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WHAT’S INCLUDED IN PROFESSIONAL LAWN CARE SERVICES

Prior to selecting a professional lawn care company, it is important to understand the types of services that should be offered as part of a complete lawn care package. In addition to services offered, professional lawn care companies have the experience, licenses and know-how to properly care for your lawn. We’ve compiled a list of the most common professional lawn care services that should be included when turning over your lawn to the professionals.

Common Professional Lawn Care Services

Spring Dethatching – Dethatching is a great way to get rid of all the built up thatch, dead grasses and leaves, and debris in the lawn from the winter.  It’s an important first step in professional lawn care services to allow fertilizer to reach the soil where it can be most effective.  Also, removing the thatch layer allows the lawn to breathe and gets rid of the medium in which diseases thrive.

Lime Application – Lime application helps to correct the soil PH due to constant nutrient uptake from the lawn.  Proper soil PH allows for the nutrients in the ground to be more easily absorbed by the lawn.

Season-Long Fertilization – Ongoing fertilization keeps the lawn green and beautiful all season long.  Proper fertilization creates a healthy lawn by allowing it to grow rapidly while also removing the threat of disease and insects.  A well-fertilized lawn is the best medicine to fight against disease and crowd out weeds to ensure a beautiful, green lawn.

Season-Long Pesticide Application – Applying season-long preventative pesticide treatments reduces the likelihood of grubs and crabgrass in the lawn. Overall, preventative lawn treatments use less pesticides resulting in a reduced impact on the environment as well as a healthier lawn.

Weekly Mowing and Edging – This is probably the number one lawn care service that most people think of when hiring a professional lawn care company. Weekly mowing and edging keeps the clean and crisp look to a lawn, while also keeping it from getting out of control. It also maintains the ideal length to allow fertilizing and preventative pesticide application to do its job.

Fall Aeration, Thatching and Overseeding – Just like in Spring, its important to set up your lawn for success over the cold Winter months. Aeration and thatching removes dead grass, leaves and debris to make room for overseeding. Overseeding is important as it fills in any bare spots, thickens the lawn and introduces new and more resistant grass varieties to your lawn.

Prior to hiring a professional lawn care company be sure to do your research on the services that are included to ensure the proper care of your lawn. We take a customized approach to each and every property we maintain.

We'd love to be considered to take care of your lawn. Give us a call at 609.861-5050 to schedule a free in-home estimate. 

#lawncare   #newjersey   #lawnmaintenance   #landscaping  

http://www.barbersnursery.com/blog/professional-lawn-care-services
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LANDSCAPING IDEAS TO TRANSFORM YOUR HOME

Your home is your castle – a place to relax, enjoy and share memories with friends and family. Most of us spend a lot of time at home and its important to utilize all of your space to its fullest potential. While most homeowners spend a lot of time and energy on the inside of a home on paint, furnishings, etc., many don’t put the proper time and attention into the use of outdoor spaces of a home. Lucky for you, we’ve got a few landscaping ideas that can really transform your yard and the way you use outdoor spaces at home. 

A Lush and Beautiful Lawn

While it might seem obvious, a lush, beautiful and green lawn is the most important foundation for any outdoor space. The truth is that many people don’t put the time and attention into their lawn leaving a patchy, weed-filled, wanna-be-lawn that doesn’t appeal. However, a beautiful, lush and green lawn invites evening walks, enjoyable summer BBQs and fun backyard games of volleyball or football with the kids.

A Private Patio or Deck

If your home doesn’t have a patio or deck in your backyard, it should be on the top of your landscaping ideas list to spruce up your outdoor living space. We personally have a soft spot for a beautiful paver patio, as they can be fully customized with colors and patterns to suit your personal style. In addition to pavers, privacy is a must. While the proximity of other homes might make it difficult to actually achieve complete privacy, the illusion can be achieved through privacy hedges and strategic plantings to create a peaceful oasis right in your own backyard.

A Landscaped Pool Area

While a pool quickly becomes the focal point of any backyard, well planned landscaping in and around the pool area can seamlessly integrate the pool into your yard. The right landscaping can create the perfect environment right at home no matter if your pool provides endless fun for the kids or a peaceful afternoon of relaxing.

A Perennial Garden

A great landscaping idea to add beauty and color to your yard year after year is by adding a perennial garden. Perennials are an excellent addition to your landscaping by adding flowers that bloom each and every year that you can count on like clockwork. A perennial garden utilizes a variety of flowering plants based on the location in your yard, access to sunlight and water, as well as personal preference.

While this list is far from exhaustive of all that’s possible with landscaping, they give you a few landscaping ideas to start thinking about potential updates you might want to make to your yard to transform it into a beautiful and functional outdoor living space.

