Friday, August 17, 2018

Tips for Winterizing Your Pool

It's been a great summer here at the Lake and while we are still in summer mode, Labor Day is almost here which marks the end of the summer season here at the Lake. The kids are going back to school and before we know it, the leaves will begin to fall off the trees and the temperatures will begin to cool off. With Fall on the mind, it is time start thinking about winterizing your pool. It is important to properly winterize your pool in order to preserve the life of your pool. Afterall, you want to enjoy your pool for many years to come. Today, your favorite landscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks has a few tips to consider for winterizing your pool this year.


Fix Any Existing Issues 

If you experienced any problems with your pool throughout the season, it is important to clear these up before you winterize it. Problems you should address include: cloudy water, algae growth, or chlorine issues. 

Test Your Water 

Just as you have been testing your pool water all summer for proper swimming conditions, you should test your water before winterizing too. However, this is different from testing for swimming conditions. Your water needs to be prepared for freezing, not swimming. 

Clean Your Pool 

It is important to clean your pool after summer is over. You should brush and vacuum the pool and don't forget to give the water line a good scrub. 

Lower the Water Level 

You will need to lower the water level in your pool to properly winterize your pool. Often, people make the mistake of emptying their pool completely. You still need to keep some water in your pool to avoid cracks and damage to your pool. A good rule of thumb is to ensure that the water level is below the pools return outlets.


Don't Forget About Your Equipment! 

In addition to the pool itself, it is important that you also winterize your equipment. Your electricity should be turned off, drain the water from the filter, heater pump, hoses, and pipes. You should store your pool equipment in a safe, dry place for Winter. 

Why Should I Winterize My Pool?

You may be asking yourself why you should winterize your pool. There are many reasons you should winterize your pool at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Midwest is a big candidate for cold weather and snow. Cold temperatures can lead to your pipes freezing, cracking, and in the end causing you a huge headache. Proper maintenance is a crucial part of keeping your pool looking and operating its best. 

Hire a Professional! 

Our last tip for winterings your pool is to hire a professional. Your pool is one of your favorite investments and we don't want to see it gone to waste or damaged because of a mistake in the winterizing process. Our team at Paradise Landscaping is here to help ensure that is taken care of properly. That' why it's important to hire a professional pool maintenance company at the Lake of the Ozarks to winterize your pool for you. Give us a call today at 573-964-6515 and we would be happy to discuss winterize your pool this Fall.



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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Don't Overlook Fall Landscapes!

Summer is nearing an end at the Lake of the Ozarks and it's time to start thinking about your fall landscape. So many people overlook how gorgeous a fall landscape can be. Most people think about doing their landscaping in the Spring or early Summer, but why not plan a great fall landscape this year? Here a few tips for planning a great fall landscape.


Start Planning Now 

It's always best to start planning as soon as possible so you can think about exactly what you want. Contact our landscaping design company at the Lake of the Ozarks and we would be happy to discuss your landscaping design. Now is the perfect time to get on our books so you can enjoy your Fall landscape all season long. 

Keep Other Seasons in Mind 

When you choose which plants you want, be sure to include a few plants that will look good all year. A few examples of plants that will look great through the seasons are hydrangeas, pagoda dogwood, fothergilla, and viburnums. Adding these to your landscape design will keep your yard looking great all the time.  

Add Fall Colors 

In addition to including plants that will look great all year, you should also include plants that have Fall colors. Mums are a great addition to any landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks. Mums are available in a wide variety of colors and can work great to achieve a Fall landscaping look. If planted and taken care of properly there is a chance that they will come back the next year but they would have to be planted early to establish a root system. A mum is considered a "tender perennial" which means that they have a chance to come back but very harsh cold temperatures could kill them.


Keep Your Landscaping Looking Top-Notch 

Having a great Fall landscape is not as simple as having our landscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks come out and plant a gorgeous design. Keeping your plants healthy involves watering, pruning, and more. This can be a lot of work! Luckily, if you are not prepared to do this yourself, we offer landscape maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks. Let us keep your yard looking in tip-top shape this Fall! We can come out and make sure that your plants are fertilized, pruned, your leaves are collected, and your landscaping continues to look great all season long!



