Tuesday, April 18, 2017

5 Low-Maintenance Landscaping Ideas for Your Lawn

Don't waste your entire summer fretting over your landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks. Get your summer started right and let the professionals help make your lawn look beautiful all year round. This week, Paradise Landscaping has some helpful ideas to create a low-maintenance landscaping for a Lake of the Ozarks home.  


Check Out These 5 Low-Maintenance Landscaping Ideas:


Extend Your Outdoor Living Space
By creating an outdoor living space and using stone as the patio, you eliminate the grassy space. This means less space to mow, and more time grilling and enjoying time with friends and family. In order to avoid the hassle of weed growth, make sure to properly plan your patio. Establish a solid base for the stone surface to sit on to avoid having to fix it later on, and prevent weeds from growing through.

Add Beds of Mulch Instead of Grass
You'll save yourself a lot of time by adding mulch around flower beds and tree bases. Mulch will make your landscaping look clean and crisp, and prevent you from having to mow or weed eat around those pesky areas. It's also great because mulch breaks down, fertilizes your plants, and prevents weeds from popping up.

Opt for Perennials
The best thing about perennials, is you plant them once, and they typically come back every year for years to come. Typically perennials are very durable and easy to maintain. They require less attention because their strong root systems actually help to improve the soil structure and draws water and nutrients up to the surface of the soil. Because of their deep root systems, they can actually benefit your garden by assisting in the health of surrounding plants. 

Skip the Mulch and Use Rock 
As an alternative to mulch, you can instead use rock or crushed stone to your flower beds. The biggest benefit to this alternative is that it lasts and you don't have to replace it every spring like you do with mulch. Since rock and stone come in a multitude of colors, like mulch, you can easily select a color that will match the aesthetic look of your home and landscaping. 

Pick Native Plants for Less Upkeep
By picking plants that are local and native to the area, you'll trim back on cost of watering and pruning due to the plant's resilience and natural ability to acclimate to it's surroundings. If you choose plants that are exotic to the area, they'll require special care and upkeep to maintain them properly. Keep this in mind when considering the type of grass in which you want to grow in your yard. If you choose a grass that is not native to the area, you may be throwing money at it all summer long to fertilize, water, and maintain it so it stays looking vibrant and healthy.


With these 5 low-maintenance landscaping ideas, you will be well on your way to enjoying your lawn this summer, rather than working to keep it looking its best. Another great, low-maintenance idea would be to hire the best landscape maintenance team at the Lake of the Ozarks. For all of your landscaping needs, contact Paradise Landscaping. We are professionals in horticulture and will make sure your landscaping matches your lifestyle. Contact us today to discuss landscaping ideas for a Lake of the Ozarks home!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

5 Landscaping Eyesores to Avoid

Summer time will be here before we know it, which means pool parties, barbeques with family and friends, and all sorts of outdoor activities. Is your landscaping ready for guests? We know that everyone has their own personal taste in design and lifestyle, so Paradise Landscaping wants to ensure that your landscaping fits your home and lifestyle without the hassle of common landscaping eye-sores. So, the best landscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks has come up with 5 landscaping eyesores to avoid this summer to make sure your lawn is looking its best!

Keep the Decorative Items to a Minimum

While they're so cute on the shelves and you just can't help but buy them, having too many lawn ornaments can quickly become an eyesore. And if you're not careful, soon your adorable collection can quickly overrun your lawn and become a chaotic disaster that is more distracting than whimsical. Stick with simplicity and try to only incorporate ornaments that enhance the surrounding landscaping, rather than hindering it.

Plant with a Plan

Many people often pick out planters for specific purposes in their landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks, but often forget to consider the plants needs or life span. This typically means dead plants in the middle of summer due to under or overexposure to the sun. While your grass is green and your perennials are gorgeous, your luscious landscaping looks unkempt because half of your plants are wilted and brown. Another thing to consider is how big the plants will get at their fullest potential. How will it affect other surrounding plants? Keep these things in mind when planning out your landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks to ensure a healthy and beautiful lawn.


