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Everyone wants the outside of their home to look beautiful and inviting, but not everyone has the time or patience to deal with landscapes that demand a lot of attention. Let’s face it, we all have a long list of responsibilities that make it difficult to keep up with what’s going on in the yard. Low-maintenance landscapes are a great alternative to demanding ones, but the truth is that low maintenance does not mean no maintenance. Anyone who tells you differently is lying.
Low maintenance landscapes are attainable through well-planned design. By incorporating outdoor living spaces, plants that are well-suited for the local climate, and materials that help maximize hydration, you can achieve a low maintenance landscape.
Thomas Rainer nailed it when he said, “Instead of low maintenance landscapes, we need high investment landscapes. High investment landscapes have engaged owners who make smart decisions about the kinds of treatments that will last over time.” (link to the full article by clicking here )
Create Outdoor Living Spaces
One very effective way to reduce the amount of maintenance your landscape requires is to incorporate more hardscape elements. Patios, shade structures, fire pits, and decks are all great ways to reduce areas that require maintenance, while also creating functional space that you and your family can enjoy together.
Play Up Perennials and Native Plants
Properly-cared-for perennials will come back year after year, so integrating them into your landscape may reduce the amount of time spent replanting things. Some perennials can be fairly high maintenance, but there are several that are not. Some of our favorite low maintenance perennials include day lilies, coneflowers, black-eyed susan, and autumn joy sedum.
Native plants are already adapted to the local environment, so they naturally require less maintenance and water once they are established. They also have the added benefit of providing shelter to native species in the area. We really enjoy native ornamental grasses like switchgrass, maiden grass, and feather reed grass.
Utilize Different Kinds of Mulch
Adding mulch to your landscape beds is a great low maintenance approach because it helps with moisture retention and minimization of weeds. If you use an organic mulch (mulch made of materials like bark, wood chips, etc.), it will naturally decompose over time. This decomposition will improve the fertility of the soil and you’ll only need to topdress it once a year. If you use an inorganic mulch, like gravel or stone, you will rarely have to topdress because it doesn’t decompose; however, you will likely need to water a little bit more due to those materials retaining heat and lacking the ability to retain moisture.
Lawrence Landscape Can Help with Your Low-Maintenance Landscape
Our team of landscape specialists is here to help you achieve your goals of a low maintenance landscape. We are here to help with:
- Construction of outdoor living spaces
- Design and installation of plant material
- Irrigation and seasonal adjustments
- Year-long lawn and landscape treatments
Contact us today and schedule a time with one of our landscape designers. We’ll review your goals together and develop a plan that is tailored to your unique style!
Finding ideas for the perfect patio design is an exciting adventure into your personal tastes. Like any part of your Kansas landscape, your patio is a reflection of what makes your home unique. It is an extension of your personality, likes, and what you feel passionate about. At Lawrence Landscape, our expert design and landscaping team would love nothing more than the opportunity to assist you in building the Kansas patio of your dreams.
Basic Decisions: Choosing Your Patio Material
The best place to start with your patio ideas is what kind of material to use. Whether it’s made of cobblestone, brick, or concrete pavers, your patio material will set the tone of your yard:
- Clay brick. A long-standing classic, brick has been a favorite in Kansas patios for both contemporary and traditional designs. Brick can be used to create sophisticated, distinguished patios, or it can be configured to accommodate more rustic looks.
- Pavers. The king of versatility, pavers can come in natural stone, concrete, and can even be made to simulate the appearance of brick. This option is great for unique design and simplistic bases alike.
- Stamped concrete. Concrete is an inexpensive, no-nonsense material. Modern concrete can be colored and stamped to resemble a riverbed, bricks, and even natural stone. Concrete can be poured into endless designs and shapes, making for a true “blank canvas” choice.
stone. Stone such as flagstone can make for a very appealing, durable
option that is sure to last for generations. Earthy and unique, flagstone
can be a bit more costly, but the result is absolutely gorgeous.
Finding Ideas for Your Dream Patio Layout
The layout of your patio should play to your home’s strengths, or be used to make up for aspects you may be lacking. Ask yourself these questions:
- What are you using your patio for?
- How close to your home do you want it?
much space do you have to work with?
At a loss of where to go with your design? Try these patio ideas:
- Home-hugging. If you’re working with limited yard space, but you dream of a large patio for your home, consider creating an L design that wraps around two exterior walls.
- Treat it like a retreat. Take advantage of your patio’s country appeal and create a small patio space away from the home. This mini-getaway can be a great way to relax.
- Create a dining space. Outdoor kitchens and dining areas have become an excellent and popular option as of late. These are a great choice for smaller homes, where residents may want a more open option.
