Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fall Season Lawn Care to Prep Your Landscaping for Spring

With all the excitement of the upcoming Fall season, it's easy to get wrapped up in all that Fall brings: cooler days, football and tailgating, and less work outdoors. Right? Actually... If you’re under the impression that lawn care season is coming to an end and you don't have to worry about lawn maintenance again until spring, think again. Late-season lawn care plays an important role in overall lawn health, and it will minimize the amount of time you'll spend on maintenance come spring. Take a look at some of the things you should be doing in the fall to prep your lawn for the coming Spring.

Fertilizing in Fall

Fertilizing throughout Fall should help your lawn recover from the summer stress, improve color, root structure and density, and help it survive winter so that it comes back stronger the following spring. But fertilizer misuse can cause environmental hazards, and even destroy a lawn. Too much fertilizer in a given area will cause lawn burn and potentially kill your grass. So, if you're not comfortable with your knowledge of how nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium play a role in properly fertilizing your lawn, perhaps it's best to leave it to the professionals.

Seeding the Lawn

Late-Summer to early Fall is an optimal time to sow grass seed because of the cooler temperatures and warm soil conditions. But if you wait too long to seed, it could be too late and the grass won’t establish by the time temperatures drop. During the germination period you'll need to make sure that the soil remains moist, but not drenched, to encourage root growth and prevent it from drying out. Getting an irrigation system installed can be a huge saver of time and money. 

Weed control

You have several options for battling weeds, including pulling them out by hand and applying herbicides. There are different weed control solutions to choose from, so if you're not well-seasoned on how each type of herbicide will affect your lawn, proceed with caution. By trying to go this task on your own, you may end up killing everything, including the grass that you've worked so hard to maintain and keep healthy.

Mowing and Leaf Removal

During Fall, lawns focus more energy on root growth than blade growth. So it's important to continue to maintain your lawn regularly throughout the Fall season. Scalping a lawn puts considerable stress on the root system, making it harder for lawns to resist weeds and pests, and survive the winter chill. Leaving a lawn to be covered in leaves can have negative affects to the lawn's pH and overall health. If you don't have the time to continue mowing your lawn this fall, hire a professional landscaping maintenance company at the Lake of the Ozarks to come out and mow for you.

As you can see, these tasks are still essential for maintaining a healthy and beautiful lawn throughout the Fall season. If you’d rather spend your weekends watching football, or simply don’t feel comfortable handling herbicides and fertilizers, consider hiring a local lawn care company. At Paradise Landscaping, we're experts in landscaping design and maintenance,and we'd love to take care of your lawn maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks. Give us a call today at 573-964-6515 to find out what we can do to help keep your lawn looking it's best this Fall!

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Light the Way with Landscape Lighting

As the summer months start to wind down and days begin getting shorter, it may be time to consider lighting up your yard. Here at Paradise Landscaping, we know the value of having the appropriate landscape lighting installed around your home. Not only is the location of your lighting important, but also the type of lighting, the quality of the lighting, and even the purpose. Here are some types of lighting you can have installed around your home, and why it's important.

Wash lighting throws out a soft, diffused light that is ideal for brightening flat facades, privacy fences, and even garden walls. It can be hard to decide what type of lighting is important in your space, and Paradise Landscaping would love to share our knowledge with you.

This type of lighting is ideal for gardens and pathways. They sit about 18 to 24 inches off of the ground and cast a beautiful light below them. Unlike many other types of lighting their style and color are boldly on display and can look beautiful in your Lake of the Ozarks landscape.

Are you looking for a light that would cast light from a high position? Downlights are often attached to tree trunks or branches from up high to be aimed down at lawns, paths, or even the tree's own foliage to create a moonlit effect. You won't want to skimp on materials with this type of lighting so you don't have to have them repaired frequently.

Bullet lights are very versatile, compact fixtures and are often fitted with bulbs that project a narrow beam. This is perfect for areas where you need precise lightings around your landscape, such as house features, tree trunks, and garden structures.

Flood lighting generally casts a wider beam than bullet lighting, and it is brighter than wash lighting. A collar minimizes the glare that this light could produce, and you'll want to have it installed sparingly to light up tall trees or wide house facades.

On well lights, the bulb is set down inside a waterproof fixture that is buried in the ground. You can get light without seeing the fixture. Well, lights can be used to illuminate the underside of plant foliage or light the base of a facade or wall. They can have fixed bulbs or swiveling bulbs depending on the need.

Let There Be Light
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. At Paradise Landscaping, we are a Preferred Vendor of Kichler LED Lighting. From the latest intelligent LED options to traditional incandescent choices, Paradise Landscaping offers Kichler's complete landscape collection and it delivers the right type of landscape lighting at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Where Did All These Mushrooms Come From?

Recently, you may have noticed some new additions to your lawn that might cause a moment of panic. Having mushrooms pop up in your lawn can be a nuisance, an eyesore and, if you have children, potentially dangerous. This week, we'll be explaining why mushrooms may be appearing in your lawn and what can be done about them. But in order to understand why you're seeing these around your yard, you first need to understand what a mushroom is.

