Landcare news and tips
As the year is coming to a close, we are taking a look back at some of our most popular lawn and landscape articles. Some of our most read articles include plants for different seasons as well as pet friendly landscaping. Others, not surprisingly, were directly related to water. The DFW climate tends to have plenty of rainfall, at times, or none at all. So, whether you want to conserve water to avoid the increasingly high water bills from many North Texas cities or avoid the damage that too much water can cause through the use of effective drainage systems, we have helpful tips and recommendations.
In the summer of 2016, we wrote about watering apps. While the websites and apps, such as WaterMyYard.org and SprinklerTimes.com are still great, there are also some off-the-shelf sprinklers and irrigation controllers which use apps that can take your lawn watering to the next level. These include systems such as those available from Rachio, Orbit B-hyve, or Rain Bird which can all be purchased online at their respective websites or through most home improvement stores or Amazon. In addition to watering apps and smart sprinkler systems, you can always ask Alexa, Google, or Siri, “Should I water my grass?” However, your results may vary.
One of our most read articles, “Drainage Systems to Prevent Water Damage” was written in 2015 and not much has changed since then for effective drainage systems. The French drain has been around since about the mid-19th century and has had some improvements, but is basically the same general concept as when it was first introduced by Henry Flagg French.
Water damage can quickly occur if it is not properly addressed and can lead to everything from an influx of mosquitoes to significant foundation damage. Installing a French drain, trench (or channel) drain, a dry well drainage system, or a simple drainage ditch can ensure water is diverted away from areas where it has the ability to pool or erode and cause damage.
All Seasons Landcare has installed hundreds of professional drainage systems which can save thousands of dollars in water damage repair bills. Some are constructed in a way which needs minimal maintenance while others may need quarterly or yearly maintenance to function efficiently. So, check with us to see which system may work best for you and your needs.
In addition to our watering apps, and drainage system articles, we have many more lawn maintenance and landscaping tips which can be found here. As the year is winding down, All Seasons Landcare would like to wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday and new year. If you need regular lawn maintenance in DFW or lawn care just a few times a year, we are always happy to help. Contact us today!
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October has arrived, but fall landscaping in DFW is not yet in full swing because warm temperatures are still in the forecast. However, it’s never too early to plan for vibrant colors in your landscape before cooler weather sets in. Flowers and plants which can withstand lower temperatures are an easy, economical way to liven up your landscape. Take a look at the suggestions by All Seasons Landscaping to keep your yard looking great throughout the autumn season.
Flowers planted in beds or pots are an economical way to add color to an otherwise lackluster landscape when colder weather arrives. We wrote about some varieties of flowers for fall a couple of years ago which included dianthus, mums, pansies, petunias and snapdragons and these still remain some great choices. Below are a few additional flowering plants to keep your yard in beautiful bloom during the cooler months ahead.
A hardy plant, the Copper Canyon Daisy produces yellow blooms with a citrus/pine scent perfect for fall. It requires full sun and planting in a bed, as opposed to a pot, is recommended due to its girth during growth.
A native of Japan, this Clematis produces bountiful white blooms. It requires part sun and part shade, and actually does best with a blanket of fall leaves for root protection.
Mexican Mint Marigold not only produces a pretty flower, it can also be used as an herbal tea and is found in some recipes for dressings and sauces. Much like a typical garden variety marigold, it produces small, yellow blooms and enjoys full sun.
The Maximilian Sunflower is a perennial and native of Texas. It produces three inch blooms at the end of four to six foot stalks, loves the sun and likes lots of soggy soil.
The Candy Corn Plant, or Cigar Plant, is a native of Mexico and normally blooms most spectacularly in the autumn months. Much like the Halloween candy it's named after, the Candy Corn Plant starts out light yellow in color then bursts into a vibrant, bright orange red. The Candy Corn Plant needs full sun and moderate water.
If you have lots of trees, don’t forget that fall leaves can quickly smother colorful blooms. To keep any areas with new plants or flowers looking their best, have leaves removed at least every other week. While some plants and flowers thrive under a light blanket of leaves, too many can cause a problem. Grinding the leaves and using them as mulch is a better option.
Whether you plant blooming flowers and plants yourself this fall, or have a professional do it for you, All Seasons Landcare can help keep your autumn lawn and landscape looking great. Contact us for more information.