- Make it roomy. If your design is for a large patio space, avoid creating a single slab. Consider breaking the space up into multiple “rooms,” as this allows unique design decisions and makes the patio more inviting.
Transform Your Patio Ideas into Reality with Lawrence Landscape
Our team has all of the skill and experience you need to refine your dreams into something tangible. Contact us today to learn more about what patio ideas we have to offer.
Summer is all about easy living, and while the prospect of backyard camping, cookouts, and time at the pool may have you feeling less stressed, we can’t say the same for your lawn. Heat, dry weather, and foot traffic are three major stress factors for grass, and the first sign of weakness opens the door to the invasion of weeds and insects that can do more damage.
One of the most important things you can do this summer to keep your lawn in good shape is to keep it hydrated. An automatic irrigation system makes a successful lawn renovation, sod installation, or just the consistent watering of your lawn easy to accomplish with the touch of a few buttons. Don’t have an irrigation system in place? Our team of irrigation specialists would be happy to get one installed for you!
What worked for your lawn this spring won’t cut it when it comes to the summer heat and humidity. Seasonal adjustments to your irrigation controller will help ensure that your lawn is getting the hydration it needs. Several factors will influence how much water your plants will need, such as slope, local weather patterns, wind velocity, and the amount of sun exposure each zone receives. You are able to manually increase the number of days that your irrigation system will run, as well as how long each zone receives water.
Don’t want to go through the hassle of adjusting it yourself? Our team of irrigation experts is here to help! If you have any questions about the amount of water your landscape requires, just give us a call . We can talk with you about your specific needs or our team can make the adjustments for you!
Pro Tip: Water in the Morning
Summertime in Kansas can be sweltering. So, in the spirit of water efficiency, it’s best to irrigate in the morning. Doing this will result in less water lost to evaporation while allowing for the lawn to dry up before nightfall.
Contact the Irrigation Specialists at Lawrence Landscape Today!
With 30 years of experience in Lawrence and the surrounding areas, our team of irrigation specialists is here to help you. Whether you are in need of irrigation design and installation, seasonal adjustments, repairs, or service, just give us a call to get started!
Looking forward to enjoying some beautiful Kansas weather this summer? So are we! For the team here at Lawrence Landscape, nothing says enjoyable outdoor living in Lawrence like a successful, functional outdoor design that caters to fun with family and friends. From a gorgeous, lively landscape to a beautiful barbecue setup, our experts want to help you build the landscape design of your dreams.
But what kind of design would suit your needs best, and what’s the best method of implementing it in your outdoor landscape design? What kind of outdoor living designs does our team favor? Keep going to get the answers from our experts!
Exemplary Landscape Design Ideas for Outdoor Living
The best thing about outdoor living in Lawrence is that
there's something to suit anyone’s
tastes. Do you fancy outdoor cooking
and poolside parties on your patio? We have the means to give these to you! A
few fresh design ideas include:
- Outdoor kitchens.
never anything to gripe about when a backyard grill is involved. But why not go
the extra mile? A fully furnished outdoor kitchen allows for the ultimate
outdoor living experience, building full meals surrounded by the beauty of your
flawless landscape! These can provide you with grilling equipment, outdoor
stoves, fireplaces, even a smoker! The team at Lawrence Landscape finds outdoor
kitchens to be hands-down one of the best outdoor living design implements for
- Fire pits.
about s'mores with the family under a cool, starry night sky in the backyard of
your Kansas home? Fire pits provide an excellent place to gather and enjoy the
company of friends and family alike. Go for the clean and simple gas pit, or
enjoy the rugged appeal and pleasing aroma of a wood-burning pit!
Patios are always an excellent use of space.
- Poolside patios.
a poolside patio provides you with a place to comfortably gather for parties.
When summer is in full swing, it can be difficult to beat the heat and humidity
in our area, so having a place that defines summer comfort is invaluable.
- Patios adjoining the home.
your home to your patio, adding an excellent venue to take in coffee during a
beautiful summer morning. This is also the perfect place to allow
comfortable seating during a gorgeous evening, when the heat abates and
humidity is at its lowest in the day.
- Courtyard patio designs.
They can even be utilized away from the home, creating an inviting centerpiece
for your landscape design! This Spanish-style implementation for your Kansas
home patio adds depth and beauty that is outright unparalleled, and is an
excellent spot to consider your outdoor kitchen!
Outdoor Living in Lawrence, KS
Ready to build the outdoor experience you’ve been dreaming of? Contact the landscape and design specialists at Lawrence Landscape! We would love nothing more than to provide you with the tools and experience needed to turn your designs and dreams into a reality, and our service is absolutely outmatched.
Outdoor lighting is something a lot of homeowners don’t think about when they’re planning their landscape design. Did you know that the right landscape lighting can accentuate the beauty of your plants? Or add extra security to your home?
