Maintain a Professional Appearance with Commercial Landscaping

If you own a brick and mortar business, the aesthetics of your building impacts your brand. The first impression made on potential new customers can affect who walks through your doors. For many businesses, this includes the landscaping around your building. Investing in commercial landscaping is a wise decision for business owners who care about their brand image and growing their cliental.

Why Hire a Commercial Landscaper?

Just like many aspects of your business, quality matters when it comes to maintaining the outside of your building. You do not want to trust your outside maintenance to an amateur. A commercial landscaper can do more than just mow your lawn or remove weeds – they can ensure that the entrance to your business is inviting and reflects a professional appearance. Some tasks a commercial landscaper can handle for your business include:

  • Lawn and plant maintenance
  • Mulching
  • Cleaning sidewalks, entrances, parking areas and walkways
  • Storm clean up
  • Landscape design planning and installation
  • Installing retaining walls and hardscapes
  • Adding aesthetic features like waterfalls or ponds
  • Adding outdoor lighting for beauty, safety and security
  • Irrigation and drainage maintenance to protect your property

Having a commercial landscaping service can ensure your business’ outside appearance looks great all year-round. Plus, it can protect and add to the value of your commercial property. It is a worthwhile investment that maintains a positive, professional image for your business.

If the outside of your business is looking shabby, update your image with the help of a commercial landscaper. Consider updating your landscape design and using ongoing maintenance to make an excellent impression on new, existing and potential customers in your community.

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

7 Chores to Outsource to Your Landscaper

Are you tired of spending your nights and weekends caring for your yard? While you may love having a beautifully maintained yard, it does take quite a bit of time to keep up with all the different chores throughout the year. You deserve some time to sit back and relax after a busy week. Here are seven chores that you should consider outsourcing to your local landscaper.

  1. Pruning and trimming. When your trees and shrubs need trimming, call your landscaper. They have the tools and experience to care for your pruning needs.
  2. Mulching.  Skip the trip to the landscape supplier store for mulch. Call in your landscaper that can bring the right mulches for your yard.
  3. Clean up. When you need your yard cleaned up after a storm, let your landscaper take care of the debris and haul it away for you.
  4. Soil testing and balancing. Is your lawn or garden soil the wrong PH balance? Do you need fertilizer, and if so, which kind? Let your landscaper test and treat your soil for excellent growth potential.
  5. Drainage issues. If you have water pooling in your yard, let your landscaper find a drainage issue to protect your property from damage.
  6. Sprinkler Irrigation Systems.  Leave sprinkler installation to the experts; it will cost you more to do it yourself if you end up doing it wrong.
  7. Outdoor lighting. Need more light outside or want to highlight landscape features? Let your landscaper add professional lighting to your outdoor areas.

If you enjoy mowing your yard or planting your garden, continue doing the chores you love. But when it comes to extensive tasks that need expert care, outsource them to a professional landscaper.

Posted on behalf of:
Lanier Yardscapes
Peachree City, GA 30269
(770) 648-1385

What Color is Your Thumb?

Have you always wanted a beautiful, landscaped yard, but your thumb is anything but green? You are not alone. Landscaping is much more difficult than it looks. Many people think they can save money on landscaping by doing it themselves. Unfortunately, if you do not have a green thumb or the right expertise, you may be wasting time and money. If you watch trees, shrubs and other plants die after spending a small fortune on them, maybe it is time to invest in a professional landscaping service.

Benefits of Using a Professional Landscaper

There is a point when you have to admit that you are just not cut out to do your own landscape design.  Maybe it is after that third rhododendron bush dies or the koi pond you installed yourself springs a leak. Whatever is the final straw, you should know that there are many benefits of using a professional landscaper, including:

  • Save time. How much time have you spent at the landscape supply or garden center? How much more time in your yard? Get back your weekends with a professional service.
  • Done right the first time. Have you spent an entire season or even years trying to achieve a beautiful yard? Let a landscaper do it right the first time.
  • Save money. How can hiring a professional save you money? Remember all the dead rhodies and leaking ponds? There is the answer to your question.

