Spring Landscaping Ideas

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  • 21 Mar, 2017

Spring is here, so it's time to start thinking about landscaping designs for your home. The landscape experts at Lawrence Landscape have come up with some design inspiration to share with you. Browse through a few of our favorite spring ideas and contact us when you're ready to schedule landscaping services!

  1. Create a Colorful Atmosphere.  Perhaps our best advice for spring is to add a pop of color to your home's exterior. Spring is all about new, fresh starts, and a colorful landscape is perfect for celebrating just that. Whether you prefer colorful flowers, or something more subtle, we have the resources and industry knowledge to get the job done.
  2. Incorporate a Springtime Setup.  Something important to think about with the coming of a new season is the weather. Spring is a great time to host outdoor gatherings, so we recommend making space for outdoor furniture to create a sanctuary for friends and family. Whether it's a pergola, gazebo, or just a table and chairs, an inviting outdoor area will enhance your outdoor space this springtime. Before you decide how to transform your outdoor paradise, let us get your landscape looking luxurious.
  3. Brighten Your Surroundings.  Why not set up string lights to help brighten your space this spring? Lawrence Landscape installs beautiful outdoor lighting that you’ll enjoy all year long. Your guests will be impressed and feel right at home with your inviting outdoor area, lit up to perfection. Spring is the perfect season to add torches, lights, and other aesthetically appealing details to your space. But first, you need to make sure your yard is in tip-top shape!
  4. Customize Your Space.  The way to make your home's exterior truly your own this spring is by customizing your surroundings to suit your home and style. If your home is quaint and full of character, think about mirroring that sort of personality with your outdoor area. If you have an extravagant home, we can make your landscape match that style as well. Whatever your preferences may be, the most important thing we can do is make your exterior perfect for you and your family.


Schedule Quality Landscaping Services in Lawrence, Kansas

Are you ready to upgrade the look and feel of your outdoor area? We have the experience to create your ideal outdoor living area just in time for spring!

What are you waiting for? Contact the landscape experts at Lawrence Landscape today!

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By 7016412154 26 Apr, 2017
Our family moved into a beautiful new home this past winter. The expansive yard has healthy turf making it an ideal place for our three kids to run, and play, and cause mischief. The mature trees provide shade and allude to the promise of a tire swing and a tree house. The north side of our driveway is lined with evergreen shrubs that, over the past decade, have grown to provide screening from the neighbor’s property.

Once the dust had settled from our move, we noticed that these shrubs didn’t look as vibrant as they should. A closer look we revealed the reason why – they were completely overrun with bagworms!

After spending hours upon hours hand-picking and disposing of literally thousands of over-wintering bagworms, I thought I had taken care of them all. The next day I went out to admire the fruit of my labor. As I sifted through the branches I discovered that I had missed another 500 worms, at least. I’m sure this goes without saying, but this is not an ideal way to spend a weekend.

In lieu of this experience, and assuming I’m not the only person this has happened to, I thought we’d cover the bagworm basics so YOU can avoid a similar fate.

The bagworms must go.

Bagworms attack and devour trees and shrubs such as evergreen trees, junipers, arborvitae, rose bushes, cypress, and spruce. The trouble with bagworms is that they move quickly when they are young, eating and potentially killing trees and shrubs within a matter of days. Once the worms have eaten one tree, they’ll continue to move from one plant to another, especially plants touching one another.

Be on the lookout.

Keep your eyes peeled for signs of feeding damage, as well as cone-shaped bags. The bags are made of partially consumed foliage which allows them to blend in well with their environment. Bag building starts early in the summer, depending on the weather, and can be difficult to spot. As the season continues the bags will become more visible, growing from less than ¼ inch to 1 ½ inches in length.

Save your trees and shrubs from bagworms!

There is never just one bagworm, so if you’ve noticed them in or around your yard, you need to act. If the larvae are actively feeding, then a chemical treatment will take care of the problem. If you wait too long (like I did) and the insects are pupating inside their bags, it is too late to use pesticides. The only way to get rid of the problem at this point is to remove the bags by hand and destroy them, either by smashing them (gross) or putting them in sealed bags where they cannot escape.

