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Landscaping with Stone or Pavestone Pavers

Landscaping with Stone or Pavestone PaversIn a previous blog, Make Sure Your Lawn is Ready for Spring, we mentioned redesigning expansive areas of grass through the use of pavers, stone pathways, and brick or stone patios. By incorporating stone or Pavestone pavers, your yard can be transformed from boring to breathtaking in just a few days depending on the project.

Patios, walkways, and borders can be created with the use of natural stone, pavers, or bricks, or a combination of all three. Natural stone, such as marble or granite, is usually more costly because it's not manufactured. It is from a quarry and cut to a specific size and shape. Bricks and concrete pavers are manufactured in a plant by mixing materials and firing them at extremely high temperatures. Therefore, they are more readily available and less costly than natural stone.

No matter what type of material is used, just about any design can be created to achieve a look for a patio or walkway that is as beautiful as it is functional.

Some popular designs include:

  • Herringbone (Or zigzag)
  • Running Bond (Pavers are set at an angle to create a curved look)
  • Basket Weave
  • Circular
  • Fan
  • Random

Or a combination of all of these.

Fireplaces or Fire PitsOne important factor to keep in mind with stone or pavers is durability. For example, some material used for a walkway might not necessarily be strong enough for a driveway or other area where there is heavy use.

For trees, flower beds, gardens, walkways, and any other area, borders, or edging, can be used to reduce erosion and add a nice touch to an otherwise dull landscape. 

In addition to patios, walkways, and borders, All Seasons Landcare also specializes in using brick, natural stone, and Pavestone pavers for building:

  • Retaining Walls
  • Steps
  • Fountains
  • Fireplaces or Fire Pits
  • Outdoor Kitchens

The possibilities for making your yard a fabulous, functional outdoor living space are endless when you use the professionals at All Seasons Landcare.


 

This article is ©2016 All Seasons Landcare • All Rights Reserved


Make Sure Your Lawn is Ready for Spring!

SpringtimeSpring is one of the best times of year to show off your lawn and landscaping in DFW. Due to the mild winter this year, spring has sprung early. Trees such as crepe myrtles, Texas Redbuds, and Bradford pears are already blooming as are other plants and trees. So, it's good to get a head start on your lawn as well. Meteorologist are predicting continued warm weather with no threat of another freeze.

In previous articles, we addressed some ways to ensure a spring ready lawn with the use of pre-emergents and through aerating. Here are a few other ways All Seasons Landcare can help make your yard ready for spring:

Redesigning Expansive Areas of Grass

If you have expansive areas of grass, your lawn can be redesigned to be more aesthetically appealing. It can also result in healthier turf, plants, and trees. This can be done through the use of pavers, stone pathways, and brick or stone patios. When done properly, these borders can help prevent damage to plants and trees caused by mowers and string trimmers by keeping them out of harm's way. A redesign can also result in smaller areas of grass that require less watering and nutrients can be more evenly distributed throughout your landscape.

Reseeding

Over the winter, some areas of the lawn can become barren or brown and reseeding in those areas can take care of those issues. However, it's important to understand what caused the lack of growth in the first place. Sometimes, the soil's nutrients are lacking and a simple soil test can determine what the soil may need to restore it to a nutrient rich capacity. Or, certain pests such as grub worms may be causing the problem. Once the issues are addressed, reseeding can be done successfully resulting in an evenly distributed lush, green lawn.

Landscape designFertilizing

Once reseeding is done, fertilizing the grass will encourage growth and minimize weeds. Fertilizing must be done correctly, at the proper time, to prevent damage to the grass and surrounding plants and trees. The professionals at All Seasons Landcare specialize in fertilization and know how and when to apply it properly for maximum effect.

Properly Mowing

All Seasons Landcare knows that there is much more to mowing the grass, than some may realize. Cutting the grass too short can be harmful as it causes a loss of nutrients and exposes the soil to direct sunlight which can result in weeds. Mowing frequently, so only the top third of the blade is cut, is recommended to place less stress on the grass to keep it more lush and full.

Whether you live in Southlake, Colleyville, Keller, Hurst, Euless, Bedford or anywhere in between, All Seasons Landcare will do what it takes to make sure your lawn is ready for spring!

This article is ©2016 All Seasons Landcare • All Rights Reserved


Drainage Systems to Prevent Water Damage
Drainage SystemsAn important aspect of landscaping that many homeowners don’t often consider is proper drainage around the home. If water is not diverted or drained properly, it can result in stagnant, standing pools which can breed mosquitoes, can damage your lawn and landscaping, and can result in foundation issues that can cost thousands of dollars in repairs.  

