When Should You Plant Late Summer Perennials?
As summer winds to a close, new perennials take the place of old ones. The day lilies that were so robust and beautiful during the warm days of July are now done, and, of course, the lovely spring daffodils, tulips, irises, and bleeding hearts are only a memory now. Many novice gardeners tend to focus […]
How Much Water Does A Lawn Need to Grow and Thrive?
In most years in Michigan by July the average homeowner is waging a war against yellow grass, not because of disease, but because of heat and drier conditions. The sprinklers go on, the kids get wet, the water bill goes up, and the grass lives through another summer. This summer because of abnormally wet conditions, […]
Landscaping with Michigan Drought-Resistant Native Plant Varieties
Summer in Michigan is always a bit hard to predict, just like most of the other seasons. While true drought is pretty rare, strong, unrelenting heat in July and August can mimic it and its effects on our lawns and gardens. While excessive damp can wreak a different kind of havoc. Previously weve discussed the […]
Why is aerating your lawn helpful for good growth and a green lawn?
One of the best ways to give your lawn a good start for this years growth is to aerate it now that the weather is beginning to get nice. In a typical spring your lawn starts out a bit waterlogged from both snow melt and spring rains. We in West Michigan had a great deal […]
How To Create Sustainable Landscapes w/ Rain Gardens
Sustainable landscapes can take many different forms and mean completely different things to people.For people who live in arid regions, xeriscaping is a beautiful solution to the challenges of natural conditions. For homeowners who live in the Great Lakes State, which seldom experiences drought, rain gardens can be similarly lovely and functional. The purpose of […]
What is That Residue on My Lawn? After Winter Lawn Care
Now that the snow is finally melting and we can see some evidence of grass again, it’s important to assess your lawn for any problems. Michigan experienced a long, brutal winter this year, and your landscape has likely been through some trauma as well, with the sub-zero temperatures and the regular exposure to chemicals from […]
Are Cold Winters Actually Better for Seasonal Flowers and Plants?
“Poor man’s fertilizer” – this is what people used to call a heavy layer of winter snow, and particularly a late spring snow. You may be concerned that the bitter cold and heavy snows of this winter have killed your perennials, but in fact, we may have a vigorous blooming of bulb flowers and perennials […]
Will My Lawn Come Back after the Snow and the Salt of Winter?
It is certainly a question landscapers and snow removal companies deal with as the winter months start to set in…will the snow plow ruin my lawn. As a company that deals with both the landscaping (warmer months) and plowing (colder months), we will give you the synopsis of what to expect! The dirty truth about […]
Finding a Better Solution for Green Waste in Landscaping
When you hire a lawn service in Grand Rapids, MI, you are able to put out of your mind a number of things such as maintaining your lawn equipment, purchasing topsoil, fertilizer, and mulch, and disposing yard waste. Your lawn service does all of this for you. But have you ever wondered what your yard […]
What Snow Plow Operators Wish People Understood About Snow Plowing
Snow plowing looks simple, right? Big truck, bunch of snow, zooom zooom, all clear, done. While it may look like a breeze from a distance, it’s actually something of an art, especially during challenging weather. Snow often changes as it’s falling, making the conditions of the roads subject to change as well. Wind can alter […]