Our team of experts is here to help! We will help you scout your property for bagworms, correctly identify any issues, and provide treatment solutions. Don’t wait until it’s too late – contact us today !
By 7016412154 26 Apr, 2017

When it comes to making investments, people want to feel confident in their returns. While we are not investment bankers, we are confident that landscaping is one of the best investments you can make for your home. If you have a landscape that is old, overgrown, or sparse, investing in landscape renovation and maintenance will increase the value of your home, reduce the risk of unwanted pests and critters, and make your property more visually appealing to guests, tenants, and potential buyers. Conversely, if your landscape is a blank canvas because you’ve recently constructed a new home, now is a wonderful time to add texture and seasonal color to your property to help enhance the look and feel of your new home while benefiting from a whole list of additional pros!

With spring right around the corner, this is a great time to start thinking about your landscaping wants and needs, whether that is a minor renovation, a complete overhaul, or a brand new landscape plan! Let’s take a closer look at some of the additional benefits of investing in the landscape around your home:

  1. Increased home value: Landscaping is a great investment and can increase market value of your home. John Harris, landscape economist, states that good landscaping can add up to 28% overall home value; furthermore, a study done by Clemson University indicated that just improving your landscape from “good” to “excellent” in terms of design, condition, and placement can add 6% to 7% to a home’s value.
  2. Improved curb appeal:  Landscaping helps to enhance curb appeal. It can make your home look more inviting to guests and it can help your home sell if it's on the market. Landscape curb appeal makes a great first impression and makes your home stand out from the others in your neighborhood.
  3. Increased savings and reduced energy bills:  Landscaping with the right plants can help to save on heating and cooling costs for your home. Depending on the variety planted, trees can help shade your home during the summer months and create wind breaks during the winter months. This will further reduce your energy bills and increase your savings!
  4. Improved outdoor living spaces:  Landscaping creates a more appealing living atmosphere by using different styles, colors, and textures that you can enjoy from both inside and outside of your home. Create a place to entertain with an outdoor kitchen and fire pit or a place to relax with a cozy patio placed within a private landscape setting.
  5. Reduced noise and improved privacy:  Landscaping can reduce the level of noise around your property, especially if you’re located around a high traffic street or highway; furthermore, depending on the variety, different plantings can help to block unpleasant views and can be used to create a screen for a more private setting.

Investing in the landscaping for your home comes back as a return in many positive forms, including the satisfaction of enjoying the creation of new outdoor living spaces. Landscapes come in many different shapes and sizes - they can be imagined, inspired, and created by a number of various styles, plants, colors, textures, and features. There's no project too big or too small for Lawrence Landscape. Contact us today and let one of our landscape designers help you create the right landscape investment for your home!

By 7016412154 25 Apr, 2017

One of the most nostalgic scents of all time is freshly cut grass. It takes you back to the playful days of your childhood, those simple moments of ease, whether that be napping in a hammock or walking with nature. Or maybe it reminds you of the best-looking lawn you’ve ever seen!

For many, having a well-kept lawn is a source of pride. A healthy lawn creates outdoor space for your family to enjoy, increasing the quality of life at your home. Now that spring is here, we thought it would be helpful to share some important tips about mowing.

Why Mowing Matters

Consistent mowing is one of the most important factors that impacts the health of your lawn. Why is it so crucial, you may ask? 

  • First and foremost, you’ll have stronger turf : Strong, healthy lawns are those that are properly tended. Our team recommends mowing weekly or bi-weekly depending on growth patterns and weather in your area. 
  • Second, you’ll achieve even growth: Regular mowing will help you avoid an uneven, patchy lawn. Consistent mowing at a uniform level will improve the overall distribution and absorption of nutrients and resources that come from the sun and water.
  • Third, your lawn will recover faster from natural nuisances: Your lawn is like any other living responsibility – it requires attention and care to ensure it stays healthy. Well-maintained yards recovery more quickly after inclement weather and are more resistant to pests, disease and weeds.

