7 Landscape Services for Spring

Spring is a busy time when it comes to maintaining your landscaping. This can be the opportune time to hire a landscaping service to help improve the beauty of your outdoor space. Here are seven one-time landscape services that can save you time this spring when you hire a professional.

  1. Yard cleanup. Before you can begin planting, edging or mowing, you need the debris from winter cleared away. Hire a landscape service to perform yard cleanup and remove all the branches, leaves and other debris from your yard.
  2. Aeration. If you have thick thatch that is confining your grass roots, your lawn may not be getting the water and nutrients it needs. A landscaper can aerate your lawn to loosen soil and perforate thatch.
  3. Mulching. Did you lose mulch over the winter? Have a landscaper deliver and spread new mulch in your gardens and landscape areas.
  4. Overseeding and fertilizing. Is your lawn sparse? Overseeding and fertilizer can help boost grass growth. Landscape pros know the right fertilizer and seeding methods to get the best results.
  5. Update your irrigation. Don’t wait until summer to update your irrigation. Get a new system installed before the hot weather arrives.
  6. Add new features. Update your patio or backyard with some new features. Consider an outdoor fireplace or fire pit to add light and warmth to your outdoor living space.
  7. Upgrade your outdoor lighting. Outdoor lighting can help you enjoy your landscaping at night or make your home more secure or safer. Consult a landscaper on ways to update your outdoor lighting for function and aesthetics.

Give your yard the professional help it needs this spring by hiring a landscaping company. It will save you time and ensure your yards are ready for summer.

Posted on behalf of:
Lanier Yardscapes
58 Terero Trail
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 337-5147

Spruce Up Your Yard with Seasonal Flowers and Plants

Bright colors can enhance the beauty of your yard and what better way to bring color than with flowers and plants? Blues, reds, yellows and purples can make a color splash across your yard when the right flowers and plants are in place. If you want your yard to be bright and colorful all year round, consider adding seasonal plants to your landscape design.

Spring

Each region is different for planting, but one flower embodies spring in most areas of the country: tulips. One of the first flowers to bloom, tulips are a gorgeous way to begin the spring. These bulb flowers need to be planted in the fall to begin unfolding in late March through May, depending on where you live. Daffodils, pansies, lilies and irises are other popular spring flowers.

Summer

There are so many flowers that can last all summer long. Roses are some of the most popular, with many varieties and colors to choose. Daisies, marigolds and many others can thrive in the hot summer months with the right care.

Fall

In the fall you need flowers that can withstand colder nights. Some options include chrysanthemums, Iberis autumn beauty, heliopsis, sumac and ornamental kale.

Winter

While most colder climates cannot offer winter flowers, there are other plants that can add color to your yard. Consider bushes, shrubs and trees with bright berries or leaves. Holly, Japanese maples and cotoneaster are some of the many options to brighten the cold winter months.

Want to create a gorgeous yard with brightly-colored seasonal plants? Contact your local landscaper to discuss which flowers and plants grow best in your region and begin planning your new landscape design.

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Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510

Patios Vs Decks: Which is Right for Your Home?

Every home should have a patio or deck for an enjoyable outdoor living space. If you are creating a new backyard, you need to decide whether a patio or deck is best your needs. Both offer pros and cons – the right choice comes down to your preferences. Here are the basics on both patios and decks to help you decide which is right for your home and family.

Patio: Pros and Cons

Patios can be designed with a variety of materials to match your home and style. Natural stone like flagstone or travertine is popular, but less expensive options like concrete and pavers can be used. In many cases, a patio can be less expensive per square foot than a wooden deck and is easier to maintain. The cons of a patio versus a deck is that it is on ground level and they are difficult to build on a hillside.

Decks: Pros and Cons

Decks are typically made from wood, which can be beautiful and match your style. One benefits of decks is that they can be built over any terrain, even on a hillside. You are elevated above the yard, so it can be used all year round. If you have a multi-level home, decks can be built off all levels for great views.

The cons of decks come down to maintenance, cost and longevity. Wood can be expensive and it does require constant treatment and maintenance over the years. Wood decks can last for decades if maintained, but they are prone to rot and termite infestations.

Still not sure which is right for your home or budget? Contact a landscaping company that offers deck and patio installation to learn more about cost and options.

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

5 Benefits of Lawn Grading

The grade of your lawn can have a big impact on your property. The wrong grade or uneven lawns can cause problems and impact your landscaping, home and property value. Lawn grading can correct issues with your lawns surface, protecting your investment in your home and property. Here are five benefits that can be gained by lawn grading.

