Spring Landscaping Tips To Kickstart The Season

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 10.02.21 AMWinter is long gone. The snow has melted and your yard looks like a tornado swept through it. Sprucing up your yard for the upcoming spring season should therefore top your list of priorities if you derive immense satisfaction from having serene surroundings. With a myriad of ideas causing a frenzy in your mind, that can prove to be impossible. However, there’s no need to panic though as all it takes is a few spring landscaping care tips and you’ll be well on your way to creating your ultimate spring paradise. You’ll be surprised by what can be achieved when you blend simple creativity with a little structure.

Compiling a ‘to do’ checklist of chores for the season is important. Consider:

Dealing with weeds once and for all. There’s no better time to apply herbicides to your lawn than now. Since weeds are a constant nag, getting rid of weeds at the beginning of the season ensures that you can then focus on chores that demand more regular attention. Whilst you’re at it, this is the perfect time to be filing up all those bare patches in your lawn. For the sake of uniformity, pluck overgrown lawn -together with the roots- and fill the blank spaces. If you have the same lawn seed that can work as well.

Killing those parasitic pesticides. Pests not only feed off plants but they can spread very fast and become a perennial problem. Check plants regularly for any unusual coloring or foliage damage. Once you’ve spotted a few recurring pests be sure to take these samples to a gardening centre for a diagnosis.

Experimenting with an indoor garden. Bring plants indoors to make your indoors airy, vibrant and colorful. You’ll want to incorporate evergreen climbers and vines as they don’t shed their leaves often.

Spring is a fun time of the year. It is a time to go out and enjoy the sun, and what better way to do that than by preparing for it in advance.

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Tips For A Spring Garden Makeover In 2017

shutterstock_129376139You don’t need to spend a lot of time and money to give your lawn and garden a great new look this spring. Adding the right plants to complement your property will spruce up your home’s curb appeal. Here are some tips to help guide you through a makeover of your spring landscaping in 2017:

Add color and texture. If your garden is lacking color and texture, pick a variety of flowers and shrubs that will vibrancy. Plan in advance of planting to be sure that you get a good mix of plant life. Choose plants that are well suited to each area, as some plants need more hours of sunlight than others. With so many lush and beautiful flowers to consider, it shouldn’t be hard to find the right ones for your garden makeover.

Put in a patio. Putting in a patio is a great way to add outdoor living space and beautify your home’s exterior. A patio can be functional and decorative at the same time. If space allows, consider adding an outdoor kitchen or bar area. You can decorate with potted plants and do landscaping around the patio to create a cohesive look with your lawn.

Add focal features. Consider adding focal features like a pond, water fountain, or a gazebo. They can bring an elegant look to the garden, and will help to fill in a larger space that may be lacking in visual details. If you’re working with a smaller space, select just one feature to focus on. A bench is another great option so that you can relax and enjoy your garden when the weather is right.

If your garden is lacking in color, texture, and interesting elements, it’s time for a makeover. Keep these tips in mind when tackling spring landscaping this year.

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Early Spring Lawn Care Tips

Prepare For Spring LandscapingAs the warmer weather moves in, it’s time to start getting your grass ready for the months ahead. Homeowners can take simple steps to prepare the lawn and garden. Here are some important early spring lawn care tips:

Cleaning and raking. The first thing to do is to clean up the yard and give it a gentle raking. Collect all debris like branches and dead leaves, and then lightly rake over the grass. If your lawn is in poor condition, you can do a deeper raking. If the grass has held up fairly well and you won’t need to put down seeds, go easy on it. By raking, you can remove debris, thatch, and find the patches that may need to be rejuvenated with grass seed.

Fertilize and reseed. Many homeowners take the time to fertilize their lawn in the fall, but if you haven’t, spring is the time to do so. Put down a fresh layer of the right type of fertilizer for your grass. If you have bare patches that need to be filled in, add fresh soil and seed. It’s important to purchase the right type of grass seed for your lawn, and pay attention to the amount of light and shade that each patch receives throughout the day.

Tackle weeds. Weeds can be a recurring problem throughout the spring and summer, and they can ruin the look of any lawn. Tackle them early by using a weed killer that will eradicate them for good. There are many herbicides available, so choose the one that best suits your needs. There are even safe options available for homes with children and pets. Be sure to read the product labels carefully.

Even if you’ve prepped your lawn in the fall, it’s a good idea to take some time working on it in early spring. By doing so, you’ll have lush, lovely grass to enjoy all year.

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Early Spring Lawn Care Tips

Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 4.37.36 PMAs the warmer weather moves in, it’s time to start getting your grass ready for the months ahead. Homeowners can take simple steps to prepare the lawn and garden. Here are some important early spring lawn care tips:

Cleaning and raking. The first thing to do is to clean up the yard and give it a gentle raking. Collect all debris like branches and dead leaves, and then lightly rake over the grass. If your lawn is in poor condition, you can do a deeper raking. If the grass has held up fairly well and you won’t need to put down seeds, go easy on it. By raking, you can remove debris, thatch, and find the patches that may need to be rejuvenated with grass seed.

