Benefits of a Professional Lawn care Service

“Why does the neighbor’s yard always look better than mine?” This frustration is a common lament among amateur gardeners, homeowners and commercial building managers who have committed to managing their landscapes themselves. The reality is that excellent landscape upkeep and lawncare demand expertise, considerable time, hard work, and doing things at the right time.

In many cases, problems can begin to develop in a lawn that can go unnoticed for weeks until that issue becomes major. While do-it-yourselfers continue to muddle along with sketchy advice from friends and websites, the yard will not get better on its own. Help is needed.

Bringing in the Pros

A professional lawn care service can save money while creating a lush and beautiful lawn that the owner is wanting. Knowledge, equipment, continual care, and regular scrutiny can keep small problems from developing further.

Here are some ways that a professional lawn care service can prevent costly problems while improving the health of the owner’s lawn:

Priorities: Excellent lawn care is time-consuming and hard work. To achieve the best results, care and treatment should be regular. Many times, other things must take higher priority. Irregular care can be damaging.

No Interruptions: Homeowners can enjoy vacations or be away for business or family events without neglecting their lawn for several days. Sometimes this neglect can cause long-term damage. A professional lawn care service will remove that worry by ensuring the landscape remains on a regular schedule.

Knowledge: The most important asset that a professional lawn care service brings to your landscape is knowledge. Maintaining the best conditions for health such as sufficient and timely watering, the right frequency and amount of fertilizer, use of pesticides, identifying diseases and their treatment, and mowing at the correct height and frequency are only some advantages. All of these lead to a picture perfect lawn.

Consistency: Consistency in lawncare is much like consistency in automotive care. Proper treatment at regular intervals keeps everything working properly. Professional lawn care services perform their mission on a precise and well-planned schedule that is neither too much nor too little.

Right Tools: A professional lawn care service arrives with all the right tools for the job. These are sharpened and well maintained. Implements like mowers, edgers, feeders, spreaders, and seeders add up to substantial investments. Homeowners often forget to factor their real cost of lawn maintenance.

Contact Heritage Oak Farm for more landscaping information at 1-888-288-5308.

 

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Species of Evergreen Trees

Evergreens are universally popular since nearly every region has its own indigenous varieties of trees and shrubs. These low-maintenance, graceful and often stately trees provide consistent year-round greenery while also creating natural barriers and windbreaks. Having no leaves to rake each year is also a substantial positive.

Evergreens vary in shapes and size and often complement other plantings by providing a protective backdrop or delightful contrast to the changing colors of annual or perennial flowers or shrubs. Evergreens are adaptable to many types of soils and watching them grow and mature each year creates a slowly changing appearance to the landscape.

There are an estimated 630 different varieties of conifers. While not all evergreens are conifers (and not all conifers are evergreens), the categories largely overlap. Some exceptions are the larch or tamarack, which is a conifer that has deciduous leaves. Conversely, holly is an evergreen that produces flowers and berries rather than cones.

Identification of each variety of conifer is best made through identifying the cones or seeds of the tree or shrub. Also, the characteristics of the leaf or needle are another set of indicators.

Common Species of Evergreen

There are approximately 200 varieties of evergreens common to North America. Some of these are:

  • Pine: Eastern White Pine, Western Yellow Pine, Scots Pines
  • Spruce: Blue Spruce, White Spruce, Norway Spruce
  • Fir: True Fir, Douglas Fir, Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir
  • Cedar: Juniperus Virginiana, Arborvitae, Cedrus Atlantica, Deodar Cedar
  • Hemlock: Eastern Hemlock, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Tseuga Coroliniana
  • Redwood: Giant Sequoia, Coast Redwood, Metasequoia Glyptostroboides

Most of these sturdy evergreens can withstand the colder climates of the northern sections of the United States and commonly make up large areas of natural forestland. They thrive in a variety of soils.

For Southerners, many varieties of the palm tree, a notable evergreen in tropical climates, manage well in sandy soil and can grow to over 25 feet in height.

ProLine Tree Handling Equipment

The tree experts at Heritage Oak Farm have developed a wide range of tree handling, lifting, hauling, and carrying equipment. To facilitate maneuvering growing trees and large rootballs, ProLine® equipment makes quick work of handling a large volume of trees and shrubs without causing damage.

Make your work easier with ProLine equipment. Learn more about this innovative and rugged equipment line on the Heritage Oak Farm website or phone the experts at Heritage Oak Farm at 1-888-288-5308.

 

Preparing Perennials for Winter

Landscapers know that preparation in the fall and early winter can make a big difference in the coming spring and summer. The right preparations for perennials will assure homeowners that these plants will be back in full and beautiful glory in the new year. Poor management may stunt or kill many perennials.

