How to protect your plants during winter

Plants are living creatures, and just like any other living creature, plants also feel the effects of weather. When it’s cold outside, your plants also require some special care. If you pay a little extra attention, your plants will not only survive the harsh winter but will bloom much better the following year around. This article will discuss four simple and easy ways to protect your plants this winter. So without further adieu, let’s get started:

1.    Move them

Your potted plants should be moved to an area with some warmth or shelter. Some shared garden plants such as gladioli and dahlias are tougher at the roots but not hardy at the shoot. Generally, their exposed parts wither away during the winters while the roots remain intact. These exposed parts will grow again when the winter is over. If you live in an icy area, you should consider moving your plants to a shed and providing them with some heat so they can better survive and persist through the winter.

 

Completely dormant pot plants such as tender fuchsias and begonias will be much happier living in the warmth of the shed. Other green plants and are still growing would require some artificial lighting in the shed to ensure their growth continues.

2.    Add mulch

Several tender plants would benefit greatly from having some mulch over their roots. Mulch could consist of leaf mold, wood chippings, or garden compost. Adding mulch has the benefit of providing nutrients to the plant and making the soil more fertile. Birds in your backyard will also benefit significantly from the mulch as it contains insects for them to enjoy.

3.    Cover them up

If there is a frost forecast, you can throw some horticultural fleece or old newspaper over your plants to protect them. If it’s going to be extremely cold, you should consider adding some extra layers to make sure that the exposed parts of the plant remain protected from the effects of the frost.

4.    Winter Watering

Watering your plants in the winter might be the last thing on your mind, but it is necessary to do. If you live in an area with low rainfall during winters, you should consider watering your plants once a month to keep the soil soft and maintain the nutrients.

Garden Design to Spruce Up Your Backyard

Do you want to create a relaxing space where you and your family can soak up the sun, while the fragrance of the flowers wafts under your nose? Are you looking to cultivate fresh fruits and vegetables? Well, the first step in any garden project is to assess your specific needs and understand what you are expecting to achieve with your new endeavor.

If your current garden is not living up to your expectations, or you’re going to start from the starch, as we know there’s a whole world of possibility, depending on your goals.  With an eye for the better things, we are a top choice for residents looking to design and create a garden that is beautiful and aesthetically exceptional

 

What to Consider for Your Garden

There are very important points to keep in mind before you start dreaming up your home garden. A most important point to be noticed is the amount of sun that reaches your garden. Does it reach your garden throughout the day? Are there any portions in your garden that receive little or no light throughout the day? Many plants need only a little amount of light to grow but many plants require multiple hours of constant light to nourish. Experienced horticulturists will consider all these factors before compiling a list of all suitable plants for your garden.

The soil quality or acidity of your garden is another important factor to consider. The best growth of plants is seen at a pH of 6.5, but it’s also possible that the soil of your garden is either more or less acidic than this value. The experienced horticulturist will take a sample of soil from your garden to know the exact value of its pH, and then they will add all the required components like sulfur or limestone, to balance the pH value of soil.

The most important consideration is the amount of your precious time that you can easily devote to your garden. In case you are a busy person and can’t dedicate much time to your garden on daily basis, the horticulturists will choose such plants for your garden that don’t need too much attention and care on daily basis to look beautiful.

Gardens Are About More Than Plants!

There are many elements other than plants that can be added to your garden. These elements include beautiful water fountains or statues that can add to the beauty of your garden. In case you have a small size garden, you can add a wonderful stony pathway in the garden to connect the garden with the rest of your lawn.

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Our trained and experienced horticulture will consider all the above factors before they craft a beautiful garden for you. They will work with complete attention from start to the end, to make your garden look wonderful. Your satisfaction and happiness are always our priority. If you also want to make your garden look beautiful, just give us a call.

10 Landscaping Must Dos to Help Your Plants Survive the Colder Season

Do you worry that your plants will be at the mercy of the cold season? A change in temperature means a difference in the environment for your plants. The colder season brings harsh temperatures to plants, and if you do nothing to protect them, you may not have come spring. You have to consider some landscaping strategies to help your plants survive the colder season. Here is a look at ten landscaping MUST Dos to give your plants a chance to live through the winter. 

