Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Decking the House for the Holidays!

The Christmas season is finally upon us, and with the holiday being less than a month away - it's time to decorate! Whether you're a Clark Griswold or more like the Grinch, there are a few ways you can help eliminate catastrophe while decorating the outside of your home. At Paradise Landscaping, we know that the outside is just as important as the inside. From the thousands of little lightbulbs on your roof to the swept pathway leading to your front door - every detail matters. Here are a few ways you can decorate your home AND stay safe this year.


Planning the Display

First things first, you'll want to plan your display before dragging out the lights. While it's important to think about aesthetics, you also have to think practically. Plan your light display around the outlets on your home making sure they can be easily plugged into outdoor outlets. Don't plug your lights into the outlets on the inside of your home through windows or doors as this can provide easy access to intruders.

Only use lights that have been tested for safety, and look for a certification mark from UL, CSA, ETL or other nationally - recognized laboratories. Christmas lights that are approved for indoor use only have a green UL listed tag or a silver tag with "UL" written in green. If the lights are approved for outdoor use, the "UL" is listed in red. Keep in mind that LED lights are more energy efficient and they run cooler - plus they last longer! Inspect all of the lights and decorations for cracks, damaged plug-ins, bare wires, or other defects. These can cause fires or even shock as you decorate.

Safe Decorating Practices

As you're decorating your home, remember to use wooden or fiberglass ladders, since metal ladders will conduct electricity. When putting your lights on your house, be sure to secure the lights, decorations, and cords to prevent wind damage. Don't staple or nail through the electrical wires either. Look for plastic hangers and clips that can attach the decor to your home.

When you're looking for outlets to plug your lights into, make sure you only use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of electric shock. You can also find portable GFCIs for outdoor use. You can find these where electrical supplies are sold. Also, use your landscape Christmas lights in the safest way possible by turning them off when you leave your home or go to bed.

Creating a Perfect Landscape at the Lake of the Ozarks

It's time to drag out the lights and create a Christmas display that will make all of the neighbors envious! Of course, you'll want to start off on the right foot by having your landscape manicured. Call Paradise Landscaping to get the basics taken care of, like mowing, blowing off the hardscapes, and trimming bushes. This will make your landscape look even better! Hire Paradise Landscaping for the best landscape maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks, it can be your gift to yourself!

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Is Your Landscape Ready for Company?

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already upon us! Before you know it, family will be coming to town to stay with you and your familiy for a fun filled weekend of food and fellowship. Of course, first you need to make sure that everything on the to-do list is completed - and that probably includes your landscaping.

The team at Paradise Landscaping knows that there is a lot to do before the door bell rings and family takes over, so we would like to show you a few easy ways you can make an impact on your landscaping.


Rake the Leaves

Leaves can add a pretty fall ambiance, but they can also cover your lawn. This can be unsightly after they have sat for several weeks and turned brown. After a good rain it can also be dangerous as piles of leaves can be slippery to walk on. Finally, leave introduce mold and mildew to your landscaping, and while you might think it's okay to leave them for a while, the long they sit, the longer they can do damage to your grass. At Paradise Landscaping, not only can we rake the leaves, but we can also dispose of them for you!

Prune Your Bushes

If your bushes and shrubs got a little hairy over the warm fall, now is a great time to take care of them and bring them back to their original shape. If you have bushes, they can be one of the boldest signs that you haven't been keeping up with your landscaping - even if everything else is managed. They can cover up windows with their overgrowth, and make your home appear more run down. If you don't have time to take the hedge clippers out and regain control - we would love to assist you.

Clear the Sidewalks

As your family make their way inside your home, they'll need to use your sidewalks to get there. If your pathways are covered in old, wet leaves, sticks, and small rocks - it could provide a dangerous trek to your loved ones. Grab a broom or a leaf blower and make sure your paths are not only easy to walk on, but also easy to see as well. Better yet, give our landscape maintenance company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call and we can take care of the detail for you!

Power Wash Your Hardscapes

Finally, a quick way to make a beautiful impact on your landscaping before the holidays is to power wash your sidewalks and paths. After leaves have sat on them for a few weeks, you could notice some stains start to appear. Part of our landscape maintenance can include power washing, and you'll love the results it will have on your curb appeal.

Happy Thanksgiving from Paradise Landscaping

If you have a mile long list of things that need to be done before the holiday, let us help you scratch a few things off. Our landscape company at the Lake of the Ozarks provides excellent maintenance services so that you don't have to stress about one more thing. Visit our website or give us a call at 573-964-6515 and see how we can help!