1. Simple Solution to a Drainage Problem

A flat or uneven lawn can cause drainage issues. If you have pooling in your yard or a leaking basement, a simple solution may be lawn grading. This can help improve drainage, allowing water to flow away from your home.

2. Better Views

If you are on a hillside with a nice view, the wrong grade can limit what you can see from your yard or patio. Grading can help improve the visibility.

3. Improved Lawn Growth

Uneven lawns can cause water pooling or drain-off that impacts grass growth. Leveling the soil can help with irrigation and drainage issues to improve the health of your lawn.

4. Increase the Size of Your Yard

If you want to expand your yard, lawn grading can flatten areas edging your yard. This can give you more space for outdoor activities and can increase the value of your home.

5. Add a Pool, Driveway or Patio

If you are considering adding a new paved area or pool, lawn grading can prepare your yard for the new addition.

A smooth, even grade can help improve your yard and property. If you have an uneven yard or want to improve the grade for drainage, landscaping or new structures, contact a landscaping company that offers lawn grading services.

Posted on behalf of:
Landscape Innovations
215 Rebecca Ct
Fayetteville, GA 30215
(770) 616-3194

Landscaping Options to Save on Water Use

Are your water bills high during the summer months due to irrigation for your landscaping? Or maybe you just want to protect the environment by using less water? Whatever your reason, if you want to save on water use for your landscaping, there are options that will still allow you to have a beautiful yard while conserving on water. Here are some ideas to minimize your irrigation this summer.

Invest in Artificial Turf

There are incredible options for artificial turf that can allow you to have a gorgeous, green lawn all year round without wasting water. There are different varieties to choose from that look natural and have many benefits besides saving on irrigation.

Add Flagstone or Other Paved Areas

More and more people are choosing to limit their grass and go with a paved front or backyard. Flagstone offers a natural approach to paving your yard, or you can choose to install a brick or paver courtyard. These are beautiful alternatives to a big lawn that requires extensive watering.

Xeroscaping

Ask your landscaper about xeroscaping options for your yard. A rock garden or using drought-resistant plants can create a stunning landscape design without the need for irrigation. It is an eco-friendly choice and most are also very low maintenance to save on time spent weeding or caring for your yard.

Even if you still want to have a lawn and garden, you can save on water use with efficient irrigation options. Newer systems can reduce water waste and help you control how much water you use. Talk to your local landscaping company about all the different options available to save on water use for your yard this summer.

Posted on behalf of:
Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

Is Sod the Right Choice for Your Lawn?

If you have a sparse lawn that needs help or if you are landscaping a new home, sod is an option for creating a new lawn. You may wonder whether sod is the best choice or if seeding is a better for your budget. While sod is initially more expensive than seeding, there are some benefits that can make it a wise investment. Here are some of the advantages of sod to determine if it is the right choice for your new lawn.

Instant Results

Probably the most enticing attribute of a sod lawn is the instant gratification. In one day, a new lawn can be installed. You don’t need to wait months for thick grass to grow. While it still needs time to establish roots, it will look beautiful from day one compared to a seeded lawn.

Fewer Weed Problems

Sod is professionally grown and made with a thick grass root system. No weeds are present when it is installed and due to the dense roots, weeds will have a hard time finding anywhere to grow on your lawn. This means less money and time spent on weed killing now and in the future.

Healthier Grass and Improved Curb Appeal

It is hard to grow thick, healthy grass from seed. It requires constant watering, fertilizing and weed control over many months to establish a decent root base. Sod comes already healthy and beautiful. It is easier to keep healthy, giving you a gorgeous yard that will enhance your home’s curb appeal and value.

For many people looking to create a stunning lawn, sod is the best choice. To learn more, contact your local landscaper that offers sod installation.

Posted on behalf of:
Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30040
770-884-7277

5 Signs You Have a Drainage Problem

When water has no where to go, it can cause big problems on your property. Proper drainage around your home and yard can ensure that too much water does not accumulate and cause damage to your home and landscaping. Unfortunately, some homeowners wait too long to fix a drainage problem and end up with expensive damage to their foundation, concrete structures and landscaping. Here are 5 signs you have landscape drainage problem that you need to fix.

  1. Uneven grass growth in your yard. Is some of your lawn bright green and lush and other areas sparse? Uneven or unusual grass growth could be due to water pooling in certain areas of your yard.
  2. Overflowing gutters. When heavy rains pour down, do your gutters overflow? This can lead to drainage problems affecting your landscaping and foundation.
  3. Leaky basement. If you have water leaking into your basement, there may be too much water collecting around your home. A good drainage system will direct water away from your home’s foundation.
  4. Cracks in concrete foundations, sidewalks and patios. Concrete is porous and does not fair well with too much water. Cracks in your concrete structures can be caused by breakdown and erosion caused by poor drainage.
  5. Soggy spots around your property. Do you have soggy areas around your yard, in your crawl space, or puddles in your driveway? These are all signs of a poor drainage system.

