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The Importance of Regular Lawn Mowing The Lawn

Mowing the lawn is a very important part of proper landscape care. There are a host of benefits that are associated with mowing the lawn that make it well worth it in the end.

Mowing serves a two-fold purpose. First, the cosmetic benefits can be noticed immediately. A properly cut lawn is something that is very pleasant to behold. Mowing on a regular basis helps keep the grass short, neat and even. This also gives your lawn a very well manicured and orderly appearance. Many people consider it to be a matter of pride when it comes to the way that their landscape looks; so tending to it in this fashion brings satisfaction.

The other benefits that come with mowing on a regular basis may not be as immediately obvious, but they are just as important. Mowing helps keep your lawn healthy and eliminate some of the pests from the grass at the same time. It also can ensure that various pieces of debris are picked up and are cleared every week; so that nothing really accumulates on the grass.

The first health benefit that is achieved is the way that the grass grows. In a landscape, resources are absorbed by the grass and used to grow. By slicing the growth down to a short and uniform level on a regular basis, all of the growth gets an equal distribution of resources. Due to this fact, mowing on a regular basis will allow the landscape to remain consistent in nature, because all of the resources that are gained from the sun and water are spread out evenly throughout. Consistency is important to both health and appearance, so making sure that resources are evenly distributed is very important.

The next health benefit comes with the concept of reinforcement and improvement over time. When the grass is cut, the hardiest and the healthiest shoots are the ones that do the best. With every cut, the best shoots will proliferate making the grass much more visible in nature overall.

The last health benefit is that the fallen shoots of grass will help to fertilize the landscape. Even if a person is bagging when they are going through the process, some of the extra debris from the act will be returned to the earth. This plant matter composts quickly and revitalizes the soil underneath it. In this way, mowing helps to keep everything fresh and green!

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Seasonal Colors

The Spring Season

By the time winter's over, let's face it: We want color, and we want it fast. Thus the popularity of one of the earliest blooming shrubs, forsythia, as well as the other plants that always bloom earliest in our yards. Forsythia blooms in early spring, well before many of the other flowering trees and shrubs.

Achieving color in the landscape in mid-spring generally is not a problem, since there are so many flowering trees and shrubs from which to choose.

If you plan carefully, late spring need not take a backseat to April and early May, in terms of color. Lilacs are a long-time favorite that will bring color to the landscape in late spring. To supplement your lilacs, two other plants to consider are mountain laurels and hawthorns. For more information, please consult the following articles:

Lilac Shrubs

Mt. Laurel Shrubs

Hawthorn Trees

The Summer Season

In summer, the brilliant spring blooms on trees and shrubs give way to just plain old leaves. It can be a challenge to find any trees and shrubs that will bloom for a significant amount of time during the summer season. In the Southeastern U.S., the long blooming period of crape myrtle trees is a boon to summer landscaping. In the North, hydrangea shrubs inevitably enter the discussion, but another savior is long-blooming rose of Sharon, whose flowers conveniently hold off until the second half of the summer.


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11 Tips For Commercial Landscape Design

Element 1. The Right Plan

Proper planning is one of biggest money savers when beginning a commercial landscape design. It’s worth the investment in both the short and long run, because a well designed plan that includes planting recommendations gives you not just an efficient course of action now, but a pathway on which to base any future modifications.

Element 2. Match The Landscape Theme To The Building’s Style

Connecting the theme of your commercial landscaping to the building’s architecture is critical to a design that is both beautiful and practical. The idea is to have the landscape design enhance the building. A planner’s vision shouldn’t bully or conflict with the building’s design but, rather, work with it.

Element 3. Create A Natural And Welcoming Flow To The Entrance

Very much related to the second element, an essential feature of well-designed commercial landscaping is making the business’s primary entrance as obvious and pleasing as possible. Successful designs that lead the eye toward the entrance makes use of vibrant color in flower beds, unique grass accents and seasonal plants. Using color, form and appropriate hardscaping for your commercial landscaping helps escort customers and clientele to the door and can even positively affect their mood as they approach.

