Add Years to Your Deck with Stain

A beautiful wood deck is a wonderful addition to your home, giving you a raised area for outdoor entertaining. Decks have the advantage of keeping your outdoor living space above ground, out of the mud and away from pests. One disadvantage of wood decks is that they are vulnerable to rot. Weather takes its toll on wood, which can lead to premature replacement costs if protective options are not used. Stain is a perfect way to help keep your wood deck looking beautiful, while protecting it from rot.

Benefits of Deck Stain

Stain, when the right option is used, can offer many benefits for your wood deck. The reason that decks deteriorate is from exposure to the elements. Water is the natural enemy to wood, resulting in rot. The sun also has an impact, drying out the wood and weakening the planks. Stain that offers waterproofing and UV protection can protect the wood. This can reduce the chance of rotting, fading or drying wood on your deck, extending the life of your deck.

Another benefit of wood stain is it can protect the beauty of your deck. You can change the color of your wood if you prefer or just keep it the natural color with clear stain. Either way, it can help improve the aesthetics of your deck while it protects and extends the life of the wood.

Staining does need to be done every few years to keep protecting your deck. Save yourself the time and trouble and hire a landscaper that offers decking staining services. You can sit back and relax while your deck is stained and enjoy the benefits of a beautiful wood deck for many more years.

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Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

Benefits of Adding a Patio Wall

You may think that your outdoor space or patio is perfect without walls, but a patio wall can be a beautiful and functional addition. While you do not want to take away from the beauty of being outdoors, strategically placed patio walls can make your patio more enjoyable. Here are some ways adding a patio wall can be advantageous to your outdoor living space.

Wind Breaks

Have you ever had your outdoor furniture blow over or an umbrella become airborne? Even on a warm day, swift breezes can be annoying. If you have winds that usually come from one direction, consider a wind break with the addition of a patio wall. They can also offer shade in the late afternoon when your patio can become too warm in the sun.

Sitting Patio Wall

Not all patio walls need to be tall. A partial patio wall can create a border for your patio and you can add more seating. A sitting patio wall has bench seating, creating permanent furniture for your patio. Even when you have put away your outdoor furniture for the season, you still have functional seating outside for your patio.

Beautiful Hardscapes

One of the most beautiful materials for any patio wall is natural stone. Regardless of function, a patio wall made from natural stone can add an element of elegance to your outdoor living space, while creating value for your home. Both mortared stone and stone veneer can add beauty for your new patio wall.

Looking for ideas for adding a patio wall? Talk to your local landscaper that offers hardscaping options with stone or pavers. They can show you ways to incorporate a patio wall into your outdoor living space to improve the function and aesthetics of your patio.

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

4 Reasons to Invest in New Irrigation

Watering and landscaping go hand in hand. When the driest months of the summer hit, green lawns turn brown and flowers begin to wilt in the heat. Irrigation can give your landscaping the moisture it needs to survive without needing to manually water your lawn and plants. If you do not have irrigation or have an older system, a new irrigation or sprinkler system can ensure your landscaping gets the water it needs, with new options that can make it easier and more efficient.

  1. Even watering. Do you have uneven spots in your yard? New irrigation can give you even watering that ensures that all your grass gets the same amount of moisture for a lovely green lawn.
  2. Irrigation for gardens. You can tie in irrigation for your flower beds, gardens and even hanging plants around your home. This makes it easier to maintain all your landscaping and plants, not just your lawn.
  3. Efficiency. New irrigation systems are built for efficiency. Timers and other options can help reduce the amount of water you use, saving money and reducing water waste during the hottest months of summer.
  4. Go Smart. The smart options on new irrigation systems are amazing. They can give you remote access to your irrigation system, with smart sensors that detect moisture levels in the soil, rain and other elements. Your irrigation can be automated, helping you maintain your landscaping even when you are away from home.

If you are ready to upgrade your irrigation for your landscaping, contact a local landscaper. They can inspect your property and make recommendations for a system that will make it easier and more efficient to maintain your landscaping.

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

How to Upgrade Your Landscaping with Shrubs

Does your landscaping design lack depth? A lush lawn and flower beds are beautiful, but they can appear dull without shrubs, bushes or trees for height. Strategically placed shrubs can give your landscaping a new look and have other added benefits. Here are some ideas on how to upgrade your landscaping with shrubs and hedges.

Edge Your Lawn

Shrubs, privacy trees or hedges are a lovely way to edge your lawn or property. A hedge across the front of your property or privacy shrubs along the perimeter can create a border for your lawn. Not only do they create a defined area, they can add a natural fence for your yard. This can deter trespassers and block the view for security and privacy.