Not everyone is cut out to be a DIY landscaper. If you don’t have a green thumb, leave your landscaping to those that do. You will have a beautiful yard that flourishes while you sit back and enjoy the results.

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

A Cost Effective Tip for Selling Your Home

If you are selling your home, you want to get the most money for the least amount of investment before you sell. It is prudent to gauge whether any improvements will gain you the same amount or more in return when you sell. If you are looking for a cost effective way to improve your chances of selling your home fast, here is a good tip: landscape. Improving your home’s curb appeal is a quick and inexpensive way to get more interested buyers.

So why does landscaping make such a big difference for selling your home when it does not actually improve the house or structure? First impressions. What buyers think and feel when they first see a home is important in the decision process. If they can see the potential in a home, even if it needs many improvements to make it their dream home, it has a better chance of selling. Landscaping can make a house seem like a home and enhance its place on the housing market.

One of the benefits of implementing new landscaping before you put your home on the market is the low cost. In comparison to other home improvements, landscaping can be done in a short period of time and with very little monetary investment. Just the enhancement to the curb appeal alone is worth the money you will spend for some simple improvements by your local landscapers. Mowing, edging, adding mulch and a few decorative plants can go a long way in making your home look neat and tidy for prospective buyers.

If you are looking for one thing you can do to improve your home’s appeal on the market, invest in some landscaping through a professional local service for the best return when you sell.

Posted on behalf of:
Lanier Yardscapes
Peachree City, GA
(770) 648-1385

5 Projects You Should Hire a Professional Landscaper to Handle

Are there areas in your yard that need help? You may be planning to spend a weekend shopping at a home improvement store to get what you need, then heading home to try and handle these issues yourself.  But are you qualified to fix your landscaping issues? The problem with doing landscape projects on your own is there is the possibility that you may not get it right the first time around. Save yourself time and money by hiring a professional landscaper for these five specialized projects.

  1. Garden or Koi ponds. You may think adding a small garden or koi pond is a great DIY project. After all, they sell affordable kits at your nearby home improvement store. But the truth is, many end up needing to be replaced or removed within a year due to improper installation.
  2. Drainage issues. Do you want to improve the drainage on your property? There are mathematical considerations as well as regional anomalies that are best handled by a professional.
  3. Lawn repair. Are you struggling to get the lush lawn you desire? It may be more extensive than just seeding, fertilizing and watering your lawn. Save time by hiring an expert.
  4. Pruning. Need your trees pruned back or hedges shaped? Doing pruning incorrectly can harm your trees and shrubs. Let your local landscaper help.
  5. Sod installation. Sod is expensive. Don’t try to save a few bucks by installing it yourself. Allow a professional to correctly install it for the best results.

Sometimes trying to do improvements yourself can cost you more in time and money than it is worth. For major outdoor improvements, call your local landscaper to get it done right the first time around.

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

Why Hire a Professional to Care for Your Landscape

There are many reasons you need to hire a professional landscaper for your home or business. These highly trained professionals can help you save time.

In addition to saving time, you needn’t worry when you get busy because your lawn will stay healthy and beautiful. A landscape professional also has expert knowledge and fresh planting ideas.

Save Time

As a business owner, you have a to-do list that never seems to end. No matter how hard you try, you seem to have more obligations each day than you can get done. Hiring a landscape professional will allow you to concentrate on other things on your list that you as a professional you are familiar with; in fact, all those items on your landscaping list will probably take longer by yourself than caring for your top two concerns, family and business.

Keep Your Lawn Healthy and Beautiful

There is much more to lawn maintenance than mowing, edging, and watering. A landscape professional will do the things most of us would not even think to do. Some homeowners don’t even know how often to fertilize their lawn, how much to use, or whether or not to water after fertilizing. Aeration is another important aspect of lawn care many have no idea about.

