Spring Landscaping Ideas

Landscaping Spring Waukesha WINow that spring is finally here, give your house a much-needed facelift by investing in landscape design.  At Central Services Landscaping, we’ve set the bar for spring landscape innovation and design. Our team has nearly 40 years’ experience in the following:

  • Lawn Care Maintenance
  • Hardscape Design
  • Stone Walkways
  • Foundation Plantings
  • Decorative Lighting and more!

But don’t limit yourself to just the front yard–improve your backyard as well by installing a new patio and paver or a custom-designed outdoor living area. No matter how big or small your backyard landscaping project, Central Services will work with you to help your ideas come to life. We have the expertise to tackle the following projects and more:

  • Low-voltage lighting
  • Fire Pits
  • Spring and Summer Plantings
  • Outdoor Kitchens
  • Pool landscaping

Central Services Landscaping is the Waukesha landscaping company you can trust to bring your lawn and landscape vision to life. Call us today at (262) 548-0005 for a free estimate on your next project, or to look at our extensive portfolio spanning nearly 40 years.

10 Tips: Preparing Your Home for Spring Landscaping

Spring Landscaping Ideas Waukesha WINow that spring has finally arrived in Wisconsin, dialing up your lawn’s curb appeal is probably at the top of your to-do list. After a long season of ice, cold and snow, you may be wondering where to begin. Here are our top ten suggestions to help you prepare your outdoor “home” for spring landscaping.

  1. Know your climate – Know your climate before heading to the home improvement store or local nursery. Choose plants that are appropriate to your geographic location and the climate of your yard.
  2. Do preliminary research – Plan your landscaping strategy in advance. For example, determine whether you will be breaking your project into phases or if you plan to outsource the project to a landscape professional. Having a concrete plan will help prevent problems and increased costs down the road.
  3. Plant according to the season – Don’t get so excited about planting that you neglect to follow basic seasonal planting guidelines. Many plants will better thrive if you plant them during the appropriate time of year, so pay attention to planting guidelines. Your nursery or local home improvement store can help you determine when certain plants should be planted.
  4. Know your local “pests” – Everyday pests can wreak havoc on your landscaping. Determine in advance whether you will need to build a fence to ward off wildlife or if there are certain flora you should plant to ward off insects.
  5. Look for inspiration – Get inspired by looking at neighboring yards, strolling through your local nursery, or by reading gardening magazines. Don’t settle for the same boring plants and hardscape. When it comes to your outdoor “home”, allow yourself to let your imaginating roam free.
  6. Stake out your area – Before planting, map out your planting area. Estimate enough room for a pedestrian walkway and for future plants and hardscape.
  7. Create a maintenance plan – Unlike other home improvement projects, landscaping requires regular maintenance and care. Consider hiring a professional gardener or lawn and landscaping company to pull weeds, water and prune, or replace dead plants.
  8. Plan for growth – When choosing plants, do your best to estimate how large your plants will be in the coming weeks and months. Doing this will prevent you from overcrowding your lawn, or worse, under-planting. Most plants come with growth and height information, so pay attention before you plant!
  9. Contrast with your exterior home – Plan your landscaping so that it complements and enhances your home’s exterior. Choose plants that work well with your home’s colors, style, and architecture. For example, if you live in a minimalist home, you could aspire to a more “zen” look complete with wild grasses and bonsai.
  10. Know which plants are low or high maintenance – Check with your nursery or with a professional landscaper to see which trees and plants suit your home and your home’s climate. Remember: there are plants for every lifestyle and every sensibility.

Without a doubt, landscaping is one of the great joys of springtime. Not only does spring landscaping signal warm weather, it also brings to mind growth and renewal. This spring, partner with the number one Waukesha landscaping company, Central Services Company. We have proudly served the Waukesha and greater Milwaukee community since 1974. Call us today at (262) 548-0005 for a free estimate of your spring landscaping project.

Landscaping in Wisconsin’s Winter Season

Follow these simple winter landscaping tips to add beauty and interest to your yard

In the winter months, plants are at rest, snow and ice are abundant, and skies seem perpetually gray and static. Combined with virtually nothing to plant and a short winter to-do list, these conditions do little to motivate gardeners in snowy regions. But with careful planning and a few decorative touches, it is easy to build interest in your garden. Learn to appreciate your yard in the winter months by following these winter landscaping tips.

1. Assess your landscape – Because winter tends to conceal and not reveal, it is a good time to assess your landscape for missing focal points. Perhaps instead of non-plant elements, your yard could benefit from hardscapes such as a bird bath or a rustic trellis.

2. Embrace bark – Focus on bark that is colorful or that has a unique or unusual texture. Distinctive bark is easy to spot even in a blizzard and adds winter interest. Birch trees and dogwoods, in particular, add major winter curb appeal.

3. And embrace berries – Evergreen hollies, viburnum, and hawthorn add a striking pop of color to any yard during the drab gray winter months. Many other trees and shrubs have berries that attract birds for cold-weather bird watching. Crabapples, too, hold onto their fruit through the winter and add beauty to any snow-covered landscape.

