Friday, June 29, 2018

7 Lawn Aeration FAQs: Part 2

Last week we introduced you to the benefits of lawn aeration in Part 1 of our 2 part blog series 7 Law Aeration FAQs. Paradise Landscaping is excited to keep answering your lawn aeration FAQs. If you are interested in our lawn aeration services at the Lake of the Ozarks, call 573-964-6515 today. Keep reading for Part 2 of our Lawn Aeration FAQs.


7 Lawn Aeration FAQs: Part 2


4. When should I aerate my lawn?

The best season for aerating your lawn depends on what type of grass you have, but you should always aerate during or just before periods of high growth.  For most types of lawns, this would be in the spring.  If you have cool season grass, aerate in early spring.  If you have hot season grass, aerate in late spring.  You should wait until you have mowed the lawn a few times to ensure the grass is in growing season.  It is also important that your lawn has enough moisture before you aerate, but it should not be saturated.  You can water your lawn for an hour the day before so it absorbs approximately one inch of water, or wait until the day after a light rain.

5. When shouldn't I aerate my lawn?

Do not aerate your lawn when it is already under a period of high stress, such as during the hot summer, cold winter, or during a period of drought.  Although aerating is good for your lawn in the long run, it does cause a big disturbance to the grass so you want to make sure to only aerate when the grass is strong enough to recover.  If your grass is newly planted, you should wait at least a year for the first aeration to ensure that the lawn is established.

6. How often should I aerate my lawn?

You should aerate your lawn at least once a year.  If it is highly compacted or if your have clay-based soil, it is best to aerate twice a year.

7. What should I do after I aerate?

After you aerate is a good time to water and fertilize your lawn because it will be easier for the grass to absorb nutrients.



If you are planning to overseed your lawn, a good time to do it is after you aerate.  The seed can take advantage of the disturbed soil for better seed to soil contact.

If you are aerating in the spring, and you are NOT planning to overseed, you should apply weed killer shortly after aeration. This can prevent weeds from also benefitting from the aeration and taking over the grass. However, if you are overseeding, do not apply weed killer or it will prevent the seed from germinating.

You should try to avoid picking up the plugs after aerating because they provide nutrients to the grass when they decompose. They should disintegrate after a few days.  If the look of them really bothers you, you can make them disintegrate more quickly by breaking them up with a rake. Watering also helps them disintegrate more quickly.

Having a beautiful lawn requires a lot of work, but the more you know, the easier it is. Paradise Landscaping is the landscaping, irrigation, and lawn maintenance expert at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Whether you need help maintaining your vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks or you want to create your dream oasis with the best landscaping design at the Lake of the Ozarks, Paradise Landscaping can do it all.


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

7 Lawn Aeration FAQs: Part 1

Most people know that a healthy lawn needs to be mowed, watered, and fertilized. But some homeowners get frustrated when they religiously tend to their lawn, yet it still won't grow or keeps turning brown. That is because you may be missing one crucial lawn care step. Aeration helps ensure that the roots of your grass are actually receiving the nutrients it needs to grow, so it is a vital practice for a lush and healthy lawn. If you need help with your landscaping and lawn care at the Lake of the Ozarks, Paradise Landscaping is here to help. Keep reading for the first 3 questions and set of answers of our 2 part blog series: 7 Lawn Aeration FAQs.

                   

7 Lawn Aeration FAQS: Part 1

1. What is aeration?


Aeration is the process of putting a bunch of small holes in your lawn to allow air, water, and nutrients to get down to roots of the grass. Aeration alleviates soil compaction which occurs when the soil is too dense, compacted, or covered with a lot of organic debris. Compacted soil chokes the roots of the grass and prevents circulation of the water, air, and nutrients the grass needs to grow.

2. Why is it important?


Aerating your lawn allows water, air, and fertilizer to penetrate the soil and reach the roots of the grass. This process of the grass to grow deeper and stronger, producing a thicker and more resilient lawn. Aeration also helps the grass uptake more soil water by reducing water runoff. This makes your lawn more tolerant and resistant to drought.  

3. How can I tell if my lawn needs aerating?


  • If your lawn gets heavy usage such as having children or dogs running around, it is probably a good candidate for aeration.  Lots of traffic contributes to soil compaction.  
  • If your lawn feels spongy and dries out easily, it probably has a thatch problem.  Thatch is a layer of organic material that develops between the living grass and the soil.  Thatch can choke the living grass by preventing water and nutrients from reaching the roots.
  • If your yard turns brown easily or doesn't green up after fertilizing it is probably because water and nutrients are not getting down to the roots of the grass.
  • If your yard has standing water after it rains, this is a good indication that it needs to be aerated.
  • If your lawn was established by sod or as part of a newly built home, it may need to be aerated.  The soil around newly built homes is often compacted by construction and could be stripped.  Lawns established by sod are often suffering from soil layering which disrupts drainage.
Stay tuned next week for Part 2 of our 7 Lawn Aeration FAQs blog series. If you are interested in having the professionals aerate your lawn for you, call Paradise Landscaping at 573-964-6515. We are happy to help you beautify your landscape by giving your lawn the loving care it needs!

