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.

HOA Educational Conference & Trade Show

on Sunday, 29 June 2014. Posted in Landscape Solutions Blog

24th Annual HOA Educational Conference & Trade Show
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Indianapolis Marriott North, 3645 River Crossing Parkway, Indianapolis, IN 46240

One Stop Shopping for HOA Officers

The 24th Annual HOA Educational Conference & Trade Show is a great opportunity for officers of Homeowners Associations to meet with providers of all types of services. Most HOA officers have many responsibilities besides their obligations to their community. The demands on the position can be very time consuming and at times, overwhelming. With service providers gathered under one roof, HOA decision makers can find providers for landscaping, snow removal, legal advice, and more. 

Landscape Solutions' very own Bob Callaghan is the president of the Central Indiana Chapter of Community Associations Institute and understands the many responsibilities placed on HOA officers. For over 40 years, Community Associations Institute (CAI), an international organization with more than 31,000 members, has been dedicated to building better communities, by providing education and resources to community association homeowner leaders, professional managers, association management companies and other businesses and professionals who provide products and services to community associations. The mission of CAI is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership and responsible citizenship - ideals reflected in communities that are preferred places to call home.

Knozone Action Days

on Sunday, 15 June 2014. Posted in Landscape Solutions Blog

Do You "Kno" What to Do?

We at Landscape Solutions are proud of our commitment to environmental responsibility. For us, "being green" is not just a catch phrase or a fad -- it's a way of life and it permeates every fiber of our corporate culture. We have commited to educting our staff and our clients about the importance of conservation. We have migrated away from gasoline powered machines to propane powered equipment and fleet vehicles, greatly reducing the amount of hazardous emisions we produce. While we believe we are doing everything we can, we are always looking to do more. 

Even so, we can't do it alone. It takes a concerted effort to really have a positive impact on our environment. You need to get involved, too! You can start by learning about Knozone Action Days. With the heat of the summer comes more frequent Knozone Action Days. What does that mean? What should you do (or not do) differently on these days? Read on...

Saving for a Sunny Day

on Sunday, 01 June 2014. Posted in Landscape Solutions Blog

Using a Rain Barrel for Supplemental Watering

There is a saying in Indiana, "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute." Currently, we find ourselves in that late spring/early summer season where near daily rain showers are to be expected. Storms can blow through an area and drop an inch of rain in an hour. But fast forward a few weeks and we are very likely to be experiencing dry weather. 

Average annual precipitation in the state ranges from 37 inches in northern Indiana to 47 inches in the southern part of the state. The wettest month of the year is May, during which the state averages btween 4 and 5 inches of rain across the state. As the summer progresses, the amount of rainfall decreases -- sometimes dramatically. Uneven distribution or precipitation in the summer occasionally limits crops and can be damaging to your lawn and landscape.

Mild droughts are not uncommon in Indiana during sommer months when the hot days cause maximum evaporation. Sometimes, these droughts become severe enough that local watering bans are enforced and homeowners helplessly watch their lush, green landscape go brown. Smart, environmentally conscious homeowners take advantage of the rainy days by collecting rain water in barrels to later be used for supplemental watering. 

 

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