Landscape Renovation

Most people will put some thought into their appearance and how they project themselves to the world. We will spend time on how we look. We’ll comb and style our hair and put on clothes and shoes that say something about who we are. We will personalize and customize the things around us like our cell phone cover and ringtone, and the color and make of our car. The place that we dwell in and spend our lives should also say something about our personality and the way we live our life.

It is always a good time to consider the appearance and look of the home or business and what we and others see every day. We should surround ourselves with beauty and things that appeal to our eye. When we look out the windows or walk up to the front door what do we want to see? Is the yard and landscaping looking a little rough, old, and outdated? Is the outside in need of a makeover? Why not improve the look? Make the yard an extension of the indoors. Remodel and renovate on the outside. Create additional square footage to the home by adding a room without walls, an inviting place to hang out in and relax, the ultimate “man cave” to surround us in the great outdoors.

Why not make the landscaping unique, make it your own? Add that extra curb appeal.

The possibilities of what can be done to the landscaping are boundless. Gazeebo, trellis, water features & fountains, hedges and living plant fences, fire pits, patios, paths & walkways, flower beds, herb gardens, rock gardens, Zen gardens, terraced gardens, rain gardens, statues, barbeque & grilling stations, concrete pavers, boulders, lighting, color, texture, seasonal plantings and decorations.

Is your home or business’s exterior ready for an update? Are you ready to take it from being just a building and making it really yours? Contact the professionals at Landscape MDs and we can help you come up with a vision, layout a plan, and create a landscape that is beautiful, functional, and truly reflects who you are.

Pruning

PruningPruning is the process of trimming trees, shrubs, and other plants in order to promote health and growth, and to control the shape of the plant. When pruning, it is important to understand the right time and method for each particular type of tree or shrub. Proper pruning can lead to more blooms and a healthier, fuller, and more appealing plant.

Successful pruning requires a degree of knowledge and understanding. If not performed properly the incorrect pruning can severely damage the plant. As with any cutting operation (like carpentry or sewing) once a cut is made it cannot be undone, so before you cut be sure that you know what you are doing.

Without getting too technical a general overview of pruning practices is provided below:

If you see stems that are withered, dried, damaged, or diseased, these should be removed to improve the health of the rest of the plant. Prune away any water sprouts or suckers. (Water sprouts are vertical shoots on the trunk or branches. Suckers are vigorous shoots that grow vertically from roots or the base of the plant.) Also prune any crossing or rubbing branches.

Trees and shrubs that bloom in early spring should be pruned in late spring just after they stop blooming. Plants that bloom in summer should be pruned when dormant in the winter.
Hydrangea should be pruned before midsummer. Hedge shrubs can have new growth sheared frequently during the early part of the growth season. Shade trees should be pruned in winter when dormant. Evergreens are best pruned early in the growth season.

It is important to be aware that some municipalities have ordinances that require pruning of city planted trees to be performed by a certified pruner. Such as: Green Bay City Ordinance 25.21(4)(a) that states:
“It shall be unlawful for any person to plant, prune, or remove any tree (or portion thereof), shrub, or other plant, upon any public property without a permit.”

If you don’t want to spend a lot of time doing research and homework on proper pruning techniques, or if you just have other more intriguing pursuits, then the professionals at Landscape MDs will be happy to take care of you pruning needs. Call us to discuss the services that we can provide to improve the overall appearance and health of your landscaping.

Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!!!!!

29387_121580974536056_2294076_nWhy mulch? – There are many ways and reasons to utilize mulch, but the two main applications are (1) seasonal to create a protective layer around shrubs, flower beds, gardens, and other growing plants; and (2) as a more permanent installation to provide a relatively maintenance free landscape surface covering.

When used around shrubs, trees, and other plants, mulch has many benefits. Mulch provides a protective covering for the plant’s roots. It creates a buffer zone to protect the base of the plant from mowers and trimmers. Mulch helps with moisture retention, controls soil temperature, provides some decomposition & nutrient replenishment, and inhibits weed growth. Mulch also aids in soil retention to prevent washouts and rain pelted soil from leaching nutrients and splashing mud on surrounding structures. And mulch provides an overall more pleasing appearance.

When used as a permanent landscape surface coving, mulch can provide a relatively maintenance free installation covering a large area. No mowing, watering, or fertilizing is required for areas with a mulch covering. Mulch also works well in higher traffic areas along paths and walkways were grass is trampled down. Different mulch colors and textures can also be used to create a desired look and feel to any landscaped area.

