Thursday, December 31, 2015

6 Landscaping Resolutions for 2016

Every new year can be an inspiring way to take a look at our lives and make important changes. One valuable change that you can make in your life is to spend more time outside. Breathing large amounts of fresh air every day is a great way to improve your health. You can also get vitamin D from the sun, and that can help improve skin, sleep patterns, bone density and more. One of the greatest gifts you could give yourself this year is a backyard paradise where you can enjoy all of the benefits of the outdoors.

Create Outdoor Living Areas

From patios to porches there are many wonderful ways we can create an outdoor space for you that will encourage you to want to stay outside. If your outdoor areas only consist of a bench or two scattered around your yard, we can help. Our custom landscape designer at the Lake of the Ozarks can create a design based off your needs and desires for your space.

Improve Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting doesn't just create a nice ambiance. It can greatly improve safety and visibility in your landscape. We are a preferred vendor for Kichler LED lighting systems. They have many models and units that are perfect for lighting your stairs, gardens, water features, sidewalks and more. Make 2016 the year that you light up your outdoor spaces, making them more enjoyable in the evenings, as well as safer.

Put New Grass In the Yard

If you've ever looked out on your lawn, and regretfully noticed the bad patches of your yard, 2016 may be the time to fix it. We can put new seed in your yard, or lay patches of grass to help alleviate the look.

Incorporate Decorative Rocks and Boulders

Take advantage of 2016, and make it the year that you take your landscape to the next level. By adding rocks and boulders to your landscape, we can help you make your space even more visually appealing. Rocks can be many different shapes, sizes, and colors, and the benefit to having them added to your landscape is that if you change your mind later they are easily moved elsewhere.

Create New Paths with Pavers and Stone

Creating new pathways and entertainment areas with stone patios is a great way to take 2016 up a notch. Whether you have us create a new fire pit with plenty of spaces to spread out and enjoy the glow, or a grilling area where you can impress your friends with your skills, stone is a great option. It's also less likely to be slick when it's wet, so it's a wonderful choice no matter what the weather.

Get Regular Maintenance for Your Yard

The final resolution you can make for your yard this year is to commit to getting regular maintenance. Our team of landscapers at the Lake of the Ozarks can handle any size yard, and we'll keep your grass mowed, sidewalks cleared, bushes trimmed and more. We can even take care of power washing and home check up services. Let our team take care of your landscape maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Let the new year be your chance to make your backyard a paradise. When you hire us to create your landscape, we will custom design it based on your needs and wants for your space. After your landscape has been created, we can continue to maintain it and keep it looking fabulous. Give us a call today and start tackling one resolution at a time!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Enjoy the Outdoors With or Without a White Christmas

In Missouri, a white Christmas can be hit or miss, and sometimes we'll never know until we wake up the morning of. Whether you want a white Christmas or not, one of the best ways to enjoy time with family is in the great outdoors. Paradise Landscaping specializes in creating a paradise in your very own backyard that you can enjoy no matter what the season or holiday. Check out a few ways you can enjoy Christmas with or without the snow!

With Snow

There are so many winter wonderland activities that you can enjoy with your family through the Christmas season when there is snow on the ground. Here are a few of our favorites ways you can spend time in your custom designed landscape at the Lake of the Ozarks in the snow!

  • Snow Painting - Put some water and food coloring in a spray bottle and paint the snow!
  • Build Snow Forts and Start a Snow War
  • Shovel paths in the Snow
  • Go Sledding
  • Make Snow Angels
  • Build a GIANT Snowman or a Snow Family
  • Go on a Winter Scavenger Hunt - Make a list including many items you may only find in the winter: pine cones, snowflakes, ice-sicles,  animal tracks in the snow, and more.

Without Snow

Currently, the weather is predicting  a low of 47°, and now snow. Though Missouri can surprise us on the morning of December 25th, it's also a good idea to make plans that don't include a snowy morning. Here are a few activities that you and your family can enjoy that can be just as fun as pelting each other with snowballs.

  • Build a Bonfire and Make S'mores
  • Feed the Birds or go Birdwatching
  • Set Up and Outdoor Obstacle Course for your Kids or pets
  • Make A Winter Sun Catcher with fruits, berries, twigs. Freeze it in a small pan, drill a hole and hang outside for the birds!
  • Catalog the Conifers - Take a walk around your yard and find different pinecones, plants, and leaves. Bring them inside and learn which ones are which and make a nature notebook.
  • Take a Night Hike and Watch for Wildlife
  • Enjoy A Family Bike Ride

Create Your Customized Paradise with Paradise Landscaping

If your yard doesn't constantly beckon you to come out and play, maybe you should have it landscaped! Our team can create a custom landscape design based on what you want to see and do in your yard. After we've created the masterpiece, we have the best landscape maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks and we can keep it looking beautiful all year long. Give us a call today and let us created a custom oasis just for you!

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Landscaping for Any Holiday

With the seasons and the holiday's always changing, there are just so many decorations that you need to store to keep your outdoor paradise looking fabulous. Paradise Landscaping not only cares about your grass and bushes, but we also care that your porch and front door stay just as charming. Here are a few tips to keep your landscape always looking festive no matter what the season!

