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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Monday, August 29, 2016

Plants That Keep Mosquitoes At Bay

The first of September may be this week bringing the fun feelings of fall and the soon-to-be end of summer, but that doesn't mean the mosquitoes got the message. In fact, we'll probably be seeing mosquitoes around for another month or more until a good cold front comes through. These pesky bugs swarm around just looking for the next victim to land on - leaving you with itchy bites. Who says you have to hibernate the rest of the season, though? There are a few plants that can be planted around your landscape to help ward off these vampire bugs so you can still enjoy your perfect backyard paradise!


Basil

Basil is one of the few herbs that you don't have to crush in order to reap the mosquito fighting benefits! Just having it growing around your space can help ward the pesky bugs away, plus, you can use the leaves in some amazing culinary dishes! Lemon basil and cinnamon basil are the best varieties for warding off the bugs.

Catnip

While is may deter mosquitoes, it may also attract cats! You can grow this in close proximity to the areas you want to ward off mosquitoes, or you can even crush the leaves and apply them for even greater protection. Catnip is from the mint family.

Citronella

It may seem pretty obvious since this is an ingredient listed in many mosquito repellents. The reason it works so well is because it will mask the attractant in your skin. You can have this grown in a garden space, or you can have it planted in pots and it will achieve the same goal.

Lavender

Lavender not only smells wonderful and looks beautiful, it also helps keep mosquitoes and gnats away from your evening gathering! You can place pots of lavender around your patio, doors, and windows, and not only will it smell nice, but you won't notice as many pesky bugs. You can also keep the dried flowers in your closet to help warm off moths.

Lemon Balm

This plant is also known as horsemint, and the scent wards off mosquitoes while attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies to your landscape at the Lake of the Ozarks. Be aware, though, it’s fast growing, drought resistant and reseeds itself, so consider planting in a pot rather than in your yard to avoid a lemon balm takeover.

Marigolds

If you thought these bright little flowers were just for making your Lake of the Ozarks landscape look pretty - think again! Marigolds are a natural mosquito repellent because of their distinct smell. You can plant them around your home to help keep them at bay, and especially have them planted around your outdoor living spaces!

Creating a Custom Landscape at the Lake of the Ozarks

At Paradise Landscaping, we want to help create a landscape that is not only beautiful but is also practical as well. If you experience the onslaught of mosquitoes years after year, it may be time to plant some barrier plants to keep them away. Whether you need an entire makeover of your landscape or you just want to plant a few new varieties in your lawn, we want to help! Visit our website to see samples of our work, and give us a call for a free estimate!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

5 Reasons to Hire a Lawn Maintenance Company

At Paradise Landscaping, we don't just create the most beautiful custom landscapes at the Lake of the Ozarks - we also maintain them as well. Landscape maintenance is a great way to take advantage of enjoying your lawn, without having to do the backbreaking work it takes to keep it looking so nice. At Paradise Landscaping, we provide many services, from irrigation maintenance to pool maintenance, but today we'd like to share a few reasons why you would love to have your lawn maintained by us.



You Can Trust The Experts

If you've ever tried to do any landscaping on your own, we're sure you realized not too long after starting that there is a lot involved. Not just in tools, but also in knowledge. You have to know the right time to plant when to water them, how to fertilize them, and even where in your landscaping to plant them. This also doesn't include the tools that you'll need to achieve the look you desire. At Paradise Landscaping, we have been creating and maintaining landscapes for over 80 combined years, and we bring that experience into your landscape every time we come to work on it.

Save Yourself The Time & Energy

Do you have a large yard? How long does it take you to mow your yard? This summer we've had a great combination of rain and sun, to create beautiful landscapes that are still green almost all the way through August - on the flipside, you won't get a break from mowing with this type of weather. Just because the weather has been wet, doesn't mean it's been cool, so we're sure you realized halfway through your yard that you still have a lot to go, and you're already dripping with sweat. Depending on the size of your yard, you could be mowing it every week, and it could take HOURS each time.

When you hire a yard maintenance team at the Lake of the Ozarks, we can save you time and energy by taking care of the basic needs of your yard for you. Now you can use that time to be doing what you love, instead of riding around in the sun all day.

Routine Care is Performed On Time

From irrigation maintenance to hedge trimming, there are a several maintenance needs that should be performed on a routine basis. If they aren't completed on time, you could find yourself with a tangled mess of bush branches and an irrigation system that isn't working properly. At Paradise Landscaping, Along with weekly mowing, trimming, and blowing off all hard surfaces, we offer a variety of services including turf treatments, tree & shrub fertilization, pruning maintenance, mulching, power washing, and home check up services.