One of the biggest reasons foundations in North Texas are affected by improper drainage is because of the expansive, clay soil found throughout the region that absorbs and holds water. Water logged soil surrounding the foundation of a house causes the foundation to expand and creates pressure that results in cracks. When water seeps into the cracks of a foundation, major damage can occur.  

In cities such as Hurst, Euless, Bedford, and throughout  DFW, a good drainage system can prevent the damaging effects of water. To ensure a proper, professional, drainage system is installed, the experts at All Seasons Landcare can determine which type of system you may need. A gutter system, with proper downspouts, may need to be installed on a house to divert water away from it. In addition, re-grading or resurfacing can prevent standing water in low areas of the lawn which can become water logged due to previous erosion. This is done by building up the lower areas with soil and/or sod and taking measures to prevent future erosion with the use of drainage systems.  

The most common types of drainage systems for residential, suburban properties include:


Trench Or Channel DrainsFrench Drains

A French drain is a ditch that is dug around a home’s foundation to allow the water to flow away from it. A perforated pipe is put into the ditch and buried under gravel or other porous landscaping pebbles. This allows the water to drain into the pipe’s perforations and be carried to an area away from the house.

Trench (Or Channel) Drains

Trench or channel drains are narrow, long ditches, usually made from concrete, that allow water to be carried away quickly. These are normally installed in areas where houses are close to one another in proximity.

Drainage Ditches

Drainage ditches are usually dug near the street and allow excess water to drain from the lawn into the city’s waste water system. This prevents standing water which can erode and damage your landscape.

Many different factors can influence the type of drainage system you may need which can make it difficult to determine how to proceed. These include, the elevation of your house (higher or lower) than your neighbors' houses, your current landscape, and any restrictions that may be in place from your city or homeowner’s association. All Seasons Landcare can recommend the best drainage system for your specific needs and professionally install it to keep your house free from water damage.

This article is ©2015 All Seasons Landcare • All Rights Reserved


Fall Leaf Removal

Raking LeavesFall is here and many people are preparing to spend the upcoming holidays with friends and family. Part of that preparation is making sure your house is ready for guests. A welcoming home starts with a great landscape and keeping it maintained during the busy holidays can be challenging for some. During the fallhomes with lots of trees in areas such as Hurst, Euless, Bedford, and Grapevine start dropping their orange, yellow, and brown leaves. A confetti of color can be a nice change, but it can also make yard maintenance even more challenging.  

Many areas, like those mentioned above, and suburbs such as Southlake, Keller, and Colleyville have local ordinances in place protecting trees. These ordinances are part of the cities' beautification projects and the trees help provide shade during hot spring and summer months in DFW.

However, anyone who enjoys the pretty, green trees in the spring and summer, knows how cumbersome autumn leaves can become as they fall from the treesTheseem to somehow magnify from a few here and there on the ground in early fall to several thousand leaves blanketing a previously pretty landscape right before Thanksgiving. Fall advertisements like to show family and friends laughing and jumping in leaves throwing them through the air with big smiles on their faces. The reality is that dealing with a large amount of leaves can be difficult and time consuming.  

Fall Leaf RemovalWhile some leaves can be an insulator keeping grass and gardens a bit greener longer,  leaves that are left unattended for too long, can hamper growth. Leaves that start piling up on the roofs of houses and businesses and near curbs, can clog up gutters and outside drains leaving pools of water when it rainsWet, decaying leaves can grow mildew and mold and piles of dead leaves can harbor pests such as bugs, spiders, and rodents. 

Autumn leaves can also become messy as they blow onto areas such as decks and walkways and into garages on windy, fall days. Unwanted leaves can end up in your house and car carried in on the bottoms of shoes and feet bringing with them allergens, ants, insects, and dirt resulting in a  continuous cycle of cleaning. 

Don't let fall leaves get the best of your holiday season. All Seasons Landcare can take care of your leaf removal leaving you with one less item on your holiday to-do list. With the manpower and equipment to take care of your leaves quickly and effectively, All Seasons Landcare can help uncover your beautiful landscape allowing you more time to enjoy your holidays.

