April Showers Weed Care

grassEveryone knows that April showers bring those wonderful May flowers, but along with beautiful blooms, weeds are also waking up from their long winter’s nap. The tremendous growth prompted by spring’s longer days and warmth can also produce a riot of weeds that can choke your garden and damage overall lawn beauty, not only in the spring, but throughout the entire growing season.

Weed care is essential in the spring, more so than in any other time of year. Nothing is worse than having what should be an impeccable expanse marred by pesky dandelions, stubborn thistle and other undesirable plants. Fortunately, Hidden Creek Landscaping Inc. has a wealth of knowledgeable turf and garden professionals who can come to the rescue and head off any problems before they become major headaches.

Our landscaping services are designed to keep your large residential or commercial property looking good all year long. Even with the best lawn care, crabgrass and broadleaf weeds will rear their green heads. Proper application of herbicides at the right intervals along with the right amount of water will help eliminate unwanted weeds and give you the landscape you desire throughout the year.

Trained professional staff will evaluate your lawn and garden for problems and recommend a course of action that includes fertilization, maintenance and more, all on a schedule that fits your needs. Hidden Creek Landscaping goes beyond the basics to address your entire outdoor environment. Winter is often harsh on your lawn, with heavy snow piles smothering grass and fostering mold growth. As weather warms, these injured areas can become prone to weed growth, pests and disease. A good spring cleaning of leaves and fallen debris is necessary prior to other maintenance to ensure the best possible environment. We’ll also assess whether your lawn requires thatching or other services to encourage healthy growth of new grass shoots.

These steps are essential prior to utilization of pre-emergent weed control and fertilization so that the applications can reach soil and work properly. Filling in bare spots during spring will also discourage weeds and help promote a healthy lawn during the remainder of the year.

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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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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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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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Winter Landscaping In 5 Easy Steps

shutterstock_319127498Certain things don’t require you to be a rocket scientist to know that something is amiss, somehow. So you’re greeted by a chill in the air the moment you step outside late at night, or early in the morning. It’s getting dark a lot earlier than normal and the flowers, bushes and trees around your yard appear paler, almost morose like. This only means one thing, and one thing only: Winter is here! If you love your garden to death like i do, you should be all over the place like a headless chicken, frantically trying to preserve what’s left of your once vibrant vines, rosebushes and shrubs. Winter landscaping is not a walk in the park like most people would like to believe. Which is why you need professional landscaping company to show you how it’s done.

Step 1: Insulation.

Frost bite is not exclusive to humans, nature experiences is too. Insulating your plants prior to winter is surely a must if some of them are prone to ice or cold damage. One traditional method that springs to mind are containers of water that are placed around plants. Rather than attacking your vegetables and flowers, the cold -ice included- is absorbed by the water, thereby providing much needed insulation. Modern methods have, however evolved over the centuries, and now we have garden fabric which is tied around plants to trap heat and bring about the same effect as the aforementioned method.

Step 2: Mowing And Manuring

Winter may not provide much scenic beauty but it doesn’t hurt to prepare for springtime. Mowing the lawn and fertilizing it with garden or lawn manure ensures that your garden springs back to life with increased effervescence.

Step 3: Trim Bushes and Hedges

Next thing on the menu is the trimming of bushes and hedges. This aids in preserving important nutrients for the arrival of spring.

Step 4: Dress The Part

There is no beating around the bush when it comes to planting seasonal flowers that do well in winter. We will decorate your garden with life defying Acacia’s, vibrant carnations, charming orchids or simple lilies if that tickles your fancy.

Step 5: Professional Landscaping

Last but not least, remember to consult with a professional landscaping company. Landscaping is hard work, but your beautiful surroundings don’t have to suffer because you hardly have enough time, or the spirit to do it yourself.

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Patio Design Ideas For The Cooler Months

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 11.30.43 AMThe winter season is not an automatic indication that you should abandon your patio and hibernate indoors. There are patio designs that can make the space comfortable and visually appealing while the elements rage on the outside. If you want to extend your outdoor living into the winter season, these patio design landscaping tips could help:

Go for an enclosure. Screens can be used to control the temperature on the patio. By providing shade from excess breeze, screens are great for generating warmth. Best of all, there is a screen available for pretty much any budget. The choices range from plastic to glass walls, which allow clear views of your surroundings. They also help the patio to stay dry.

Bring the heat. Having an outdoor fireplace is a great method for extending patio time during the winter. Cranking up the fireplace is a remarkable way to keep loved ones warm while entertaining during the winter. There is the option of having a permanent fireplace or using portable fireplaces.

A propane-powered outdoor heater can also be used to bring heat to your patio during the winter. It will keep you warm as you strengthen bonds with the people you love. Winter is the perfect time for roasting marshmallow and laughing with your loved ones. An outdoor heater can help to make it happen.

Add warmth and comfort. Nothing is quite as soothing and comforting as having pillows and blankets to keep you and your loved ones warm while spending quality time on your patio during the winter. There are few things cozier that draping yourself with a warm blanket, while snuggling up to a fluffy throw pillow or two. With the pillows and blankets, the overall décor will get a boost as well. Adding seasonal colors is great for a visual feast.

