Friday, April 29, 2016

Cultivating an Allergen Free Landscape

Allergy season is in full swing, and if you're one of the 55% of the US population that suffers from some form of seasonal allergy you may want to look to your landscaping to help fix the problem. Allergies are caused by plants pollinating, and thus releasing that pollen into the air where you can breathe it in, causing sneezing, itchy eyes, and other symptoms. While we don't recommend removing all blooming or green growing things from your landscape, there are a few plants and practices you can use to limit your allergies and enjoy your Lake of the Ozarks landscape.



Plant Strategically

If your pollen producing plants are right outside your door and all of your windows, it would make sense that you are constantly breathing them in. When re-designing your landscape, we can incorporate plants that have a lower pollen count surrounding the immediate proximity to your home. If you still want to enjoy high-pollen plants, we can plant them towards the back of your landscape so you can enjoy them, without having to constantly come in contact with them.

Watch the Bees

If you want to know which plants aren't spreading all of the pollen, look for the pieces that the bees frequent. If the bees are pollinating those flowers, then most likely they will not be spreading their pollen through the air, meaning you have less of a chance of getting allergies from them! Long tubular flowers are good for your landscape if you are afflicted with allergies every year.

Be Wary of Grasses

Ornamental grasses may be beautiful, but they are one of the most likely culprits of your allergies. Because these plants pollinate via the wind carrying their pollen where it needs to go, you may find that these are part of what sparks your allergies every year. You can still have these in your landscape but keep them away from your house, vehicle, or other areas that you frequent.

Diversify The Plantings

If you are wanting to create a landscape that doesn't tickle your sense nearly as much, speak with our landscape designer! He has a wonderful knowledge of plants and what they will do when allergy season pops up. You can also have more bulbs planted in your yard. These tend to be showy flowers that don't produce high amounts of pollen, and they also tend to bloom during times when everything else isn't pollenating, making it easier for you to enjoy them.

Best Landscape Designers at the Lake of the Ozarks

This season doesn't have to be miserable for you, we can help you find just the right plants that will make your landscape look beautiful, but also keep you out there enjoying it more. We want to help create a backyard paradise that you can enjoy all year long through every season from spring to winter. Give us a call today at 573-964-6515 to get your landscape quote and start enjoying your landscape at the Lake of the Ozarks again!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Ways to Achieve Privacy in Your Yard

After a long day in the office, on the road, or running around town, sometimes you just want to come home and sit in your yard to recover. Of course, if your neighbors are also doing the same, and their kids and pets are running around, or they're mowing their lawn, or even having a group of friends over for a cookout, it can feel a little invasive when they can see your every move. At Paradise Landscaping, when we help you renovate your landscaping, we can also help you find a way to add privacy to your yard so that it's always like coming home to paradise.

Here are a few different ways we can help you add privacy to your yard. While you may still be able to hear the people surrounding your home, but sometimes it's just nice to know that there is separation to make you feel more alone. Check out these beautiful options to include in your yard.

Tiered Hanging Pots & Vines

You can add privacy to your porch by hanging pots with vines on one end. This could make a perfectly cozy nook to sit and drink your morning coffee or enjoy the delightful evening breeze. Kick back and enjoy the space, while also having greenery creating that wall that you need for privacy.

Fencing

This is a pretty obvious answer and one that many people go with, especially if you have pets. There are many fencing options, from metal, wood, vinyl, chain link, etc. The style you choose will depend on your budget and the look you want to achieve in your landscaping, as well as the purpose. If it's just for privacy, you can opt for a lower cost fence, but if you want to keep a pet in, you might have to have it installed in a specific way so they won't dig under the fence.

Outdoor Privacy Screens & Curtains

If you're looking for something more temporary, you can set up privacy screen that will block the stares of others, but can easily come down and move with you should you be in a temporary position. You can also hang curtains from your porch to add a touch of elegance while still helping to maintain the privacy. These curtains will blow in the wind, though, so you may want to find a way to secure them at the bottom before they knock the glasses off your picnic table.

Make A Garden Wall

You can put posts up in your yard with bars between them, and then hang potted plants from them! This is a beautiful way to separate your area from the others, especially if you only have a small patio/yard area. You can also use these pots to grow herbs, flowers, and other pot plants.

