Why You Should Upgrade Your Deck Before Spring

Outdoor to-do lists are something that most people associate with the warm weather in spring and summer, but the best time to upgrade your deck is before that warm weather strikes! Upgrading your deck now allows you to enjoy all of these wonderful benefits all season long, along with so many others too. Check out these benefits from the professionals at Lola’s Landscape!

Visual Appeal

The first obvious perk of upgrading your deck is the visual appeal. Modernized fixtures and a new stain will bring life into an outdated and bland deck space. Your new deck will be more visually appealing not just for you, but for any of your guests too. When you have a deck you aren’t proud of, it becomes a habit to keep guests inside. With your upgrade, that hiding will become a thing of the past! 

Encourage More Outdoor Time

When you have a deck that you love, your guests won’t be the only ones spending more time outside. You and your family members will find themselves getting a little more time in the great outdoors when all they have to do is step out the backdoor to find it! This encourages your children to spend more time away from screens, allows you to reconnect with nature, and utilizes one of the largest areas of your property. 

Privacy

If your back-yard lacks privacy from your neighbors, a deck remodel is the answer. when you remodel your deck, choose a lattice or privacy fence to turn your yard into your own private space. Lattice is a great option if you want to gain privacy without losing any of the sunshine and cool breezes. To create a deck best fitted to your individual space, it is best to consult with a professional landscaper. 

Functionality

Not every deck is right for every family, but that doesn’t mean yours can’t be upgraded and turned into the perfect deck for you! Consider what you use your deck for, or what you’d like to use it for, before planning a remodel. Add an outdoor bar, a space for a grill, or whatever else you think would improve the functionality of the deck for your lifestyle.

Increased Property Value

A modern deck automatically increases the property value of your home and will encourage people to buy if you ever plan on selling. Your deck is an area that you can upgrade without breaking the bank, while greatly improving your property value. 

Hire Lola’s Landscape to begin planning your deck upgrade before the warm weather hits and you’ll be able to enjoy the space through all of the warmer months! No matter how big or small your budget may be, there’s an upgrade that can be done to improve the quality of your outdoor oasis. Call us today at 774-248-4584. 

How to Prepare Your Yard for Spring

Sometimes it can feel like winter drags on forever, but a beautiful New England spring is right around the corner. Now is the time to get your yard & landscape ready for the warmer weather and make sure things bloom when they’re supposed to! Check out these tips from Lola’s Landscape and give us a call at 774-248-4584 for all of your landscaping needs this spring.

Eliminate Debris

Even if you had a great fall clean up this past year, there is certain to be some debris accumulated on your lawn from the winter weather. Before planting or fertilizing anything, you will want to get rid of any stray leaves, sticks, and branches lying around. If left on your lawn, debris will prevent the absorption of fertilizer and nutrients into the soil and can also damage your lawnmower.

Rake & Weed

The second phase of the spring clean up is raking & weeding over your lawn. Raking will pull out any dead grass taking up space on your lawn. If you do not pull up weeds by their root, they will only continue to grow & spread throughout where your grass should be. This will result in you regularly mowing over weeds and crabgrass in the nicer weather, instead of a healthy green lawn!

Seed & Fertilize

The next step to preparing your lawn for the warmer weather is to lay the foundation for growth. Sprinkle a layer of grass seed over your lawn to optimize grass growth for the spring, as well a layer of nutrient-dense fertilizer for grass & plant health. If you are looking to maximize grass growth, speak with a professional about the benefits of overseeding vs. slice seeding.

Add Mulch & Decor

The final step to perfecting your spring landscape design is to add mulch, seasonal bloomers, and other finishing touches to make your cleaned up space come alive! This is the step where you can incorporate your favorite flowers, shrubbery, and mulch preferences to create the lawn of your dreams.

Hiring a Landscape Professional

If you don’t have the time this spring for a full cleanup, seeding, and fertilizing, make it easier on yourself by hiring a landscaping professional. Your yard will be your oasis this spring and summer by letting Lola’s Landscape take care of it for you! Give us a call today at 774-248-4584 so we can add you to our spring schedule now!

