All Terra Landscape Services of Lansing MI - Landscaping, Lawn Maintenance and Snow Removal
Even though it looked like we were going to have an early winter this November in the Greater Lansing Area, there still is time to button up any landscape projects you may have before the real winter hits. This time of year is actually the best time to plant trees and hardy shrubs. Just make sure to install a thick mulch layer over the root zone for insulation. There is also time left to clean up those leaves. Recent studies have shown that simply mulching your leaves instead of collecting them is actually better for your lawn and landscape. Now is a great time to inspect your large trees for potential hazards and get them trimmed before an ice storm hits. Call All Terra Landscape Services for tree company recommendations in your area. We'd like to wish you and all of our customers happy holidays and safe travels this winter.
You might not know based on the early snow we had in November but believe it or not there is still time to wrap up those landscape projects before the real winter hits. Now is actually the best time of the year for planting trees and hardy shrubs. Plantings have gone dormant this time of year and planting now will cause them less stress. Be sure to install a thick mulch layer over the root zone for insulation and be sure to water up until the time the ground freezes. Now is also a good time to clean up your leaves. There have been studies that show mulching up your leaves and returning them to landscape bed and lawn areas are actually more beneficial than raking and disposing of them. Be sure to clean those gutters out and put away any patio furniture. Also, now is a good time to inspect your large trees for potential hazards. We at All Terra Landscape Services can recommend tree trimming companies in your area. We all wish you and our customers happy holidays and look forward to seeing you in spring!
We are finally coming out of our winter doldrums and pretty soon we will begin to mowing the grass. At All Terra Landscape Services we typically start mowing customer's yards around April 15th. This year it seems like the grass will never green up but we are predicting that our first mowing will be at the end of April and possibly the first week in May. This is a huge delay compared to a normal mowing season. Don't get too much of a head start planting annual flowers or getting your crabgrass prevention down on your lawn before the optimal time of spring. We can have frost well into May which was the case last year. Many fruiting trees were damaged because of it. Be patient and spring will eventually come! In the meantime, give All Terra Landscape Services a call for a free lawn mowing estimate in the Greater Lansing Area.
We often have heard "how do I get my lawn to look like a golf course". It's actually very simple. When golf courses mow the grass they use a reel mower which is outfitted typically with a weighted roller on the front as well as one on the back of the mower. This pushes down or bends the grass in the direction you are mowing. At All Terra Landscape Services, our mowers are equipped with a similar striping kit that enables the lawn technician to make your lawn look like a golf course! Straight lines are the norm but you can get creative with lawn striping
Mulching is essential when it comes to the health and vigor of your plants. Mulch helps to protect the plant and root zone from harsh temperature extremes both in winter and summer. In winter it acts as a blanket for your plantings while in the summer it helps to lock in moisture guarding the plant from drought. After time the mulch will begin to break down to compost adding to the nutrients of the soil. Another key benefit of mulch is that it helps in preventing weeds. It also will help to break down heavy clay soils aiding in water movement through the root zone. For most plantings you will want to make sure you have a two to four inch layer making sure to keep the mulch from coming in contact with the base of trees and branches of shrubs. Having trouble growing grass under trees? Turn it into a mulch bed! Your trees will love you for it and you'll have less lawn to mow! There are many mulch types available to us in the Lansing Michigan area such as pine, hardwood, cypress and cedar. Hardwood mulch is a general mix of different species. You can also purchase dyed mulch that has enhanced color and will last twice as long as other mulches. Try to stay away from ground up pallet mulch since these mulches can rob your plantings of moisture and nutrients. When it comes to figuring out how much mulch you will need, figure about 1 Cubic Yard per 100 Square Feet at three inches deep. If you decide you don't have the time to do it yourself, give All Terra Landscape Services a call for a free estimate.
Though it seems that Spring will never make it to Mid Michigan, it is actually just around the corner. We usually see the fastest warm up of temperatures in March than any other month of the year so it's time to be prepared! Unfortunately ,many people do not realize that the things they do to their lawn in the Spring may actually be hurting it! Here are a few things we at All Terra Landscape Services see all the time.
I remember as a kid I would take my father's little garden tractor with his 50 gallon roller attached to it and drive around the neighborhood
Well this winter has been one of the longest in recent history and doesn't seem to be ending anytime soon. At All Terra Landscape Services we are typically beginning spring clean ups and mulch installation this time of year but it looks as if we will be a month behind due to the snow that remains on he ground until it thaws out. Just because it is still winter outside doesn't mean it is too early to think about your lawn and landscaping for the upcoming season. Now is the time to get a free quote for lawn mowing services or the landscape installation project you have been putting off. Most landscape companies are making the transition from snow removal to spring and summer services about this time of the year and now is a perfect time to get a free estimate. Call us at All Terra Landscape Services and beat the spring rush!
We have had it pretty easy the last few years as far as winters go. Could this year be the year that we have snow like our parents and grandparents always would talk about? I've seen pictures from the sixties with snow up to the roof and my Grandfather digging a tunnel to the front door! It was amazing! Make sure you are prepared this year. Get your snow blower ready early and into the shop for repair before the winter rush happens. It's common for snow blower repair shops to be at least two weeks out before your machine gets serviced. Replace the spark plug and empty the gas as well as any gas left in the carb and fuel bowl. Be sure to check the paddles for wear or cracking. Also, during the winter when in use, do not use gas that is more than a month old or else you can have problems. If all else fails then give All Terra Landscape Services a call to come dig you out! Tell us what you have heard. Do you think it will be a rough winter?
