How You Can Maintain a Beautiful Lawn This Summer

When it comes to lawn maintenance during the summer months, many Hamilton area homeowners look to the experts to help them determine how to keep their lawn healthy all season. There is a ton of information out there that provides tips for achieving a beautiful carpet of green grass but maintaining it during the hot summer season requires a few tricks for success.

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Here are some guidelines to help you achieve a beautiful lawn, but more importantly, keeping it lush, healthy and well maintained all season long.

Weeding

Weeds are a fact of life in lawns, but you can improve its appearance by being proactive. Pull weeds, roots and all with a handheld weeder. You might have to use chemical herbicides if weeds are out of control. By controlling weeds, you give your lawn a chance to improve its appearance because grass pushes weeds out.

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Reinvent Your Backyard Space

With the nasty, long winter months melting away and warmer days of spring finally arrived, now is the perfect time to consider some backyard renovations. Spring is the perfect time to think about how you’re going to morph your backyard into an alluring entertainment retreat for family and friends.

Hardscape Backyard

Regardless of the size or shape of your backyard, a makeover can turn a lackluster yard into an appealing oasis of relaxation and entertainment. Even if you’re on a budget, creating a striking environment is possible with planning and creativity in order to turn your backyard into something special. With a little research, you can design your outdoor space to be more functional and livable while increasing the value of your home.

There are many ways to create a striking environment in your backyard and turn it into something unique. Thoughtful backyard improvements bring two undeniable benefits for homeowners, one is financial, and the other is personal satisfaction. Creating an appealing retreat where you can escape the hustles and bustles of the outside world is worth every dollar spent.

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Remember to Spring Clean Your Backyard

Now that spring is right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about waking up your backyard by giving it a good spring cleanup. As the snow melts away from your lawn, shrubbery and trees, you’re going to finally see the unsightly remains that winter produced and the mess it’s left behind.

After the rough winter we’ve had these last few months, you’re going to discover the packed leaves and fallen branches that remained on the property over winter. However, if you get a jumpstart with a good spring cleanup, you’ll be better prepared for the new growing season.

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Raking & Yard Cleanup

Cleaning up the yard is your first priority because the winter leftovers are pretty disgusting. A good raking around the shrubs will clear out any leaves, broken branches and rubbish that may have blown into your yard during winter storms.

You should rake the rest of the lawn to remove any lingering leaves and plant debris. Once the remnants are removed, your property will look neater. You will also be removing any lingering plant debris that might harbor disease or homes for pests.

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Build a Landscape You’ll Love

If a fabulous landscaped property is your dream, but not your reality, then take these steps to build a landscape you’ll love.

First, bring in the professionals. A professional landscaper will have the education and experience to work with you in creating a backyard oasis to make the neighbours jealous.

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Beautiful Decks and Patios in Hamilton

Just like the couch in your living room, much of your landscaping will be designed around the biggest element of the space. In this case, that design element is any deck or patio that our space includes. If you do not have a deck or patio, but wish to have one in your backyard oasis, a great landscaper can build you one, or put you in touch with a professional company who can.

When determining what design of deck or patio will fit your space, also consider any walkways. When building a landscape, you will want your space to flow and considering where their walkways will be and how they will flow, is essential. Also, these pathways will create natural areas within the larger space, lending to smaller landscaping areas creating that one large landscaping area. A landscaper will also be able to lay out all the options for pathways that might include interlocking brick and stamped concrete to name a few.

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Pruning Best Practices

Pruning is one of the most important cultural practices that you can do in your landscape management. Proper pruning helps to keep plants attractive and vigorous while adding years to the plant’s beauty and usefulness. Many homeowners get apprehensive with the idea of pruning but knowing how, when and why to prune will end these fears.

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General rules of thumb for the pruning timetable:

  • Non-blooming Trees and Shrubs: Prune in late winter while fully dormant.
  • Summer-blooming Trees and Shrubs: Prune in late winter.
  • Spring-blooming Trees and Shrubs: Wait until immediately after they bloom. They are the exception to the rule, but you still should prune them as early as you can.
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Off-Season is the Best Time to Plan Landscape Projects

Even though we’re in the middle of winter with snow piled high and freezing temperatures, the off-season is the best time to start thinking about your upcoming landscape projects.

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It might be hard to wrap your head around the idea of spring with budding flowers and grass turning green, but it’s a great opportunity to plan out your landscape design from the comfort of your home.

Like any good future project, you’ll have the time to plan and carefully consider what you want to accomplish for your landscaping venture.

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Commercial Snow Removal –

Looking for a way to ensure the safety of your customers and staff while on your business’ property this winter? Then look no further than Green Collar Landscaping’s commercial snow and ice removal maintenance program!

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Remove a Liability Risk with Commercial Snow Removal Services

Keeping your business’ property clear of snow and ice is imperative during the winter. Doing so will keep your business open for easy access by customers regardless of the weather. And more importantly, it will keep your customers and staff safe from accidents and falls while at your business.

Focus on Making Your Business Better

As a business owner, you have enough things to worry about while running a business: marketing, inventory, employees, etc. You don’t need to worry about snow and ice removal as well!

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What is the Difference between Hardscaping and Softscaping?

Before creating an appealing design around the outside of your home, there’s plenty to consider including your property’s soil type, regional climate, and water drainage. Once these factors are considered, the fun begins with designing the creative side of your property’s design through hardscaping and landscaping!

Hardscaping and Softscaping: Your Key to an Appealing Property Design

When aiming to create an appealing property, both hardscaping and softscaping elements need to be considered.

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The heavier elements in a landscape design such as rocks, stone pathways, and driveways are what hardscaping encompasses. Although they require more technical consideration when being installed, hardscaping elements normally require minimal maintenance thereafter.

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Hardscape Ideas for Front Yards

Even though summertime is now behind us, it’s not too late to redesign your front yard! The best part about working on your property’s appearance in the fall means that your property is ready to be enjoyed next spring!

Make your front yard the best one on the street by completing a hardscaping project! Check out some of our ideas below for creating the perfect hardscape for your front yard.

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Install a New Walkway

When installing a new walkway into your front yard, begin by ensuring there is a firm foundation. A hardscaping project that is meant to last must be built onto a foundation that won’t settle, shift or wash away. To do this, dig into the mineral soil layer below the topsoil, tamp the soil to ensure compaction and add a gravel layer to begin the leveling process.

Once the foundation is prepped, go ahead and begin installing whatever type of material you have chosen for your new walkway. Bricks, patio stones, concrete, and gravel are only a few material suggestions to create a useful new pathway for your front yard.

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Hardscaping Ideas for Small Backyards.

Great hardscaping designs are easier for some than others. If you don’t have much of an imagination in life, you aren’t likely to have much when it comes to the hardscape landscaping your yard. If your backyard is small, ideas may be even harder to come by.

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Hardscaping often includes some of the more pricier items in your backyard. Things like patios, fences and retaining walls, won’t come cheap. You are only going to make this investment if done right, once. Make the most of your space and budget with these six tips and ideas.

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