Thursday, October 29, 2015

Do You REALLY Need to Remove the Leaves from Your Yard?

The simple answer is yes. Even though the leaves look nostalgic, and keep the look of Fall alive - your yard depends on you. There are plenty of excuses for why to not rake your leaves, perhaps you want to wait until they ALL fall from the trees, or maybe it just keeps raining, or you lost your rake, but all the same, the leaves still need to be raked. Here are a few reasons you need to rake your yard, and how we can help make it easier on you!

Why Should I Remove the Leaves?

Just so you know, the reason you rake the leaves isn't because your neighbors do it - it's because it helps your yard. Did you know that your yard needs to breathe? Your landscape needs that breath of fresh air to keep it from suffocating under a layer of thick and sometimes soaking leaves. Not to mention that when the snow starts to fall, if your leaves are still on the ground you can accumulate a "snow mold". With leaves still being on the ground, you've given the environment everything it needs (moisture, food, sunshine) to create a variety of fungus that will not be good in the future.

How Should I Remove the Leaves?

One way to get this Fall foliage off of your yard is through the backbreaking task of raking. Another option is to get a leaf blower and blow them all into a pile. Both options leave you with the responsibility of disposing of the leaves appropriately. You can make this a family event, where everyone grabs their rakes and gets to work, or you can call the team who can take care of it for you!

Leaf Removal at the Lake of the Ozarks

Our team can help you not only with leaf removal and collection, but also with the disposal of those leaves. We are your one stop shop for all of your landscaping needs at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we are proud to help you with this very important aspect. Don't feel pressured to find the right tools that you'll only use a few days of the year, and then spend hours raking your leaves. We have everything ready, and the knowledge of what to do with those leaves afterwords.

Paradise Landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks

When you need a professional team who can come to your home and take care of your yard in the best way possible, you want to call a team you can trust. Paradise Landscaping has been at the Lake for over five years, and we care about your yard just as much as you do. Whether you need a new custom designed landscape, or you want a landscape maintenance team at the Lake of the Ozarks who can keep your yard looking fresh all of the time - we can help. Give us a call at 573-964-6515 and let us maintain your yard so you can enjoy it.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

What YOU Need to Know About Retaining Walls

When you're creating a beautiful landscape design at the Lake of the Ozarks, one of the biggest things you shouldn't forget is your retaining walls. This feature of a landscape doesn't sit at the front of your mind, and can even go unnoticed - but their value is extremely important. When you live in the Ozarks, the value of a retaining wall is even more important with the sloping terrain and clay soil that we have.

Whether you know all about retaining walls - or you haven't ever noticed them, we have a few interesting things to share with you about this important landscape fixture.

What is a Retaining Wall?

A retaining wall is a structure that is used to hold soil behind it. A retaining wall can be made out of many different types of materials such as concrete blocks, poured concrete, treated timbers, rocks or boulders. There can be variances in the types of wall, how easy they are to install, and their lifespan - but the purpose is the same: retain soil.

Types of Retaining Walls

Gravity Walls - this type is perfect for small retaining walls, since they're not usually built to exceed four foot tall. It will rely on it's weight to resist the pressure of the force behind it.

Cantilever Retaining Walls - these are single-layered walls that are built in uniform thickness with its base. They're capable of holding significant amount of earth as well as supporting tall slopes.

Sheet Pile Retaining Walls - aka: piling retaining walls. This is a type of wall that is usually used on soft soils where there is not enough space for wide barriers. Generally, 2/3 of the material is hammered below the soil depending on the landscape.

Anchored Retaining Walls - these are similar to the piling retaining walls because it utilizes cables for extra strength.

Counterfort Retaining Walls - this type of retaining wall is similar to cantilever walls, but it's built with thin vertical concrete webs (counterfort) which are at regular intervals on the rear side of the wall. They connect the wall's top and base together which lessens the shear force and bending moments cause by the earth.

Do I Need a Retaining Wall?