5 Tips for Enhancing Your Home’s Landscape

Curb appeal is the very first impression visitors & buyers get when they pull up to see a house for sale. When a home’s landscape is underdone or overlooked, it tends to turn buyers off. They want to see a house that looks like the owner has given it love and care over the years. Here are five things you can do to enhance your home’s landscape so it will sell faster!

Power Wash the Hardscape

If you don’t have a power washer, you can easily rent one. Use it to clean all the grimy, grungy build-up off of the paved surfaces. Also use it to clean vinyl siding, brick, and fences. This will make everything look refreshed & brand new!

Correct Irrigation Problems 

Get any issues with your irrigation system repaired before the buyer takes possession. If there are issues you don’t fix, the buyer must be notified. Also, be sure to leave the buyer with all manuals and information about your current watering schedule so they know how to maintain upkeep.

Spruce Up Overgrown Shrubs & Trees

Your trees and shrubs are a major part of your home’s curb appeal. Neglecting those dead branches can make potential buyers assume you’ve neglected the home’s structure over the years as well. A maintained garden makes a home look loved. So, prune that short-term greenery when your house is on the market no matter what time of year it is. 

Add New Mulch

Nothing brings an under-loved garden back to life like a fresh batch of mulch. The color of mulch boosts the contrast of the plants surrounding it. This makes the entire garden pop! Plus, mulch is simple to apply and often pretty cheap. You can also hire a landscaping service to lay down mulch & much more. 

Clean Up Flowerbeds

If it’s the time of the year when your perennials and annuals are looking rough, you should either start loving them back to life now or remove them altogether. Use a decorative pot to take its place if you can’t replace the flowers. 

Also, know that your flowerbed & shrubbery add to your home’s curb appeal. That means it may have been a large part of why a buyer purchases your home. So, if you plan on dig up any of your home’s landscape and taking it with you to your new home, you must inform the buyer ahead of time. 

Professional Landscaping in Franklin, MA

A professional landscaper can help you design a new outdoor scene within your budget. For landscaping services in the Franklin, MA area & beyond, contact Lola’s Landscape today! 

Hazards & Risks of DIY Landscaping

Landscaping is generally not a hazardous job, however, there are some hazards that landscapers are exposed to that could lead to serious injuries or health issues for those who aren’t trained in the work. Next time you consider some DIY landscaping, look out for these risks and hazards. 

Pesticides

Some pesticides have very minor symptoms when you are overexposed. On the other hand, though, most are very dangerous. Pesticide poisoning happens with the chemicals get into your system through your eyes, skim or are inhaled into your lungs through your mouth. This is a significant risk when you are working with chemicals and lack professional handling skills.

Hearing Hazards

Landscaping requires using some very loud, noisy equipment, such as trimmers, mowers, tillers, shredders, chippers, chainsaws and blowers. This could lead to hearing loss if you are not careful. Be sure to use some sort of hearing protection when the equipment is running. Protect yourself by wearing long pants and sleeves, eye protection, gloves and durable shoes or boots.

Sun Exposure

Some landscapers have been known to suffer from heat strokes due to dehydration and being exposed to the sun too long. Wearing a hat can help. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated when working in your yard.

Insects & Diseases

As you probably know, plants attract bugs. Most insects are harmless. But some actually bite, sting and/or carry diseases. This is especially true in areas where there’s standing water. Be sure to cover yourself up, and put on a mask if you see a swarm of bugs flying around.

Scrapes & Cuts

Sharp tools and thorny plants come with the job when doing most types of landscaping. Both can cause cuts and scrapes, which should never be minimized or ignored. Treat them with rubbing alcohol and peroxide. If not, they can become infected. To avoid getting these wounds on your hands, always wear gardening gloves.

Overexertion 

When lifting heavy yard equipment and other items like bags of mulch, always use the proper lowering and lifting methods. If not, you could suffer bone breaks and painful sprains. Tasks that require repetitive motions for long time periods, such as raking or sweeping, can lead to tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome causing pain in your wrists and hands. You may also experience aches and pains in your back and arms. 