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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

3 Reasons to Have Your Leaves Removed

As we start to make our way into the winter season, there are a few things you'll want to do to make sure your yard is ready to go. One of the most important is making sure that the leaves have been removed from your yard. At this point in the year, most of the leaves should have blown off your trees, and are now laying scattered across your landscape, but did you know that your yard needs to have them removed in order to succeed next year? Here are a few reasons you'll want to have your leaves professional removed and disposed of before winter.


Make It Safe

The winter months are generally wet and cold - which when combined with leaves that are still left on the ground can make for a very dangerous situation for you. If you're running to your front door to escape the cold weather, those wet leaves that you left on your yard and sidewalk have now created n environment perfect for slipping. Not to mention, leaves can block your view of what you're really stepping on. They can hide dips and holes in your landscape, as well as cracks and uneven surfaces in your hardscapes. If you hire the best landscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we can help you not only remove the leaves, but also clean of the other areas of your yard that need to be repaired and cleaned.

Do your sidewalks need power washed from the summer and fall weather? We can do it!

Efficiency

While you can rake your entire yard and then find a way to dispose of the piles, you can also call the landscape maintenance company at the Lake of the Ozarks to do it. We are highly efficient at what we do, and because we have the best tools for the job already on hand, it can be accomplished quickly. From a large yard to small, we can clean up the leaves in your landscape, and then dispose of them properly. No more back breaking work raking the leaves, or bagging them up to dispose of - and even finding a place to dispose of them.

Leaves Can Kill

So, this is a bit over dramatic, but leaves really can kill your lawn! When leaves are left on your landscape, they can choke out the possibility of having a nice lawn in the spring. When you leave leaves on your landscape there are a few main things that can happen. First, as they stay continually damp, this encourages fungus and mold to grow and invade your landscape. As this covers your landscape, it chokes out the ability for your lawn to get oxygen. The second thing that can happen is that your landscape doesn't get the sunshine it needs. The sun helps to dry out the grass when it gets wet and keeps it set up for a good growing season in the spring.

Hire the Best!

At Paradise Landscaping, we take your landscape seriously, and our goal is to create a perfect paradise for you and your family. Now is the time to create the landscaping you've always dreamed of, and we're ready to help. Our custom landscapes at the Lake of the Ozarks are exactly what you need for the next spring and summer season to enjoy. Visit our website to see images from our portfolio, and learn more about our services!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

3 Reasons Why It's Important to Winterize Your Landscape

The fall season is beautiful, but it means one thing for your lawn - winter is coming. Through the Midwest, we're a hit or miss area. Sometimes the winter can be brutally cold with a lot of snow and ice, while other times the transition to spring is almost unrecognizable because it's been so nice. It's always best to prepare you landscape for the cold weather, though, just in case it does happen. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you think about winterizing your lawn.

Fall Work Equals Spring Reward

There are a few things you can have done in the fall that will make a huge impact on your garden and your landscape in the summer. You'll want to start with raking all of the leaves. When dead leaves are left on a landscape through the winter, they are constantly getting wet, and then sitting there for periods of time, giving it an opportunity to rot and mildew - which does not bode well for your grass seed. In fact, if you want good grass in the summer, the fall is really when you need to start thinking about it. You can fertilize it and over seed it. Both of which will help improve the overall look.

Raking a yard can be a huge task to take on, especially if you have a large landscape. If you are dreading this chore - call Paradise Landscaping! We have a wonderful crew who would love to come in and help you get this area of your landscape taken care of.

Care For Your Garden Beds

Now that your landscape has been addressed, it's time to get your garden beds cared for as well. If you have garden beds filled with annual plants, you'll want to remove the dead plant matter. This will protect the ground from decay over the winter. You can then either till the garden space so it's ready for the next season, or you can cover it with mulch to protect it for next year.

Winterizing Trees & Shrubs

If you have deciduous shrubs in your landscape, you can cover them up to keep any snow or ice from building up on the limbs and causing damage. These types of shrubs generally aren't attractive in the winter, so you won't be losing visual appeal by covering them. In contrast, evergreens are a staple for your winter landscape, so you'll want to keep those uncovered.

For your trees, there are two things that harm them during the winter months: lack of water and snow damage. You can make sure they are well hydrated when going into winter by watering them. Just make sure that you only water them after their leaves have fallen and before frost sets in.

