Keep it Easy, Keep it Green: Products to Save Your Yard This Summer

As the dog days of summer approach, many customers begin to ask about products capable of increasing their free time and decreasing time spent watering and maintaining green lawns and landscapes. There are numerous products on the market that have been designed specifically for these purposes. These products can cut time and costs associated with summer lawn care. Read on to learn about some of our favorites.

 

Gator Bags

Tree Gator bags are 15 – 30 gallon bags mounted to the base of a tree, or shrub, and filled with water. The bags slowly release the stored water directly into the root system for deep saturation. The bags not only conserve water by preventing run-off and evaporation, but also prevent transplant shock in new trees and shrubs and prevent heat stress from drought in both new and established plants. Depending on tree size, the bags only need to be filled every 5 to 7 days. Water soluble nutrients can be added as needed to keep trees and shrubs healthy. Gator bags are easy to install: just zip, fill, and go! They have been designed to save money, time, and create peace of mind.

 

 Terra Sorb

Terra Sorb is a long-lasting protectant designed to ensure plants receive necessary water and nutrients during drought and hot weather. They are capable of absorbing over 150 times their weight in water. The crystals are mixed into the soil dry, absorb water when it is plentiful, and release the water as needed to prevent heat stress and maintain optimal plant health. As the water is released the potassium-based polymers breakdown into fertilizer. Terra Sorb can be applied annually to protect plants and landscapes.

 

Rain Bird Products

For customers wanting a long-term investment in their free time, an inground sprinkler system can provide just that. Rain Bird has been providing high quality sprinkler and irrigation systems since 1935. Their products have been designed to save time and conserve water. These sprinkler systems emit the right amount of water with each application to ensure a healthy yard without the hefty bill. Rain Bird also offers rain shut-off and moisture sensing devices to further cost savings over the life of a sprinkler system. Each Rain Bird system installation can be customized to the unique needs and layout of every yard.

 

Country Club Landscaping is proud to use only the highest quality products to create and maintain beautiful lawns year-round. From gator bags to sprinkler installation, we offer the above services and more to enhance the beauty of your landscape.

Beauty in the Heat of Summer: Creating Drought Tolerant Landscapes

Small Residential Drought Tolerant Landscape

The sweltering heat of summer can quickly undo the beauty of spring landscaping and contribute to rising utility costs as homeowners struggle to keep lawns green and flowers blooming. Instead of fighting the heat, homeowners can turn to practical and attractive alternatives. Drought and heat tolerant landscapes conserve water, lower utility bills, and offer the same curbside appeal and personal enjoyment as their traditional counterparts; all the while, surviving the hottest days of summer.

 

Bedding and Accents

Adding gravel, stones, and pavers is an easy way to reduce summer utility costs while maintaining function and appeal. Replace traditional bedding materials and reduce lawn space around flower beds, patios, porches, decks, and play equipment with hardscape materials. Gravel and stones can bring a sense of depth and balance to garden beds. Further, pavers can be used to extend outdoor living and play areas. As a bonus, hard materials offer year-round intrigue with no summer maintenance.

 

Blooms and Plants

Several options exist to create beautiful beds hardy enough to withstand summer’s hottest temperatures. Drought resistant plants, like succulents, ornamental grasses, and perennials, require more sun and less water making them excellent planting options. Consider using a combination of the three for a variety height, color, and texture. Many of these plants can be used in planters and containers or can be planted directly into the ground. Some particularly beautiful varieties include:

Succulents: Aloe, Hens and Chicks (shown), Sunburst, and Plush Plant

Ornamental grasses: Fountain grass (shown – cherry sparkler variety), Little bluestem, Blue fescue, Feather reedgrass

Perennials: Black-eyed Susan (shown), Blazing Star, Hardy Geraniums, Purple Cone Flower

 

Lawn

Trying to keep a lawn green during summer months is a time consuming and expensive act. As the heat increases, so does the quantity of water needed to maintain a healthy and lush yard. As a result, many people are investing in modern artificial turf as an alternative to traditional lawns. Today’s turf feels and looks like real grass. It has the benefit of year-round greenery with minimal maintenance to upkeep its appearance. Plus, artificial turf is inhospitable to common yard pests decreasing the risk of bites and disease from mosquitos, ticks, ants, etc. Artificial Turf is available in a variety of styles and price points to compliment any home and budget. It is family friendly, pet friendly, and, most importantly, able to withstand summer’s heat.

 

Interested in learning more about drought tolerant landscapes? Considering calling Country Club Landscaping to inquire about changes, large or small, we can make to help your landscape survive and thrive during the summer months.

LED: The NEW Landscape Light

 Home and patio with landscaped lighting

 

Entertainment, design, style, safety, security – the reasons for modern landscape lighting are many. From pure aesthetic to completely functional, today’s LED bulbs are offering longer lasting illumination good for any purpose. Long gone are incandescent bulbs requiring high maintenance with a short life span. LED lights offer a better value, a variety of hues and style, with less maintenance than their predecessor.

 

Value

Although LED bulbs run at a higher per bulb price point, that money is quickly recouped through greater efficiency and long-term cost savings. On average, an LED bulb burns up to 50,000 hours (approximately 17.1 years) versus the 2,000 – 5,000 hours (approximately 1.7 years) offered by traditional incandescent bulbs. This increased life expectancy reduces both upkeep and utility costs. Longer lasting bulbs result in less service calls for maintenance and bulb replacements. And, since LED bulbs run at a lower wattage, you can have equal to, or more, LED bulbs and still see cost savings. Low wattage LED bulbs also require less energy to burn, translating into less money spent on electricity.

 

The savings are applicable whether the goal is retrofitting a pre-existing lighting scheme or installing a new system. LED bulbs come in a variety of sizes and styles to easily retrofit a current system. Whether it’s flood lights, path lights, lamps, etc. there are LED bulbs available to meet the needs of any landscape lighting design. Further, the savings are even more apparent when installing a new system with LED lights. LED lights requires smaller transformers and less wire than incandescent bulbs, meaning less labor and material costs during the installation.

 

Style

LED lights offer a diverse array of hues and colors to fit any landscape lighting design. Whereas incandescent bulbs offer only the traditional yellow hue, or 2700k (the temperature at which the bulb burns), Led lights range from yellow to light blue (2700 – 6000K). Providing a wider range of options to compliment a home’s exterior color, landscape and garden beds, and overall brightness and visibility. Further, LED lights are also available in variety of colors and color changing systems to make any outdoor living space party ready. From green, blue, purple, to pink bright colors can be added to accent and highlight interesting features, pools, patios, play and seating areas.

 

From retrofitting to new design, Country Club Landscaping has the means necessary to create efficient and attractive landscape lighting. Let us help take your home from daytime to nighttime with style, safety, and entertainment in mind.