Friday, October 21, 2016

FAQs About Irrigation Winterization

Winter is fast approaching, and before you know it you'll be covering plants and preparing for frost. There is still one more thing that you need to put on your to-do list - winterize your irrigation system. While this system may be extremely useful during the summer, and even during the winter in warmer climates, in the Midwest, you would do well to just have it shut off for the winter. Here are a few ways the best landscape company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you.

Protect Your System

Protection is main reason you want to winterize your irrigation system. When winter hits, the ground will begin to freeze - and in Missouri it will probably freeze and thaw, freeze and thaw. When the ground gets to a certain temperature, if your pipes have water in them, they will freeze and then bust because of the pressure. This will create a lot of extra work in the spring when you are ready to turn your irrigation system back on and find large puddles all of your yard instead of nicely spaced sprays.

An irrigation system is an investment that you make in your home, and like any investment, it need occasional maintenance and upkeep. Part of maintaining your irrigation system at the Lake of the Ozarks is having it winterized in the fall, and then inspected and started back up in the spring.

FAQs About Irrigation Winterization

Do you still have questions about what needs to be performed? Here are some FAQs to help you find the answers you need.

Can't I just shut the water off?

You can shut the water off, but you are taking a gamble that all of the water will leak out and evaporate before the first freeze hits. The reason this is not always effective is that your pipes aren't just perfectly level and horizontal, in fact, there may be several peaks and dips, and if the water gathers there, you're risking that it will not get cleared out and freeze.

What is the best way to clean out the pipes?

One of the best methods is to apply a bit of air pressure to openings of your pipe and clear out the excess water that way.

Can I use my air compressor to blow out my irrigation system?

While it may seem fairly simple to hook a nozzle up to your irrigation system and hit the power button, there is a lot more here at play. We use our expert knowledge in irrigation system winterization at the Lake of the Ozarks to make sure that the right amount of pressure is applied. If you add too much you risk damaging the valves and pipes, if you don't apply enough you won't get all of the water out. We've been doing this for years, and with those years of experience, we can help your irrigation system last longer.

What do I do when I'm ready to turn my system back on in the spring?

Call Paradise Landscaping! The spring is the perfect time to take a look at your irrigation system and make sure that nothing is broken or cracked. Before we fill the pipes back up we can perform our routine irrigation system maintenance to make sure everything is ready.

Irrigation Winterization at the Lake of the Ozarks

At Paradise Landscaping, we offer full irrigation service and repairs on all brands, which includes cleaning valves, heads, and flushing out lines. Winterization and de-winterization, as well as seasonal adjustments are all part of our comprehensive irrigation maintenance service. Are you ready to get your irrigation in tip-top shape for winter? Give us a call at 573-964-6515 today!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The BEST Time To Reseed Your Lawn is NOW!

Did the summer heat take a toll on your lawn? Is your lawn looking brown and spotty? Our Lake of the Ozarks lawn maintenance services could help you. At Paradise Landscaping, we take pride in making sure your lawn looks its best. From lawn maintenance to landscaping design, Lake of the Ozarks best landscaping company can help make sure your yard is the prettiest  on the block. Reseeding also known as overseeding could improve the health and look of your lawn. There are many benefits to reseeding and now’s the time to do it.

What Kind of Grass Grows in Missouri?

Missouri has the best temperature for cool-season grasses. This includes Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass and fescue. Cool season grasses can tolerate cold winters and hot summers. However, because Missouri is in the Central United States, the southern part of the state is in the transition section, which means that warm season grasses grow better. Warm season grasses include Bermudagrass, centipedegrass, and zoysiagrass

What Is Reseeding?

Reseeding is simply the act of spreading new seed over your existing lawn. This process can help rejuvenate your lawn.

Why You Need to Reseed Your Lawn

As your grass ages, it is normal for it to thin out. During the summer months, lawns get the most use and paired with the excessive heat, it can take a toll on the grass. Reseeding your lawn could help make it fuller and healthier. However, this process can help any lawn that needs improvement.

Benefits to Reseeding Lawns

  • Filling in your lawn that was damaged by summer sun, diseases or insects
  • Making your lawn lush and thick
  • Improving the appearance of your lawn
  • Improving your lawn’s health
  • Help it fight off insects and diseases

When is the Best Time to Reseed?

