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2015 Spring Advice from Advance Landscape Designs

Spring has arrived and Advance Landscape Designs is here to assist you with the transition from the harsh cold winter to the seasonally green months now among us. Here are some quick tips on how to best tend to your lawn during the months to follow:

 

  • Spring is the perfect time to refocus on watering habits. This transitional period can prove vital to the overall health your lawn will exhibit throughout the hot and dry summer weather. The general rule is to produce one inch of supplemental water to the lawn on a weekly basis. Always make note of the current weather prognostication and water restrictions your property may be subject to. Conversely, note that over-watering your lawn can be detrimental to its health. Over-watering can lead to disease and shallow rooted plants. Have you had your sprinkler checked recently? Curious on how an irrigation system can benefit your lawn? Call Advance Landscape Designs for all your irrigation needs.

 

  • Seasonal and perennial flowers, as well as mulch, are an added means to creating an aesthetically pleasing lawn during the coming spring and summer months. Flowers and plants, such as: Lantana, Esperanza, Globe Amaranth, Mint Marigold, among many others, add a welcoming spring color to any lawn (while remaining heat and drought tolerant- perfect for a Texas lawn!) Mulch is an added recipe to any healthy bed; it helps maintain moisture in your beds, which allows your plants and flowers to remain properly hydrated and healthy. Interested in plant or flower installations? Advance Landscape Designs is here to assist. Call one of our representatives to discuss these ideas.

 

  • Fertilized recently? If not, then now is the perfect time. Welcome the spring and summer heat with the proper application of seasonal fertilization. Fertilization promotes new leaf and root growth; aids in pest damage; controls and reduces weed growth; as well as replaces nutrients lost to leaching. Your Advance Landscape Designs representative is ready to help. Call to schedule an application.

 

  • Often not talked about, but entirely necessary, is the subject of 'aeration'. Aeration is the process in which compacted soil is loosened up; this allows air, moisture and nutrients to reach your lawn’s roots easily. How would you know if your soil is heavily compacted? You can conduct a small test yourself with a simply garden fork: If the soil does not allow for more than 2 inches to be penetrated, then it is time to speak with your lawn service representative about aeration. You can call us at (512)918-8009 for more information.

 

For more hints and tips, browse our previous posts

 

With spring now in full effect, Advance Landscape Designs looks to continue to earn your trust in our services. We aim to provide you with an outstanding lawn throughout the seasons to come and thank you for the opportunity to provide our expertise for you.

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2014 Winter Advice from Advance Landscape Designs

Winter has once again graced our Texas landscapes! With winter comes the harsh, cold elements that can damage our lawns. But with a bit of information and planning, we can curb many of these avoidable problems. Here is our winter advice for your lawns and plants:

 

  • In recent years, Texas has experience some dry winters; so with that in mind, one thing to consider is the importance of keeping our lawns hydrated. Assure that you water your lawn in the early morning —when temperatures are above freezing— for it to be dry by nightfall in order to avoid disease. Always water slowly, deeply and infrequently to encourage deep and healthy root growth. The standard rule is to have 1/2 of water every 21 days and always make note of any current water restrictions in your area or current weather prognostications.

 

  • While on the subject of grass: It is of no surprise that the fall and winter seasons see a large amount of leaves throughout these Texas lawns. It is important to be mindful of this and be diligent of their removal so that the grass many not become smothered, there enabling fungus to breed, and to preventing turf decay.

From our 2013 Winter Newsletter:

  • Working on investing in colors for your lawn during the cooler months? Call Advance Landscape Designs to see how we can assist you in installing all of the beautiful flowers and shrubbery that thrive during these months. Pansies, Violas, Snapdragons, Kale & Dianthus (also known as “Pinks”) are among the most popular winter planting in Texas.

 

  • Mulching always adds an aesthetically pleasant element to your lawn. It is also important this time of year due to the weather change and the temperature drop. A three- to six-inch layer of mulch helps maintain soil temperature in areas where the ground freezes. Lack of winter mulch leads to the death of many perennials and small shrubs as the roots are exposed to freezing air.

 

For more hints and tips, visit our other newsletter postings.

