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Spring Refresh: Preparing Your New Landscape

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Spring has arrived! It’s time to get outside and begin creating the perfect landscape for your home! As the weather continues to warm, your garden and grasses will continue to bud with new growth. But, the winter has no doubt left its mark on your yard with broken branches, bare patches and some additional cleanup that needs to take place. As a trusted name in residential landscaping for Lakeville and surrounding areas, we’ve put quite a bit of thought into this. So, here are a few tips from the professional landscaping specialists here at Environmental Design to help you get your yard spring-ready.

Revive with Raking

Carefully rake up all of the dead leaves, debris and pine cones that have gathered on your lawn over the last several months. Raking helps loosen the soil, improving air flow and encouraging your grass to grow.

Re-Seed Bare Patches

If you notice any bare patches in your lawn, loosen the surface and spread a mixture of grass seed and compost or fertilizer over the bare spot. Tamp the surface with your rake to firm in the seed. If you aren’t comfortable doing this on your own or if the issue is wide-spread, give your expert residential landscaping company a call and we can help!

Reapply Mulch

Apply a new layer of mulch to your shrubs and trees; providing a depth of between two and four inches. It can help your plants retain moisture; helping them grow throughout the spring and summer. Residential landscaping experts like us know a lot about mulching and fertilization, so give us a call if you want to learn more!

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Refresh with Water

Get your new plants off to a good start by thoroughly soaking the soil before putting them in the ground. And once they’re in the ground, keep the soil slightly moist at all times during the beginning of growing season until plants become well-established. A good rule of thumb is to “water once a week and water deep.” If you have any questions about how to properly water your lawn, ask a residential landscaping company like us for guidance.

For more residential landscaping tips like these, give us a call! We can even meet with you for an on-site consultation and plot a custom design and detailed plan to get your yard looking its best this season.

Are you interested in learning more about residential landscaping in Lakeville? Call Environmental Design at 952-997-6533 or contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Fit Granite Into Your Landscaping

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Guest post by Northstar Granite Tops

Granite is a resilient, durable, stain and burn resistant rock that places second overall on Moh’s Rock Scale, just behind diamonds as the hardest on earth. They take a licking and keep on looking great throughout the years.

The primary minerals that exist within granite are quartz, feldspar, hornblende and mica. Each and every  one of these minerals is extremely hard. Thus, granite ably resists scratching, chipping, and discoloration caused by heat, making it ideally suited for countertops in and outside of your home.

Granite is an excellent choice for outdoor patios because its mineral content handles the annual freeze and thaw cycle incredibly well. Granite ably withstands the rigors of the sun’s ultraviolet light and therefore heat. Being outdoors, your granite counters will need a resealing from time to time. This will help prevent moisture from penetrating the surface of your granite slabs.

Granite can be implemented in any set up on a patio or outdoors. They can be used as countertops on a bar, kitchen (with sinks!), along grills (permanent grills, moving them will prove a challenge), as coffee tables, tables for eating—anything practical that you can think of can be enhanced by the resilient granite slabs you choose to populate your outdoor leisure area.

In addition to tables and countertops, granite can also be used as pavers, as a decorative facing or veneer, and even for curbs. There is no limit to the potential uses for granite on your patio, or, even your wider property. Granite remnants are much more affordable than a full slab, so you can mix and match different types and colors of granite to create a unique look that will truly be one-of-a-kind.

Typically, quarried granite slabs offer a salt and pepper effect, bespeckling an otherwise wide range of colors from black, charcoal or dark gray on to white, taupe or even cream. You will even find brilliant blue hues thrown into the mix of the fabricated and installed granite counter or table tops on your patio. Granite being “natural,” there really is an almost endless array of colors and patterning available, far beyond the scope referenced above. Some slabs even display small crystals that are uniform and consistent throughout it, while others have a flow about them, in the form of large, random crystallization patterns.

When combined with a well manicured lawn, garden and/or landscape, the granite-laden patio can really pop! At the same time, granite, being a natural stone, blends in with the environment and does not deter or distract from the outdoor oasis you’ve created.

Northstar Granite Tops is natural stone countertop provider to Minnesotans, indoors or outdoors!

A Landscaper Knows: Lawn Tips for Pre-Summer

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With summer right around the corner, it is never too late to implement a few tips to get that lawn of yours looking great to match your landscaping. A professional landscaper near Shakopee, we at Environmental Design want to be sure that you are making the necessary effort to ensure that your yard matches all that we do to enhance your property. Here are a few lawn improvement tips to get you there!

Edging

Keep you turf edged. It looks great, distinct and creates a separating barrier between the lawn and the landscaping. It is advisable to harness the power of an edger (gas or electric) or a weedeater/weedwhacker (held vertically). When you edge with roughly every other mowing session, grass is prevented from growing into the landscaper beds.

