost Underestimation

Landscaping is more expensive than other home improvements by at least 30 percent. Many homeowners go through sticker shock when they see the prices of landscape plants, especially mature specimens. Labor to deliver and install mature plants often costs more than the plants themselves.  Landscapers have the resources to work within your budget to find you the best deals that will give you the yard you want at a price you can afford.

Landscaping mistakes you make trying to save money can be expensive in the long run. Spending the money up front to have your landscape designed and installed properly can not only avoid future problems, but will increase your property value. Call a local reputable landscape company like Futurescapes Inc. to get an estimate on your landscaping before making costly mistakes.

How To Eliminate Bald Spots Caused By Pet Wastes From Your Lawn

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Eliminate Bald Spots Caused By Pet Wastes From Your Lawn

Pets bring a lot of joy to millions of American households, but they can also bring frustration when it comes to maintaining a lawn and landscaping. One of the most common problems that pet owners face is bald spots on the lawn; these small blotches of dead grass are caused by animal urine and feces, and they can spoil the overall beauty of your lawn. Eliminating bald spots isn’t difficult, but it does require using the correct materials and technique. Below is a list of materials you will need as well as the step-by-step procedure for removing bald spots from your lawn:

Tools and materials needed

  • Garden lime

  • Topsoil

  • Grass seed for your region

  • Rake

  • Garden hose with adjustable nozzle

Step-by-step procedure

1. Remove the dead grass and debris from the bald spot – Before applying a treatment, you will need to remove all the dead organic matter from the lawn. The matter likely contains a significant amount of acid and will continue to lower the pH in the vicinity of the bald spot, which is what killed the grass. The fastest and easiest way to remove the dead grass is to lightly pull the tines of a rake over the bald spots; this will scrape up the matter quickly and prevent disturbing the healthy portions of the lawn.

2. Apply a layer of lime to the exposed ground – After removing the dead grass and exposing the bare soil, your next goal is to raise the pH of the soil in order to create healthier soil chemistry. To make the soil more alkaline, sprinkle a generous amount of garden lime on top of the bald spot. Don’t worry about measuring, as it is nearly impossible to add too much lime. Just be sure the bare soil is completely covered with lime, and you will be ready to add topsoil.

3. Add the first layer of topsoil – Once the lime is applied, you will need to sprinkle a layer of topsoil on top of the lime. Use topsoil that comes from a reputable source to prevent the introduction of parasites or other disease-causing microorganisms. Cover the lime completely with soil, so you are unable to see any traces of lime.

4. Plant grass seed – When the topsoil has been added, it is time to plant grass seed. Be sure to buy a seed mix that is appropriate for your region and climate. Lightly sprinkle the seed evenly across the topsoil; don’t add too much seed or the grass won’t sprout and thrive.

5. Cover the seed with topsoil and water – After sowing the grass seed, the last step is to cover it with additional topsoil to protect the seed from birds and keep it from being washed away by irrigation or rain. Be sure to add enough topsoil so that none of the seed is visible. Once you have covered the seed, mist it with water from a garden hose and keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate. To learn more, speak with someone like Green Leaf Lawn Services.

How a Tree Service Will Help You Keep Your Trees Healthy

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How a Tree Service Will Help You Keep Your Trees Healthy

If you want to keep the trees on your property healthy and in good shape for years to come, you need to make sure that you take proper care of your trees. One of the easiest ways to do so is to hire a tree service to come out a couple of times a year. Here are a few things that a tree service can do for your trees that will keep them healthy for years to come.

Tree Trimming

During the spring when there is an abundance of rain, the trees on your property will start to grow leaves. However, sometimes trees grow more leaves than they need. When a tree has too many leaves on it, the tree’s system gets taxed. It is not able to take in all the nutrients that it needs to keep the leaves alive.

In order to keep your trees looking flush for the rest of the year, you need to use a tree-trimming service to cut back the excess leaves on your trees. A tree professional will know how thick the foliage should be on each species of tree that you have in your yard and how to cut them back in order to allow the trees on your property to grow and thrive.

Tree Pruning

Next, the trees on your property need to be pruned at least once a year. When the trees on your property should be pruned depends on the particular species that are growing on your property. Tree pruning is a process of cutting away excess branches that are not needed as well as dead parts of the tree.

If the tree is particularly tall, it can also be pruned in a manner that will make it resistant to the effects of high winds. This is particularly helpful if you live in an area that frequently gets strong storms.

Tree Removal

Finally, if you have any trees on your property that are just not doing well or that are infected with a disease, a professional tree service will be able to tell you when you should cut your losses and cut down the tree.

It takes a high level of expertise to know how to remove a tree without causing harm to surrounding structures.

If you want to keep the trees on your property healthy for years to come, you need to hire a tree service to come out a few times a year to trim and prune your trees. With the proper care, you shouldn’t have to remove very many trees from your property. Contact a tree service like Advanced Arbor Care to set up your first appointment.