4. Don’t forget evergreens – Conifer trees and evergreen shrubs can add visual interest year-round, but especially in the starkness of winter. Not only do evergreens come in a variety of colors such as a green, yellow and blue, they also tend to be tall. Appreciable height prevents evergreens from being dwarfed by mounds of snow, making them good, hardy focal points.

5. Embrace perennials – Use four-season perennials with evergreen foliage such as hellebores, feather reed grasses, and sedum. Read labels carefully to determine whether or not a plant can be used year-round. Additionally, use the season to stock up on hardscape elements such as sculptures, trellises and ornamental pots or planters. These items can often be bought at a bargain during the winter months.

6. Use summertime containers – Abundantly fill your window boxes or hanging baskets the same as you would in the summer months. Use evergreen boughs or birch tree branches if you want an inexpensive, but eye-catching look. Other striking options can include broadleaf evergreens, miniature dwarf Alberta spruce and red dogwood.

Fox Point Landscape Renovation

Landscape Update for a home in the Fox Point area in Milwaukee County.  Updating planter beds, reconstructing a lannon stone walkway, and installing new steps using natural lannon stone. The project was finished with sodding the entire front yard.

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Lawn Winter Damage Waukesha Milwaukee

Winter Lawn Damage Repairs

As the temperatures start to rise, you may notice your lawn is not looking as well as it did in fall. Most lawns experience winter damage in one way or another, some worse than others.  The good news is most damage is easily rectified.  The first step is for you or a lawn specialist to determine the cause and then come up with the appropriate solution. Over the years we have noticed the top three concerns and causes of winter damage are salt, voles and snow mold.

 

Salt damage: Salt damages your grass because the salt draws the moisture away from the roots and dries out the turf area. Salt damage is typically on the edges of the road, driveway and sidewalks.

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What can be done: A professional can apply a organic Gypsum product to the salt damage areas. It should be applied only when the area has dried out and temps are averaging around 40-50 degrees. Gypsum is a calcium sulfate that replaces the salt with calcium and sulfur to help heal the damaged grass. It will then help retain the moisture in the soil to promote healthy grass. Once applied it should be watered in well.  If the lawn has been severely damaged by salt, shoveling and plowing damage, a top soil and seeding is recommended. If you are looking to prevent the damage from returning every year in areas that are prone to salt damage, a salt tolerant seed can be applied. A salt tolerant seed is a wider blade grass and can withstand the salt.

 

Voles: Voles are small rodents with short tails and legs. They like to feast on lush grass under the snow.  They can leave tunnels of dead grass in their path’s and this is typically what we see when the snow cover melts. When the voles chew on the grass leaves they typically leave the root system in tack.
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What can be done: Once the grass and soil dries out from the melting snow, rake away the dead grass and you can let nature take its course. The grass will grow back in, filling in the tunneled areas. If the damage is significant a spot seeding can be done to promote more grass growth. Voles can become a nuisance and a consistent problem, a professional can help with safely applying repellents to remedy the problem.

 

 

Snow Mold: Snow mold is a fungus that appears on the lawn area after the snow has melted. Snow mold appears in circular, matted down patches that can be gray or pink in color. A lawn specialist from Central Services can help identify your snow mold. Gray snow mold can be rectified on its own, however pink snow mold is harder to treat.

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What can be done:  Gray snow mold will typically clear up on its own once the weather starts to warm up. It is only active up to temperatures that reach approximately 45 degrees. Pink Snow Mold can interfere with the root system of your grass and do permanent damage if not treated. The best solution for pink mold is to have a professional treat the areas with a fungicide. Pink mold is active when temps are between freezing and 60 degrees.

 

 

Spring is also a great time to have a lawn specialist from Central Services to evaluate your lawn condition for weeds and fertilizing needs. The sooner a yard is treated the better the outcome. Spring is a good time to put down a pre-emergent so that you can prevent any new weeds from seeding in. A spring application must be done in early spring before the temperatures start to rise. Here at Central Services we recommend having our horticulturists meet with you at your property and go over your concerns, and they can recommend solutions for you landscape maintenance needs.

 

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Preparing for spring –Early Spring Clean-Up

 

 

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Spring is right around the corner. March is a month where the weather is unpredictable, one day it can be snowing and cold, when the next day it is 50 degrees, the sun is shining and the snow is melting.  These days are great days to get outside, walk around your landscape, do a little early spring yard work, or contact a contractor to do the job for you.

Early spring is a great time to rake out any leaves, dead foliage, and debris from your landscape beds. Cut back those ornamental grasses, and any other perennials left standing thru the winter, this will prepare for the new growth. Ornamental grasses and other perennials should be cut back 4” to 6” from the ground.

Early spring pruning is a good time to prune away any winter killed branches to make new room from new growth. Do not prune any spring flowering shrubs. Their buds start to appear /form in late winter, by now their buds have been set for blooming, and pruning them would eliminate them from flowering.

As the ground starts to thaw and your trees and shrubs start to bud, it is a good time to give them a long soaking of water, especially for newly planted items from the previous year.

As the weather starts to warm up, there are other beneficial landscape maintenance services for your yard. April and May, are great times to start your weed and fertilization programs, core aeration for your lawn, seeding any areas damaged from the winter, fertilizing trees and shrubs, mulching planter beds, edging of beds and sidewalks.