Professional Landscaping in Franklin, MA

The best way to avoid any and all of these DIY landscaping hazards is to hire a professional landscaper. Lola’s Landscape can help you transform your yard into a gorgeous scenery that adds curb appeal to your home. Give us a call today at 774-248-4584

How to Maintain Your Driveway This Winter

Although curb appeal is important to all homeowners, sometimes, exterior home maintenance in the wintertime can seem like an impossible task. Keeping up with shoveling snow, regularly de-icing surfaces, and other tasks can be overwhelming. If you break big things, such as maintaining your driveway, down into smaller tasks, however, they suddenly seem much less daunting.Check out these five steps you can take to keep your driveway in good repair all winter long, from the professionals at Lola’s Landscape! 

Remove debris immediately 

When you notice debris in your driveway, you should get rid of it right away. There are a couple of reasons for this. Paper, such as newspapers and retail advertisements, can clog snow blowers and cause people to slip if they are not removed. Twigs and branches, on the other hand, are also fall hazards and can damage vehicles if they accidentally get run over.

Use ice melt products sparingly 

While you might be tempted to use ice melt products on your driveway frequently, it is best to use them as sparingly as possible. Salt-based solutions, in particular, can have adverse effects on asphalt driveways. If you want to avoid pockmarks and crumbling on the surface of your driveway, make sure you buy a calcium chloride-based product if you have to use one. 

Have your garage door inspected  

Your garage door plays an important role in whether or not you can effectively use your driveway during the winter months. If it malfunctions, you are unlikely to be able to use your garage and might have to leave your family’s vehicles sitting on your driveway for the entire season. This extra weight can actually cause the asphalt to shift and crack. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have your garage door inspected at the end of autumn.

Shovel before driving 

Driving over snow can pack it down, which makes it much harder to remove. If you have to scrape snow with your shovel to clear it, you run the risk of damaging your driveway in the process. Thus, it is always smart to shovel your drive prior to driving on any snow that has fallen on it. 

Have necessary repairs completed 

In some cases, homeowners find themselves tempted to put off driveway repairs. It is, however, wise to have any necessary repairs done before winter weather arrives. The longer problems, such as cracks, are allowed to persist, the more expensive it will ultimately be to have them fixed. 

The very best way to keep your driveway in exceptional condition in cold weather is to hire a professional snow removal team to handle maintenance for you. An expert crew will know what tools and chemicals are safest for your driveway and will efficiently remove any snow and ice. For snow and ice removal around the Franklin, MA area & beyond, contact Lola’s Landscape today! 

Winter Landscaping Tips

The most common thought when you hear “winter in New England”, is usually snowstorms, cold weather, ice, and bad commutes. However, at Lola’s Landscape, we know that a winter can still provide opportunities to take care of your lawn to help get your ready for a green Spring. In the random days in December, January, February, where the weather gets warmer and 30 degrees starts to feel like 60, take advantage of the break and do a few of these winter landscaping maintenance tips!

Clean Up Debris

During warming period in the winter is a perfect time to get a head start on your Spring cleaning of your yard. Many twigs and limbs will inevitably break and clutter your lawn during the Winter. Take care of it now and you will have a head start on the spring cleaning!

Trim Low Hanging Limbs & Bushes

This tip goes hand and hand with the prior one. During the winter the snow and ice will cause damage to your bushes and trees that line your property. Take some time during warmer days to find these sagging or snapped limps and take them down now.

Get Your Equipment Ready

This one kills two birds with one stone. Getting a little stir crazy during the winter? Experiencing cabin fever? Go out to your garage or shed and perform some T.L.C to your landscaping equipment. It will give you something to do during the winter and have you ready to hit the ground running in the Spring. While everyone else in the neighborhood is repairing their equipment, you’ll have a head stop to the best looking lawn in the neighborhood.

Hire a Professional

Hiring a professional is the best way to make sure your landscaping needs are taken care of this winter – and, as a matter of fact, all year round! Professional landscapers have the proper equipment on hand and they know how to use it to get the job done efficiently. For your landscape needs in the Norfolk, MA area, call Lola’s Landscape! 

