Ways To Restore Your Commercial Property's Outdoor Area

Whether it is a residential property or a commercial property, having an appealing outdoor area is very important. The look of the outdoor area is particularly important for commercial properties. The look of your lawn will affect the first impression of people passing by. This would also affect your customer's impression of your business. When people see that your lawn is well-kept, they will be enticed to enter your establishment and check out what you have on offer. They will also have an impression that, since you have a beautiful, well-kept outdoor area, you will be able to provide them with quality service.

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If you have a commercial property and have a good-sized outdoor area, you have to make sure that you take proper care of it. In case there had been some issues with your lawn or you just did not have the time to maintain it, do not worry! There are still ways on how you can restore your lawn back to its glory. To start with, here are our tips on how to restore your commercial property's outdoor area:

Check The pH Level Of Your Soil

The pH level of your soil will determine if your plants and turf grass will flourish. Some plants, particularly flowers, could flourish in a highly acidic soil. On the other hand, when you have turf grass all over your yard, you have to make sure that your soil is not too acidic. Turf grass would not work well in an acidic or what others call as a "hot" soil.

If you have turf grass or if you are planning to have turf grass laid in your commercial property's outdoor area, make sure that the pH level of the soil is between 6.5 and 7.0. This is considered as an alkaline level which is ideal for growing turf grass.

When it comes to changing the pH level of your soil, this process cannot be done overnight. This cannot be fixed instantly as it would take time for the soil in your entire outdoor area to adjust its pH level. As the pH level of the soil goes up or becomes more alkaline, the roots of your turf grass would be able to get more nutrients from the soil. This would make the roots of your turf grass stronger and gather more nutrients.

The pH level of the soil can easily be determined through a soil test. Through a soil test, you will not only know about the pH level of the soil but you will also know the nutrients that your soil lacks. This would help you in improving the soil in your outdoor area over time. You can seek the help of professionals if you want soil tests to be done properly.

Keep The Soil Loose And Airy

After doing a soil test and making your soil nutritionally balanced, the next step you need to do is to make sure that the soil is not hard and compact. If your soil is as hard as a rock and is very compact, the health of your entire lawn would be affected. Because of the condition of the soil, there would be no room for water and air to seep through. The roots of your plants, trees, and grass would not even grow well and strong.

To improve the condition of your soil, core aeration should be done. Core aeration is a process of lawn aeration but focuses more on making the soil loose. After the soil is properly aerated, water, air, and other organic matter will be able to easily reach through the roots of your plants and trees. This would make all the plants in your outdoor area thrive.

Not All Plants Are Equal

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When it comes to the plants and trees that you have in the outdoor area of your commercial property, you have to understand that there are plants that are suitable for cooler climates and there are also plants that are suitable for warmer climates. It is important that you choose the right plants that would thrive in the climate of your local area. It would be difficult to grow cool climate plants in an area that is extremely hot.

 

This is also applicable for the grasses that you want to have in your lawn. There are varieties of grasses that prefers the sun and is drought resistant. If you are in an area where the weather is always warm, choose a variety of grass that is suitable for it would be an ideal choice. It would be best to work with a landscaping professional as they can suggest the best grasses, plants, and trees that would be suitable for your outdoor area.

Get Rid Of Weeds In Your Outdoor Area

It is important to get rid of weeds that thrive in your outdoor area. This is not only applicable for residential properties but for commercial properties as well. Weeds can wreak havoc in your lawn if you continue to ignore it, let it thrive and leave it untreated. Weeds can also compete with the grass and other plants in your lawn. Instead of having the nutrients, water, and air seep through the roots of your plants, the weeds would take most of it.

There are certain treatments that have to be applied on your lawn on a regular basis to ensure that weeds would not thrive in it for the rest of the year. Treating it would prevent the weeds from germinating and taking over your outdoor area.

Make Sure That The Soil Is Well-Fertilized

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Fertilizing the soil is not just applicable to a residential property's outdoor area. It is also extremely important for the outdoor area of commercial properties. The soil has to be fertilized and should have a balance between three elements. These three elements are potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus. Potassium would help plants to grow healthy and strong. Nitrogen helps your grass and other plants to stay green while phosphorus ensures that the roots of your plants would grow strong.