This is something we can help you decide. Before starting your custom landscape design at the Lake of the Ozarks, we will do a walk through in your yard. During the walk through we'll find out what you would like to see happen with the design of your yard, and what will be possible in the design. At this point, we'll be able to tell you if a retaining wall is necessary. A few ways you'll know if you need one is if you need to control downhill erosion. You may also want one if your foundation is threatened by a sliding hill, or if your foundation is beginning to wash away. Sometimes they aren't just functional, but beautiful, so a retaining wall can be used to create flowerbeds.

Creating a Custom Backyard Paradise

Whether you need a retaining wall or not, one thing you may want to consider is having your yard professionally landscaped. This is the perfect time of year to get your flowers, bushes and bulbs updated for the spring season. It's also the perfect time of year to start on these construction projects in your yard. The weather is nicer and the ground is easy to work with. If you are planning on any types of landscaping in your yard, call the team you can trust to get the job done right. We'll help you create your dream oasis at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Landscape Lighting

Summer may be drawing to a close, but there's no better time to consider landscape lighting at the Lake of the Ozarks than now. With the cool brisk evenings, you'll probably still enjoy sitting out in your personal backyard paradise to watch the stars, or enjoy a bonfire. With the evenings getting darker faster though, having appropriate lighting for your walkways and yard is a necessity. Aside from being extremely important, landscape lighting is also extremely beautiful and a perfect way to set the mood. Here are five types of landscape lighting that will perfectly accent your yard.

Decorative Path and Spread Lights

Path & Spread Lighting adds beauty and functionality that illuminates your outdoor walkways and spaces. Tastefully crafted and constructed to endure the elements, Landscape Path & Spread Lights add style, value and safety.

Low Profile Hardscape Lights

This lighting is unique in the fact that it can be hidden into your hardscapes and walls. It's low profile design is meant to shed light on paths, gardens and walls without attracting attention to the style or design of the fixture itself. 

Water Feature Lights

Adding lighting to your water features is a perfect way to create the perfect ambiance. The flowing water combined with the lights bouncing off is perfect. These lights aren't just for the aesthetics though, adding lights to your water features allows them to be more visible. Which can help people from tripping into them in the dark.

Deck & Patio Lights

Adding lighting to the areas where people love to gather and socialize is just as important as providing the space itself. There are many beautiful designs that will compliment your home's style perfectly. From low profile to designer, we can install your deck lighting at the Lake of the Ozarks providing you with many more enjoyable starry nights to come!

Accent Lighting 

Accent lighting around your home is the perfect way to draw attention to your garden areas, your sitting areas, and any other space in your paradise that you'd like to accentuate. These lights are small, but mighty, with many different styles and colors you'll find that the LED lights will lend perfectly to the atmosphere of your home.

The idea of installing lighting around your home can seem intimidating, but don't let it scare you! Our team is knowledgable in landscape designing, from the plants, to the mulch and even the lights. You can rely on our expertise to create a space that will compliment your purposes for it. From entertaining large parties to enjoying a cozy night with your family, there are many reasons to have a space that is comfortable and safe. Landscape Lighting is a perfect way to achieve both. Give us a call today and let our team create a perfect paradise in your very own yard!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

6 Ornamental Grasses for Your Yard

When we design your landscape at the Lake of the Ozarks, we put a lot of thought into what would be perfect in your yard. Not just what would look perfect, but also what will be perfect for your paradise. Every plant has a different requirement for surviving, and luckily for you - we know how to make them not just survive but thrive. Ornamental grass is  a gorgeous way to add dimension to your yard, here are a few neat ones to consider for when we start designing your yard.

Feather Reedgrass

This is an extremely popular ornamental grass. This plant has dark green leaves and narrow, tan plumes in the early summer. It generally grows upright, giving an architectural element to landscapes even in the winter. There are even tiny flowers in the early summer.


This is also called pampas grass. It is a large and fast-growing perennial that will draw your attention when it's in flower because of it's height. It can add a nice dramatic flair to your Lake of the Ozarks landscape. It can also hide an unsightly view.

