LANDSCAPING FACTS AND TIPS FROM JOE BURGEY

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR LAWN FOR FALL
 
Let's face facts.  Labor day is just a few weeks away.  You're getting the kids ready to go back to school.  But, there is one thing you've forgotten.  What about your lawn?  Should you be doing something to get it ready for the long winter ahead?  The answer is a resounding, "YES!"
 
In the fall, your lawn is gathering all of the essentials it will need for the winter; like nutrients and water.  There are a few things that you can do to help it look healthy and green for Spring 2016.
 
  • DON'T STOP MOWING - Continue mowing in the fall.  One exception, drop the blade to a lower position for the last two cuttings.  This allows the lawn to receive more light.  There will be less grass to turn brown in the fall. 
  • AERATE THE LAWN- Aeration allows oxygen, water and fertilizer to reach the roots easily.
  • RAKE THE LEAVES - Fallen leaves that are left on the lawn can get wet and create a mat.  The wet, clumped mat can suffocate the roots and breed fungal diseases.
  • FERTILIZE - Fertilizing now is crucial.  The roots and rhizomes need that food.  They are preparing for a long nap and they need it to grow deep roots.-5rv
 
Following the steps above will help you have a green and healthy lawn in Spring 2016.  It's a lot of work, but it will pay off in the long run.
GET RID OF THOSE WEEDS
 
Joe Burgey - August  2015
 
Even experts do research.  While surfing the web, I found an economical way to rid your home of those offending weeds.  You only need three ingredients to make this mixture.  It contains household ingredients and if you do have to purchase them, the total cost is less than $20.
 
You can use this mixture in place of Weed B Gone, Round Up and Ground Clear.  The three ingredients:
 
  • vinegar (1 gallon)
  • Epsom salt (or, you can substitute table salt); and
  • DAWN dish detergent (the original, not the fancy new ones)
 
Not sure how much area it will cover, but it's worth a try.  If you try it, come back and tell us how well it works.  We'd love to learn how effective this formula can be.  Leave feedback using the link below.  You can even send a video, showing you applying the product.  We might feature it here or on one of our upcoming video channels.
 
 
Our Latest Project
 
Joe Burgey - July 2015

 

We wanted to give you a peek at our current hardscape project..  So far, the client is quite pleased with the work.  We are too.  Click on the photo to the left to get a better look at our work.

 

We created a beautiful gray paver walkway.  There are two cement accents in the center of the walkway.  Thos gray accents are actually two pieces that were part of the existing walkway.  The client wanted to retain the elements.  We also think it's a great way to conserve and to exercise sustainability.

 

We removed the existing walkway, prepared the foundation and laid the paver.  We generally use CAMBRIDGE and TECHOBLOC pavers.  We love using those products because they help us create a beautiful hardscape project.  We almost always use them in our projects.  Enjoy the view!  Our next featured project could be yours.

Sustainable Landscaping
 
Joe Burgey - May 2015

 

The word "sustainable" can apply to landscaping too.  Sustainable landscaping is defined as a series of processes developed in response to a concern for the environment.  When applying sustainable landscaping, sustainability is considered in each stage of the landscaping project; design, construction, implementation and management.

 

Sustainable landscaping concerns include: global climate change, carbon emissions, air and water pollution, pesticide application, using resources that are non-renewable, energy usage and the use of native plants in design and planting.

 

To provide you with a point of reference, I am going to give you a few examples of sustainability at work in landscaping.

 

Example 1:  The use of permeable pavers when creating a walkway or patio.  The environmental benefits are reduced storm water run-off and rain water seeps into the ground, replenishing groundwater. 

 

Example 2:  Strategically placing shade trees and creating windbreaks on the property. The enviornmental benefits are reduced air-conditioning use in the summer and reduced heating in the winter.  Another added benefit; reduced homeowner energy costs.

 

 

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