How to Make Life Easier

Got grass but no time to cut it? We can make life easier! We’ve have a dedicated crew for lawn care and are taking new clients. Whether you need a simple cut, trim and blow or something more substantial, we’re here to meet your needs.

lawn-grass-maintenance-yardTo ensure you have a green lawn with no hassles this summer, follow some helpful tips from Ryan:

1. Sharpen your blades on the lawn mower to guarantee and clean, sharp cut. Doing this will prevent diseases to your grass.

2. Wash the belly of your mower after use to prevent the spread of weed seeds throughout the yard.

3.  Practice safe cutting  by only removing 1/3rd of the height of the grass. If more is removed, brown patch and other funguses can proliferate.
If you need lawn care maintenance, sign up for one of our annual contracts! See our packages and choose the one that suits your needs.

Keep Your Lawn Off the Neighborhood Watch List

 

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Lawn-N-Order Landscaping is expanding and has added another dedicated crew specializing in lawn care and maintenance. Ken Bagwell leads this crew and is here for all your lawn care needs. If you want to be on a regular schedule, please send us an email on our contact form and we will meet and give you an estimate for an annual contract. Annual contracts cover a variety of tasks including: fertilization, overseeding and renovations, soil tests, thatching, aeration, cut, trim, edging, weeding, leaf removal, mulching beds, pruning shrubbery and deadheading perennials, fertilizing shrubs and trees, garden bed cleanup seasonally, and monitoring pests with IPM standards.

Packages

All Points Bulletin (a.k.a. Deluxe Package)

Weekly cut, trim, edge
Early Spring Fertilize and Crabgrass control
Late Spring Broadleaf weed control and fertilizepruning-trees-shrubs
Seasonal lawn fertilization
Seeding/Over-seeding
Thatching-1x
Soil testing 1x
Leaf removal
Pruning shrubbery
Fertilizing beds
Mulching beds
Garden bed cleanup
Weeding/Herbicide Apps
Lawn Insect Control Apps
Pest and Fungus monitoring and control

Safe House Package (a.k.a. Middle package)

Weekly cut, trim, edge
Seasonal fertilization of lawn in Spring and Fall
Seeding/Over-seeding
Thatching-1x
Soil testing 1x
Leaf removal

Undercover Operation (a.k.a. Basic)

Weekly cut, trim, edge

At Large Package (aka Custom)

Custom order from our vast variety of services.

We have deluxe, middle and basic packages or can customize a package for your individual needs. Contact us today to get on our weekly schedule and get your lawn ready for spring and summer activities with the family!

Edible Gardening for the Faint at Heart

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Now is the time everyone is thinking about their edible gardens and what they want to plant. If you’ve been there, done that and have the t-shirt to prove it, you know there’s some work involved to say the least! But there are more ways to skin a cat and you can still have your cake or in this reference, “tomato” and eat it too! You may not have the time or energy to do a full-fledged garden but have you considered incorporating edibles into your ornamental landscape? Many edibles have beautiful foliage, flowers and of course fruit. No one would blame you for enjoying the luxury of popping a few fresh cherry tomatoes in your mouth as you’re outside on the back porch taking in the sunset!

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This beautiful potager garden at Chanticleer is surrounded by a picket fence to keep critters out. A trellis is used here to help the green beans climb up nicely for an easy pick.

Here are a few ideas. Consider placing some basil, oregano and thyme around the back steps and call it your “Potager garden.” Growing green beans couldn’t be easier by training them on a trellis. Tomatoes need a full 8 hours of blasting sun so pick a spot that obliges. Give them a sturdier start by planting their stems deep into the ground so roots can establish and stabilize the heavy carried fruit that eventually produces. Pinch off the lower leaves and stake with a cage. When plants are young and freshly planted, water often but don’t let the soil get soggy. Fertilize with organics like Espoma Garden Tone to give your babies a productive start.

If you’re the type that likes a challenge and donning a farmer’s hat isn’t an intimidation, then we can till your garden and get it ready for your spring and summer plantings. Eating out of your own yard will be a pleasure but watch for neighbors who may get the same idea. You might start a revolution in the neighborhood! We hear it’s catching on! Call us today if you’re ‘chomping at the bit’ to get started on your own edible garden planting!

Spring Cleanup Chores to Do

forsythia-forced branches-landscape designer-After the deluge of cold weather, I’m sure some of you are itching to get out and look to see if your trees and shrubs sustained the frigid wind and cold. Observations through walking around in the yard will give you a clear understanding of what choresneedto be attended to first. Make note of spring cleanup chores thatneedto be done in the next 2-3 months to keep your garden growing and healthy.

  1. Observe winter-killed branches and prune away dead, damaged and diseased limbs after last winter storm unless there is a pending hazard.
  2. Pull up old annuals and spent perennials to tidy up.
  3. Cut back ornamental grasses to 2-3 inches for new growth to emerge.
  4. Cut back rose canes below the blackened area (winter damage) by 1 inch.
  5. Divide select perennials and transplant after the soil thaws.
  6. Rake leaves and dead foliage that could foster diseases, mold and smother grass seeds.
  7. After threat of frost, fertilizing and mulching can resume.
  8. Collect soil samples to test the soil’s pH.
  9. Begin seeding when forsythia starts to bloom.
  10. Spread pre-emergent for broadleaf weeds at forsythia bloom time.
If you need Spring CleanUp Chores performed, contact us!