Northern Sea Oats

This is a fast spreading species and is loved for its seed heads. The way they hang off the stems makes them look like bronze colored wind chimes. They can also be used fresh or dried in arrangements.


It's a spreading prairie that thrives in damp soils. It's a great choice around water.


A mounding plant with a pretty shape. It's name refers to the graceful spray of late-summer plumes of fuzzy flowers. Plumes can be white, pink or red, and the colors continue into Fall, which brings a beautiful and informal look to your landscape. This grass can self seed, so be sure to call your favorite landscape maintenance team to come in and make sure this won't take over in an invasive way.

Blue Fescue

This variety of ornamental grass is the smallest of the grasses. It's perfect for many different areas in your landscaping. It can go at the base of shrubs, or in rows, or really anywhere! It looks best in early summer when it's a beautiful bluish color.

Custom Landscape Design At the Lake of the Ozarks

We specialize in making your yard a custom creation. No cookie cutter layouts, or pre-planned designs! We take a look at your yard and then determine what will look best and work best for you, your lifestyle and your landscape. After that we create a hand sketched design of your yard with the plants and grasses we believe would go well - and this process involves your input! In fact, our designer, Rick Harris, says that "no landscape design (and therefore the planting of that design) is a custom landscape design without the input of the client”. We know that we can create a much better landscape design for YOU if we can talk to you and get your ideas of what you want. Are you ready to start the journey to a custom created paradise in your very own yard? Call Rick at 573-964-6515 to get the design process started!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

5 Fall Landscaping Mistakes You DON'T Want to Make

Fall is here, and Summer is very much behind us. The mornings are cool and foggy here at the Lake, which is just a reminder that there are many things your landscape still needs before Winter kicks in. When you're looking for a company who can maintain your landscape through every season, you've found the right team. We know what your yard needs to make it beautiful and strong all year long. Check out these things you DON'T want to forget as we move into the Winter season.

1. Don't Think That the Beauty of Fallen Leaves is a Reason To Not Rake

There is something nostalgic about fallen leaves on the ground. They are beautiful and scenic - and a lot of work to rake! As beautiful as they are, don't postpone the raking of leaves. They can hide sidewalks and walkways that could be in dis-repair, making it hard to walk safely. They can also be slippery if they're wet, making is dangerous.

2. Don't Think That Your Fall Lawn Doesn't Need Fertilizer

Just because your lawn isn't growing as quickly through the Fall as it was in the Summer, it still needs care and attention. By hiring the best landscape maintenance company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we can keep your lawn fertilized and cut, which can help minimize damage during the colder winter months ahead.

3. Don't Neglect Either Your Hardscapes or Softscapes

The two most important parts of your landscapes are your hardscapes and softscapes. Your sidewalks and your lawns. You'll want to focus on both this Fall. Keep your driveways clean by power washing in the fall, and also pay attention to your sidewalks, rocks, mulch and pavers.

4. Don't Think That Fall Means the End of Pool Maintenance

Just because you won't be using your pool to the extent you did in the summer, it will still need care. Make sure to give us a call for the best pool maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks. We can guarantee that the chemical levels stay balanced and that fallen debris, leaves and bugs don't get caught in the system where they aren't supposed to be.

5. Don't Forget That Your Spring Bulbs Need To Be Planted

Fall is truly one of the best times to get your landscaping taken care of for next Spring. In fact, some bulbs NEED to stay in the ground through the winter. Call us today to make sure your Spring Landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks is ready to go.

Bonus: Don't Think That You're Alone in the Details of Landscaping Your Yard

Paradise Landscaping is here to make sure that you don't feel overwhelmed in the process of creating a beautiful paradise. We have a wonderful repertoire when it comes to creating a beautiful look, and then maintaining it. You don't have to know anything about landscaping, you just need to know what you have in mind for a dream yard. Our designers work closely with you to create something that combines your dreams, and our knowledge. Give us a call at 573-964-6515 and let your journey to a beautiful yard begin!

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