When Do You Prepare Your Gardens for Winter?

The answer to when to prepare depends on the climate and location. When pruning is involved, one suggestion or rule of thumb, according to Urban Cultivator, is to prune based upon when the plant typically blooms in the following year. For example, if the plant is likely to bloom in early spring through June, then pruning should be performed in the late fall. If the plant is a late bloomer, preparation in the early spring is preferred.

Start by Clearing Out the Dead Annuals

All the plants that have died after the first frost should be cleared out and discarded to prevent these from developing diseases and harboring insect eggs during the winter. The soil does remain active beneath the surface until it entirely freezes as earthworms continue to produce organic material and bulbs continue to develop their root systems. Mulching beds at this time can be very beneficial in keeping the soil temperatures steady during the winter months.

For perennials, there are several steps that landscapers practice that support future development. Below are some of these:

  1. Eliminate dry stems to ground level to prevent disease and certain spores from developing.
  2. Consider composting the dead materials. Active compost enriches the soil and prevents diseases from developing.
  3. For evergreens shrubs and plants, remove any sickly or potentially diseased growth. Discard these as they may not be a proper addition to a composted mixture. Clear away the old mulch that may have deteriorated over the summer.
  4. Spread new mulch or organic materials around the perennials. However, it is best to wait until the ground freezes substantially before applying the winter cover. Waiting until freezing prevents rodents from nesting in the mulch while the material is still loose and penetrable.

Snow protects the plants by keeping the temperatures stable beneath the surface. Until a hard freeze establishes, the soil remains active by continuing to process organic material that promotes further root growth for plants that bloom in the springtime.

 

Winter’s Here! Hire a Landscaper

Just because the leaves are now falling, all the flowers are gone, and the air is developing a notable chill, don’t think that the landscaping challenges can be put aside until warm weather returns. As experienced gardeners and professional landscapers know, there are meaningful and productive projects that should be performed during the colder months.

Many homeowners are unaware of the threat to their investments that not preparing for winter weather can pose. Professional landscapers understand that approaching cold season can be as busy as any other.

Here are some critical areas of concern for protecting people and properties from winter weather challenges:

  1. Clear Away the Leaves

Accumulated fallen leaves, particularly on properties where leaf bearing trees are abundant, can clog gutters and damage roofs. Also, clearing wet leaves from the lawn in the fall will allow the lawn to have a fresh start in the early spring.

  1. Prune Away

For most trees, bushes, and shrubs, pruning is best done in the late fall when leaves have fallen and the plant or tree structure is more visible. Shaping and reducing the growth will restore the desired shape as the plant becomes dormant. In the spring, new growth starts the process over again. Many homeowners do not know how and when to properly prune, while a professional can produce the best results for the long-term health of any plants or trees.

  1. Winterize Outdoor Irrigation

In colder climates, irrigation systems must be blown out and moisture free for the coming freezing weather. Professionals with the right equipment should execute the winterization process before the first hard freeze to keep the system in good working order when the spring thaw arrives. A properly maintained irrigation system should last for many years.

  1. Rework the Lawn

A professional landscaper takes advantage of late fall weather to rake and clear the lawn of all debris. Any bare spots can receive new soil to allow grass seed to spread in the spring. Any depressions can be filled and leveled during this time.

  1. Clear Away Snow and Ice

Even in mid-winter, a professional landscaper can ensure the safety of occupants and visitors by clearing away accumulating snow and ice. Winter storms create dangerous footing and cause substantial damage to property. Having snow and ice removal services is vital for private homeowners and businesses as well.

 

Winter’s Here! Hire a Landscaper

Just because the leaves are now falling, all the flowers are gone, and the air is developing a notable chill, don’t think that the landscaping challenges can be put aside until warm weather returns. As experienced gardeners and professional landscapers know, there are meaningful and productive projects that should be performed during the colder months.

Many homeowners are unaware of the threat to their investments that not preparing for winter weather can pose. Professional landscapers understand that approaching cold season can be as busy as any other.

Here are some critical areas of concern for protecting people and properties from winter weather challenges:

  1. Clear Away the Leaves

Accumulated fallen leaves, particularly on properties where leaf bearing trees are abundant, can clog gutters and damage roofs. Also, clearing wet leaves from the lawn in the fall will allow the lawn to have a fresh start in the early spring.

  1. Prune Away

For most trees, bushes, and shrubs, pruning is best done in the late fall when leaves have fallen and the plant or tree structure is more visible. Shaping and reducing the growth will restore the desired shape as the plant becomes dormant. In the spring, new growth starts the process over again. Many homeowners do not know how and when to properly prune, while a professional can produce the best results for the long-term health of any plants or trees.