  1. Be Proactive With Your Landscaping

The first line of defense is taking the necessary steps to prevent winter from getting the better of your plants. You have to be practice with your landscaping approach. The actions you take or neglect to take now will impact the survival of your plants in the bitter cold. If you want your plant to around come spring, strategize and figure out ways to keep your plants healthy and alive.

  1. Stick to Hardiness Zone

Knowing and sticking with plants that are best suited for your area’s hardiness zone is key. Hardiness differs from plant to plant, and not all can survive cold temperatures. Beauty fades, and if you refuse to plant by zone, no matter how beautiful your plants were before the cold ushered in, they will be far less appealing when the winter rolls out. If you live in zone 4 but love zone 7-9 plants, don’t risk it. 

  1. Lay Mulch

It may not be something you have ever considered, but mulch landscaping in winter is a good defensive measure to protect your plants from cold temperatures. It’s effective at preventing repeated freezing and thawing of soil that results in plants heaving. After ground freezing begins, lay 3-4 inches of mulch, three to four inches of mulch, careful not to apply a lot near the plants’ stems and trunks. 

  1. Dig Up Tender Plants

Come fall, dig up tender plants that are not hardy enough to survive the harsh cold temperatures. If you intend on using the plants after the cold season has ended, dig up and store them for the winter. Tender plants like cannas and elephant ears are examples of tender plants that should be dug out ahead of ground freeze, ideally after a hard frost. Remove dahlia tubers two weeks after the first hard frost.

  1. Adequately Water Plants Into Fall and Winter

Some plants can take a beating in the frigid winter temperatures. Some plants’ water reserves can deplete if not adequately watered into fall and winter. This depletion can place plants, like evergreens, at risk of winter burn and death when the freeze sets in and the plant roots cannot absorb water. 

  1. Wrap Plants

If you have young plants, they lack the thickness to survive the winter on their own. As such, they require a bit more care to ensure their survival. Maple, ash, and linden trees have thin barks, making them more likely to suffer frost cracking and sunscald. Protect your plants by wrapping them from bottom to top using burlap or thick paper tree wrap. If the tree starts showing signs of growth, which could happen later in winter or early spring, remove the covering. 

  1. Cover Roses

Tender roses should not be left out in the cold of winter. Grafted roses, in particular, should get some added TLC because the rootstock below ground isn’t sufficiently hardy to withstand the cold, like the plant growing above does. A simple solution is covering the graft just below the soil line with a cone-shaped mound of soil that’s 6-8 inches. Once a sign of growth appears-usually in spring-remove it.  

  1. Keep Salt De-Icers Away From Landscaping

Winter carries snow with it, and many homeowners typically pull out their bag of de-icer to keep their sidewalk and driveway safe for pedestrians. Salt is detrimental to grass and plants. When salt is absorbed through the root and leaves of plants, it robs their cells of moisture and dries out their tissue. Try alternatives like sand or calcium or potassium-based de-icer. Pay attention to not overusing the de-icer.

  1. Prune The Right Time

Fall is the right time to prune your trees and shrubs before the bitter cold sets in. If you want to remain with beautiful plants in spring, pruning spring-flowering plants during the fall is crucial. Flowerless plants in spring aren’t quite appealing or aesthetically pleasing, so you have to prune certain plants, shrubs, and flowers at the right time. Spring-flowering plants, such as lilacs, should be pruned immediately after they flower, while summer-flowering perennial hibiscus should be pruned in the spring.

  1. Rake Leaves in Fall

If you want to keep your grass alive, do not neglect to rake your grass in the fall. The key is ensuring that sunlight reaches your grass, and leaves can often form a dense mat covering that acts as a barrier against sunlight. The leaf covering can suffocate the grass, so much so that when autumn rain showers and milder temperatures trigger growth, it is hindered. 