These three elements are important in any outdoor area. It also has to be applied in the right amounts. You do not just apply it for the sake of just applying it in your lawn. You have to determine the correct amounts that your soil would need. The results of the soil test would help determine how much of each element is required by the soil. Do take note that you may need to adjust the amounts based on the condition of the area and the current season.


Those are ways on how you can restore the outdoor area of your commercial property back to its former glory. This would help you have a well-maintained outdoor area where plants and/or trees would thrive. If you want to ensure that this would be done properly, always seek the help of professionals. Premier Lawn Care offers landscaping services and can guide you on how to care for your outdoor area properly. We have experts who are highly knowledgeable and well-trained to take on any tasks, no matter how small or large it is.

Call us today and we will help you restore your outdoor area.

A Guide On Garden Preparation For Fall 2017

Aside from the variety of plants in your garden or lawn, the steps you take to maintain your garden or lawn would also depend on the weather. Spring is the perfect time to add new plants, shrubs or trees in your garden. By summer, you would witness that your new plants would start to grow and bloom. During fall, plants continue to mature until winter season comes.

Now that summer is coming to an end and fall is drawing near, it is the perfect time to start preparing for fall. In this article, we share to you some tips on how you can get your garden ready for fall 2017. To start with, here are the garden preparation tips:

Check The Garden First

Before you start doing anything to your garden or lawn, you have to check it first. Walk around and look closely into each plant. Check the turf grass and the soil. By doing this, you would be able to determine what your garden really needs. Sometimes, you'd need to aerate the soil, divide plants into smaller batches and more. A soil test may also be required to see if the soil still has the right pH and nutrient levels. Do not forget to check your irrigation system as well. It may need repairs or replacements.

Check The Perennials

Do not forget to check all of the perennials. See if there are any signs of disease. Check its leaves if there are spots. Look into its stem to see if it is rotting. If there are perennials that may be affected by disease, apply the right treatment for it. Start pruning its branches. If the disease has gone worse, it would be best to just remove the plant before its disease would transfer or spread to healthy plants around it.

Do Not Forget To Inspect The Trees

Just like other plants in your garden, make sure to check trees. Look for signs of disease or rot. If you see that there are damaged or rotting branches, prune the branch before the entire tree is affected. Doing this during fall is much easier because most of the trees would shed leaves and branches are bare.

Remove Mulch

Aside from checking for signs of damage caused by disease on your plants, shrubs or trees, make sure to remove mulch that you may have placed around the trees and other plants in your garden. Too much mulch can cause molds and mildew to form.  It would be best to remove it and replace it with a new one depending on the condition of your soil.

Bring Plants Outdoors

During fall, the weather slowly becomes cooler. This is the perfect time to bring your indoor plants outdoors. By doing this, your indoor plants would be able to get enough sunlight without having to suffer from too much heat or too much cold. This will also help your herbs and other varieties of indoor plants to grow for a much longer period of time.

Mow The Lawn

During fall, do not forget to mow the lawn. Set the blade to its lowest setting. By cutting grass lower than what you usually do, you would help it get enough sunlight. When the grass is cut low, the heat from the sunlight would easily be absorbed by the crown of the grass.

Till The Soil

It is important to till the soil. This would allow water, oxygen, and other nutrients to be absorbed well. You may be asking why you should till the soil during fall. The reason for this is that it is much easier to do as the soil is still soft. If you do it after winter, the soil is hard and still begins to thaw from the snow or frost. During fall, the soil is warm. In this temperature, good microorganisms thrive. This allows you to have a healthier soil in your garden before you start planting new plants when the next spring season comes.

Get Rid Of Weeds

Fall is also the ideal time to get rid of weeds. Many weeds may have taken over your lawn during spring or summer. Apply weed killer or poison if necessary. By doing this, there will be less weeds when spring season comes.

Make sure to choose the right type of weed killer. You may have to consult an expert about this especially if you are worried about the chemicals that is in the weed killer. Some of them are not pet-friendly and child-friendly. If you start applying weed killer in your lawn, make sure to keep your pets and children inside the house until the soil has not absorbed the poison.