Hedge Wall

If you don't need to keep anything in your yard (ie: dogs or children) a hedge wall can be a sophisticated way to secure privacy. We can not only help you install these hedges but then we can help you with your landscape maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks. These hedges will need to be trimmed on a regular basis to keep them in their correct shape and we'd love to help.


Sound Barrier

Don't forget that part of privacy isn't just what you can see, but what you can hear. We can install water features at the Lake of the Ozarks to help mask surrounding sounds. Waterfalls are a wonderful way to truly surround yourself with nature, and improve your privacy just through what you hear.

Best Landscape Company at the Lake of the Ozarks

At Paradise Landscaping, we take all of your ideas, dreams, and plans for your yard and help you not only turn them into a reality but into paradise. Our team can help you from beginning to end with this project, and then help you maintain it afterwords. Visit our website today to learn how we can transform your yard and perfect your paradise

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Friday, April 15, 2016

5 Advantages of Installing a Water Feature

Water features are a wonderful way to spruce up your landscape while also keeping everything fairly economical. At Paradise Landscaping, our goal is to make your entire yard beautiful, from front to back and side to side. We use specific plants for your yard combined with beautiful textures, sights, and even sounds. Beautiful landscaping is good for all of your senses, and a water feature helps accomplish that. Here are five reasons you'll want to incorporate a water feature into your landscaping this year!

Water Makes Your Yard Appear Larger

Water has excellent reflective properties and when you introduce it to your landscaping, you may find that your yard appears even larger. You can also incorporate landscaping lights around the pool to increase the reflection at night time. If you don't know where to start when installing lights, give us a call. We are a preferred vendor for Kichler landscape lighting at the Lake of the Ozarks, so we can help you find the best lights that work well in your space. 

Water Features Are Easy to Maintain

If you keep an eye on the pumps and clean it regularly, your pond or water feature can be relatively easy to maintain. Another easy way to maintain them is to call Paradise Landscaping. We offer landscape maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we would love to keep up with regular maintenance and cleaning not just on your water features, but also your entire landscaping.

You Can Create a Natural Habitat for Fish

If you want to add life to your landscape, getting fish for your water features can be an easy way to accomplish this. Of course, you'll have to keep in mind that they have special requirements in their water and food. You can ask your local pet store about the type of food and water filters that you'll need to make this possible. If you have a larger pond in your yard you could maybe get Koi fish, otherwise, goldfish would be just as beautiful.

Water Introduces Serenity Into Your Garden

There are studies that prove the sound of water can be very peaceful. In fact, there are even water therapies in certain areas of the country where people find the sound of water to improve their way of life. Imagine introducing this into your yard!

Add Even More Texture To You Paradise

If you spend time decorating your home, you should also spend time decorating your yard. When combining water features, plants, flowers and different rocks, you are mixing textures and colors, just like in your home. 

Best Landscaping Company at the Lake of the Ozarks

At Paradise Landscaping, our goal is to not only provide you with a backyard paradise but to also continue to maintain it for you! You can enjoy the beauty without having to even lay a finger on it. From your plants to your water features, we can help you with all of these beautiful details. Visit our website today to see examples of our work and learn how you can get a quote!

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Getting Your Pool Ready for Summer 2016

While it may not be warm enough to start swimming, it is warm enough to start thinking about it, and get your pool inspected! Every pool has to come out of winterization, and if you start early, you can catch any broken pieces and get them fixed before swimming season. At Paradise Landscaping, Irrigation and Pool Maintenance, we not only take care of your Lake of the Ozarks landscape but also your swimming pools at the Lake of the Ozarks. We can help you bring it out of winterization, and then help you keep it running all summer long! Here are a few ways we can help you prepare for the summer.



Checking Chemicals

Before you get started on your swimming season, you'll want to take inventory of the chemicals you have on hand. Anything expired, or not completely sealed will need to be properly disposed of and replaced. Now you can see what you still need in order to have everything in stock. This will save you from having to run to the store multiple times for multiple different chemicals. At Paradise Landscaping, we can take care of your Lake of the Ozarks pool maintenance by keeping your chemical levels just where they need to be without you having to worry about what you have in stock.

Inspecting the Pool Cover

First, you'll want to clean off the deck so you'll have a clean place to fold the cover without fear of punctures. It will also help keep excess debris from blowing in. Next, you'll want to use a pool net to remove the leaves that are sitting in the top of the cover. If there is a lot of water on your cover, you can use a small cover pump to remove that water. Just be sure that you don't place the pump of the seams of the cover, it can drain the water from inside the pool. If you called Paradise Landscaping to winterize your pool, it's time to give us a call and schedule your pool de-winterization. We can come remove your pool cover for you, and even store it through the winter season so that it won't become damaged!