Helping your plants to survive the colder season may take some know-how, and at Lola’s Landscape, we can take on your landscaping project and get your plants ready to thrive during the winter. We have the knowledge and skills in lawn and plant care that you can depend on. Give us a call today, and let us be your landscaping specialist. 

How to Kill Weeds in Flower Beds

Weeds in your flower beds steal nutrients, water, and sunlight from your beloved plants. They need to go at any cost! You can eradicate them by pulling them by hand or spraying a herbicide but these methods don’t always work. Some weeds drop their seeds when you pull them from the ground and this allows them to regrow in a very short time. The best thing to do is to ensure that the weeds don’t grow in the first place but if you have weeds, there are several things that you can do right now

Use a Weed Barrier

Before you plant your garden, lay down burlap, landscape fabric, or cardboard in your flower bed. This is a very good method to make sure that the weeds stay at bay. Overlap the ends of each fabric strip by 3 to 6 inches, and anchor down the edges with U-shaped garden staples. Then, cut an X and pin back the material anywhere you want to plant flowers

Apply Mulch

Another great method that you can use is applying a thick layer of mulch. A 3-inch layer of mulch will drown out the sunlight and make the weeds starve to death. Apart from killing weed, mulch always provides a decorative appearance, improves moisture retention, prevents erosion, and serves as a great pest control.

Use Compost

Weeds are seen as an annoyance but they are nature’s way of healing wounded and bare sites. After all, plant roots are very important to hold the soil together and prevent erosion. If you add fresh infusions of good quality compost or organic matter, dormant weed seeds won’t have enough space to germinate.

Till Only When Necessary

Every inch of soil has weed seeds but the seeds that are located one to two inches from the surface get the necessary sunlight to germinate. Overturning the soil brings in newer seeds to the surface, resulting in a new eruption of the weed cycle. It is a good idea to keep the tilling to a minimum to avoid excessive weed growth.

Weed growth is a serious issue that needs to be addressed immediately. If you want to ensure optimal health for your garden, you should get rid of weeds as soon as possible. If you are looking for an expert landscaper, you are at the right place because we take care of all sorts of gardening and landscaping issues. Just get in touch with us today and let us take care of the rest!

How to Prepare Your Home Landscape for Fall

With the fall season coming fast, it’s time to start preparing your lawn for cooler weather. If you live in an area with harsh winters, you’ll want to make sure your outdoor space is ready to withstand low temperatures and lots of cold precipitation. Here are a few things you can do to prepare your home landscape for fall.

  1. Clean It Up

When preparing your landscape for fall, the first thing you’ll want to do is get rid of any dead foliage and debris. Plants, twigs, large branches, and leaves should all be removed to give your lawn a nice clean base for growth when spring comes. Don’t be afraid to cut back grass, bushes, tree branches, and dead annuals or perennials. Then, keep raking those leaves up all autumn long!

  1. Mow

You’re probably tired of mowing the lawn after the summer growing season, but you’ll have to do it one last time before winter. Set the cutting height at about 2-2.5 inches. This will help your lawn grow nice and thick when the weather warms up again.

  1. Mulch

Fall is a great time to lay a fresh layer of mulch around the yard. You can use various mulch types, like bark, sawdust, compost, or even shredded leaves. Spread your chosen mulch around the bases of your trees, shrubs, and other plants in layers two or three inches thick. This mulch will give your plants extended nutrients during the winter and will serve to insulate the soil and roots and prevent it from freezing or frosting over. Additionally, mulch will help your plants keep in moisture.

Consult with professional landscapers if you’re not sure what type of mulch is best for your landscaping needs this fall.

  1. Plant

Contrary to popular belief, fall is actually a great time to plant new trees and shrubs. With the soil still warm from the retained summer heat and the air cooling down, roots are stimulated to grow deeper into the ground, giving your new plants a great foundation for more growth in the springtime. This root growth will happen all season long so that by wintertime when the ground freezes, the roots are already well established and feeding the rest of the plant nutrients from the soil. There are even autumn flowers and winter trees that will thrive during these cooler months.