How to Mow Correctly

Mows are like haircuts: there are good ones and bad ones. You don’t just want to chop everything off as low as you can, hoping to delay your next mow. You want your lawn to look good, full and luscious. Here are some pro tips on how to achieve that.

  • Have your mower settings on high. Here in Kansas, most of the grass that we see growing in yards should be kept near an optimal height of about 3 inches. That said, you don’t want to let your grass grow really high and then cut it really short. When this happens, grass plants are forced to re-grow their blades rather than deepen the root systems, making your lawn more susceptible to weeds.
  • Mow as needed – no more, no less. Grass grows depending on climate. In spring and fall, you may need to mow weekly. In summer, you may only need to mow every other week.
  • Always mow a dry yard. Not only will wet clippings stress and clog your mower, cutting wet grass can result in an uneven cut. For best results, try to mow before it rains.
  • Keep your blades sharp. The sharper the blade, the cleaner the cut. If your blades are dull, the mower will tear the grass blades rather than cut them and you’ll end up with turf that is grayish-brown in color.

Let Lawrence Landscape Help You Make Those Great ‘Fresh Cut Grass’ Memories

Mowing consistently and correctly can help you achieve the strong, luscious lawn you want. We understand that not everyone has the time to do yard work, nor do they particularly enjoy it. That’s why the team of experts at Lawrence Landscape is here – we want to make your life easier!

 Whether you’re in need of mowing services, weed treatments , or spring cleans up , let our team of lawn care experts do the work for you this year. Contact our lawn care maintenance team today to get started!

By 7016412154 21 Mar, 2017

It’s common knowledge that people need certain essential vitamins and minerals to stay healthy, but did you know that plants do too? In fact, they require 17 essential nutrients just to sustain normal growth! These nutrients come from three primary sources: air, water, and soil.

Let's start with where your trees and shrubs get their nutrients. Plants get the hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen they need from the air and water around them. The 14 remaining essentials are a combination of macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients that plants get from the soil, all of which contribute to their health. Macro-nutrients consist of nitrogen, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, and sulfur, while micro-nutrients include trace amounts of iron, zinc, molybdenum, manganese, boron, copper, cobalt, and chlorine.

The pH of Soil Matters to Your Plants

Because the majority of the essential nutrients trees and shrubs need come from the ground, we have to consider the soil in our area to determine the need to fertilize. pH levels will affect the availability of minerals and nutrients. Nutrients are more accessible in acidic soil (low pH) than they are in alkaline soil (high pH). Here in Northeast Kansas, the pH levels of the soil are high, making fertilizers a great way to ensure your trees and shrubs are able to get the nutrients they need.

You and Your Plants Will Be Happier

Fertilizers essentially act as a multi-vitamin for your trees and shrubs and will stimulate robust and vigorous growth! When plants are getting the proper amount of nutrients, you’ll benefit by: 

  1. Improving their overall health
  2. Enhancing their seasonal color
  3. Improving the shade coverage they are able to provide
  4. Providing a natural habitat for wildlife

That said, there is such thing as “too much” when it comes to fertilization. Important factors to consider before making a decision about fertilizing include whether the tree or shrub is newly installed or if it’s already well established, the age and size of the planting, and the location of the tree or shrub.

It’s Okay to Seek Professional Help to Get Your Trees and Shrubs the Nutrients They Need!

Our fertilization programs have the macro and micro-nutrients needed to aid in all aspects of plant growth. Our treatments also include general insecticides to help protect your plants from invasive insects from the inside out. Remember that pesky Emerald Ash Borer? We can help keep them out of your trees!

Our nutrient packages and insecticide treatments last about 4 – 6 months, so we recommend treatments in the spring and fall to ensure year-round coverage and control. Late April and early May are great times to get started with fertilization - let our team of experts help you get it taken care of. Contact us today!

By 7016412154 21 Mar, 2017

Spring is here, so it's time to start thinking about landscaping designs for your home. The landscape experts at Lawrence Landscape have come up with some design inspiration to share with you. Browse through a few of our favorite spring ideas and contact us when you're ready to schedule landscaping services!

