The first day of summer is drawing near, and while the prospect of backyard camping, cookouts, and time at the pool may have you feeling less stressed, we can’t say the same for your lawn. Heat, dry weather, and foot traffic are three major stress factors for grass, and the first sign of weakness opens the door to the invasion of weeds and insects that can do more damage.
One of the most important things you can do this summer to keep your lawn in good shape is to keep it hydrated. Read more
Backyard Inspiration from Your Kansas Landscaping Experts
Now that we’ve started to shake off the frost for real, it’s time to think about what you want to be doing with your outdoor space for the coming summer. What’s your outdoor living situation like, and even better, what do you want from it?
Are you looking for a community-minded group space, or a family-centric retreat? No matter where your interests lie, you might find what you’re looking for today with these great summer outdoor living ideas! Read more
One question we get asked a lot is whether it’s worthwhile to lay landscape fabric beneath mulch for weed prevention. While using landscape fabric sounds like a good idea, it’s typically a short-term fix that will eventually run its course. To explain why this is, let’s look at the different kinds of mulch and how they perform in your landscape.
All the rain we’ve had lately has done some pretty wonderful things for the grass, shrubs, and flowers; however, when the alarm on your sump pump starts beeping and water starts showing up in places it shouldn’t, you know it means trouble for your house.
Drainage problems are commonplace in Kansas and are typically the result of poor grading and inadequately placed downspouts, but these issues don’t have to be a permanent ailment. If you can identify the issues causing the drainage problem and take the right steps to correct them, you can keep the interior of your house a whole lot drier, keeping yourself a whole lot happier in return.
Our family moved into a beautiful new home this past winter. The expansive yard has healthy turf making it an ideal place for our three kids to run, and play, and cause mischief. The mature trees provide shade and allude to the promise of a tire swing and a tree house. The north side of our driveway is lined with evergreen shrubs that, over the past decade, have grown to provide screening from the neighbor’s property.
Once the dust had settled from our move, we noticed that these shrubs didn’t look as vibrant as they should. A closer look we revealed the reason why – they were completely overrun with bagworms!
After spending hours upon hours hand-picking and disposing of literally thousands of over-wintering bagworms, I thought I had taken care of them all. The next day I went out to admire the fruit of my labor. As I sifted through the branches I discovered that I had missed another 500 worms, at least. I’m sure this goes without saying, but this is not an ideal way to spend a weekend.
In lieu of this experience, and assuming I’m not the only person this has happened to, I thought we’d cover the bagworm basics so YOU can avoid a similar fate.
As landscapers, horticulturalists, and avid “outdoorsy” people, Arbor Day holds a special place in our hearts. This celebration, observed on the last Friday of April, applauds the role of trees in our lives and promotes their planting and care. We’ll be out planting today, we understand that not everyone’s schedule allows for tree planting, so here is a fun way to share the joy of Arbor Day with the kids in your life.