Don't Cut Your Grass Too Short

Cutting the grass short seems like a logical idea, but in fact, you're dooming your landscaping by doing so. Cutting the grass too short could result in bare patches in your yard and may invite pesky insects that could damage your lawn. The grass in your lawn should be cut at different lengths depending upon the time of year. For instance, your grass should be cut longer in the summer to avoid your lawn from drying out, and shorter in the winter to let sunlight into the soil.

Avoid Attracting Unwanted Wildlife

It's not something we think of when we're creating the perfect outdoor paradise for our homes, but often times the plants we choose to put in our landscaping can attract wildlife. This can cause a major headache to you if you're constantly fighting off those pesky rodents and deer who are snacking away on your beautiful scenery. Research plants before deciding on them. Research different wildlife and what they prefer and dislike. This will help you to create a beautiful landscape that will not be as attractive to wildlife.

Prevent Problems from Over-Watering

A lot of homeowners make the mistake of overwatering. Most lawns only need about an inch of water per week. You can avoid over-watering by installing a sprinkler system and put it on a timer to avoid water waste. Another option is to install an irrigation system to ensure a controlled amount of water is supplied to your plants at regular intervals.


By avoiding these 5 landscaping eyesores, you'll be able to enjoy beautiful and healthy landscaping all summer long. At Paradise Landscaping we offer landscaping and irrigation services at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Our team has 46 years experience in the field of horticulture, so we know what it takes to create and maintain beautiful landscaping that will last. If you're in need of some help getting your landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks on the right track, give us a call today!

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Let Paradise Landscaping Take Care of the Outside To-Do List for You

The warmer weather has you out the door and running like crazy just trying to keep up with the busy life you lead - between taking the kids to school and after-school activities, and staying busy with work, there's just not enough time in the day to pay your lawn the attention it needs. And goodness, does it need some much needed TLC! Get your lawn ready for summer by hiring the best landscaping professionals at the Lake of the Ozarks. We'll make your landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks look great and save time in your day to enjoy the finer things in life, like relaxing for a change. Here are some of the services Paradise Landscaping can do for you to make your life easier:

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. Our weekly maintenance consists of maintaining chemical balance, inspecting equipment to make sure everything is working properly, vacuum and clean skimmers and pump strainers and backwash filters. We also provide 24 hour emergency service. Call for details!

Irrigation Maintenance

Proper irrigation is needed to assist in the growing and maintenance of landscapes during periods of inadequate rainfall. 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.

Personalized Landscape Design

Not only do we maintain lawns, pools, and irrigation systems, but we design them as well! If you're simply embarrassed by your yard and can't stand the thought of entertaining guests this summer with your lawn looking unsightly, we can help you create a scenic masterpiece that you'll be proud to show off to family and friends. We have 46 years of experience within the field of Horticulture, Retail Garden Center Management, and Landscape Design. You can trust that the design we come up with will be something you'll love and enjoy all summer long.

In the whirlwind of busy work schedules and non-stop family activities, Paradise Landscaping understands it's not always at the top of your list to take care of your Lake of the Ozarks home landscaping. We also know that you want your home looking its best for when guests come over for those upcoming family bar-b-ques and pool parties. Let us help you check off some of the items on your to-do list by taking care of your landscaping needs at Lake of the Ozarks. Call us or visit our website today for a FREE QUOTE on our services!

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

6 Types of Landscape Lighting

As the summer months get closer and your family begins to migrate to the outdoors more and more, it may be time to consider lighting up your yard. Here at Paradise Landscaping, we know the value of having the appropriate landscape lighting installed around your home. Not only is the location of your lighting important, but also the type of lighting, the quality of the lighting, and even the purpose. Here are six types of lighting you can have installed around your home, and why it's important.


Downlight

Are you looking for a light that would cast light from a high position? Downlights are often attached to tree trunks or branches from up high to be aimed down at lawns, paths, or even the tree's own foliage to create a moonlit effect. You won't want to skimp on materials with this type of lighting so you don't have to have them repaired frequently.

