Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Landscaping Trends That We LOVE

Just like fashion, home decor and even food has seasonal favorites and trends that they follow, landscaping does too! Every season, people find something new that they just HAVE to have in their landscape, and there are always trends that we see come and go. At Paradise Landscaping, we keep up with the trends so that you don't have to! Our team doesn't just create a custom landscape design at the Lake of the Ozarks, we create something that will stand the test of time, and be a comfort to you and your family as you enjoy the outdoor spaces. Here are a few trends we've seen this year and how you can use them in your space!

Impact Lighting

Landscape lighting has always had a foot in the door with trends, but it's really improving it's game this year. Homeowners across the country are adding landscape lighting to their water features, their gardens, walkways, stairways and more. Not only can this improve the safety of your yard because anyone walking through it can see where their going to adequate confidence of where they are stepping.

Wonderful Water Features

Now more than ever, people are wanting water features in their yard. They add a special atmosphere to your landscape that can't be achieved without it. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they also provide a lovely sound. Many people love the sound of running water because it can ease stress levels, just imagine how relaxing it would be to have this beautiful feature in your yard!

Local Little Details

Just like shopping local has become a trend in the last few years, it's also trendy to utilize local materials for your landscaping. Instead of selecting an exotic stone pavers from another country, home owners are more apt to include stone from the local area. The same is applied to the trees and even flowers. By using local landscaping details, not only are you improving the surrounding area by not incorporating strange plants, but you are reiterating local beauty.

Lush Living Spaces

This has been increasing in popularity for a while now, but it's not going anywhere for a while either! When someone either wants to buy a new house, or wants to revamp their current landscape, an area for entertaining is becoming a must. If you want to sell your home in the future, adding one now can be a wonderful investment in your home! Think of grilling spaces, firepits, and patios with a space for seating. All of these are what create a great atmosphere in your Lake of the Ozarks landscape.

Waterfront Entertaining

While home owners love to have a space to entertain, they are loving the availability of a lake view. Thankfully, when you are looking for a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can snag a home with a view. Even if it's not a waterfront view, and view in general will really make a great impression on your landscape living area.

Keeping Your Landscaping on the Cutting Edge

At Paradise Landscaping, we specialize in creating a space that you and your family can enjoy for years to come. While being trendy isn't our first goal, we do know that if you want to sell your home, you'll want to have a place that makes as much of an impact on the outside as it does on the inside. Visit our website to learn more about our services, like landscape maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks and how we can help you create a perfect backyard paradise.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Love Your Landscaping Through the Heat Wave

If you think it feels hot outdoors, imagine what your landscaping must think! It's pretty common this time of year to get high temperatures and somewhat scorched landscapes, but there are a few ways we can help you avoid damage. At Paradise Landscaping, we understand how much effort has been put into your paradise, and we don't want to see it wither away in the hot summer sun any more than you do. Thankfully, our landscape maintenance services at the Lake of the Ozarks can help your landscape look great, and keep you from having to risk a heat stroke! Here are a few things that can be done to protect the plants you've been enjoying all season long.

Be Strategic About Water

Can you hear your landscape crying out to you for water? Don't worry, even if it starts to look a little brown, turf grasses are meant to go dormant in high heat, it's the way they protect themselves. Once there's a little bit of rain and cooler weather you'll see them perk up in no time. Also remember that the best time to have your landscape watered is in the morning. If you water in the late afternoon the water will just evaporate and you can risk some plants getting scorched. If you water in the evening your plants will be left with too much water on them over the evening and could be at risk for molds and fungi.

Your Lawn Doesn't Need A Buzz Cut

By keeping your lawn a little longer in the summer, you can help reduce the stress on your turf. "Scalping" a lawn is what happens when you mow off more than one-third of the grass's height and can be a dreadful mistake for your landscaping. It can leave it more prone to invasion by weeds and less able to cope with the hot weather.

Be Observant

Did you know that you can recognize stress in your plants? Thankfully, that's why you hire the best landscapers at the Lake of the Ozarks, because we can tell if your plants are needing a little TLC or not. If your plants are stressed, or look thirsty, we can tell based on the color and way that the leaves hang. If the blossoms and leaves start to fall to the ground, that is a key indicator that there could be something wrong, and it's most likely traced back to the hot weather we've been experiencing.

Mulch Makes It Better

Mulch isn't just to make your gardens look better, although it does do that! It's also a great way to shade the roots of your plants from getting too much heat and sun! We can mulch your gardens so that all of your beautiful plants can continue to thrive throughout the heat wave, and come back in all of their glory when the weather cools off a bit.

Landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks

If you're worried about the state of your plants and landscaping, don't hesitate to call us! Along with weekly mowing, trimming, and blowing off all hard surfaces, our maintenance service can also include turf treatments, tree & shrub fertilization, pruning maintenance, leaf collection, mulching, power washing, and home check up services. We are here for ALL of your landscape needs big or small, so visit our website to learn more, or give us a call at 573-964-6515 today!

