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

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

What are the Benefits of Lawn Aeration?

Compacted soil can suffocate the roots of your grass and affect the health of your lawn. If your lawn has struggled to flourish, it may be due to soil compaction. One way to keep your grass healthy is with routine core aeration of your lawn. This can help loosen the soil and improve the health of your lawn. Here are some of the main benefits of lawn aeration:

  • Loosen compacted or dense soil. When soil is compacted or is a dense variety like clay, water, air and nutrients can have trouble reaching the grass roots. Aeration can create holes in the soil to allow the needed elements to reach the roots.
  • Perforate thick thatch. If there is a thick thatch covering the ground, it can limit the water and nutrients that can reach the soil. Aeration breaks up thatch to allow penetration to the soil.
  • Reduce water, seeding and fertilizer loss. If water is running off your lawn instead of penetrating the soil, anything you add to your lawn can be whisked away. Seeding, fertilizer and weed control agents may be running off your lawn with your water. Aeration can ensure your lawn treatments are more effective.
  • Reduce irrigation costs. If water is not soaking into the soil on your lawn, you will need to water more often. Core aeration can reduce the frequency of watering and the cost of irrigation.

Core aeration can be performed once a year or every few years to help keep your lawn healthy. Quality landscapers can complete this service using the right equipment, giving your grass access to the water, air and nutrients it needs to flourish.

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

Lawn Care for Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass is popular for lawns as it offers a beautiful, lush lawn that is hearty and resilient. However, even though it is known for being drought-tolerant and able to handle moderate traffic, it does require special care. If you know how to care for your Bermuda grass, you will get better results from your lawn. Here are some tips to care for your Bermuda grass to keep it looking spectacular.

Mowing Specifications

To keep your Bermuda grass healthy, you want to maintain the right mowing schedule and techniques. Grasses vary on how they respond to mowing, so knowing the right cutting methods for Bermuda grasses can help you get the best results. Grass blades should be kept about 1 ½ to 2 ½ inches in height, mowing frequently. You should never allow the grass to get too long where you need to cut more than a third of the blade. Bagging is not usually required due to the frequent cutting.

Watering Needs

Bermuda grass does not need too much water – overwatering can be detrimental to the growth. Instead, complete a thorough watering once a week, allowing the soil to become saturated about six inches deep. Then, only irrigate as needed.

Fertilizing and Weed Control

Use a nitrogen fertilizer for your Bermuda grass throughout the growing season. For weed control, use pre-emergent herbicides in the spring to protect your lawn, but avoid using herbicides more than three times per season.

Tailoring your lawn care to your grass type is important. One of the benefits of hiring a professional lawn care service is having an expert to provide the right care for your lawn. If you want the best lawn care for your Bermuda grass, considering hiring a pro for your lawn maintenance.

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

7 Reasons to Hire a Lawn Care Service

Do you dread spending hours mowing your lawn and maintaining your yard? Some people enjoy lawn maintenance and gardening, while for others it is a chore. If maintaining your lawn and outdoor space is not your cup of tea, you should consider outsourcing it to a lawn care service. Beyond ridding yourself of a chore you dislike, here are seven other reasons to leave your lawn care to the professionals.

  1. Better care for your grass and plants. Lawn care professionals know the best way to make your lawn and plants look their best and keep them healthy.
  2. Your yard impacts your home’s value. It is worth investing in landscaping to enhance curb appeal and the overall value of your home.
  3. Stop spending money on lawn equipment. Lawnmowers, weed eaters and other lawn equipment are expensive to buy and maintain. Put that money into hiring a service that owns their own equipment.
  4. Improve the design of your yard. Landscapers can improve the design of your yard for form and function.
  5. Reduce risks of injury. Some yard maintenance can be risky; leave tree trimming and other hazardous activities to trained pros.
  6. Your time is valuable. The hours you spend on lawn care could be better used elsewhere. Remember that your time is valuable – often it is worth more than the money spent on lawn care.
  7. Specialized services. If you have a lawn care service year-round, they can perform those specialized services like aerating, re-seeding, sod installation and yard clean-up as needed.

Hiring a lawn care service can be a wise investment in your home and quality of life. Hand over your lawn care to the professionals and enjoy using your time the way you prefer.

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

Fall Clean Up for Your Yard

Spring may be time for deep cleaning the home and even your outdoor areas, but fall is another opportunity to spruce your property. After summer is gone and the vegetation changes seasons, it is important to perform a final clean up in your yard before winter. Here is a checklist to complete on your outdoor areas to ensure it is ready for the cooler months ahead.

Trim and Prune

Many shrubs, bushes and other perineal plants or trees need trimming to stay healthy and prevent overgrowth. Rose bushes and other shrubs need can be trimmed and pruned one last time before winter. This is a good time to remove any dead branches and limbs from trees and shrubs to reduce the mess and damage when winter storms roll in.

