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!

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 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!

Pests You Should Worry About This Season

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Spring season welcomes everyone, unfortunately, this includes pests. Warmer days call everyone to go out but as we do so, we must keep our homes protected from pest invasions. Read more below on what kind of pests you should worry about this season.

  1. Mosquitoes

Gone are the days of snow and cold air, but with the warmer weather with us, mosquitos also celebrate. Spring marks the start of mosquito season so you better make sure that you are protected! Buy mosquito repellants, whether natural or chemicals or creams for your body.

  1. Termites

Arguably, one of the most destructive kinds of pests out there, termites can do a lot of damage in a home’s infrastructure if left unprotected. As they are usually hidden in the ground, wooden furniture, or stacks of old paper, it is best to err on the side of caution and put preventative pest solutions in your home.

  1. Ticks

Warmer weather is an invitation to pests, especially ticks, to come out in the open. You may be inclined to go on an adventure out in the woods because of the perfect weather but be sure to check yourself before going home as ticks might be on your clothing or belongings.

As we get deeper into Spring season, make sure that your home is protected to any kind of pest invasion. Lola’s Landscaping offers lawn care solutions including pest control in and out of your house. Let us help you get your home protected this season, call us now or head on over to our website to learn more!

Help Wanted!

Spring has arrived and we need all the help we could get! Lola’s Landscaping is looking to expand its team by adding full-time general landscape laborers. If you are interested in applying, please contact us through our email or through our phone!

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We are excited to meet you and have you join us in our awesome team!

Debunking Common Landscaping Myths

 

It is no secret that maintaining a lawn isn’t that easy. Most people, especially if you don’t have a green thumb, would just rather stray away from maintaining their lawn before they ruin it. But maybe you’re just following some wrong information and misconceptions about landscaping, leading to you being unsuccessful in maintaining your lawn. Read more about the common myths and misconceptions associated with landscaping below.

  1. Spring is the best time to plant

People have this misconception that spring time is the best time to plant seeds. It may not be wrong, but this is not entirely true. Not all plants should be planted during this season as they can adapt more to the weather and temperature during the fall season.

  1. Water new plants every day

We all need water to survive but another misconception that we want to straighten is about new plants. New plants don’t necessarily need more amounts of water than the not-so-new ones. Overwatering plants would actually bring more damage than help to these new plants.

  1. Remove clippings

A common misconception is that grass clippings should be removed after mowing your lawn. These clippings are mostly just water and don’t take much time to decompose. Clippings actually benefit your lawn since it helps your fertilizers even more.

  1. Cutting grass extra short

Cutting your grass short would seem a pretty good idea to make it low-maintenance. But this is entirely a misconception. The shorter the grass, the faster it grows. This means that dialing down to the lowest setting will actually increase the amount of maintenance your lawn requires. The ideal height for most lawns is about two to three inches.

  1. Water your Lawn at Night

It’s common sense, right? Heat + water = evaporation. When you water your lawn during the day, more water would evaporate rather than get absorbed by your lawn. Hence, you water your lawn at night. This is actually much worse since watering it at night would increase the risk of mold and mildew as the water sits on your lawn for more than long enough and may also lead to more disease.

 

Landscaping is hard for anybody, which is why leaving it to the professionals like Lola’s Landscaping would be better! Our team of experts are highly trained and can provide you with different solutions for all your landscaping needs. Call us now or visit our website to learn more.

5 Ways to Find Your Ideal General Contractor

No matter how you slice it, home renovations are stressful. During almost every project, at least one thing doesn’t go according to plan, leading to issues for homeowners and contractors alike. Selecting the best contractor to oversee your next project, however major or minor it may be, is absolutely critical to making sure you have a positive experience. As you continue reading this article, you will discover five important steps you can take to find the ideal general contractor for you.

  1. Credentials are essential 


    Good contractors have valid credentials. This means they carry the necessary business licenses for the area in which they operate, they have all of the correct insurance policies, and they are actually certified in any specializations they claim to have. If a specific contractor’s credentials don’t measure up, he or she shouldn’t even make it onto your shortlist.

  2. Referrals can help you make your decision


    Sometimes, especially if you’ve narrowed it down to just a couple of options, getting referrals from people you trust can be the deciding factor in which contractor you actually hire. Knowing that your friends and family trust a particular professional is likely to sway you in his or her direction for good reason. Therefore, you should never hesitate to ask around for recommendations.

  3. Spend time researching


    Even though you’re probably chomping at the bit for your renovation to get going, conducting research ahead of time is extremely important for multiple reasons. Not only will it allow you to see what kinds of reviews other people in your area are leaving about the contractors you’re considering, but it will give you the opportunity to find out if any of the professionals have areas of specialization that will be beneficial during your remodeling job.