Fall and spring are the two best times to reseed your lawn. Cool-season grasses, such as ryegrass and bluegrass can benefit from reseeding in the fall as they grow best when air temperatures are cooler. The best time to reseed your cool grass lawn is when temperatures are between 60 and 75 degrees. However, reseeding in the fall is not just for cool-season grasses. Warm-season grasses can also benefit from reseeding in the fall as that is when they start to go dormant. 

Find Your Paradise with Paradise Landscaping

Reseeding can help rejuvenate your lawn and make it look full and lush. Make sure your yard looks its best by hiring the best lawn maintenance company at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you notice that your lawn has seen better days make sure you call Paradise Landscaping. We are more than just Lake of the Ozarks’ best landscaping company. We can maintain your backyard by mowing and trimming. However, we also make sure your lawn is the best on the block by doing turf treatments, tree and shrub fertilization, pruning and more! If you are needing help with your lawn, call the experts at 573-964-6515 today.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pool Winterization FAQs

It's been a great summer, and now it's sadly time to put away the pool toys and start planning the winterization for your pool. How do you know when is the right time to winterize your pool, and how do you even go about this task to begin with? At Paradise Landscaping, we take all of the confusion out of this routine task by performing it for you with the best pool service at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here are a few things you need to know as you gear up to have you pool winterized, and how you can help us through the process.

When To Winterize Your Pool

There are two reasons that you'll consider closing your pool in the Midwest: fear of freezing it, and fear of freezing yourself. Generally, the first to come is freezing yourself, so by the time you hit Labor Day it's time to consider getting your pool winterized, and definitely calling Paradise Landscaping to set up your appointment. You can sometimes get away with waiting until the third or fourth week of September to close the pool, but you'll want to already have a scheduled appointment set in place.

What Does Winterizing Entail?

Winterizing your pool doesn't have to be a huge project, but it will take some time, so that's why it's important to let us know when you're ready. The most important thing is to get the water out of the lines, and most of the water out of the pool. After draining the water we will do some routine cleaning around your pool to make sure everything is ready to go for the winter before closing it up.

Where Is My Winter Cover?

If we de-winterized your pool at the beginning of the swimming season, and if you requested us to store your winter cover, then we have it! We provide off-site storage for your cover so that you not only don't have to worry where it is, but it's also in safe hands through the summer. Occasionally misfortunes can befall a cover through the summer, whether it be due to temperatures, rodents, or accidental punctures, but we care for your cover and make sure that nothing happens.

Is it a Good Idea to Make Repairs Before Winterizing?

Yes! Whenever you notice any defects in your pool, such as cracking, bulging, or leaking it's always a good idea to get them fixed immediately. Especially when you're preparing it for storage over the winter. Winter weather has a nasty habit of taking small issues and making them bigger if not address properly. What may be a small crack at the end of summer could be much larger in the beginning of summer due to the expansion of ice and cold temperatures. You can trust Paradise Landscaping for all of your pool maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Pool Winterizing at the Lake of the Ozarks

If you Google "How to Winterize Your Pool" you will find many how-to steps. With every DIY project, though, comes lots of work, extra hours learning how to do something new, more expense, and possibly even damage to your pool. Trust the experts who know how to winterize your pool, and do it correctly from the start. Give us a call today at 573-964-6515 to schedule an appointment for us to come out and get your pool ready for winter!

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

How to Enjoy Your Landscape with Family!

In the midst of our chaotic lifestyles sometimes we need to be reminded, it's important to spend time with each other. This can be especially hard since school has started up, sports and activities are in full swing, and everyone is busy - but you need to take some time to really appreciate each other! At Paradise Landscaping, we know that one of the hearts of your home is in your landscape, and that's why we work so hard to create a beautiful landscape at the Lake of the Ozarks for you to enjoy. Here are a few ways you can get outside to appreciate your perfect paradise AND spend time with those that you love.

Have a BBQ

Utilize that beautiful patio area that you have one more time before you have to shut it down for the season! Grab your favorite grilling tools, some delicious food & drinks, and head out to the outdoor space you've loved so much all summer. Did you know that families who eat dinner together are actually getting more benefits than you might think? A few of the perks is that kids are apt to perform better academically and have better relationships with their parents. What a great way this would be to enjoy family day in your backyard paradise!

