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Brick Paver Patios
Looking to update that dated patio? Want to install something that is larger then a small stoop with 3 steps? Consider putting in a Brick Paver Patio! Brick pavers are a great alternative to the standard, unattractive concrete slab. Pavers provide so many style options ranging from classic, to give a modern feel, or tumbled to give you an antique old world sense, or simply just the look of natural stone. Along with style, colors range from solid red, tan and grey to blended colors to match your preference. Mixing and match-ing all of your options gives great character; having the border a different style and color then that of the main body of the patio. Maintenance is easy as the years pass, with sealers to enhance and protect the color(s). Should a small sections settle a little after awhile, it is simple to have those few stones lifted up and adjusted level to make them look like they did the day they were installed. If you have been tinkering around with the idea of a new patio, stop dreaming and give us a call! We would be happy to help you plan your backyard renovation!
Ornamental Grasses are a good addition to any landscape. With many different varieties, your choices are endless with sizes, textures and some variation in color. Ornamental Grasses can add interest in your landscape throughout the year; whether waving in a summer breeze, changing color in the fall or lightly dusted with snow in the winter (and they are easy to maintain!). Ask your Creekside representative as to how Ornamental Grasses could enhance your property!
Have you forgot to sign up for a tree care program?
If you have Austrian Pine, Scots Pine, Crabapple or Hawthorn on your property, you may wish you had!
The current weather has delivered extended cool temperatures, and more recently, some repeat moisture; a perfect combination for our old friends Diplodia Tip Blight, Dothistroma, and Rust/Apple Scab.
Crabapples not sprayed with a protective fungicide will inevitably lose their leaves early, leading to decreased blooms next year as well as a bare tree this year. Pines can experience decline in value and health with the fungal diseases that plague them.
On a different note, if you possess Oaks or Elms, NOW is the time to desist any additional pruning activities to avoid Oak Wilt and Dutch Elms disease transmission. Insects that spread disease are attracted to those fresh pruning cuts. If the disease is in your community, you will want to consider a protective fungicide injection.
Lastly, we have begun planting for many homeowners already. If you were unlucky enough to have a tree removed, we would be happy to recommend a suitable replacement!
Irrigation Running Efficiently?
There are a few things to remember in order to have an efficient irrigation system. Using your irrigation controller, it is important to keep a consistent schedule that adds up to 1—1.25” of water per week. A common way to accomplish this is to water 3-4 days a week in the early morning hours. Zones with rotating heads may stay on for 20-30 minutes, while zones with pop up heads should stay on for 10-15 minutes. Of course, it is important to keep an eye out for spots in your yard that seem to be getting too much water. This occurs frequently between two homes that each have their own irrigation system. By simply reducing the time on each impacted zone, can easily correct over-watering.
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