How to Decorate Your Landscape for the Holidays

11/9/2018

The holidays are coming up fast, and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about holiday decorations. Many people focus solely on decorating within the home and completely forget sprucing up their yards for the season. Here are some fun and easy ways to decorate your landscape for the holidays: Lights, Lights, Lights One of the most prominent decorations for the holidays is extra lights. This can take on a wide variety of forms. Add Christmas lights to your trees, bushes, deck, and around your home. Put some extra lighting fixtures in the front walkway to account for the days ending early and less natural light that comes with the time change. You can get lights in the shape of icicles for winter and different color lights for each different holidays. Start with orange and yellow for Thanksgiving and swap them out for green and red as Christmas gets closer. Adding additional lighting will not only make your home pop and add to your overall curb appeal, but it will also create a welcoming environment for your guests. Wreaths and Planters Festive wreaths are a tell-tale sign that the holidays are here. You can buy wreaths for basically any occasion or even better, make them yourself. Add leaves and pinecones for Thanksgiving and swap them out for plastic berries, ribbons, and candles for Christmas. You can even make a New Year’s wreath by adding silver and gold. Additionally, invest in holiday planters to hang around your deck. These can give a nice little “pop” of color, which can be very refreshing as all of the vegetation around starts to wither away for winter. Do some research on which planter plants do best in cold climates. Add a Scarecrow While you realistically don’t need a functioning scarecrow to scare birds away from your crops, a decorative scarecrow can be a fun addition to your landscape. Scarecrows can range from creepy for Halloween to friendly for Thanksgiving. Pick out a happy looking one that won’t scare away the neighborhood kids and drive a stake into the ground to prop him up against. Your scarecrow will be a fun addition to your yard for many Thanksgivings to come. Pick Out Some Pumpkins One of the absolute easiest ways...

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Outdoor Entertaining for Fall

10/26/2016

As the temperature begins to change, our trees start to glow with beautiful autumn colors. Having a few trees in your landscape can provide a natural, colorful backdrop for outdoor entertainment. Here are some tips you can implement to host the perfect fall get-together with friends and family in your outdoor living space. Before you pick a date for your next outdoor party, make sure that your yard and surrounding garden beds are neat and well-maintained. Clear each area of errant leaves. If you don’t want to throw the leaves away, pile them in a corner of your yard for your children to enjoy! And when you have guests over, their children can enjoy it as well. A fire pit is an ideal addition to any outdoor entertainer’s toolkit. This feature can make a world of difference when the temperatures begin to drop. It provides your patio with a cozy feel and allows you to bring the indoors outside. Add a bag of marshmallows, chocolate bars and graham crackers to give your guests a treat to enjoy while they spend time on your patio. An outdoor grill and kitchen will only enhance your entertainment capabilities alongside the fall beauty. Outdoor kitchens are perfect for both warm and cool temperature entertainment. They also double your kitchen space if you are making a lot of food for guests! Include plenty of seating and surface space for food and drinks to make your area more functional and...

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Landscape Tips To Maintain Healthy Grass All Year

9/28/2016

Healthy grass can be maintained all throughout the year; however, it will require some amount of effort. The best way to maintain a healthy lawn is to work from the bottom up. Below are some landscaping tips you can you to achieve healthy grass year round: Establish a Substantial Soil Foundation. Grass thrives well in soil that contain a neutral pH. It is also important that the soil has the right amounts of potassium salts, phosphorus and nitrogen for the region. If the soil is not right, there will be problems throughout the year. Additionally, you will be wasting money on soil amendments like fertilizers that will not work properly. This is because the soil is too alkaline or too acidic. Less is More. Start your lawn care in February or April, depending on where you live; in southern parts of the United States, February is ideal for starting lawn care. During these times, the temperature of the soil supports weed growth but the unwanted plants is yet to get a foothold. Begin a six-week schedule for applying lawn chemical. This should start with a fertilizer containing a pre-emergent herbicide. You can move on to using a straight fertilizer with a high content of nitrogen. Spot-spray on separate, selective weed as required. Invigorate Your Lawn. Correct mowing and edging are also great methods of maintaining healthy grass year round. An extremely dense lawn might require spring dethatching. This enables the soil to breathe and allows nitrogen exchange, which is a good place to get your lawn started. Buy or rent a power rake to avoid breaking your back with a manual rake. Clean up is very important. Blow or sweep away excess fertilizer from driveways and walkways on the grass. This will prevent the chemical from being washed into public...

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Falling In Love With Your Fall Landscaping

9/3/2015

The autumn brings some much needed changes to the weather, as well as to landscaping. It’s an important time of the year to prepare the lawn and garden for the next growing season. Here are some helpful fall landscaping tips to help homeowners fall in love with their property this autumn: Yard Clean Up. The changing colors of the leaves are pleasant to look at, but soon enough, they end up coloring the lawn and garden, as well. While it may not sound like an enjoyable task, it is necessary to do a yard clean up in the fall. Take the time to rake up leaves, small branches, and other debris that may have settled in flower beds and across the lawn. They can either be bagged up, or left by the curb for pickup, depending on the community’s procedures. Add Color. Plant some fall perennials for bursts of rich, bright colors in flower beds and along walkways. Just because the spring and summer are over doesn’t mean that the flower beds should be left alone. Some of the best options are Mums, Hostas, Inulas, and ferns, to name a few. These plants will add beauty and enhance curb appeal. Remove Dying Plants. Take the time to remove any dead or dying plants. When left as they are, they take away from the curb appeal, so it’s best to just get them out of the ground. Remove any annuals that have died off, and cut back perennials and grasses that have died. Just don’t prune any plants in the fall, as pruning encourages growth, and plants should remain dormant for the duration of the cold season. Aim to tidy up flower beds and give them a cleaned up look. This will also make it easier to get started next spring. The fall is an important time to tend to landscaping. By following these simple tips, you’ll fall in love with the look of your property in every season. Take the time to prepare for the winter, and ensure that your home has a well maintained appearance throughout the winter...

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