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  1. In July, we installed this rooftop composite deck in a downtown Ann Arbor Condo, creating a little piece of tranquility with a city view.

     

     

     

  2. Looking to boost your home’s curb appeal? Here are ten simple landscaping ideas to brighten your home’s exterior.Landscapers Ann Arbor

    1. Maintenance First

    Neglected yards scream messy, but a little TLC works wonders. Here’s a checklist of items to inspect and repair.
    -Edge, mow, blow or sweep; rake and bag or mulch with leaves; trim shrubs and trees.
    -Pressure wash concrete, porches, patios.
    -Repair cracks in walkways and driveway.
    -Replace hardware such as house numbers, entry door handles and wall-mounted mailboxes.
    -Fresh mulch instantly defines and brightens your home.

    2. After a Storm

    Serious storm damage in Ann Arbor MI, may require professional home damage restoration service. Homeowners can remove broken branches and debris to the curb for pickup, and rake the lawn. Perform any maintenance you had planned, like clearing flower beds or installing a mailbox garden.

    3. Prune Shrubs

    Out-of-control landscaping clutters yards. Are plants and shrubs overgrown, crowding the bed or too big for their space?
    -Trim sparingly instead of a harsh buzz cut, and don’t be afraid to divide and transplant.
    -Prune about one-third off growth annually, skirting around the base within six inches of the ground.
    -Trim plants touching the house eight to twelve inches away.
    -Tame shrubs drooping into the driveway, blocking the view from the street to the front door or keeping natural light from streaming inside.

    4. Trim Trees

    Inspect trees each fall for dangerous dead wood that may require professional tree service removal before it crashes someone’s house. Prune flowering trees in the fall before it frosts or at winter’s end, but not in the spring or summer.

    5. Add Mulch

    Improper mulching robs trees and shrubs of important nutrients, so make sure none is touching the trunk of the plants. About three to six inches of mulch is enough to retain moisture and prevent growth of weeds.

    6. Railings and Fencing

    Patch and paint loose porch rails and fencing. Repair or install fencing, making sure everything compliments your home’s design and color.

    7. Accent With Paint

    Paint over concrete with colored concrete resurfacer for a custom look. In areas like Ann Arbor MI, where ice and snow are regular winter weather events, use a textured paint to help prevent slipping. Refresh lawn furniture with matching color too.

    8. Hardscape Walkways, Driveway, Patio

    Hardscaping is a worthwhile investment in curb appeal.Floral Border
    -Set pavers, bricks, or stone to define planting beds or create a walkway.
    -Replace straight concrete paths with contoured stone or brick.

    9. Install New Landscaping

    If your home has no landscaping, install beds near the front door, not in straight lines but that contour in proportion to your home. Outline with pavers or brick to define, and mulch to finish. Maybe your mailbox needs a small bed of shrubs and flowering companions?

    10. Outdoor Lighting

    Low-voltage fixtures near the front entry or along walkways add dramatic nighttime display. Use solar powered lights if you cannot install lights that require wiring. Check that curtains or window coverings and indoor lighting present a uniform look from the curb.

    What gardens or lawns inspire you when you drive by? Landscaping ideas are all around, so copy some favorites and bring them home to enjoy. Wherever you live in the Ann Arbor MI, area, kick up your home’s curb appeal with simple landscaping ideas.

    Keep your lawn looking beautiful with maintenance services from Twin Oaks Landscape. 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. It seems like only yesterday your lawn was healthy, beautiful and lush. However, after poor lawn care, there are dead spots, weeds, patchy bald areas, hard spots and it looks kind of pale and sickly. If this description sounds like your lawn in Ann Arbor MI, there’s a good chance you’re in need of serious lawn rejuvenation services. In most cases, rejuvenating your lawn is a simple case of learning about lawn care and what needs to be done to repair soil conditions for optimum growth.Couple Concerned About Lawn

    Causes for a Failing Lawn

    Poor Soil Conditions 

    It’s highly likely that your soil is lacking in one or more important nutrients like lime and needs testing to see where improvements need to be made. Good lawn care includes soil testing every three years for pH and nutrient content.

