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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