Fertilize The Soil

During spring and summer, plants grow and bloom. Because of this, majority of the nutrients found in the soil are absorbed by the plants. During fall, it would be best to start fertilizing or adding amendments to the soil. As winter comes, the quality of the soil is enriched by the fertilizer.

Use organic fertilizer rather than chemical fertilizers. Before you start applying fertilizer, make sure that you have tilled the soil. Do not forget to get rid of weeds as well because this will compete with the nutrients in the soil.

When you start to fertilize, make sure that you cover parts of your garden that do not have plants. It could either be that the plants did not bloom during spring or summer or you have removed them already.

Collect Seeds From Your Plants

During fall, some plants start to mature, ripen or dry out. This would be the best time to start collecting seeds from your flowering or fruit-bearing plants. Avoid harvesting flowers and plants. Just let the fruits ripen and flowers dry out. By doing so, the plants and trees would have mature seeds which you can easily collect.

Store the seeds in a clean, dry and cool place. Do not forget to label them so that you can easily determine what those seeds are when you start planting next spring season.

Empty Water Containers

Are you among those who like to collect rain water? If you have barrels or containers filled with rain water, start emptying it before snow comes. Do not forget to clean it as well. If you will not drain it out, there is a higher chance that the container or barrel will be damaged when the water in it starts to freeze.

 

 

Those are some helpful tips that would serve as your guide on how to start preparing for fall 2017. Fall is almost here and it is never too early to start preparing for it. If you need expert help, do not hesitate to contact Premier Lawn Care. Premier Lawn Care offers landscaping services and other property maintenance services. We have experts who can guide you in every step to ensure that your lawn will look its best no matter what the season is.

A Guide For Hardscaping Your Yard

Hardscaping is one of the main aspects in landscape design. It adds eye-catching and attractive elements in your outdoor area. Aside from aesthetic purposes, hardscaping also allows you to create functional areas in your yard. You can have an outdoor kitchen or an entertainment area without having to sacrifice all the greenery that your yard already has.

Just like any other projects you want to do in your home, there are also factors that you have to consider before you begin a hardscaping project. There are also steps that you need to follow so that you’d be able to create not only just a great hardscaping project but also have a great landscape design. This really matters considering that most hardscaping features would be fixed in your outdoor area. You do not want to just have something made, spend money for it, and after a couple of years, have it removed because you are already bored looking at it.

Here are some of the tips that may guide you in hardscaping your yard:

Look Into Your Entire Outdoor Area

Do you want to have a patio? Expand your outdoor decking? Have proper walkways around your yard? Make sure that you look into your entire outdoor area before you start planning for any hardscaping project. You need to see to it that there is enough area left for you to start your project. Depending on the features that you want to install or the plan or design of your entire project, you will need adequate space for it. You do not want the entire space to just be overpopulated with various hardscaping features that only a few plants or trees would be left.

Look For Inspiration

Look into various magazines, websites, home improvement TV shows. From there, you will have a wide range of ideas on what you can do to your yard. But, make sure to focus only on a single theme. You do not want to make your yard appear as if it’s a market full of various hardscaping features or plants. Yes, you are also free to include a variety of features in your yard. But, each feature you choose should complement with other elements in the area. If you want a modern theme, stick to it. If you want a traditional design, choose elements that have a traditional feel to it. Do not just mix and match everything.

Draw Your Plan

Create a drawing of your plan for your outdoor area. This would help you get a look or overview of what your yard may look like when you apply various elements to it. When you start drawing, make sure that you draw items or mark the areas where the new feature would be added or installed. You don't have to draw everything perfectly. You can just label each area so it can easily be determined what those elements are. Label it with the materials that you plan to use on it – stones, gravel, etc. It would also help if you label areas where electricity and gas or water pipes go.

Plan Your Drainage System Properly

In relation to the previous tip, you should also plan your drainage system properly. Most hardscaping features are fixed on one place. These features could certainly alter your drainage system. You may have to move some of your pipes or install new pipes on certain areas. You may also be required to install a new irrigation system or upgrade your existing irrigation system to accommodate the new features in your yard. Ensuring that you have an efficient drainage system before you start with your hardscaping project will help you avoid any issues, or even expensive and unnecessary expenses, in the future.