Fertilize and reseed. Many homeowners take the time to fertilize their lawn in the fall, but if you haven’t, spring is the time to do so. Put down a fresh layer of the right type of fertilizer for your grass. If you have bare patches that need to be filled in, add fresh soil and seed. It’s important to purchase the right type of grass seed for your lawn, and pay attention to the amount of light and shade that each patch receives throughout the day.

Tackle weeds. Weeds can be a recurring problem throughout the spring and summer, and they can ruin the look of any lawn. Tackle them early by using a weed killer that will eradicate them for good. There are many herbicides available, so choose the one that best suits your needs. There are even safe options available for homes with children and pets. Be sure to read the product labels carefully.

Even if you’ve prepped your lawn in the fall, it’s a good idea to take some time working on it in early spring. By doing so, you’ll have lush, lovely grass to enjoy all year.

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5 Main Steps To Prepare For Spring Landscaping

IMG_2262Before you know it, the refreshing season of spring will be here. Now is the perfect opportunity to start getting your flowerbeds, gardens and lawns ready for spring. Below are 5 important steps to prepare for spring landscaping:

  1. Do an Evaluation. Take a walk around your property to evaluate the condition of the green areas. The winter weather has caused stress and might have even damaged your trees, plants and bushes. However, with a bit of care, it is highly likely that they can thrive again. An evaluation will give you a great idea about what is required.
  2. Prune Your Leafless Trees. Using this time of year to prune you leafless trees is always a great idea. This is largely because it lowers the likelihood of certain tree diseases spreading across your property. In addition, this prevents huge pile up of snow from damaging the structural integrity of the tree.
  3. Protect Your Lawn From Weeds. Preventing weeds from surfacing in the first place is the best method of reducing or eliminating these nuisances. To do so, pre-emergent weed control is required. However, for this to be effective, timing is of utmost importance as soil temperature plays a major role in the success of this strategy.
  4. Renovate Your Lawns. If your lawn was damaged by the effects of the winter weather, now is the perfect time for some well-needed renovation. To restore its gorgeous appearance, it could become necessary for you to fix damages by seeding the grass. This type of application should be carefully carried out.
  5. Do a Status Check on Your Shrubs.

The emerging season provides the perfect opportunity to access the look and health of your shrubs. Examine them for water damage and determine if the damage is repairable. If you are installing new shrubs, do so before adding mulch as this will maintain bed consistency.

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The Benefits of Luxury Lighting in Your Landscaping

DSC_3311Landscape lighting is an excellent way of increasing the safety and security of your property. This type of luxury lighting heightens visibility and lowers the dangers of individuals falling. If your yard is not well lit, there is the ever present risk of someone falling and becoming injured when using the space at night.

Proper lighting will reveal uneven spaces or any other potentially dangerous flaws in the landscape. Therefore, to avoid liability for another person’s injury, you can use lights to strategically illuminate your property to make it safer.

Aesthetic Appeal. With the right landscaping tips, luxury lighting can be used to elevate the cool factor of your home. Essentially, well-placed lights can be used to accentuate the best parts of your outdoor space, making the surrounding landscape sparkle with beauty. Any intricate architectural detail of your property can be highlighted remarkably with strategically placed lights.

For example, luxury lighting can be used to illuminate the branches of your favorite tree. You can also use downlights on the tree to highlight its shape and special areas under it. At night, focal points like garden walls can be brought to life with bullet, well and flood lights. These lights will fill the space and accentuate texture and color.

Security Effects. Burglars are attracted to dark and poorly-lit homes. Luxury lighting is a remarkable deterrent to predators who thrive in darkness. Since lighting focuses attention on your property, the chances of a would-be burglar being spotted will increase exponentially. Additionally, landscape lighting enables household members and visitors to better view the area when they arrive at night. Having a brightened view of the perimeter of the property will assist in detecting anyone lurking on or around the yard.

These are just a few of the benefits of outfitting your property with luxury lighting.

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Landscaping Tips That Really Work

IMG_1342Anyone can have a garden that looks like it is from paradise. However, landscaping tips that really work are those that are passed on from generation to generation. So this is us passing on to you what we learned and continue to practice with resounding success.

Self-sufficiency. All you truly need in terms of mulch and manure is right under your nose without you even knowing it. Fallen leaves and freshly cut grass are two things you need in order to maintain your very own compost heap. You will find that you will save a lot of money whilst at the same time getting a sense of satisfaction that comes with being self sufficient. As it turns out, Greg never went to the vegetable store as all he ever really needed was right there in his garden.