Play Games

Spending quality time together playing games is a great way to learn more about each other, laugh together, and even get active. There are many fun games that can be enjoyed outdoors. If you like card & board games you can play them out on the picnic table, or you can find giant yard games to play. Giant Jenga, lawn Twister, and corn-hole are just a few of the games you can play in your backyard. If you have small children you can start up a game of hide-and-go seek or tag, just make sure that they know where the boundaries are, or that the gate is closed so they don't wander off accidentally.

Take A Dip In the Pool

Is your pool still open? You can take this chance to get out and enjoy it one last time before you winterize your pool. Play some of your favorite games and enjoy the sunshine before it's time to close it up. When you're ready to get your pool closed, don't forget to call Paradise Landscaping! We provide the best pool winterization at the Lake of the Ozarks, and it's hassle free for you!

Watch The Stars

Star watching can be a fun family activity that is also educational as well. Have everyone put their pajamas on, grab their favorite blanket, and lay out on the soft grass to observe the stars. You can talk about constellations, learn more about what stars are made of, and maybe even get to see a shooting star. If your children are younger you might even get lucky when the fall asleep! If you don't know any of the constellations you can download applications on your phone that will point them out when you aim it at the sky!

Go On a Scavenger Hunt

You can go looking for fun insects and plants throughout your yard, or you can plan a whole game by hiding cards around the yard and giving your kids clues to find the next one. At the end reward everyone with a special treat like ice cream in the backyard or some other special treat.

While you may want your landscape to be beautiful so that it has good curb appeal, you also want it to be beautiful so you can enjoy it! Take some time to get out and not only enjoy your outdoor space, but enjoy your lovely family as well. There's no time like the present to make memories and enjoy the ones you love - and your landscape too!

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Monday, September 19, 2016

The Do's & Don'ts of Landscaping

Landscaping your yard probably seems like a huge, unending job - but it doesn't have to. There are a few things that you do want to have done, and a few things you don't want to do, but it's relatively simple. Of course, if you hire the best landscape company at the Lake of the Ozarks to help you - it's even easier! Here are a few do's and don'ts for planning the landscaping of your yard.

Do Your Research

Do you have specific plants that you want in your landscape? Make sure you do research to make sure they can actually thrive in your landscape. Or, you can count on Paradise Landscaping to help. Our landscape designer, Rich Harris can help you find the perfect blend of plants and trees you'll love, and that will love you!

Don't Think "Small Picture"

While you may be tempted to squeeze ALL of your favorite plants in your one little garden bed - don't. When landscaping, you want to think in "big pictures." Think about how everything will look in the long term, how everything will compliment each other, and if those plants all have the same location requirements.

Do Plant for Long Term

Trees and bushes will get bigger as they grow, and this can cause damage if you aren't planning for the long term. We can help you map our your landscape in a way that works best not only for you and your home but also for your dream trees and bushes!

Don't Let Weeds Invade

Weeds may seem like they're just ugly and annoying, but they can also cause damage to the plants you actually WANT in your yard. Even a "cute" weed, like a dandelion, can take over quickly and take away from the beauty of your perfect turf.

Do Fertilize Your Grass In the Fall

Did you know that your grass will react differently to fertilizer than larger plants? If you want to give your grass the best chance for success, fertilizing it now is the best way. At Paradise Landscaping, we can fertilize grass at the Lake of the Ozarks and keep it looking beautiful and healthy for longer.

Don't Ignore Overgrown Plants

While you may not like to see your giant plants being removed, keep in mind it's for the good of your landscaping and your home. Some overgrown plants don't just crowd out the rest of the garden, but they can also crowd your house, block windows, and even cause property damage. It's better to care for them now than let them get too big and regret it.

Landscape Maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks

From your large projects or small, Paradise Landscaping is here to help you make your landscape a perfect paradise. From raking leaves to completely remodeling your landscape, our team is experienced in all things "green thumb" and would love to assist you. Visit our website to see the services we offer, and how to get a landscaping quote!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Pathways to Paradise

At Paradise Landscaping, we love to take your landscaping from an underused space to a paradise that you can enjoy all year round. This can be made possible through special landscape designs, stonework, adding water features, planting gardens, and especially by creating pathways.