  1. Clean the House

You can save the interior of your house for spring cleaning, but a good cleaning of the exterior is a perfect activity for fall. Pay attention to the windows and siding and remove any mold, algae, or debris with warm water, soap, and sponge. For resistant staining, you may opt for a pressure washer as your cleaning tool. Next, make sure to clean out the gutters to allow full drainage of upcoming wet weather. If you have trees that hang over the house, you’ll need to clean out the gutters throughout the fall season to prevent winter ice dams.

If you’re ready to get your home landscape autumn-ready, the experts at Lola’s Landscape are ready to help! Whether you’re looking for tips, advice, or service, our landscaping professionals are ready to

Keeping Lawns Green During Summer Heat

Just when the long winter months feel like they’ll never end, spring finally comes! Warm spring weather filled with plenty of rainy days gives grass the perfect opportunity to start thriving. Lawns become lush, bright, and beautiful. As summer heat starts to take over, those bright green lawns can quickly turn into a dull, dry landscape. It’s possible to maintain a gorgeous green lawn through the hottest summer days, it just takes a little extra attention to detail!

Mowing Tips

The middle of the day is the hottest time. The sun’s rays are harsh and fresh-cut grass will literally be fried from the heat. To avoid a brown lawn, mow your grass either in the morning before it gets too hot or in the evening after the hottest part of the day has passed. Avoid cutting your grass too short too! Keep the mower setting at least 3 inches above the grass. The higher the setting, the less likely your grass will turn brown in the summer sun.

Watering Tips

Water your lawn once a week or as needed during the summer months. Doing it once a week should keep the grass in good condition. If your grass starts to change colors or feels hard and matted when you step on it, it needs to be watered ASAP. The best time to water your grass is early in the morning. This allows the water to be soaked into the ground and actually benefits the grass before the sun gets too hot. Most grass needs roughly an inch to an inch and a half of water during each watering session. Watering can be done with a hose or you can invest in a sprinkler system that can be set to a specific watering schedule.

Lawn Maintenance

Lawns require different maintenance depending on the type of grass, your location, and the condition of the grass. For instance, fungal infections can spread on the surface of the grass and cause it to die off. A fungal treatment shouldn’t be used on a lawn without an active fungal infection though. Fertilizer can be used to enhance your lawn both in texture and color.

The easiest way to take the guesswork out of your summertime lawn maintenance is to hire a professional! A professional landscaping company can take over the mowing, watering, fertilizing, and any other grass treatments needed to maintain a lush green lawn. Plus, wouldn’t it be nice to spend less time working in the summer heat yourself? Contact Lola’s Landscape today to schedule your free lawn consultation with a landscaping expert! From basic maintenance plans to total landscaping remodels, our team can get the job done before summer comes to a close.

Excavation Machinery: Purchase, Rent or Bring in the Experts? 

At Lola’s Landscape, we believe that to get something done right you should bring in the experts. After years of experience, we know what it takes to repair your lawn and the damage done to it from previous homeowners. With that being said, we also understand that sometimes you just want to do it yourself – but the least we can do is provide you with some background information on compact equipment for your lawn. 

 

Excavators come in a variety of different sizes in order to fit different needs depending on the job. First things first, it is important to figure out if it is smartest to rent or buy the equipment – or to just bite the bullet and bring in Lola’s Landscape Excavation Services. Below are some benefits for renting or buying compact excavation equipment and then we will explore what size equipment will be good for you. 

 

Renting an Excavator

Renting excavation equipment can be the best solution for homeowners who don’t want to make this jump of purchasing a single type of machine. Those who are in a time of financial uncertainty, renting could be the best option for low financial burden. Renting equipment brings with it no long term commitments for a specific type, as with renting you can acquire the best for each job. Lastly, renting equipment limits the maintenance costs that can come with owning machinery such as compact excavators. 