August is coming to a close and many lawns in DFW are struggling to stay healthy under the scorching Texas sun. The lush, green grass you may have seen in the middle of springtime, may have started showing signs of turning brown and drying out. However, there are some ways to ensure your grass stays green well into the fall months.
When we experience extreme heat in DFW, as we have recently, mowing your lawn may be the last thing that you want to do or pay someone else to do. However, it’s exactly during those times that it’s important to keep your lawn mowed on a regular basis. Keep in mind though, that how you mow is just as important as how frequently you mow. Keep the grass a little longer in length during the summer heat than you may have in other seasons. Leaving it too short can dry out the soil and burn the roots.
Summertime calls for more frequent and longer periods of watering to ensure good hydration. Early morning watering is best and some more, light watering in the evening is okay if drought conditions are present. However, too much watering at night can encourage fungus growth. Avoid watering in the afternoon when the sun is the hottest as the water will just evaporate quickly. For more watering tips, check out our blogs about watering apps and saving money while keeping your lawn watered.
Reseed your lawn as needed to promote new growth and keep out weeds, then follow up with fertilizing to make sure your lawn has the nutrients needed to begin and maintain growth. Fertilizer helps your grass create a deeper roots system so it can survive more extreme weather conditions. This will ensure your lawn stays green longer, but the correct fertilizer for your type of grass is required for optimum results.
If a lush, green lawn is important to you throughout the year, but the idea of doing it yourself doesn’t sound appealing, All Seasons Landcare has the professionals who take pride in addressing all of your lawn care needs. The All Seasons Landcare team has been helping people with lawn care throughout the DFW area for years. From lawn maintenance in Fort Worth to tree trimming in Keller and landscape design in Southlake, All Seasons Landcare has many highly satisfied customers who enjoy the high quality of service that All Seasons provides. Give us a call today!
With summer just arriving, it’s not too late to create a cooler landscape. There are several ways to design a landscape which allows more shade and helps lower the temperature, so you can enjoy spending more time outdoors. To start, identify which areas get the most direct sun and heat throughout the day and the areas which are more stagnant with less air circulating. Many of these areas can be addressed cost effectively by using materials that provide more shade and allow air to flow freely.
Incorporating more trees, man-made structures, and updating walkways are three different ways to create cooler spaces.
Trees are, of course, the most obvious and natural choice for creating shade in a landscape. Trees with the thickest canopies are the best for cooling down the temperature and helping block harmful UV rays. Some of the best trees for shade in North Texas, according to NeilSperry.com, include:
These trees can be planted to block the intense sun which may hit areas such as a deck or other space used for entertaining.
If you’ve planted smaller trees and are waiting for them to grow, man-made structures, such as pergolas and gazebos can provide protection against direct sun and heat. Depending on the size, some of these structures can be built in about a week. Less permanent options include umbrellas and canopies. Or, incorporate an eclectic combination of all of these.
Constructing or placing these items in areas where you want to grill, relax, or entertain, will keep everyone cooler throughout the day. Also, placing outdoor fans or misting systems on any of these structures is an additional way to cool things down.
Some people don’t consider walkways and walls when thinking about shade, but the materials used in these areas can affect the amount of heat reflected or absorbed. Darker colored materials absorb more heat than lighter ones. So, choose a light stone for walkways and white, neutral, or pastel colors for walls as a backdrop for the areas you will be utilizing to escape the heat.
In the humidity of DFW, if air is circulating it is cooled more effectively. Fences that allow air to flow and circulate, naturally, in a garden setting, on a deck, or patio are the best. So, any current areas you may have were the air is stagnant may be caused by inefficient air flow around fences or other structures. Fences can be built to allow air to flow and still be secure. Materials used can be everything from wrought iron, vinyl, wood, and stone.
All Seasons Landcare has been helping people makeover their landscaping in Colleyville, Keller, Southlake, Hurst, Euless, Bedford and other areas for many years. We would be happy to help you create a cooler landscape, so you can enjoy the summer outdoors. Contact us today!
The weather is heating up in North Texas and the need for lawn maintenance in DFW is increasing. With the hotter weather, taking care of the lawn is not something most people enjoy. When you factor in the time, energy, equipment, and cost of maintaining your own lawn, it might be more beneficial for you to hire a professional lawn and landscaping company.
Following are the top reasons it might make sense for you to hire lawncare professionals like All Seasons Lawncare.