Don’t Forget About The Budget

One of the most important factors that you have to consider is your budget. Consider how much money you are willing to spend for the project. Make sure that you also have some extra budget just in case there are issues that may surprise you as you work on your hardscape design. The amount you will be spending on your hardscaping project will depend on the size of your outdoor area, the size of the area you are going to use, the features you want to install, and the materials that you are going to use in it. If you plan to hire a professional to work on your hardscaping project, make sure that the labor costs would be included in your budget as well.

To easily determine your budget, have a list of items that you are planning to use for the project. Visit local stores and check the price of each of those items. Calculate it based on the estimated quantity that may be utilized. Again, don’t keep your budget too tight as you may face certain issues or may require to purchase additional materials.

Create A Focal Point

Just like any other home improvement projects you do, make sure that you create a focal point. It would be best to make the most appealing feature in your yard to be the focal point. It should be an area or a feature that would catch your attention easily. When you invite your guests to come over, it will be the first thing that they will notice in your yard so make sure that you choose the best elements or features to be in the focal point. It can be some lush greenery surrounded with boulders or a mini fountain in the center of your yard.

Keep All Elements Balanced

See to it that everything will be in harmony. There should be a balance between all the different elements or features that you add in your outdoor area. If you just use random stuff for your hardscaping project, it will just look unnatural. The key to a successful hardscaping project is making sure that the elements you add appear natural. You won't be able to achieve this if you just combine random elements together.

Maintain The Softscape Elements

Even if you are focusing on what to do with your hardscaping project, you should also look into the softscape elements in your outdoor area. It would be bad to see a yard that only has concrete areas in it. Although this may happen on various regions because of the climate, you really have to make sure that you keep some greenery in your yard. You can have flowers surrounded by hardscape elements or have turf and a walkway.

Hire An Expert

Take the stress of planning for your project when you hire an expert. Hardscaping experts have the knowledge and skills to do work on your project efficiently. They also have the right tools for the job. When you look for an expert, make sure to look into their portfolio to see the hardscaping projects they have done before. It would be great if those projects were done around your neighborhood so that you can easily check on it for yourself.

Discuss your plan with the expert. They will be able to give you some advice on what can be done and cannot be done. Do not forget to ask them for a quote.

Choose The Right Materials

Once you have discussed your plans with the hardscaping expert and you have agreed on the terms, you will now start purchasing the materials that would be used in the project. Most of the time, the company you hire will be the one to purchase the materials. In case you decide to purchase it yourself, you can ask them for recommendations on where you can purchase quality materials. Also consider buying a little more than you need. Some materials can be hard to find and some have a limited supply. It would be best to purchase more than what you need rather than having a headache later on looking for a store where you can purchase the materials you lack. And in case there are unfortunate events while working on the project, you would have extra materials to replace what was damaged or broken.

Prepare The Area

Even when you hired a hardscaping expert to help you with your project, you also have to ensure that you prepare the area before the project starts. Clear away all the clutter that is in there. For example, if you placed a small play area for your kids, take it away first – unless keeping it there is part of the plan.


Those are tips on how you can achieve a successful hardscaping project. Follow what we’ve discussed and we assure you that you will not have any major issues as you go on with the project. In case you are looking for a hardscaping expert who can help you with your project, Premier Lawn Care is just one call away. We can work on any hardscaping project no matter how simple or grand it is. As we also offer landscaping services, you can be certain that the hardscape elements will work well with your landscape design.

If you need more information about our hardscaping services, feel free to contact us.

What Is Hardscaping?

In any outdoor area, there are various elements that you're going to see. When you talk about a yard or garden, it is not only comprised of trees, shrubs, grasses, and all other varieties of plants, but also of different things. It is not only comprised of living materials but non-living materials as well. On non-living materials, this is where hardscaping comes in.

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Hardscaping

The living aspects in your garden such as the trees, shrubs, or other plants are part of the softscape elements. Hardscaping, on the other hand, are the non-living aspects of any yard or garden. These elements are also fixed and solid. It is made up of various materials and creates a focal point in your landscaping. Depending on the design, it provides added function in your yard or garden.

