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  1. Green Light Veteran’s Day

    In celebration of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, a nationwide campaign called “Green Light a Vet” is being launched asking those of us to show our support for our veterans. To show your support and appreciation of our veterans in the leading days up to Veterans Day, we ask you to change one light in a visible location (e.g. office, porch, etc.), and keep it glowing every day as a symbol of this support. Let’s show our veterans the support and appreciation they justly deserve. 

     

     

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  2. IFall Cleanup - Leaves In Guttert is essential to keep drainage pumps, gutters and downspouts free of debris to prevent water from dripping and accumulating. A collection of leaves and branches in rain gutters also prevents rainwater from draining efficiently and leads to water and decayed debris dripping down the sides of building, making it look dirty. The water and debris will collect along the base of a structure, leading to damage to the foundation and possible leaks into the basements of Ann Arbor MI homes and businesses. As a landscaping company, we suggest that our customers verify that a building’s roof drainage systems are not clogged with leaves.

    Tools Needed to Clean Downspouts and Rain Gutters

    The first thing to do when you suspect rain gutters are clogged is to clean the systems to remove debris. We suggest that you have these items available to complete this autumn task:

    • Sturdy extension ladder
    • Gardening trowels
    • Long piece of pipe or a broom handle
    • Buckets and trash bags
    • Long garden hose
    • Protective gloves and goggles

    Climbing on a ladder is a strenuous task for many of our clients, and you should only attempt this job if you are physically able to climb a ladder and maintain your balance. Always work with another person to make sure a ladder stays balanced and does not sink into the ground. It is also a good idea to have a cellphone available if an emergency occurs.

    How to Clean Leaves from Exterior Drainage Systems

    You must climb the ladder to remove debris from the gutters and downspouts with the gardening trowels before depositing the rotting leaves into trash bags or buckets. After removing the decayed substances from the rain gutters, move the ladder to each downspout to insert the long pipe or broom handle to dislodge stuck debris. Turn on the water to the gardening hose and climb up the ladder to run water through the downspout to remove debris. You can also use the gardening hose at the bottom of the downspouts to remove leaves. If your gardening hose is not long enough, then you must carry buckets of water up the ladder to pour through the downspouts.

    Landscapers can Help with Autumn Maintenance Chores

    Maple TreeWhile climbing the ladder to clean rain gutters, look at the building’s roof to see if it is covered with leaves. The leaves on the roof will typically slide into the gutters and may eventually reach a building’s drainage pump to cause extensive problems. By removing the leaves from the gutters and downspouts, water will flow easily through the devices, but you need to prevent large amounts of leaves from landing on the roof. The best way to stop leaves from clogging drainage systems is by trimming tree branches that are hanging over roofs and near to the sides of a building. In the autumn, you should also rake leaves from the lawns and place the items in trash bags. Landscaping companies in Ann Arbor MI can also trim branches, remove leaves or clean rain gutters at residential and commercial properties.

    Get your yard looking its absolute best with custom landscaping solutions from Twin Oaks. Find us online at http://twinoakslandscape.biz/, visit us in Ann Arbor, MI at 4100 South Maple Road, or call us at (734) 213-6911.

  3. leaf-removal-maintenance-programWhen it comes to the changing of the seasons, seasonal cleanup tends to be one of the biggest complaints for most homeowners. It often seems like we just finish with the waterline repairs and snow cleanup of the Winter when a Spring storm arrives and leaves us with a fresh itinerary of home repairs and broken tree limbs to gather. If you are one of the fortunate ones to live in a beautiful area like Ann Arbor MI, you also have to deal with seasonal cleanup issues such as falling leaves in Autumn or re-sodding the lawn after a dry Summer. With so many seasonal cleanup jobs to be done, wouldn’t it be easier to hire an expert? Even if you didn’t need a landscaping and yard service year round, which season involves the most difficult yard cleanup so you can get your moneys value without breaking your budget?