    Bad Drainage

    When lawns begin to look bad, most people begin pouring on the water in the hopes of bringing their lawn back. However, this is often a huge mistake, when in fact the lawn may be suffering from poor drainage.
    Poor drainage is often caused by ground ivy, moss and heavy clay soil. These types of conditions generally cause water to remain on the surface of the grass and never reach the vital root zones.drainage - does your yard look like this

    Compaction

    Frequently, the biggest problems with some lawns is compaction. Walking, playing and driving vehicles over lawns can compact the soil so tightly that the grass no longer has any air space to breathe. The turf becomes terribly stressed and is more susceptible to common pests, diseases and weeds.

    Rejuvenating Your Lawn

    • One of the first things a rejuvenation service will do is test your soil looking for problems. They may recommend a variety of soil amendments and top dressings.

    • Most lawn rejuvenation services will recommend dethatching (thinning and removing debris) when your lawn is overgrown. Heavily thatched lawns, prevent adequate water circulation, harbor insects and prevent healthy new grasses from growing.

    • When rejuvenating your lawn, you should consider aerating the lawn. This process involves removing small amounts of soil mechanically known as grass plugs. Removing the plugs allows the grass to receive water directly to the roots and badly needed oxygen. Aerating the lawn also removes compaction issues.

    • Lastly, a good top dressing of compost is applied over the entire lawn to reduce lumps and stimulate grass growth.

    Benefits of Rejuvenating Your LawnLawn aeration

    1. Testing soil samples will pinpoint serious soil and nutrition problems, which can be treated to improve the health of the lawn.

    2. Water, oxygen and nutrients will be able to reach the grass roots to promote growth after aeration.

    3. Your lawn will be green and healthy. Dead spots, patchy areas and the pale green appearance will disappear.

    4. Reconditioning the soil with compost and amendments will improve the general health of the lawn.

    If your lawn is suffering from poor lawn care, compacted soil, thatched turf, poor drainage or unknown causes, it may be time to call for professional lawn rejuvenation services in Ann Arbor MI.

    Construct the perfect deck, patio, walkway or porch with custom hardscaping services from Twin Oaks Landscape. 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. A sprinkler system will greatly enhance the appearance and functionality of Irrigation your lawn, but you must have the system installed by a sprinkler professional in Ann Arbor MI. Your lawn requires proper sprinkler heads, proper plumbing and a central control system. You cannot wire the unit on your own, but a professional will create a sprinkler plan for your lawn that is efficient and effective.

    #1: Where Is Irrigation Needed?

    Your lawn may need irrigation in certain places, and your lawn may not need irrigation in other places. You must walk your sprinkler professional through your lawn to point out all the places that need the most attention. Creating a sprinkler plan requires a plan that touches the parts of the lawn that need it the most, and you must avoid areas that should not be watered regularly.

    #2: Trenching

    Your sprinkler system sits mostly underground. The crew that visits your home will cut small trenches to bury the hoses for each sprinkler head. The sprinkler heads will sit flush to the ground, and the hoses may have as many heads as needed. You will receive a map of the system from your sprinkler professional, and you may use the map for future reference. The system will move from end of your lawn to another, and you must know where all the sprinkler heads are.

    #3: Water Attachments

    The sprinkler crew will attach the system to your main water line, and you will have a consistent source of water for the system. You should not attach the system to an outdoor hosepipe that will not provide you with the pressure you need. Outdoor hosepipes can freeze in the winter, and you do not want to have your system ruined by one pipe that manages to freeze in the middle of the winter.

    #4: Central Controls

    The controls for your system will be located in a place that you can easily reach. Families prefer to have their sprinkler controls in the basement or garage. You may program the sprinklers from this location, and you can turn on the sprinklers without touching any sprinkler heads. Central controls allow you to save water and money, and you will find the sprinklers much easier to use. You may train your kids to manage the sprinklers, and your whole family will know how to care for the lawn at the house.

    #5: Water Savings

    Watering your lawn alone is a tedious process, but you may use your sprinklers to water the lawn with no effort. Turn on the system at any time, and thIrrigation Systems -- Ann Arbor MIe system will run for a time prescribed by your sprinkler professional. The sprinklers do not waste water, and they shut off completely without your help.

    Anyone who looks at purchasing your home in Ann Arbor MI will see the inherent value in a sprinkler system, and you may charge a premium for your home based on this upgrade. You must consider how much of the investment you will recover, and you may contact a sprinkler contractor for assistance today.

    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.

  5. Watering Your Lawn

     

    Here are some tips on watering your lawn….