For many people in DFW who do their lawn on a weekly basis, time is a huge factor. Time spent on mowing, edging, and weed-eating could be spent on more enjoyable, and less labor-intensive, activities especially in the hot summer months. Allowing a professional to do your lawn can reduce stress and allow you to enjoy your time more freely.
To maintain your lawn properly, the items most needed are a lawn mower, an edger, a weed-eater, and a fertilizer spreader. If you have trees and shrubs, tree and shrub trimmers are also needed. All this equipment must be stored and maintained to keep it functioning properly and once it wears out, new items have to be purchased. A lawn maintenance company will have all the equipment needed leaving you with more space to store items you enjoy using using.
The cost of maintaining your lawn can end up being more when doing it yourself. This is because, for some, time is money and the time spent on maintaining your lawn could be spent in more productive, income producing areas. Also, if you are a sole proprietor who regularly meets clients at your home office, you can also write-off the cost of lawncare. In addition, when you factor in time and maintenance of equipment, the cost for lawn maintenance drops dramatically.
Oftentimes, nothing can be better than the abilities of someone with professional expertise. This can definitely be the case in several areas of home and lawn maintenance. Many DIY shows, and websites, encourage people to take on projects themselves and that is okay for some. However, when it comes to some areas of lawn and landscape management, a professional can keep you from getting in over your head. In addition to knowing how to treat issues which may arise with your grass, shrubs, and trees, lawncare experts can quickly and easily address other areas such as automatic sprinklers, French drains, and any other lawn and landscape issue that you may not be sure how to deal with.
As the temperature rises in DFW, the amount of time you spend on your lawn can drop drastically if you hire a professional lawncare company. All Seasons has the professionals to make your lawn look better than ever at an affordable cost. Give All Seasons Landcare a call today!
April is National Lawn and Garden month and All Seasons Landcare can not only help you with lawncare in DFW, but can also help you cultivate new ideas for plants and flowers in your spring landscape. One of the easiest ways to create color and variety in and around your lawn is to incorporate container gardening. Growing plants in containers allows you to move them, as needed, for sun or shade, utilize the best soil possible, and irrigate more easily. You can fill containers with anything you want such as herbs for more flavorful cooking, colorful flowers for fresh cut arrangements, or vegetables for healthy eating.
Follow some of the simple tips below for great container gardens throughout your landscape.
GardeningKnowHow.com provides lots of information on the different types of containers you can use for gardening. From less expensive clay pots to metal, wood, and plastic, they give important details about which container will work best for the type of plants you want. For example, since clay pots are porous, they allow more air and water to pass through easily, so they’re more suited to plans that are drought resistant. They can also be more apt to break, but are usually cheap and easy to replace.
Due to the heavy clay dirt found throughout DFW, gardening directly in the ground can be challenging, so container gardening is one of the best ways to avoid this. You can fill your containers with nutrient rich soil from your home and garden center to ensure whatever you’re growing is more apt to grow fully. The Texas A & M AgriLife Extension website says that almost any vegetable that you would grow in a backyard garden can grow in a container and, they provide a handy 7-page guide on how to grow vegetables in containers.
Container placement depends on the plant and whether it requires more sun or shade. However, you can get creative with how you display your container. Instead of just placing containers on the ground, steps, or sidewalk, they can be elevated using a shepherd’s hook, hanging on a branch, or even hanging on a wall or fence. They can also be placed on deck, or balcony railings, but should be heavy enough not to topple over in heavy winds.
Irrigating containers can be done by placing them in areas where automatic sprinklers can reach them or attaching a soaker hose to the container. However, it’s usually best to hand water containers to make sure they are watered properly and avoid overwatering.
Most container plants do not need as many pesticides as plants placed directly in the ground. However, this doesn’t mean your container plants will be pest free. Utilizing natural pesticides, and helpful insects such as ladybugs, can ensure your container plants are as pest free as they can be. You can purchase natural remedies from your home and garden store or see this article by Robert 'Skip' Richter (CEA-Horticulture Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Montgomery County) which gives great tips on attacking pests naturally.
Container gardening can help beautify your surroundings and provide you with plants that you can enjoy for months and even years. For more ideas on lawn and landscaping ideas for your home, contact All Seasons Landcare today!
As spring arrives, the wildflowers are beginning to bloom, but to make sure weeds are not sprouting and your lawn looks it’s best, Allseasons Landcare offers these tips.
