How to Prepare Your Landscape Before Winter Arrives

Winter is a not very productive season for crops, gardening, flowers, and plants.

Therefore, it becomes the ideal period to dedicate oneself to maintenance, taking advantage of the dead times of nature.

Here are some tips to help prepare your landscape for winter:

1.    Plant maintenance

Winter is the ideal season to ensure that your irrigation systems are efficient.

You can improve your garden by adding accessories and installing an irrigation system to make garden care more practical and simple.

For example, you can use an automated system, which can take care of irrigation even while you are on vacation or out for a weekend. The modern systems are equipped with programmable computers that control the time and volume of water distributed.

2.    The construction works

When the garden is not engaged in cultivation, it is the right time to do some construction works where needed.

For example, organize new flower beds, construct brick walkways to wander freely among your flower beds. You may also construct a greenhouse.

Gardening enthusiasts love greenhouses; they allow you to test new crops that are not suitable for the climate of the area you live in. Greenhouses also allow you to create a small winter vegetable garden to have some plants to devote to, despite the unsuitable season.

3.    Soil preparation

To allow your plants to grow beautiful and healthy, you have to prepare the soil and make it fertile.

Winter is the ideal season for raking, tilling, and hoeing; this will serve to move the soil and stir it to improve the soil’s quality and draw new nourishment from the one below. Also, you may need to use fertilizers.

4.    Prevention

It is important to carry out preventive treatments against parasites and harmful insects if you intend to abound with flowers and fruit trees.

When choosing preventive treatment, you must select one, or more than one, which also acts against the molds and fungi that produce them. Many plants are sensitive to mycosis and must be protected from this point of view.

5.    Tree pruning

While waiting for spring to kiss the trunks and promote new buds and branches’ birth, it is necessary to free the trees and shrubs from those that have completed their life cycle. In this regard, it is good to identify the poor branches and remove them with clean and precise cuts, which do not damage the joints from which new shoots could arise.

Freeing trees from unnecessary weights is important for their health: old branches steal nourishment from the plant and affect new ones’ birth and growth.

6.    Sowing the lawn

The lawn is sown in winter. In this way, it will have reached a good height by spring and will give green landscapes. After all the fertilization, prevention, and soil preparation operations, the grass is sown to offer it an ideal habitat.

Finally, when there are plants to look after, you will probably have little time. So, cleaning and creating an area for tools is best done in winter when you are not engaged in gardening.

Landscaping Trends You Should Consider for 2021

2020 is coming to an end, and it was pretty much not what we had expected. Having said this, it was a year to reflect on ourselves and appreciate the little things we have taken for granted. Whether it was staying at home to work or having the time to watch your baby/children grow up every minute, there were still a lot of positives to take out of it. With the new year still up in the air, it looks like we will be spending more time at our home, which is a great time to look into landscaping ideas to spruce up the mood, environment, and lifestyle around your home. Lola’s Landscape has come up with some exciting upcoming trends you should look into for 2021.

Vegetable Gardens 

What better way to increase your home cooking productivity than investing more time in growing your vegetables rather than keeping a distance and waiting in a long line at a grocery store? Perhaps you started pretty late this year as you were not expecting to stay at home for this long but 2021 is a great time to get ahead of yourself and prepare ahead of time and watch your vegetables grow! Start early, and you won’t be disappointed!

Turning Your Backyard into a Playground

Do you remember the swimming pool trend every parent did for their kids in the summer? Well, 2021 will be no different. Having more time to spend time with them, you should consider making the most out of the backyard and turn it into an entertainment area for parents and kids! If you are looking to do something creative, you could turn your home and backyard into a resort! How fun would that be? Your options are endless if you put the time into it. Who knows how long we get to keep these precious memories before reality kicks in.

Spruce Up Your Landscape

Always wanted to take your landscape visual seriously? Please pay close attention to the small details around your home. From the front to the backyard, it’s important to see what you can design to make your project a reality. Plan ahead, buy tools and equipment now while they are at a reasonable price!

