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Posted by Trisha Bowen on 10/1/2016

As summer comes to a close, it’s time to begin thinking about a fall clean up. Fall clean ups are a vital component in ensuring a healthy, beautiful yard. I’m sure some of you are wondering, “What exactly is a fall clean up?” Well, a fall clean up is the fall maintenance that preps your lawn and landscaping for the winter. A fall clean up should take place after the leaves have fallen, which will vary depending on where you live. Here are a couple things you should consider as part of your fall clean up: Lawn & Yard: Begin by raking and cleaning up all leaves, debris and small branches. Next would be to mow, preferably with a mulching mower, which will also suck up any dead grass and leaves that you may have missed when raking. You may want to consider de-thatching the lawn and again raking up any dead grass that wasn’t sucked up by the mower. Aeration is also an important step to take to have healthy grass in the spring. And to top it all off, use a fall fertilizer to protect your lawn from the harsh winter months. Bushes & Flowers: Be sure to prune any dead or infested branches from trees or bushes so that they will be healthy to grow in the spring. Cut back perennials after the first frost, leaving a couple of inches above ground to protect it. And now’s the time to plant any flowers/bushes that are safe to be planted in the fall, making sure they are planted a few inches deep. This will leave you with less work for you in the spring and a better bloom. Remove unwanted weeds with the hope that they will not come back up in the spring. In addition to your landscaping, you should also check your gutters after the leaves have fallen. Clearing debris out your gutters and flushing them with the hose will ensure that they are not clogged, which will in turn save your home from potential water damage that occurs due to clogged gutters. Power washing your deck and patio is also a good idea. It will wash away the debris from the summer and from the falling leaves. Fall clean ups are no easy feat. If you’re not up for the task consult a local landscaping company. In any event, a fall clean up will only help make the spring clean up a little easier.





Posted by Trisha Bowen on 5/24/2016

Spring clean ups are a vital component in ensuring a healthy, beautiful yard. I’m sure some of you are wondering, “What exactly is a spring clean up?” A spring clean up is the spring maintenance that sets the tone of your lawn and landscaping for the rest of spring, summer and fall. When to start your spring clean up is going to depend on where you live and the weather but is typically in early spring. Here are a few things you should consider as part of your spring clean up: Lawn & Yard: It is important to rake areas that still have left over leaves, small branches and dead grass. Check around for any weeds and dandelions and remove those. After raking and removing weeds, you may want to consider de-thatching the lawn and raking up the dead grass. Next would be to mow, which will suck up any dead grass you may have missed when raking. If you are looking to go the extra mile consider aerating and fertilizing. Both are very helpful in the process of creating and maintaining a picturesque lawn. Lastly, to bring everything full circle, use a blower to remove all dirt and grass from driveway(s) and walkways. Bushes & Flower Beds: Take this time to inspect your bushes and flowers. Not in love with one or more plants anymore? Now is the time to remove them and do some shopping. Make sure you choose items that fit your needs; some bushes and flowers require a little more TLC than others. Once you’ve decided on any new additions to your landscaping you should begin removing any weeds that have made a home among your lovely flowerbeds. If you haven’t already, dig up those unwanted shrubberies and plant your new ones. Add mulch to enhance the level of beauty and voila! In addition to your landscaping, spring is a good time to consider power washing your house and deck. Power washing removes built up grime from the past year (or longer- Yes, I’m looking at you). It’ll add that extra sparkle, but be careful not to be too rough or you can accidentally remove paint or stain. Once you finish and are satisfied with your spring clean up, it’s time to look to the future. Memorial Day Weekend is a great time to begin on that garden you’ve been dreaming of. Who doesn’t love fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs? Spring clean ups are no easy feat. If you’re not up for the task consult a local landscaping company. Either way, good luck and happy spring!





Posted by Trisha Bowen on 5/24/2016

Spring clean ups are a vital component in ensuring a healthy, beautiful yard. I’m sure some of you are wondering, “What exactly is a spring clean up?” A spring clean up is the spring maintenance that sets the tone of your lawn and landscaping for the rest of spring, summer and fall. When to start your spring clean up is going to depend on where you live and the weather but is typically in early spring. Here are a few things you should consider as part of your spring clean up: Lawn & Yard: It is important to rake areas that still have left over leaves, small branches and dead grass. Check around for any weeds and dandelions and remove those. After raking and removing weeds, you may want to consider de-thatching the lawn and raking up the dead grass. Next would be to mow, which will suck up any dead grass you may have missed when raking. If you are looking to go the extra mile consider aerating and fertilizing. Both are very helpful in the process of creating and maintaining a picturesque lawn. Lastly, to bring everything full circle, use a blower to remove all dirt and grass from driveway(s) and walkways. Bushes & Flower Beds: Take this time to inspect your bushes and flowers. Not in love with one or more plants anymore? Now is the time to remove them and do some shopping. Make sure you choose items that fit your needs; some bushes and flowers require a little more TLC than others. Once you’ve decided on any new additions to your landscaping you should begin removing any weeds that have made a home among your lovely flowerbeds. If you haven’t already, dig up those unwanted shrubberies and plant your new ones. Add mulch to enhance the level of beauty and voila! In addition to your landscaping, spring is a good time to consider power washing your house and deck. Power washing removes built up grime from the past year (or longer- Yes, I’m looking at you). It’ll add that extra sparkle, but be careful not to be too rough or you can accidentally remove paint or stain. Once you finish and are satisfied with your spring clean up, it’s time to look to the future. Memorial Day Weekend is a great time to begin on that garden you’ve been dreaming of. Who doesn’t love fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs? Spring clean ups are no easy feat. If you’re not up for the task consult a local landscaping company. Either way, good luck and happy spring!





