Thursday, April 27, 2017

Let Paradise Landscaping Create a Natural Landscaping Wildlife Haven for You!

One of the great things about nature is getting to enjoy all of nature's living beauty. Having well-designed natural landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks not only adds great visual appeal to your home, but also invites wildlife to your yard for your viewing pleasure. While Paradise Landscaping understands that not all wildlife is wanted or good for landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks, there are several wildlife species that provide great benefits for gardens and landscaping. We can help you create the perfect landscaping to attract some of nature's wonderfully beautiful and beneficial helpers.


Create a Hummingbird Haven
Not only are they a joy to watch, but hummingbirds are also great for gardens and landscaping. These tiny nectar hounds buzz around and pollinate flowers that other birds cannot, By doing so, they help the growth and spread of long-tubed flowers that would otherwise be short-lived in nature. Another great attribute of these speedy little wonders is that they eat bothersome insects such as mosquitoes, flies, gnats, mites, and small beetles. So they serve as nature's insecticide AND pollinator for your landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks! A hummingbird haven concentrates on masses of nectar-producing flowers of various, vibrant hues including blue sage, yellow honeysuckle, foxglove beardtongue, cardinal flower and red buckeye. The addition of a hummingbird feeder or water mister can keep the ruby-throated wonders around from mid-spring to early fall.

Everyone Enjoys a Good Frog Pond
These hopping creatures can prove to be beneficial to your garden. For an ecosystem to flourish, it must maintain balance. Since frogs are fantastic bioindicators, they can help you to identify whether there are problems in your garden or not. If they are happily living and breeding in your garden, that's a great indication that the conditions of your garden are good. Likewise, if you notice that frogs that seemingly have thrived in your garden have suddenly disappeared, there may be a disturbance you need to address. Frogs and toads are also wonderful for pest control. If you notice an insect problem in your garden, it may be time to introduce frogs among your plants. By inviting frogs and toads to your garden, you'll eliminate an insect problem and get to enjoy watching them hop around! To attract frogs and toads, you might have a small frog pond installed edged with dazzling cardinal flower, blue lobelia, pickerel plant and wild canna. A fringe of tussock sedge and southern blue flag completes the design.

Attract Butterflies with a Butterfly Berm
Butterflies have their own beautiful way of supplying a special touch to the world. Of course, they're beautiful to look at, but they do so much more than just bring joy from watching them flutter around. Butterflies help to pollinate flowers and help rid the environment of waste and weeds. Butterflies in larval stage feed on leaves of host plants helping them lose leaves prior to autumn which promotes a healthy transitional phase and helps keep certain plant species from propagating out of control. Paradise Landscaping can create a butterfly berm with colorful, nectar-rich natives such as New Jersey tea, prairie blazing star and butterfly weed. We can add a shallow saucer or old birdbath filled with sand, gravel and water for a butterfly “watering hole.”


By letting Paradise Landscaping create any one of these three wildlife attractions in your landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks, you'll get to enjoy the beauty of nature in your own yard! Plus, your lawn and garden will reap the benefits of these natural gardeners and pest controllers. For more landscaping ideas at the Lake of the Ozarks, visit our website and check out our gallery. Paradise Landscaping also specializes in lawn maintenance, irrigation systems, and pool maintenance - meaning we can take care of all of your landscaping needs at the Lake of the Ozarks! Contact us today to request a FREE QUOTE!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

5 Low-Maintenance Landscaping Ideas for Your Lawn

Don't waste your entire summer fretting over your landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks. Get your summer started right and let the professionals help make your lawn look beautiful all year round. This week, Paradise Landscaping has some helpful ideas to create a low-maintenance landscaping for a Lake of the Ozarks home.  


Check Out These 5 Low-Maintenance Landscaping Ideas:


Extend Your Outdoor Living Space
By creating an outdoor living space and using stone as the patio, you eliminate the grassy space. This means less space to mow, and more time grilling and enjoying time with friends and family. In order to avoid the hassle of weed growth, make sure to properly plan your patio. Establish a solid base for the stone surface to sit on to avoid having to fix it later on, and prevent weeds from growing through.

Add Beds of Mulch Instead of Grass
You'll save yourself a lot of time by adding mulch around flower beds and tree bases. Mulch will make your landscaping look clean and crisp, and prevent you from having to mow or weed eat around those pesky areas. It's also great because mulch breaks down, fertilizes your plants, and prevents weeds from popping up.

Opt for Perennials
The best thing about perennials, is you plant them once, and they typically come back every year for years to come. Typically perennials are very durable and easy to maintain. They require less attention because their strong root systems actually help to improve the soil structure and draws water and nutrients up to the surface of the soil. Because of their deep root systems, they can actually benefit your garden by assisting in the health of surrounding plants. 

Skip the Mulch and Use Rock 
As an alternative to mulch, you can instead use rock or crushed stone to your flower beds. The biggest benefit to this alternative is that it lasts and you don't have to replace it every spring like you do with mulch. Since rock and stone come in a multitude of colors, like mulch, you can easily select a color that will match the aesthetic look of your home and landscaping. 

Pick Native Plants for Less Upkeep
By picking plants that are local and native to the area, you'll trim back on cost of watering and pruning due to the plant's resilience and natural ability to acclimate to it's surroundings. If you choose plants that are exotic to the area, they'll require special care and upkeep to maintain them properly. Keep this in mind when considering the type of grass in which you want to grow in your yard. If you choose a grass that is not native to the area, you may be throwing money at it all summer long to fertilize, water, and maintain it so it stays looking vibrant and healthy.


