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The Lawn Care Services Your Absolutely Need

Posted on March 6th, 2014


Of course, Westland Landscape  recommends you to sign up for a complete lawn care program that can deliver season-long nutrition for your lawn. However, if you need to cut your lawn care budget by removing some services, make sure that these are not the one’s you get rid of:

  • Crabgrass Preventer – One of the hardest weeds to get rid of in Cleveland and Columbus is crabgrass. This awful weed is present in our soil and germinates when the soil temperatures are right. Typically, crabgrass does not germinate before May, often right before the month of June. It’s important that you prevent crabgrass with a pre-emergent fertilizer treatment in mid to late April. This will give your lawn season long protection from crabgrass.
  • Grub Control/Preventer – Grubs in your lawn are not a guarantee, however it is not worth the 50/50 gamble. If your lawn does get grubs, they spread quickly, and ruin your lawn before you even know it. Grub damage, unlike other lawn disease, is irreversible, and new grass must be planted. So think twice before skipping this application.
  • Early Summer Fertilizer – It’s important that when reviewing your lawn care service options you keep an early summer fertilizer in your plans. This application is important to restore lost nutrients in your turf’s soil and prepare it for a stressful summer.
  • Late Fall Fertilizer – Easily the most dropped application is also one of the most important. Late fall fertilizing prepares your lawn for winter by allowing the turf plant to build carbohydrates in the blade, protecting it from all that snow and cold it’s about to face. Slow release blends also allow for a quicker “green-up” in the following spring, making your lawn the envy of the neighborhood in April.

3 Ways to Get the Best Lawn Service Prices

  1. Pre-Measure Your Lawn – One of the oldest tricks in the lawn care company book is to overcharge customers for fertilizer by estimating their lawns at a larger measurement. Thanks to Google Earth and other programs, you now can use your computer to measure your property getting an exact measurement before calling the lawn care company.
  2. Take Advantage of Prepay Discounts – Most lawn care companies offer some sort of a pre-pay discount when paying for the season up front. This allows you to enjoy a savings off your total price that for some companies is significant.
  3. Customer Referrals – In today’s golden age of advertising, companies still rely heavily on word-of-mouth marketing to help get the word out about their services. This is why most offer  a referral discount to help encourage you to speak up about them.

Top 10 Reasons to Invest in Decorative Outdoor Lighting

Posted on March 6th, 2014


There are several reason to invest in outdoor lighting, and they range from adding to the beauty of your home to adding to the safety of your home. Since spring will be here in less than a month, it’s important to start thinking not only about getting your lawn irrigation system in order, but how you can best complement your home’s natural beauty with patio lighting for those late night dinner parties.

Take a look at these 10 reasons you should invest in decorative outdoor lighting for your home or business.

1. It’s Beautiful

The first and best reason is because it will add beauty to your home. If done correctly, proper lighting will enhance the look of your home, thus increasing its resale value and curb appeal. Imagine how you will feel when you arrive home at night and see your home lit up to greet you. Lighting will also add a bright, welcoming feeling to anyone who visits after dark.

2. Add to Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Having an aesthetically pleasing outdoor lighting design will give your neighbors a new appreciation for the look of your home as well. Outdoor lighting at night makes your home stand out among the other darkened homes on your block and adds an extra component of charm to your home.

3. Increases the Value of Your Home

Homes with outdoor lighting generally sell for more than homes without. The appearance, safety and overall ambiance of your house will make a difference when you are ready to sell it. However, poorly installed or placed lighting will not increase the value of your home as much so be sure to hire a professional, well respected company to do the work.

4. Complements Your Landscaping

Installing outdoor lights, especially if you have them designed and located properly, will increase your enjoyment of your current landscaping design. Installing accent lights to highlight a particular area of your landscaping helps its visibility and gives you more value for your landscaping efforts.

5. Decreases Chances of a Break In

Outdoor lighting will decrease the chances a burglar will choose your home to break into. Thieves usually choose an easy target, and a house that is well lit will not be attractive to them. Dark pathways and side yards just give thieves an invitation to lurk and wait for you to leave.

6. Decreases Chances of Trips and Falls

Having outdoor lighting will decease the chances you or a guest will trip or fall on an outdoor walkway. Lighting the way is a safety issue that you should consider, especially if you often have guests over at nighttime. A homeowner is liable for accidents that occur on his/her property, so doing everything you can to avoid any mishaps helps you in the long run and will be worth the investment. If you own a business, lighting the way is an added welcoming touch for clients who visit your office or home in the evening hours.

