Thursday, March 15, 2018

Good soil prep is the key to successful gardening

"Make your bed" is one of those statements that we each must have heard a million times as kids.  As gardeners though, this simple phrase has a different meaning.  "Make your bed" is all about preparing the soil for planting.  Every gardener gets excited by the thought of finally getting his or her hands in the soil and planting out the newest plant acquisitions.  The joy of finally getting to see the garden come together in spring is certainly a rewarding experience.  However, the key to success starts before the first plant even sees the garden. 
Soil amendment is just one of the steps we take at Seasonal Color by RRR Lawn & Landscape. Our designers are sticklers on "good preparation procedures" so here are some tips for your own lawn, landscape, and seasonal color. If it sounds overwhelming, give us a call, we'll do it all, 616-893-5765.
Soil Amendment | Flower Bed Design & Installation | Container Design & Installation
Custom Hanging Baskets | Rotation of Seasonal Annuals
Maintenance Programs including Fertilization, Deadheading & Watering

The roots of a plant are the foundation on which that plant thrives.  Good roots will generally mean that you have a happy, healthy plant that can survive the rigors of spring and summer.  A poor root system means your plants cannot grow to their full potential and leaves them vulnerable to damage from insects and disease, which is why we order through Proven Winners for all of our Seasonal Color plantings.  The most important factor for good roots is good soil preparation.  
There are three basic types of beds you might be preparing.  The first type is a brand new bed that has never been planted before.  The second type is an empty bed that has been planted before and the third type is a bed with existing perennials, bulbs, and/or shrubs.

Brand New Beds

The first step when planning to add a new flower bed or even if you are simply planting a tree or shrub is to check if there are any buried utility lines on your property. In addition to public utility lines, you will want to make sure you have identified any irrigation lines that might be buried on your property. 
1.  Work the soil when it is moist, but not wet.
2.  Turn the soil over to a depth of at least 12 inches.
3.  Add 2-3 inches of compost and turn it into the bed.
4.  Either cover the bed with a thick (3-4") layer of mulch or use a weed and feed to help keep weed seeds from germinating.
5.  Top dress with another layer of compost to keep down weeds and preserve moisture.

Existing Beds

1.  Add 2-3 inches of compost and turn it into the bed.
2.  Work the soil when it is moist, but not wet.
3.  Turn the soil over to a depth of at least 12 inches.
5.  Top dress with another layer of compost to keep down weeds and preserve moisture.

Existing Beds With Plants

1.  Add 2-3 inches of compost and work it into the top layer of soil, if possible
2.  Work the soil when it is moist, but not wet.
3.  Do not allow the compost to come into contact with plant stems
5.  Top dress with another layer of compost to keep down weeds and preserve moisture.
Preparing the soil in your beds doesn't have to be difficult, although it is great exercise.  Adding organic matter is the one thing that all soils can benefit from whether your soil is sand or clay based.  The addition of organic matter is beneficial, even if you are blessed with loam soil.  Are there more in-depth steps that can be taken?  Sure.  However, this is a good place to start. 
You may also be asking where you can get compost or organic matter.  You can make your own, you can buy it from your local garden center, or many municipalities have compost for sale or even for free.  

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Is Your Landscape Ready For Spring?

It's March and we both know there are a few more snowfalls to come but how excited are you to see your grass and think about how great your yard will look this year?

Hmm, not so excited? Concerned in fact, let us help you with that.

Creating an eye-catching lawn is an important part of establishing your home’s uniqueness and individuality in the neighborhood. It’s important to have the brightest lights at Christmastime, right? The same thing goes for your flowers, your trees and your general plant decorations all year round. 
Luxury Landscape Design can actually have practical applicability for your home or commercial property in addition to making it look striking. 
Here are four important ways a good landscape design plan will benefit you:
  •   Increasing the resale value
  •   Cutting down on monthly costs
  •   Improving the function of your landscape
  •   Giving your property a bit more privacy
Landscape design can include not only all your wishes but also create solutions for problem areas such as water drainage, defining an entrance or fixing a retaining wall.

Once the design is agreed upon, let our Landscape Management & Lawn Care take care of your weekly maintenance and our Seasonal Color service manage your flower beds, planters, and hanging baskets.

