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    Is Your Deck Ready For Spring?

    You already know how important it is that you keep your lawn looking great, but what about the other aspects of your exterior landscaping? Decks take a lot of upkeep, but it is worth every minute! 

    Having a deck expands the usable living space of your home in the warm months, invites guests into your backyard to enjoy the green grass and fresh air, and provides a gathering space to get you in the yard more often.

    Here are some things to consider when getting your deck ready for spring:


    Safety

    Of course, safety is a top concern when talking about decks. Some decks can be twenty feet in the air! Most are constructed of wood which can rot away over time. Decks are also a common DIY project which can often be done poorly by a previous homeowner. The safety regulations surrounding decks are important to know. 

    When assessing if your deck is ready for spring, check if there are any loose or warping boards. Look for rot and insect damage, especially near the posts that hold the deck up and have wood near the ground. Ensure your deck has proper footing and flashing installed to prevent future safety problems. Lowes.com provides a comprehensive list of areas on your deck to check for safety reasons each spring.

     

    Maintenance

    Besides checking for safety concerns, you should also keep your deck appealing by performing maintenance each spring. Start by cleaning the whole deck! Move the grill, move all the furniture – move everything off and give it a power wash. It is suggested to stain your deck every 3-5 years, so chances are you will need to buy some stain and block off a weekend to get it done. 

    Make sure it is above 50 degrees when you apply stain. Once the deck is fully clean and freshly stained, consider any other upgrades you might want to add this season. Do you need more shade on your deck? Do you need some lighting to enjoy your deck in the early morning or late evening? Do you need a deck heater or more storage? Decking out your deck will only add to the enjoyment of your yard this year!

     

    Get your deck ready for spring by inspecting its safety, maintaining its beauty, and upgrading its functionality. Then get outside and enjoy your lawn and yard more than ever this season! 

  • Low Maintenance Fall Projects from Ehlinger Lawn Service

     

    As summer winds down and the weather begins to get brisk and cool, not too many people will want to spend weekends doing labor-intensive yard work when they could be out and about at the football game or pumpkin patch. If this feeling sounds familiar to you, check out some of our simple and low maintenance lawn ideas below:


    Prepare Your Lawn

    Prevent your yard from dying this winter by taking preventative steps now. Add a winter fertilizer and grass seed to promote healthy growth and protect your yard from frigid temps this winter. Mow and rake regularly to keep your yard in tip-top shape. For more tips, check out our Fall lawn care tips blogs - part one and part two


    Add Stepping Stones

    To add a beautiful pop of personality to your garden or walkway, place stepping stones to personalize your yard. Make creative shapes like leaves or grab your kids for a fun weekend painting session. Get creative with stones, gravel, moss, and more natural elements.


    Decorate Your Front Porch

    Whether you want to repaint for some extra shine or add a simple but elegant wreath of dried flowers and pinecones, small changes to your front porch can make a big impact. Plan a small project that will add some curbside appeal to your home. Decorate pumpkins, gather corn stalks or create a fun Fall scarecrow. For weekend projects, check out this article from midwestliving.com. While you are decorating for the fall season, make sure to check your porch lights and screen doors for damage. Fix them now to prevent problems and future maintenance in the winter. 


    Get a New Fire Pit

    For all those late night post-game bonfires, create a fire pit that you can be proud of. This project can be relatively inexpensive, and it can create a wonderful atmosphere for cozy Fall bonfires. You can purchase one from a home improvement store, or build your own with surfacing blocks, large rocks, and a variety of other methods. Head over to Pinterest to find a ton of DIY fire pit ideas!


    Start Composting 

    With your old compost pile most likely depleted from the summer’s work, start a new compost pile to use for next season’s plants. If you don’t have a composting bin, you can use a bare-ground compost pile. Lay plastic sheeting on the ground to prevent tree roots, weeds, and other undesirable plants from disrupting it. On top of the plastic, lay a few inches of straw, corn stalks, or dry leaves. Continue adding compost to the pile throughout the year. You can add kitchen waste, like veggie peels, eggshells, and table scraps to the pile, but did you know that grass clippings, wood ash, and dryer lint make great additions as well? Check out eartheasy.com to find more compost-friendly materials. 


    Weatherproof your home

    To protect your house from the elements, you can start inspecting your home. Check the weatherstripping around your windows and doors, HVAC system, attic, and basement to make sure your home stays warm and safe throughout the winter. Don’t forget to change air filters and flip your fans to spin in the opposite direction to promote healthy airflow during the cooler months.

     

    Working on smaller, low maintenance fall projects can make a big impact on your home without draining you of energy or taking up too much of your weekend. For more resources on lawn care, or to get a jumpstart on your winter maintenance, visit Ehlinger Lawn Service


  • Spring Landscaping Preparation

     

    Although green grass and blooming flowers aren’t the first thing that come to mind when you look outside this time of year, now is the time to begin thinking about it. Sunshine is on the rise, the snow is melting, and if a certain groundhog from Pennsylvania is to be believed, we’re going to have an early spring.

    The first thing you should consider when planning out your spring landscaping projects is what your goals are. Are you looking to increase curb appeal, or do you have a more serious problem like poor drainage of rotting trees? Once you have evaluated your needs and determined goals it is time to get planning. Here are the top 5 steps to get you started:

    1. Map out the area: Mapping out your home and the area surrounding will give you a better idea of how much space really have. You will have to consider sidewalks, walking paths, patios, and planting space. Landscape plans use symbols to indicate plants, hardscape materials, trees and architectural features.
    2. Contrast with the exterior of your home: It is said that the color of your house is the backdrop for your garden. Before planning out the colors of your yard, you should take a look at your house and find colors that will compliment it well. Learn more about which landscape colors and flowers will look best with your house color before making your plans.
    3. Plan for maintenance: When deciding to add landscaping and gardens to your yard, it is important to remember that it will need constant maintenance to keep it looking good. These things will include pulling weeds, trimming, and watering. It is important when choosing plants that you consider plants that fit into your maintenance schedule.
    4. Get inspired! There are so many beautiful landscaping ideas on the internet. Take a look at our Pinterest page to get inspired.
    5. Do your research: Just like any home improvement project, it is important to do your research before you being so you can be fully prepared. DIY projects are sometimes much more complicated than they appear, and it is important to consider whether you will do this project yourself or if you would rather hire someone to help you with the project.


    If you are looking for more professional information about lawn care this spring, please contact the professionals at Ehlinger Lawn Care. We have tons of experience in all sorts of yards and we can help you maintain the yard of your dreams.