  1. Winterize Outdoor Irrigation

In colder climates, irrigation systems must be blown out and moisture free for the coming freezing weather. Professionals with the right equipment should execute the winterization process before the first hard freeze to keep the system in good working order when the spring thaw arrives. A properly maintained irrigation system should last for many years.

  1. Rework the Lawn

A professional landscaper takes advantage of late fall weather to rake and clear the lawn of all debris. Any bare spots can receive new soil to allow grass seed to spread in the spring. Any depressions can be filled and leveled during this time.

  1. Clear Away Snow and Ice

Even in mid-winter, a professional landscaper can ensure the safety of occupants and visitors by clearing away accumulating snow and ice. Winter storms create dangerous footing and cause substantial damage to property. Having snow and ice removal services is vital for private homeowners and businesses as well.

Preparing Perennials for Winter

Landscapers know that preparation in the fall and early winter can make a big difference in the coming spring and summer. The right preparations for perennials will assure homeowners that these plants will be back in full and beautiful glory in the new year. Poor management may stunt or kill many perennials.

When Do You Prepare Your Gardens for Winter?

The answer to when to prepare depends on the climate and location. When pruning is involved, one suggestion or rule of thumb, according to Urban Cultivator, is to prune based upon when the plant typically blooms in the following year. For example, if the plant is likely to bloom in early spring through June, then pruning should be performed in the late fall. If the plant is a late bloomer, preparation in the early spring is preferred.

Start by Clearing Out the Dead Annuals

All the plants that have died after the first frost should be cleared out and discarded to prevent these from developing diseases and harboring insect eggs during the winter. The soil does remain active beneath the surface until it entirely freezes as earthworms continue to produce organic material and bulbs continue to develop their root systems. Mulching beds at this time can be very beneficial in keeping the soil temperatures steady during the winter months.

For perennials, there are several steps that landscapers practice that support future development. Below are some of these:

  1. Eliminate dry stems to ground level to prevent disease and certain spores from developing.
  2. Consider composting the dead materials. Active compost enriches the soil and prevents diseases from developing.
  3. For evergreens shrubs and plants, remove any sickly or potentially diseased growth. Discard these as they may not be a proper addition to a composted mixture. Clear away the old mulch that may have deteriorated over the summer.
  4. Spread new mulch or organic materials around the perennials. However, it is best to wait until the ground freezes substantially before applying the winter cover. Waiting until freezing prevents rodents from nesting in the mulch while the material is still loose and penetrable.

Snow protects the plants by keeping the temperatures stable beneath the surface. Until a hard freeze establishes, the soil remains active by continuing to process organic material that promotes further root growth for plants that bloom in the springtime.

 

Tame the Great Outdoors with Beautiful Evergreens

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Evergreens bring a glorious element of constancy to homeowner lawns and landscaping. While other types of plants and trees bud, bloom, and eventually drop their leaves, evergreens provide a backdrop of continuous greenery and texture.

Evergreens furnish privacy and may provide an effective windbreak and sound barrier. They can also be a source of food and protection for various types of wildlife.

However, evergreens do require care and attention during planting and early growth to maintain the desired shape and health.

Site Plan, Placement, and Selection

Landscape designers usually allow ample space for each tree and shrub to reach maturity without overcrowding. Too often, homeowners place them too close together, which will limit growth or eventually impose upon outdoor living areas, walkways, or buildings.

Sufficient space must be allowed for root systems to reach their optimal depth and breadth. Limiting growth will cause the evergreen to die prematurely.

Before creating a plan, an initial site survey should locate existing plants, trees, and human made features as well as drainage, soil types, topography, and view points. Corrections may be needed to improve soils and drainage before planting begins.

As for placement, understanding the growth limits and rates of each plant is essential. Varieties of evergreens may grow out instead of up; some will grow slowly and some quickly. In the case of some varieties of spruce, for example, leaving sufficient room to grow without excessive trimming will allow the tree to attain its ideal shape.

Note which type of evergreen needs or tolerates sun exposure. While many, like arborvitae, thrive in direct sunlight, others tolerate light shade or even full shade. Hemlock and Japanese Yew do not require significant sunlight to thrive.

Planting and Watering

The best seasons for planting balled-and-burlapped evergreens are spring, summer, and early fall in most climates. Planting in late fall does not allow the tree or shrub to sufficiently acclimate to the new location before the first freeze.

During the first year gently apply water directly over the root ball under the limb canopy. The following year, after the roots have grown and spread, soaker hoses spread around the perimeter of the canopy will be sufficient.

Proper Handling with ProLine™ Equipment

Heritage Oak Farms has developed the best equipment for lifting, transporting, and replanting evergreens of all types and sizes. For more information, call Heritage Oak Farms at 888.288.5308.