 

We want to thank our clients for a fantastic 2014 and we look forward to providing a superb service for your coming 2015. Happy Holidays , from Advance Landscape Designs.

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Summer Advice from Advance Landscape Designs

Summer is upon us and here at Advance Landscape Designs we are looking to enhance the beauty of your lawn. Here are a few summer tips to help with the heat, drought and aestheticism of your landscape:

 

  •  Summer is a perfect time to remind ourselves that fertilization is a vital part of keeping your lawn green and healthy. Fertilizing is the cheapest and easiest way to make a big impact on your lawn. Without the use of fertilizer, most turf-grasses will struggle to maintain their color and vigor. If you have a need for fertilization, now is the time to contact our office to set up a visit from our lawn technicians.

 

  •  It is good to remember to mulch and turnover your beds during the next months to help maintain the health of any plants in danger of becoming dehydrated during these hot summer months. A layer of mulch will help prevent the germination of weeds to keep them from growing, help moderate the soil temperature and retain moisture during dry weather, reducing the need for watering. For any mulching needs, please contact Advance Landscape Designs to see how we can be of assistance.

 

  •  Remember that watering is also important. But as always, please remember your city watering ordinances. One other note to remember in regards to watering, is that shaded areas throughout your home can afford to be watered 30% less than your exposed landscape. Shade creates a micro-climate of cooler temperatures and lower evaporation, so plants need less water. This saves you both time and money! Always remember to water early in the morning or late at night, so that the water may be absorbed by the soil instead of evaporating quickly. To help you avoid over-watering, use a trowel or shovel to check soil moisture depth. If the top two or three inches of soil is dry, then you know it’s time to water. Your lawn should receive at least 1/2" of water per week.

 

  • We like to recommend that during the hot summer months, grass be cut higher than average to help maintain moisture and the greenery on your lawn. If your lawn is being cut too low, it may be time to revisit this matter, as low grass can feed into the hot summers. Leveling up your grass can prevent dead grass, yellow spots, as well as fungus.

 

As always, we here at Advance Landscape Designs look to enhance the beauty of your lawn. It is our primary goal and we take pride in it. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your lawn these coming months of summer, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

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Winter Advice from Advance Landscape Designs

Starting this December, 2013, Advance Landscape Designs is offering a courtesy to our clients by way of a quarterly newsletter. Our goal is to provide all of our clients with an informative newsletter chock-full of hints and tips to help maintain your landscape throughout the seasons. With this in mind, take a look at what advice we have to offer for the cooler Fall and Winter elements!

 

Did you know…..

 

  •  That watering your lawn during the months of fall and winter helps in maintaining a nice healthy lawn. It should get a ½ inch of water every 21 days (if our region’s conditions are dry). The ground should be moist as it heads toward winter, but not soggy. Always make sure to water in the morning. Morning watering helps prevent water evaporation and allows the soil enough time to absorb the water before the cold nights. On the opposite end of the spectrum, over-watering can produce fungus and mold throughout your lawn.

 

  • Transplanting trees and shrubs during the fall and winter months is encouraged for Texas residents. Due to the cooler temperatures the trees and shrubs have a longer period to establish their roots into the soil. However, they would have no problem with other stresses such as heat. In the winter they would primarily focus on rooting themselves into the Earth. As always, Advance Landscape Designs is here to assist with any transplanting you may have in mind!

 

  • If you’re considering weed control, then the month of February would be an ideal time to get this accomplished. This is the recommended month throughout the whole southern region and it is a preemptive measure to make sure the weeds do not get out of control once the weather begins to warm up.

 

  • Working on investing in colors for your lawn during the cooler months? Call Advance Landscape Designs to see how we can assist you in installing all of the beautiful flowers and shrubbery that thrive during these months. Pansies, Violas, Snapdragons, Kale & Dianthus (also known as “Pinks”) are among the most popular winter planting in Texas.

 

  • Mulching always adds an aesthetically pleasant element to your lawn. It is also important this time of year due to the weather change and the temperature drop. A three- to six-inch layer of mulch helps maintain soil temperature in areas where the ground freezes. Lack of winter mulch leads to the death of many perennials and small shrubs as the roots are exposed to freezing air.

 

              As always, we appreciate your business and look forward to assisting you.

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