A pathway can guide you to paradise through the way it winds through your gardens and landscaping. They can be made up of many differents types of materials, and even be as simple as plants lining an area. Here are some great things to remember when you start improving your landscape with pathways to paradise.

Why Place a Path?

There can be many reasons to put a path in your landscape, but one of the top reasons is because it keeps people walking where you want them. Without a path, you're essentially allowing someone to choose their own way, and with that, they can walk all over your yard, trample your grass, and even accidentally step on plants in your yard. By installing pathways, you direct them to where they need to go in a safe and practical manner.

Types of Paths

Entrance Path 

This pathway should leave you with no doubt as to where to go. This pathway will guide you straight up to the front door, and provide a safe way to greet your guests. Pathways don't just create a pretty focal point - they provide a purpose for where someone will go.

Main Path

This is generally two to three feet wide and guides someone to an entertainment area. Whether it's a pathway out the back doors to your fire pit or a pathway off the side of your home to a patio with lawn furniture and a space to grill, the main path takes you where you want to go.

Functional Path

This pathway will need to be created with something solid and practical. Maybe it will be used to wheel pool chemicals to the pool house or guide you to your garage. You can use solid concrete to create a nice, functional path that gets you where you need to go, safely.

Occasional Path

This is the pathway that can guide you around the home or through your herb garden. It can be whimsical, imaginative, and creative. While you want it to be sturdy, you can use fun pieces like stepping stones, moss, and other fanciful materials.

Activity Zone

While this may not seem like a path, any area that needs to be designated as something other than grass can be considered a path. If you have an entertainment area in your yard that you want to pave with brick or solid stones, this would be your pathway to activity.

Guiding Your Garden Where It Needs to Go

Our team of landscapers at the Lake of the Ozarks would be honored to help you create a landscape that has everything you need. From small projects to large, we are your one-stop landscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks who can take care of it all. You can visit our website to learn more about custom landscapes at the Lake of the Ozarks that we've created as well as request a FREE quote!

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Goodbye Pool - Hello Raking!

While the first day of fall isn't officially here until September 22nd, there is just something about the first week in September that makes everything feel like Autumn. The weather has already started to take a cooler turn and some of the leaves have even started changing color here in the Ozarks. One other major change is that by the time we hit Labor Day, it is generally the sign that your pool is starting to end it's summer career.

If you're not sure how to deal with the upcoming changes that your landscape needs to take on as the weather starts to get cooler - Paradise Landscaping is here to save the day! Our team of landscapers at the Lake of the Ozarks specialize not only in creating beautiful spaces but preserving those spaces through every season. here are a few things to remember as you gear up for fall.

Winterize Your Pool

While we hate to say goodbye to this feature that has brought so much joy through the summer - it's time to start preparing your pool for winter. There can be a lot of steps involved, not to mention possible repairs to your pool from a busy summer season. Proper maintenance is a crucial part of keeping your pool looking and operating its best. We have a ten-point checklist to ensure the life of your investment. Call for details!

Remove Falling Leaves

Having the leaves removed from your landscape is crucial to maintaining a healthy lawn. The leaves can suffocate your grass, create a thriving environment for bacteria, and can create a hazardous area for walking. While they may look pretty at first, they begin to look dull and wet as the fall and winter move on.

Raking your entire yard can be quite a chore - as well as time-consuming and back-breaking. Hire our landscape maintenance team at the Lake of the Ozarks to take care of this for you!

Don't Forget Your Turf

Did you know that fall is an excellent time to take care of your turf? Whether you want to lay all new grass seed or fertilize the grass you already have the combination of cool and warm temperatures during this season make it pristine. This is also a great time to do a complete overhaul on your yard. If you've been waiting for the right time to renovate your landscaping, fall is an excellent time to do this.

Let There Be Landscaping!

At Paradise Landscaping - Irrigation & Pool Maintenance, we take your yard as seriously as we take our own. Our primary concern is that you get the paradise you've always dreamt of, and a landscape that you can enjoy spending your time in. From the creation of your paradise to the maintenance, our team is trained and ready to go. Visit our website to learn more about our landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks and see samples of a few perfect paradises.

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