     

    • Decide before hand.
      Decide before summer heat and drought conditions arrive, to either water lawns consistently as needed throughout the season, or let lawns go dormant as conditions turn hot and dry. Do not rotate back and forth. In other words, don’t let the grass turn totally brown, then apply enough water to green it up, then let the grass go dormant again. Breaking the lawns dormancy actually drains large amounts of food reserves from the plant.
    • When is it time to water?
      The first few warm days of summer does not automatically mean to water lawns. In fact, allowing lawns to start to go under mild drought stress actually increases rooting.
      Watch for foot printing, or footprints remaining on the lawn after walking across it (instead of leaf blades bouncing back up). Grasses also tend to turn darker in color as they go under drought stress. Sampling the root zone soil could be another option.
    • Water as infrequently as possible.
      Thoroughly water when you do water so moisture soaks down to the roots. Exceptions to this general rule would be for newly seeded lawns where the surface needs to stay moist, newly sodded lawns that have not yet rooted into the soil, or when summer patch disease is a problem.  Otherwise, avoid frequent waterings that promote shallower root systems and weeds (e.g., crabgrass).
    • Water early in the day if possible.
      Given a choice, water early in the day when lawns are normally wet from dew. Avoid midday watering due to excessive evaporation, and at night due to potential increased chances of some diseases gaining a foothold. The exception to this guide is when you are in extremely hot weather and nighttime temperatures don’t go below 68 degrees. Then it is better to water in the late afternoon or early evening, providing you don’t have watering-time restrictions. Early or late in the day reduces the amount of evaporation that takes place during the very hot day, allowing more water to reach the root zone.
    • Spread the water uniformly across the lawn.
      Sprinklers vary in distribution patterns, and require spray overlap for uniform coverage. Placing coffee cans or similar straight-sided containers on the lawn can help measure water application rates. Avoid flooding areas, or missing other spots. On heavy clay soils and slopes, watch for excessive runoff; it may be necessary to apply the water in several applications to allow for adequate penetration.
    • Water conservation.
      To help conserve water, mow your lawn at a higher than normal height, avoid applying an excess of nitrogen as warm weather approaches, limit traffic over the lawn, improve turf rooting, control thatch and soil compaction, and avoid pesticide use on drought stressed lawns. Don’t allow water to hit the driveway or into the street. This is just wasteful.
    • Avoid overwatering
      Use a rain gauge to measure how much water you’re applying. Overwatering does more than deplete the water supply, it also makes plants prone to pests and adds to storm water runoff, which pollutes our water systems. By choosing and operating a watering system correctly, you can reduce water bills, insect and disease problems, and maintenance requirements. For example, the more you water your lawn, the faster it grows and the more it needs to be mowed.
    • Hold off watering after fertilization and hold off fertilizing if heavy rains are expected.
      To reduce the possibility of having fertilizer wash into our water system, don’t water heavily soon after fertilizing. Use light waterings to give the fertilizer the opportunity to be absorbed by the soil. Also, if heavy rains are in the forecast, hold off fertilizing until the heavy rains have passed.
    • Monitor rainfall
      Don’t water the lawn if rains are expected soon. Keep track of rainfall for the week. Don’t apply more water to the lawn than what is absolutely necessary. The guide of about 1″ of water per week is only a guide. If your lawn doesn’t get that 1″ of water, it’s not going to die.

    SOURCE:  Americanlawns.com

     

  6. A healthy lawn requires a lot of work and time. Fertilizing and mowing need to be done from time to time, but watering is an ongoing task and can be tricky.

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    Watering Tips for Lawns

    Watering your lawn properly is of the utmost importance to keeping your lawn healthy and timing is important. You should not water in the middle of the day when much of the water will be lost due to evaporation and possibly wind. Watering at night can cause the formation of fungus and mildew. Between 6-10 AM is ideal because the lawn has all day to dry. If that is impractical, then the next best time is between 4-7 PM.

    Both how often you water your lawn and how much water you apply are also important. If you water too frequently with a small amount of water, the root system will be weak. Having longer time intervals and using more water promotes longer and stronger roots. Most lawns need between 1 and 1.5 inches of water a week. So you should apply .33 to .5 inches three times a week.

    Benefits of Sprinkler Systems

    One of the most important benefits of a sprinkler system is the health of the lawn. It will beautify the landscape around your Ann Arbor MI home and add to its value.

    Saving time is a benefit as you won’t have to position the sprinklers, turn on the water and then remember to turn off the water. If you are away on vacation, you will not have to worry as the automatic system will water according to a preset schedule.