Central Services offers a variety of spring clean-up, spring maintenance, and landscaping services. Contact us today and get your free quote!

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Crabgrass Control

Crabgrass can be any homeowner’s nightmare. It can grow at an alarming rate, even in dry, hot seasons, and take over a once beautiful lawn. Crabgrass is unsightly and most noticeable because it grows at a faster rate and makes the lawn look uneven.  There are chemicals that help eliminate crabgrass once it is established without hurting the  lawn but the best way to control it, is to prevent it.

Crabgrass is an upright weed that can be mat forming and often has purple stems.

Crabgrass is an upright weed that can be mat forming and when mature it often has purple stems.

In Wisconsin Crabgrass is an annual grassy weed, meaning it has a life of less than a year. The first hard frost of the year will kill off the weeds; however one crabgrass weed can distribute thousands of seed which will be ready to germinate in the spring. Crabgrass germinates when the soil temps are greater than 55°F for a consecutive 7-10 days and it will continue to germinate in soil temperatures up to 95°F. The best way to control it is by applying a professional grade pre-emergent herbicide before it germinates. In our area it is typically most effective if it is applied in April to mid-May however, in a seasonably cold or hot spring it can alter the best timing of this application.

Central Services takes in account all the variable of the season to time the crucial period of when to apply this pre-emergent. Applications of the professional pre-emergent used will not only help prevent crabgrass and other annual grassy weeds, it will promote a healthy, dense, lawn. Our specialists can implement the best program for your lawn to help control weeds. We will come out and evaluate your lawn and recommend the best program.  Contact us today and talk to a certified and licensed professional about managing your lawn.

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Slit Seeding Your Lawn

Does your lawn need a  Slit Seeding?

The major benefit in slit seeding over conventional seeding is that you get direct seed to soil contact. It allows for a clean approach without disrupting your existing turf.  It can help improve the overall appearance of your lawn.  A slit seeder is a machine that slices even rows into the soil /existing turf, and drops grass seed directly into those rows to improve the growth rate. With our slit seeding service we also apply a starter fertilizer of slow release nutrients to promote healthy growth. The key to a successful slit seeding is the quality of seed, fertilizer, and adequate water.

A slit seeding service can be offered in conjunction with other services,  to improve results.  A great program we are offering includes a slit seeding, with applying an organic compost mixture over the seed to aid in the growth process.  The mixture promotes extra nutrients, holds moisture better, and is an all-natural material.

A slit seeding can be included with a lawn Aeration, where lawn aeration is first performed then followed by the slit seeding program to help relieve compacted soil, and better seed germination.

Slit seeding is also recommended after a dethatching service to improve bare areas where the thatch has been removed.

If you think you are interested in a slit seeding service please contact our office and a lawn professional will answer any questions you may have, do a site analysis, and get you the necessary quote.

Organic Over Seeding Program

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Organic Lawn care options –Top Dressing and over-seeding

Organic lawn care products are equipped to give your lawn the boost it needs to be lush, green, and environmentally safe. Organic options for lawn care, work with nature to feed the soil, opposed to taking from the soil, to feed the plants directly. An organic program can help improve the soil capacity to hold more nutrients and water, and promote a safe environment for you, your family, and your pets. Using organic materials correctly can promote healthy, deep, root growth; healthy grass will then outcompete the weeds, pests, and be more draught resistance.

At Central Services we offer an organic program to Top Dress for nutrients. This program can provide 100% of your lawns fertilization needs. It then can be paired with an over-seeding application. Over-seeding allows for a clean approach without disrupting your existing turf. This can improve thickness and density to thin lawn areas. Compost seeded lawns can create a lush lawn up to 60% faster than conventional seeding. Central Services will customize a formula that is right for your lawn area.

For more information on Topdressing with organic compost and over-seeding contact Central Services and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Landscape Sodding and Seeding

Central Services can help you add beauty and functionality to your lawn with our professional landscaping services. With over 30 years of experience, we are experts at sodding and seeding, both of which will greatly improve the appearance and value of your landscape.

Sod, otherwise known as turf, is grass and the soil underneath it used to create a lawn quickly without soil erosion. Sodding can provide a fully functional lawn within 30 days! Central Services cares for and maintains high quality sod rolled up and ready to plant. If you are eager to have your lawn and landscape completed sooner rather than later, sodding may be the best option for you.

On the other hand, seeding is a more cost effective option to create a beautiful lawn and needs less water than sod. However, it takes significantly longer for a completed landscape. Seeding also demands more care upfront. Central Services can help identify which seed makes the most sense for your lawn and offer suggestions so that you can successfully seed your yard.

Central Services is an expert at both sodding and seeding and can help you make the right decision for your landscape. We are here for your home or commercial property with all the information you need in order to create the landscape of your dreams. Also, we are passionate about creating and maintaining spectacular landscapes and work with low maintenance plants, materials that come from recyclable, renewable or sustainable resources and we are environmentally conscious.

To learn more about sodding and seeding please contact us at (262) 548-0005 or click here for more information.