Don’t Be Intimidated By Landscape Design

“I was telling my friend I just couldn’t figure out how to make our lawn look better,” Stacey said. “We’ve got this great house right in Bourne, but the yard is just meh. It’s boring, and the grass looks like it’s more than halfway dead. She told me I need to get a landscape designer. Honestly, that never occurred to me – we weren’t the type of family that had a landscape, never mind a landscape designer, when I was growing up. When I told her that, she laughed and said I was definitely overthinking it.”

A landscape designer’s role is to help you create a lawn you really enjoy and are proud of. Every family has a different view of what makes a great lawn. Some want lots of flowers and ornamental plants; others want a place for kids to play and space for a veggie garden. Some families want nothing but perfectly green grass for as far as the eye can see. There is no one right or wrong way to design a lawn: there’s only what works for your family and makes your yard enhance the look of your home.

The landscape designer’s role is to create a plan, based on their knowledge of plants and your home’s growing conditions, to put in and maintain plantings that will accomplish your goals. This can mean planting and mowing grass, adding trees and shrubs to the landscape, and more. If you want hedges, an arbor, or other features added to your yard, a landscape designer can help make that happen. Because a landscape designer is a plant expert, they’ll help you choose plants that will actually live in your yard – even given our recent drought conditions.

“When I met our Bourne landscape designer, they turned out to be the nicest, most down to Earth people you could ever hope to know,” Stacey said. “I was intimidated for absolutely no reason. Now we have a plan to transform our yard; some things are being planted now so they can really start growing in the spring. I can’t wait to see what our new lawn looks like!”

Leaves & Your Lawn: Fall Landscaping Tips

New England is famous for autumn color, and Mashpee is certainly no exception. The leaves look radiant while they’re colorful and on the tree. After they fall to the ground, not so much. What can you do with all the leaves on your lawn?

As landscape contractors, we love a healthy, well-fed lawn. Regular fertilization is essential for vibrant green grass. One of the best fertilizers is compost, which is decayed organic matter that nourishes and enriches the soil. You can buy compost, but if Mother Nature is dropping leaves all over your lawn, you have one source of compost available to you for free.

If you already have a composting system in place at your home, it’s the ideal way to dispose of some of those leaves. However, most home composting systems have a limited capacity, and you may find you have too many leaves! Another quick way to handle the leaves is to gather them over your garden and chop them up using your lawn mower: add a layer of grass clippings on top of this, and your garden will be absorbing valuable nutrients all winter long.

If this sounds like a lot of work, remember that the leaves of one shade tree are valuable – experts say they’re equivalent to more than $50 worth of plant food and humus. There’s more minerals in tree leaves than there are in manure! Let your Mashpee landscape contractor know you want to make use of your leaves, and they’ll happily accommodate your plans. All natural fertilizer is too good to miss out on – especially this year, when drought conditions have stressed trees, shrubs, and lawns throughout the region.

Of course, your Mashpee landscape contractor can also rake up and dispose of fallen leaves as part of the regular yard care maintenance routine. Keep your home looking great, boost curb appeal, and never worry about all of your leaves blowing into the neighbor’s yard when you have your lawn crew taking care of things!