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Protecting Your Paradise From Pests

Imagine that you've worked hard and spend countless hours and dollars getting your landscape picture perfect, only to wake up one morning to an unwelcome guest. We're referring to those pests who come in and either disrupt your beautiful grass, make nests in your bushes or spread diseases every time you or your pets go outside. There are many insects and animals that can't wait to invade your paradise, after all, you created it for them, right?

At Paradise Landscaping, we create custom designed landscapes at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we hate to see them invaded just as much as you do, so today we're going to talk about which ones come in, and how to remove them.

Pests In Paradise

It's time to take a stand and clear out some of the animals and insects who have taken up residence in your yard. While we're all for giving them a place to live, some of these pests can spread diseases, and even harm you and your family if you come in contact with them. Here are a few to keep your eyes open for, and how to tell if they've invaded.

Gophers, Voles, & Moles

Do you see circular tunnels and burrow entrances that are about one to one and a half inches in size? this could be a vole hole. You'll probably see it around buildings, driveways, and other structures. If you see fan-shaped mounds in your yard, especially if they are in clusters, you may have gophers. Both of these creatures cause damage to your yard and plant life in your landscape. If you suspect these little animals residing in your yard, it's best to contact a pest control company. You can also do research on ways to remove them on your own through a little research online.

Wasps & Bees

Firstly, we love bees. They pollinate all of your lovely plants and they keep everything functioning properly. Sometimes, though, they put their hives in a very inconvenient location, and if you have anyone in your family that's allergic, to either bees or wasps - they'll need to go. With wasps, you can use a spray to rid yourself of them, and then be sure to knock down the nests. If you have bees, do some research first, because you'll want to wait until the appropriate time to remove the hive so that you don't kill the colony.

Ticks & Fleas

We have no sympathy for these small pests because they don't really do anything helpful as far as we can tell. Not only do they bite you and your kids, but they get your pets too, spreading terrible diseases. There are many lawn treatments you can get in order to eradicate these pests from your yard, and don't forget to use bug spray for you and tick medicine for your pets to help keep them at bay for good.

Hire the Best Landscaping Company at the Lake of the Ozarks

From crazy pests that invade and make a mess of your landscaping to weather damage, and routine upkeeping, we love to help you improve your landscaping! If you have any concerns about a specific pest that you think could have invaded, don't be afraid to call an exterminator, or ask one of our guys when they're out taking care of your landscape maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you want to get added to our maintenance schedule, visit our website to learn what we do and how to sign up!

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

What Can Large Amounts of Rain Do to My Lawn?

As you probably already know, the Lake area received a lot of rain over the weekend. In some part of the county, you could have received anywhere from one and a half inches all the way up to six inches! While this may have postponed some of your holiday plans, it could have done much more that you didn't even think about. While your lawn loves to get a good shower, sometimes too much rain can cause issues in your landscaping that you may not have even thought about. At Paradise Landscaping, we take just as much pride in your beautiful lawn as you do, and that's why we want to help you take care of it in rain or shine. Here are a few things you can notice from too much rain in your landscape, and how we can help!

Landscape Issues That Can Arise From Too Much Water

As they commonly say, too much of a good thing isn't really a good thing anymore - and the same applies for rain. When water sits in your landscape for too long due to either over watering or too much rain, you may notice some adverse effects from it.

Surface Damage

This may be the most obvious of the issues, but when your landscape is highly saturated it is more prone to damage. If you try to drive across it, drag objects like trashcans, or even just walk across it, the damage could be permanent. It's best to stay off your lawn until the water can a chance to drain and dry.

Drowned Grass

Grass needs oxygen to grown, and too much water will inhibit that and actually cause your grass to drown.

Fungus & Disease

Not only can your grass drown from too much water, but it can cause the roots to rot and begin a disease process. If you notice yellow patches in your yard, this is the start of a disease that's taking over, once it fully sets in, one of the only things you can do is reseed the patches in the fall.

More Weeds

While the excessive rain may cause your grass to die, it can actually cause the weeds to grow more - meaning your landscape could become overrun.

Lack of Nutrients

Finally, too much water can wash away the nutrients that your lawn needs to survive. Before they even have a chance to work their way into the root system, they get washed away, and your lawn will suffer the consequences.

What Can You Do To Help?

While controlling the rain is not feasible, you can operate a healthy landscape by helping it through these periods of extreme rain, and then in a draught.

Improve Drainage

If your lawn in constantly experiencing too much water even from small amounts of rain, you may need to improve the drainage. At Paradise Landscaping, we can help you achieve this through a little renovating of your Lake of the Ozarks landscape. We can help you create areas for the water to go, and then help you reseed the lawn again later if necessary.

Be Aware of the Water

Always be aware of how much water is going into your lawn. If you have an irrigation system, make sure that it is only set to operate when you need rain. There are some neat technologies out there that can sense when it's raining and not operate. If you want to improve your landscape irrigation at the Lake of the Ozarks, we'd love to help!

Landscaping Maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks

From times of heavy rain to times of no rain at all, Paradise Landscaping is here to help you! If you want to keep your landscape from becoming a swimming pool, we would love to provide an estimate on how you can improve that. Of course, if you actually have a swimming pool and want to get that running in pristine condition, we provide amazing pool maintenance services at the Lake of the Ozarks too! Visit our website to learn more about how we can help you.

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