Get Started Now

While most of us are stuck in the Winter mode, not planning anything until the weather decides to warm up, we recommend taking a stroll around the house and envision what late Spring/Summer would be like next year. What ideas would you like to get done? If you are unsure how to put together a plan, not to worry, Lola’s Landscape has a design team that can map out how your landscape could look. Sometimes we just need a helping hand, and we are ready to help! Contact us for more information. 

When You Should Hire a Landscaper

Taking care of your lawn on your own can be a lot of work, especially if you work fulltime or have other important responsibilities. With other demands on your time, it can seem impossible to have the kind of yard you want. It doesn’t have to be impossible, though. Hiring an expert landscaping service can help you take care of your yard, no matter what kind of design & maintenance you want. Landscapers can do much more than simply maintain your property – they can elevate it to an oasis. Professional landscapers can help you with many kinds of tasks, including:

Seasonal Cleanup

When seasons change, your yard needs some extra care. Seasonal cleanups range from trimming shrubs and raking leaves to complete overhauls of any annual flower beds you may have. You may also need fallen branches cleaned up, roses covered or uncovered, or edging repaired. It’s a lot of work for one person. A landscaper knows exactly what types of preparations need to happen to get your yard in great shape for the coming season. 

Snow Removal 

In the winter, snow becomes the biggest problem many homeowners face. Snow removal is a heavy, difficult job. Working with a shovel or a personal snowblower typically takes a long time and is inefficient. Landscapers have professional-level equipment for snow removal, including plows and industrial snowblowers. Hiring a landscaping service to handle your snow problems saves you time and energy that can be better spent elsewhere. 

Lawn Maintenance

Simply keeping up with general maintenance can become difficult if you’re busy. Spending hours every week mowing your lawn and weeding your garden is hard to prioritize when life gets in the way. Hiring a landscaper to take care of these mundane tasks leaves you free to enjoy your yard. You’ll be free from dreading the time you spend working there. 

Professional Aesthetic Design 

When you want your yard to look truly well-designed, turn to a landscaping company. Your local landscaping services are design professionals that know what plants grow effectively in your area, how the weather affects them, and how to design gardens that look lovely year-round. They can ensure you get the look you want out of your yard without risking dead plants and wasted time. 

Big Projects

If you want to make a big change to your yard, like a new patio, water feature, or a complete yard re-design, landscapers can help. Making larger scale hardscape changes takes a lot of work, planning, and muscle-power. Instead of spending a summer trying to make changes to your yard on your own, let your landscaping service help. They can get it done quickly, efficiently, and professionally. Don’t worry about amateur quality lawn features. They’ll get it done for you without you having to lift a finger. 

Taking proper care of your yard can be easy. By working with Lola’s Landscape in Franklin, MA, you can get everything that you want to be done on time and on budget. If you want your yard to stand out this spring, give us a call and book today! 774-248-4584

5 Weekend Projects to Increase the Value of your Home

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The work week can get insanely busy. There’s no limit to what work might ask of you, and worst of all, when you finally get home, your energy is likely on empty. For most homeowners, the best time to get a project done is going to be the weekend but given the short amount of time available on Saturday and Sunday, its best to plan to maximize that time as efficiently as possible. Here are 5-weekend projects that increase the value of your home in the most noticeable way possible.

Landscaping

Nothing says more about your home than the look of the outside. A messy landscaping job can likely point to a messy interior, and that’s a major turn off should you ever decide to try and sell the home. Adding mulch and some plants around a mailbox could even be enough to increase the perspective value of your home, and larger projects only provide a larger return on investments.

Renovate the Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most highly noticeable changes that you can make to a home. The countertops alone could help boost the value of your home by a few thousand dollars. Not to mention, when selling a home, it is a huge buyer’s hotspot to check and see what condition the kitchen is in. Make the improvements now, for your sake, and the possibility of a sale in the future.

Make it Energy Efficient

Your home is likely losing value due to outdated heating and cooling tools. Not only could the actual system need an update, but the various things that keep cool and hot air in the house like windows and installation might need a tune-up too. A consultation could point you in the right direction and get your value up exponentially.

