Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Different Types of Retaining Walls

When you're creating a beautiful landscape design at the Lake of the Ozarks, one of the biggest things you shouldn't forget is your retaining walls. This feature of a landscape doesn't sit at the front of your mind, and can even go unnoticed - but their value is extremely important. When you live in the Ozarks, the value of a retaining wall is even more important with the sloping terrain and clay soil that we have.

Whether you know all about retaining walls - or you haven't ever noticed them, we have a few interesting things to share with you about this important landscape fixture.


What is a Retaining Wall?

A retaining wall is a structure that is used to hold soil behind it. A retaining wall can be made out of many different types of materials such as concrete blocks, poured concrete, treated timbers, rocks or boulders. There can be variances in the types of wall, how easy they are to install, and their lifespan - but the purpose is the same: retain soil.

Types of Retaining Walls


Gravity Walls - this type is perfect for small retaining walls, since they're not usually built to exceed four foot tall. It will rely on it's weight to resist the pressure of the force behind it.

Cantilever Retaining Walls - these are single-layered walls that are built in uniform thickness with its base. They're capable of holding significant amount of earth as well as supporting tall slopes.

Sheet Pile Retaining Walls - aka: piling retaining walls. This is a type of wall that is usually used on soft soils where there is not enough space for wide barriers. Generally, 2/3 of the material is hammered below the soil depending on the landscape.

Anchored Retaining Walls - these are similar to the piling retaining walls because it utilizes cables for extra strength.

Counterfort Retaining Walls - this type of retaining wall is similar to cantilever walls, but it's built with thin vertical concrete webs (counterfort) which are at regular intervals on the rear side of the wall. They connect the wall's top and base together which lessens the shear force and bending moments cause by the earth.

Do I Need a Retaining Wall?

This is something we can help you decide. Before starting your custom landscape design at the Lake of the Ozarks, we will do a walk through in your yard. During the walk through we'll find out what you would like to see happen with the design of your yard, and what will be possible in the design. At this point, we'll be able to tell you if a retaining wall is necessary. A few ways you'll know if you need one is if you need to control downhill erosion. You may also want one if your foundation is threatened by a sliding hill, or if your foundation is beginning to wash away. Sometimes they aren't just functional, but beautiful, so a retaining wall can be used to create flowerbeds.


Creating a Custom Backyard Paradise

Whether you need a retaining wall or not, one thing you may want to consider is having your yard professionally landscaped. This is the perfect time of year to get your flowers, bushes and bulbs updated for the spring season. It's also the perfect time of year to start on these construction projects in your yard. The weather is nicer and the ground is easy to work with. If you are planning on any types of landscaping in your yard, call the team you can trust to get the job done right. We'll help you create your dream oasis at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

5 Fall Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid

Fall is finally here, and we're saying goodbye to Summer. The mornings are cool and foggy here at the Lake, which is just a reminder that there are many things your landscape still needs before Winter kicks in. When you're looking for a company who can maintain your landscape through every season, you've found the right team. We know what your yard needs to make it beautiful and strong all year long. Check out these things you DON'T want to forget this Fall season.


1. Don't Let Your Leaves Pile Up
There is something nostalgic about fallen leaves on the ground. They are beautiful and scenic - and a lot of work to rake! As beautiful as they are, don't postpone the raking of leaves. They can hide sidewalks and walkways that could be in disrepair, making it hard to walk safely. They can also be slippery if they're wet, making them dangerous.

2. Don't Forget to Fertilize

Just because your lawn isn't growing as quickly through the Fall as it was in the Summer, it still needs care and attention. And Fall is one of the best times to fertilize your lawn to prepare it for Spring. By hiring the best landscape maintenance company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we can keep your lawn fertilized and cut, which can help minimize damage during the colder winter months ahead.

3. Don't Neglect Your Hardscape and Softscape
The two most important parts of your landscapes are your hardscapes and softscapes. Your sidewalks and your lawns. You'll want to focus on both this Fall. Keep your driveways clean by power washing in the fall, and also pay attention to your sidewalks, rocks, mulch and pavers.

4. Don't Forget to Continue to Maintain Your Pool
Just because you won't be using your pool to the extent you did in the summer, it will still need care. Make sure to give us a call for the best pool maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks. We can guarantee that the chemical levels stay balanced and that fallen debris, leaves and bugs don't get caught in the system where they aren't supposed to be.

5. Don't Forget to Prepare for Spring
Fall is truly one of the best times to get your landscaping taken care of for next Spring. In fact, some bulbs NEED to stay in the ground through the winter. Call us today to make sure your Spring Landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks is ready to go.