    The answer to that question will vary by homeowner. We each have our own preferences for temperature and seasonal weather so the difficulty of the yard cleanup chores will be proportional to our individual tastes, as well as the location of the property. To better answer the question of which season has the most difficult cleanup chores, it would behoove to clarify what those chores are, as well as the seasonal changes that may make these tasks more difficult, and let the reader decide for themselves.

    SPRING
    – Weeding and Preventive Applications
    – Fertilizing the lawn
    – Planting annual flowers and plants
    – Picking up limbs and debris from Spring storms
    * Spring tends to be a tumultuous time for weather in places like Ann Arbor MI. The late frosts and lingering snow of Winter’s closing can create havoc for Spring planting. As the days grow warmer and the Spring rain storms come, it can create swampy areas and break limbs from the trees leaving debris behind for cleanup. While the temperatures may be quite comfortable for those working outdoors this time of the year, the weather itself may cause difficulties.

    SUMMER
    – Lawn Care and Maintenance, including mowing, watering, trimming
    * Summer is usually a dry and hot season. While the list of yard maintenance chores seems small for this season, it is really more work that it would first appear. With seasonally high temperatures, working outside can become very difficult and, even, dangerous for some homeowners. This is generally one of the most common times for homeowners to consider the services of a lawn care company.

    AUTUMN
    – Cleanup and Removal of falling leaves and debris
    – Removal of dying flowers and plants from flowerbeds and planters
    * Like Spring, Autumn temperatures can be wonderful but the weather isn’t always so cooperative for those trying to get out in the yard for cleanup work.

    WINTER
    – Snow and Ice removal
    – Collection and Removal of fallen limbs and debris caused by Winter storms.
    * While there isn’t a lot of traditional yard work to be done in the Winter months, there is plenty of cleanup work required. Ice storms, heavy snows and freezing temperatures make outside work both uncomfortable and unpleasant.

    Now that you understand the seasonal cleaning and maintenance involved in a typical Ann Arbor MI year, which season, do you feel, involves the most difficult yard cleanup?

    Get your yard looking its absolute best with custom landscaping solutions from Twin Oaks. Find us online at http://twinoakslandscape.biz/, visit us in Ann Arbor, MI at 4100 South Maple Road, or call us at (734) 213-6911.

  4. Pumpkin Crunch Cake

    English bulldogs and a pumpkin

    1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
    1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
    3 eggs
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 box yellow cake mix
    1 cup pecans, chopped (roasted, candied optional)
    1 cup butter/margarine, melted

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Pour into greased 13×9 baking dish. Layer DRY cake mix evenly on top of pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle pecans on top of cake mix. Drizzle melted butter evenly over the top. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown. Serve either warm or chilled with cream!

     

  5. Cracked FoundationMany homeowners take great pride in their homes. Also, many homeowners want to make their homes appealing for a variety of reasons. One of the best ways that homeowners can make their homes more appealing is by developing and maintaining a beautiful manicured yard. However, one of the biggest problems that many homeowners face regarding a beautiful yard is inadequate drainage.

    When many people think about yards, they rarely think about the need for good drainage. The focus is usually on how good the yard looks and other things such as the type of grass growing in the yard. While a good-looking yard along with nice grass, flowers, and decorations is wonderful, the need for good drainage is essential.

    Ten Inadequate Drainage Warning Signs

    Poor yard drainage can lead to a variety of serious issues that can ultimately harm a home. Therefore, homeowners should always take the time to look for warning signs that can provide an indication of inadequate drainage. Some warnings signs that can give an indication of insufficient drainage include:

    1. Cracks in the home foundation.
    2. Leaking in the home foundation.
    3. Bare spots in the yard.
    4. Wet areas in the yard.
    5. Standing water in the yard.
    6. Heavy runoff areas in the yard.Couple Concerned About Lawn
    7. Erosion of the soil in various areas in the yard.
    8. Water settling around the home.