There are dozens of places you probably didn’t realize could benefit from landscape lighting. Trees, shrubs, and even retaining walls are all great places to strategically place lights to illuminate paths, provide ambiance, or add extra security.
Read on to find out more uses for landscape lighting, and contact us to get yours installed before your summer festivities!
Benefits of Landscape Lighting in Your Yard
Your yard is where you host parties, relax after a long
day at work, and spend time with your family. It’s also a great place to add
landscape lighting. A few places that benefit from landscape lighting include:
Retaining walls: One of the benefits to living in Kansas is that at night the sky becomes a canvas of stars. Adding landscape lighting in your retaining walls keeps the light low enough that it doesn’t impact the stunning views, but it does add increased safety by illuminating paths.
Adding landscape lighting to your
trees not only adds security—trees are great at hiding coyotes, intruders, and
other unwanted attention—but also adds a beautiful ambiance to your front yard
or back yard. If installed correctly landscape lighting in trees is hidden
well, so it looks like the tree itself is glowing. This can add a dreamy,
relaxing ambiance to your yard, and is a great way to increase visibility
without harsh direct lights.
Why invest in a gorgeous stream or
waterfall if you can only see it during the day? Adding landscape lighting to
your water feature creates a different kind of lighting that reflects off the
water. It’s perfect for accentuating the beauty of your water features, but
also adds a distinct ambience you can’t get with any other lighting.
Outdoor Kitchens: There’s no point of installing an outdoor kitchen if you can’t throw a rack of ribs on after sundown. The typical harsh outdoor floodlights that come standard on most homes can ruin the atmosphere, so installing lanterns or task lighting on your outdoor kitchen can keep your back yard looking well-designed.
Fences: Add safety and security to your landscape by adding lighting to your fences. This can come in the form of lanterns on posts or downlighting in trees. Adding lighting around your perimeter will make it easier to spot unwelcome visitors—human and animal—before they enter your yard.
Uplighting and Downlighting for Your Landscape
Uplighting refers to lights on the ground that face upwards in order to highlight certain landscape features. This can highlight a focal point or just add some extra light to paths and pool areas.
Downlighting refers to the use of lights that point downward. These are perfect for security reasons, as well as highlighting paths and features. Lawrence Landscape installs both, and our professional landscape designers will help come up with a comprehensive landscape lighting plan that will combine different lights to create the yard you want.
Light Up Your Landscape
When you want to take your landscape to the next level, call us about installing landscape lighting around your home. We offer landscape lighting in Lawrence and the surrounding areas, so don’t hesitate to drop us a note or call us today to schedule your outdoor lighting consultation.
It’s one thing to implement a beautiful garden or landscape, it’s another to maintain it. One of the most crucial factors that goes into sustaining a healthy landscape is having access to the right amount of water. Mother nature is unpredictable, and with a mild winter this year, Kansas has experienced a bit of a drought. That said, we can’t always count on rain to be a consistent source of water. That’s where irrigation systems come in handy!
A Worthwhile Investment
While getting an irrigation system may seem costly upfront, the advantages of having one definitely make it a worthwhile investment! A properly designed irrigation system helps you conserve in three ways:
- Save water – irrigation systems feature pre-set timers that make them much more efficient when it comes to conserving water.
- Save time – sticking to strict watering schedules in the morning and evening can be time consuming, and larger yards with intricate landscapes take even longer if you’re watering by hand.
- Save money
by maximizing the efficiency of your water consumption, you could see savings
in your monthly water bill. Your plants will also live longer, so you don’t
have to worry about the expense of losing and replacing them.
Do it Right the First Time
Be sure you choose a reliable landscaping company to work on your irrigation system to ensure it stays in tip-top condition. Here at Lawrence Landscape, we have the experience and expertise to get the job done in a timely and efficient manner. Keeping micro-climates in mind, we design and install irrigation systems that match local precipitation rates to reduce waste and improve the health of your lawn and landscape.
Our experienced team is also able to maintain the efficiency your system by providing spring turn-ons, backflow testing, and winterizations. Our irrigation services include:
- Irrigation Installation and Design – these are critical factors that will affect the efficiency, performance, and longevity of your irrigation system.
- Irrigation Maintenance – with routine maintenance, your new irrigation system should provide you with years of trouble-free operation.
- Irrigation System Repair
maybe you have an existing system that needs repair. We can help with that!
Don’t Settle for Second Best
We’re proud to partner with Hunter® brand products to bring you the best irrigation systems on the market. When designing any particular system, we pick the best components from these different manufacturers to make sure you get the best results.
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 !
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:
- 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
- Improved curb appeal:
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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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
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!
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
: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
- Improving their overall health
- Enhancing their seasonal color
- Improving the shade coverage they are able to provide
- 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!