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Meeting the Landscaping Needs of a Homeowner’s Association

Homeowner’s Associations

Homeowner’s Associations

Homeowner’s Associations (also known as HOAs) have some landscaping needs. They pride themselves on keeping the community looking nice, which requires well-manicured lawns, properly maintained flower beds, and healthy-looking trees. To a landscaper, such as Moscarino Outdoor Creations, to meet their needs, we need to go over some determining factors.

Packaged Services

HOAs tend to hire services as a package. This means that the landscaper will take care of the common areas, as well as the houses in the development. Of course, this varies, based on the HOA. With that said, some things come standard. These include flower beds, lawns, and other things located on the common property. If there’s a meeting space, an office, or a pool, then there’s most likely some landscaping components around them. These spaces must be kept presentable.

Lawn Care

This is the most important service. Many HOAs hire a landscaping company to care for every yard in their development. When they reach out to the landscaping company, they need to state how many lawns – both front and back – as well as how often they need to be cut. On top of that, do the lawns need to be fertilized? Are any of them in bad shape? Should the soil pH be checked? There’s more to keeping a lawn looking nice than mowing it regularly.

Planting Beds and Trimming Trees

Next up are other landscaping needs. If the HOA hires out the care of all of the planting beds in the development, then this could become rather complicated. The ground needs to be mulched, the flowers and other plants – shrubbery and trees – should be trimmed, and some new annuals or perennials might need to be planted to make up for those that have died. Weeding is one task. Deadheading flowers (removing the wilted petals and the entire part of the flower) is another. Landscaping companies need to ensure that their bid includes all of these things, as well as some contingencies.

Seasonal Clean Up

Speaking of contingencies, yard clean-ups are a necessity when Mother Nature takes a toll on the properties. If a large windstorm has blown through, branches, twigs, and other things will need to be cleaned up in order to make the development look nice again. This, as well as standard seasonal clean-ups, are another part of many landscaping contracts.

If your HOA is in need of a new landscaping company, contact Moscarino Outdoor Creations. We have almost 20 years of experience. Call us today at (440) 236-9000.

All about Residential Maintenance and Fertilization

Maintenance and Fertilization

Now that spring is almost here; it’s time to begin thinking about residential landscaping needs. What does this mean? Well, it means that before you start searching for the best landscaping company for your yard, you first need to decide what you want that company to do. Residential landscaping falls into several categories, including:

Lawn FertilizationFertilization and Lawn Care

Lawn care is the number one thing that people think of when they hire a landscaping service. They want their lawns mowed and fertilized properly. However, there are some other things that a landscaper can do to ensure that those lawns are in great condition. They can plant grass seeds (depending on the time of year) to fill in patchy sections. They can test the pH of your soil and apply treatments to adjust it if necessary. There are ways to strengthen the root systems and kill of any weeds. Lawn care involves much more than just mowing.

Flower GardenFlowerbed Maintenance

A landscaping company can also care for your flowerbeds. Many people don’t realize this since they only focus on their lawns. Like with lawn care, this also involves fertilizing your flowerbeds. Pulling weeds, deadheading flowers, and planting new flowers fall into this category as well. A landscaping company can save you time and keep your flower beds looking nice. All that you need to do is inquire about services and see if these tasks can be added to your contract.

yard-care-services-clevelandTrees and Shrubbery

Finally, some trees and shrubs need to be trimmed. Don’t forget about them! Rather than deal with them yourself, hire your landscaping company to take care of them for you. Trees and shrubs need to be trimmed at certain times of the year to keep their growth patterns consistent – and to avoid harming them. A professional company knows what they’re doing, so why not outsource this part of your yard maintenance?

What Happens After a Storm?

Yard clean up is something that many homeowners struggle with. Imagine this: a thunderstorm rolls through bringing high winds with it. Many branches fall out of the trees in your yard, or they’re blown there by a neighbor’s. Who’s responsible for cleaning up them? If it’s in your contract, then your landscaping company is. This is just one additional thing to consider when choosing a landscaper.

If you’re looking for a new landscaping company, then please contact Moscarino Outdoor Creations. You can reach us at (440) 236-9000.