Inspect the Pool and Connections

Your pool has sat vacant for several months now, and you'll want to make sure that nothing happened while you were away. If you have a vinyl-lined pool, you'll want to tears and washouts. This can happen when the sand underneath has eroded away, leaving your pool potentially sitting on hard rocks. Holes can be repaired with a repair kit. If you have a tile or concrete pool, it will be important to inspect for any cracks, chips in the plaster and depressions in the pool decking. If you notice these, it's best to call the professionals and let the best pool repair company at the Lake of the Ozarks fix it.

You'll also want to reconnect the filter, pump, and heater if you disconnected them. Inspect these connections to make sure there is not wear or rust. You can take the top off your filter and make sure that the appropriate levels of filter media are there, and then you can fill the pump with water to prime it.


Filling the Pool

Now it's time to fill the pool! Grab your garden hose and start the process. While it's filling, you can remove lime from the tiles, and remove leaves and debris that make have gotten in through the opening process. You can also reattach the equipment such as the ladder, diving board, and other rails if you removed them for the winter.

Starting Up the Filtration System

After you've checked all of the different operations of the pool, and it's filled up, you can start the filtration system and let it run for until the water begins to be clear. This could take a few days to complete. It may be necessary to backwash the filters, depending on how dirty the pool was to start. You can test the water chemistry to make sure that all of the levels are accurate and safe, then it's time for the best part - jumping in!


Pool Maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks

Paradise Landscaping, Irrigation & Pool Maintenance is proud to provide you with the best pool service at the Lake of the Ozarks. We take your pool very seriously, and we want to help you enjoy the summer to its fullest in your pool. If the idea of de-winterizing your pool seems daunting, you can count on us to get the job done. If you know that something on the pool is broken and you don't know how to fix it, we can come take a look and help you out. Make your appointments today!

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions about Lawn Fertilizer

Choosing the right fertilizer can be daunting at times. Certain fertilizers are better for lawns while others are only for flowers. There are many forms of fertilizers ranging from granulated forms and liquids to certain fertilizers that have more nitrogen and phosphate. Some fertilizers have no phosphate at all. With all the different types of fertilizers available, it is good to have a solid working plan. Calling a professional from Paradise Landscaping - Irrigation & Pool Maintenance can make fertilizing your lawn even easier.

Here are Some Frequently Asked Questions & Answers About Lawn Fertilizer

When Should I Have My Lawn  Fertilized?

Your lawn can be fertilized anytime in the growing season. It is recommended that you avoid applying fertilizer to a lawn that is stressed. A lawn can become stressed from to much exposure to summer heat and drought.  Landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks comes with a few challenges unique to the area. These challenges include over moisture due to a high water table, high pollen levels and our topography. Have a professional come out and evaluate your lawn condition. This will keep you reassured that you will not run in to any issues when fertilizing.  

How Soon After Fertilizing Is it Safe to Mow My Lawn?

You can mow your lawn anytime after the fertilizer has been watered or after it has rained. Once the fertilizer has been saturated by water you are free to resume normal yard work and enjoy your beautiful lawn.

Is it Okay To Apply Fertilizer in Hot Months?

Depending on the grass, it's not always recommended to apply fertilizer during the summer. The heat can potentially cause the fertilizer to burn and damage the grass plant, especially in dry conditions. The spring season is a perfect time to get your lawn fertilized at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Is Fertilizer Safe for My Pets?

The fertilizing products are generally safe for your pets. If you have pets, please let us know before we apply the treatment to your lawn. We can make sure that the fertilizer that we use will be acceptable for your pet, and not harm them.


How Can I Have a Great Looking Front Lawn With as Little Work as Possible?

Call The Best Landscape Company at the Lake of the Ozarks for all of your landscaping needs! Paradise Landscaping takes all the guesswork out of lawn fertilizing so you can relax and enjoy your beautiful scenery right in you own front, or backyard. From small landscapes to large estates, we would love to help you maintain your yard so you don't have to. Contact us today at 573-964-6515 to schedule your lawn fertilizing, and visit our website to request a quote!




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