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15 Oct 2017

Why Bees are Valuable in the Garden

While it’s understandable that many people are afraid of being stung by bees, this fear keeps some from recognizing their undeniable importance to Mother Nature and even our daily lives. Bees are pollinators, vital to many of the most important crops, and their presence can be a significant factor in an improved garden.

At Greenside, our landscaping experts can speak to you about the effect of bees on the garden. Let’s go over some basics about their benefits, plants they love and tips to attract them to your garden.

Bee Basics

There are numerous crops that depend on bees and other pollinators for continued life. This extends beyond the home garden – in farming, some of the plants that depend on bees are used to feed livestock and keep the entire operation running. Crops that depend on bees and other pollinators include apples, pumpkins, almonds, pears, blueberries, melons, plums, cotton and more.

Unfortunately, though, the US has lost over 50 percent of its managed honeybee colonies in the last 10 years. This is a frightening trend that could have major effects in the future.

Plants Bees Love

There are several plants that will easily attract bees to your garden:

  • Butterfly weed
  • Coneflower
  • Poppies
  • Clover
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Bee Balm
  • Cranesbill

Tips to Attract Bees

There are several things you can do to attract bees to your garden for healthy reasons:

  • Diverse garden: Plant flowers and other plants that bloom during different times of the year. This will help attract both bees and other important pollinators. Choose trees and plants that vary in height, color and size.
  • Single flowers: Single flowers are great for providing food and nutrients for bees in a very easy place for them to access.
  • Pesticides: Pesticides have played a big role in the decline of bee colonies, as they are toxic to bees and other pollinators. Look to other pest control options for your garden.
  • Color: Bees are more attracted to specific colors: Blue, yellow and purple in flowers. Look for options like lavender, daisies, zinnias, snapdragons, bee balm and nepeta.

For more on how bees can benefit your garden, or to hear about our lawn maintenance and lawn clean up offerings along with other landscaping services, speak to the pros at Greenside today.

01 Oct 2017

Benefits of Organic Lawn Care

A lawn says a lot about a homeowner, and lawn care is one of our specialties at Greenside. We offer lawn maintenance, fertilization and other services to keep your grass healthy and looking beautiful.

One area we’re asked about a lot is organic lawn care, something we’re proponents of. Treating your lawn organically shows an appreciation of the natural world, and also affects several other important factors. Here are some potential benefits of organic lawn care.

Grass Health

Beneficial nutrients found in organic products help nurture roots, and also balance soil pH and good microbes. Much of what you’ll need here comes down to soil – you can collect some for testing, and this will tell you what kind of nutrient levels you need to add to get your desired result. You can then determine what the right organic fertilizer is to purchase, and any other practices you should be taking.

Family Health

Your grass isn’t the only area that can benefit from health improvements – your family can as well. Organic lawn care doesn’t feature many of the chemicals involved in standard care, including herbicides, pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. These chemicals are often applied to grass, and this can pass on to people – especially children – from here. Instead of using harsh chemicals, natural products are healthier for both the lawn and those enjoying it.

Environment

Organic treatments are also far better for the natural environment. Reducing chemical usage means that over time, less chemicals will be present in streams and runoff. Soil will be cleaner, air will be sweeter and the environment will benefit. Chemicals should only be used as a last resort.

Maintenance Costs

Finally, cost benefits are the nail in the chemical coffin. An unhealthy lawn that’s dependent on chemicals can come with high costs for maintenance since soil and the ground level isn’t truly healthy. A lawn that’s cared for organically, however, will settle into a nice pattern where much less maintenance or cost is required.

For more on why organic lawn care might be right for you, or for any of our other landscaping services, speak to the pros at Greenside today.

15 Sep 2017

Landscaper Qualities to Look For

At Greenside, our landscaping services are second to none. Whether it’s lawn care or yard clean up during the summer or seasonal planting issues in spring or fall, our experts have the expertise to help you with any and all landscaping projects.

We know we’re not the only landscaping company out there, though, and we welcome our clients to review their options when considering a landscaper – and allowing us to prove why we stand above the rest. Here are a few important factors you should consider when looking at hiring a landscaping company like ours.

Experience

In a field like this, experience and knowledge are closely related. Someone with just a few years in the business just won’t have seen as much as someone with decades of experience. How do you ensure that you’re finding an experienced landscaper? A few tips:

  • Web searches: These days, any reputable landscaping service will have a visible online presence. Check for things like photos, customer reviews and reviews.
  • Referrals: Word of mouth is another way business spreads in the landscaping game. If a friend or family member has had a good or bad experience with a company, consider their advice.
  • Affiliations: The kind of affiliations a company holds can say a lot about their services. Look for landscaping companies that promote horticulture education and safe, ethical business practices.