Flood

Flood lighting generally casts a wider beam than bullet lighting, and it is brighter than wash lighting. A collar minimizes the glare that this light could produce, and you'll want to have it installed sparingly to light up tall trees or wide house facades.

Wash 

Wash lighting throws out a soft, diffused light that is ideal for brightening flat facades, privacy fences, and even garden walls. It can be hard to decide what type of lighting is important in your space, and Paradise Landscaping would love to share our knowledge with you.


Garden

This type of lighting is ideal for gardens and pathways. They sit about 18 to 24 inches off of the ground and cast a beautiful light below them. Unlike many other types of lighting their style and color are boldly on display and can look beautiful in your Lake of the Ozarks landscape.

Bullet

Bullet lights are very versatile, compact fixtures and are often fitted with bulbs that project a narrow beam. This is perfect for areas where you need precise lightings around your landscape, such as house features, tree trunks, and garden structures.

Well

On well lights, the bulb is set down inside a waterproof fixture that is buried in the ground. You can get light without seeing the fixture. Well, lights can be used to illuminate the underside of plant foliage or light the base of a facade or wall. They can have fixed bulbs or swiveling bulbs depending on the need.


Let There Be Light

LED Lighting around your landscape and water features is not only beautiful, but it's an important safety feature of your home or business, as well. At Paradise Landscaping, we are a Preferred Vendor of Kichler LED Lighting. From the latest intelligent LED options to traditional incandescent choices, Paradise Landscaping offers Kichler's complete landscape collection and it delivers the right type of landscape lighting at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

The 411 on Landscape Flooding

If you look at the forecast, we have a lot of rain headed our way. While this could change without warning (because we're in the Midwest, the weather doesn't obey *wink*), it could even rain more than expected. At Paradise Landscaping, we are the best landscapers at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we want to give you tips and things you can expect and look for when you get a lot of rain on your landscape.


Landscape Damage

When your landscape gets too much water it can become flooded - especially with landscapes that are made up of too much clay. It's important to be aware of your landscape when it becomes flooded because you won't want to drag anything across it. If you can keep from walking across it as well, that would be beneficial. If your lawn gets flooded too often, or even when there is very little rain you may have a drainage issue. Paradise Landscaping would be able to come in and take a look to find where the drainage issue is occurring and we can help you fix it.

Be Aware of Disease

When too much water sits in your landscape, you could be at risk for disease in your plants. It starts in the roots, causing them to rot and can then lead to a diseased yard. You can tell this is happening when you start to notice yellow patches in your yard. Once a fungus sets in, it can be hard to repair it, and generally, the only option is to reseed it in the fall. Too much water can also cause shallow root growth because they don't have to go down deep to find water. Shallow root growth can then cause the grass to become stressed, which can make it more prone to damage from insects as well.

Fill Up On Fertilizer

Because your landscape is getting too much water, there are many vital nutrients that are being washed away. They won't have the chance to be absorbed into the root system, and then your lawn will start to fade quickly. You'll want to use plenty of fertilizer to help compensate for the lack of nutrients. At Paradise Landscaping, we can help you find the correct fertilizer for your landscaping as well as apply it for you.


Your Landscapers at the Lake of the Ozarks

From all projects, large or small, the Paradise Landscaping team can assist you. Visit our website to learn more about our landscaping services at the Lake of the Ozarks and how we can help prepare you for the spring and summer season. Changing seasons can be hard on your plants -  but that doesn't mean your landscaping has to suffer. Let our team maintain your paradise all through the year and help you achieve the look you're dreaming of.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Let Us Help You Prepare for Spring

While it may not feel like it, spring is certainly coming! In fact, the first day of spring is only FIVE days away! While March 20th may not seem like it should be the first day of spring, you'll be surprised what a few days can do to the temperature. With spring on it's way, it's time for you to start thinking about your landscape. Here at Paradise Landscaping, we are ready for the warm months to get here so we can start showing some TLC to your space. Here are a few ways we can help get your landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks ready for spring!


Initial Prep Work

After the threat of snow is gone, it's time for us to start getting busy on your Lake of the Ozarks landscape. We can start by raking your yard to remove any of the leftover twigs, leaves, needles, and other debris. There's nothing better than a clean slate to get your landscape started off on the right foot.

