Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Hard Facts of Hardscapes

While there are many aspects of your landscaping that can't be done in the winter like planting, growing, and even some maintenance - winter is a great time to focus on your hardscapes! Every landscape is made up of hardscapes and softscapes and the key is to use them both in your landscape to make the most your space. Here are a few things you need to know about hardscapes and how you can incorporate them into your landscape.

What is a Hardscape?

A hardscape is anything in your landscape that is not living - so think wood, stone, metal and concrete. You can include structures, walkways, fun features and more. At Paradise Landscaping, we know how important these aspects of your landscaping are, and that's why we want to help you achieve your goals now so that when it warms up we can help you focus on the soft scapes and living aspects of your landscape.


Patios provide an excellent place to entertain your family and friends. They are basically an extension of your home, adding a place to sit back, relax, entertain, eat and more. The benefit to patios is that there are many building materials you can use to achieve the perfect look for your backyard paradise. From wood and stone to brick and concrete - the sky is the limit (literally!). A patio creates a foundation for outdoor living - a place you will love forever.

Fire Features

This is a very popular trend for landscapes today because it can provide a cozy place to relax. Whether you're adding it to your home for your own enjoyment, or because it can increase the value of your home when you sell it, upgrading your Lake of the Ozarks landscape with a fire feature is a great choice. There are many materials you can use like river rock, stacked stones, fieldstone, concrete, limestone and more. You can also choose different fuel sources for your outdoor hotspot like wood or propane. Sometimes gas can be a practical fuel, but you'll have to have a gas line installed.


Your deck is basically a room with a view. They provide the same type of enjoyment as a patio - but higher up. They can provide a beautiful vantage point where you can appreciate your landscape from a whole new perspective. You can have your deck created out of many types of materials, with wood being the most popular. You can also try pressure-treated decking, which can come with a warranty against decay and termite damage. There is also composite decking, which is made from wood and plastic particles.

Water Features

Water can add unprecedented relaxation. The sound of water instantly creates a calming atmosphere where you can escape to enjoy your space. Water is also a great way to help cancel out noises that surround you and you want to cancel out such as busy roads or local industries. You can create bold features or demure, understated waterscapes. As well as build it with many different types of materials.

Beautiful Landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks

Don't get stuck with a landscape that you don't enjoy. Now is the time to start creating the landscape of your dreams, and when spring comes you'll already be halfway there! While winter weather can add some challenge to new construction and renovations, the mild winters in Missouri don't cancel it out entirely. Visit our website to learn more about our landscape services at the Lake of the Ozarks and contact us for a quote for your perfect paradise!

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Landscape vs. Snow - How to Win Against Winter

Old Man Winter has already begun his snowball fight with us this year, and your landscape is probably taking the brunt of the loss. While snow isn't always the culprit, ice, cold, and wind certainly are. The weight of ice can be damaging to trees when it builds up, and cold winds certainly don't do your trees and bushes any favors. Some experts are predicting a mild winter, you never know what's going to happen. Here are a few ways you can help keep the winter from damaging your hard earned landscape and have it ready to bloom in the spring.

Wrapping More Than Presents This Year

Did you know that burlap wraps for your trees and bushes are a great way to protect them from the harsh winter elements? Burlap allows your plants to breathe, while also retaining heat and protecting them from the cold wind. You can find wraps for your plants at a local garden center, and they come in many different materials like vinyl, burlap, or paper.

Protect the Roots

Some roots can be damaged by extreme cold. You can protect the roots of your plants by having them covered with 2-3 inches of mulch. This provides insulation but also helps to regulate sudden temperature changes - which seem to be common here in Missouri.

Protect Against Hungry Animals

While winter weather can be a large cause of damage to your plants, one of the biggest threats against your greenery is hungry creatures. The most common are the deer, but there are certain measures you can take to help keep them at bay. Getting a deer repellent can help keep them from munching on your bushes. Covering your plants doesn't just protect them from the cold, it can also protect them from hungry critters as well.

Deal with Debris

If any snow or ice builds up on your trees, it's important to treat them immediately. The weight of snow or ice can easily break the branches, which can not only cause damage to the tree but in some cases kill it.

Keep Your Sidewalks Cleared

This can be just as important as protecting your plants since you're protecting yourself and your guests. When you leave snow on your sidewalk, it can get packed down from traffic and then quickly get slick and hazardous. Thankfully, you can call the best landscape team at the Lake of the Ozarks to clear snow from your pathways, driveways, and parking lots.