Even though many of us are still in Summer mode, fall is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to give the best landscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call to start planning your Fall landscaping this year. Our team of experienced landscape experts can help create the landscaping of your dreams. Don't overlook how great your yard can look this fall and give us a call. Maintaining your paradise is our business and we can't wait to help design your landscape this fall.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

GREEN Landscaping

The term “going green” can mean many things – conserving energy, saving money, and even beautifying your landscape! Green is Paradise Landscaping’s favorite color, and the best landscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to give you some GREEN insight on how to save some money by making your landscape more energy efficient! Try out a few of these tips and let us know what works for you.


TIP #1: Identify your region’s climate

Depending on where you live, your tactics for energy efficiency may be different. Missouri is considered a cool/temperate region, but if you live at the Lake of the Ozarks, you know our weather can be unpredictable. It’s important to maximize the warmth of the sun in the winter and shade in the summer. If you live on the Lake or near a pond, your property’s humidity may be increased or air temperature decreased. Understanding your location can help you to take the most logical and efficient approach to save money with your landscaping.

TIP #2: Plan, research, then plan some more

Planning is key when it comes to landscaping, especially energy efficient landscaping. This type of landscaping requires planning and research because in this case, there’s much more to it than just aesthetics. For the highest quality and great results, trust the best landscape design company at the Lake of the Ozarks. While we are up with the times, learning landscape design on computers and visual software, we still believe that the time-tested custom hand-drawn designs are the best. Our hand-drawn designs show a personality and feel that the computerized designs do not.


TIP #3: Position your trees

According to Better Homes & Gardens, shade trees have been proven to cool your yard by up to six whole degrees, and they can also save up to 25% of your home’s energy when it comes to heating and cooling. By shading your home and roof, you can save your air conditioner from working harder than it needs to. Trees don’t just provide shade though, they can also act as windbreaks. When landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks, using windbreaks during the winter is ideal. Plant these trees along the north or northwest side of your home to help to slash winter heating bills by up to 30 percent!

These are just three tips, but there are numerous ways to make your landscape efficient! For more information on a GREEN landscape, call the best landscape designers at the Lake of the Ozarks. Paradise Landscaping has an educated and friendly staff that would be happy to help you in your next landscaping endeavor. As the name entails, Paradise serves to create your dream oasis at the Lake of the Ozarks. Create the perfect vacation getaway in your own backyard.


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Friday, July 27, 2018

How to Throw the BEST Patio Party

In order to throw the best patio party, you have to have a great patio, right? Impress your guests with a freshly polished, pristine looking patio. If you are in need of a company to either make improvements to your existing patio or lay down a new one, call Paradise Landscaping at 573-964-6515. We specialize in hardscaping projects including patios. Keep reading for a few tips on how to throw an incredible patio party this summer from the best landscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks.


How to Throw the BEST Patio Party


Step 1: Invite your guests and give them plenty of notice.
Whether you choose to use social media, possibly create a Facebook event or send out paper invites in the mail, give your guests plenty of time to plan whether or not they can go. Try giving two and a half weeks lead time.

Step 2: Be sure to have plenty of seating.
Have you ever been to a patio party and you felt like you had to stand the whole time? It's uncomfortable, right? Give your guests plenty of seating on the patio. Whether you bring in easy folding chairs or buy more patio chairs - just be sure you have enough seating for everyone. You can also look into wall seating, which can be a convenient patio feature.



Step 3: Buy patio lights.
Set the mood and make for a safer evening patio party and buy patio lights. You can use string lights or a more permanent lighting solution.

From the latest intelligent LED options to traditional incandescent choices, Paradise offers Kichler's complete landscape collection and it delivers exactly what you need.

Step 4: Prep-cook anything you possibly can.
It can feel awkward if you are still "running around in the kitchen" when your guests arrive. Who will entertain? Do everything you possibly can before hand, for example:

  • Chop vegetables
  • Prepare casseroles
  • Have appetizers ready when guest arrive

Check out this amazing appetizer recipe we found that could be great for patio parties:





FRENCH ONION & BACON DIP

INGREDIENTS

1 onion, thinly sliced
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 (12 oz) container sour cream (regular or dairy free)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
chips

DIRECTIONS
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion slices. Spread the onions out evenly over the pan and let cook, stirring occasionally for about 10-15 minutes or until onions are slightly caramelized (but not burnt).

