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:
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!
Pruning trees and shrubs is a really important part of keeping them healthy. Removing dead, loose, or infected branches and stems from your plants helps control unwanted pests and insects, encourages proper growth, and improves the safety of your property.So when is the best time to prune in the Lawrence, KS area? Keeping in mind that light pruning can be done any time and that maintenance for individual species may vary, here are some pruning best practices:
There are always
exceptions to the pruning rule.
So we just said not to prune spring bloomers until after they’ve flowered, right? Well, that’s not necessarily true for roses, spirea, and butterfly bushes. For these, best practice would be to prune them before they bloom. So how do you know what to do with each individual plant? Our best answer is, it varies!
It’s important to
remember that pruning guidelines vary based on the type of tree or shrub in
question as well as local climates. You wouldn’t read this blog if it went into
detail about every kind of tree or shrub and how to prune them.
Do your research.
Ask for help!
If you have
questions about how and when to prune your particular trees and shrubs, your
best bet is to reach out to a professional
! Our team is full
of plant lovers and horticulturalists, and we’re always happy to help answer
Want to take the
hassle out of pruning your trees and shrubs and have someone do it for you? We
can help with that too! Contact us
and let our team of professionals take care of your landscape maintenance.
Happy fall! Alongside Halloween costumes and holiday parties, your irrigation system should be at the top of your priority list. Really! We are working on scheduling winterizations, so be patient and we will be in your area soon. In the meantime, here are some things you can do yourself to maintain the system during the winter weather.
You can begin to take steps on your own to winterize your system. We strongly recommend hiring a professional, but if you’re in a pinch, these tips will help you out.
Deactivate Programs and Timers
If your irrigation system , like most, is equipped with programmable timers and other settings, these will need to be deactivated for the duration of winter to avoid complications. How exactly you go about this may differ somewhat, depending on the model and age of your irrigation system. For most systems, simply placing it in the “off” mode setting will take care of things.
However, if these options are not available, or your system is not equipped with timer/programming options, you will need to kill power to your irrigation system and shut it off completely. Do be aware that if you do use a programmable system, cutting power will reset and remove all your programming and information. We suggest waiting for a professional if you have a high-tech system.
PLEASE NOTE : it is important to leave your controller plugged in so that the remote access will still function. If you have questions , just give us a shout .
Exposed Pipes and Valves
irrigation lines are at a very serious risk of breaking or cracking if
temperatures drop too low, which is a very real threat here in Topeka with the
kind of winters we encounter. You can use insulating pipe foam tubes, which is
readily available in many hardware stores, to protect your pipes. If your
backflow device is above ground, be certain to cover it with a towel or blanket
if temperatures are forecast to drop below 35 degrees. Try to cover up the
entire thing as best as you can.
In the future, it would be best to consider having a landscaping professional bury any exposed pipes if possible, as it removes much of the risk of needing to re-insulate when your insulation materials wear out.
Shut Off Water To The System
you know where the water shut-off for just your sprinkler system is and are
comfortable shutting it off, you can do that at any time you are not using the
system and it is recommended if/when the weather is forecasted to have
temperatures below 35 degrees.
Any remaining water in your pipes absolutely must be removed to the fullest extent possible to prevent the risk of frozen or burst pipes. The job can be handled a few ways, including automatic and manual drain valves, or by a forced-air removal. However, this job can be very dangerous if mishandled, so we would strongly recommend (if not outright insist) that you have this done by a professional trained in draining irrigation lines.
Contact Lawrence Landscape for Your Irrigation System Winterization!
The Lawrence Landscape team is always happy to help, and we plan on doing a lot of winterization this season. We are currently working on scheduling winterizations, so if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us .
Fall truly is one of the loveliest times of year – the leaves are vibrant with color, the weather is changing from sweltering to crisp, and we are settling into a season of comfort. Fall also happens to be one of the most important times to keep up with lawn and landscape maintenance. Lawrence Landscape is here to help you keep up with these tasks so your lawn and landscape beds will be ready to thrive when spring rolls around. Our fall clean up services are available until the first snow fall, so reach out to us today to get started!
What should fall cleanups include?
The Benefits of Fall Cleanups:
How do you get started?
Getting started with fall clean ups is easy! Get in touch with us and we can talk more about what you’re looking for specifically. We’ll do all the yard work so you can spend your time doing more of the things that you love.
For many of us, fall is the time we start thinking about a major change in weather. The days get shorter, the leaves start to fall from the trees, and all those vibrant spring and summer hues turn to shades of brown, orange, and red. This is about the time many of our customers ask us, “is it truethat fall is a great time to plant things like trees and shrubs?” The answer is yes!
Why Fall Is a Great Time to Plant Trees and Shrubs in Kansas
Fall is not the only time to plant trees and shrubs, but it is truly one of the best. Planting during this season allows plants to establish strong root systems before winter settles in. Here are a few of the environmental conditions that make this possible:
By planting in the fall, young trees and shrubs are able to create a more adapted root system before the chilly conditions of the winter months hit. These healthy root systems will allow the plants to thrive next spring, and help them further endure the humidity, wind, and heat of the next summer.
Are you interested in new trees and shrubs to further enhance the curb appeal and outdoor living spaces of your home? Our team of experienced professionals can help you get a quick start to the upcoming growing season! Contact us today!