  4. Consider the environment


    As people become more aware of the negative impact that construction and home renovation can have on the natural environment, many of them are making a concerted effort to use green building materials. If this is a priority for you, make sure you find a local contractor who shares your concern about sustainability.

  5. Always look at a portfolio


    All quality contractors maintain portfolios of their work. It doesn’t matter if the gallery is online or in a traditional paper format as long as it showcases projects you love. Furthermore, reputable professionals are always willing to answer questions about their past jobs openly and honestly. Don’t hire anyone who is cagey with his or her responses to legitimate inquiries.

There will probably be snags along the way during your residential renovation job, but by following these tips, you should be able to pick a contractor who is perfect for your project. He or she will provide you with assistance and assurance every step of the way, even when you feel like your house is never going to be done. As your local contractor, Lola’s landscape cares for you and your house. We understand your worries and concerns and we try our best to make you feel at ease, that is why we are here to answer your questions. Call us now or visit our website to learn more about our services

 

Fall Lawn Care Tips

Winters coming! You know it, I know it, we all know it. The mornings are starting to get colder, frost can be seen starting to accumulate in the morning. Leaves are beginning to fall and jack frost will be making an appearance in the coming weeks. At Lola’s Landscaping, lawns are part of our passion. Make sure you take these steps to give your lawn the best opportunity to flourish in the Spring.

 
Clear Debris:

 
Wind and rain will cause havoc on your property. They will knock down leaves, tree limbs, branches and more. If this material is left on your lawn to rot over the winter, come spring instead of a nice green lawn, you could have brown spots. Clearing debris gives your lawn a fresh slate to grow again.

 
Aerate Your Lawn:

 
This can be done by yourself or you can hire a professional landscaper to do it. Aerating your lawn improves drainage and will get your lawn ready for the next step.

 
Top Dress Your Lawn:

 
In areas where grass is sparse, prepare for speeding by spreading a a half inch layer of aged compost. Next spread fertilizer using a rotary spreader.
Lastly, you’ll want to consider overseeing your lawn in the Fall to prepare for Winter and Spring. Other steps to make sure you do is to keep on mowing your lawn and clear out all weeds before Winter.

 
By following these steps, you’ll be on your way to having the best-looking lawn in the Spring Time. If you’d like the professionals at Lola’s Landscape to handle this for you, use our contact form to get in touch with us!

Give Your Lawn A Facelift Just in Time For The Nice Weather

With summer just around the corner in the Norfolk area, many residents and businesses are preparing their yards and properties for outdoor activities, gatherings, and parties. While it’s great to have a clean and well maintained yard, you can really wow guests this summer by hiring an experienced company to provide landscape design for your yard. The best part is that you can save time, and ensure the job gets done right every time by hiring a lawn care professional near you.professionally maintained lawn

Here at Lola’s Landscape we offer expert lawn care services, here are a few of the benefits of giving your lawn a facelift just in time for the nice Massachusetts weather this upcoming summer.

  • Lola’s Landscape has the lawn care expertise:  Keeping and caring for a healthy lawn takes a little bit more knowledge than your average homeowner may have. Many people may look to the internet or the local home improvement store for lawn-care tips and tricks but still lack the skills of a professional. This is where the experts at Lola’s Landscape come in handy. We have the knowledge, experience, and expertise to provide you with that lush, green lawn you’ve been longing for to really wow family and friends this summer.
  • Professional lawn care and landscaping adds value to your Norfolk home: At some point, most people intend to sell their home at one point or another. If that time is nearing close, hiring a professional lawn care company will help increase the value of your home. The yard and outdoor area is one of the first things a potential homebuyer sees when viewing a home, and the appearance will have a big impact on first impressions. By having a healthy and well maintained lawn, it can help sway potential home buyers in the right direction.
  • Lola’s can stop underlying lawn problems before they start: We ensure all of our lawn care professionals are trained to find a potential problem with your lawn before it escalates. Lawn care professionals are trained to spot a problem before it starts. Lola’s training and experience allows us to spot signs of diseases, pests, weeds, and improper maintenance that the untrained eye might not notice. Stopping these problems before they start will save you money, time and your beautiful lawn.
  • Lola’s will help save you time, so you can enjoy the weather: Maintaining  a beautiful, green lawn require a lot of time and dedication. Researching and planning the steps to maintain your lawn takes a lot of time, add in the physical work and you’ve spent hours working on your lawn instead of enjoying it. One of the many benefits of hiring Lola’s Landscape is that it will save you precious time. Experienced lawn professionals will create and maintain a beautiful lawn, while you can spend your time relaxing and entertaining during the beautiful Norfolk, Franklin and Wrentham, MA summers.

If you would like a quote on Lola’s Landscape lawn care and lawn maintenance services in the Norfolk area, fill out the contact form on this page or give us a call at 774-248-4584 today!