Paradise Landscaping is here to make sure that you don't feel overwhelmed in the process of creating a beautiful paradise. We have a wonderful repertoire when it comes to creating a beautiful look, and then maintaining it. You don't have to know anything about landscaping, you just need to know what you have in mind for a dream yard. Our designers work closely with you to create something that combines your dreams, and our knowledge. Give us a call at 573-964-6515 and let your journey to a beautiful yard begin!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

3 Reasons to Aerate Your Lawn this Fall

Fall is the one of the best times to aerate your lawn to promote healthy root growth and seed germination to set your lawn up for success. So, how do you know if you need to aerate your lawn? Answer these questions: After it rains, do you see standing water in your lawn? Try pushing a pencil into the soil - Is it difficult to penetrate the soil in your lawn? Does your lawn see a lot of activity? If you answered yes to these questions, your lawn could benefit from being aerated. Here are 3 reasons why you should aerate your Lake of the Ozarks lawn:


1. Relieve Compacted Soil
Over time, foot and vehicle traffic mash down the soil in your lawn, compacting all the particles. Even regular mowing takes a toll, and poor drainage and wet conditions make matters even worse. This situation poses a problem to lawns because compacted soil has far fewer air-filled pore spaces. Plan­ts depend on those pore spaces to supply roots with much-needed oxygen. Compacted soil prevents roots from expanding, interferes with water filtration and disrupts nutrient uptake.

2. Regenerate the Root System
Aerating the lawn not only helps break up compacted earth, but encourages deeper root growth, which gives your lawn greater defense against the hot sun and surface moisture evaporation. The roots are the delivery system that supplies the oxygen, water, and nutrients necessary to support the life of the turf. Roots need ample oxygen to survive and grow. Aeration allows you to open up channels and get oxygen directly to the root system. These channels also serve as a funnel for water to reach the roots and create an undisturbed area for the roots to grow.

3. Promote Seed Germination
Because of compacted soil and choked out roots, your lawn may have begun to look pretty bare or patchy this summer. This means you'll likely need to reseed this fall to ensure that your lawn has an opportunity to grow new healthy grass for next year. When trying to overseed into an existing lawn, aeration can help to create a good seedbed for new seed. It gives the seedling uncompromised room to exist and take root. It's much easier than trying to do so in an existing turf canopy.

As you can see, aerating your lawn is essential for maintaining a healthy and beautiful lawn throughout the Fall season. If you're unsure of how to go about this task, or simply don't have time to do it, 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, September 7, 2017

Check Off Your End of Summer Landscaping Tasks

While the first day of fall isn't officially here until September 22nd, there is just something about the end of summer that makes everything feel like Autumn. The weather has already started to take a cooler turn and some of the leaves have even started changing color here in the Ozarks. And now that we're past the last busy weekend of the summer, Labor Day Weekend, it is generally the sign that your pool is starting to end it's summer career.


If you're not sure how to deal with the upcoming changes that your landscape needs to take on as the weather starts to get cooler - Paradise Landscaping is here help! Our team of landscapers at the Lake of the Ozarks specialize not only in creating beautiful spaces but preserving those spaces through every season. here are a few things to remember as you gear up for fall and starting thinking about the things you need to check off your end of summer task list.

Winterize Your Pool

While we hate to say goodbye to this feature that has brought so much joy throughout the summer months - it's time to start preparing your pool for winter. There can be a lot of steps involved, not to mention possible repairs to your pool from a busy summer season. 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. Call for details!

Remove Falling Leaves

Having the leaves removed from your landscape is crucial to maintaining a healthy lawn. The leaves can suffocate your grass, create a thriving environment for bacteria, and can create a hazardous area for walking. While they may look pretty at first, they begin to look dull and wet as the fall and winter move on. Raking your entire yard can be quite a chore - as well as time-consuming and backbreaking. Hire our landscape maintenance team at the Lake of the Ozarks to take care of this for you!

Don't Forget Your Turf

Did you know that fall is an excellent time to take care of your turf? Whether you want to lay all new grass seed or fertilize the grass you already have, the combination of cool and warm temperatures during this season make it the perfect time to prep your lawn for spring. This is also a great time to do a complete overhaul on your yard. If you've been waiting for the right time to renovate your landscaping, fall is an excellent time to do this.

Let Us Take Care of Your Landscaping!

At Paradise Landscaping - Irrigation & Pool Maintenance, we take your yard as seriously as we take our own. Our primary concern is that you get the paradise you've always dreamt of, and a landscape that you can enjoy spending your time in. From the creation of your paradise to the maintenance, our team is trained and ready to go. Visit our website to learn more about our landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks and see samples of a few perfect paradises!

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