Seeding

After we've gotten your space cleared up and ready to go, it's time to take a close look at your landscape and determine if there are any areas that need some touch up. If the grass looks thin and patchy, we can seed the space and make it look beautiful. If you don't know what type of grass you've used, we can help you determine what would work. Do you need your whole lawn reseeded? We can help with that, too!

Watering

Your lawn needs enough water to reach the plant roots. If you are concerned with the irrigation in your landscape, don't forget that we offer the best irrigation services at the Lake of the Ozarks. We can install and maintain the system as well as winterize is at the end of the season. Hire us for hassle-free landscape maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Mowing

Maintaining a lawn mower can be a lot of extra work. From checking the oil and gas levels, making sure the blades are sharp, and keeping it safe from critter through the winter. Not to mention, once you have the mower ready to go, you still have to mow the ENTIRE yard. Let Paradise Landscaping help you with landscape maintenance. Our team can come out and mow your yard, as well as take care of trimming, edging, and more.

Mulching

This isn't just the finishing touch for your landscape - it's vital to the life of your plants. You want to use a high-quality mulch, and you'll want to make sure a good fertilizer is applied before mulching. Our team of experts can assist by providing the best mulch and fertilizer for your landscape, and then take care of laying it around the trees, bushes, dormant flowers, and more.

Pruning

Pruning is vital to the health of your plants, trees, and bushes. Cut away all dead and damaged branches, prune your fruit trees before they bloom, and prune flowering trees and shrubs after they bloom.

Your Landscape Team at the Lake of the Ozarks

Trust the team that can do the job right. Our landscape team is highly trained with experience in landscape design and maintenance, as well as supporting efforts like irrigation and pool maintenance. Don't get bogged down this summer with chores that can be given to someone else. Make plans to enjoy your summer and your landscape and let the professionals handle the dirty work - literally! Visit our website to learn more about our services, and don't forget to call us at  573-964-6515 TODAY!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Preparing For Pool Season

It hardly seems possible that we're already preparing for the pool season, but it's going to be here before you know it. At Paradise Landscaping - Irrigation & Pool Maintenance, you can count on our team to not only help you get your pool up and running but keep it going all through the summer. Here are a few ways we can help you start up and maintain your pool through summer so you can focus on enjoying your space and relaxing and playing with your family and friends.


Pool Services

Proper maintenance is a crucial part of keeping your pool looking and operating its best. We have a ten-point checklist that we rely on to help ensure the life of your investment. While we offer many services in regards to your pool, and one of those is going to need to be performed soon - the de-winterization of your pool. There are many details you'll want to check before you even start your pool up. From cracks in the surface to leaks in the pipes, you want to make sure everything is operating at its prime before you even turn the pump on. At Paradise Landscaping, we also offer offsite storage for your pool cover. You don't have to have the fear of pulling your cover out at the end of the season and finding that it went through dry rot, was punctured, or damaged in any way. We will keep it safe, and have it ready at the end of the summer.

Pool Maintenance

Maintaining your pool can be a complicated and time-consuming process, in fact, it can take hours. Especially if you are experiencing problems. We provide the best pool maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we would love to help you keep your pool in tip-top condition. Here are just a few of the ways we can help you maintain your pool through the summer:

  • Maintain chemical balance/salt or chlorine levels
  • Inspect equipment to make sure everything is working properly
  • Vacuum & clean skimmers & pump strainers
  • Backwash filters

Do you want to learn more about the way we can maintain a pool at the Lake of the Ozarks? Visit our website, or give us a call at 573-964-6515.

Count on Paradise to Create YOUR Paradise

From pools to landscaping, we know how important it is to you to be able to relax in your yard. From relaxing by the pool to playing games on the lawn - your yard is where memories are made. Don't let those memories be focussed around chores, landscape maintenance, pool care, or even the pool being down for the year because of malfunctions. Trust the team who can keep your pool running with the best pool repair at the Lake of the Ozarks and help you have an amazing summer!


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