Summer can be tough on your yard. The high temperatures, diminished rainfall, and that slip-n-slide the kids just HAD to have can leave unsightly patches and bare spots in your grass. Even if you don’t see signs of wear and tear, keeping your lawn healthy means making sure the grass is able to propagate, compete with weeds, and deal with other types of environmental stress. Overseeding is a quick, inexpensive way to keep your lawn lush and healthy, and fall is the best time to do it!
For best results, overseed in the fall
Many people assume that lawn care is less important in the fall than in the spring. That is simply not true! Fall is actually the best time to overseed because the temperate days and cooler nights provide ideal conditions for seed germination. These conditions allow the seeds to thrive because they retain moisture better.
We caution against overseeding in the spring because that is typically when pre-emergent treatments should be applied for weed prevention. Pre-emergent is designed to stop seed germination and will counteract even the best overseed attempts.
Things to consider
Before you start overseeding your yard, there are several things to consider:
Start planning now
Take a look around your yard. If you are noticing signs of wear and know that you want to overseed this fall, start planning for it now. Grab the right tools for the job or let us do it for you! Contact us today and we’ll keep that lawn healthy and vibrant!
The epitome of contentment, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are one of the greatest landscaping additions out there! Fire features allow you to enjoy your outdoor living space well beyond the warm evenings of summer by providing warmth, ambiance, and a place for entertainment and relaxation. With so many styles and options to choose from, we’re here to help you navigate the road to the perfect fire feature for your style and budget.
First Choice: Fire Pit or Fireplace
To be clear, there is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing whether you want a fire pit or a fireplace. The decision comes down to a matter of personal preference and budget. Both options will provide you with the warmth and light of a fire, both will provide relaxation and entertainment value, and both have similar selections for building materials and burning options. Here a few of the major differences between the two:
Second Choice: Modular vs. Mortared
Once you’ve decided on the type of fire feature you want, you next need to decide what materials are best suited to your style and budget. Modular designs are cost-effective and offer simplicity without sacrificing elegance. If you want to go a completely custom route, a mortared fire feature may be right for you. When natural stone is mortared together, it combines to produce stunning results. Mortared fire features are best suited for those who want something totally unique and have the budget to accommodate that.
Third Choice: Gas vs. Wood Burning
The last thing you need to decide on is whether you want your fire feature to be wood or gas burning. Wood-burning fire features offer a rustic, traditional setting and give you the sounds and smells of a crackling fire. This option has a lower cost for installation, but it will require a bit of work on your part to get your fire started. Gas-burning fire features are generally cleaner and more convenient. This option is also easy to light and doesn’t produce ash and debris.
Get Ready to Cozy Up by the Fire, Just in Time for Fall
With your decisions made and your heart set on your brand new fire feature, it’s time to get started on design and construction. Here at Lawrence Landscape, our team of design experts and craftsmen can turn your dream into a reality. Ready for a fire pit or fireplace installation handled by seasoned master craftsmen and a top-notch design team in Lawrence? Contact Lawrence Landscape online today!
Over the past several decades, technology has made our lives easier in ways we couldn’t have fully realized before it was created. In fact, not long ago, the idea of a “smart-home” sounded like a concept taken straight from a science fiction novel. Yet, here we are today with smart technology plugged into a growing number of homes. Walk into any big-box electronic store and you’ll find an array of devices that allow you to use your smartphone or tablet to control things around your home, like your thermostat, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, internal and external security cameras, and even the locks on your doors.
The continuous technological revolution has made equipment like those listed above more accessible and affordable for normal folks like you and me. So, as landscapers and innovators, we got to wondering what role smart technology plays in what we do for you, our tech-savvy clients!
Smart Technology Meets Irrigation
One area in which smart technology intersects with our business is irrigation. While many major irrigation product manufacturers are considering this technology, we personally have had great experiences with Hunter® and their HydrawiseTM system. Let’s look at how it works!
When your controller is installed, we input information about your landscape into the system, for example the soil composition, slope, exposure to sun or shade, etc. Next, you let your controller communicate with your network utilizing your WiFi connection. The genius part about all this is that your WiFi is connected to a physical location, and the internet has weather data for that location. This is fantasticbecause it enables a cool feature called predictive watering. Predictive watering allows your system to automatically adjust based on local weather patterns. THIS IS HUGE! This allows for water conservation without taking the time to look up the weather, go change your controller, find out the weather changed, go back and change it again … you know the drill. We live in Kansas! Hunter® has a neat tool on their website that allows you to calculate how much water you could conserve with HydrawiseTM, albeit an estimate. Try it for yourself by clicking here .
Another popular feature is that you can download the Hydrawise app to your smartphone or tablet, allowing you to control your system anytime you want, from anyplace that you are! The app is equipped with tons of neat features that enable you to save time and money when it comes to watering your lawn and landscape.
Smart Technology Meets Outdoor Lighting
Another point where smart technology intersects with landscaping is outdoor lighting. Our team has experience with Unique Lighting Systems® and their Light LogicTM cloud-based control systems. We love that these systems provide a way to automate and control outdoor lighting conveniently from your phone or tablet. Light LogicTM has their own list of unique features that include wireless controls for up to four scenes, easy retrofitting into existing lighting installations, and astronomical timing which automatically adjusts dusk and dawn times based on your location.
Transition From “Home” To “Smart Home”
If you love what you’ve been reading and want to learn more about smart technology for your home, irrigation systems, and outdoor lighting controls, the team here at Lawrence Landscape is here to help! Contact us today to get started on your transition from home to smart home.
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:
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:
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:
At a loss of where to go with your design? Try these patio ideas:
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.