Element 4. Making Landscaping Relatable

First impressions matter in landscaping as much as they do at a business meeting. Using focal points in your commercial landscape design draws attention to your location. A focal point can be created through several elements. Colorful flowers or plantings, hardscapes, art or topiary are just a few examples. Using a focal point to draw the eye and add curb appeal helps create interest in the business at the center of the landscaping. And focal points in your landscape design can also be used to enhance your brand by incorporating your business logo or colors.

Element 5. Visibility Of Your Building

The very best landscape designs take plant maturity into consideration. Ornamental trees and shrubbery have various life spans and maturity levels. If not properly planned, plantings can eventually become crowded or outgrow their place in the landscaping. The result is more than just untidy. This can potentially obscure the visibility of your company’s location or signage rather than enhance and highlight them. Overgrown landscaping can reduce the visibility of drive entrances and affect access-point safety.

Element 6. Embrace The Seasons

Coordinating plant color and seasonal variety that complement and enhance your building’s style and coloring keeps your company lively in your clientele’s eye and mind. It communicates a sense of health and robustness to your business. Think ahead for the winter months, by using plants that retain a positive visual feature even during their dormancy. Focusing on the use of plants that are natives to northern Illinois can help with this. With a little forethought, the plants themselves can have an intriguing sculpture-like effect. Add to this concept by changing out some plantings on a seasonal basis, and your commercial landscape design will retain a fresh and inviting appearance all year long.

Element 7. Make Landscape Lighting Practical And Safe

Your outdoor lighting can pull multiple duties by not only enhancing the appeal of your commercial landscape design, but also offering safe and practical lighting for your customers and your employees. Rim your walkways with energy saving illumination that directs people to and from your entrance. The lighting should offer low but clear wattage that doesn’t cause eye glare.

Element 8. Keeping Maintenance Costs Low

At the beginning of your new commercial landscape design project, have your landscaper also draw up a maintenance plan that details precisely what kind of care your landscape will need, including how the maintenance may change with each season. Thinking ahead at this point in the process will give you a much clearer picture of what to expect and how to ensure that your landscape maintenance costs don’t exceed your budget.

Element 9. Choose Design With Your Clients In Mind

While no one wants their business’s landscape to be drape and forgetful, neither does any company want their green spaces to make customers grimace or scoff. Commercial landscaping should reflect the services or products of your business and appeal to the general sensibilities of clientele you aim to serve.

Element 10. Xeriscaping In Design

A xeriscape is a style of landscape design that requires little irrigation or other maintenance. In arid states, this can also mean landscapes that require no irrigation at all. But the advantages of xeriscaping are not confined to the more arid regions of the U.S. Xeriscaping can be just as valuable in our northern Illinois clime as well, in particularly when it comes to commercial landscape design.

Xeriscape-style landscaping can reduce watering regimens, save energy and keep maintenance low. And using xeriscaping in conjunction with additional water- and money-saving techniques will result in even more environmental and budget-saving benefits.

Xeriscaping may help a business qualify for LEED credits. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is a popular green building certification program that not only helps the environment, but can help a business’s bottom line.

Element 11. The Life Span Of Your Landscape

A well-designed landscape will have a life span of approximately twenty years. While elements such as flowers or grasses can be changed out for seasonal variety, the basic structure –the “bones,” if you will- should have about two decades of longevity when properly planned and maintained. You’ll know when your landscape is nearing the end when your trees and plantings begin to look overgrown, brittle, tired and woody.

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Fertilize your landscape properly, and you’ll be on your way to a healthy, dense stand of turf that maintains a deep green color and gives weeds a run for their money. Nitrogen is every lawn’s most important ingredient, and each type of grass demands different amounts to display peak growth and performance. How often you fertilize affects not only the appearance, but also maintenance level. The more you fertilize, the more it will grow!