    Every Yard is Different

    Many homeowners will notice more than one warning sign concerning insufficient drainage, but every yard is different. The warning signs will typically be different for different yards. The specific warning signs can help provide a specific solution to the drainage problems in a yard, but inadequate drainage is a serious problem that should be handled by professionals who are trained in this area.

    Homeowners Should Seek Professional Assistance

    Therefore, homeowners should seek the assistance of a professional landscaping company to help determine the nature of a yard drainage problem and the best drainage solutions. A professional company will take the time to determine the most effective drainage solutions for every situation because drainage solutions vary from yard to yard.

    In Ann Arbor MI, there are specific things that are needed to develop and maintain a great looking yard. In addition, the solution to drainage problems in Ann Arbor MI can sometimes be different than other locations. This is why it is a good idea to contact a local company that understands the local area. Local knowledge pertaining to developing and maintaining yards along with solving yard problems is very important.

    There is much more to a beautiful yard than just cutting, edging, and trimming grass. The need for proper yard drainage is at the core of maintaining a great yard and a great home. Poor drainage can ruin a yard, but it can also damage the home. By taking the time to look for warning signs regarding inadequate drainage, homeowners can avoid a lot of heartache and financial strain that can result from poor yard drainage.

    Get your yard looking its absolute best with custom landscaping solutions from Twin Oaks. Find us online at http://twinoakslandscape.biz/, visit us in Ann Arbor, MI at 4100 South Maple Road, or call us at (734) 213-6911.

  6. There are few things that are as devastating to a home as water damage following a storm. Most cities have a comprehensive plan to deal with excess water, but families in Ann Arbor MI should also take some time to prepare their home and yard for the wet season. Here is a look at the basics of storm water management and what you can do to keep your property secure and your family safe.

    Maintain Your Vehicle
    One of the most important steps in storm water management is protecting your local watershed from vehicle fluids. Families in Ann Arbor MI must be especially careful during the wet season when it comes to any leaks that would spill motor oil or antifreeze. Those that do decide to change their own fluids should wait until designated hazardous waste removal days to get rid of these products. This includes brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper fluid, freon, and car batteries.

    bigstock-Ice-on-roof-and-gutters-52324966Check Gutters and Downspouts
    Maintaining gutters and downspouts throughout your property is one of the best ways to protect the foundation of your home. When water is allowed to collected near the base of a building, it could result in expensive foundation cracks. Gutters and downspouts should be checked and cleaned frequently throughout the wet season. Families should ensure that downspouts are not only free of debris, but that they also lead far away from the home.

    Creating Grooves and Channels
    Homes in Ann Arbor MI that are especially prone to flooding should have a series of grooves and channels to lead water away from the property. The most basic channel is nothing more than a slight indentation in the lawn that is filled with rocks. These channels must be strategically placed in order to maximize on the downhill movement of water. As an added bonus, grooves and channels that are filled with rocks will further filter the water before it leads off one’s property.

    Test Your Sump Pump
    A sump pump is typically the last line of defense against storm water and could protect one’s home from expensive damage. These simple devices are placed in a sump basinReplacing The Old Sump Pump In A Basement that is designed to collect any water below the home. The pump can then pull the water out of the basin and redirect off of one’s property. Sump pumps are designed to withstand years of abuse, but they can be clogged with leaves, rocks, and other debris. Homeowners should test their sump pump just before the wet season to ensure that it is in working order.

    Contacting the Professionals
    One way to simplify this process is to contact a professional landscaping company well before the wet season to identify any potential problems. Homeowners that are not sure how to create lawn channels or fortify their soil risk damaging their home and lawn. Landscapers will also be able to help families with comprehensive storm water management features such as storm retention ponds that will collect water throughout the fall and winter.

    Get your yard looking its absolute best with custom landscaping solutions from Twin Oaks. Find us online at http://twinoakslandscape.biz/, visit us in Ann Arbor, MI at 4100 South Maple Road, or call us at (734) 213-6911.