Yes that time is almost here! The days of shoveling snow will once again pass for a time and we will be welcoming warmer temperatures which means it will be time to prepare your landscape so it looks the best it can for the season. Once the snow is gone, you'll want to do a spring clean up making sure to rake up old leaves, dead fallen twigs and branches as well as preparing your landscape beds for new planting or simply removing the old growth from last years perennials. When it comes to your lawn the most important thing you can do is provide a crabgrass preventative to avoid the unsightly spread of the weed. A good rule of thumb is to time your application at about the time that Forsythia begins to bloom typically in mid to late March depending on the weather. Of course check your lawn mower and get it in to the repair shop early for repairs to avoid a wait. Shops become extremely busy with the onset of warm weather. If you need help with any of your outdoor maintenance needs, feel free to contact All Terra Landscape Services for a free quote on landscape design, lawn mowing, lawn fertilizing, or landscape installation.
Proper care for your lawn can be easy when following a few simple guidelines. Like any living thing, the most important ingredients for a lush, healthy lawn is water, food and sunlight. For a typical stand of grass, deep and infrequent is better than shallow and frequent. This will help the grass develop a deeper root zone and will help ward off pests such as chinch bugs, a pest that tends to attach to dried, stressed out lawns across the midsection of the country. Deep watering can also prevent thatch which can choke a yard out. Sandy soil lawns will require more water while clay soil lawns will require less since they trap more water. Even the most healthiest lawns require at least two feedings of nitrogen per year. At All Terra Landscape, we use a slow release fertilizer to prevent burning while giving the lawn a slow sustained feeding. Every two or three years it can be a good idea to treat your yard with a lime application. This is because watering and fertilizing cause soil to become acidic over time and lime restores the pH while putting important minerals like calcium and magnesium back into the soil. At All Terra Landscape, we recommend a late spring, late summer and late fall feeding. Mowing height is extremely important in maintaining a healthy lawn. Try not to cut your lawn less than 3" and even higher is better! This will help promote a deep root zone resulting in a thicker lawn helping to prevent weeds and pests. Try not to cut more than 1/4 of the leaf blade and avoid leaving clumps of grass. This may require mowing more than once a week if possible. Raise your mower during the hot, dry months and try to avoid mowing on extremely hot days. These are just a few, basic tips on how to promote a happy, healthy lawn.
With so many lawn maintenance companies out there it can be difficult to choose one that is dependable. Make sure the lawn service you choose is properly insured. Ask to see their certificate of insurance for liability and workman's comp. If any damage is done to your property or if someone is hurt, it is important that the mowing service you hire is insured for these situations to protect yourself from law suits or loss of money. Besides, any business licensed to do business in the State of Michigan is required by law to carry workman's comp and liability insurance which will be one difference between a professional lawn care company and a "fly by night" lawn care company. Next, be sure to ask for a list of references that include actual locations included with the clients name. While price is important, try not to make your choice entirely on cost alone. The lawn maintenance business is a very competitive industry and you will always be able to find someone to do it cheaper. We sometimes tell people that you have three choices when it comes to your lawn care: cheap lawn mowing, fast lawn mowing or quality lawn mowing,,,,choose one! While this may sound extreme, there is some truth to it. A lawn care company that mows your lawn cheaply will only be able to do for so long before they discover that they either have to raise the price or start cutting corners to make a profit. " Faster" mowing service can sometimes translate to "less quality" mowing service. If you can find a lawn care contractor that can mow your lawn fast and cheap while offering quality at the same time then great but make sure they know your expectations ahead of time to get the service you want. Other things to look for is professional appearance. Are the people mowing your lawn wearing appropriate safety equipment and uniforms? Do you really want some sweaty guy with his shirt off on your property mowing your yard? It's the little things that can separate a true professional lawn company from the rest. After hiring a lawn maintenance company it should only take a couple of mowings before that company knows the layout of your property and how to mow it. For more information on our professional lawn maintenance services, please give us a call at 517 599 1446 or feel free to fill out a request for quotation at www.allterrascape.com
Too many times I often see landscape projects that look amazing when they are installed but after a few years they are overgrown resulting in costly plant removal. One of the most common mistakes in landscape design is not planning for the future. A well thought, functional yet aesthetic landscape design can save you hundred's if not thousand's of dollars in the long run. Yes, it may cost a little bit more for a succesful design from a reputable company but it is worth every penny. Another problem can arise with hardscapes such as brick patios, walkways and retainer walls due to faulty construction. Each area of the country requires different preparation based on the climate you are in. In the north, the most important factor to the success of a good hardscape is the preparation of the base. Most failures in brick paver projects are a result of not installing enough road gravel for drainage or poor compaction. In retaining walls, you commonly see problems with not enough stone behind the wall or no stone at all. This allows water to drain away from the wall and prevent settling. Make sure to use drain tile no matter how small the project. It's a great insurance policy and its cheap! Also, with segmental retaining walls, it is important that you use the right product for your site based on wall height, slope towards the top of the wall and surcharge which is a combination of slope and weight above the wall such as a parking lot or structure. These are just a few culprits of poor planning and construction. Good design with a reputable company is well worth it when it comes to your investment.
All Terra Landscape Services LLC offers advice on Landscape Design, Landscape Installations, Lawn Maintenance, and Snow Removal. We have over 20 years of knowledge to offer you! Please feel free to ask us a question!