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Lawn Care, Lawn Maintenance, Landscaping - What’s the Difference?
Lawn Care, Lawn Maintenance, Landscaping - What’s the Difference?

So much goes into maintaining your yard. From mowing your grass to trimming your trees to planting new flower beds, keeping your outdoor spaces healthy and beautiful can be a full-time job. Many property owners turn to professionals for help. But with so many companies available, it can be hard to know which to choose!

 

It’s not always enough to know what you need. Some lawn companies call themselves lawn care specialists. Others market as lawn maintenance companies, while still others provide services in landscaping. To muddy the waters even further, many of them provide the same services! You know you need help with your lawn, so what’s the difference? We’re here to make it clear. Read on to learn about the differences between lawn care, lawn maintenance, and landscaping.

 

Lawn Care

 

As the name suggests, lawn care involves taking steps to improve and maintain a property’s lawn. Lawn care companies specialize in creating lush, green grass that is attractive, healthy and resistant to drought or disease. In this way, you can think of lawn care as caring for a property’s lawn without dramatically changing its structure or design. In fact, one of the defining features of lawn care is that you are caring for a lawn or turf that is already there.

 

Common lawn care services include seeding, fertilizing, performing pest control, aeration, and others. For this reason, lawn care specialists need to be highly experienced and, depending on your state, licensed to apply chemicals. Krob Landscape provides expert service in lawn care including weed and pest control as well as nutrient/water management.

 

Lawn Maintenance

 

The difference between lawn maintenance and lawn care is subtle, yet important. Lawn maintenance also involves improving and caring for an existing yard, but it includes services to maintain the entire landscape year-round (rather than just the turf). These often include things like mowing, trimming, edging and weed eating.

 

Somewhat confusingly, many lawn maintenance companies include lawn care services. It makes sense - a well-maintained exterior includes an attractive and healthy lawn, so maintenance companies often take care of both. For example, Krob Landscape provides total lawn packages that include turf management as well as full-scale lawn maintenance.

 

Landscaping

 

Unlike lawn care or lawn maintenance, landscaping involves the creation of new outdoor spaces through construction, planting, and design. Landscapers focus on creating outdoor designs that complement, improve, and functionalize your home’s exterior. There are two main categories of landscaping: softscaping and hardscaping.

 

Softscaping involves the live elements of your landscape - plants, shrubs, trees, grass, and other vegetation. Landscapers use these components to create vibrant outdoor areas full of color and life. Seasonal planting, flower bed designs, and the addition of trees or shrubs are common examples of softscaping.

 

In contrast, hardscaping uses man-made materials to improve the look and function of your home’s yard. Walkways, patios, retaining walls, driveways, and boulders are commonly used in hardscaping a property. Hardscaping can be done to up your curb appeal, create outdoor spaces for entertaining or relaxation, or improve the use and function of an area.

 

Although softscaping and hardscaping are different, both are necessary to create a well-rounded landscape, and most landscaping companies offer both. Krob Landscape offers a full range of landscaping services to design and create a pleasing outdoor space you can enjoy for years to come.

 

Ultimately, which lawn company you choose is up to you. Whether you need lawn care, lawn maintenance, or full landscaping services, knowing what is provided by each will help you make a decision to fit your needs.

 

No matter what your lawn needs, Krob Landscape can help! Our expert staff can assist you with turf care, lawn maintenance, landscaping, and more. Visit our services page for more info and contact us today!


Everything You Need to Know About French Drains
Everything You Need to Know About French Drains

Do you find yourself with a soggy yard after a hard rain? Even worse, do those first drops make you run for the shop vac to dry out a flooded basement or garage? If so, you have a drainage problem, and a french drain may be the solution. But before you start picturing croissants and funny mustaches, read on to find out everything you need to know about french drains.

 

What Is A French Drain?

 

A french drain isn't French at all. It was invented by an American named Henry French in 1859 when he noticed that farmland was destroyed by too much standing water. It's primarily used to redirect surface water and groundwater away from an area. This prevents flooding, runoff, and pooling water from damaging your yard or home. It can also distribute water (like for a septic system) or relieve ground pressure behind a retaining wall.

 

The concept is relatively simple. It's done by digging a trench and inserting a perforated pipe along the bottom. Gravel is spread over the top to filter water down, and the pipe then guides it to a better outlet. There are two main types of french drains. Shallow Drains are dug approximately two feet from the surface and are best for fixing excessive surface water in your yard. Deep Drains are dug much deeper and placed around the perimeter of your home to help keep your basement or cellar dry during heavy rain. You can also install a french drain in the interior of your home.

 

Do I need a french drain?

 

If you need a french drain, there are virtually no other solutions that will fix the problem. Only you can decide if you need a drainage solution. But a french drain may be needed if:

 

  • Your yard is sticky and spongy after rain or has a permanent damp spot
  • Your basement or garage is wet after a heavy rain
  • Your driveway is constantly washed-out
  • You have a mold or mildew problem in the lower levels of your home

 

Can I Install My Own French Drain?

 

Hardware stores and intense DIYers will tell you that you can install a french drain yourself. But letting a professional do the work is always the best option for drainage solutions. A professional will have the tools and knowledge to find the right angle and depth, place the drain in the right place, and do the dirty work. And when properly installed, french drains can last for decades without needing maintenance.

 

Krob Landscaping can give you a perfect french drain to solve your flooding problems - while saving you the back pain that comes from hours of trench digging.