    Sprinkler systems also save water by delivering the right amount of water at the right time. When you water manually, there may be leaks from the hose or connections wasting water. Even worse, some parts of the lawn will be over-watered and some spots will get little water. With an automatic system, your lawn will be beautiful and healthy.

    Types of Sprinkler Systems

    There are many choices on the types of automatic systems you could have for your Ann Arbor MI lawn. A lot will depend on the size and shape of your lawn and the types of soil and vegetation.

    A spray irrigation system sprays water over the lawn and plants. The pop-up heads can be adjusted to spray a full circle, half circle or a quarter circle.

    Soaker hoses are good for watering plants and dense areas of plants. With a soaker hose, the water seeps out at certain intervals along the hose. This helps conserve water as it is applied directly on the soil.

    A drip system waters slowly and utilizes tubing that is placed near the base of the plants. The drops of water seep slowly into the ground one drop at a time. There is almost no water wasted with this type of system.

    Rotor systems spread the water at a slower pace than traditional sprinkler heads. They can rotate in a full or partial circle and are considered more efficient than other sprinkler heads.

    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. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to selecting the hardscape features you’ll add to your home’s exterior spaces. With smaller areas, for instance, a large deck would likely overwhelm an area that could become more functional with some chairs and a small patio. For larger properties, carefully placed walkways can create natural boundaries. Retaining walls can be both practical and decorative while value to your home. These are just some of the factors worth considering when deciding what hardscaping additions will look best around your Ann Arbor MI home.

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    What Are Your Landscaping Plans?

    Think about what you want to do with your landscape. Do you want to add seasonal flowers? Are you considering adding extra trees for shading? By considering your landscaping plans first, you’ll be able to choose hardscaping options likely to enhance your existing green spaces while leaving room for additions (i.e., some more flowers, a vegetable garden) later.

    Do You Want to Embrace Your Surroundings?

    If finding a balance with your natural surrounding is important, symmetrical shapes tend to accomplish this goal. This approach to hardscape also tends to be popular with home buyers. Should you prefer something a little more orderly, especially if you don’t have much to work with as far as your natural surroundings go, formal shapes (straight lines, rectangles, squares) tend to work best.

    What’s Your Focal Point?

    The key to successful hardscaping is finding a single point to serve as a basis for the set-up of the rest of your space. This “focal point” can be a prime gathering spot or a favorite hardscape element or piece. For example, if you have your heart set on a large patio in a small backyard, a well-designed patio space can serve as your focal point with container plants as accessories. Hardscaping focal points can also include:

    • Fire pits
    • Gardens (enhanced with walkways and garden stones)
    • Outdoor kitchens
    • Patios and decks
    • Fountains
    • Pools

    What Fits Your Lifestyle?

    Hardscaping is about what best fits into your lifestyle. Selections for your Ann Arbor MI home shouldn’t be based solely on what’s trendy. An outdoor kitchen, for example, isn’t going to benefit you all that much if you frequently travel. If you do entertain a lot or spend your free time outdoors as much as possible, a fire pit can warm up cool Ann Arbor evenings.

    Where’s the Green?

    As a general rule of thumb, hardscaping should take about a third of your yard. Too much hardscaping can create a sea of gray. Gazebos, arbors, pergolas and trellises are just some of the hardscaping elements that can easily be designed around trees, flowers and gardens to add some variety and color to your outdoor spaces.

    Hardscaping has a longer lifespan that most of your landscaping choices, so it’s a good idea to take your time to weigh your options before making decisions. Ideally, you want something that’s going to add to the beauty and value of your Ann Arbor MI home while leaving room for future landscaping adjustments.

    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. Honored Employees

    This month we have honored the following team members for their exceptional work ethic.

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    David McDonald has been with us for 3 years now.  He has become a foreman, and plays a critical role with our lawn maintenance division.   His fellow teammates voted him in for “always willing to go above and beyond, has become a go to leader with the entire team, great trainer – especially with tactics on increasing work speed…”.

     

     

     

     

     

    quintin

    Quintin Francois started his second season with us this year.  He too has also become a foreman, and has taken on the challenges of new project installations.  His teammates voted him in for “stepping up and becoming a great leader this year, ALWAYS on time – early – on his own doing, and always prepared.”

  9. Project involved removing the aged landscape walkway and planting beds and installation of new walkway with grand paver entranceway area, drainage solution, irrigation system retrofitting and of course, new plantings and trees.