With these 5 low-maintenance landscaping ideas, you will be well on your way to enjoying your lawn this summer, rather than working to keep it looking its best. Another great, low-maintenance idea would be to hire the best landscape maintenance team at the Lake of the Ozarks. For all of your landscaping needs, contact Paradise Landscaping. We are professionals in horticulture and will make sure your landscaping matches your lifestyle. Contact us today to discuss landscaping ideas for a Lake of the Ozarks home!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

5 Landscaping Eyesores to Avoid

Summer time will be here before we know it, which means pool parties, barbeques with family and friends, and all sorts of outdoor activities. Is your landscaping ready for guests? We know that everyone has their own personal taste in design and lifestyle, so Paradise Landscaping wants to ensure that your landscaping fits your home and lifestyle without the hassle of common landscaping eye-sores. So, the best landscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks has come up with 5 landscaping eyesores to avoid this summer to make sure your lawn is looking its best!

Keep the Decorative Items to a Minimum

While they're so cute on the shelves and you just can't help but buy them, having too many lawn ornaments can quickly become an eyesore. And if you're not careful, soon your adorable collection can quickly overrun your lawn and become a chaotic disaster that is more distracting than whimsical. Stick with simplicity and try to only incorporate ornaments that enhance the surrounding landscaping, rather than hindering it.

Plant with a Plan

Many people often pick out planters for specific purposes in their landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks, but often forget to consider the plants needs or life span. This typically means dead plants in the middle of summer due to under or overexposure to the sun. While your grass is green and your perennials are gorgeous, your luscious landscaping looks unkempt because half of your plants are wilted and brown. Another thing to consider is how big the plants will get at their fullest potential. How will it affect other surrounding plants? Keep these things in mind when planning out your landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks to ensure a healthy and beautiful lawn.


Don't Cut Your Grass Too Short

Cutting the grass short seems like a logical idea, but in fact, you're dooming your landscaping by doing so. Cutting the grass too short could result in bare patches in your yard and may invite pesky insects that could damage your lawn. The grass in your lawn should be cut at different lengths depending upon the time of year. For instance, your grass should be cut longer in the summer to avoid your lawn from drying out, and shorter in the winter to let sunlight into the soil.

Avoid Attracting Unwanted Wildlife

It's not something we think of when we're creating the perfect outdoor paradise for our homes, but often times the plants we choose to put in our landscaping can attract wildlife. This can cause a major headache to you if you're constantly fighting off those pesky rodents and deer who are snacking away on your beautiful scenery. Research plants before deciding on them. Research different wildlife and what they prefer and dislike. This will help you to create a beautiful landscape that will not be as attractive to wildlife.

Prevent Problems from Over-Watering

A lot of homeowners make the mistake of overwatering. Most lawns only need about an inch of water per week. You can avoid over-watering by installing a sprinkler system and put it on a timer to avoid water waste. Another option is to install an irrigation system to ensure a controlled amount of water is supplied to your plants at regular intervals.


By avoiding these 5 landscaping eyesores, you'll be able to enjoy beautiful and healthy landscaping all summer long. At Paradise Landscaping we offer landscaping and irrigation services at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Our team has 46 years experience in the field of horticulture, so we know what it takes to create and maintain beautiful landscaping that will last. If you're in need of some help getting your landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks on the right track, give us a call today!

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Let Paradise Landscaping Take Care of the Outside To-Do List for You

The warmer weather has you out the door and running like crazy just trying to keep up with the busy life you lead - between taking the kids to school and after-school activities, and staying busy with work, there's just not enough time in the day to pay your lawn the attention it needs. And goodness, does it need some much needed TLC! Get your lawn ready for summer by hiring the best landscaping professionals at the Lake of the Ozarks. We'll make your landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks look great and save time in your day to enjoy the finer things in life, like relaxing for a change. Here are some of the services Paradise Landscaping can do for you to make your life easier:

Landscape Maintenance

Along with weekly mowing, trimming, and blowing off all hard surfaces, we offer a variety of services including turf treatments, tree & shrub fertilization, pruning maintenance, leaf collection & disposal, mulching, power washing, and home check up services.

Pool Maintenance

Proper maintenance is a crucial part of keeping your pool looking and operating its best. We have a ten point checklist to ensure the life of your investment. Our weekly maintenance consists of maintaining chemical balance, inspecting equipment to make sure everything is working properly, vacuum and clean skimmers and pump strainers and backwash filters. We also provide 24 hour emergency service. Call for details!

Irrigation Maintenance

Proper irrigation is needed to assist in the growing and maintenance of landscapes during periods of inadequate rainfall. 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.

Personalized Landscape Design

Not only do we maintain lawns, pools, and irrigation systems, but we design them as well! If you're simply embarrassed by your yard and can't stand the thought of entertaining guests this summer with your lawn looking unsightly, we can help you create a scenic masterpiece that you'll be proud to show off to family and friends. We have 46 years of experience within the field of Horticulture, Retail Garden Center Management, and Landscape Design. You can trust that the design we come up with will be something you'll love and enjoy all summer long.

In the whirlwind of busy work schedules and non-stop family activities, Paradise Landscaping understands it's not always at the top of your list to take care of your Lake of the Ozarks home landscaping. We also know that you want your home looking its best for when guests come over for those upcoming family bar-b-ques and pool parties. Let us help you check off some of the items on your to-do list by taking care of your landscaping needs at Lake of the Ozarks. Call us or visit our website today for a FREE QUOTE on our services!

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