 

Rain cleans the air, fills rivers and streams, allows plants to grow - it's a beautiful resource that we can't live without. But it can be hard to see the beauty in it if all that water is turning your home and yard into a swamp. If you think you may need a french drain, contact us for an evaluation! We can provide a variety of draining solutions to help keep your home and yard dry even in the strongest storms.


8 Reasons That You Need A Landscaping Company During The Fall and Winter
8 Reasons That You Need A Landscaping Company During The Fall and Winter

When booking a landscaping company, most people think that spring and summer are the best times to do it. In fact, even the most expert gardeners can get caught in the trap of neglecting their lawn through the cooler months. Falling leaves, cold weather, and dead plant life can make landscaping work seem hard and unnecessary. But forgoing proper lawn care during the fall and winter can create real problems for your landscape year-round. That’s why it is so important to let a landscaping company maintain your lawn during the fall and winter months! Read on for the top 8 reasons that you need a landscaping company during the fall and winter.

COOLER WEATHER MAKES HEALTHY ROOTS

One of the best reasons to maintain your landscape during the fall and winter is the cooler weather. As the temperatures drop from the hot summer months, your soil reaches the ideal temperature for plants to establish healthy roots. This means that the fall months are actually one of the best times to install new plants so they’ll have time to establish themselves and have adequate growth for the winter season. In fact, woody plants and many perennials actually do the best in cooler temperatures for this reason, so it’s the perfect time to have your landscaper plant some new ones.

LESS MAINTENANCE

Whether you’re an avid or a novice gardener, you probably don’t want to spend every waking moment outside doing yard work. During the spring and summer your lawn requires almost constant care to keep it in prime condition, even if you have a landscaping company. But during the fall and winter, your lawn doesn’t require as much attention to prevent overgrowth. This means that your landscaper won’t need to do quite as much maintenance, lowering your bill and keeping your yard attractive for longer periods.

IT’S THE OFF-SEASON

The spring and summer are by far the busiest seasons for landscaping as everyone looks for colorful flowers and elaborate designs to beautify their lawns. This also means that landscaping companies are busy and may have limited availability, especially for new customers. Fall and winter are a great time to establish a relationship with a landscaper while their schedules aren’t as full. Plus, more availability means that they’ll have more time during appointments to discuss large or complicated projects (and then do them). Sometimes you’ll even get discounted off-season rates!

MAINTAIN YOUR LAWN TO PREVENT DYING

We’ve all seen those brown winter lawns. Dead plant life is all too common during the cold winter months - but it doesn’t have to be. It is important during the fall and early winter seasons to maintain your lawn and prepare it for the cold temperatures. This means clearing your lawn of weeds, leaves, and old mulch in order to prevent unnecessary lawn death. Having a landscaper clear and maintain your lawn during the fall and winter seasons will protect it from winter’s cold sting and keep it spring-ready!

TREES ARE EASIER TO EVALUATE FOR PROBLEMS WHEN THEY HAVE NO LEAVES

Trees are at their most beautiful when they’re full of healthy, plump leaves. But they’re actually easier to evaluate and treat when their leaves are gone! Tree problems are easier to see and access when the bark is exposed. That’s why late fall is the perfect time to have a professional landscaper or arborist evaluate the health of your trees and come up with a treatment plan.

PREPARE IRRIGATION FOR THE COLD WINTER MONTHS

Landscaping isn’t just about the flowers. During the fall it is essential to prepare your irrigation system for the cold winter months. Failing to properly prepare your pipes can lead to devastating consequences for your lawn if they freeze or - even worse - burst underneath. Your landscaper will use an air compressor to drain or blow out the excess water from your system to prevent freezing before shutting it off. Leaving excess water in the lines - even if the system is turned off - can cause pressurized pipes to burst. Don’t take the risk of an expensive repair job! Let a landscaper properly prepare your irrigation system before the first freeze to keep it in good condition until Spring.

KILL WEEDS BEFORE THEY ENTER DORMANCY

There are two reasons that fall is the best time to tackle your toughest weed problems. First, perennial weeds are easiest to kill during the fall because they begin to store their energy in their roots to prepare for the winter. This means that weed killer is more effective than in the warmer months, when they store energy in their leaves. Second, like all plants weeds enter dormancy during the winter. If not removed dormant weeds become a problem that can only be handled by removing them by hand - a high-maintenance job for even professional landscapers. For these reasons, fall is the best time to have a landscaper remove those pesky weeds from your landscape.

THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE THIS TIME OF YEAR WILL DETERMINE THE CONDITION OF YOUR LAWN IN THE SPRING

If your lawn is neglected through the fall and winter then it will be much harder to rejuvenate during the spring. Unraked leaves in the fall lead to a dead lawn in the winter which results in potentially spotty growth in the spring. See what we mean? Proper lawn maintenance is important year-round to keep it in the best possible shape. With football season in full swing, you may not have time to properly care for your lawn (and who wants to do yard work in a parka?). That’s why keeping a landscaper during the fall and winter seasons is such a good idea - it keeps you warm and in the game while keeping your lawn in spring-ready shape.

Fall is fast approaching! Get on top of your fall and winter lawn care by booking Krob Landscaping today. From planting to irrigation systems to weed control, we offer a full range of lawn care services year-round. We can create and maintain your perfect landscape during the cooler weather so that you can rest assured that your yard will win the neighborhood lawn award come Spring!

 


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