Focal Foliage

Shrubs are perfect for adding some focal foliage around entrances and walkways. Placing a shrub on either side of your porch steps creates an appealing entrance for your home. The height of bushes and shrubs creates a more balanced landscape design, adding dimension for yards that are lacking different levels of focal objects.

Seasonal Color

Many shrubs and bushes have the added benefit of seasonal flowers. Lilacs, rhododendrons and Rose of Sharon are all beautiful options for bringing blooms to your yard. These bushes also attract birds, bees and butterflies that add brilliance to your yard.

Not sure which shrubs will thrive in your region? Contact your local landscaper. They can discuss the best options in shrubs, bushes, privacy trees and hedges for your area and help you redesign your landscaping. You can enjoy the beauty and benefits of shrubs that will upgrade the style of your yard.

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Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

Creating a Stunning Raised Garden

Retaining walls have many functional uses, from preventing erosion to creating tiered, useable areas on slopes. However, not all retaining walls are for purely function. One beautiful way to use a retaining wall is to build a raised garden. Not only do you have an area to plant, the retaining walls can be a gorgeous focal point, even when planting season is over.

Benefits of a Raised Garden

There are good reasons to build a garden above ground. While ground gardens are better for large vegetables, when you just want a smaller herb or flower garden, above ground has its advantages. Some of the benefits of a raised garden include:

  • Better view. If you are building a flower garden, raised is easier to see and enjoy for improved curb appeal for your home.
  • Reduce insects. Keeping your garden above ground can help minimize insects and pests that want to use your garden for food. This is a good place for keeping slugs and snails at bay.
  • Less problems. Raised garden have their benefits. They have less erosion, root problems, good drainage, easier weed control and no tilling needed. You can save time and money on maintaining your garden.

Raised gardens, especially those built from natural stone, can be a stunning focal, functional hardscape for your yard, Plus, they can be easier to maintain than in-ground gardens. However, you do need some expertise to build stone retaining walls.

If you want a gorgeous, raised garden, talk to your local landscaper that builds retaining walls from natural stone. They can create a stone raised garden that is functional and add a beautiful focal piece for your yard.

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

Protecting Your Trees from Pests and Fungus

Trees and shrubs can add beauty, shade and dimension to your property, but they are susceptible to certain types of pests, fungus and disease. Varieties that are not native to your area may be even more at risk for attack. Knowing how to protect your tall bushes and trees can help you maintain the beautiful landscaping you desire.

Trees and shrubs often require constant pruning to keep them the size and shape you prefer. Unfortunately, pruning efforts can also leave them vulnerable to disease, insects and fungus. While pruning is needed, there are ways to protect your plant life to prevent loss from illness.

Preventive treatments every year can keep away common diseases and insects that are known to attack certain trees or shrubs. Your local landscaper can treat your foliage annually to protect against many types of fungus, insects or illnesses that are known enemies of your tree types.

Signs of Disease and Fungus Issues

When a shrub or tree is attacked by insects, disease or fungus, there are signs. When leaves fall early, or show yellowing or browning, it can be a symptom of illness. Other signs of problems include overabundance of oozing sap, loss of bark, rotting spots, dead branches and mushroom growth around the roots. These are signs your trees or shrubs need treatment to combat the insects, disease or fungus to prevent loss.

The best option to keep your trees, bushes and shrubs healthy is preventive treatments to protect against illness. However, if you are already seeing signs of disease or infestation, contact your local landscaper that offers tree and shrub treatments. They can help restore your beautiful foliage and protect their health for many years to come.

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

The Best Times to Fertilize Your Lawn

The grass in your lawn needs nutrients to thrive, but every year the soil can become depleted from constant growth throughout the seasons. Fertilizer enhances the soil, helping your grass grow thicker, greener and helping it survive during the height of drought or heat periods of summer. However, there are better times than others to feed your lawn. Knowing when to add fertilize can help you get the best results from your efforts.

Spring Feeding

In most regions, fertilizer is not needed in the winter. The best time to start fertilizing is in the spring when the soil reaches about 55 degrees. The grass should be growing and early bloomers like lilacs may begin to show their blossoms. April and May are usually the best months to feed your lawn, giving it the first boost to help it flourish.

For most lawns, fertilizer can be added every 4-8 weeks from spring to fall. Time released granules can last 6-8 weeks between applications. Keep in mind that if you have sprinklers, you will likely need to fertilize more often. Watering flushes away fertilizer quicker, so plan on more applications in the months when the most watering is needed. When fertilizing, it is always better to use less than more; too much can burn and do more harm than good.