7. Increases Usability of Your Outdoor Spaces

If you like to grill outdoors or have an outdoor patio, outdoor lighting is essential. You will use your patio more often if it is well it and you can relax in the safety being able to see what you are doing. Lighting a pool area or deck will also improve on how often you use them as well as

8. May Help to Comply with Local Laws

In some areas, it is required by law to have outdoor lighting installed. Look up the rules in your area and use a reputable lighting company to be sure you are following the applicable laws.

9. Simple Home Improvement

Installing outdoor lighting is an easy way to spruce up the exterior of your home. If your exterior paint is intact but you are looking for ways to update the look of your outdoor areas, outdoor lighting is a great option.

10. Helps You Decorate for the Holidays

Outdoor lighting can be used to add to your holiday décor, especially if you entertain often. Installing colored lights adds to the aesthetic effect of your outdoor lighting and will enhance a feeling of festivity during holiday seasons.


What Colors Affect My Patio Design and How?

Posted on March 6th, 2014


When planning a new patio, sidewalk, or other outdoor living environment enhancement, homeowners usually look first at the colors in their home.  Options get quickly narrowed down to complement or match strategies and many beautiful options are always available.

However, the decision tends to become much more difficult when the existing environment features the color red.  For any shopper who has ever tried to find a red blouse or shirt to match the red in another piece of clothing, the issue is obvious.  Reds don’t match.

All grays blend.  You can always find a brown that will complement another brown. But not reds.  Reds are blue or orange or pink or purple.  The variety in shades of red is endless.

If you have red siding, red shutters, red shingles, red brick veneer, look for grays, browns or a gray brown blend.  Unless you get amazingly lucky, a new red will clash.

If you have manufactured red pavers or walls and you want more red, use the same color from the same manufacturer.  But check to make sure the formula for the color has not changed since you installed your existing project.

Manufacturers of concrete pavers make reds that are designed to look good with clay brick.  And once in a while, the combination works.  But, not often.  If you think you see a product that will work for you, take a color sample home before making your final decisi


Things to Consider for Any New Hardscape Design

Posted on February 27th, 2014


Hardscape has become the new buzz word for homeowners. The term refers to landscaping features constructed from inorganic materials and can include driveways, patios, walkways, water features, fire pits, and planters. While landscape installation may have been affected by the housing slowdown, homeowners have developed a deep love for their outdoor spaces and the hardscape business has remained relatively strong.

“We’ve seen an increase in hardscaping including larger patio spaces, outdoor kitchens, and fireplaces,” says Danny Triplet, president Westland Landscape. “Our customers are telling us they don’t want a yard that demands high maintenance. We recently finished a job with a large concrete slab throughout the backyard which created a contemporary look we’re noticing is becoming more popular.”

No wonder hardscape is becoming a key component to an inviting outdoor sanctuary. Adding an outdoor kitchen allows families to entertain outside, drinking coffee on a patio is a peaceful way to start the day, winding through a garden walkway is always a pleasure, and an outdoor fireplace is pure tranquility after a hard day at work. In addition, hardscape conserves water, adds value to a property, and can divide areas for different purposes.

Material selection is important. A wide variety of choices are available to complement any home. For example, brick, stonework, or pavers can be used for a classic, elegant, or natural look or a contemporary look can be achieved by using concrete to establish stark contrasts and clean lines.

Homeowners should plan and install hardscape first before they begin planting. “Keep in mind all the possibilities when designing an outdoor space now and for the future,” advices Danny. ”Homeowners should envision different options they would like to add over the years. If it isn’t feasible to complete the entire project at once, the features can be added later as their budget allows.”

Westland Landscape stays up to date on all the materials, methods, and latest trends. They carefully listen to homeowners’ ideas and build on them to create an individualized beautiful retreat. With 26 years of landscaping experience and specialized teams, Westland Landscape can care for all of a homeowner’s outdoors needs. To see samples of their work and learn more about this unique company, please visit their website


Hardscapes and Outdoor Kitchens from Belgard

Posted on June 4th, 2012


With summer just around the corner and fall just a handful of months away, it’s time to scope out that back patio or outdoor living project you’ve been dreaming about. Just imagine all the fun the family will enjoy around a newly-landscaped back patio area. Start with a broad expanse of concrete interlocking pavers, and add a curved retaining wall that encircles you with elegant stacked stone, and cap it off with a custom outdoor kitchen or fireplace to create an enjoyable outdoor living and dining area that’s sure to please every member of the family and make a few neighbors envious.