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!
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.
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:
Patios are always an excellent use of space.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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?
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.
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:
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!