  1. Create a Colorful Atmosphere.  Perhaps our best advice for spring is to add a pop of color to your home's exterior. Spring is all about new, fresh starts, and a colorful landscape is perfect for celebrating just that. Whether you prefer colorful flowers, or something more subtle, we have the resources and industry knowledge to get the job done.
  2. Incorporate a Springtime Setup.  Something important to think about with the coming of a new season is the weather. Spring is a great time to host outdoor gatherings, so we recommend making space for outdoor furniture to create a sanctuary for friends and family. Whether it's a pergola, gazebo, or just a table and chairs, an inviting outdoor area will enhance your outdoor space this springtime. Before you decide how to transform your outdoor paradise, let us get your landscape looking luxurious.
  3. Brighten Your Surroundings.  Why not set up string lights to help brighten your space this spring? Lawrence Landscape installs beautiful outdoor lighting that you’ll enjoy all year long. Your guests will be impressed and feel right at home with your inviting outdoor area, lit up to perfection. Spring is the perfect season to add torches, lights, and other aesthetically appealing details to your space. But first, you need to make sure your yard is in tip-top shape!
  4. Customize Your Space.  The way to make your home's exterior truly your own this spring is by customizing your surroundings to suit your home and style. If your home is quaint and full of character, think about mirroring that sort of personality with your outdoor area. If you have an extravagant home, we can make your landscape match that style as well. Whatever your preferences may be, the most important thing we can do is make your exterior perfect for you and your family.


Schedule Quality Landscaping Services in Lawrence, Kansas

Are you ready to upgrade the look and feel of your outdoor area? We have the experience to create your ideal outdoor living area just in time for spring!

What are you waiting for? Contact the landscape experts at Lawrence Landscape today!

By 7016412154 21 Mar, 2017

As Kansas winters give way to the longer, warmer days of spring, we can’t help but notice the natural revival of the landscape around us. The smell of frost is replaced by that of dew, we see buds on trees, and we hear the cheerful sounds of birds chirping. Revival is an important part of what we do here at Lawrence Landscape. Our creativity is driven by the restoration of life. We want to take what you have, or what you want, and make it strong, lively, and vibrant. 

So, as the chances of surprise winter weather fade away, look around your yard. Could your landscape use a bit of reviving? Check out a few of our ideas on how to liven up the scenery at your place!

Bring on the Color  

Incorporating plants that bring seasonal color to your landscape is a sure-fire way to add curb appeal and vibrancy to your home. Putting the right plants in the right places can provide both aesthetics and functional value to your home. Here are a few of our favorite shrubs:

  • Forsythia – With elegant, unruly branches and vibrant yellow blossoms, forsythia is an early-spring bloomer that shatters the grays of winter. These low maintenance shrubs are great for privacy screening and are also deer resistant!
  • Hydrangeas – With huge bouquets of clustered flowers that come in a variety of different colors, hydrangeas add dramatic flair to your landscape. These shrubs can offer beauty throughout the year with colorful fall foliage, summer and fall blooms, and winter interest. 
  • Weigela – With bell-shaped flowers that cover arching stems, weigela is one of our favorite late-spring/early-summer bloomers. This low maintenance shrub is great for privacy screening and has the added bonus of helping with erosion control.

Create Outdoor Living Spaces

Gone are the days when living spaces were confined to the inside of your home. Creating space to entertain, relax, and play outdoors allows you and your family to enjoy your property in a whole new way.

  • Patios – Whether you like the look of natural stone or prefer brick, pavers, or stamped concrete, a well-designed patio creates functional space in your yard. Want to entertain friends and family this spring? Invite them over to hang on your patio with you! Want to see some examples of patios we’ve built? Check out our work!
  • Outdoor Kitchens – Grab your chef hat and favorite apron and meet us outside! When it comes to outdoor kitchen design, there is no limit to what you can do. Equip your kitchen with whatever tools you love to cook with: a grill, oven and range, smoker, rotisserie – if you can imagine it, we can create it! Check out our gallery of work.
  •   Fire Features The epitome of coziness, a fire pit or outdoor fireplace makes for an excellent source of entertainment and warmth in the evening. With wood burning and gas options available, we can tailor the design to fit your style. Check out our gallery of work. We’ll get started on the build while you grab the s’mores supplies!

