We hope you have had a wonderful winter season! It’s time for warm weather and to start thinking about your yard and landscape. I have enjoyed being able to take some of the work of your hands so that you can have more time to spend on the things that matter most to you.
If you would like help with mulching, flower bed maintenance, flower bed installation, or spring clean up, we would be glad to help. In addition to lawn and landscape services, we also stain decks and pressure wash houses and decks in the summer when the yard work slows down.
Below are before and after pictures of a project, I did last summer to level out a rough hillside that was unusable space. The family wanted something that would serve as a space for seating, a fireplace, and entertainment.
Starting around 500 B.C., the Romans used this method to build roads in order the growth of their empire. Its a simple way to build something that will last for long time and won’t split like concrete. First step: remove 4″-6″ of soil, then add non woven geotextile fabric to separate out the soil from base material. Second step: add the crush base material and pack well. Third: add an 1″ of bedding sand. You don’t want to go any deeper than this because it will cause the block to tip up over. Fourth: step lay bricks, add edging to hold brick in place, tamp the bricks into place, and top with sand to fill the joints. Last step enjoy with campfire, friends, and family.
Late September through October is a perfect time to think about preparing your lawn for the cold NY winters and get a jump start on spring. First,run a core aerator over the lawn to help loosen soil and promote root growth. Core aeration pulls small plugs of soil out of the ground, leaving a small holes throughout the yard and little plugs on top of the yard. This will allow water, air, and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots, resulting in strong deep roots. After core aeration, put down a starter fertilizer to help promote new root growth and give it a kick start in the spring. If you are looking for an organic fertilizer, Milorganite is a good choice.
The second step involves the dreaded fall leaves. To rake or not rake? It is important to get them off the yard to prevent them from forming a heavy mat that will kill the grass and enable mold growth.
Next, it’s time to clean up those flower beds.The fall is the perfect time to remove the dead annuals and divide and re-plant the perennials. When you plant the dormant plants in the fall they get all that water in the early spring that comes before planting time and you will not have to water as much. What if the soil is too wet to get on in the spring, or what if you’re just too busy to get in them? Take care of them now and you’ll be relieved you did when the snow disappears in a few months.
Finally, fall is the time to thin out your shrubs. This will help to limit the damage that snow can cause. Opening up the shrubs will allow the snow to fall through the shrub and not allow as much build up, limiting the number of broken branches.
If you follow these four steps you will have a big jump on the rush to get the lawn and flower beds ready in the spring!
We would like to help make your landscape the best that it can be. Tones Solutions applies excellence in the ordinary. Whether we are serving you for the fist time or the twenty first time, you will find us to be faithful to the little things. You will find that we are passionate for serving you and we understand that we are doing work that matters. Hard work, attention to detail, imagination, and thoroughness are all proven through our service.