To remove old, dead grass, it’s recommended to scalp your lawn after winter. This is done by dropping the blade of the mower, so the dead grass can be removed easily. This process allows more sun into the soil and results in a healthier lawn more quickly.
As we have written about in other blogs, a pre-emergent weed killer can stop weeds from germination. Warm season weeds such as crabgrass, and others, can be controlled with a pre-emergent which can give you about 100 days of resisting weed germination. However, this must be done a couple of weeks prior to the last freeze for it to work effectively. For weed control in DFW, this usually means the first application should be done by March 15th with a second application a couple of weeks into June. A pre-emergent is safe for all types of grass, but only after it’s been through a first winter.
Herbicides will get rid of weeds, such as clovers and dandelions, that have already germinated. However, herbicides are not as safe as a pre-emergent and can affect trees and shrubs if not applied correctly. It’s advised to apply them directly to the weeds and avoid surrounding shrubs, plants, and trees. So, obviously, do not attempt this on a windy day.
Consistent and deep watering is needed for a healthy lawn in the spring. Many sprinkler systems in DFW need to be adjusted appropriately for the time of year and if drought conditions dictate the times at which watering can occur. So, it’s important to check that your sprinkler system is functioning well and hand water, if needed, to make sure your grass, plants, and trees are getting the water they need. Also, make sure that your lawn is level, throughout, to keep water from pooling.
As we have discussed before, dethatching your lawn can get rid of thatch and topsoil that prevents nutrients from reaching the soil. This is done by using a dethatching machine, but make sure it’s really needed by determining if the thatch is over ½ inch think. Dethatching, if really needed, is best done by a professional as many of the dethatching machines that can be rented can end up doing more harm than good.
For North Texas, fertilizing should be done around the first week of April. Testing the soil to determine the best fertilizer will keep you from wasting time and money on the wrong one. However, for the mostly heavy clay soil found throughout DFW, an all-nitrogen fertilizer is recommended. A good, quality, slow release fertilizer will keep you from having to fertilize frequently.
Contact Allseasons Landcare, so we can help you have a lush, healthy lawn for spring and throughout the entire year.
There are many different options for installing an outdoor fireplace. Some homeowners opt for purchasing a portable fireplace, or fire pit, and simply placing it anywhere it can be utilized safely. However, depending on the size and style of the fireplace you may want, one can be custom built and integrated into your existing landscape for less than what you may spend for a high-quality portable one.
A custom, outdoor fireplace can become the central area for entertaining in any sized yard. For smaller areas, a fireplace built on a smaller scale can offer just as much heat as a larger one. Smaller fireplaces are also easier to clean and maintain. For backyards with more space, a fireplace as the focal point can bring family and friends together in one place.
Large or small, the materials used to build the fireplace will determine not only it’s visual appeal in your overall landscape, but the maintenance needed to ensure its continued use for years to come. Stone construction has been the most popular material used in fireplace construction in Dallas and Fort Worth in recent years. However, steel, marble, stucco, brick, and tile are some other great choices.
Some outdoor fireplaces are specifically built with outdoor cooking in mind while others aren’t used for anything other than providing heat, so it’s important to have a skilled, knowledgeable contractor who clearly understands what you are looking for from the initial design to the final product. This will ensure your fireplace is built to local codes and meets your full expectations.
If the area you are in has restrictions on a more traditional fireplace or fire pit, keep in mind that wood and gas logs are not the only options to create an inviting atmosphere. Other ideas for a warm glow include candles, river rocks with gel fuel, and electric fireplaces if they have adequate cover.
No matter what design and material you decide to use, safety is key in utilizing a backyard fireplace properly. Plants and trees with oversized leaves or extended branches should not be located near the fire source nor should flammable fences or other backyard items such as playground equipment. However, an adequate water supply should be as close to the fireplace as possible. In addition, screens and gates should be utilized to ensure pets and small children are restricted from access to any flames.
Companies who install outdoor fireplaces in DFW are not all the same. Not all companies care about the safety, or long-term enjoyment, you should have with a custom-built fireplace. All Seasons Landcare has decades of experience in designing fireplaces and firepits in DFW, for any backyard landscape, with many happy customers. February is the perfect time of year to install one. Depending on the design you choose, you can start enjoying your fireplace in under one week. Contact us today!
Winter weather slows the need for mowing in DFW, and other lawn maintenance tasks, but that doesn’t mean that you should ignore your lawn altogether. There are some steps that should be taken to ensure your lawn is healthy throughout the colder season, so it will be in great shape once spring arrives.