 

Leasing an Excavator

Leasing this type of equipment can be extremely useful for those who don’t want to make the commitment of buying the equipment but who will need it for a substantial amount of time – typically it is a fixed amount for 12 to 36 months. Leasing can quickly reduce maintenance cost as you can quickly circulate different equipment for different terms. Choosing between leasing and renting boils down to how long you will need the equipment for – if you are renting for 6 months or a year, it may make more sense to lease which will allow you the option to purchase at the end of the term. 

 

Buying an Excavator

Deciding whether or not to buy excavation equipment is dependent on the rate of utilization. If you are using it on a regular basis by the end of your leasing term, maybe it would make more sense to discuss buying options at the end. If you plan on keeping the equipment around for when you need it, buying it will be the most cost-effective option. 

 

When should you contact Lola’s Landscaping? 

With all these options in mind, there are times when it is useful to bring in the expert excavators. Doing the dirty work of excavating on your own can be dangerous and can result in fines and damage to your property if not done correctly. Professionals bring the correct equipment for the job and any necessary add-ons they may need to protect your property. Additionally, using heavy machinery can come with unexpected problems such as soil unpredictability – muddy soil, rocky soil, sand, etc. If you are having any doubts of using an excavator on your lawn, contact us today at 774-248-4584 or request a site visit so you can learn how Lola’s can help! 

How to Design Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

Having a front yard that looks great is one of the easiest ways to improve the curb appeal of your home. Improved curb appeal means a higher resale value and a place that you’re not embarrassed to call home. You’ll be proud to invite friends, family, and neighbors over when you have a home with great curb appeal! Improved landscaping is easier said than done though. With so many landscaping options to choose from, how are you supposed to know what the right choice is? no two landscape designs will be exactly the same but consider incorporating some of these ideas to transform your front yard into a space that you love!

Year-Round Color

A lot of the plants you may include in your landscape design will only be colorful during the spring and summer months. To keep the front yard looking lively even as the season’s change, opt for plants that hold color all year round. Hydrangeas, magnolias, and verbena plants are some of the most common options. These plants are also very hearty, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally killing them!

Low-Maintenance Plants

While we’re on the topic of hearty plants, let’s talk about the benefits of low-maintenance plants. Plants that require little to no maintenance are easier to keep alive and you won’t have to take time out of your busy schedule for daily watering. Ornamental grasses are one of the best low-maintenance plants you can buy! They’re resistant to heat, drought, and pesky insects.

Potted Plants

Pots come in just about any size, shape, and color you can imagine. Potted plants are most commonly used as front porch decoration, but there’s no reason you can’t immerse them in your landscape design. Find a pot that you love, fill it with plants that you love, and put the pot wherever it fits! Adding a potted plant into your flowerbed acts as a decorative and floral addition all at the same time. Try to pair plants that require similar light and water in the same pots for easy maintenance.

Landscape Lighting

Solar landscape lighting is a front yard addition that looks great both during the day and at night. During the day, the lights will be absorbing sunlight and acting as a decorative piece. At night, they illuminate to create something both beautiful and functional! Place landscape lighting along your front walkway up to the front door so you won’t struggle to see where you’re going if you get home after the sunsets.

Landscape design is no simple task. If you’re still feeling a little overwhelmed or if you simply don’t have the time to get the work done, contact Lola’s Landscape today! Our team of professional landscapers can bring your vision to life and provide continuing maintenance so your front yard is someplace you can be proud of.

Are You Ready for a Landscape Makeover?

Are you ready for a landscape makeover? It is amazing how an experienced landscape designer can turn the most neglected area of your yard into a beautiful multi-use space. The best landscaping not only extends your living space but also adds value to your home, whether it is a place to enjoy, relax or just appreciate the vista. 

We have brought you a start-to-finish planning process that will make your landscaping of any size from boring to beautiful and keep it that way for years to come. 

Determine your budget range. 

A magnificent landscape design you can get within a different range of budgets. At Lolas landscapeWe will be happy to work with you to create a unique plan for your specific budget. Talk to us to get ideas on what can be done. Our landscape designers can bring fresh and unique ideas and possibilities for planting, patios, and more. Another part of that process is scoping out your backyard to discover its special features and challenges. 