We take a customized approach to each and every landscape job we tackle. We’d love to be considered for your next landscaping project and have plenty of ideas to share for your yard. Give us a call at 609.861-5050 or Contact Us today to schedule your free in-home estimate. 

#landscaping   #homeimprovement   #curbappeal   #newjersey  
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TOP 5 REASONS EVERY PROPERTY NEEDS A SPRING CLEAN UP

Spring is almost here (although the snow on the ground might tell another story) and that means its time for your annual spring clean up. Although sunshine and Mother Nature do a great job of enhancing the natural beauty of your landscaping in spring, its important to remember that intentional care and maintenance can go a long way to give Mother Nature a bit of assistance.

We believe spring doesn’t really start until the spring clean ups are done – leaving beautiful yards ready to reach their full spring and summer potential. But, if you don’t want to take our word and years of experience under consideration, here are the top 5 reasons why every property (even yours!) needs a spring clean up.

Winter Debris Removal

With the winter like we’ve had here in South Jersey, it’s a necessity to remove the debris that have piled up over the winter months during the spring clean up. In an effort to improve the overall cleanliness of the property, we take the time to remove leaves, trash and weeds that have accumulated and show themselves once the snow has melted and the winds have died down.

Lawn Dethatching

Spring is the perfect time to dethatch your lawn to ensure removal of leaves, thatch and other debris. Removing those items from your lawn allows for fertilizers and chemical treatments to reach the soil to ensure a thick, lush and green lawn for spring and summer.  Also, the removal of thatch reduces the amount of media in which many turf diseases thrive. 

Fertilizing All Plant Material

The rain and sunshine of spring give the perfect natural elements to combine with nutrient-rich fertilizers to ensure all the plant material in your yard is healthy and at it’s best for the coming seasons. Fertilizing during the spring clean up allows plants to reach their full potential and allows us to correct any potential PH issues or nutrient deficiencies in the soil to ensure a beautiful yard.

Edging                          

During the spring clean up make sure time is taken to edge bed lines as well as all walkways, driveways and stepping stones.  Edging creates clean lines that can be maintained all season long for a well-manicured property.

New Mulch Installation

Nothing creates a cleaner, more polished look than installation of fresh, new mulch. Not only does new mulch create a clean and finished look, but it also acts as a weed barrier and protects the soil to prevent loss of nutrients. Along with freshly edged beds, new mulch puts the finishing touches on every spring clean up.

As you can see from the above list, spring clean ups are essential to laying a solid foundation for a beautiful, lush and green property all season long.

Every property, big or small, deserves a great start to the season and we’d love to add you to our list. Give us a call at 609-861-5050 or contact us to schedule a free in-home estimate. 

#landscaping   #southjersey   #newjersey   #lawncare  

http://www.barbersnursery.com/blog/2015/3/9/top-5-reasons-every-property-needs-a-spring-clean-up
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TOP 3 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN HIRING A LANDSCAPING COMPANY

http://www.barbersnursery.com/blog/2015/2/28/top-3-things-to-consider-when-hiring-a-landscaping-company

Although we’re experiencing record cold temperatures here in South Jersey, spring is just around the corner. When the weather outside is this cold it’s the perfect excuse to think about warmer days ahead and start planning upgrades to your home’s landscaping. Since we’ve been in business for over 45 years and have learned a thing or two about successful customer relationships, we wanted to share the three most important things to consider when hiring a landscaping company.

1. Dependability

Is the company dependable? Can you count on them to show up on time and complete the job as promised? These are important questions to ask and can easily be verified by checking references. In addition, you can easily spot a landscaping company with experience that value a customer’s time by being prompt with responses and communicating job status updates regularly.

2. Availability and Scope of Services

All customers and jobs have different needs in both equipment and skill required to complete the job on time and on budget. Be sure to communicate the details of your project during the initial consultation and gain a full understanding of the landscaping company’s ability to meet your needs. Ask to see examples of similar jobs in terms of size and scope to be sure. It is also important to remember, that just like other industries, not all landscaping companies are created equal, so be sure to do your homework prior to signing a contract for services.

3. Satisfaction Guarantee

Does the company stand behind their finished work and offer a satisfaction guarantee?  Prior to signing a contract, be sure to understand the landscaping company’s terms of service and process to ensure you are 100% satisfied with the finished job. Research the company’s job portfolio to ensure you like the general style to ensure there won’t be any surprises. Does the company use plants and flowers you like? Do they use large, fully-grown trees for a more finished look? Are their lawns green and lush in season? Once you settle on a company, be sure to understand the process for how to submit and discuss concerns to allow the company to make it right.

Of course, we’d love it if you’d hire us as your landscaping company. We have the knowledge and experience of over 45 years serving customers just like you in South Jersey.

Give us a call today at 609-861-5050 for a complimentary in-home consultation and estimate. 

#landscaping   #homeimprovement   #newjersey   #lawncare  
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