Seasonal Maintenance Doesn't Go Undone

Every season has a different chore that must be completed if you want to keep your landscape looking lush. In the summer you have to make sure your plants are watered and trimmed appropriately. In the fall, you may want to reseed your yard, have your leaves raked up and disposed of, or even plant new trees. In the winter your landscape may go dormant, but that doesn't mean you won't have anything to do. If it snows or ices, you'll want to find someone who can remove these from your driveway so you can safely make your way to work. In the spring you'll want to be sure that everything is mulched, pruned, cleaned up from winter, and ready to spring up on time! There is no end to the chores that need to be accomplished, but when you hire a lawn maintenance service, we can take care of these for you.

It's A Good Investment

Finally, it's a good investment of your time and money. If you try to go at this on your own, not only will you have to buy all of the supplies, but you'll have the time invested in it. When you hire a lawn maintenance service, you can trust that we will bring the necessary supplies so they won't take up room in your garage, but we can also be much more efficient with our time because we've done this many times before and are less prone to accidents or mistakes.

Hire Paradise Landscaping

Every season has a new need for lawn maintenance, trust us, we know! If you're ready to work with the landscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks who knows how to achieve your goals, but also create a perfect paradise just for you, visit our website at www.DesignYourParadise.com.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Services at Paradise Landscaping

At Paradise Landscaping, we make it a point to provide the best landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks, but we have many other services as well! Our goal is to provide you with quality care and a landscape that exceeds your expectations. We want to create a perfect paradise for you, and sometimes that involves more than just renovating the backyard. Sometimes it just involves maintaining it. Here are some of the services we provide that you can take advantage of.

Irrigation

Keep your landscape lush with an irrigation system. Proper irrigation is needed to assist in the growing and maintenance of landscapes during periods of inadequate rainfall.

Pool Services - 24 Hour Emergency Service

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.
Pool & Spa Weekly Maintenance
Maintain chemical balance / Salt or Chlorine levels
Inspect equipment to make sure everything is working properly
Vacuum & clean skimmers, pump strainers
Backwash filters

Winterizing & De-Winterizing Services for Your Pool

Not only can we properly de-winterize and winterize a Lake of the Ozarks pool, but we also offer offsite storage for winter covers. You can get everything you need at just one location.

Pool Repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks

  • Find and fix leaks
  • Fix and replace pumps and motors and filters 
  • Pool Epoxy Painting 
  • Pool deck painting 
  • Call for details 

Snow Removal

It may not be snow season yet, but it's coming faster than you may think! We provide commercial & residential snow removal so you don't have to. We have top of the line equipment that can get the job done quickly without having to dig your snow shovel out and spend days of back breaking work clearing your driveway.

Yard Maintenance Services at the Lake of the Ozarks

Landscape Maintenance

Along with weekly mowing, trimming, and blowing off all hard surfaces, we offer a variety of services including turf treatments, tree & shrub fertilization, pruning maintenance, leaf collection & disposal, mulching, power washing, and home check up services.

Pool Maintenance

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!

Irrigation Maintenance

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.


Landscape Services at the Lake of the Ozarks

Don't waste the rest of your summer hauling heavy hoses, dragging out the mower, or digging through your yard for an irrigation leak. Let our team come out and take care of these things for you. We are the best at the Lake and we can't wait to come out and show you how perfect your paradise can be with a little bit of paradise magic!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

FAQs About Water Features

Have you ever felt like your yard was lacking something? Most likely it's lacking a water garden! Water features have the wonderful ability to make your yard instantly feel like a spa and give you feelings of peace and relaxation. While they are beautiful to look at, they can seem intimidating if you've never had something like that before.


How much maintenance is involved with a water garden?

We can create a water feature that involves as much maintenance as you would like. From a few minutes a day if you have fish, to a few minutes a month. The best part is, you can have all of the joys of a water garden without the maintenance by hiring the best landscape maintenance company at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Will my water garden increase the mosquito population?

It will not. Water gardens are designed to be continually moving, and mosquitos don't lay their eggs in moving water, only stagnant. If something happens and your water garden needs repairs, give us a call so we can get it up and running quickly.

What size water garden should I build?

This is all based on your preference and the size of your yard. From small fountains to large gardens the sky is the limit with possibilities. We can't wait to see what you would like to do in your yard, and help you create the perfect paradise.

How long do water gardens last?

Water gardens are built to last when cared for properly. Pieces of your garden will need to be replaced occasionally. Sometimes the pumps or hoses fail, sometimes things may need to replace but in the end, your water feature is built to last.

Do my pumps need to be run continually?

You will want to keep them running for as long as you want to keep the water feature. Every water feature is different, though. If you have a fountain you can easily keep the water running, or turn it off. Be aware that when you turn it off, you are allowing water to sit, and this can be a breeding ground for bacteria and insects. If you have a water garden, you will want to keep it running continually unless you are winterizing it, in which case you'll be removing the water so it shouldn't affect the quality.

Landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks

From beautiful gardens to well-manicured lawns, Paradise Landscaping makes it a point to care for your yard. Are you ready to see what a beautiful water feature can do your for your landscape? Visit our website to see more samples of our work, and learn more about our landscape design at the Lake of the Ozarks. We would love to create a perfect paradise just for you.

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