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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 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.

01 Oct 2016

Top Fall Tasks for Your Landscape

Fall is a crucial time for lawns and gardens and many homeowners don’t realize this. Although the summer blooms are gone, bright colors are fading, and winter is creeping in, fall is an important time to get your landscaping ready to the next growing season.

Some helpful tasks that will save you time and money on services are:

Dividing

Having just spent the spring and summer growing and spreading, fall is the time to decide which perennials may have gotten too big and are ready to be divided and replanted. There is no better way to save money than to shop in your own yard to get new plants for new areas.

Dig your perennials up, cut them in half, and put one half back where they were and plant the other half in another location.

Transplanting

At times, some areas of your garden or flower beds will do so well they will get a little cramped. Fall is a good time to transfer small- to mid-sized plants from close quarters to a more roomy area.

Keep in mind when you transplant and divide, it’s like new plants—they will need extra water.

Spring Clean-up for Fall

Attack your landscape now as if you are doing a spring clean-up. Take the time to arrange a few weekends to rake leaves, cut down perennials, and edge your beds; you will make getting ready for spring much easier on yourself.

Weeding

Many people assume that by fall they can stop weeding, forgetting about the late summer weeds, and leave them in the beds. This is definite way to ensure that next year there will be even more weeds.

Weeds go to seed in the fall and get spread by birds and the wind. They lay hidden through the winter patiently waiting for spring and what do you know—a whole new crop of weeds!

Take the time to weed fully in the fall, taking out roots and you will have a much better chance of getting your mulch down early and do less weeding in the spring.

Seeding

Some may think spring is the best time to seed your lawn and it is not. The ground is still cold and plants are just coming out of winter and are slow to react to fertilizing.

Fall is in fact the best season for seeding or reseeding because the soil is warmed up and responsive. Rain usually returns in the fall as well, promoting new root growth.

02 Apr 2016

4 Ways to Have the Best Lawn in the Neighborhood This Year

Does the sight of your neighbor’s beautiful, perfectly manicured lawn sometimes make you turn a little “green” with envy? It’s no secret that many people compare their own lawn to that of their neighbors—there’s even a saying about grass always being greener on the other side of the fence—but what if you had all the secrets to make your lawn the one that everyone in the neighborhood wishes they could have? Here are a few lawn tips that will make you the envy of the neighborhood.

Aerate in the Fall

The best lawns are the ones that can get plenty of water and nutrients down to the roots of the grass, and the best way to do this is to aerate the lawn. If you are planning aeration, make sure you have clearly marked the heads of your sprinklers to avoid running over them with the aerator. You may also be able to hire someone to do this for you in the fall.

Don’t Cut Too Soon

People who frequently cut their lawn and keep the blades excessively short (under 2-3 inches) will often start to notice patches of white coloring or more weeds in the lawn. That’s because cutting it causes the roots to die, making room for weeds and allowing grass blades to burn and get the white coloring. It’s important to keep your lawn well-manicured, but there’s no need to cut it every day.

Water at the Right Time

Watering your lawn in the middle of the day, especially if you live in a hot climate, is generally a big waste of water. That’s because much of the water you put on the lawn will evaporate into the atmosphere, leaving you with a hefty water bill and a brown lawn as the result. The best times to water are either in the early morning before the sun comes up or the late evening, right before or right after the sun goes down.

Use a Quality Lawnmower

If you do your own lawn mowing, make sure your blades are sharp. As blades dull you will notice blades of grass turning white the day after you mow. Even a lawn that is well taken care of will start to look dry and worn out with a dull lawnmower.

Rather than having to worry about sharpening your lawnmower blades or knowing exactly what height your grass should be, you can just hire a landscape company like Greenside Landscaping that will provide you with the right tools and expertise to get a sharp and beautiful lawn each year.