If you have any of the signs of a drainage problem, it is time to get the issue resolved before it damages your home or property. Contact a local landscaping company that offers drainage system design and installation to fix drainage issues and protect the investment you have in your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 360-5604

Choosing Hardscapes for Your Landscape Design

Hardscapes are any landscaping features that involve ground moving or materials to build. These are usually permanent structures that add beauty, function and focal points to your yard. If you yard seems bare and boring, adding hardscapes can improve the style and add interesting elements. Here are some hardscapes to consider for enhancing your landscape design.

Natural Stone Patio

Patios can be more than functional. Add beauty and elegance to your backyard with a natural stone patio. Flagstone is an excellent choice for paving outdoor spaces, with many colors and shapes to create a unique entertaining area.

Retaining Walls

Another functional and aesthetic enhancement for your yard is a retaining wall. Retaining walls can add support to slopes and hillsides to stop erosion; they can also be a gorgeous addition to your yard. Retaining walls can also be used to create sunken patios or a sitting wall, made with pavers or natural stone.

Fire Pits or Fireplaces

A beautiful outdoor fire feature can be a great focal point for your backyard space. Imagine a stunning stone fireplace on your patio or a fire pit for late night s’mores with the family. Fire features are enjoyable, offering light and warmth, but can be designed with style for aesthetics.

Walkways

Create an inviting walkway to your front door or a pathway to your gardens. Flagstone and other natural stones are perfect for walkways that add elegance and function to your landscape design.

Give your landscape design an upgrade by adding hardscapes to your yard. Contact a local landscaper that offers hardscape installations to discuss the different options for improving your landscape design at your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping
Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 294-0351

Checklist for Planning Your Landscape Design

If you have decided to give your yard a renovation with a new landscape design, you have many decisions to make. While you can hire a professional to complete the design, they will need some input from you to determine the best look and style for your yard. Before you begin planning your landscape design or hire a professional, here are some factors to consider, ensuring you get the best look for your home.

Are You Planning to Stay in Your Home?

A landscape design for your permanent home may be different than a design for a home you will most likely sell in a few years. A more personalized approach can be used for a long-term home.

Will Trees or Structures Need Removal?

Planning for excavation needs can take more time – make sure to discuss tree removal and other major changes that will need to be done prior to the landscape installation.

Will Drainage or Irrigation Need to be Installed?

If you have erosion or drainage issue, or you will need irrigation, this should be done before the rest of the landscape installation.

Do You Want Hardscapes?

Plants and soil can be quickly installed; hardscapes can require more time. If you are considering adding a retaining wall, patio, pond or other hardscape features, this is important to discuss with your landscaper. You will want a professional that offers both softscape and hardscape, as well as landscape design.

The best way to ensure you get the landscape design you want is to carefully plan your design with your landscape professional. Make sure to go over these factors and other design specifications with your landscape designer to help streamline the process.

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Landscape Innovations
215 Rebecca Ct
Fayetteville, GA 30215
(770) 616-3194

Ideas for a Low Maintenance Yard

A beautifully landscaped yard can be highly time-consuming to maintain. Trimming, watering, edging, mowing and other services may be needed to keep many landscape designs maintained. Not all homeowners want a yard that takes so much time to maintain. There are landscaping options that can still look stunning without the high price of maintenance. Here are some ideas to keep your yard and landscaping low-maintenance.

Gravel Instead of Grass

Lawns are often the most time-consuming aspect of yards. Removing the grass and adding flagstone, gravel and other rock surfaces can create a stylish yard without the need for ongoing mowing, edging, aerating, watering and fertilizing.

Native Flowers and Plants

Meadow plants and native flowers for your backyard can help cut down on maintenance. When you try to use plants that are not native to your area, they require more attention to help them flourish. Stick with native plants that will easily grow in the local climate and soil.

Privacy Trees for Fencing

Fences tend to need maintenance. Privacy trees are a natural option to provide a barrier for your yard without the need to stain, clean or paint in the future.

Evergreens and Perennials

For a low-maintenance yard, you want plants that will come back year after year or look wonderful all year round. Evergreens and perennials are excellent choices for making it simpler and easier to maintain a beautiful yard.

Of course, if you want the gorgeous landscaping of a traditional yard and want to skip the maintenance, you can always hire a professional landscaping service. This gives you the best of both worlds – a yard that improves your home’s beauty and the free time to enjoy it.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510