The Best Landscaping Company at the Lake of the Ozarks

Fall lawn care can be back breaking work, from raking and disposing of the leaves, to covering plants and planting grass seed. Thankfully, you know a team of landscapers at the Lake of the Ozarks who would love nothing more than to help you care for your landscape. If you want to know more about our services, please visit our website at www.DesignYourParadise.com, or give us a call at 573-964-6515. We would love to help you create the perfect paradise in your own back yard with custom landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Light Up The Long Nights With Landscape Lighting

The time is coming when you need to "fall back" and set your clocks back an hour. In 2016, daylight saving time ends on November 6th, which is right around the corner. While it will be an adjustment to your drive to work and your evenings at home, you may not have realized what an impact it will make on your landscape. When you come home now, it will already start to look dark, and with the evening light not lasting as long, it may inhibit your desire to stay outside. You can fix this by installing landscape lighting.

At Paradise Landscaping, we know what an important aspect landscape lighting will play in your yard, not just for beauty, but also for safety. Here are a few different lighting types you may want to have installed, and how they will benefit you during the earlier nightfall.

Our Landscape Lighting

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. We are a Preferred Vendor of Kichler LED Lighting, and we are proud to install these landscape lights at the Lake of the Ozarks. The high quality of the LED lights makes them a great choice, and we know you'll love it.

We offer the Design Pro LED series of fixtures for virtually every outdoor application, including:
  • Decorative path and spread
  • Low profile hardscape
  • Water feature
  • Deck & patio
  • Accent lighting

Kichler also offers a 15 years or 40,000 hours warranty, whichever comes first!

Best Lighting For Your Landscape

Path Lighting
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If you didn't realize how important pathway lighting is, you'll realize it once it gets dark early and you can't see your way when you get home. Kichler LED pathway lighting is unmatched in the industry of outdoor lights. Pathway lights and spread lights create an elegant atmosphere in your garden areas and walkways. There are many styles and colors to choose from as well, so you are sure to find something that matches your home's style while still achieving the practicality that you desire.

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Deck & Patio Lighting

Deck and patio lighting can make a huge difference in the areas that you aren't quite ready to quit using. The weather is still nice enough that you don't want to stay inside, especially if you have a fire pit in your backyard; but if you can't see where the steps are, or where the edge of the patio is, it can make a nice area and unsafe area. Make your perfect paradise safe and beautiful!

Accent Lighting
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Accent lighting helps you create a perfect atmosphere, while also not wasting any lighting. Accent lights are more precise beams, and they put the light exactly where you intend with less wasted outdoor lighting. This creates a dramatic effect that brings a home to life, and considering your home will be in the dark for longer than in the summer months - this is important.

If you aren't satisfied with the way your landscape currently looks in the daylight or nighttime, we would love to help! From landscape maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks to complete renovations of your outdoor space, we can help you take care of it all. Don't let Daylight Savings Time sneak up on you and your landscape, visit our website to learn more today!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Halloween Curb Appeal!

It's time to get your ultimate spook factor on and start perfecting your paradise for Halloween! From goblins and ghouls to pumpkins and cornstalks, there are many different styles to decorating, and all of them just as fun. No matter what, if you'll have little trick-or-treators, you'll want to up the curb appeal and give it just the right touch. At Paradise Landscaping, we take care of keeping your paradise beautiful, but we can also give you some fun ideas for keeping it festive too!


Start at the Curb

This will be the first things peopl see as they approach your house, so don't let it go to waste. You can add decor to your mailbox, your front fence, or even your entire front yard. You'll want to start by picking a theme. Will you be all out scary or fall festive? This will give you an idea of what to shop for. You can make your mailbox a ghost, hang white beach balls with black eyes in your trees, or place pumpkin and cornstalks on each fence post.

Create a Path

Do you have a sidewalk? You can decorate along your sidewalk either with pots of mums for a fun fall feel, or little ghosts if you're looking for something spooky. Better yet, take a solar powered sidewalk light and wrap some thin white fabric around it and secure it with a twist-tie to create little glowing ghosts!

Make the Front Door Inviting

You can add a beautiful fall wreath to the front door, or you can add one that's covered with bats for a spooky feel. Do you want to make your porch look spooky? Don't forget to add plenty of cobwebs, scarecrows, ghosts or even spiders! Make your front door look like a tombstone by wrapping it in paper and painting a name and date on it.

Ghostly Garden

Don't forget about the rest of your Lake of the Ozarks landscaping! You can add cobwebs in the trees, bushes and flowers or place pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns by your water garden at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our custom landscapes make the perfect setting for any of your decorating plans!

Best Landscaping Company at the Lake of the Ozarks

Are you in the mood to make your landscape a wonderful Halloween haunt? We would love to see what you do with the place! From planting new grass seed to revamping your entire backyard with a new grilling patio area, garden, and water fixture - we can create a perfect paradise for you. Visit our website to see samples of our work, and don't forget to have a happy Halloween season!

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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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