Posted by Trisha Bowen on 10/20/2015

Many people would be shocked to realize just how much money they can unlock from their homes by performing some simple landscaping tasks. Enhancing the curb appeal of your home will also help increase its resale value. This can be accomplished by simply getting your hands dirty planting a flower garden or by hiring a professional landscape contractor. The investment put into your yard will be reflected in your homes listing price. Landscaped yards with a well groomed appearance, tend to be more appealing to home seekers. Yards with gardens that are uncared for, or property that has been left un-landscaped, can really detract from the look of your home and cause your resale value to take a bit of a nosedive. Taking the time to care for your yard and gardens is indication that you care about your home inside and out. An obviously well maintained yard will most definitely attract potential buyers. In order to inspire a potential home buyer to make an appointment to view your home, you need to have them like what they see on the outside first. Working on the exterior of your home and making sure that your yard is well kept will only work to your advantage. Your home needs to stand out, especially if it's facing other competition in your neighborhood. With just a little weekly maintenance you can keep your property looking great. A professional landscape contractor can also be hired to regularly cut your lawn, trim your shrubbery, and tend to your flower gardens. When taking on a landscape project, you should consider how long before you plan to sell your home and recapture your investment. If you aren't planning on selling for five or more years, putting in a vegetable garden or planting your favorite perennials would be fine. These projects would benefit your family and make your yard more appealing and enjoyable. However, if you are landscaping your property close to the sale, you should just focus on projects that increase the aesthetic appeal of your home. Keep your choice of plants, flowers, and stone work very neutral to attract a wider range of potential buyers. Your main goal is to have your home not only be a house a buyer wants to live in, but also a home your neighbors want to live next to!




Categories: Landscaping  


Posted by Trisha Bowen on 6/25/2015

For most of us, our homes could be likened to a sanctuary.  A place where we go with a relaxed mind, escaping from the hustle and bustle of the streets. Our backyards should also be inviting and provide the same tranquil feeling.  If your yard looks as if it has been abandoned, maybe it's time to give that area of your domain a face lift. Your yard should be an extension of your homes style and allure.  If properly done, your yard could become the envy of the neighborhood.  This type of improvement project will involve an investment of time and money.  Fortunately there are ways to keep your spending under control. Have A Plan Speak to a professional landscape designer, ask for a free estimate or paid consultation on how to best utilize your space.  Discuss the contours of your property and learn what type of plants or trees would thrive there.  Determine a starting point and discuss potential expansion.  As with any project you will need to prioritize the tasks at hand. Eliminate Water Worries No matter how hard you try, nature will find a way to place water where you do not want it. Observing your yard throughout the seasons will help you determine how well the excess water drains off and where additional drainage is needed.  When starting a landscaping project be certain not to disrupt the flow of water away from the house, or damage any existing drainage.  Have additional drainage installed in areas that retain water to avoid damage to your home. Carefully Select Your Plants Flowers are lovely and you will have your preference, the question is, are those flowers going to thrive in your backyard? You’ll need to select flowers that are sustainable, and hardy to the zone in which you are planting them.  This is the same for trees and shrubbery.  You will also need to take into consideration the growing conditions such as the position of the sun, soil type, and moisture prior to planting.  Flowering trees and shrubs as well as perennial flowers are typically the best investment providing years of enjoyment. A trip to your local garden center can help you determine what plants will do best in your yard. Buy In Bulk Landscape centers typically apply a discount when purchasing larger quantities of plants. It is recommended you buy in bulk as it is always cheaper, don't be afraid to ask for a discount if there isn't one posted.  You will also find a reduction in plant prices after the spring planting rush has ended.  The end of the growing season is a great time to stock up on gardening tools and supplies. This is typically when you can find these items at the lowest prices. Get Down Get Dirty Doing the landscaping yourself can be quite demanding, and yes you will get dirty.  There is a great sense of pride and accomplishment when taking on a home improvement project. The more you can do on your own the better as the cost of hiring a professional landscape team can be quite high.   However, there are some landscape projects that require heavy equipment and a professional operator.  Do your research, get quotes from local contractors, and confirm they are fully licensed and insured before hiring them.  There will be plenty for the family to do once the heavy equipment has left the yard. Maintaining your beautifully landscaped yard is an on going process.  Many people find gardening and yard work very therapeutic.  The hours of fun and relaxation your family will enjoy in your yard will make your investment of time and money worth while.    




Categories: Landscaping