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.

2014 Super Service Award from Angie’s List

Lawn-N-Order Landscaping Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Lawn-N-Order Landscaping, serving the Asheville and surrounding area has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

Ryan Houston: “We accomplished this award in seven categories by keeping our Angie's List-Super Service Award-Asheville landscaperservices focused on quality, and by dealing with each property individually with focus on the end result.  We work with each client one on one, to come to the end result, being a property transformation that they are happy to pay for.  We do this by giving the customer a turnkey operation with attention to detail, and better than what was expected.”

Founded in 2000 as Houston Landscaping, Lawn-N-Order Landscaping gives low maintenance landscape solutions in Western North Carolina

The business originated in 2000 under the owner’s name “Houston’s Landscaping.” With some flyers and a borrowed weed-eater, Ryan Houston began his business on a song and a prayer. One job lead to another one and his American dream was born founded from his love and interest of the outdoors. In 2003 the business name was changed to Lawn-N-Order Landscaping. Since the businesses inception, LNO works locally as well as in surrounding states (Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida) and the Cayman Islands. We are passionate about our service and love to maintain the artistic attributes of nature through landscaping. Education is part of our life long commitment to excellence in our field to develop, expand and educate ourselves on improved techniques and thus improving our service to clients. Experienced, uniformed and qualified team members perform all of our work with a job supervisor on each project site.

The owner, Ryan Houston will personally consult, plan, propose and oversee most of the larger jobs. He is a WNC native and has twenty-four years experience with WNC plants and wildlife. Ryan is an accredited NC Licensed Landscape Contractor certificate #1933, one of less than 2000 ever in the history of North Carolina with only approximately 1000 of who are still active. He is also a Certified Plant Professional as well as completing rigorous testing from the State of North Carolina to achieve this certification. Ryan Houston and staff are also NC State Certified in the knowledge and application of pesticide and herbicide application making them knowledgeable about plant pests and diseases. This contributes to his overall knowledge of how to plant hardy and low maintenance landscapes that will thrive in the mountains of WNC. He specializes in dealing with sloping properties and hillside problems such as erosion, water runoff, and planting on steep slopes. Ryan and his crewmembers were awarded the ICPI Certification. They participated in two days of extensive training and review on interlocking concrete pavers. Lawn-N-Order holds the title of “ICPI Certified Installer’ and has met all the nationally recognized guidelines for interlocking concrete pavement installations. With Ryan’s client testimonials, you will see that he has excellently handled large projects and has several long-term fans for his rewards.

“Only about 5 percent of the landscape companies in Asheville/Buncombe County have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Steps to Stump Removal Made Easy—

If you’re having a few trees removed, now is a good time to consider what to do with the stump removal-land clearing-lot-landscaperstump. If it is a small tree, sometimes the stump can be removed with a shovel. For the bigger jobs, here’s a tip. When cutting the tree, leave 3-4’ of tree sticking up from the ground instead of chopping off at ground level, especially if a building project is planned for the area. This will make it a snap for a sizable tracked excavator machine or bulldozer to grasp the timber section protruding from the ground to remove. This will alleviate future time and expense for building contractors forming driveways, roads and foundations.

If the trees have been previously cut to the ground level, not to worry. A little extra heavy-duty machinery can come to the rescue! We use our skid steer loader and track excavator backhoe to dig around the sides of the stumps, drop the bulging stump into the loader bucket and haul to our trucks to remove from the area. Fill dirt and grading are also part of the services we provide. If you need stump removal and big machinery to get the job done, call Lawn-N-Order Landscaping at 828.712.1590.

Preparing the Site Before Land Clearing

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Unless you’re building on a cow pasture with no trees in sight, you will want to prepare the site before a land clearing crew arrives. Walking the land with your architect, landscape designer and contractor will be prudent during this foundational process. As professionals with experience, they can advise the best views, environmental advantages and avert potential hazards while making financial recommendations that will save money, time and headaches later. After this meeting, prepare with these tips:

  1.  Consider the house footprint and other buildable areas to clear. These should be marked off clearly with neon paint or tape. (i.e. driveways, septic tank and leach fields, wells, garages, outdoor patios, fire pits)
  2.  Property boundaries should be marked clearly.
  3.  Consider the road access for construction and heavy excavation machinery and on property. Where will it be stored daily to not constrict traffic flow?
  4.  Protect trees not being cleared by taping off around the tree out to the drip edges or beyond. Compaction of the soil in these areas around the roots will deprive it of oxygen and bring about death. In addition, piling soil or debris around a tree or its root system will also kill the tree.

For a consultation with us, use our easy contact form online to schedule an appointment. We’d love to talk to you about your land/lot clearing needs and to educate you on other proper procedures to ensure your land is treated with environmental delicacy when land planning. Our forestry mulcher and chipper can leave your lot and land clear with no environmental damage occurring. Call us today at 828.712.1590.