  7. bigstock-Rain-gutter-full-of-autumn-lea-37528768Gutters are vital to a home’s functioning, but they can easily become clogged with debris and leaves, particularly during the fall. The more you prevent gutter clogs now, the less you’ll have to do later. Consider these five tips for keeping your gutters in Ann Arbor MI debris-free during the fall.

    1. Cut Away Overhanging Branches

    The trees closet to your house are going to wreak the most havoc on your roof. To limit the amount of leaves that cause gutter clog, cut away any branches that hang over the home. This could also protect your home from other damage, like scraping or broken branches going through windows during a storm.

    2. Install Gutter Covers

    Gutter covers and leaf guards have a host of benefits, including managing water flow so that it’s directed away from the home, protecting your home’s foundation, protecting the property’s landscaping, preventing overflow, preventing animals from nesting, and preventing mold. There are three main types of gutter covers:

    • Flexible Mesh: You can get 20-foot rolls of flexible mesh and then cut it to fit each gutter. This is the least expensive option, but it’s also the most difficult to setup, as the mesh has to be cut to the exact right size in order to fit and work properly.

    • Solid Guards: These gutter covers offer a lot of protection and they’re also very easy to install.

    • Solid Screens: Solid screens will either snap in to protect the gutter or be placed on top of the gutter. Unfortunately, some solid screens don’t attach well, depending on your gutter type.

    3. Use a Gutterpillar

    If you don’t like any of the screen options, consider getting a Gutterpillar. This type of gutter guard keeps debris and leaves out of the way. It looks like a brush and it slips into the gutter. The bristles let water pass through but they keep debris away. When it’s time for a gutter cleaning, you just have to take out the Gutterpillar and rinse it off with a hose.

    4. Give Them a Final Flush

    Once you’ve cleared any debris and leaves, complete the gutter cleaning with a final flush of water. This’ll wash away any remaining dirt and debris. You’ll also make sure that water is flowing as it should. Keep in mind that if you have a very tall house or are unsteady on your feet, you may want to hire a professional gutter cleaner in Ann Arbor MI.

    5. Stick to a Maintenance Schedule

    Make it a point to clean the gutters at least once a year. If there are a lot of trees around your home, you’ll want to clean them more frequently, at least every six months. Some people schedule gutter maintenance every three months to make sure a buildup doesn’t get out of control. Also, always make sure to check them following a storm.

    Don’t wait until it’s too late to think about gutter cleaning! You could face leaks, holes and broken attachments if you put it off too long.

    Get your yard looking its absolute best with custom landscaping solutions from Twin Oaks. Find us online at http://twinoakslandscape.biz/, visit us in Ann Arbor, MI at 4100 South Maple Road, or call us at (734) 213-6911.

  8. Three Tier FountainThe right landscaping in Ann Arbor, MI can turn your yard into a beautiful oasis for you to enjoy all year. The soothing sounds of a water feature and the vibrant colors of the changing leaves in Michigan make for a great combination in any landscape. However visually appealing the coloring of the trees is, they make for a not so great addition to your outside water feature. When you live in areas like Scio or Whitmore Lake, keeping these yearly intruders out of your water features and under control are easy with these handy tips and tricks.

    Small Ponds and Features

    Many people enjoy small areas of flowing water or fish ponds. These water areas are easy to manage with a few preventative actions.

    Black Netting
    To control the leaves from entering small areas it is possible to cover the area with a section of black netting. Place the netting over the entire pond area and secure around the outside. This will keep the leaves above the water and the netting removes easily with the leaves securely inside. For areas with large amounts of leaf dropping, you can empty the net into a composting area and replaced as often as necessary.

    Manual Removal
    A not so popular and time-consuming method is removing the debris by hand regularly. Although this method will result in a clean pond, the maintenance and time factor may make this an unpopular choice for eliminating leaves from the ponds in Michigan.