Hire the Best Landscapers at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you need snow removal at the Lake of the Ozarks or a team who can protect your backyard paradise from the elements - we can help! Our company has been based out of the Lake area for over five years and we have over 46 years of combined experience. Visit our website to learn more about how we can help you turn your outdoor space into your very own backyard paradise, and give us a call for a quote!
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Our Landscape Maintenance Services

Spring may feel like it's so far away, but in reality, it's just around the corner. Before you know it, you'll be dragging out the lawn equipment and tackling the arduous task of your landscape - but do you really need to? What if you could hire a team to come out and take care of all of these chores for you? Cue the Paradise Landscaping team! We have the best landscapers at the Lake of the Ozarks and would be honored to help you care for your landscape. Here are a few of the maintenance services we provide.

Landscape Maintenance

The arbitrary task of maintaining your lawn doesn't have to be a chore. In fact, you can remove the chore altogether by hiring the best landscape maintenance team at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our team can come in and take care of all of the hard tasks that you dread every summer like mowing your lawn, trimming, and blowing off all of the hard surfaces. We also offer a variety of other services to bring your landscape to the next level:

  • Turf Treatments
  • Tree & Shrub Fertilization
  • Pruning Maintenance
  • Leaf Collection & Disposal
  • Mulching
  • Power Washing
  • Home Check Up Services

Pool Maintenance

If this cool weather already has you thinking about your pool next summer - we don't blame you! Of course, proper maintenance is a crucial part of keeping your pool looking and operating its best. We have a checklist with ten points to help ensure the life of your investment.

  • Pool & Spa Weekly Maintenance
  • Maintain chemical balance / Salt or Chlorine levels 
  • Inspect equipment to make sure everything is working properly 
  • Vacuum & clean skimmers, pump strainers 
  • Backwash filters 
  • Winterizing & De-Winterizing Services
  • Offsite storage for winter covers
  • Find and fix leaks
  • Fix and replace pumps and motors and filters 
  • Pool Epoxy Painting 
  • Pool deck painting 

Irrigation Maintenance

If you thought you didn't need to think about your irrigation system after it was installed - think again. Irrigation systems need maintenance to keep them running properly. We offer irrigation system maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks on all brands. We can clean valves, heads and flush out the lines, as well as winterizing and de-winterizing, season adjustments and more. We provide a comprehensive irrigation maintenance service at the Lake of the Ozarks and would be honored to work on yours.

Landscape Maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks

If you're ready to find out how easy it can be to have your landscape managed by us, give us a call! It's best to get on the list early, and we can talk through exactly what you need for your landscape. It's also a perfect time to start planning your landscape for next summer. Even though it's cold and seems like a terrible time to work on your yard, we can start setting things in motion so when the weather clears up, we're ready to go. Visit our website to learn more about the services we provide, and how you can get your free quote!

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Shrubs & Bushes for All Year Beauty

When you have your landscape designed at the Lake of the Ozarks by us, you get qualified landscapers who can provide you excellent results. One of the best reasons to work with us is because we can take what you want in your paradise and make it a reality. Let's say you want to see beauty all year long - there are specific plants that can be added to your landscape to accomplish this.

Here are a few shrubs we can add to your landscape to provide all year long beauty, and even when they aren't blooming - they can offer a striking contrast in your garden areas.


If you would like a shrub in your landscape that can come in almost any color - this is the one! Not to mention you can get various size blooms as well. They like a lot of moisture, partial sun, and need a specific type of soil to grow. If you would like to see this in your paradise, we can find the perfect spot for it.

Bridal Wreath Spiraea
Along with spring comes spring weddings! So why not make your landscape feel like a wedding every day with beautiful flowering bushes. The Bridal wreath spiraea has tiny bunches of white flowers and they bloom before it leafs out - what a perfect way to welcome spring. It will be happiest in a sunny area and draining soil.

This shrub is a two-for-one because in the fall the glossy foliage darkens into maroon-red and in the spring it blooms with fresh white flowers. You will also find pink and blue clusters of berries during fall as it prepares to bloom in late spring. With partial sun requirements and moist soil, there are many places around you landscape that this plant will find perfect.


While the name may cause you to think that this bush blossoms in bright orange flowers - it actually boasts of fragrant and pure white flowers. You will be able to enjoy these for quite some time, as they last for weeks. The blooms will start to appear in late spring and early summer, and we will place it in an area of full sun.

Butterfly Bush
With a variety of colors available, like purple, white, blue, yellow, and pink - the beauty is unlimited. The blooms start to appear from the middle of the summer until the first frost, and because it's a summer plant it handles drought and heat well.