In a medium bowl, stir together onions and remaining ingredients (reserving a little crumbled bacon and parsley) until well combined. Cover and refrigerate for a couple hours. Serve chilled with reserved bacon and parsley sprinkled on top.

Step 5: Keep bugs away.
Buy citronella candles and have fans going to try and prevent annoying bugs from pestering your guests.

Step 6: Plan the tunes!
You may want to invest in a portable speaker that is Bluetooth friendly. Have your playlist ready to go and have your phone synced when your guests arrive. That way there's already background music going and the mood is set when guests arrive.

Step 7: Have kid-friendly activities at the ready.
Entertain your younger guests by having kid-friendly outdoor games ready, such as:

  • Badmitten
  • Limbo
  • Beanbag Toss
  • Frisbees

This way kids can still be outdoors where their parents can keep an eye on them and keep them busy while socializing at the patio party.


Finally, Enjoy Your Patio Party with Paradise Landscaping!


Paradise stands by the motto, “Maintaining your Paradise is our Business.” We help you create your dream oasis at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks, whether that be a new patio or installing a water feature in your backyard for you. We specialize in everything from retaining walls, water features, trees and shrubs, sod, among other features, and oversee the design and full maintenance. Just call 573-964-6515 and we'll take care of the rest.


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Thursday, July 19, 2018

How to BEAUTIFY Your Patio

It's summer 2018 and parties on the patio is "where it is at!" If you plan to have several people over to your house this summer, "jazz up" your patio this year! The best hardscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help. Paradise Landscaping specializes in making your outdoor areas feel like a home paradise! Keep reading for a few tips that can help you BEAUTIFY your patio this year.


How to BEAUTIFY Your Patio


Tip #1: Plant beautiful flowers around your patio.
Nothing beautifies an outdoor space more than colorful flowers that complement your setting. Plant them in pots and place the pots on your patio columns or highlight your pace by planting flowers in the ground near your patio. The sky is the limit when it comes to beautifying your patio and it's all about what suits you and your family's lifestyle the best.

Tip #2: Have a professional lay down pavers surrounding your existing patio to make for a more intricate design.
Our Lake Ozark landscape design company specializes in patio creation. We can help you come up with the best patio design and then we can lay down the pavers and bricks and make a unique patio that fits what you want.

Tip #3: Add unique outdoor pieces that complement your patio made from old furniture.
You can get real creative here and use old pieces of furniture on your patio display. For example, if you have any old step ladders laying around, you can turn those into plant holders that can be placed on your patio.

Tip #4: Complement your patio with the RIGHT lighting.
Nothing says romance like sitting out on your patio at night with your special someone while looking up at the starry sky. Add to the ambiance with some cool outdoor lighting. From the latest intelligent LED options to traditional incandescent choices, Paradise Landscaping offers Kichler's complete landscape collection and it delivers exactly what you need.

Tip #5: Add a waterfall to your patio.
Have you ever been to someone else's patio and admired their beautiful water feature on their patio? Did you think, "there's no way I'd ever have time to install something like that on my patio"? We can help you make that dream a reality. Waterfalls or fountains look amazing on patios and can really add to the relaxation feel you want.



Beautify Your Patio with Paradise Landscaping


We believe that we can create a much better landscape or hardscape design for our clients if we can talk to them and get their ideas of what they want. Our staff members will work with you to fully understand what you are wanting out of patio makeover. Then, we will create your dream oasis of an outdoor space. So, if you are interested in a landscape or hardscape design that fits your home and lifestyle, call Paradise Landscape Irrigation & Pool Maintenance at 573-964-6515 today.


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Friday, July 13, 2018

Landscaping Changes to Amp Up Your Summer Curb Appeal

What does your home look like this summer from the road? What do your guests see when they first arrive? Impress your summer guests with a few breathtaking landscape changes that will leave them in "aww." Whether you are trying to impress family and friends, sell your home, or just feel better about your curb appeal, the best landscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you. If you'd like to better your landscape this summer, call Paradise Landscaping at 573-964-6515 today. Keep reading for a few landscaping ideas to amp up your curb appeal this summer.


