Our Own Bob Callaghan to Speak at Indiana Green Expo!

on Sunday, 23 November 2014. Posted in Landscape Solutions Blog

Educational Program and Trade Show

Permeating the culture of Landscape Solution are deeply held convictions about environmental responsibility. As landscape management providers, we are keenly aware of the importance of protecting our natural environment. While "being green" may be a catch phrase with other companies, at Landscape Solutions our commitment to eco-friendly practices is demonstrated in our lawn and landscape maintenance practices and in the methods we use to combat snow and ice. 

We also feel very strongly about educating others about green technology in the landscape industry -- other service providers, green industry business, and consumers. Our own Bob Callaghan embodies our commitments to green technology and education. We are proud to annouce that he will be a featured speaker at the 2015 Indiana Green Expo! The Indiana Green Expo is an annual educational program and trade show reaturing workshops and seminars for those in green industries or those who are seeking to incorporate green technologies into their own businesses and services.  This year the trade show features green industry businesses and products from around the country.

Salt Prices Have Gone Up

on Sunday, 09 November 2014. Posted in Landscape Solutions Blog

Making a Custom Snow Removal Plan More Critical Than Ever!

As if one could forget the magnitude of last winter -- with the record-setting snow falls and the polar vortex that brought us far below-average cold temperatures -- here is another reminder. As the economy responds to the supply and demand forces, the price of salt has increased this year. County governments and private snow removal companies will pay more for the salt that is so necessary in keeping our roadways and sidewalks clear and safe.

Has the Dreaded Emerald Ash Borer Found a New Host?

on Sunday, 26 October 2014. Posted in Landscape Solutions Blog

USDA Bulletin Says Maybe

The Emerald Ash Borer was first confirmed in Indiana on April 21, 2004. Millions of ash trees stand dead throughout Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana. Ever since its accidental introduction in the United States and Canada in the 1990's, the invasive Emerald Ash Borer has killed 50 to 100 million ash trees and threatens over 7 billion trees throughout North America. This pesky beetle only attacks ash trees. The beetles are metallic green with purple segments under their wings, about ½" long, and have flattened backs.

Since the infestation was identified and the public was informed, landscapers and homeowners have worked feverishly to mitigate the damage. The transfer of firewood has been strictly prohibited. Trees that have not yet been affected or have not been affected beyond repair have been treated. Affected trees have been removed. Landscape architects have introduced variety in tree planting as subdivisions that were full of ash trees had allowed the pest to prosper unhampered.

What has made the Emerald Ash Borer so difficult to control is its ability to survive and thrive and adapt to the conditions. The fact that the infestation may go unnoticed for the first couple of years allows the pest to do irreparable damage In fact, it may be that the Emerald Ash Borer has now adapted to another host.

Was 2013-14 The Winter of a Lifetime?

on Sunday, 12 October 2014. Posted in Landscape Solutions Blog

Or Could We Get Hit Again?

It's mid-October -- a time of year when Hoosiers are enjoying the changing of the leaves, fall festivals, and football. And possibly, anticipating the coming winter. If you were in the mid-west last winter, then words like, "Snowmageddon," "Snowpocalypse," and "Polar Vortex," might still be a little too familiar to you. When weather causes us to think of new words to describe it, you know it's unusual. Many thought it was the winter of a lifetime -- a once in a lifetime weather event. But was it? 

If you subscribe to the predictions of the Farmer's Almanac, then you would be interested to know that the trusted resource is again predicting below-average temperatures and well above-average precipitation -- a recipe for heavy snow and ice again this winter. Are you ready?

Winterizing Your Flower Beds

on Sunday, 28 September 2014. Posted in Landscape Solutions Blog

Hard work in the fall can pay off in the spring!

The high temperatures are getting lower, the sun is setting earlier, and the phrase, "freeze advisory," will become familiar again. Yes, it is autumn in Indiana and that means winter is coming. Don't pack up your garden tools too early, though! Even though your annuals are not long for this world and your perennials will be going dormant soon, there is still a lot you can do now to make sure your lawn and landscape does well through the winter months and is ready for spring!