Petit Bleu, Sunshine Blue, Miss Sunshine
The blue and purple flowers on this plant start blooming in late summer and go until fall. They like a sunny location and will create a beautiful view in your paradise.

Kaleidoscope Abelia
When a background plant is needed, this is a great option. The evergreen variegated foliage is a perfect fall plant because the green leaves have splashes of gold and orange. Combine that with the white flowers, and you have a beautiful plant that brings joy for quite a while.

Harlequin Glorybower
White and purple-pink flower clusters and delicately nestled above the heart-shaped leaves. They bloom their best during the late summer and into the autumn season, and the leaves boast in a cream, sage green or deep green color.


Daphne Odora
The perfect plant for winter is an evergreen shrub. The Daphne Odora has beautiful clusters of fragrant pink flowers that bloom any time during midwinter to early spring. The flowers are surrounded by shiny dark green foliage that is tinged with golden edges. After the flowers fade, there are scarlet berries to replace them.

The red buds that appear in winter make this a wonderfully festive shrub. It may even be the most colorful shrub in your garden once winter hits. The cones of flowers start to open in early spring so you can enjoy this shrub through the seasons.

Perfecting Your Landscape

Do you bemoan your landscape every time you look at it? Don't let your landscape be a sore spot around your home - hire the best landscapers at the Lake of the Ozarks! We can create a custom landscape at the Lake of the Ozarks, and create a space that you'll never want to leave. Visit our website to see samples of our work, and fill out a short form to request a free quote.

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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 family 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!


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
Photo From Kichler.com

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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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The BEST Time To Reseed Your Lawn is NOW!

Did the summer heat take a toll on your lawn? Is your lawn looking brown and spotty? Our Lake of the Ozarks lawn maintenance services could help you. At Paradise Landscaping, we take pride in making sure your lawn looks its best. From lawn maintenance to landscaping design, Lake of the Ozarks best landscaping company can help make sure your yard is the prettiest  on the block. Reseeding also known as overseeding could improve the health and look of your lawn. There are many benefits to reseeding and now’s the time to do it.

What Kind of Grass Grows in Missouri?

Missouri has the best temperature for cool-season grasses. This includes Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass and fescue. Cool season grasses can tolerate cold winters and hot summers. However, because Missouri is in the Central United States, the southern part of the state is in the transition section, which means that warm season grasses grow better. Warm season grasses include Bermudagrass, centipedegrass, and zoysiagrass

What Is Reseeding?

Reseeding is simply the act of spreading new seed over your existing lawn. This process can help rejuvenate your lawn.

Why You Need to Reseed Your Lawn

As your grass ages, it is normal for it to thin out. During the summer months, lawns get the most use and paired with the excessive heat, it can take a toll on the grass. Reseeding your lawn could help make it fuller and healthier. However, this process can help any lawn that needs improvement.

Benefits to Reseeding Lawns

  • Filling in your lawn that was damaged by summer sun, diseases or insects
  • Making your lawn lush and thick
  • Improving the appearance of your lawn
  • Improving your lawn’s health
  • Help it fight off insects and diseases

When is the Best Time to Reseed?

Fall and spring are the two best times to reseed your lawn. Cool-season grasses, such as ryegrass and bluegrass can benefit from reseeding in the fall as they grow best when air temperatures are cooler. The best time to reseed your cool grass lawn is when temperatures are between 60 and 75 degrees. However, reseeding in the fall is not just for cool-season grasses. Warm-season grasses can also benefit from reseeding in the fall as that is when they start to go dormant. 

Find Your Paradise with Paradise Landscaping

Reseeding can help rejuvenate your lawn and make it look full and lush. Make sure your yard looks its best by hiring the best lawn maintenance company at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you notice that your lawn has seen better days make sure you call Paradise Landscaping. We are more than just Lake of the Ozarks’ best landscaping company. We can maintain your backyard by mowing and trimming. However, we also make sure your lawn is the best on the block by doing turf treatments, tree and shrub fertilization, pruning and more! If you are needing help with your lawn, call the experts at 573-964-6515 today.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pool Winterization FAQs

It's been a great summer, and now it's sadly time to put away the pool toys and start planning the winterization for your pool. How do you know when is the right time to winterize your pool, and how do you even go about this task to begin with? At Paradise Landscaping, we take all of the confusion out of this routine task by performing it for you with the best pool service at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here are a few things you need to know as you gear up to have you pool winterized, and how you can help us through the process.