A professional will have the knowledge to buy exactly what is needed to install and maintain a sprinkler system, without having to purchase all the necessary tools. This can save you lots of upfront money and the time to learn the process and ensure proper drainage.

Leave lawn maintenance to the professionals whose care is essential for a lawn. This will reduce stress level and raise a home or business curb appeal.

Professionals have Fresh Planting Ideas

Once again, you will save time getting those gardens in by relying on a professional, they have the first-hand knowledge of fresh plantings after years of experience. They know the exact soil mix for the area and the plants you plan for your garden. You will not have to worry about getting the right soil mixture, fertilizers, or pesticides; in fact, they are probably already using the natural insecticides you had been planning to switch to for the last two or three years.

Expert Knowledge

The importance of the expert knowledge provided by a true professional landscaper cannot be overstated. Hundreds of dollars can be saved over the course of a season by utilizing the services of a true professional and your yard or business front will look better, as well. They already have the required tools and knowledge, so that the job only needs to be done once, no wasted materials and no wasted time.

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

Important Aspects of Landscape Maintenance

Great landscaping is an integral part of every home. The landscape surrounding your home is very often a guest’s first impression of your home. It is therefore very important that you keep your landscape well-maintained. Landscaping can be a tricky affair and a frustrating one when you try to prioritize the work when you have a busy schedule. That’s why it is important to understand what elements of landscaping and maintenance are the most important aspects for a well-maintained landscape.

Lawn Mowing

Mowing, to some may appear to be a constant necessity from spring onward. Lawns should be kept as short as possible, as it does not take long to look shaggy and unkempt. This aspect does not only add an aesthetic benefit to your landscape, it helps keep your lawn safer by clearing breeding grounds for dangerous animals such as snakes and rodents. Additionally, a short lawn makes it easier to see materials and sharp objects that can be a safety hazard.

Fertilization

Fertilizing is the addition of depleted nutrients to the soil. Without proper nutrients it won’t be long before your lawn looks haggard and patchy. Due to the continued use of these soils, nutrients get exhausted and require that they be added through other means, such as fertilization.

Weeding

Another important aspect of landscape maintenance is weeding. As weeds grow, they choke out grass roots, deplete vital nutrients, and moisture that your lawn, flowers, and shrubs need. By removing weeds from our lawn and around flower gardens, trees and shrubs we give enough space to our flowers and trees, which allows them extra access to nutrients and moisture.

Mulching of the Lawn

Mulching is a must to achieve that perfect lawn and landscape you desire. Have you ever asked yourself whether you should catch and bag your grass or mulch it while mowing? Mulching helps increase soil aeration, allowing more water and air to pass through to the roots and inhibits weed growth. This is vital for the growth of a healthy lawn, so the natural answer is to mulch while you mow. So, there’s your answer for your grass, but what about the other areas that need mulch? The benefits of mulching your garden, flower beds, and around trees and shrubs are multiple, such as moisture retention, as a weed growth inhibiter, to trap heat, protect roots, and prevent or control erosion of soil.

Water Sprinkling

Your lawn and landscape will need to receive the right amount of watering. Water sprinkling is perhaps the easiest of the vital aspects of landscape maintenance, if you have sprinklers install. Even when you do not have a sprinkler system, the only time consuming aspect of watering is moving the sprinklers, as necessary. Water should be sprinkled on your plants, trees, grass, and flowers for a longer time rather than for short periods more frequently.

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

 

Selling Your Home? Hire a Landscaper for Better Curb Appeal

If you have decided to sell your home in the near future, you want to get the most value for your home. While there are many home improvements to consider, one of the highest returns on your investment is improving your curb appeal with beautiful landscaping. While you won’t want to add elaborate hardscapes or features, a landscaper can help improve your home’s curb appeal with just a few minor improvements.