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Your Vacation Home at the Lake of the Ozarks

Your vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks should feel like an oasis! It's your getaway from the stresses of real life, so why not make it YOUR version of a paradise. A few creative outdoor touches can be just the trick you need. The best outdoor lighting company at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to give you a few outdoor lighting ideas for your vacation home. If you would like for a professional to come to your vacation home and install these outdoor lighting masterpieces, then give Paradise Landscaping a call at 573-964-6515.


Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Your Vacation Home at the Lake of the Ozarks


Deck & Patio Lighting

Relax on your patio or deck with your family while on vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks! The right patio and deck lighting can set the mood and make for a more soothing environment. There are several ideas to try, from hanging lights to lights highlighting your outdoor wet bar to an outdoor fire pit - the possibilities are endless!

Decorative Path Lighting

Having quality lighting surrounding your pathways is not only a great way to improve the look of the outdoor area surrounding your home, but it also provides needed safety features. Line your flowerbeds, trees, and gardens with creative lighting that highlights the beauty of your backyard oasis. Highlight these beauties so you and your guests can enjoy the ambiance at night as well.

Accent Lighting

Make your outdoor oasis more eye-catching with come accent lighting. For example, try having lights installed by your flower plants or beautiful trees to draw attention to the brighter things in your backyard.

Water Feature Lighting

Speaking of beautiful things in your backyard, if you have any water features in your yard such as:
  • Ponds
  • Waterfalls
  • Streams
  • Fountains
Highlight these water features by surrounding them with lights. However, it's very important that you have the right kinds of light around water, consult with a professional if you are unsure.


Landscape Lighting at Lake of the Ozarks

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. Paradise Landscaping is a Preferred Vendor of Kichler LED Lighting. Kichler offers a 15 years or 40,000 hours warranty, whichever comes first! If you are ready to improve your vacation home with some professional outdoor lighting at the Lake of the Ozarks, call Paradise Landscaping today at 573-964-6515.


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"We strive to give our customers the highest quality and best service at the Lake, we take pride in taking care of our customer’s important investment so they can visit the lake without stress and just enjoy what the Ozarks has to offer." ~ Bill Mackay, Owner


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Friday, June 1, 2018

The Dos & Don'ts of Adding a Water Feature to Your Landscape

Are you looking to give your landscape a makeover? Are you looking to give your backyard a more relaxing feel or a more beautiful look? Sometimes just one big addition can make all the difference. The best landscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to give you the dos and don'ts of adding a water feature to your landscape. If you'd like to add a water feature to your landscape, call Paradise Landscaping at 573-964-6515.


The Dos & Don'ts of Adding a Water Feature to Your Landscape


The Dos

Do monitor your water pump.
Most water features can require a pump to operate properly. Check your pump regularly and make sure it doesn't overheat. Your pump makes your water flow and is the heart of your water feature. Making sure it doesn't burn out is essential.

Do plan, plan, plan.
When we say plan, think about the future. What is your purpose for this feature and what are you hoping to get out of it? Water features can attract water life, such as deer - so, if you are looking to bring beautiful wildlife into your backyard because you like to sit back and watch, then plan accordingly and put your water feature in an area that can be seen from where you typically sit in your front or backyard.



The Don'ts

Don't let your ponds leak.
Leaks in manmade ponds can be a mess! Prevent them as much as possible by calling your local landscaping professional for regular maintenance.

Don't forget about safety.
Do you have small children that live with you? Be mindful of this when deciding on a water feature for your yard as a manmade pond can pose a drowning risk to small children.

Don't awkwardly place your water feature in the wrong space.
Putting a waterfall in the center of your front yard can look awkward and not give you the relaxing feel it's meant to. Ask a landscaping professional advice when deciding where to put this beautiful new addition.


Interested in Adding a Water Feature to Your Landscape?


Paradise Landscaping is here to help you. "We strive to give our customers the highest quality and best service at the Lake, we take pride in taking care of our customer’s important investment so they can visit the lake without stress and just enjoy what the Ozarks has to offer." ~ Bill Mackay, Owner Everyone should feel at paradise in their own home or vacation home and adding a water feature to your landscape can help give you a sense of relaxation and peace. To get this addition at your home or vacation home, give us a call at 573-964-6515 or visit our website at www.DesignYourParadise.com for more information.


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