Property Assessment

Every property is different and has different needs, and the kind of landscaper you hire might reflect this. Before making any final hiring decisions, schedule a site visit for a property assessment. This will assess what kinds of services you might be in need of, and allow you to avoid paying for services that aren’t essential. You can discuss your budget with the assessor, and ask any questions you may have of a professional.

Consider Your Goals

Another thing to consider before hiring is what you’re looking to accomplish. Are you looking for some simple touch-ups, or are you undergoing a big renovation like a new swimming pool or a backyard pavilion? These kinds of decisions might affect your choice for a landscaper,

Want to learn more about what you should be looking for in a landscaper, or interested in any of our other landscaping services? Speak to the pros at Greenside today.

01 Sep 2017

Fall Landscaping Tips and Tricks

The summer is giving way to fall, and this means it’s time to handle a few things around the home. One such task is making sure all your landscaping needs are covered before the cold winter hits, and at Greenside, we’re here to help.

Our lawn experts and other professionals will help get your prepped for all the areas you need to maintain at this time of year. Let’s look at several important steps within lawn care and landscaping to take during the fall.

Mulch

Mulching in fall is much better for plants than it is during the spring, as it helps protect roots from frost and will retain moisture if winter happens to be cold and dry. The procedure here is simple enough: Spread two or three inches of fresh mulch around shrubs and trees – look to buy mulch from home and garden centers rather than from municipal piles, which can contain disease sports. These diseases can spread to your plants and infect your entire garden in some cases.

Removal

Fall is generally not a good time for pruning – this process encourages growth in healthy plants, and this really isn’t the right time of year for that. However, don’t put your shears away – fall is great for neatening landscaping and removing certain unwanted guests before the winter. Some suggestions:

  • Remove any dead annuals.
  • Deadhead spent blooms, and cut back dead and desiccated ornamental grasses and perennials.
  • Lightly prune dead and dying branches from shrubs and trees.
  • Cut back tea roses to about a third of their height after the first frost.

Shrubs

The perils of winter can dry and split your more delicate shrubs. Here are some suggestions for protecting landscaping from the winter elements:

  • Hide small plants under plastic pots or buckets.
  • Wrap shrubs tightly in burlap.
  • Surround any vulnerable trees with shredded leaves for protection.

Fall Specials

The period from early fall until the first frost is great for planting trees – cooler weather and autumn rains combine to put less strain on younger plants. Additionally, many plant nurseries are under pressure to empty their shelves before winter, and may have great specials going during this period. Consider these advantages if you’re looking to do some new planting.

For more on fall landscaping tips, or to find out about any of our other services, speak to the pros at Greenside today.

01 Aug 2017

Lawn Care Tips Over the Summer

Lawn care is important throughout all the warmer periods of the year, and especially so during summer. At Greenside, our lawn experts are here to help with all areas of lawn maintenance during the hottest time of the year.

What are some home tips you can take to help in these efforts? Here are a few basic tips for each of the prominent parts of the summer, starting with early summer and ranging to late summer.

Early Summer

Here are a few areas to look at during the earliest parts of summer:

  • Feed: Feed lawns in the early summer to help them fight heat and drought conditions. Use a fertilizer that releases its nutrients over time, allowing the lawn to continuously benefit from this over a longer period.
  • Grubs: If you had a grub problem in previous years or know a neighbor has them, apply an anti-grub compound at the earliest possible time. Grubs will result in dead patches later in the summer that you won’t be able to combat.
  • Mow high: Taller grass blades leads to better root development, and also helps to shade soil and cool it, meaning you’ll conserve some water.
  • Let clippings lie: When you mow early in the season, leave clippings to help break down and feed your lawn.
  • Weeds: Spot-treat any weeds you see.

Mid-Summer

  • Deep watering: Check how water is penetrating soil, and look for it to reach a depth of between 4 and 6 inches.
  • Feed: Keep the lawn fed every six to eight weeks. If grass goes dormant during heat, however, wait until it regrows before feeding again.

Late Summer

  • Sharpen blades: A dull blade will tear your grass and create a rough, ragged edge that loses moisture more easily than a clean cut. Be sure to sharpen the blade at the end of each season.
  • Morning watering: Especially as heat builds up over summer, look to water between 6 and 10 AM for the best water retention.
  • Weeds: Continue to spot-spray weeds whenever they crop up.

For more tips on summer lawn care, or for any other landscaping considerations, speak to the pros at Greenside today.