Have a Flexible Floor Plan

A flexible floor plan allows you to make any room in the house whatever you may want it to be. That ability to choose the layout is a big improvement over feeling like each room is already determined for you. If you ever choose to sell this could be a huge factor.

Update Technology

This one is just as much for you as it is your home. Updating things to provide a smart home technology experience is a great way to make home life easier. A Nest thermostat or Philips Hue lighting system could really make it feel like you are living in the future.

These changes make your home’s value skyrocket, and they’re easy to knock out in a weekend!

Should I Hire a Landscaper for the Fall?

The fall season is here! That means a change in nature’s colors, falling leaves, the crackling sound of dry leaves underneath your feet, the smell of wood, and that musky-sweet pile of leaves that adorn the environment around you so beautifully.

 Fall also means ending up with a big mess in your yard. If you can relate, it’s time for some landscaping clean-up! With the weather being so unpredictable, we suggest you get started right away. You might just experience a major storm in a few hours anyway. Instead of tiring yourself with all the work, why not hire a professional landscaper to help with your fall clean-up? If you’re still considering whether or not hiring a landscaper is worth it, here are a few factors that might help you make up your mind.

Cost

You are probably thinking that hiring a landscaper will be quite expensive and that you are better off doing it yourself to save a few bucks. The truth is that tackling the entire fall cleanup process may mean you spend more than you anticipated. Self-cleanup routines involve the purchase of new equipment, relevant materials, DIY or starter kits for lawn care, and a lot of other things that landscapers already have on hand (and which you do not have to pay for). Sure, it may be a one-time cost, but you could still end up hiring a landscaper offering you some affordable services.

Blank Slate

Fall is not only one of the prettiest of seasons, but it also quite a busy time of the year. Do you keep delaying the process of tidying up your lawn, postponing mowing and raking? Well, now is the time to consider hiring a professional landscaper instead. You can sit back and relax while they take care of these chores for you instead. You do not have to stay indoors to avoid the debris and leaves. Instead, you can move about in your clean yard. If you have meant to tweak and improve your landscape, now is the best time to visualize with the blank slate on hand.

Winter is coming

Winter is right around the corner, and your landscape may suffer from severe impacts without proper preparations. Hiring a professional will help you get your yard ready for winter, without having to worry about anything.

Fall Cleanups in Franklin, MA

Transform your yard this fall without getting into a mess yourself. Let Lola’s Landscape handle it in a breeze! We are experienced professionals in landscape cleanups, seeding, aeration, and full lawn renovations. No matter the state of your lawn, hiring Lola’s Landscape will get it in top shape in no time! Call us today for your consultation: 774-248-4584

When is the Best Time to Renovate Your Lawn?

For many homeowners, the lawn is the pride and joy of the property. It enhances the exterior of the house and can provide a welcoming atmosphere and lots of curb appeal. So what do you do if your lawn isn’t in the best shape? Renovate, of course! What exactly does that mean? Learn more about lawn renovation from the experts at Lola’s Landscape.

What is Lawn Renovation?

Lawn renovation is much like home renovation – all you’re doing is improving the condition without damaging or removing existing structures or vegetation. If left for too long unattended, a lawn can quickly go from lush and healthy to brown, thin, and dry. Lawn renovation is useful for yards that have at least 50% coverage already. Otherwise, you’ll be looking at a more start-from-scratch lawn situation. One of the best times to do a lawn renovation is the fall season since it will help prepare the lawn to withstand the winter and be ready to thrive in spring.

So, how do you start renovating?

Test the Soil

A soil test will quickly reveal your soil’s pH levels, as well as the presence of certain plant nutrients like phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen. Ordering a test kit is easy. Usually, they can be ordered through your county extension service, a system that offers agriculture and community-based services. For around $10, they’ll send you everything you need to test your soil. Once you know what your soil is lacking, you’ll be able to choose the right fertilizer for your lawn.

Clean and Aerate

As mentioned above, early fall is a great time to start renovating the lawn. Make sure that during this time you keep the lawn free of leaves and other organic debris. One of the things you should pay special attention to is thatch, a layer of dead grass that sits on top of the soil and the living grass blades. Ideally, this layer should be less than half an inch thick, but if you’re finding it to be thicker, you should pull it up when you rake. Clearing up this debris will ensure that your lawn gets the sunlight and nutrients it needs.