Six Ways to Expand Your Outdoor Living Area

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Square footage is at a premium thus expanding on what you have available makes sense (cents)! Take a walk around the exterior of your home and envision these five ways to enlarge your space. Make every square foot count by creating a more usable and enjoyable environment.

  1. Connect your outdoor living space with formal or informal walkways. Adding a brick walkway flanked by a stonewall or flowering shrubs, perennials and dwarf trees can give a sense of enclosure as well as make easier access to all the outdoor spaces. Pathways to these spots in the landscape will make them seam together for an overall cohesion.
  2. Add an outdoor fireplace or firepit to the patio area for enjoyment on a cool autumn’s night. Adding adequate space for eating around the cooking area or roasting marshmallows should be considered as well as lighting for night-time entertaining.
  3. Build a custom water feature to appreciate as a focal point including serene background sound. Water brings in wildlife to your outdoor space, making your land a nice backyard habitat for beneficials too!
  4. Build a secluded seating spot in your outdoor living area surrounded by your favorite blooming plants for all season. Using an underutilized area of the space for intimate gatherings or just a place to get some sunshine can draw people outdoors for healthier living.
  5. Add a living green screen of dwarf trees and shrubs to shield for privacy in the yard. A green screen can drown out noise and make a nice backdrop while inviting wildlife into the space. It also gives a clear boundary without being obtrusive to neighbors. From all sides a green screen is easily enjoyed.
  6. Add a cutting garden of perennials and annuals to a sunny spot in the landscape. This garden will give the homeowner hours of enjoyment closeup or from a view inside. Perennials can be divided and multiplied for years of lasting enjoyment with an abundance of bouquets.

These are services we provide and more. Take a look at our website and decide what you want to add to your home garden today!

The Truth about Weed Barrier Mats

weeds-crabgrassWeed barrier mats are made of porous, plastic, woven sheeting to allow penetration of water to plant roots and prevent weeds from germinating. The idea behind weed matting is to suffocate the weeds and keep them from coming up through the mulch by applying this woven fabric on your garden beds. The fallacy is weeds still grow on top of the surface over time. The roots of the weeds extend down through the woven fabric and make them even more difficult to eradicate. When a weed is pulled in conjunction with this matting, the roots are locked into this blanket. Roots break off and the same problem exists.

Our solution is to eliminate weeds by carefully applying herbicide in accordance with the directions at the recommended rates. This will get to the roots, killing the plant and preventing propagation. If you prefer more organic methods, then pull the weeds (refer to Farmer’s Almanac for best days), after which apply a 3-4” base of mulch in landscape beds to hold in moisture and prevent weed seeds from seeing light and germinating. If you see patches of dirt in your beds, then weeds have a safe haven to grow. Applying fertilizer and organic matter will also present an unfavorable haven for weeds (as they prefer more compact, unhealthy soils).

If you need garden maintenance, please contact us and we’ll take care of the dirty work!

Land and Lot Equipment: Clearing Real Estate Properties

The correct equipment to get a job done is essential in this business. Lot and land clearing equipment being no exception. That is why we’ve invested in the newest purchases for clearing properties of scrub trees, debris without damaging the soils surface. Our environmental approach saves the complexities of the earth’s soil without compacting, leaving a nice surface on which to plant or build.

Woodman Chipper-tree work-chipping-forestry mulchingOur machinery includes the Woodsman 18x chipper with winch and drag loader. It is a 175 horsepower and is extremely productive with a wide variety of options. We are able to use it while doing tree trimming and removal, site development and lot clearing or curbside cleanup. It’s capabilities allow us to handle tree diameters up to 18 inches. The hydraulic winch makes moving tree trunks a snap and saves back labor, time and money.

299D CAT XHP with Mulcher/Clearing Head skid steer loader

In order to clear land with sustainable practices, we found the best technology possible. This CAT mulcher/clearing head on a 299 D CAT XHP skid steer loader with 110 HP can move around on inclines of up to 25-30 degrees steep easily clearing brush and trees up to 8” in diameter with the capacity to reach a half acre in 4-6 hours. The land clearing-mulcher head-lot-real estatehigh performance power train provides maximum performance and production capability through Electronic Torque Management structure, typical two-speed mobility and an engineering exclusive electronic hand/foot throttle with decal pedal capability. The 299D CAT provides elevated horsepower and torque while attaining U.S. EPA emission criteria. This hydraulic system distributes high flow and pressure that delivers industry leading hydraulic horsepower to efficiently run even the most power hungry work tools. With the best equipment available, we can get the job done grinding trimmed material and organic waste for biomass production.

Grapple Bucket Attachment

This versatile attachment mounted to our 299D CAT XHP is devised to lift and maneuver weighty, awkward-size material including trees, rocks, logs, brush, culverts, debris, pipes and more with little effort. Materials can be loaded and carried up to 4500 lbs.

If you need tree work or land clearing done for your real estate property, we are equipped and ready to work for you. Call today at 828.712.1590.