Planning Your Landscaping? 2 Simple Ways to Determine the Type of Soil You Have

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Planning Your Landscaping? 2 Simple Ways to Determine the Type of Soil You Have

You’ve just bought a new home and you’re ready to begin designing the landscaping. Before you start planning, you should find out what type of soil you’re dealing with. One neighbor says you have clay soil and the other neighbor says you have sandy loam soil. How do you decide which it is? You could have it analyzed by a soil expert. Or, you could do a few simple tests of your own to find out what type of soil you have.

Press It between Your Fingers

If you’re going to be planting gardens in your yard, you need to make sure that the soil is workable—meaning it’s easy to cultivate with a hand-held shovel. Sandy soil is easy to work with, while clay may be a bit tougher—especially once it dries out. This simple test will help you find out how much sand you have in your soil.

Use a garden hose to get your soil nice and wet, then grab a handful of dirt and pinch some of it between two fingers. Now, move the soil around between your fingers. Does the soil feel rough like sand? If it does, you have a good sand content in your soil. Does the soil slip through your fingers? If it does, your soil has more of a clay content.

Drench It in Water

Most soil is composed of either silt, clay, or sand. It can be difficult to tell which is which just by looking at the soil. Here is one test that will help you determine how much of each is in your soil.

Supplies You’ll Need

  • One clean mason jar with lid
  • Water
  • Liquid dish detergent—any brand
  • One cup of soil from your yard.


  1. Get rid of all the weeds, grass, and rocks in the soil you’ve collected.
  2. Set the soil out in the sun for about 30 minutes to allow it to dry thoroughly.
  3. Place the dry soil into the mason jar, filling it about halfway.
  4. Fill the rest of the mason jar with water (but leave a little room for air) and add 1 teaspoon of dish soap.
  5. Put the lid on your mason jar and shake well for about 2 minutes.
  6. Set the mason jar down and watch the soil settle to the bottom of the jar.
  7. The sand will settle first.
  8. The silt will settle second.
  9. The clay will settle last.

When planning your landscaping, it’s important to know what type of soil you have. This is particularly true if you plan on having lush lawns or flower gardens. Knowing the type of soil you have will ensure that you include plants that will thrive in that type of soil.The easy-to-follow soil tests provided above will help you plan your new landscaping. For more tips and information, contact a service like Weiler’s Lawn & Landscape.

Winter Is Coming — How To Blow Out Your Sprinklers So They Don’t Burst Out In The Cold

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Winter Is Coming — How To Blow Out Your Sprinklers So They Don’t Burst Out In The Cold

As winter approaches, most homeowners will need to do a little lawn and yard maintenance to prepare for the coming cold. One good place to begin is by winterizing your irrigation or sprinkler system. This involves 3 steps you can often do on your own to save money. Here’s how winterizing your sprinklers works.

Turn Off the Water

The sprinkler system will have had a main shut-off valve installed when it was first put in place. This valve should be in a protected location that is not subject to freezing. Turn off the water at this main valve before proceeding with anything else. If the shut-off valve is in danger of freezing, you may need to cover it with insulated coverings available at most home improvement stores.  

Shut Down the Controller

You’ll need to consult the manual provided by your irrigation company to determine how to shut off your controller for the winter. The controller is the timer box that was installed to let you control when and where would be watered at any given time. The easiest way to prevent it from watering the lawn over the winter without losing all your settings is to turn it to “rain mode” and leave it alone. If this doesn’t work, you may also simply unplug it from the power source. If you have doubts about how to shut down the timer/controller, contact an irrigation company, such as Irrigation Tech for help.  

Blow Out the Pipes

Removing the water from the pipes is the most vital steps to prevent damage. If water is left inside the PVC piping when the weather drops below freezing temperature, that water can freeze, expand and crack the pipes. The easiest method to drain the remaining water from the pipes is to “blow out” the water using an air compressor. 

First, rent an air compressor that can reach 50 cubic feet per minute volume. Then, remove the backflow preventer that is located on your irrigation system just after the shut-off valve. Connect the compressor to the backflow preventer riser just downstream of the valve. Open the valves one-by-one in the system using your controller or manually, beginning with the last (or highest elevation) valve. After each valve is open, turn on the compressor and blow out the water from that valve. Once the water has been removed, turn off the compressor and close that valve. Move on the next closest valve and repeat until all your valves have been cleared of water.  

If you need to remove water from the main line between the shut-off valve and the backflow preventer, connect the compressor to the blow-out fitting near the shut-off valve and clear the last bit of water from this section. Then, cover or cap any places that may be open to allow pests to infiltrate your irrigation system while it’s not in use. 

Preparing your sprinkler system for winter is key to keeping it well-maintained and saving money over the long term. If you’re concerned about being able to complete the blow-out process, it may be best to hire a professional landscaping service to do it for you. As you gain confidence in maintaining your system, you may be able to do the job yourself eventually. But whether you do it yourself or hire some help, be sure to beat Mother Nature to the punch as winter arrives.