  Let Lawrence Landscape Help Revive Your Landscape

Spring is a great time to get started on your landscape revival and our team will help make your vision a reality. Whether you’re looking to renovate your existing landscape or start from scratch on new projects, we’ve got you covered! Give us a shout today and let’s bring your outdoor imagination to life.

By 7016412154 20 Feb, 2017

You know a healthy lawn when you see one – it’s thick, lush, and the color is vibrant; however, growing a healthy lawn of your own doesn’t always seem easy to attain. Here in the Midwest, our lawns run the risk of high weed-to-grass ratios and nutrient deficiencies that can leave lawns looking barren. The good news is that with proper turf fertilization and weed control processes in place, your lawn can thrive year after year. With spring just around the corner, now is the best time to start thinking about and planning for the coming growing season!

Fertilization

 One aspect of maintaining a healthy lawn is making sure there are enough nutrients in the soil – this is where fertilization plays an important role. A fertilizer is any product that contains at least one or more of the nutrients necessary for healthy plant and lawn growth, the most common of which include nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Deficiencies in any of these key nutrients have an impact on the lawn: for example, lawns lacking nitrogen will have stunted growth, more weeds, and the color will become yellowish-green. The best way to implement fertilization is to take a balanced approach throughout the year based on weather and type of grass.

Spot Treatments for Weed Control

Lawn weeds, such as crabgrass and dandelions, are another persistent challenge when trying to maintain healthy turfgrass. Weeds, by nature, are invasive and spread quickly as they compete with your existing lawn and plants for nutrients, water, sunshine, and shade. Because these invasive weeds are damaging to the overall health of your turfgrass, it is highly recommended to take a proactive approach to weed control. Prevention through the use of pre-emergent methods, proper mowing, the right amount of hydration, and effectively timed post-emergent herbicides all contribute to a high-quality, healthy yard.

The Benefits of a Healthy Lawn

 There are many benefits to having a turf fertilization and weed control plan in place when spring rolls around. Having this plan will ensure that your lawn will get the treatment it needs at the right time. Some of the more apparent benefits include a thicker lawn with less weeds, better color with faster green up, and an increased resistance to disease and insects. Beyond these basic perks, it is important to note that healthy grass is beneficial for the environment, your community, and your home! Here are just a few examples:

  • Increased Property Value: Investments in the outdoor aesthetics of your home have a direct impact on property value and curb appeal.
  • Improved Air Quality: Well-maintained lawns clean and purify the air by removing carbon, trapping dirt and dust, and supplying oxygen.
  • Improved Water Absorption: Healthy grass absorbs more water from rainfall and reduces the amount of water runoff.
  • Reduced Levels of Noise: Healthy lawns act as a natural barrier and can reduce the noise levels around your home.
  • Reduced Temperatures: Lush grass is like a natural air conditioner and offers cooler temperatures than other surfaces such as pavement.

We’re Here to Help!

Here at Lawrence Landscape, we understand the importance and time sensitivity around lawn fertilization and weed control. With spring right around the corner, now is the best time to start planning ahead for your fertilization and weed control needs. Our team is here to help that when the nice weather rolls around, you can spend less time doing lawn care and more time enjoying the outdoors with friends and family. Contact us  today for more information!

By 7016412154 20 Feb, 2017

If you’re anything like us, then you are completely over winter and ready to be outside soaking up sun-shiny vitamin D! Spring is a time of revitalization. Not just for us, but for all forms of life. Now is the time to start thinking about your spring clean ups ! These are early-in-the-season lawn care and landscape maintenance tasks that will make your flora pop in the coming months.  While the weather in March can fluctuate (we do live in Kansas) it is a great time to start tending to spring maintenance activities to ensure the revival of your landscape after the hardships of winter.