Winning The War On Weeds. Weeds are not only parasitic plants that suck the life out of your flowers and lawn, but they also give a pretty unkempt appearance to your garden. Herbicides are the quickest way to rid your garden of a common garden pestilence the easy way. All you need are snapshots of the annoying proliferation which you can then give to a specialist. He/she will then direct you to use a herbicide specific to it. Not only will your plants grow with increased vigor and tenacity, but your garden will look much neater without them.

Edging. Before i forget, you must also edge you beds and lawn to give your home that edgy, transcendent look. All you need is a flat shovel, a design and you’re good to go.

Happy landscaping :-)

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Tips For Homeowners to Save For Landscaping Upgrades

11-CAT01-4254A-08Patio lovers can make their dreams come true this year by saving up for a beautiful new outdoor area. A patio is a perfect spot to relax, entertain, and enjoy the outdoors in every season. Here are some tips for homeowners to save for landscaping upgrades and a lovely patio this year:

Be selective. If you’re working with a budget, you’ll want to be selective about where you spend the bulk of your money. Focus on the must-have features that you want. Do plan to spend money on high quality patio furniture, since it will make your space more stylish and comfortable. Choosing quality outdoor furnishings will also ensure that they hold up well in the outdoors. Think about other features you would love to include, such as a water feature, a heat source like a fire pit, and any kind of outdoor food prep area.

Hire professionals. Don’t risk losing money on a poorly done patio. Hire skilled professionals who can show you a portfolio of attractive completed jobs they’ve done for other clients. Share your vision with them and ask questions. They should be able to understand what you want and what will work best for your property and budget. Make sure that the contractors you choose are insured and have references. They should be able to understand your wants and execute your vision within a reasonable amount of time and for a fair price.

Plan on plants. Plan to soften and beautify the patio by using plants to enhance the surrounding landscaping. Choose colorful flowers, shrubs, and other plants that are the right size and shape for the space around the patio. Depending on the space you have, you can create colorful flower beds that will add texture and charm without costing a fortune. By focusing on a great design, you’ll be able to save and achieve the patio you’ve always wanted.

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February Landscaping Tips For You

shutterstock_529463221When the landscape is blanketed with snow and frigid temperatures are constant, typically the only thoughts homeowners have of spring is wishing for warmer temperatures. However, besides mentally escaping the cold, these landscaping tips for February will help you to get your yard ready for the growing season of spring:

Apply Pre-Emergents. Controlling weeds before you see them is the best method of control. In warmer climates, weeds actually start to germinate in February. If left unattended, the weeds will rapidly invade your landscape. Applying a pre-emergent now and following up with a post-emergent application nearer to spring will keep weeds like dandelions at bay.

Apply Fertilizers. Applying a slow-release fertilizer provides your landscape with the right volume of nutrients at the appropriate time. Typically, around 50 percent of the active nitrogen and nutrients are released right when the fertilizer is applied. Depending on how it was formulated, the rest of it will be discharged over the next month or two when more nitrogen is needed to promote optimal growth.

Remove Plants, Shrubs and Grasses Damaged During Winter. You may need to do some pre-spring cleaning to get rid of any winter damage that has been done to your plants, shrubs and grasses. Before the start of the new growth, it is important to trim away any dead matter. Depending on the type of plant, you might need to remove all of the top parts. Getting rid of the wind-whipped or weathered matter enables new growth and a better chance for the plant to flourish when the temperatures get warmer.

You should never allow your landscape to sit idle all throughout the off-season; this will affect how it functions in the spring and beyond. With general preparedness and the help of these February landscaping tips, you can get your yard ready for a bold entry into the next season.

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Tips For Mid-Winter Landscaping

Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 3.29.12 PMIn the depths of winter it can be difficult to believe spring is actually just around the corner. However, the lawn should not be totally forgotten. There are some important things that must be done to ensure the lawn is prepared for the upcoming season. Below are some winter landscaping tips to keep your lawn protected during the winter and ready for the spring and beyond:

Scatter the Snow. Snow mold could result from extended periods of snow coverage on parts of the lawn. This disease grows beneath layers of leaves during the winter season. Scattering built-up snow can prevent the development of snow mold and also stop air from getting to the soil. This could further prevent the soil from rejuvenating normally in the spring.

Clean Up. Leaving leaves and other debris on the lawn during the winter could be tremendously detrimental. These items could attract damaging pests, create the perfect conditions for diseases and smother the grass. Therefore, it is important to quickly rake away dead leaves to avoid wet spots that could become moldy or mossy. Every couple of weeks, you can sweep the lawn to prevent unwanted damage.

Avoid Excessive Traffic. Only a moderate amount of traffic should be allowed on grass under snow coverage. If there is excessive traffic, your lawn will have a hard time recovering. This will cause it to be slower in becoming green when spring comes around. Walking on wet lawns can cause the lawn to be compacted, which could kill the grass. Keep the walkways free of snow and ice so no one will be tempted to walk across the yard. Additionally, you should never allow any vehicle to be parked on your lawn.

These landscaping tips are just a few of the ways in which you can protect your lawn during the winter.

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