    Planned PlantingHome Tropical Garden With Pond
    Being aware of where you are placing new trees or a new water feature on a property in Ann Arbor MI may reduce or eliminate the need for this type of maintenance. Keeping trees that drop their leaves or needles in the fall away from your outdoor water feature will aid in the reduction of the amount of debris that is able to reach the pond.

    Large Ponds

    For those who enjoy a larger pond or lake on their property it is more difficult to keep this type of debris out of their oversized outdoor water feature. There are steps that you can take to reduce the amount of harmful decomposing debris that reaches the bottom.

    Shorelines
    Clear away shorelines by hand with rakes and put the debris in compost piles or old growing beds.

    Bacterial Pellets
    It is possible to use bacterial pellets to breakdown the unwanted materials that have settled on the bottom of the body of water. Water temperature is a major factor in the success of this method.

    Aerate
    Add an aeration system to the water feature. This removes dangerous gases such as ammonia and it adds oxygen for the fish and plants that grow naturally. An aeration system will also keep the water from winter freeze-over during the frigid winters in Ann Arbor MI.

    In Ann Arbor MI when debris from fallen leaves, twigs, and needles sink to the bottom of your outdoor water feature, they begin to decompose and cause a number of unwanted problems. It is essential that you eliminate these unwanted elements. You can make this necessary but unpopular chore easier with a little preparation and diligence, using these handy guides and tips.

    Get your yard looking its absolute best with custom landscaping solutions from Twin Oaks. Find us online at http://twinoakslandscape.biz/, visit us in Ann Arbor, MI at 4100 South Maple Road, or call us at (734) 213-6911.

  9. Gardening JobsAs fall arrives in Ann Arbor MI, you may be thinking of enjoying the outside as much as you possibly can before snow starts to fall from the sky. However, as much as you want to sit back and relax in the sun, consider what is going to happen to your landscape if you fail to remove the fallen leaves. Raking leaves may not be your idea of fun, but it is something that needs to be done. Seasonal cleanup can prevent a lot of problems for you in the future.

    Suffocation of Plants
    In the autumn, leaves start to fall from the trees. Leaves that fall on your plants can quickly suffocate them. The plants are no longer getting the sun and will fail to thrive. As colder weather approaches, they will not be able to dig their roots in deep to get through the winter. What this means for you is a stark garden come spring. By removing the leaves, the sun will be able to do its job in helping them to prepare for the coming winter.

    Leaf Mold
    Failure to perform seasonal cleanup in the removal of leaves can cause leaf mold. While leaf mold has its benefits in soil, for a plant it can be deadly. Certain fungi will actually get inside the plant and steal the nutrients from the soil. In turn, the plant will be severely affected by the fungi and may even die. To prevent this from happening, it is a simple matter of removing the leaves from your garden in the fall.

    Killing of the Grass
    You may also have grass in your garden and leaves are going to be what kills it off. If the leaves are left for a small amount of time and then removed, you may notice that your grass is starting to turn brown. The fact is that many grasses in the Ann Arbor MI area do best in the cooler season. Fall is the time of year that they thrive. This is the time their root systems are strengthened and, if covered in leaves, they will not be able to do this and will succumb to disease or die.

    Seasonal cleanup may not be one of the things you want to do in the fall. After all, this is the time of year that you can get outside and do many of the things you enjoy, whether it is hiking in the woods or taking a trip in the country. However, if you fail to do the necessary chore of raking leaves this fall, your garden is going to suffer. If you find that you simply do not have the time it takes or the energy to get the job done, consider hiring an expert. A professional landscaping company can come in and remove all leaves from your garden in a timely manner. Once your garden and yard area is cleaned up, you may just want to have one last hoorah barbecue for family and friends before the snow starts to fall.

    Get your yard looking its absolute best with custom landscaping solutions from Twin Oaks. Find us online at http://twinoakslandscape.biz/, visit us in Ann Arbor, MI at 4100 South Maple Road, or call us at (734) 213-6911.