Spring clean ups are important and beneficial:

Spring cleans ups do more than just make your outdoor living space look clean and well kempt - they are vital to the health of your plants and turf. Here are a few things that can be done at this time of year to jump start the growing season at your home or property:

  • Prune bushes and shrubs : During winter months, bushes and shrubs can be damaged by the cold weather and wind. Pruning branches back when spring rolls around allows sunlight and spring air to reach live stems. It is much easier for a plant to heal from clean cuts than it is from tears. It is important to note that not all shrubs should be pruned early on. Azaleas for example may look desiccated but should be left alone until they flower.
  • Cut back ornamental grasses : We recommend leaving ornamental grasses untrimmed throughout winter because the foliage provides beautiful color while everything else is gray and snowy. Now that spring is upon us, it is important to cut these ornamental grasses back to allow for new growth.
  • Pick up debris: During winter, different kinds of leaves and debris can be blown into your yard and landscape beds. Fallen leaves and dead foliage will smother plants and foster disease, so taking the time to remove them is greatly important.
  • Pull weeds and top dress beds with mulch: Early spring is the perfect time to pull weeds from landscape beds, making room for all the new growth you want! Once the threat of frost is gone, it’s also a great time to get rid of old mulch and redress beds with a fresh layer.

Want to get started?

Warmer weather is already upon us, and our team is here to help you keep up with these tasks so that your lawn and landscape beds thrive as soon as possible while you focus on other fun spring activities – like barbecuing, or bike riding, or porch swinging, or whatever it is that you’ve been looking forward to doing. If you’re interested in having Lawrence Landscape take care of your spring clean up needs or if you just have questions about the process, get in touch with us - now is a great time to get started!

By 7016412154 20 Feb, 2017

When it comes to lawn care, being pro-active can mean the difference between having a healthy lawn or a lawn over-run with weeds. Timing is the most important factor when it comes to the effectiveness of these measures, commonly referred to as pre-emergent treatments. These treatments include a combination of fertilizer and herbicide that promote healthy growth of existing turf while preventing the germination of certain annual weeds, predominately crab grass.

It is crucial that pre-emergent treatments be applied early in the spring season before weeds have a chance to germinate. When soil temperatures exceed 50 – 55 degrees, weeds are able to grow. We recommend getting started with treatments as early as possible to ensure the soil temperature is below that threshold. The final week of February and the beginning of March are great times to start this treatment to maximize effectiveness. 

The benefits of pre-emergent

There are several benefits to applying pre-emergent treatments in the waning months of winter and the beginning of spring. Here are just a few:

  • Preventative measures are more effective: Using pre-emergent is the most effective way to treat annual weeds like crab grass. It is important to note that post-emergent weed treatments are better suited for perennial weeds that have established deep, extensive root systems.
  • Eliminating weeds eliminates competition for nutrients: Weeds are tough and resilient, and once they are established they will drain the available nutrients. Treating for weeds is beneficial to the health of your landscape because it lessens the competition for these nutrients and water.
  • Aesthetic appeal: Don’t run off potential buyers, renters, or customers with an unkempt yard. Preventing weeds not only improves the health of your yard, it also improves the aesthetics. For those of you who pay attention to curb appeal and perceived value of your property, this is a great benefit!

Over-seeding and pre-emergent DO NOT mix

One common pitfall that we see is people over-seeding their lawns and applying pre-emergent treatments. While both of these methods are great ways to improve the quality of your lawn, the two do not mix. Over-seeding is the planting of grass seed directly into existing turf. It's an easy way to fill in bare spots, improve the density of your turf, and enhance your lawn's color. Because pre-emergent is applied to prevent germination of seeds, it will cancel out your over-seeding efforts.

Lawrence Landscape is here to help!

With forecasts predicting nothing but nice weather to come, now is the time to get started on pre-emergent treatments. As you make plans for the coming growing season, keep these facts in mind. If you have any questions or would like more information about our treatment program, contact us today!

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