As far as the type of fertilizer, it depends on the type of grass you have and the composition of your soil. The most accurate way to add fertilizer is to have your local landscaper test your soil and recommend the right combination of fertilizer to give you the best results. If you have a landscaper that does your lawn maintenance, they can take care of your fertilizing for you and ensure that your grass stays green and healthy through the growing season.

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Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 360-5604

Thin or Weed-Infested Lawn? Bring Your Grass Back to Life

It is harder that it would seem to maintain a lush, green lawn. While grass seems to grow everywhere, so do the weeds that also like the same terrain. If your lawn is looking sparse, or there seems to be more dandelions and weeds than grass, there are ways to bring your lawn back to health. Here are a few options to make your lawn thick and lush again.

Weed Control

If you have too many weeds, they can be stealing all the nutrients and water from your grass. The first step in creating a thicker, healthier lawn is controlling the weeds. Using the right agents that attack weeds while preserving your grass can go a long way in helping restore a healthy lawn.

Overseeding and Fertilizing

Thin grass often needs more nutrients and more blades to make a thick lawn. Overseeding your lawn and adding the right fertilizer can give the nutrients the soil needs with new seeds to thicken the growth. With the weeds gone, the nutrients in the soil and new growth, your lawn can come back to life.

When All Else Fails…

When your grass refuses to come back to life or you want a quicker fix, consider new sod. You can have healthy sod laid that gives you a new base to nourish, making it quicker and easier to get the lush lawn you desire.

If you are tired of your thin or weed-infested lawn, contact your local landscaper for a grass evaluation. They can determine whether your lawn can be rejuvenated or if it is time to consider new sod to create the lush grass you desire.

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

Do You Have a Brown Thumb? Try Landscape Revitalization

Are you frustrated with trying to create a beautiful landscape around your home? Many people are not blessed with a green thumb, with brown being the more appropriate color. Keeping plants, trees and grass healthy is not always as easy as it may seem. If you have shrubs, trees, flowers, grass and other plants that seem to whither under your brown thumb, it may be time for landscape revitalization.

What is Landscape Revitalization?

Unlike landscape design, revitalization is improving the environment for your existing landscaping. It is not a makeover of design, but a strategic plan to improve the health of your plants, soil and growth. You may have tried various steps to help your plants thrive without success, but do not be discouraged. It often takes a landscaping expert to determine the problem and execute the best solutions to renovate your landscaping. This can include:

  • Soil testing for PH balance and nutrient requirements
  • Pruning
  • Fertilizing
  • Customizing irrigation
  • Aeration
  • Reseeding

Through landscape revitalization, a professional landscaper can evaluate your yard and create a plan to renew the health of your soil and plants. Using soil testing and other gauges, they can find the best balance to enhance the health of your plants. They can also determine the best options for ongoing maintenance to help ensure your landscaping thrives. This can be a cost-effective option to save your existing landscaping without needing to replant or install sod.

If your brown thumb is killing your landscaping, contact a local landscaper that offers a revitalization service. You may be surprised how a little professional care by someone with a green thumb can bring your landscaping back to life and create the yard you have wanted all along.

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

Does Your Lawn Need Aeration This Spring?

Spring is the best time to give your lawn the maintenance it needs to flourish during the hotter summer months. Fertilizing, reseeding and aeration are all best done in the spring. This gives your grass the nutrients and environment it needs to sustain its health through the heat of summer. Aeration is one process that is often overlooked that can be beneficial to lawn health and beauty. Here is how to know whether your lawn needs aeration and why it is beneficial to have this service performed.

Thick Thatch

Look at the ground under your grass and check the texture. If there is a thick, soft covering of undergrowth that covers the soil, this is thatch that can hinder the health of your lawn. Thick thatch can reduce the amount of air, water and nutrients that can penetrate down to the roots of your grass. Water and fertilizer can be trapped on top of the thatch, starving and dehydrating your grass, plus it can be suffocated from getting the oxygen it needs.

Benefits of Aeration

With aeration, holes are punched through thick thatch, allowing your grass roots to get the nutrients it needs. This can help grass reach its potential, becoming thicker and healthier to survive the hot months of summer. It can also reduce the amount of irrigation needed to sustain a healthier lawn, cutting down on watering expenses.

Aeration is best performed by a professional landscaper that can evaluate your lawn and determine the correct amount of perforation needed for the best results. Plus, they have the equipment needed, which not all homeowners have on hand. Contact your local landscaping service if your lawn needs aeration to ensure a beautiful lawn all summer long.

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