 

01 Jul 2017

How to Plan Your Next Landscaping Project

At Greenside Landscaping, we’re here as your primary assist for landscaping projects large and small. Whether it’s a smaller item like proper greenery planting or a bigger project like a new pathway installation, our experts will help you from start to finish with materials, planning and expertise.

One of the issues we see most commonly as we get projects off the ground is a simple lack of planning. Many landscaping projects are big undertakings, and going about it improperly can cost you time and money. With that in mind, here are some common planning tips for your next big project.

Start Early

Many landscaping projects should begin being mapped out at least a couple months in advance, often up to six months in some cases. This will allow time to identify the proper materials needed, and to place any orders that require shipping if necessary. We’ve already passed this point this year, but some projects are best begun in the late winter or early spring – they can be finished before the hottest months in this case.

Draw It Out

As you get started, look to sketch out some basic design elements for your project. Consider the size of your yard and any impediments, and then move to design preferences – plants, areas of emphasis and any other major goals you have for the project. Consider whether children change your plans at all, and whether you have any drainage or plumbing issues to consider. And of course, sketching things out will help you properly budget for the items you’ll need.

Information Storage

As you get your layout completed, be sure to store it safely. Modern technology allows this to be done easily via a computer, and even if this isn’t your game, simple storage here should be easy enough. Don’t let months of planning go to waste by ignoring this detail.

Contractor

And finally, finding a contractor with the proper licenses and reputation is a vital part of any major landscaping project. Our Greenside experts can help with everything from planning to execution, and provide expertise on material selection and application.

Interested in learning more about any of our landscaping services, including lawn care or fertilization? Speak to the pros at Greenside Landscaping today.

01 Jun 2017
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Common Landscaping Uses of Rusted Steel

Rusted metal may look sinister in certain landscapes, but within a garden or other landscaping project, it can be charming and appealing. At Greenside, we offer numerous rusted steel design options for your next big landscaping project.

What are some of the potential uses of rusted steel within a yard or garden? Here are some of the most common and creative.

Fence or Gate

Whether it’s through weaving steel bars or perforating solid steel, a fence is one of the primary uses of rusted steel. It’s a strong and durable product, and can be crafted into a variety of sizes of fence. It can be built to allow light into a given area, or to keep it out entirely.

Rusted metal can also function as a quaint, creative design for an entry gate. Rusted gates set among shrubbery or other greens are a great contrast, and give visitors a homely feel. They can even be used as driveway gates in some homes.

Sculpturing

The options for sculpting based on rusted steel are virtually limitless. If you have water items in your yard already, rusted steel can be used to craft a beautiful waterfall or flowing stream. If you have garden beds, rusted steel can serve as a perfect wall. And for the more creative among us, abstract architecture is easily possible with rusted steel.

Pathways

Rusted iron can be a perfect material for a walkway – either threaded to create the walking surface itself, or simply as the walls that outline it.

Planters

Basic planters can be made from many materials, so why not go for one that’s inexpensive, healthy for plants and a unique design? Rusted steel works well here.

Retaining Wall

Whether it’s just a single wall or multiple on a cascading slope, rusted metal has the adaptive qualities you need for a retaining wall. It complements all different types of plants well, and is perfect for a contemporary landscape.

Fire Pit

For entertaining purposes, a fire pit is always a good idea. Rusted metal will help keep surrounding surfaces well protected, and you don’t have to worry about any marks or indents on what was already an imperfect surface.

Want to learn more about the uses of rusted steel in landscaping, or interested in any of our lawn maintenance or weed control services? Speak to the pros at Greenside today.

01 May 2017

Noticing and Preventing Yard-Related Pests

Within the world of landscaping and yard care, there are a number of priorities to take. These can range from lawn care and weed control to fertilization concerns, and at Greenside, we’re here to help with any and all areas of need.

Another important consideration for the discerning gardener? Preventing pests in the yard, and particularly in trees. There are several pests that can damage and even ruin landscaping projects – luckily, though, there are also a few telltale signs. Here are a few of these signs.

Boring Insects

Boring insects are the types that tunnel inside trees and feed on their bark. These are often the most destructive pets for ornamental trees and shrubs. These bugs often make it impossible for the tree to transport water and nutrients.

You may notice exit holes in the trunk or branches of the tree, or sawdust-like debris or frass. You could also notice lots of leaves in the area. If you notice these issues repeatedly, or in multiple trees, you should call our Greenside professionals and set an appointment as soon as possible.

Chewing Insects

Chewing insects are often the simplest to notice, and create major damage to leaves or needles. For most trees, this sort of minor defoliation is not a problem – but more severe infestation, or a loss of leaf surface over several years, can reduce a plant’s ability to thrive and continue growing.