Do I Need Professional Snow Removal Services For My Commercial Property?

Commercial property owners must always remain on their toes to make sure their property is safe for residents & business owners. For those in the New England area, this involves snow & ice removal in the winter months. Proper snow & ice removal is crucial to ensuring safe driving & no pedestrian injuries. Hiring the right professional for the job will alleviate a significant amount of stress during the snowy weather.

Snow Plowing & Removal

The first order of business for commercial snow removal is to clear the parking area with a heavy-duty plow. Although snowblowers can sometimes be used for perimeters or entire residential properties, plows are the best option for efficient snow removal on a large scale such as a commercial parking lot. Navigating a truck and plow can be a harder task than it appears. Hiring an experienced professional is the best way to make sure that your property is not damaged in the snow removal process. 

Safe Walkways & Stairs

Ice not only affects drivers in the cold weather – It can be just as dangerous for pedestrians. It is your responsibility as a property owner to make sure that all precautions possible are taken to eliminate the risk of injury. One of the most dangerous spots when snow and ice hit is a property’s outdoor stairs. Along with this, walkways are high traffic areas that can also see ice buildup. Stairs and walkways must be cleared of snow and also salted or sanded to prevent & melt ice buildup.

Proper Placement of Snow

If piles of snow are not placed properly around a large parking lot, drainage issues & parking inconveniences are bound to arise. A snow removal professional will be able to create snowbanks where they will least disrupt regular activity around the property. The snowbanks will also be located away from the building & its structures to prevent issues with flooding. Eliminating the risk for damage to any structures truly makes expert snow removal an investment in protecting your property.

If you haven’t hired a snow removal professional for your commercial property yet, it’s time! For properties around the Franklin, MA area, contact Lola’s Landscape today at 774-248-4584.

5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

family having fun during fall

It’s the best time of year for fall fanatics! Preparing for fall is such a drastic change from spring and summer that many see it as a breath of fresh air after the hot summer months. With many favorites that everyone can identify, it’s fun to see fall home projects start popping up in your neighborhood. Preparing for fall is actually fairly easy, and there are a ton of ways to make sure you’re all ready by the time cool weather is here to stay and fall is well underway!

Clear Out the Gutters

As the weather starts to get cooler, it’s common for leaves to start falling, pointing to the start of the fall season. If the leaves don’t get removed, they can clog gutters and lead to serious roof damage. If you find yourself struggling to keep up with water coming into the house, it’s likely that panels are damaged. Take a look, and you might notice the gutters are too full of fall leaves.

Drain Lawn Care Equipment of Fluids

Don’t put away your mower or weed whacker without draining it of the fuel needed to keep it running. Any leftover fuel can damage the equipment and give you problems come spring when it’s time to get things back out again.

Prepare for Winter, Even if it Seems Early

It’s not necessarily going to snow in October but getting ready now means you’re prepared for anything that winter might throw your way. Plus, you’re likely making room by storing things from summer, so take some initiative and stock up on salt, as well as fuel for the snowblower.

Fertilize for Fall

Grass goes through something fierce during the fall and winter. Taking time to fertilize now will make a difference when things thaw out after winter and spring show a lawn that’s weathered the weather. Taking time to fertilize now gives your grass the strength it needs to handle snow, freezing temps, and even the random heat rushes we get late in September and into October sometimes.

Check Your HVAC Now Before Issues Pop Up Later

As you transition from air conditioning to heating sooner than later, make sure to get your HVAC serviced. This could be as simple as something being replaced or renewed, and really not cause much of a headache. It helps to be proactive here because when temps start dropping hard, you don’t want to be left without heat.

5 Tips for Overseeding

Man working at a garden

Fall is right around the corner which means now is the time to start thinking about making improvements to your lawn. Many homeowners think spring is the time to spread grass seed and make other outdoor improvements, but it turns out that’s a common misconception. Overseeding in the fall gives the seeds time to take root, increasing their chances of survival into the next year. These 5 tips can be used to improve your overseeding success even more!

