Leave the Yard Clean Up to the Professionals

Every time a storm blows through your town, you can be left with a mess in your yard. Depending on the size of the storm, you may need to spend hours or even days doing yard cleanup to restore your landscaping. If it was a large storm, you may also have tree branches that need to cut up and removed from your property. Here are a few reasons to leave yard clean up to the professionals when the next storm leaves a big mess in your yard.

They Have the Equipment

You may not have all the tools and equipment needed to do yard cleanup right. In some cases, you may need pruning shears, wheelbarrows, rakes, chainsaws, a truck and even a shovel to put your yard back into tip-top shape. Professional landscapers have the tools needed and bring their own to the complete the job right.

Reduce Strain

If you have a bad back or other physical limitations, yard cleanup can be hard on your body. Bending, lifting, climbing and repetitive motions can be cause strain on your body. Give yourself a break and let pros do the cleanup for you.

Hauling Away the Mess

Not only can a professional landscaper come and cleanup the mess left by a storm, they will haul it away to a local collection site. If you don’t own a truck, this can be a crucial benefit of hiring a pro.

Why spend the time cleaning up and hauling away all the storm mess in your yard? Call in a local landscaper that can remove the debris, haul it away and restore your property to pristine condition.

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

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.

Posted on behalf of:
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

Do You Think Professional Lawn Care is Too Expensive?

It is a common misconception that professional lawn care is a luxury for only those with extensive disposable incomes. While it is true it is a luxury, it is not as expensive as you may think. When you consider the cost and time it takes to care for your own lawn, the expense is not unreasonable. There are quality lawn care services that offer packages that run as low as $100-$200 a month to do your lawn, depending on the size and services you want.

Cost of Doing Your Own Lawn Maintenance

So, what does it cost to care for your lawn and landscaping yourself, versus hiring a professional lawn care service? It may seem cheap, but if you look at the complete list of expenses, it may not be saving you as much as think. Here is some food for thought:

  • Equipment. Lawnmowers, weed whackers, pruning shears and other equipment all cost money to buy and maintain. A riding lawnmower can easily cost over a thousand dollars. Lawn services bring their own equipment.
  • Chemicals and supplies. On top of equipment, consider the seed, fertilizer and other supplies you buy and go through each year.
  • Fuel. Not only do you need fuel or electricity to run your equipment for maintaining your lawn, you need fuel for the trips to the home improvement store and gas station.
  • Time. How much money do you get paid to do your job? Add up the hours mowing, edging, pulling weeds and getting supplies each month and do the math on how much of your valuable time you are spending.

In the end, lawn care service can be a “luxury” that is well-worth the investment. Even if you pay a little more than you would to do it yourself, you gain more time to relax. Plus, you get the benefit of having an expert care for your lawn, often with more beautiful results. It may be time to consider treating yourself to stress-free lawn maintenance by hiring a local lawn care service.

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

5 Services Your Landscaper Can Perform

Landscapers can do much more than mow your lawn or trim your hedges. Even if you enjoy keeping a manicured lawn yourself, there may be chores around your yard that could be best handled by a landscaper. While many landscaping companies perform ongoing maintenance for the bread and butter of their business, they also may offer other one-time services that you may not have the equipment or expertise to perform. Here are five services to consider hiring out to a landscaper to maintain your property.

  • Yard cleanup. When a big storm hits or after months of winter weather, hire a landscaper to come clean up your yard. Not only can they rake leaves and branches, they can haul it away for you.
  • Aerating. Your lawn needs nutrients to thrive. If thatch becomes too thick or the soil too compacted, the grass may not flourish. Hire a landscaper to aerate your lawn in the spring or early summer.
  • Fertilizing. Using the right fertilizer is important for the best landscaping results. Landscapers can test your soil and choose the correct fertilizer for your lawn and gardens.
  • Sprinklers. If you want to add an irrigation system, leave this to the professionals. Your landscaper can install a sprinkler system that works best for your landscaping needs.
  • Hardscapes. Adding a patio or retaining wall requires expertise. Let a professional install your hardscapes for the best results.

While you can save money doing some landscaping chores yourself, for some projects it is worth the investment to hire a professional. The next time you need help improving your lawn or landscape design, call a local landscaper to save time and ensure the job gets done correctly.