Fertilizer and Water

A day or two before applying fertilizer, water your landscape thoroughly. After grass dries, apply fertilizer. Then lightly water again. This second watering is vitally important, because it washes fertilizer off grass blades and into soil. You can also time fertilizer application between rainfalls to let rain wash fertilizer into soil. Just be sure you don’t fertilize before a downpour, or you may wind up with fertilizer washing away, especially if your landscape slopes. Avoid applying fertilizer during a drought when a lawn has browned or withered from lack of moisture.


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The Benefits of Regular Commercial Landscape Maintenance

Your commercial property is a physical representation of your business. It will have an impact on your customer’s buying decision and your reputation in the industry. That is why regular Commercial Property Maintenance is a worthwhile investment. Here are some benefits you should consider:

· Eliminate Weed Growth, Diseases And Insects – Regular lawn care and maintenance will limit weed growth and allow your grass to thrive. It will also help keep insects and diseases at bay. Healthy grass is naturally more resilient and will look lush, giving your premises a tidy and welcoming appearance.

· Adds Color to Bland Landscapes – Professional landscape maintenance services can add and maintain colorful flowering plants and vibrant foliage on your commercial property. This will add interest and beauty to an otherwise bland landscape.

· Consistent Results – Regular maintenance will ensure your landscape always looks pretty and well-groomed. Trained and experienced professionals will arrive at a set schedule to carry out property maintenance in Toronto so your commercial space will never look shoddy or unkempt.

· A Professional Eye For Detail – Professionals will know how to grow and model the landscape so it enhances the appearance of your commercial property.

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5 Top Health Benefits of Landscape Architecture

People enjoy being in nature for multiple reasons: to work out, to escape from the stress of everyday life, or to simply breathe fresh air. Others head to the mountains or the woods to find a cure for what ails them and to reap the health benefits of spending time in the great outdoors. Whatever your goal, it is evident that spending time in nature is beneficial to both your mental and physical health.

While some of these benefits are well known — such as interacting with nature to reduce obesity and stress — other benefits are still hidden from public knowledge and are being studied by the scientific community. Recent research has shown that spending more time in nature might be much more beneficial to health than we anticipated and can bring benefits in a variety of ways.

Health Benefits of Landscape Architecture:

Type II Diabetes

According to a Japanese study published in the US National Library of Medicine, walking approximately three kilometers a day can help manage the symptoms of Type II diabetes. In this study, blood glucose levels of 87 non-insulin-dependent diabetic patients were examined before and after a three- to six-kilometer walk. The results showed that the mean blood glucose level changed considerably, from 179mg/dl to 108mg/dl.

Walking outside is by far more pleasant than trudging on a treadmill, and landscapes architects can easily contribute to a healthier habit and encourage people to control their sugar levels by creating walking trails in parks.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Green areas can also soften symptoms of ADHD. Some of these symptoms are a serious difficulty concentrating, hyperactivity and poor impulse control. Acknowledged by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 11 percent of children 4 to 17 years of age (6.4 million) have been

Depressive Disorder

The benefits of having a park near your home can go beyond the physical interactions; spending time in a park can also reduce symptoms of major depressive disorder or depression. A research report published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information indicates that interacting with nature improves cognition and affect for individuals with depression. The research covered 20 individuals diagnosed with this disease: 12 female, eight male, with a mean age of 26.

The results show mood and working memory capacity improvement, bringing up some important questions for future researchers. Two of these questions are: What are the long-lasting effects of walking in nature and how can we motivate people with depression to take these walks more often?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

In some cases, nature not only decreases some symptoms of the disorder, but also is an essential component for the healing process. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is caused by a traumatic event such as an assault, rape, or events during warfare.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Another health benefit of landscape architecture worth mentioning is how spending time in nature can help minimize the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. A study published in the American Journal of Alzheimer`s Disease & Other Dementias shows the success of horticultural therapy. Oftentimes, patients who suffer from dementia have difficulty engaging in activities that elicit elevated levels of adaptive behavior.


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