Landscaping Changes to Amp Up Your Summer Curb Appeal


Freshen Up Your Flower Beds
It's summer 2018? Are your flowers looking dried up and burnt? Don't let this be an eye sore in your front yard and plant some beautiful summer season flowers such as:

  • Daisies
  • Marigolds
  • Pineapple lillies
  • Black-eyed susans
  • Dahlias
For more suggestions or to have a professional plan flower beds and assemble the structure for you, call a landscaping company in Camden County you can count on.


Powerwash Your Driveway
Natural elements can be hard on your concrete surfaces over time. Clean up your driveway with a good power washing. If you don't have a power washer, call Paradise Landscaping at 573-964-6515.

Add a Properly Sized Tree
Liven up your curb appeal with a beautiful tree. Just be sure to research ahead of time and place it in a spot that won't block your view.

Add Outdoor Lighting
Good outdoor lighting not only highlights your homes' outdoor features, such as the sidewalk, driveway, and water features - ponds, fountains, waterfalls, etc., but also makes for a safer home. Having professional outdoor lighting installed can add value to your home and and impress potential buyers.



Paint Your Doorway
Adding some fresh paint to your door can really help improve your summer curb appeal. Paint fades over time and freshening it up may be just the thing your curb appeal needs.


"We strive to give our customers the highest quality and best service at the Lake, we take pride in taking care of our customer’s important investment so they can visit the lake without stress and just enjoy what the Ozarks has to offer." ~ Bill Mackay, Owner

Maintaining Your Paradise is Our Business


Paradise Landscaping has a passion for truly making your home feel like a paradise. We have the experience, skills. and manpower to enhance your curb appeal. We want you to feel good about our work which is why we believe no project is truly custom and complete without the customer's input. For a free quote, visit our website at www.DesignYourParadise.com and click the GET A QUOTE tab. From there you can fill out our quote form and we will be in touch with you shortly.



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Friday, July 6, 2018

7 Tips and Tricks for Summer 2018 Landscaping

It's summer 2018 and you have several guests coming throughout the season to visit. You want to impress your guests with an incredible looking landscape, but don't know exactly how to go about it. The best landscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks is here give you a few tips and tricks to get your landscape looking AMAZING for your guests this summer. If you'd like to hire professionals to take this important task on for you, call Paradise Landscaping at 573-964-6515.


Tips and Tricks for Summer 2018 Landscaping


Take advantage of all the sunshine and plant summer ready vegetables.

Who doesn't love fresh vegetables? Bypass having to make the trip to the farmers market this year and have fun growing your own vegetables. Just be strategic when choosing the vegetable to plant in the warmer temperatures. Choose vegetables that grow well in the heat, such as sweet potatoes, okra, eggplant, or chili peppers. For help designing the structure of your garden or handling your hardscaping, call Paradise Landscaping.

Water your plants and grass.

Clearly, the temperatures are warmer in the summer, while it's always important to keep your plants and grass watered on a regular basis - it is especially important in the summer. You don't want to waste money on beautiful plants and lush looking grass to just have it fry in this summer heat.

Fertilize your grass.

Help your lawn grow in these warmer temperatures with some fertilizer. Not sure what type of fertilizer to choose? When in doubt, ask a landscape expert in Lake Ozark.

Give your landscape some color with some summer flowers.

Beautiful flowers in your landscape can be eye-catching and bring a sense of excitement to YOUR paradise. Choose flowers that thrive in warmer temperature. For example, here are a few summer annuals to look into:

  • Begonias
  • Geraniums
  • Marigolds
  • Dahlias
  • Hydrangeas
  • Daisies

Discard dead hanging limbs on your trees.

Dead limbs can fall and do serious damage to your roof or whatever may be around that particular tree. Storms happen in the summer and can cause the dead limbs to fall. Do yourself a favor and cut these limbs down before they fall.

Have a retaining wall installed.

Is your backyard on an incline? Retaining walls can hold back water and give your yard some dimension.



Add a water feature.

Water features, such as fountains or ponds, can attract beautiful wildlife to your yard this summer.

Need Some Landscaping Help at the Lake of the Ozarks?


Paradise Landscape, Irrigation, and Pool Maintenance is well known as the best landscape design company at Lake of the Ozarks. We have the experience and skills to make your landscape summer-ready and you can feel at ease trusting us with the important part of your home care. Impress your summer guests with our landscape experts at the Lake of the Ozarks. Call 573-964-6515 for your quote today!


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