Pace the Lawn

Pacing your lawn is the quickest and easiest way to measure it. One pace is roughly 3 feet. Count your paces across the length and width of your lawn, then multiply the values to find the total area. Now that you know how big the lawn is, you’ll know how much grass seed you need to purchase.

Cut the Grass

Before you can begin overseeding, you’ll need to cut the grass already in your lawn. Mow the grass shorter than you normally would to give the seeds you spread the best chance of properly rooting. Any areas of the lawn that don’t have grass to cut should be roughed up so the seeds have loosened dirt to grow into.

Spreading the Seed

Now that your lawn is ready for the grass seed, you can begin the spreading and planting process. Purchase a spinning seed spreader. A hand-cranked spinner is sufficient for most lawns. Cover the lawn with grass seed, focusing primarily on bare or thin areas of grass. You can spread additional seeds by hand if there’s an area you really want to target.

Keep it Moist

You’ll need to regularly water your new grass seeds to encourage growth. The ground should be moist, but not too wet. If the ground becomes dry or baked at any point, the seeds will not be able to grow. Pay close attention to the weather predictions for the first week or so after planting. You should notice growth around 5-7 days after overseeding. If you aren’t noticing growth, increase the amount of water you’re using.

Cutting the New Grass

You should let your new grass grow to a height of 3-4 inches before you begin to cut it. When you do cut it, don’t cut it as short as you cut the rest of your well-established lawn.

Overseeding your lawn is a great way to improve the external appearance of your home. The process will take some patience and dedication to water your new seeds, but all of your hard work is bound to pay off!

Lola’s Landscape

We proudly serve the Norfolk County in Massachusetts for all their lawn care needs. Our team is highly knowledgeable and highly experienced in all areas of landscaping. Contact us now or visit our website to learn more about our services!

Summer Pest Control Tips

Nothing puts a halt to summer fun like swarming mosquitos around a swimming pool or a line of ants marching across an outdoor picnic. Keep the critters at bay with the following pest control tips:

For the Home

  • One of the first lines of defense for your home is checking for entryways. Repair holes in window screens, caulk gaps around windows and doors and make sure your thresholds are flush with the door slab to keep pests from sneaking in underneath.
  • Coffee grounds make an excellent deterrent since most insects can’t stand the scent. Sprinkle it around the perimeter of your home to keep pests from finding their way inside.
  • Keep your kitchen clean and tidy to avoid attracting ants, cockroaches, and other indoor nuisances. Take the garbage out regularly, wipe down the countertops, sweep the floor, and always keep food out of sight.
  • Carefully inspect hotel rooms and vacation rentals to avoid a bedbug infestation. Pull back the bedsheets and mattress cover and check for excrement and/or small bloodstains, which can signal bedbugs. Treat immediately to avoid bringing these pests back to your home.
  • If there are toys that belong outside, then keep them outside and vice versa with inside toys.

For the Yard

  • Mosquitos are attracted to standing water, so inspect your yard often for culprits, like leaks around the A/C unit and drain pipes. Get rid of stagnant water in flowerpots, buckets, and all toys and furniture kept outside.
  • A well-maintained yard will keep it from becoming a breeding ground for pests like snakes and mice. Trim trees and bushes beside the house, do away with weeds and overgrowth and clear any debris since this is where snakes tend to hide while looking for rodents.
  • Don’t toss the meat into your outside trash bin until the day before or day of garbage pickup. The combination of summer heat and rotting meat will bring many unwanted pests into your yard.
  • Store firewood away from your home to keep termites from entering. The minimum distance is five feet, but you’ll decrease your chance of termite infestation even more if you store it farther away and preferably in a metal rack off the ground.

Even though there are numerous pest repellents available on the market today, there are certain situations that require a professional. Do your homework, and if the task seems too overwhelming or complex, don’t be afraid to hire a pest control service. Regardless, whether you choose to seek a professional or do it all on your own, you’re ensuring a pest-free environment for yourself and your family – and that’s what matters most!