Posted by Amanda Bruen on 9/12/2017

If you were to look at a photo of a suburban neighborhood from the 1950s and one from today, you would notice many similarities. The houses have gotten much larger, but they still have perfectly manicured lawns and milky white fences. American culture has come a long way since the days of nuclear families. An emphasis on conservation and environmentalism has added recycling bins to many of our homes. But by and large our backyards remain mostly unchanged. Some people are electing to deviate from those norms to make their homes and yard more eco-friendly. Part of that change has been to adapt natural landscaping techniques that make your backyard seem less chiseled-out and more a part of its natural environment. With proper planning and care, natural landscaping can give your yard both a modern and natural look, and it won't look messy or overgrown. Here are some tips to get you started on natural landscaping in your backyard.

Native planting

A big part of natural landscaping is understanding your local plant life. Planting flora that is native to your area is not only helping your yard look more natural but also helping your local plant and wildlife. Often we bring in "exotic" plants and flowers without understanding the ecological issues that can arise from invasive species, both on other plants as well as on the local animals. So what are some ways you could alter your yard to house more local plant life? That depends entirely on your taste and on your local flora. If you live in a coastal, warm area, you might choose a sand or shell path in your yard that leads through tall grasses. If you live inland it might make more sense to choose stones or pebbles for your walkway and a variety of shrubs, flowers, and grasses for around the yard.

Lawn dividers

You won't find any white picket fences naturally occurring in the woods. But nature has its own barriers that can be adapted for use around your property. Vines, trees, bushes, and even rocks can all be used as natural barriers. People have used rock walls to mark of their property for centuries, and for good reason: they last forever (with some occasional maintenance) and they compliment the natural environment of your yard.

Make your lawn livable

Your lawn should be hospitable for your plants, your local wildlife, and for you. Using natural wooden benches, tree swings, and maintained paths will make your backyard look like the walkthrough gardens that we see in old English manor houses. But you should also keep in mind the birds, bugs, and other animals that will frequent your yard. By not using chemical insecticides or weed killers you're already helping your local wildlife thrive. But you can attract even more birds by setting inconspicuous feeders in the trees around your yard.

What's to gain from natural landscaping?

Aside from looking nice, natural landscaping has countless other benefits. When you're growing plants native to your area you know the plants are predisposed to grow well in your yard. That means less maintenance, watering, and less money spent buying replacements for dead plants. You'll be helping the local wildlife fit in, and you'll be helping yourself by giving your yard a refreshing, natural look.

Posted by Amanda Bruen on 8/2/2016

Ask any homeowner that has one and they will tell you, "A beautiful lawn doesn't create itself"; its requires more than thatching, aerating, seeding, spraying, fertilizing, raking, watering, weeding, mowing and edging. A lush green summer lawn that is the envy of the neighborhood requires applying the right treatment at the ideal time for the right reason.

Seemingly taking care of a lawn would be easy, however unless you put in the research, effort and time to learn the trade and learn you lawn, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. A vibrant green lawn is only half the story. For your landscape to look its best, flowerbeds must be planted, cultivated, mulched and maintained. Trees, shrubs and vine must be pruned, fertilized, weeded and watered.

Sound like a lot of work doesn't it? Why waste the precious hours of summer working on the lawn when you could be having fun camping, fishing, boating or just relaxing in the shade with a cold beverage? Turning your lawn care over to an experienced professional lawn maintenance service frees you to spend precious time relaxing with family and friends. So what are you waiting for? No matter it is for beauty, utility or property appreciation, maintaining a thick, velvety lawn is easy than you think. It's time to call a pro.

Your landscape contractor will meet with you to discuss your lawn care preferences and develop a personalized care and maintenance program that helps you have the landscape of your dreams. With a bit of planning and the help of a professional service, you can attain and maintain a landscape that meets your objectives without all the headaches, hassles and backaches of trying to do-it-yourself.

Regular scheduled professional lawn care will help "nip problems in the bud. One of the most important components of summer lawn care is controlling weeds. Your lawn professional will be on the lookout for weeds and will design a treatment and control program uniquely designed for your lawn including both pre-emergence and post-emergence applications. The weed control program will target treatments for weeds such as crabgrass and dandelions, common landscape problems.

During the hot, dry months of summer, many types of grasses become semi-dormant, leaving them vulnerable to disease and insect infestation. Common types of lawn diseases include leaf spot, brown patch, red thread, powdery mildew, blight and other unpleasant lawn fungus. Your lawn care professional can identify problems and then decide on an appropriate method of treatment that is best for your type of lawn.

Like edging and mowing, watering your lawn sounds simple enough, but many homeowners are uncertain about the frequency and amount of water required as a part of their total summer lawn care program. Water demand is dependent on temperature, soil composition, drainage and the total amount of sun and shade your lawn receives. Most lawns require at least one inch of water a week. If you're confused as how much water is required to supplement dew and rainfall, your lawn maintenance contractor can remedy the situation with the installation of landscape irrigation.

When you employ a trusted and reputable lawn maintenance contractor to care for your landscape, not only will you have a gorgeous lawn to come home to, you won't have to trouble family, friends or neighbors to help maintain your lawn while you are out of town, enjoying your newfound leisure time.