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A Quick Guide To Selecting The Right Landscape Maintenance Company

When you start your search for a professional landscaping company in Pacific Northwest area, look for indications that the company is:

  • Honest
  • Provides great value for your money (remember, the lowest bid doesn’t mean it’s the best value)
  • Treats each and every project with the same level of attention to detail (Clients big and small, do they do the small things?)
  • Delivers on time (It’s your yard, it’s your home, you don’t want surprises when it comes to timeline)

Look for a few key things in their online presence to give you a good indicator:

  • Do they have a phone number listed?
  • Is their copyright up to date?
  • Are the licensed and bonded?
  • Do they provide free estimates?
  • Have they been in business in your area for at least a few years?
  • Do they have social media profiles?
  • How are their reviews on places like Yelp and Google?
  • Does a real person answer your email or website requests?

Here are some broader considerations when selecting a landscaping company to tend to your home as well.

  • Hire a company that provides quality services. A large number of commercial landscaping companies promote themselves as full service landscapers, but do nothing more than lawn maintenance. If you’re searching for a company that provides more, things like trimming services, thatching, edging, or more, make sure you confirm what services are available in your area.
  • Go with a landscaping company with extensive experience. Landscape companies must keep their core clients happy if they are able to survive for years, make sure you go with one that’s been around a while, it means they’re doing something right.
  • In the landscaping industry, price can differ greatly. For that reason its best to go searching and find few companies before you make a final decision. What you will basically find is a range of bids. Some could be high, some too low. Choose the bid with the most details offered and the team that has considered all your needs carefully.

 

5 Tips To Conserve Water And Keep Your Yard Healthy This Summer

Are you worried that your wonderful yard or garden won’t be able to cope up with the summer heat? Is watering restriction in your neighborhood? If you have a well-kept lawn, you probably don’t want the summer months to turn your grass brown.

We’ve been in the yard care business for years, here are some of our tips for keeping things green this summer:

  • Check the amount of water Mother Nature has provided prior to any watering plan. You can do this task by leaving a rain gauge device in your yard (or nowadays, checking online for the year to date rainfall in your area), so that accurate measurement will be derived on how much rainfall your lawn has received and help you decide wisely whether you still need to water or skip your watering schedule. If you don’t have a rain gauge, improvise with the use of an empty tin can. Leave it in the yard and monitor if the amount of rainfall gathered have already reached the tip level of the can.
  • Set a particular time of the day to water your lawn or garden. The best times to perform any watering activity are: early morning, before 9 a.m. or late in the evening. If you water during an extreme hot weather, water will just evaporate quickly. It would also be efficient to water when the wind isn’t too strong to avoid wind drift.
  • Position your water sprinklers or hose where they are needed most, taking careful attention of not setting them on driveways or patios because there is a possibility a big percentage of water being wasted as it flows on hard surfaces.
  • Ask an expert landscape specialist to install an effective irrigation system. In most cases, soaker hoses are placed at the base of plants that emit water directly where it is needed. Some yard maintenance providers may suggest the use of drip irrigation and it could be really beneficial because water is channeled straight to the roots underneath the soil’s surface layer.

Additional water conservation tips:

Frequent watering of your yard or garden might bring more damage, such as the development of fungus and other plant disease. Keep in mind that too much watering can also cause fertilizer leaching.  Make it a habit to inspect your water hose or irrigation device for any signs of leakage or obstruction because any leak that goes unnoticed will result to water wastage and draining your pocket.

If there are any watering restrictions being implemented in your area, whether you are a resident of Oregon, Salem, or Wilsonville always follow the rules to avoid any penalties

In case you are in need of professional advice on yard care maintenance these summer months, McKenzie’s Landscape caters to all, both residential and commercial landscaping needs. We’re pretty good with those sometimes tricky sprinkler systems too, so let us know and we’d be happy to tinker around and see what we an do to set the right schedule or assess your non-working system.

3 DIY Landscape Projects You Can Do In an Hour or Less

A beautiful garden creates a great view of your house. At McKenzie’s Landscape, we believe one of the best ways to make your garden look beautiful on a budget is to roll up your sleeves and give these 3 simple projects a try. If you run into trouble, we’re always happy to help, we’ve been part of countless projects from Wilsonville to Salem over the last 15 years and love to help transform outdoor spaces into something special.

Building Stepping Stones in Your Garden

Stepping stones enhance the look of your garden by making it look more structured and guiding the flow of foot traffic. When using this landscaping method, follow these 4 simple steps to come up with breathtaking results:

  1. First, you need to map out the path and create a perfect outline.
  2. Second, you need to collect large, flat stones that will fit the path that you want to outline, and then dig out the earth by using a half-moon edger or similar tool. (Stones can be purchases at a number of reputable places through the Willamette valley, ask us about our favorites)
  3. Third, you need to add stone dust on the dug-out area. Stone dust is essential in providing the stepping stones with a stable base.
  4. Once you are done with these three steps, you are left with one final step (the fun one!) which is, laying the stepping stones in a pattern you like.

Edging your Garden

One of the best ways to enhance the look of your residential garden is by edging your garden. There are many ways to do this, for example, you can use blocks made of forged iron or sculpted cement. First and foremost, you will need to shape the flowerbed, and then dig out a trench where you will lay the edging materials you’ve chosen. Once you are done, backfill some soil in the front and back of the blocks if necessary to make them stable and compact the soil to make it look neat. More edging ideas.

Re-Gravelling Paths and Driveways

Graveled paths and driveways get pot-holes from time to time due to bad weather conditions or water logging (especially here in the Pacific Northwest). To fix things, it can be as easy as buying a few bags of gravel and fill up the pit-holes. If the pit holes are on the driveway, you can fill up the hole and align the filled in spot with a flat piece of wood or run over the area with a car.

If any of these projects seem daunting or you don’t have time to do the heavy lifting, our team is here to help you. Otherwise, send us pictures of what you’ve done in your yard, we’d love to see what you come up with!