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

Why You Should Aerate Your Lawn

Plants, including grass, need air, water and nutrients to flourish. Unfortunately, a thick lawn can eventually become a detriment to itself. The root system, thatch and soil can become so dense that water, air and nutrients have trouble infiltrating this layer and impact the health of your lawn. Aerating your lawn can allow your lawn to get the elements it needs to stay healthy.

What Is Aeration?

Aeration is creating holes in the root layer, thatch and soil to allow penetration of the water, air and nutrients your lawn needs. This could be done manually, poking holes individually, but is most efficiently done with lawn aeration equipment. This loosens compacted soil and thatch from organic debris to allow the elements to penetrate and circulate to feed the grass roots.

Aeration should be done on lawns that have heavy traffic, sod or are struggling to maintain good moisture levels. The surface on heavy thatched lawns can feel spongy underfoot and it can be difficult to keep grass green in the dry months. Often lawns for new homes have aeration issues due to the heavy compaction of the soil that occurs during construction.

Aeration should be done during the growing seasons when the roots can heal. Spring, early summer and fall are often the best times, but not during the hottest months of summer or during the winter.

While you can aerate your lawn on your own, it can be beneficial to have a professional landscaper handle this project. Not only do they have the right equipment, they also have the expertise to ensure the right depth of aeration is completed and can recommend fertilizers and other options to improve the health of your lawn after aeration.

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

Make Your Backyard Low Maintenance with Landscaping

A beautiful backyard doesn’t mean it needs to be high maintenance. While some people enjoy puttering around in their yard weeding, planting, mowing and doing other yard maintenance, others would prefer to spend their time enjoying the yard, not creating it. There are landscaping options that can keep maintenance chores to a minimum while still giving you a lovely outdoor space. Here are some tips to create a low-maintenance backyard through landscaping.

  • Rock gardens. A green and water-friendly option that is low maintenance is creating a rock garden. While these landscaped areas still incorporate plants, the main focal points are larger rocks. You can use plants like colorful moss and other ground covers that are simple to maintain.
  • Native plants surrounded by gravel. Stop weeding and trying to nurture plants that are not designed for your climate. Plant a few native shrubs or bushes that are surrounded by pea gravel. These plants will thrive in their natural habitat and the gravel stops many weeds from growing while keeping your yard looking neat.
  • Xeriscaping and grid planting. Similar to rock gardens, xeriscaping and grid planting use mulch or rock as ground cover with sporadic or uniform plantings of cacti and other low-water plants. This saves on water while creating a modern, eco-friendly yard that require little maintenance.

Your local landscaper can help you implement these low maintenance ideas into your backyard. Of course, another option is to hire a landscaper to do your maintenance for you. If you prefer a lush, colorful backyard, find an experienced landscaper to perform your lawn and garden upkeep so you can relax and enjoy your free time.

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

Tips if Your Lawn Mower is Not Running Right

Is your mower starting to give you trouble? If you are not mechanically inclined or already despise the chore of mowing your lawn, this can be frustrating. Mowers need maintenance like any equipment with an engine – if you don’t want to end up spending hundreds of dollars on a new mower, here are a few tips.

  • Change the oil and air filter. Just like your vehicle, your lawn mower needs the oil and air filter changed to keep it running right. If the oil is looking black or has debris in it, it needs to be drained and refilled. Air filters also need to be replaced as they begin to get dirty or clogged.
  • Clean the mower. The undercarriage of the mower should be cleaned regularly. You need to scrape away debris from the blades and spray the area clean, preferably after each use.
  • Change spark plugs. A new spark plug should be put in every year – an old plug can cause your mower not to run smoothly or it may not start at all.
  • Sharpen the blade. The blade on your mower can become dull, not cutting like it should. Sharpening the blade or bringing it in to a dealer for sharpening can improve performance.

Tired of Mower Maintenance?

If all this seems like a lot of work just to mow your lawn, why do it? Mowers can be expensive to replace and maintain’ it is especially annoying when you do not enjoy mowing your lawn in the first place. Avoid the cost and hassle of mower maintenance and hire a lawn maintenance company instead. They bring their own equipment and do a professional job mowing your lawn. You can sit back and enjoy the benefits of a beautiful lawn without the hassle of maintaining a mower.

Posted on behalf of:
Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30040