Here at Lola’s landscape Service, for example, our landscape designer walks around your property with you and listens to learn what you want from your outdoor living space!

  • Explore different landscape styles

In this second step, you should explore different landscaping styles, from formal to relaxed, to find out what kind of look you want for your landscape. Ask yourself if you like the modern style or attracted more towards hardscape design with inconsistent patterns or shapes? Would you like to have a wild cottage garden or a sophisticated manicured lawn?  

We have plenty of examples to show you what we can do. All you need to do is that point out elements you like and dislike so that our professional landscaper will fully understand your preferences. After all, it’s your backyard.

  • Develop a design proposal

In this step, you need to meet an experienced landscape designer to develop a design proposal for you. He will create a visual layout for you to understand what the possibilities are for your landscape. Once you like a certain proposal, work can begin on your project. Your communication with the landscape designer doesn’t stop here. In fact, you should keep communicating, meeting, and checking throughout the process to make sure that everything is going well. Such makeovers can take anywhere from a day or two to a few months for different hardscape projects, including a natural-looking stone wall or beautiful fire pit.

After the landscape designer’s team finishes the backyard makeover, it is not only up to you to keep it that way. Their landscaping and gardening service should also offer a variety of maintenance options. These options may include weekly lawn services to annual plantings and spring or fall cleanups. It can be effortless for you to have an amazing backyard cared for year-round.

Why choose us?

With the collaboration of our creative designer and expert team, getting a magnificent backyard is easier than ever. This year, choose to enjoy your outdoor living space fully. The expert at Lola’s Landscape Service is happy to help you – call today for a consultation.

How to Properly Install a Lawn

At some point, you may have thought that your neighbor’s lawn is greener than yours, right? But have you considered how you can improve the aesthetics of your front or backyard? Well, you can do it with just a few essential tips and techniques.

You will find many options when installing a lawn in your front yard or backyard. Therefore, installing a new lawn can vary depending on the type of lawn you choose for your home. We have compiled a simple guide on how to install a lawn properly. So, let’s start the discussion.

Properly Installing a Lawn

  • Step One

A sod cutter or grape hoe (also grub hoe) may come in handy when you begin the lawn installation in your yard or elsewhere. Removing the old grass or weeds is necessary before you place the new lawn.

  • Step Two

It is essential to grade the soil before installing the new lawn as it helps to counter any drainage problems. Moreover, it will help the roots of grass settle firmly and occupy proper space on flat soil.

  • Step Three

Does your lawn soil have a clay-like or sandy texture? For promoting high-quality grass growth, consider adding premium topsoil (manure, peat, organic material from shops, etc.) for healthy lawn soil.

  • Step Four

If you are conscious about your soil’s conditions and health, you should allow laboratory tests. They will suggest any nutrients or pH-affecting deficiencies in the soil.

  • Step Five

Following lab tests, the next step is to add healthy phosphorous starter fertilizer to ensure healthy plant and grass root growth. Bear in mind that you have to rake it instead of tilling the entire fertilizer gently.

  • Step Six

Watering the soil is a crucial step to allow it to settle nicely for one week before you plant grass or sods in it. During this one week, you can add more soil, grade the soil, and add more water. Consequently, after rolling the soil to release air pockets, use a light garden roller.

  • Step Seven

As your soil is ready for plantation, you may consider the type of lawn you may need for your yard. Turf or sod, whatever you may call it, is an artificial lawn that is extremely easy to install yet requires consistent maintenance.

Grass seeds, on the other hand, take time to grow but are much more natural in appearance and give higher self-confidence and satisfaction. There are multiple options, and you can go with one that seems convenient for you.

Conclusion

Are you looking for the best sod or other forms of lawn improvement methods? We have you covered. Call Lola’s Landscape today to learn about our lawn services with the best resources and help.

We can help you achieve the lawn that you desire and help you relax in the comfort of your own home.