Different Varieties – Landscape MDs carries a variety of mulch types including: cedar mulch, dark brown chocolate mulch, golden mulch, hardwood mulch, red mulch, and tree chips. Cedar has the added benefit of repelling some insects.

Mulch vs. Stone – If you are considering the use of mulch as a landscape ground cover, then stone may be another option to consider. Stone can be more expensive to install and won’t provide the moisture retention and temperature control of organic mulch, but it will provide a more durable ground cover. Stone will be more permanent, won’t typically wash away, won’t decompose or need to be replenished over the years.

How to install properly
Mulch should be installed in a layer with a minimum depth of 4-inches. This will allow the mulch layer to perform the way it should and keep the weeds from growing readily. For areas without plants and shrubs, an herbicide should be applied to the cleared and level surface. A layer of fabric or plastic should be used to keep the cover layer from penetrating the ground and prevent weeds and plants from sprouting through. Some form of edge treatment can be used between the mulch and the area beyond.

Let the professionals at Landscape MDs assist you in picking the right product for you landscape needs.
We can help you determine how much mulch you will need; and we sell by volume not by weight, so you will be paying for the actual mulch and not for any moisture that might be in the material.

Fertilization and Weed Control

lawn fertilizingWhen standing in the Lawn & Garden section of the store you may feel like you need to be a chemist in order to understand when and what type of fertilizer and herbicide to use on your lawn and how much to apply. Let the trained staff at Landscape MDs take the guesswork out of product selection and application. We have the experience and practice to choose the correct product that will work best for your yard and the season.

Fertilization – As plants go through their lifecycle, nutrients are continuously being pulled from the soil and need to be replenished in order for the plants to thrive. This nutrient replenishment is achieved with proper fertilization, which adds nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, other minerals, and balances the soils pH. Soil testing can be done to determine which nutrients are deficient and also test the acidity or alkalinity of the soil, and this will help determine the appropriate fertilizer.

Weed Control – If left untended, weeds and undesirable plants will take over your lawn and crowd out the grass. This will leave more exposed soil, kill grass, take nutrients away from desirable plants, and make your yard more difficult to maintain. Not to mention making your neighbors mad by allowing the weeds to spread to their yard! This will only get worse over time unless properly treated.

You may ask yourself “What’s the point of maintaining a well-kept yard?”, but the lawn is an important part of your property. Its upkeep does more than just “keep up with the Jones Family”. The lawn provides soil retention around your home and prevents the topsoil from washing away. This keeps erosion and sediment from filling in the streams and waterways, keeps dust from filling the air, and protects the foundation of your house. A nice yard also improves the appearance and curb-appeal of your home; and this increases the property value, and creates a sense of community and prosperity in the neighborhood.

Having a beautiful lawn can be easy and carefree for you when you let Landscape MDs take care of the yard work for you.

Return of Spring

18124547_sWith the return of spring, when the long winter finally ends and the snow melts uncovering the grass, we are once again reminded that we have a yard.

Now is the time to start thinking about our lawn and preparing it for the summer. In addition to getting the lawnmower ready for operation there are several lawn preparation tasks that should be considered, namely: dethatching, aeration, fertilization, and pruning.

Dethatching – Thatch is the buildup of dead plant material in the yard. This buildup hinders the light, nutrients, oxygen, and water from reaching the soil and roots of the grass. Removing this undecomposed material helps to create a healthy lawn. The process of dethatching also loosens the soils surface and promotes reseeding, better water infiltration, and conditions for more effective fertilization. It also opens up more room for new plants to grow. Dethatching is performed by removing the thatch through heavy raking.
Aeration – Aerating the soil is the process of creating holes within the yard in order to help water and nutrients more effectively penetrate the surface and reach the roots. Aeration improves yard drainage and increases water infiltration. Aeration is performed by manually punching the holes into the ground with a spiked tool or by coring and removing a plug that is left on the surface.
Fertilization – Fertilization is necessary in order to resupply the nutrients that are naturally depleted from the soil. Fertilization will also help chemically rebalance soil and can encourage the growth of soil microorganisms to promote healthy growth of grass, trees and shrubs. Fertilizer can be applied with a spreader or sprayed on with a liquid applicator.
Pruning – Pruning is the process of trimming trees and shrubs in order to promote health and growth, and to control the shape of the plant. When pruning, it is important to understand the right time and method for each particular type of tree or shrub. Proper pruning can lead to more blooms and a healthier, fuller, and more appealing plant.

During the summer you may be thinking of spending more time outdoors, but yard work may not be one of those activities high on the list of things to do. Let Landscape MDs take care of the work so that you can get out and enjoy the outdoors.