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.

Contact us today and Get Your Dream Garden!

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.

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!

Soil and Planting Preparation for Spring

Successfully planting trees, shrubs, and flowers is no small task. A lot more goes into planting than just sticking something in the ground and covering it with dirt. If you struggle to keep your plants alive or are looking to venture into planting for the first time, use these preparation tips to set you and your plants up for success!

Choose a Location

Not all locations are equal when it comes to planting. Locations that are close to a construction site have had an oil or gas spill, and those with poor water drainage systems will all make it difficult to plant something and have it flourish. Using an at home soil test kit is a great way to learn more about your potential planting location and determine how much fertilizer will be required and other changes that may need to be made to the nearby drainage system. Creating a raised flowerbed that sits at a 12-18-inch slope higher than the ground below is a good option if you’re dealing with an especially difficult location.

Pick the Plants You Want to Use

Next, it’s time to pick the plants you want to use. You can choose from a variety of trees, shrubs, annual and perineal flowers. Do some research to find plants that will thrive the best in your location and the type of soil you’ll be planting into. Invest in plants that are healthy when you purchase them. The transplanting process is stressful for plants, and if you purchase a plan that already isn’t doing the best, it may not survive the transition.

Holding the Plants

Different types of plants should be planted at different times of the year to see the best growth. If you need to hold the plants after purchase until it’s the right time to plant them, keep them in the container you purchased them in. Plants that are in pots should be kept in a shaded area and watered daily, or according to the directions that came with the plant.

Prep the Soil

Dig individual holes for each plant you’ll be planting. The hole should be roughly twice the size of the roots of the plant and tall enough that the top of the soil the plant is currently in will meet the top of the soil you’re putting it into perfectly. Then, cover fills the hole back in and follow the care instructions for each specific plant regarding watering and fertilizer.

If you need an extra hand getting prepared for new plants or choosing the right plants for your space, we can help! Contact Lola’s Landscape today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our planting and soil preparation services.

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.


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.


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!

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