Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
21 Jul 2011

Add a touch of old-world class to your landscape with a wrought iron gazebo

Gazebos are a fairly traditional addition to most landscapes, but a wrought iron gazebo will add class, charm, luxury and style, not to mention an element of uniqueness.

One of the most advantageous qualities of having a wrought iron gazebo on your landscape is that the iron does not wear out. Typical landscape gazebos are made from wood will deteriorate over time, and will eventually need to be replaced. But with a wrought iron gazebo, the structure will remain standing for as long as you desire. There is the risk of the iron rusting, but it can easily be painted and treated with material that will prevent rust from occurring. You will want to re-paint your gazebo anyway every few years to maintain the luster of the gazebo’s appearance.

Wrought iron gazebos not only add aesthetic appeal to your landscape and give you and your family a distinctive and stylish place to enjoy the outdoors, but they are also popular for having ceremonies such as weddings or providing a special backdrop for your family photo. The gazebo can be decorated with flowers, ribbons and netting to add even more beauty and charm.

Wrought iron gazebos are available in so many distinct shapes, sizes and styles. Most iron comes in black or white, but with the help of metallic and rust-proof paint, you can use paint to blend your gazebo in with the rest of your landscape or match your home’s motif.

If you have fallen in love with the possibilities a wrought iron gazebo can bring to your landscape, call your local Dallas landscaping company and schedule a consultation!

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07 Jul 2011

Landscaping tip: Crape Myrtle Bushes and Shrubs

Crape Myrtle Bushes are often a Dallas landscaping favorite because of its fragrance and vivid color. But in addition to its aesthetic appeal, Crape Myrtle shrubs also serve many other purposes to your Dallas landscape.

This aromatic shrub is one of the first to awaken in the spring, setting in motion the onset of the upcoming growing season. Perhaps since they are the first of the season to bloom, Crape Myrtle shrubs are often used by small animals such as birds, squirrels and rabbits for a haven of protection. However, tightly planted shrubs that stay close to the ground can act as a deterrent to some animals, keeping them out of your precious Dallas landscaping. As well as acting as a barrier to animals, higher-growing Crape Myrtle shrubs can also be used as a fence between you and your neighbors. So instead of having to try and ignore the drab Dallas landscape next door, you can instead take in the colorful hues of your sweet-smelling Crape Myrtle bushes.

Perhaps the main reason Crape Myrtle shrubs are such a Dallas landscaping favorite is due to their ease of care. Crape Myrtle bushes are a low-maintenance plant and really only require annual pruning. According to one Dallas landscaping expert, if properly planted and pruned, Crape Myrtle shrubs will survive long after the planter, giving note to their exceptional durability and longevity.

Landscaping specialists recommend planting Crape Myrtle shrubs where they can serve the most purpose. By planting them close to your deck or patio, or outside your living room or bedroom windows, you will be giving your Dallas landscape a beautiful setting and your indoors a constant stream of their perfumed essence.

If you’re looking for a great Dallas landscaping plant that requires the least amount of attention and care possible, Crape Myrtle shrubs are a great choice!

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02 Jul 2011

Dallas Sprinkler Repair: Are you watering enough?

t’s summer in Dallas and that means temperatures at 100 degrees, give or take. So what what does under watering look like? In bermuda lawns most of the blades will turn slightly gray. You will see splotches of brown, sprinkled with grayish green grass and the lawn will look thin. Fortunately bermuda is an amazingly tough so once it gets enough water it usually springs right back. This photo is a good example of under watering.

How much should you water in the summer? In full sun your lawn will lose on average roughly one inch of water per week. Most spray heads (nozzles that spray in a fan pattern) put out roughly 1″ of water per hour. That means if you don’t water an hour per week your lawn gradually drys out. Imagine a slow leak in your car tire. If you don’t keep putting air into it at the same rate it’s leaking, eventually you’re going to have a flat tire. Rotory heads need to run even longer. Rotors are heads that spray in a stream and slowly turn. They typically cover twice the area with the same gallons of water the spray heads do which means they have to run twice as long. How many days per week should you water? The number of days per week doesn’t matter nearly as much as the total minutes per week.

These numbers are a good starting point but every landscape and every sprinkler system is different. In very shady areas you can probably cut back by 75% or more. Start with these minutes and then work up or down depending on how your lawn looks after a week or two.

02 Jul 2011

Dallas Lawn Care: Trees planted too deeply is very common – and very bad for the tree

Are you wondering why your tree has been in the ground for several years and still hasn’t grown and the leaves are turning yellow? Chances are it’s been planted too deeply. Look for the place on the tree trunk where it sweeps out from the trunk into the ground. On large, established trees this is very easy to find, trees fresh from the nursery have the same “root flare” but you usually need to look more closely at them. Look at the first photo below of a Dallas landscape installation and everything looks fine, right? A nice oak tree planted in a tree ring. If you look closely you’ll see the trunk goes straight into the ground with no sign of a flare. Take a look at the second photo of the same tree after we removed the tree ring and you’ll see the soil was piled several inches above the root flare. Piling dirt or mulch above the root flare rots the trunk off of the tree will stunt and eventually kill the tree. This is one of the most common mistakes I see in landscapes.