Even though mowing is not needed as frequently in the winter, it should still be done. For the month of January, Southern Living Magazine states that when it’s dry outside on a winter day, mowing can be good for a “dormant warm-season” lawn. Mowing can also help minimize pests.
Many areas of DFW such as the Mid-Cities of Hurst, Euless, and Bedford and other areas such as Colleyville, and Keller in need of lawncare, may have many leaves covering the grass. If leaves have fallen, they can be mulched into the grass to protect and nourish it. This will also clear the grass so it can be inspected for winter weeds. Weeds can either be pulled or a post-emergent herbicide can be applied. However, it’s always important to make sure to follow the label directions for herbicides and make sure that it can be applied for your grass type. Otherwise, you may accidently kill your grass.
Below are other lawn and landscaping tips for wintertime.
Any items, large or small, left on the grass in the winter can create brown patches. The brown patches are where the grass has died, or almost died, making your lawn not only unsightly, but more susceptible to weeds and pests. So, don’t forget to remove any items such as toys, furniture, or potted plants from your lawn to avoid harming the grass. In addition to man-made items, other debris such as fallen branches can leave your grass with brown patches as well.
If your lawn is continually walked over for extended periods of time during the winter, it can compact the dormant grass. Once spring arrives, and the grass is no longer dormant, compacted grass will not grow properly and won’t get the nutrients it needs. Avoid walking on the grass in the winter by keeping your sidewalks and driveway clear.
In addition to the wrong pesticides or herbicides, any chemicals used on, or near, your lawn while it is dormant can negatively affect it. In the winter months, chemicals for deicing your driveway and sidewalks should be kept away from your lawn. Less harmful deicing methods include using kitty litter or sand or just plowing or shoveling icy or snowy walkways to keep any harmful chemicals from seeping into your lawn.
In addition to mowing and lawncare, other areas of your landscape, such as pruning, can be addressed during the winter months too. According to the Texas A & M Horticulture Department, pruning can be done anytime of year, but during the winter months, when growth is slowed, pruning can remove dead leaves, limbs, and branches to allow more growth in the spring. For more information on pruning, see the Texas A & M Horticulture website at https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/landscape/proper-pruning-techniques/
For questions about landscaping and lawncare in DFW anytime of the year, give All Seasons Landcare a call at (817)545-8590 or contact us at http://www.allseasonslandcare.com/Contact-Us.
Even though the fall temperatures in North Texas have been mild, a sure sign that autumn is here is the colorful leaves that have fallen from the trees. A light layer of leaves in your yard is okay and they can act as a fertilizer. However, numerous trees that provide much needed shade in late spring and summer can drown your landscape in a sea of red, orange, and brown leaves by late fall if you don’t take care of them every week.
There are some ways, besides just raking them, to efficiently keep them under control and prevent them from overtaking your yard completely.
If your leaves haven’t gotten too deep, they can be mowed and bagged and made into mulch. This is one of the easiest ways to keep them under control quickly and easily. However, mowing has to be done when the leaves aren’t too thick, or you will have a hard time mowing them.
A leaf vacuum is just like a vacuum you use in your house which can pick up leaves that can then be ground for mulch or bagged for disposal. Just like with mowing, it’s best to use a leaf vacuum when there aren’t too many leaves already on the ground.
A leaf blower can be used to easily maneuver the leaves where you want them, and this works best for larger yards. Blowing them into a pile and then bagging them will get them out of your way much quicker than using a rake. It’s also much easier to get leaves out of your flower beds and other areas where a rake isn’t as efficient.
Ground leaves used as mulch are a great benefit to other areas of your landscape and can be shared with friends and neighbors if you have too many. They can also be used in your compost as an added nutrient for your garden. If you’re bagging the leaves, instead of just throwing them away, your city may have a compost area for them.
As pretty and colorful as fall leaves can be at first, they can quickly become cumbersome once they’re covering your sidewalks and landscape. Pretty flower beds and hedges can be overtaken by them and too many dead leaves can clog swimming pools and drains.
Spending time dealing with leaves isn’t appealing to most people. Also, many don’t have the time or equipment to handle them effectively. Allowing a professional lawn company in DFW, such as All Seasons Landcare, to take care of your leaves can help free up your time and make your lawn beautiful again. To make sure your lawn is looking great for the upcoming fall and winter holidays, call All Seasons Landcare today!
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