Deck the Door

Consider purchasing a plain wreath, made from any material. Then as the seasons change, you can add different accessories to it. Use ornaments at Christmas, snowflakes in the winter, beautiful flowers for Spring and Summer, and leaves in the Fall. This way you can use the same wreath, but make it look new every season.

Get Fiberglass Urns

Fiberglass urns are a great way to add character to the sides of your front door, the bottoms of your porch steps, or around your garage door. You can add different plants and flowers to the urns throughout the season to keep them looking fresh and updated. By purchasing staple additions to your decorating collection, you can save yourself from having to buy all new pieces every season.

Use Faux Boxwoods

Faux trees can add a height dimension in your decorating. You can also decorate these trees through the seasons, or save them for only a few. You can put them on your porch, around your front steps, or around windows to add a fun splash of color. 

Battery Operated Candles

Putting real candles outside may be pretty, but it's also expensive and dangerous. Purchase some nice battery operated candles in different heights that you can use to accent your outdoor tables, your porch steps and more. 

Accessories for the Seasons

Finally, start collecting accessories for all of your staple pieces! Ornaments, flowers, candles, butterflies, Fall leaves, and lights are all wonderful pieces that you can interchange through the seasons. They are also much easier to store than permanently decorated wreaths, trees and more.

Keep Your Landscape Updated ALL Year with the Best Landscapers at the Lake of the Ozarks!

At Paradise Landscaping, we want to keep your landscape healthy and beautiful all year long. From the beginning stages of your custom designed landscape at the Lake of the Ozarks, to the weekly   maintenance of your backyard paradise, we are with you every step of the way. Give us a call today, and we can start working with you to create a backyard space that you'll never want to leave!

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Protect Your Landscape From Wintry Weather

Winter wonderland could be just around the corner, and with that comes possible hazards to your landscape. Whether your new trees will be at risk from the harsh temperatures, or your Lake of the Ozarks landscape is in danger from the high levels of salt that will be spread, we want to make sure that you know who to call to keep your yard looking fabulous. Here are a few things that you can do, and we can help with, to keep your yard thriving through the winter.

Inspect Newly Planted Trees

If you find a crack in the landscape, be sure to fill it quickly with earth. Cracks can expose the sensitive root systems to the harsh weather.

Water The Landscape Heavily

Did you know that moist soil holds more heat than dry soil? If you water you plants before a frost, it will not only give them the moisture they need but prevent the front from penetrating as deeply! If you need help with any maintenance, Paradise Landscaping is the best landscape maintenance team at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Wrapping Plants and Small Trees

Below freezing temperatures can be especially hard on your plants, bushes and trees. After we've cared for your backyard paradise all summer, we want to make sure that your landscape continues to stay safe through the winter as well. Add extra protection from the wind and cold by wrapping them in burlap or frost protection fabric.

Pruning Tree Branches

Pruning your trees in the winter is important because of the heavy snow and ice that we can receive. The extra weight can cause branches to break, which will hurt the tree in the long run. If you have any questions about pruning, be sure to contact a professional.

Preparing for Wind

The wind can be one of the especially damaging traits of winter. Make sure that all potted plants, outdoor furniture, awnings and other items are stored or secured safely through the winter.

Protecting Plants From Salt

The salt that is used for your sidewalks can cause damage to your plants. If any of your plants are in an area that is at risk, you can cover them with burlap for extra protection.

Best Landscape Company at the Lake of the Ozarks

Even though summer is long gone, Paradise Landscaping has been busy not only prepping your yard for the winter but preparing landscapes for an even better next year! This is still a good time to start construction projects and major landscape renovations. We can create a custom design based on the needs of you and your yard, and get started in time to have it ready for summer.  If you've always dreamed of having a custom designed landscape at the Lake of the Ozarks paradise, give us a call!

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Benefits to Planting Trees In YOUR Paradise

Trees can be a wonderful advantage to your outdoor paradise. From the shade they provide to the way they filter the air and water, there are many reasons to incorporate trees into your custom designed landscape at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here are just a few reasons to plant trees in your yard any time of the year.

Trees Are Energy Savers

The US Department of Agriculture has found that a young healthy tree can provide a net cooling effect equivalent to ten room-sized air conditioners for over 20 hours a day. That could produce amazing savings for your home if you have just ONE nice tree in your yard. Not to mention, when they are placed strategically in your yard, they can provide and even better service to you. Studies have shown that if a tree is planted on the western side of your home it can reduce your energy bill up to 3 percent in five years, and almost twelve percent in fifteen years! If your trees are planted on the North and West side of your home, it can protect your home against cold winter winds as well.

Trees Benefit the Environment

Trees can not only produce savings on your energy bill, but they can also make the environment cleaner. Trees absorb gasses like nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. Trees can also convert carbon dioxide into oxygen through photosynthesis. To put it in more relative terms, one tree can clean about 330 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year, which can provide enough oxygen for a family of four! The roots of a tree can also filter groundwater and can help control runoff and erosion by holding the soil in place.

Landscape Maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks

It's important to not only plant more trees but care for the ones we have. You can protect your trees by caring for your landscape, and having them pruned correctly. Of course, more trees can also mean more maintenance for your yard. Make sure to call Paradise Landscaping for all of your landscape maintenance needs. We can keep your bushes trimmed, sidewalks clear, and rake and dispose of the leaves from your trees. Give us a call today and see how we can help make your yard a paradise!

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