When To Winterize Your Pool

There are two reasons that you'll consider closing your pool in the Midwest: fear of freezing it, and fear of freezing yourself. Generally, the first to come is freezing yourself, so by the time you hit Labor Day it's time to consider getting your pool winterized, and definitely calling Paradise Landscaping to set up your appointment. You can sometimes get away with waiting until the third or fourth week of September to close the pool, but you'll want to already have a scheduled appointment set in place.

What Does Winterizing Entail?

Winterizing your pool doesn't have to be a huge project, but it will take some time, so that's why it's important to let us know when you're ready. The most important thing is to get the water out of the lines, and most of the water out of the pool. After draining the water we will do some routine cleaning around your pool to make sure everything is ready to go for the winter before closing it up.

Where Is My Winter Cover?

If we de-winterized your pool at the beginning of the swimming season, and if you requested us to store your winter cover, then we have it! We provide off-site storage for your cover so that you not only don't have to worry where it is, but it's also in safe hands through the summer. Occasionally misfortunes can befall a cover through the summer, whether it be due to temperatures, rodents, or accidental punctures, but we care for your cover and make sure that nothing happens.

Is it a Good Idea to Make Repairs Before Winterizing?

Yes! Whenever you notice any defects in your pool, such as cracking, bulging, or leaking it's always a good idea to get them fixed immediately. Especially when you're preparing it for storage over the winter. Winter weather has a nasty habit of taking small issues and making them bigger if not address properly. What may be a small crack at the end of summer could be much larger in the beginning of summer due to the expansion of ice and cold temperatures. You can trust Paradise Landscaping for all of your pool maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Pool Winterizing at the Lake of the Ozarks

If you Google "How to Winterize Your Pool" you will find many how-to steps. With every DIY project, though, comes lots of work, extra hours learning how to do something new, more expense, and possibly even damage to your pool. Trust the experts who know how to winterize your pool, and do it correctly from the start. Give us a call today at 573-964-6515 to schedule an appointment for us to come out and get your pool ready for winter!

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

How to Enjoy Your Landscape with Family!

In the midst of our chaotic lifestyles sometimes we need to be reminded, it's important to spend time with each other. This can be especially hard since school has started up, sports and activities are in full swing, and everyone is busy - but you need to take some time to really appreciate each other! At Paradise Landscaping, we know that one of the hearts of your home is in your landscape, and that's why we work so hard to create a beautiful landscape at the Lake of the Ozarks for you to enjoy. Here are a few ways you can get outside to appreciate your perfect paradise AND spend time with those that you love.

Have a BBQ

Utilize that beautiful patio area that you have one more time before you have to shut it down for the season! Grab your favorite grilling tools, some delicious food & drinks, and head out to the outdoor space you've loved so much all summer. Did you know that families who eat dinner together are actually getting more benefits than you might think? A few of the perks is that kids are apt to perform better academically and have better relationships with their parents. What a great way this would be to enjoy family day in your backyard paradise!

Play Games

Spending quality time together playing games is a great way to learn more about each other, laugh together, and even get active. There are many fun games that can be enjoyed outdoors. If you like card & board games you can play them out on the picnic table, or you can find giant yard games to play. Giant Jenga, lawn Twister, and corn-hole are just a few of the games you can play in your backyard. If you have small children you can start up a game of hide-and-go seek or tag, just make sure that they know where the boundaries are, or that the gate is closed so they don't wander off accidentally.

Take A Dip In the Pool

Is your pool still open? You can take this chance to get out and enjoy it one last time before you winterize your pool. Play some of your favorite games and enjoy the sunshine before it's time to close it up. When you're ready to get your pool closed, don't forget to call Paradise Landscaping! We provide the best pool winterization at the Lake of the Ozarks, and it's hassle free for you!

Watch The Stars

Star watching can be a fun family activity that is also educational as well. Have everyone put their pajamas on, grab their favorite blanket, and lay out on the soft grass to observe the stars. You can talk about constellations, learn more about what stars are made of, and maybe even get to see a shooting star. If your children are younger you might even get lucky when the fall asleep! If you don't know any of the constellations you can download applications on your phone that will point them out when you aim it at the sky!

Go On a Scavenger Hunt

You can go looking for fun insects and plants throughout your yard, or you can plan a whole game by hiding cards around the yard and giving your kids clues to find the next one. At the end reward everyone with a special treat like ice cream in the backyard or some other special treat.

While you may want your landscape to be beautiful so that it has good curb appeal, you also want it to be beautiful so you can enjoy it! Take some time to get out and not only enjoy your outdoor space, but enjoy your lovely family as well. There's no time like the present to make memories and enjoy the ones you love - and your landscape too!

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