Hardscaping are as essential as the plants in your garden. It will not only improve the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor area but it will also add functionality to it. Your hardscaping can serve as an outdoor living space or an area where you can entertain your guests.

Landscaping

Now that you know about hardscaping, you may be confused as to what makes it different from landscaping. A landscape is not complete without the hardscaping and softscaping elements. Hardscaping refers to the more solid structures while softscape refers to the plants and other living materials. These two, when combined, can create harmony in your yard. You can't just have a yard that is full of plants or trees. You can't also have a yard that only has concrete or pathways. Combine those two elements properly and you're going to have a well-designed landscape.

Hardscaping vs. Landscaping

Hardscape elements bring out the appeal and characteristics of a garden your yard. It provides style, shape, and texture. Depending on the style that you want to achieve, you can create a dimensional look in your garden. There are various ways that your hardscape can work together with your landscape. There are also instances when hardscape elements can work separately.

A landscaping expert will help you to create an appealing yard with just the right balance. If you want to have a yard with hardscape and softscape elements complement one another, it is best to trust the experts. They have the skills and the proper materials in order to create the hardscape design that you want to achieve for your yard or garden.

Common Materials Used In Hardscaping

As discussed, hardscape is comprised of the fixed and solid elements in a landscape design. This includes the pathways, driveways, walls and decks in your outdoor area. Each material comes with its own pros and cons. It is best to consult an expert so that you can choose what material is best to use.

Common Hardscape Elements

Here are some of the most common hardscape material you will see in your yard:

  • CONCRETE

    Concrete is one of the most common materials used in hardscaping. One of the advantages to using concrete is that its shape and texture can be customized. By adding certain materials to it, you can even customize its color. It can be used to create a wall or pathway. The problem with concrete is that it holds heat. It could be hot to walk on during hot days. It also has the possibility to crack or break.

  • PAVERS

    Pavers are also made in concrete. They are pre-cast and come in various designs or patterns. It can be used as a pathway for your garden. It can also be installed as your driveway or as added design around your pool. Though pavers have attractive patterns, it can be costly. It is also laborious and time-consuming to install.

  • STONE

    Stone is also one of the common hardscaping material. It can vary in size and weight. It also comes in various textures and colors. With a wide variety of stones available, it is easy to find a type that will match with your landscaping design. Depending on the region where it came from, the price can vary as well. It can sometimes get very costly.

  • BRICKS

    Bricks can be used not only as a material for creating walls but also for pathways. It can also be used for patios and as edging for other hardscape elements. The advantage in using bricks is that you can easily clean it. All you have to do is use a hose to wash down all the dirt and the bricks will be good as new. The disadvantage with bricks is that you have to make sure that you use enough pieces because the same design or pattern can be difficult to find. It can also split or crack during bad weather conditions. If you want to use bricks, you have to ensure that you hire an expert to install it.

  • COMPOSITE DECKING

    Decking can be a great addition to any yard. When you talk about composite decking, it is decking that is made of eco-friendly materials such as wood fibers or recycled plastic. Most homeowners prefer to use composite decking because it does not easily rot or mold. It also requires less maintenance unlike wood decking.

  • TILES

    Tile is another material used for hardscaping. You usually see it as flooring indoor but it can also be used outdoor. It can be made of ceramic or other material. It comes in different designs making it easier for you to choose one that will match your garden's design. The only disadvantage with tiles is that it can get slippery when it rains or when it gets wet.

  • WOOD

    Wood has long been used in hardscaping. It can be used for creating decks or other garden buildings. It can also be designed as another material to add aesthetic appeal to your yard. The only issue with wood is that it can rot. It would also require more maintenance so that it will last longer.

  • LOOSE MATERIALS

    Because hardscaping includes the solid elements in your landscape design, this would also mean that loose materials are among the hardscape materials you can make use of. Loose materials include gravel, mulch, rocks and small-sized stones.

Again, when choosing hardscape materials for your yard, make sure to consult a landscaping expert first. They would be able to guide you on how to use the different hardscape materials and incorporate it to your entire landscape design.

Common Hardscape Features

Through the use of different hardscape materials, you would be able to create various features that can transform your landscape design. Regardless if it's a landscape design for your home or for a commercial establishment, you would be able to find the following hardscaping features:

Pathways and sidewalks - The pathways and sidewalks are areas where people can move or walk around your property. It can be made of concrete, pavers or stones. It can also be curved or angled.

