Finding The Best Lawn Care And Landscaping Service

Lawn care and landscaping may be the most popular hobby in America, but not everyone wants to dedicate their weekends to a golf-course quality carpet of grass or a landscape worthy of Monet. And yet, a good yard is enjoyable and also increases the price of a house on the sales market. So, many people turn to lawn care and landscaping services to create and care for a nice yard.

Lawn care and landscaping companies run the gamut from a neighborhood kid with a lawnmower to full-service consultation, planning, planting, and management of the home garden. Decide which services you need, make a list, and ask each candidate company about their work.

What They Do

How is it that some yards are so aesthetically pleasing, even if they become overgrown and messy? Probably because they were designed by a good landscaper. A full-service lawn care and landscaping company can really redesign a yard.

Landscapers have the experience to know which plants grow best, and the shape and size that the plants attain. They know exactly what takes sun and shade and looks good together in the local climate. If your house is to go up for sale soon, bringing in a lawn care and landscaping company to redo your yard might be a good investment. Or if you do not mind the labor yourself, just commission the landscaper to draw you a plan that you can plant.

Two Attributes Of A Good Yard

Lawn care is a rather straightforward maintenance job. At a minimum, it requires trimming the grass – once a week in summer, and less frequently in cool weather. But for a really stellar yard, one that the Queen of Hearts could use for croquet, you will need a little more lawn care. A good lawn care and landscaping company will know when the grass needs fertilizing or aerating, and they already have all the equipment for these jobs.

Landscaping needs maintenance too. Compare prices on full landscaping maintenance, such as pruning trees and laying mulch.

Finding The Right Company For The Job

Before you sign any contracts, do compare several companies. To come up with a list of candidates, don’t just check the yellow pages. Many lawn care and landscaping companies will give customers a discount if they can put a small sign in the yard. If you see a yard you like, look for a sign and contact that company.

As always, when shopping for a professional service in lawn care and landscaping, check that the company is licensed and insured, and get client testimonials if you can.

Vegetable Garden Planning

Vegetable garden planning, most people hide the vegetable garden as far from the residence as possible because they do not think it pleasing to the eye. I disagree, vegetables may not be flowery but well-organized rows looking healthy and green can make a fine exhibit. To have the vegetable patch adjacent to the kitchen door is also particularly convenient, provided there is an open, sunny space for it.

Even a small garden can make a productive vegetable and fruit area, for most families need only what may be called “convenience” vegetables, that is, summer salad material, snap beans, some tomato plants, and herbs. If you have space, larger crops, such as squash, broccoli, cucumbers, and corn can be sited somewhere else, together with a soft fruit area perhaps, if preferred But be warned before you embark on a vegetable garden planning and making. However excited you are there are physical constraints to face.

If you wish to be self-sufficient through the vegetable garden planning of your garden, the planting, care and harvesting of food crops must govern the time you spend outside. To provide enough vegetables for an entire family throughout the year requires an area larger than most gardeners possess. Moreover, the labor is heavy, the time needed substantial if the vegetable garden is to be kept fully productive and in good order, and to be truly organic you will need room and time to maintain a compost cycle.

The resulting vegetables’ are therefore not cheap. Most people, of course, do not price their own time and it is certainly true that homegrown vegetables are more healthy and fresher than those bought from a grocery store. A deep-freeze is an important piece of equipment for anyone growing more than the minimum since whole crops regularly come to completion at the same time and you can end up giving away the bulk of your produces.

It is impracticable to estimate the ideal size for a vegetable area during the vegetable garden planning phase, for it will depend on the size of your family, what you want to grow and how much time you have to tend it. Nevertheless, a vegetable garden measuring 3300ft2 should meet requirements of a family of four. The location of the garden will establish the plants that will grow best, the balmier the climate, the greater the yield. Production should increase over the years as you gain know-how and enrich the ground.

It is always clever to look around at what other gardeners in your area are achieving and learn from their knowledge of various crops.

If, after taking into consideration during the vegetable garden planning phase of all the factors, you decide to make a vegetable garden, make sure that its shape is strong and simple for it must be able to retain its character despite the continuous change from bare soil to mature crop that occurs as you prepare the soil, grow the crop and harvest it. An audacious, simple design is almost inevitable since crops are traditionally grown in rows and should be served by hard paths for use throughout the year.

The garden should also be separated into portions, so that different types of vegetables can be grown in different areas each year in the rotation. In this way the soil will not become exhausted of any particular nutrient, nor will you promote disease or pests to remain in the soil to feed the second year on a favored host plant.

The vegetable area may be encompassed, and perhaps sub-divided, by some form of low surround. Edging box, a traditional garden surround, wills harbor slugs, which will feed on Brassica (the cabbage family) leaves, so it is healthier to use sage and rosemary for hedging, where hardy. Traditionally, the vegetable garden was walled to keep out pests, and divided within into four sections by wide paths, surrounded with flowers for cutting, or with herbs or trained fruit trees, while other trained fruit trees lined the walls.

There would be a neighboring potting shed, a greenhouse, some frames and a place for storing sand and another for mixed soil, both for proliferation and for making compost.

One of the four working sections contained soft fruit or an asparagus bed or clumps of rhubarb, and possibly herbs, for its contents were semi-permanent. The other three cultivated areas housed crops, which were rotated annually, both to deter soil-borne pests and to maintain a balance of nutrients in different parts of the garden. Those are just some of the items to consider during the vegetable garden planning phase.

The way such a traditional rotation works today is usually in the following manner. Planted in the first bed are leguminous crops (peas and beans), with onions, shallots, leeks, lettuce, celery and radish since they all need well-dug soil with plenty of manure or organic compost built-in.

Container Gardening

Container gardening can add a whole new life to an existing garden or patio. Place containers with your favorite plants in various locations and groupings around your garden or patio.

For thousands of years, urns and vases have been used as sculptural elements. Overly ornate containers are probably most ornamental without adding another element such as plants. But most containers manufactured today were made to be planted, and many containers not intended for use as planters are also being planted. There are unlimited possibilities for container gardening. You have choices of color, shape, size and material of which they are made. Planters are available in wood, stone, ceramic, fiberglass, plastic, fiber, brass, iron, built-in, free-standing, sculpted, inset, painted, new, and used.

Innovative containers are buckets, shoes, tires, wheelbarrows, wood stoves, trailers, etc. It is an excellent way to put plants into areas where you wouldn’t ordinarily have them, such as in the shade, over tree roots, on patios and decks, in vestibules and atria.

To get good results from the plantings, containers must have drainage. As with the rest of the garden, this is the number one consideration to make for the health of your plants. Outdoors, a drainage hole in the bottom of the container is a must.

Indoors, you can do without drainage. It is not recommended, but if you closely monitor the moisture level and use a generous layer of stone in the bottom of the container, you should be able to ensure that your plants don’t get wet feet. A good soil mix, preferably potting soil and regular fertilizing will help your plants do their best. If you are growing plants in heavy shade, you might try a container on wheels, and rotate it periodically to more sunny locations.

Container gardening is so easy to get into and so easy to manage. And, it’s likely to be one of the most enjoyable gardening experiences you’ll have.

Get as creative with your container gardening or stay as simple as you’d like. Choose fancy containers or plain containers, try mixing different plants together, and rearrange your containers for a different look now and again.