What is a Mushroom?
Mushrooms are actually part of a fungus that grows underground, hidden from sight. The good news is that lawn fungi and their mushrooms don’t harm lawns. They’re actually good for your yard, breaking down organic material into nutrients your lawn can use. But that doesn't make them any less of an eye-sore.

So how can you keep them from taking over your lawn? To answer that question, you need to understand that fungi living beneath lawns are usually long-lived organisms that produce mushrooms when conditions are right. The top reasons mushrooms occur are buried organic matter, high moisture and low light. So let's take a look at the different ways we can help address mushrooms based off the possible reasons they're showing up in your lawn.

Control the Level of Moisture
With all the recent rain we've experienced, this is most likely the reason you're seeing these eyesores pop up around your lawn. Periods of prolonged rain can coax mushrooms to form, as can over watering a lawn. Heavily compacted soil and a thick thatch layer can create drainage problems, which provide ideal growing conditions for mushrooms. While you can’t do much about overabundant rainfall, you can address lawn watering practices. It may be a great time to speak to a local professional landscaping company about aerating your lawn or installing an irrigation system to prevent over watering. 

Speed Up the Decomposition Process

A fungus grows by breaking down organic matter. In a lawn, that organic material could be buried timber, a stump, or tree or shrub roots that remain underground after plants have been removed. Have a Lake of the Ozarks professional landscaping company apply nitrogen fertilizer to help the lawn grow better and to speed up the decomposition of grass and tree leaf clippings and other organic debris in the lawn.

Get Your Trees and Shrubs Pruned
Consider where you're seeing the majority of these mushrooms at. While not all lawn mushrooms thrive in shady conditions, many do. If a corner of your yard offers high soil moisture combined with low light, mushrooms may appear. Address the moisture issue using one of the techniques listed above. Then take a look at the areas surroundings. Do you have trees or shrubs that are casting some major shade? Perhaps its time to have a professional landscaper at the Lake of the Ozarks come out to do some pruning.

As stated above, these mushrooms you're seeing around your lawn are not a sign for lawn disease, but in fact, are a sign that your lawn is thriving. These beneficial organisms help decompose and recycle organic matter that otherwise would pile up and be an even worse problem. But if you just can't stand the sight of them, you now have some solutions for ridding them. To ensure a healthy lawn, contact the best landscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks for your fertilization, irrigation, and lawn maintenance needs!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Protect Your Landscaping from Summer Heat Damage

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 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.

Be Strategic About Watering

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.

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, August 3, 2017

Plan Ahead for Fall Landscaping

While we're still in the hot Summer season, when it comes to landscaping maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks, it's important to think about the upcoming season ahead: Fall. There are several things that will need to be done to prep your landscaping this fall for winter and spring that you can begin scheduling for now. Paradise Landscaping offers a list of those items here:

Fertilize Lawn for Next Spring
Fall is a great time to determine pH and nutrients in your soil. Healthy soil plays such an important part in the success of your landscape. Schedule to have a professional landscaper test your soil, aerate and seed your lawn to prepare for Spring, especially the areas that have been overly used throughout the summer and are struggling.

Schedule Routine Leaf Removal
As the season starts to change, the trees in your lawn will begin losing their leaves. Those leaves will undoubtedly cover your lawn. Not only are they an eyesore compared to your well-maintained landscaping, but leaving them unmanaged can have an unhealthy effect on your lawn. If the leaves are covering your lawn and preventing light from getting to the soil, this could kill the grass, and create a breeding ground for fungal diseases and harmful pests. Make sure to schedule routine leaf removal services now to ensure you're covered for this fall.

Pool Maintenance and Winterization
The temperatures will be getting cooler before we know it, meaning you won't be spending as much time cooling off in the pool. Besides needing someone to routinely clean the falling leaves out of your pool, now is a good time to reach out to an expert pool maintenance company at the Lake of the Ozarks to schedule an appointment to close and winterize your pool for the season. By having a professional pool expert winterize your pool instead of doing it yourself, you'll avoid any potential damage to your pool or equipment from incorrectly winterizing it.

Plant Fall Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, and Plants
Some landscaping plants germinate better in the cooler months of fall. Knowing which plants to incorporate into your landscaping in the fall season will keep your lawn looking great throughout even the cool season. The experts at Paradise Landscaping specialize in horticulture, so we can help you choose visually pleasing plants to put into your landscaping that will thrive this fall.

Winterize the Irrigation System
While it's still important to continue to water your lawn through the fall, you'll likely not need to do so nearly as often. If you have an irrigation system, this makes changing your watering schedule much easier. It also means that you need to contact your landscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks to determine when they need to come out to winterize your irrigation system. Not having your irrigation system properly winterized can cause some very expensive maintenance issues when the temperatures drop to a freezing point.

By scheduling these tasks now with the best landscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks, you'll guarantee a spot in our books for the busy upcoming fall season. Remember that maintaining your landscaping even in the fall and winter months is essential to keep your lawn looking it's best all year round. So don't wait until the last minute to get these needed upcoming appointments scheduled - call Paradise Landscaping at 573-964-6515 today!

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