With chewing insects, you’re likely to notice nests in place, or even the insects themselves. You’ll see holes in leaves, and the skeletonization or complete removal of leaf tissue. An extreme rate of leaf loss may also take place in some cases.

Sucking Insects

There are several insects that survive purely by sucking sap and nutrients from plants or trees. These are often the toughest yard pests to detect – small and difficult to see. Nearly all woody ornamentals are at risk of infection by these insects, including mites, scales, aphids and others.

Signs here will include withered leaves, dieback on branches and tips, a sooty mold coating, sticky sap or honeydew, or the loss of needles. Premature leaf drop may also take place.

If you see any of these signs, or if you’re interested in any of our other landscaping services, contact the experts at Greenside today.

01 Apr 2017

Signs Your Lawn Needs Fertilization

For any homeowner invested in the care of their yard, lawn fertilization is an important consideration. Fertilization helps prevent the spread of insects on the lawn, and offers weed control to help your flowers and other plants retain enough room and nutrients to grow – among other factors.

At Greenside Landscaping, we’re here to assist with comprehensive fertilization services. Here are a few common signs or situations that typically signal a need for fertilization.

Nitrogen Deficiency

When lawns lack nitrogen, they can be susceptible to a weed invasion and a much lower number of grass clippings than usual after you mow the lawn. Some of the most common visible signs of a nitrogen deficiency include yellow or yellow-green grass, plus slow growth and low density of grass. A fertilizer higher in nitrogen will be the appropriate response here, and a common solution is grasscycling or applying poultry manure.

Fairy Rings

Fairy rings is the term for patches of grass you’ll begin to notice containing areas of light-colored or dead grass in the middle. At times, you’ll see mushrooms growing on the outer ring. This signals a problem with fungus on the lawn, particularly common with lawns grown in soil containing large quantities of organic matter. Aerating the soil manually is recommended here before applying a fertilizer high in nitrogen. You’re also advised to keep the areas in question moist for a few days.

Rust

Another fungal-related issue is rust on the grass, which will show up in a reddish-brown color along with normal yellow in many cases. In addition, if it’s untreated, rust can cause small bumps of a similar color on the older blades of grass, which will eventually die. A big chunk of rust prevention relates to basic maintenance on the lawn, plus a high-nitrogen fertilizer when the lawn is dry. Once this is done, irrigate regularly and try to mow a bit more often to prevent rust buildup.

Phosphorous Deficiency

A phosphorous deficiency will turn grass a dull, blue-green color in its early stages, and then in the later stages will turn the edges of the blades a purple hue. Eventually, the grass will look reddish. This signals a need for phosphorous-heavy fertilizer, including heat-dried or aged poultry and cow manure.

Want to learn more about fertilization, or any other element of our lawn care services? Speak to the experts at Greenside today.

01 Mar 2017

Landscaping Tips for Early Spring Season

There may still be a snowstorm or two left in winter’s last gasp, but as the ground begins to thaw and the air gets warmer, spring is nearly here. That means more sun and warmth, but it also means folks in the landscaping game are gearing up for a more involved part of the year.

At Greenside, we’re here to help you with everything from lawn maintenance to sprinkler repair. We’re also here to offer our expertise – here are a few basic tips to observe as winter rolls into spring and the ground begins thawing.

Clean

First off, you need to clean the lawn and any gardening or bed areas. If any branches or debris has fallen, pick it up and confirm it didn’t do any lasting damage. Clean leaves off areas that will need soil or mulch (more on these in a moment), and if you’re getting right to work in any specific areas, clean that area as well.

Begin Planting

For those looking to use the springtime to plant new grass or install new sod, there’s no need to apply any pre-emergent at this time of year – simply a balanced organic-based fertilizer. In the fall, you’d need to use a pre-emergent.

For plants or new vegetables, the first big checklist item is making sure the soil is in the proper condition after thawing. Use a soil test if you’re unsure. If you can add organic matter or compost to the soil at the time of planting, this will help improve soil structure and promote deeper roots – meaning less insects and stress from heat, and possibly a lower water bill.

Mower Considerations

If you winterized your mower over the cold season, you’ll need to sharpen the mower blades early in the spring – dull blades can lead to tearing of the grass, and a resulting brown color and fungus development. Make sure you remove the spark plug before you take the blades off.

In the early spring, you also want to mow your grass high. Cool-season grass needs a bit more space to grow than warm-season grass. This sort of lawn care can make the difference a few months down the road in the hot months.

Mulch Layer

You’ll want to apply a mulch layer of about four inches over all your beds to help prevent weeds. If any weeds still pop up, apply a glyphosate product to help remove them.

Want to learn more about spring duties, or any of our other landscaping products or services? The experts at Greenside are standing by.