Rake and Remove Debris

Once the leaves have all fallen, raking away all your dead leaves, berries and other debris is important to keep your lawn healthy. If you have a compost area, this debris will help make fodder for fertilizer for spring. Otherwise you will need to haul away your debris to a local compost area or dump.

Mulch and Protect

Once the yard is cleaned up, you want to protect your plants and features. Perform winterizing on water features, irrigation and pools as needed. You will also want to add mulch around trees, bushes and shrubs to protect their roots during the winter months ahead.

Fall cleanup can be quite the chore. If you want to make it easier on yourself, contact a local landscaper for fall cleanup service. They can perform the needed maintenance and haul away your leaves and other debris, leaving your yard neat and ready for the winter ahead.

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

Should You Have Landscaping Service During the Winter?

In warmer regions of the country, lawn care can be a year-round activity. While there is less maintenance during the winter months, landscaping does require care if you want your yard to look presentable. However, many people stop their landscaping service during the winter months to save a little money. If you are one of these people, you may want to consider opting for year-round service – here are a few reasons why.

Keep Your Yard Tidy

Even if the grass doesn’t need mowing and it is not time to prune, landscapers will still keep your yard looking neat. Raking and yard clean-up are needed year-round, especially during the winter. Having your landscaper still make the rounds will keep your yard tidy and looking nice all winter.

Weed Control and Overgrowth

Even when grass and some plants go into dormant stages, there are still weeds and other plants that continue to thrive during the winter. Your landscape service can ensure that weeds are pulled, and overgrowth is trimmed back to maintain your yard.

Better Pricing

You may get a better deal on your landscaping service if you sign a year-long contract. It may not cost much more to have year-round service versus a shorter contract, making it worth the little extra to keep your lawn maintained.

Early Springs, Late Falls

If you have year-round service, you do not need to worry about whether you will need lawn care later due to a long fall or earlier due to an early spring. Your landscaper will be there to care for your landscaping regardless of the weather changes.

Talk to your landscaping company about the benefits of having service through all four seasons, including the winter. It may be worth the investment.

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

Fall Landscaping Checklist

Just because summer is over does not been it is time to lock up your yard maintenance equipment. There is plenty to do to protect your yard during the winter months and prepare your landscaping for next spring. Here is a fall landscaping checklist to give your yard a little TLC before the cooler months ahead.

  • Aerate, feed and final mow. Give your lawn a little loving before letting it rest for the winter. If thatch is thick, aerating is a good idea. Fertilizing can also be beneficial and before you put away your equipment, give the lawn a short mow.
  • Trim back branches and shrubs. Fall is a good time to remove any dead branches from trees and shrubs to avoid falling limbs during winter storms.
  • Plant new bushes or shrubs. Planting new shrubs or bushes in early fall can give them opportunity to build a root system over the winter months in some regions.
  • Plant spring bulbs. Plan for your first spring flowers and bulb herbs by planting bulbs in September or October.
  • Drain drip or irrigation systems. Remove all water from your irrigation systems and shutdown the system for the winter.
  • Rake and remove leaves. Leaves make great fodder for fertilizer. Rake your leaves and start or add them to a compost pile.
  • Mulch. Protect tree roots by adding mulch around tree trunks to provide insulation before the cold weather arrives.

Finishing your yard work for fall can be taxing. For the bigger jobs like aerating, trimming, fertilizing and mulching, hire a local landscaper to complete your fall landscaping checklist. The professionals can ensure your lawn, trees and other plants are ready to withstand the winter ahead and be in good shape when spring arrives next year.

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

How to Make Your Landscaping Dog-Friendly

You love your dog, but you also want a beautiful yard to enjoy with friends and family. Unfortunately, sometimes it is difficult to have both. Your yard is also your pooches play area and bathroom, which can lead to worn lawn, yellow grass, dug up gardens and other issues. You can maintain a beautiful yard and give your dog a place to enjoy outside with a few tricks to make your yard dog-friendly.

Protecting the Grass

It is common for dogs to wear pathways in a lawn to their favorite spots. Urine is another problem; you may find yellow spots of dead grass where they like to relieve themselves. To keep a lush, green lawn, here are some tips:

  • Fertilize and feed your grass to keep it hardy and able to withstand exposure to urine and paw traffic
  • Water the spots where you dog urinates immediately
  • Train your dog to urinate in one area, preferably one without grass
  • Create stone pathways in worn areas – it creates a beautiful hardscape and a place for their paws to travel off the grass

There is not a type of grass that is completely resistant to damage from urine but keeping it healthy and limiting exposure can help you maintain a green lawn.

Enclose Gardens and Soft Dirt Areas

Take away the temptation for dogs to dig. Soft dirt is inviting to dogs and they may want to bury a bone or toy in your garden. Enclose flower beds and gardens with a small fence to let them know this area is off limits.

You can have both dogs and a landscaped, beautiful yard, but it does require some work. Make it easier on yourself; hire a professional landscaper to keep your lawn in excellent health and for adding hardscapes like pathways to protect your lawn.

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

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