Our four seasons, Spring, Summer, Winter & Fall, of Seasonal Color services are sure to keep your home or business looking colorful and festive all year round.  Our design team will select appropriate plant varieties for your beds and containers based upon conditions; sun/shade, irrigation availability, soil condition and climate.

Seasonal Color Installation Options:
  • Rotation of Seasonal Annuals
  • Flower Bed Design & Installation
  • Container Design & Installation
  • Custom Hanging Baskets
  • Soil Amendment
  • Maintenance Programs including Fertilization, Deadheading & Watering
Give us a call, let us present a plan and then take it from there! You will love your yard again, (616) 893-5765.

Friday, February 23, 2018

A Couple Easy Improvements for Commercial Properties

Let’s discuss two ways to improve a commercial property by increasing both curb appeal, attracting customers and visitors on a regular basis, and possibly even property values. This is our passion at RRR Lawn & Landscape, LLC.
Plant Shrubs and Seasonal Flowers
Our eyes are always drawn to bright and vivid colors, and one of the best ways to achieve this on a commercial property is through planting ornamental shrubs and seasonal flowers. Ornamental shrubs come in a variety of sizes, heights, and colors and they can be designed to add an element of height and visual appeal, especially in bare areas of the property. Seasonal flowers can be planted in a variety of locations, such as property entrances, near doorways, or along walkways or garden areas on the property. Businesses can also use large, bold-colored planters near buildings for further aesthetic value, and to minimize plant maintenance.
Install Water Features
When we step foot onto a commercial property, whether it's an office complex, shopping and retail center, hospital, school, or other commercial sites, we remember if there's something unique or beautiful about the property. If it seems like a tranquil place to be, we are far more likely to return or have positive memories associated with it. Water features can go a long way in helping create a peaceful and calming environment, no matter how hectic or busy the commercial property might be. A water feature such as fountain or pond can not only put visitors and customers at ease but also helps the well-being of employees who get to benefit from their beautiful natural surroundings.

Let our Seasonal Color and Landscape Design services work for you in transforming your commercial properties to stunning landscapes and tranquil places to work and do business on a daily basis. And, just maybe your competitors will be green with envy.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Seasonal Color, more than pretty, a pretty wise investment!

Color can have more impact on your property’s landscape than any other design element. 

Maximize the benefit of seasonal annuals and colored plants with our ongoing planting services. Seasonal color can add beauty and value to not just your landscaped area, but to your containers as well.

  • Let us help you select specific annuals that are right for every time of year.
  • We’ll properly prepare the soil and plant flowers where they will thrive.
  • And, we’ll ensure proper drainage as needed by the specific plants selected.
By having us schedule your residence, community, or commercial property with routine seasonal flower bed installations, you will always have something in bloom, ensuring color, texture, and visual interest graces your landscape.

You'll also avoid costly errors such as planting in poor soil, or too much sun or shade for the flowers you chose. We also do all the work, all year long! Clean up and replanting every season. 

We are ordering now for spring, making this the perfect time to let us know you may be interested in your property. And if you are a business, let us help you attract more business to your door. Contact us today

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Let's Talk About Aesthetic Value

One of the most effective ways to increase the aesthetic value and positive attention of your residential and commercial property is through a unique and vibrant landscape garden of seasonal color. 
Nothing looks worse than a landscape that looks tired, overgrown, outdated or abandoned.

RRR Lawn & Landscape’s professionals can design, install and maintain a beautiful landscape garden with annuals and plants that reflect the season and offer stunning color combinations to add to your landscape's natural beauty.

By having us schedule your residential or commercial property with routine seasonal flower beds, planters, and garden installations, you will always have something in bloom, ensuring color, texture, and visual interest to make the most of your property investment.

Let’s start with a consultation on the possibilities that your property holds. We’re always happy to discuss a quote once we know your design preferences, landscape, and space needs.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

We are preparing your spring landscaping now

Who would guess that January is the perfect time to contact us about your Seasonal Color plan for this year?

January is when we place orders for our client's plantings with Proven Winners. It may seem that we are knee deep in Snow Removal services, and you are right, our teams are busy. But for Ryan and I, we are making plans and ordering materials for our Landscape Design projects and our Seasonal Color clients.

We would love to talk about your plans for spring projects. We can add some color and maintain it as the seasons' change or dive into that landscape project you've been hoping for.


Give us a call, this is a great time to find out what it would take to bring your dream yard to life, 616-893-5765.