Most of what you need to do now is cleaning up -- maybe not as much fun as planting beautiful flowers, but it can be equally rewarding because a little work now can pay off next year. Winter sometimes seems interminable, but before we know it, we'll be thawing out and ready to go again! Here are some things you can do in the mean time to make your life a little easier when that time comes.

 

Autumn Lawn and Landscaping in Indiana

on Sunday, 14 September 2014. Posted in Landscape Solutions Blog

Getting Ready for Winter

Mid-September in Indiana is a time between the intense grass-growing season where twice weekly cuttings are sometimes required and the leaf-dropping season that means weekends are spent raking, bagging, and mulching. So, what is a homeowner to do with all of that extra time? This is a perfect time to make some improvements to your landscaping and prepare your lawn for the coming winter season. Investing some time in your lawn and landscape now can reap beautiful benefits in the spring. Here are some things you can do this weekend.

Landscape Solutions Cares 4 Kids!

on Monday, 25 August 2014. Posted in Landscape Solutions Blog

Proudly Sponsors Caring 4 Kids Golf Classic

Once again, Landscape Solutions has been blessed to be involved in an incredibly worthy charity event. On Monday, August 25, 2014, Landscape Solutions was a presenting sponsor of the 20th Annual Caring 4 Kids Golf Classic to benefit the Christian Children's Home of Ohio.

The event consisted of a great day of 36 holes of golf (scramble format) at Hawk's Nest Golf Club in Creston, one of Ohio's finest golfing venues. Proceeds raised will go to support CCHO's mission to "bring healing to hurting children and families in His name."

Proceeds were raised from entry fees for individual golfers and foursomes as well as sponsorship funds raised by participants. 

More Support for Christian Children's Home of Ohio

on Sunday, 10 August 2014. Posted in Landscape Solutions Blog

Landscape Solutions President Stephanie Spear Helps Raise Support for Worthy Cause

Landscape Solutions takes pride in being a successful company with a social conscience. Besides our unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility, we also champion social causes. One such cause that is near and dear to the heart of the President of Landscape Solutions, Stephanie Spear, is that of the Christian Children's Home of Ohio. Stephanie and her family have personally served on work and mission trips at the CCHO with their church in addition to financial support over the years.

This last weekend, Landscape Solutions partnered with the Mid-Ohio Corvette Club in a wonderful event, "Cruisin' for the Kids!" at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster, OH. The cruise traveled from the fairgrounds to the Christian Children's Home of Ohio. While the event itself was free, participants were encouraged to make donations with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the Christian Children's Home of Ohio. The event was a success, with beautiful weather and over 300 participants. 

Tips for Effective Lawn Mowing

on Sunday, 27 July 2014. Posted in Landscape Solutions Blog

Central Indiana is in the heart of the summer season. Because we have had decent rain and plenty of beautiful sunshine, Hamilton County lawns are looking lush and growing fast. Regular mowing is part of life for Hoosiers these days. For something on which you are bound to spend so much time and energy, it's important to make sure you are using good techniques and methods to not only keep your lawn controlled, but healthy and beautiful. Here are a few things you can do to be sure you are not harming your grass.

 

The Emerald Ash Borer Continues to Damage Indiana Trees

on Sunday, 13 July 2014. Posted in Landscape Solutions Blog

What You Need to Know

During the summer months, central Indiana school properties are busy with construction and maintenance projects. When the kids are on vacation is the perfect time to do some of the bigger projects. Driving around central Indiana, you are certain to see new construction, roofing, parking lot repair, and cutting down trees. Yes -- several area schools have lost trees to the pesky Emerald Ash Borer. And school properties aren't the only places this pest is causing destruction. Homeowner assocations, property managers, and everyday homeowners are faced with the struggle to protect their ash trees from infestation, treat them once it has set in, or lose them when it's too late.

The Emerald Ash Borer was first confirmed in Indiana on April 21, 2004. Millions of ash trees stand dead throughout Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana. Ever since its accidental introduction in the United States and Canada in the 1990's, the invasive Emerald Ash Borer has killed 50 to 100 million ash trees and threatens over 7 billion trees throughout North America. This pesky beetle only attacks ash trees. The beetles are metallic green with purple segments under their wings, about ½" long, and have flattened backs.

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