This article is ©2015 All Seasons Landcare • All Rights Reserved


Benefits of Aerating Clay Rich Soil

Lawn aerationLawn care in the Mid-Cities, and throughout the Metroplex, can be challenging due to the clay rich soil prevalent in the area. Clay dirt can be highly fertile, but in the winter months it can retain too much moisture and become water logged. In hotter temperatures, it cracks and creates clods. It can also  become compressed and compacted anytime of year through watering, rain, lawn mowing, or excessive use. Over time, oxygen, water, and nutrients can be prevented from reaching the lawn's roots.

Signs of a compacted lawn are:

  • - Puddling water
  • - Slow water infiltration
  • - Surface water runoff after watering or rain
  • - Trees with shallow roots
  • - Plants and other vegetation with stunted growth

One of the best ways to combat compressed soil is through aeration. Aeration is a process which creates small holes in the dirt to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the topsoil to reach the roots of the lawn. It can be done through spiking the ground or using equipment that creates holes and removes some dirt at the same time. For the best results in clay soil, some dirt should be removed when holes are made rather than just spiking which can compact the sides of the holes even further. 

To combat heavy clods of clay dirt, Texas A & M horticulturists suggest putting down compost immediately after aerating and then watering to help the compost filter down into the holes. This will still allow air to flow and by adding organic matter, the structure of the ground will eventually be improved and more manageable. This will also help create a stronger root system and result in a more healthy, vibrant lawn.

Aerating can be done annually, but the best time of year to aerate is based on the type of grass you have. For cool season grasses, early fall or spring is good. For warm season grasses, aerating should be done in late spring. Some high traffic areas may need to be done more than once a year.

Benefits to aerating are:

  • - Improved air exchange
  • - Water penetration more deeply and evenly throughout the lawn
  • - Reduction of water runoff and puddling
  • - Nutrients like fertilizers or herbicides can be distributed more evenly       
  • - Results in a stronger root system
  • - Allows grass and soil to tolerate the hot summers better  
  • - Improves overall resiliency
  • - Enhanced thatch breakdown
All Seasons Landcare has the expert knowledge and the proper equipment to aerate any type of lawn. Many satisfied customers in Hurst, Euless, Bedford, and other cities have lawn aeration done by All Seasons every year and rely on All Seasons to keep their lawns healthy and looking their best.

This article is ©2015 All Seasons Landcare • All Rights Reserved


Use pre-emergents in the fall to avoid spring weeds

weed extractionFall is just around the corner in DFW and many people are looking forward to saying goodbye to the summer heat, welcoming cooler temperatures, and not having to water their yard as frequently.  
 
Fall is also a time when professional lawn and landscape companies in DFW take preventative measures to ensure you will have a beautiful lawn in the spring. When the temperature drops, there are some weed varieties that begin to thrive under the soil. If not taken care of early, weeds that are allowed to germinate in the fall, will sprout in the spring.  

Dealing with weeds after they've sprouted can be time consuming and expensive. You may find yourself having to pull them, or have them pulled, or trying to figure out which weed killers work best for your particular weeds.  Weeds are also not only unsightly, but can affect the overall healthiness of your grass and surrounding plants, flowers, and trees 

The best way to avoid having to deal with an extensive weed problem in the spring is to use a pre-emergent herbicide in the fall. A pre-emergent stunts the growth of the weeds which will prevent them from ever sprouting and making your lawn ugly and unhealthy.    
 
The time of year that a pre-emergent is applied and the amount of water used are important factors to ensure the herbicide works properly. Weather conditions such as drought or excessive rain, or unusually high or low temperatures can affect the timing of it's application. Also, ensuring a good, thorough application can be tricky to make sure surrounding plants, shrubbery, or trees are not affected adversely. 
 
It's best to have a pre-emergent applied by a professional like All Seasons Landcare who can make sure it is used correctly which will ultimately save you time and money.        
 
Some benefits to using a pre-emergent are: 
 
- It breaks down the cycle of constant regrowth of weeds 
 
- It saves time and money by avoiding the need for weed extraction  and/or costly weed killers 
 
- If applied properly, only a small number of weeds escape and can be dealt with easily 
 
- The need for it may decrease as certain weed seeds are eliminated over time 
 
Pre-emergents are not only used in the fall in DFW, but also other times of year such as in the spring to avoid summer weeds. All Seasons Landcare is thoroughly knowledgeable about the benefits of pre-emergents and timing them perfectly throughout the year for the best results. As an expert in lawn maintenance in Keller, Southlake, Colleyville, and the Mid-Cities, All Seasons Landcare can help take the guess work out of keeping your lawn healthy and beautiful anytime of the year.

This article is ©2015 All Seasons Landcare • All Rights Reserved