Eight of the Best Landscaping Blogs to Follow Right Now

Finding landscaping inspiration and gardening tips online is a daunting task. There are so many different blogs to sift through to find ones that contain that perfect mix of pretty pictures and informative details. Thankfully, we did that job for you. Here are eight landscaping blogs that we love.

1) Urban Greenery

This Tumblr-based blog gathers some of the best urban landscaping photos and posts from around the world. If you’re looking for landscaping inspiration, then this is the blog for you.

2) Cold Climate Gardening

Although the writers of Cold Climate Gardening are based in Upstate New York, most of their tips apply to numerous places. This 16-year-old blog also covers landscaping book reviews, tools, design, and much more.

3) The High Line Blog

The High Line blog gets their inspiration from the elevated High Line garden/walkway that runs through parts of New York City. Although many of the plants that they feature are urban-based, you’ll find a solid amount of information and some inspiration.

4) Birds & Blooms

A combination of gardening and things that you can see in your garden (such as the “birds” in the title of this blog), this publication’s blog contains plenty of facts, tips, and even crafts. Make sure to check out the articles under the “Backyard Projects” tab where you’ll find plenty of information about container gardens.

5) Dirt Simple

Landscape designer Deborah Silver runs Dirt Simple. She also owns a Detroit-based garden and plant shop. On Silver’ blog, you’ll find numerous long-format articles with plenty of pictures. She covers everything from landscape design to construction.

6) You Grow Girl

This gardening blog features a number of growing guides and information sheets that can help everyone from novices to near-experts. Run by Gayla Trail, You Grow Girl’s posts on homemade fertilizer, garden-growth time lapses, and even insects make for interesting reading.

7) Pith + Vigor

According to this blog’s tagline, it covers “garden design, travel, and creative living.” It certainly lives up to its name. Pith + Vigor is the place to go in order to see international landscaping inspiration, beautiful scenery, and creative craft projects featuring materials found outdoors.

8) Garden History Girl

Have you ever wanted to design your backyard landscaping to look like Thomas Edison’s? Or maybe you wanted to create a bench that looked like one designed by Frank Lloyd Wright? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then this garden history blog is for you.

Contact us today to learn more about our landscaping services.

Five Things about Lawn Fertilization That You Need to Know

Lawn Fertilization

As winter begins to turn into spring, it’s time to start thinking about your lawn. More specifically, it’s time to consider how to make your lawn look nice after several months of cold, snowy weather. One of the best ways to ensure that your grass recovers properly is by applying fertilizer. However, before you head outside to toss some down, you need to know these five things.

1) Water your lawn before and after fertilizing it.

It’s best to water your lawn around two days before you plan on applying the fertilizer. As soon as the grass seems to be dry, spread your fertilizer and then water again, only lightly this time. The second watering pushes the fertilizer down to the soil where it can get to the roots of your grass. The soil and roots are where the fertilizer is the most effective.

2) Use a spreading device.

To spread the fertilizer evenly throughout your yard, you need to use a spreading device. There are several different ones to choose from, including rotary and drop spreaders. What are the differences between them? A rotary spreader works best for large patches of grass. As you push it along, the fertilizer releases through a spreading mechanism at the bottom. A drop spreader simply lays the fertilizer down in an orderly fashion. It works well on smaller lawns. There are also electronic spreaders for variously sized lawns.

3) Know how often to apply fertilizer

Many people are tempted to apply fertilizer as soon as the last frost is over. However, as long as your fertilized your lawn properly in the fall, this isn’t necessary. Instead, the best time of year is late spring. Wait until just before the weather turns hot and then apply it. After this, aim for fertilizing in late summer and then late fall.

4) Choose a slow-release, granule-based fertilizer

Liquid fertilizer can be tricky to apply evenly, so it’s best left to the professionals. If you want to fertilize your lawn on your own successfully, choose a slow-release granular variety. The slow-release format means that it will be effective for quite some time, while the granules make it easy to see where the fertilizer is applied.

5) Be careful not to over apply

You never want to apply too much fertilizer, as this can have a detrimental effect on your lawn. Remember that you can always add more if necessary. Removing it, on the other hand, is nearly impossible.

Contact us today to learn more about our lawn fertilizer service or to schedule a lawn fertilizer service.

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