Patios - Patios can be a great area where your family or your guests can gather. This allows you to enjoy the outdoors comfortably. Depending on the materials you use, your patio can be simple or luxurious.

Walls and terraces - Walls and terraces can create boundaries in the garden. It separates certain parts of your garden and make it look more organized. Other walls are designed to hold planters with trees or other plants keeping the soil more secure.

Fire pits or fire places - Fire pits and fire place are great additions to any private residence. It can also be good for public parks.

You can experiment on various hardscape materials in order to create various features in your outdoor area. Still, it would be best to hire an expert to do the job for you. By working with an expert, you can ensure that the hardscaping project will be done properly.

Working On A Hardscape Project

Hardscaping can be a very complicated work depending on the size of your outdoor area and the materials you are planning to use. The weather condition can also affect the success of your work. It can be difficult to work outside when it is too hot. Certain materials would also be difficult to install or use during rainy days. You have to consider the weather and choose days where the climate is favorable.

Hire A Professional

Regardless of the weather, professionals are able to undertake a hardscaping project. They have the right set of tools and equipment. With their experience, they already know what to do in case of any weather changes or other circumstances.

Premier Lawn Care is a trusted property maintenance company in Tennessee and surrounding areas. We provide landscaping services to our clients. We also offer hardscaping services for those who want to improve the aesthetic appeal of their outdoor area. Our staff have been trained to provide exceptional service. We have designers and a construction team who can install various hardscaping features in your outdoor area. We will help you in planning the project and ensure that all the hardscaping elements that will be installed in your outdoor area will work well with the softscape elements. Contact us now to know more about our services or to book an appointment.

 

Home Selling: Does Your Landscape and Hardscape Need a Makeover?

When you think about improvements before you sell a home, you might think to revamp the interior to impress picky buyers. The trouble is that this leaves a lot of your exterior property off the list. Here are four reasons you need to put your landscaping and hardscaping front and center in your selling and home staging plans.

1. Curb Appeal

The concept of curb appeal may seem so overdone in real estate that it is practically cliché, but it remains extremely important. If prospective buyers cannot get past the problems they see from the street, they may not ever walk inside. This means that there is absolutely no excuse not to repair, maintain and replace parts of your yard, driveway and garage, particularly those aspects that are easily visible from hundreds of feet away. This is the area where you may want to throw the bulk of your home improvement budget, just so you can impress buyers as they drive up.

2. Update for the Season

You might have the most beautiful and manicured property on the street during late spring and summer, but the off-season always presents a challenge. If you are selling a home outside of the peak plant growth for the area, you have to rethink the landscaping before listing the home. After all, those lovely flowers are not going to excite anyone if they have already bloomed, wilted and been plucked away. Give your landscaping a seasonal upgrade. Add extra lighting around walkways, retaining walls and steps to highlight the special features of the property on the shorter days of the year.

3. Overall Care for the Home

As you inspect the exterior property, you must pay attention to the message that you send to buyers who come to look. Bear in mind that anyone who loves your curb appeal and interior is likely to check out the backyard, as well. What are they likely to find? Will they see an outstanding space for entertaining or relaxation? Or, will they be horrified to glimpse cracked pavement and crumbling outbuildings? Overgrowing trees and bushes and chipped or cracked walkways make a home seem older or neglected. Some minor upkeep and repairs may make a big difference in the property’s overall appearance.

4. Upgrade the Property

Of course, making your home look its best for buyers is about more than just bringing your property into the 21st Century. You want to compete with the neighbors, which means you need to have a landscape that is current without being too over the top. Think of what you like about the properties in your neighborhood, and add a few elements with your real estate agent’s agreement. Something simple like a new retaining wall, raised-bed garden or paved walkway might be all you need to take your property from drab to fab. As an added plus, you might recoup as much or more than you paid to install it in a higher sale price.

The home on the block with the amazing landscaping and hardscaping is the one that buyers will snatch up in an instant. With these four reasons to revamp your exterior property before selling a home, you know exactly how much of an effect this makeover could have for your home sale.