Lime

Add lime to the lawn every spring and fall. This reduces the overall high PH which often found in the area. Relatively cheap, usually resulting in the elimination of at least one annual fertilization application, lime ultimately enhances the beauty of the grass. 

Mowing

The ideal technique for mowing the lawn involves creating two strips around the perimeter of your yard and then mowing in straight lines perpendicular to them. Mix up this pattern over subsequent mows. During the growing season, mow weekly to make sure that you are cutting away no more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at a time.

Before or during mowing season, get your blades sharpened at least once. Checking that oil each time you mow. As an annual event, change the oil each season. This will help your mower last longer over time. It is advisable to use a mulching mower, as they allow the water and nutrients in grass clippings to land on the soil, reducing the need for overall watering and fertilizers.

Overseeding

This helps fill in those barren patches of your lawn and acts to move out undesirable varieties of grass. Try a mixture of ryegrass and fine fescue seeds. Apply them in Spring or Fall, ensuring that the seeds do not dry out until after germination (roughly three weeks).

Complementing the beautiful design and implementation of a landscaper, a handsome lawn makes a lovely overall landscape. These are just a few suggestions from our landscaping company. Contact us and we can tell you even more! Would you like more information about a high quality landscaper near Shakopee? Call us at Environmental Design at 952-997-6533, or you can contact us to set up a Free Estimate.

Winter Lawn Care Tips

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Now that winter is upon us, most people think that their outdoor To Do List doesn’t need any attention until the spring, but there are still a few things you need to take care of, even when the weather outside is frightful. Here are a few suggestions from our landscaping company. St Paul homeowners should follow these tips to ensure their yard and landscaping look great this spring and summer.

  • Keep in mind that you can have trees and other plants planted as long as the ground isn’t frozen. While the ground in your area is probably frozen by now, keep this advice in mind for next season. Fall is one of the best times of year to plant new trees since they have the entire winter season to establish and good and strong root system before the following spring.
  • If your plants and flowers still need to be pruned, call our landscaping company for help with this if you aren’t sure how to do it properly. If you prune your plants, trees and flowers now, it will help them grow this spring and will result in better looking plants, which means you will enjoy a nicer looking landscape.
  • When it gets a bit warmer outside, go out and take a look at your landscaping. Take note of which perennials, trees and other plants might need to be replaced, and get some ideas about new landscaping features you might want our landscaping company to install for you.
  • The sooner you call our landscaping company for an appointment this spring, the better and the more likely it will be that you’ll get the appointment you want when you want it. You do not have to call us right this second, but try to set a reminder to call us within the next month or two.
  • Keep heavy items off of your grass and other landscaping features. This includes trash cans, sleds and toys. Make sure your entire family knows to keep these items off the grass. If left on your grass, it could cause the grass to stop growing or to grow sideways.

These are just a few suggestions from our landscaping company. Contact us and we can tell you even more!

Would you like more information about our landscaping company near St Paul? Call us at Environmental Design at 952-997-6533, or you can contact us to set up a Free Estimate.

Winterizing Your Garden and Landscaping

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Now that it’s fall, many people are starting to think about what they need to get done outside before the worst of the cold weather hits. Soon enough, we will be thinking about shoveling snow and de-icing our sidewalks, so now is the best time to start getting your plants, flowers and other aspects of your garden and landscaping ready for the winter. Here are a few suggestions from the experts in landscape design near Prior Lake here at Environmental Design.

  • You should try to do this work over the course of a few weekends or when you have several hours to devote to these tasks. That way, you don’t have to worry about rushing through the work and possibly cutting corners. Your plants will be thanking you next spring for taking your time getting them properly ready for the winter.
  • Start by going out to your garden and weeding it, cleaning up any debris that is lying around and cutting back any dead growth. Take the clippings and add them to your compost pile, but remember: if there were any diseased or pest-infested plants in your garden, do not add those to your compost pile.
  • While raking is never a fun chore, take some time to rake your lawn to get all of the dead leaves off of it. If you have a lawn mower with a mulcher, use that instead of raking if you want to.
  • If you have any plant or flower containers that will remain outdoors during the winter, drain the water out of them and cover them. You can use covers made out of stainless steel, copper or tin. You can also use exterior-grade plywood if you want.
  • If you have any terra cotta pots, clean them out using a stiff brush and room temperature water and then store them somewhere safe. Scrubbing them out will help prevent mold from building up on them during the winter months.
  • After all of this work is done, bring in all of your garden tools. Clean the dirt off of them and store them in a shed or garage. Turn off any outside taps, drain your hose and store it with the rest of your garden tools.

Do you want more details on landscape design for your Prior Lake home? Call Environmental Design at 952-997-6533, or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

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