Any real estate agent will tell you that first impressions are crucial when selling your home. Home buyers often set out to look at several homes all in the same size, neighborhood and price range, so making a first and lasting impression is the best way to stand out from the crowd. While you are selling your home, not the plants in your yard, you might be surprised how much a manicured lawn and some extra plants can add to the beauty of your home.

Unlike many other home improvements, landscaping can be done quickly and at a low cost to you. For a small investment and very little time, a landscaper can transform your front yard from boring to striking. A well-maintained front yard gives the impression of an immaculate property that potential home buyers can picture themselves coming home to every day.  They may have looked at several 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom homes that day, but yours stands out in their mind because of the inviting first impression that your beautiful yard help create.

Before you put that ‘For Sale’ sign in your front yard, call your local landscaper to discuss a few quick improvements to your lawn. It is well worth the investment to get the most value for your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Cunningham Landscape Group
Duluth, GA
(678) 942-6818

Making the Most of Your Outdoor Areas

Does your front or backyard need a makeover? Many homes are built with minimal landscaping done around the home. Often the front entrance of the home is a plain lawn, with an identical lawn behind the house. If your outdoor areas are begging for a transformation, consider hiring a landscape designer. Here are a few reasons that it is worth the investment to hire a professional versus trying to do your landscape design yourself.

  • Getting it right the first time. Many well-meaning homeowners have tackled their landscaping with gusto, just to end up with a dysfunctional koi pond or dead shrubs in their yard. While DYI projects can be fun, when it comes to major a major overhaul of your outdoor area, leave it to the professionals to do it right the first time.
  • Understanding your properties assets and limitations. Do you know what plants, trees and shrubs will grow best on your property and where? Most likely not. A professional landscape designer doesn’t just create a beautiful yard; they design a scheme that will work best with your property’s assets.
  • Designing an outdoor area with your lifestyle in mind. You may love the look of a beautiful hedge, but do you really want a high maintenance yard? A landscape designer will take your lifestyle into consideration when creating your yard, designing a yard that will be beautiful and within your ability to maintain.

Your outdoor areas are a valuable part of your home and property. When it comes to making the most of these areas, start with a professional landscape design team that will help you create the outdoor living spaces you always wanted.

Posted on behalf of:
Lanier Yardscapes
Peachree City, GA
(770) 648-1385

Hostas: A Great Choice for Any Landscape

If you’re looking for an extremely hardy plant that will give a season full of beauty, look no further than the hosta.  Hostas are not only hardy, but they come in countless combinations of leaf shape, color and texture.  These hardy perennials vary in size from a miniature 2 inch plant to the giants that can grow up to 5 feet high and spread over three feet.

Long-Lasting Landscaping Beauty with Hostas

Unlike flowering plants that have a short blooming season, hostas, which are primarily grown for the beauty of their foliage, are beautiful and make a visual impact throughout the growing season.  While most people think of hostas as just a shade plant, there are many varieties that can be successfully grown in sunny areas.

Hostas are an ideal landscape plant as they are easy to grown and require very little maintenance.  These gracious and versatile plants come back year after year.  If someone is looking for good quality plants without spending a fortune, look for hosta varieties that have been around for decades.  These plants can always be picked up at a very low price.  With the thousands of varieties to choose from, it is no wonder that hostas are the most popular perennial plant.

Hostas combine well with early spring bulbs.  As the early spring flowers fade, the large leaves of the plant will hide the brown, drying foliage of tulips, daffodils and other early bloomers. Clumps of hostas planted around a garden, sidewalk or driveway will soften the edges.  Hostas also grow well in containers so they can be used to add greenery to a deck or patio.

Hostas do have flowers and some of the flowers are very fragrant.  For hummingbird enthusiasts, once hostas bloom these little birds will constantly be darting in and out of the flowers as they are one of their favorite foods. Talk to your landscaper about adding hostas to your landscape design.

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