Additionally, aeration is an important part of this process. With a specialized machine, dirt will be pulled up in cores to increase drainage and loosen the soil. Removing some of the soil allows the grassroots to grow deeper into the soil, where they can access more nutrients. This will help the grass to grow in much thicker.

Seeding

Once your lawn is clear from debris and you know the pH of the soil, you can begin reseeding the lawn. Early autumn is the perfect time for this: the soil is still warm from the lingering summer heat, and the cooler air will help the grass flourish. Weeds are fewer at this time of year, as well, so there is less competition for the grass. By the time the cold winter hits, the seeds will have germinated and taken root and will be stable enough to withstand low temperatures.

Massachusetts Lawn Renovation 

Are you ready to create your dream yard? Hiring a landscaping professional is the best way to get started. Lola’s Landscape has the expertise and materials to create the lawn of your dreams. Get in touch with us today to get started!

Everything You Need to Know About Fall Lawn Care

Most of the rewards from lawn care happen in the spring and summer, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your yard during the rest of the year. As we enter into autumn, now is a great time to prepare your lawn to be as lush and lovely in the coming spring. Not sure how? Here is everything you need to know about fall lawn care, from the experts at Lola’s Landscaping.

Watering

There may be more rain in the autumn, depending on where you live, so there should be plenty of moisture for your lawn throughout the season. However, it’s still important to keep tabs on just how much water your lawn is getting. By using a rain gauge, make sure that your lawn is getting at least an inch of water a week. If it isn’t, you’ll need to water it yourself.

Aeration

Heat stress is a summertime lawn problem that is a major cause of brown or thinning patches of grass. The process of aeration can help stop or prevent this. Using a special tool, you can pull up some of the over-compacted soil, allowing nutrients to reach the roots. Fall is a perfect time to aerate; leaving it until spring means the grass will have missed out on a ton of nutrients and water that would have kept it healthy over the winter.

Raking

This may be an unpopular fall chore, but raking your lawn often is one of the best ways to keep your lawn healthy in autumn. Fallen leaves that are left all season prevent the grass beneath from taking in sunlight. The autumn moisture can get trapped under the fallen leaves, too, encouraging the growth of molds and fungus that could ruin your lawn. Aim for raking once a week throughout the season, taking care to remove any leaves that have blown into your yard.

Seeding

If your lawn has had some burning or thinning spots after the summer heat, the beginning of fall is a good time to reseed. When you do this, don’t forget that seeds need to touch the soil to start sprouting, which can be difficult to achieve. If you’re finding it difficult to touch up all the patches thoroughly, you might want to consider power seeding, a process that ensures the seeds make it into the soil.

Lawncare in Franklin, MA

If you’re looking to up your lawn game, fall is a great time to take a few steps in the right direction! For best results, hire a landscaping professional to assess your yard’s needs and the direction you want to take it in. Lola’s Landscape creates custom lawncare packages for every home and ensures your lawn turns out better than ever before! For a consultation for your home or business, please get in touch today!  

How to Keep Your Grass Green All Year!

Having a lawn with healthy, green grass can make the difference in enjoying your outdoor living space, or avoiding it altogether! There are several easy ways to help maintain your green grass. Here are some tips from the experts at Lola’s Landscape to help you enjoy a green lawn all year round!

Be sure to choose a grass variety that works best in your yard

You may or may not be aware there are various types of grass. Different types of grass will grow best under particular conditions. There are types that thrive the best in cooler temperatures, and others that need more sunlight. A helpful tip for success is to determine the correct type of sod and figure out which varieties are appropriate for your area, and furthermore receive information about various types to help make a final variety of grass.

Test your soil

You should use a soil test kit to test your soil for things like nitrogen, phosphorus, and pH levels. Knowing this will help you discover any deficiencies that could possibly hinder you from attaining a healthy green lawn. There are certain products that can be added to boost your soil if it is missing key nutrients, thus creating an ideal environment for healthy grass. Mulching, leaving grass clippings on your lawn, keeps your soil moist and prevents weed growth as an environmentally friendly way to care for your grass if you do not want to use chemicals on your lawn.