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Don’t Fall Into Landscape Envy!

shutterstock_142624336As you look around your neighborhood, you may find yourself falling into feelings of envy. Your neighbors might have perfectly manicured properties that always seem to look good, no matter the season or the weather conditions. Do you find yourself wondering what tips they may have to offer, or what secrets they can share? Let Hidden Creek Landscaping help you have a beautiful property all year around, so you can stop envying others and start loving your lawn.

  1. Make your vision a reality. We’re here to turn your landscape dream into a reality. If you have a vision for what you want, but simply don’t know where to start or how to go about creating it, turn to our experienced team. From the design to the completion of the project, we’re there every step of the way, ensuring that you get the beautiful look that you desire. We can help you transform an ordinary outdoor space into something truly exceptional.
  2. Enhance your outdoor living area. Don’t stay stuck indoors when you have plenty of room for outdoor living space. We can assist you in the creation of an outdoor oasis that your family can enjoy throughout the year. Whether you like to host gatherings, cook and dine outside, or simply want a relaxing space to unwind and entertain, we have the skill and expertise to make it happen. We carefully consider all aspects of your property to ensure that the design works best for your home.

With years of experience, a growing portfolio, and a team that truly cares about our clients, Hidden Creek Landscaping will be thrilled to help you achieve your vision. Don’t fall into landscape envy as you look around your neighborhood. Allow us to help you bring your vision for a more beautiful and functional property to life.

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Landscaping Tips For September Weather

20140828_bender_0124Adding a patio to your home, reshuffling flowerbeds, making space for a fish pond, or even something as simple as maintaining a vegetable garden can bring beauty and calmness into your life.  Below are some September landscaping tips for fall weather.

Loyal Evergreens. Evergreen trees and shrubs are loyal when compared to deciduous ones, especially when it comes to giving your garden that jaw dropping contrast: lush green juxtaposed with dying and falling leaves. You don’t want to overdo it, so sticking to low-rise evergreens that don’t overshadow other delightful spaces in your yard.

Think ‘All Year Round’.  Choose plants that thrive through the different seasons whilst the other ones dwindle. Consult with your landscaper on how to incorporate multiple plant varieties.

A Fresh Layer Of Paint. They say you never get a second chance at a first impression, but we believe that with landscaping and home improvements, you do. Adding a fresh layer of paint to walls, garden chairs and gutters makes quite an intriguing impression at a time when, quite naturally, everything ought to be dull and boring.

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Landscaping Tips To Prevent Weed Growth

26608833_lRegardless of how beautifully landscaped an outdoor space is, weeds rear their ugly heads and become an unsightly nuisance. They grow everywhere and compete with lawn grass and other plants for nutrients and water. This makes the landscape less attractive and homeowners constantly try to get rid of them. Below are some landscaping tips you can use for removal and weed prevention:

Choose the Right Time. Weeding should ideally be done when moisture is in the soil. After it has rained, the soil is loosened and this makes it easier to get to their roots. If it has not been raining lately and you want to do some weeding, you can hose down the area and let it soak overnight.

Hand Pulling. Pulling weeds by hand is the hardest but best way to remove them. However, to effectively execute this technique, the whole plant and its roots must be removed. The ones with shallow roots can be held by their stem and gently pulled out. Dandelions and other weeds that have deeper roots will require more effort. A small hoe can be used to loosen the soil so you can firmly pull them out, root and all.

Mulch Mania. Mulch prevents light from getting to weed seeds; therefore, it serves as a suffocating blanket. It simultaneously provides the soil with nutrients and holds in moisture for the plants as it decomposes. To prevent or kill existing weeds, directly apply coarse wood or bark chip mulch onto the soil. Straw, grass clippings or leaves are more effective as weed deterrents, especially when used with a separating layer of fabric, cardboard or newspaper between the mulch and the soil.

For more long-lasting weed removal efforts, these prevention tips take will help you to take some proactive measures to postpone the growth of unwanted. Landscape fabric and chemical products are ideal for this.

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Back-to-School Lawn Care Tips

shutterstock_357748682As the back to school season gets into full swing, many families struggle to find the time for lawn care. However, it’s very important to keep up with lawn and garden maintenance in every season, especially in the fall. These lawn care tips make it easy to keep your property in good shape throughout the autumn:

Remove fallen leaves right away. Once the leaves start falling from the trees, it’s time to get out the rake. Keeping up with the leaves is important because if they pile up too much, the moisture and mildew that sticks around beneath them can have a damaging effect on healthy grass. Take some time to rake and collect them every few days, and it will be easier to keep the lawn clear throughout the autumn.

Continue mowing. Continue to mow the lawn whenever it looks like it needs a trim. By the end of the season, you should be using the lowest blade setting to get the grass short. During the fall, It will be able to absorb the moisture and nutrients that it needs to survive a long, cold winter.

Seed empty areas. The fall is a good time to add grass seed and fill in any bare patches on the lawn. Remove any moss or thatch, gently loosen the soil, and add seed and fertilizer. Keep it well watered during the coming weeks. This will help you to have a lush lawn once spring arrives, and you’ll save time preparing the grass once the ground has thawed.

The back to school season can be a hectic, busy time. Lawn care should continue to be a priority while the weather is still nice. By tending to the grass in the fall, you’ll be able to have a beautiful lawn to enjoy in the spring.

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