Water thoroughly, but do not overwater

A common mistake among homeowners is overwatering the lawn. If you are starting a lawn from the seed you will water it often because it will need time to germinate and sprout. If you are starting from sod , be sure you do not overwater the lawn.

It is advised that you water your lawn deeply a few times a week to encourage deep root growth.

Watering lightly daily encourages the roots to stay close to the soil which makes your lawn more vulnerable to heat and in a time of a drought. Also, it is best to water early in the morning, and try not to water the lawn at night, or you may experience prolonged moisture which may cause disease.

Do not mow the lawn too short

Mowing a lawn too short actually causes the lawn to become unhealthy, and causes more maintenance in the long run. Mowing the lawn the day after watering helps your lawn heal.

Aerate your lawn in the Spring and Fall

Aeration, the process of penetrating small holes on the surface of your lawn, allows water, nutrients, and air access to the roots and also creates better draining to prevent runoff.

For the best results for a healthy green lawn, hire a landscaping professional who can guide you to the best grass and plan of care for your lawn. For landscaping near Franklin, MA, call Lola’s Landscape today!

Top 5 Summer Lawn Care Tips

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Lawn care takes up to about 70 hours per household during the three hot summer months. If you’re going to put forth the effort to take care of your lawn and make sure it looks presentable, why not do it the right way? Below are a few mistakes most homeowners make when it comes to their yards and the tips we’ve come up with to help you avoid them!

Timing is Key

Watering your lawn in the summer is the most important thing you can do, but remember watering is more effective in the morning than any other time of the day. John Deere experts say any time before 10 A.M. is ideal when watering your lawn. This will prevent your grass from being wet for too long, but the bulk of the moisture also won’t just evaporate, maximizing the amount of water your lawn gets. Grass left wet overnight promotes fungal growth, in turn killing your lawn.

Don’t Over-Mow

One of the biggest mistakes people make in the summer is over-mowing their lawn. Many people unwittingly cut their grass far too short: every time you mow, you should only cut about ⅓ of the grass length. While cutting it short means, you don’t have to mow as often. You’re killing your grass so it won’t be green and luscious anymore. Cutting more grass can cause a build-up of clippings that take longer to decompose and stunt grass growth. Allowing your grass to grow longer promotes healthy growth, for greener, denser grass, and a better-looking lawn.

Mix It Up

Instead of mowing in the same up-and-down, back-and-forth pattern every time, switch it up! Go diagonally, crosshatch, anything you can come up with. The wear-and-tear of mowing the same way every time is detrimental to grass health. From the weight of the mower to the accumulation excess of clippings, mixing up the way you mow will be very beneficial to your grass.

Keep Your Blades Sharp

Like shaving, a dull blade can be very harmful. Dull blades cut the grass unevenly, unlike a sharp blade that creates even, clean cuts. This creates potential entryways for disease or fungus to enter the blades of grass and infect your lawn. Manufacturers of lawnmowers suggest sharpening their blades after about 10 hours of use for the most effective cutting. It is essential to use the sharpest blades you can while maintaining care of your lawn in the summer.

Solve Next Season’s Issues Now

While you may not realize it, your grass goes through cycles just as the seasons do and all of your hard work now may not show results until the next season, if not the following year. So, prepare your summer lawn for the seasons to come as well as for the later summer. Many summer pests come out at the end of the summer season like chinch bugs, mole crickets, and ants, which are all more likely to come out with the hotter climates. Every homeowner has their way of dealing with pests in their lawns; whether it’s chemicals or natural solutions, it’s essential to take care of these issues sooner rather than later. Brown spots, thinning grass, and chewed blades are all signs of pests in your lawn, and that means it’s time to take care of these issues.

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. Lola’s Landscape has decades of experience in pest control, lawn care, landscape design, and more to have your yard in it’s the best condition in time for summer! Give us a call for your consultation today at 774-248-4584