Is Your HOA Landscaping Ready for Colder Weather?

If you run an HOA for the residents in the Medford, Oregon area this fall, you may want to consider having your community ready for cold weather as soon as possible.  If the HOA cares for the lawns, trees, or plants in front of homes or a central building, then there may be a big list of things to get done before winter.

Trees

Trees may need pruning services and to have mulch put around them to keep water around the roots as much as possible throughout the winter months. 

Leaves

You may already have leaves falling.  Gathering the leaves is essential so that they don’t become a problem when they get wet.  Leaving leaves on the ground can cause people to slip and fall and may sometimes cause problems for the grass and soil that it covers.  It is best to have leaves removed from the property, and it also looks more managed.

Fertilizing

If the plants, yards, or grounds need to be fertilized this fall, then we can help you get the grass fertilized and ready for good spring growth.

Trash and Debris

The fall months can mean that trash blows around the community more often.  We can help you gather the garbage when we are in the area taking care of your HOA landscaping needs. 

Prune Shrubs

Some shrubs may need a trim to make sure they stay healthy and grow better in the spring.  Any plants that look overgrown or unhealthy should have pruning services so they look good and can withstand the colder temperatures better.

Planting

If new trees are going into the landscaping in your community.  Fall is the time to get them in the ground.  Then, they will grow with the other trees in the spring, so the growth is natural.

Irrigation

If you aren’t going to use the sprinkler system during the winter.  Fall is the time to have it shut off and repaired if needed. 

Bumgardners Landscape is ready with a qualified team to help get your HOA prepared for the coldest months of the year!

Fall Landscaping Checklist for Your Commercial Location in Medford, OR

During the fall months, landscaping can become much more work than in the summer.  Everything at your commercial location should still look presentable even though the plants are all starting to change, which makes landscaping a bit more challenging.  Consider seasonal help to get through your checklist faster, so that you are ready for the coldest months of the year.

  1. Aeration and fertilization are essential if you have soil that is compact or grass that needs a little extra boost for spring.  Fertilizer also helps turf withstand the colder months.
  2. Making sure that fallen leaves are gathered on your commercial property can be a full-time job in the fall.  The clean-up efforts are important if leaves cover your sidewalks and cause a hazard.
  3. Pruning is essential for many plants and trees.  Cutting back the dead or overgrowth will help them look great when they start to grow again.
  4. If you want to plant new things in your commercial landscaping, then fall is the best time to plant.  Then, everything can grow together in the spring months.
  5. Fall is also the best time to plant tree seeds and late-flowering plants or shrubs.
  6. If you need to mulch to insulate plants from the cold, then fall is the best time to do so. 
  7. Container plants should be brought indoors or replanted in the spring, as they will start to die in the fall weather and look bad in your landscaping.
  8. Consider seeding the lawn at your business if you want the grass to be healthier next spring.  Spreading a layer of seed, or over-seeding will help you have a lush lawn.
  9. Fall is also an excellent time to have your sprinkler systems serviced and turned off if you no longer need it.
  10. You may have trash or debris that blows around more often because of the wind in the fall.  Consider a daily schedule to keep the property as clean as possible.

If you need help tackling your fall checklist at your commercial location in Medford, Bumgardners Landscape can make sure your business is presentable and well-cared for all year.

Choosing the Right Decorative Rocks for Your Landscaping Project

Using rock in landscaping is a growing trend in Medford, OR.  They are popular because they help conserve water and even allow more water to saturate plants in the landscaping for longer during hot months.  There are many types of decorative landscaping rocks.  Each type of rock has a great color and adds to the beauty of a garden or landscaped yard, but they all also serve different purposes in landscaping.

River Rock

River rock is colorful!  You will see colors like brown, red, white, black, and grey.  Using river rock in larger beds helps keep them bright and looking more colorful than other rocks.  They are best used for big areas because they are larger, flatter, and more colorful than the other types of decorative rocks.

Chipped Rock

Chipped rock is around the same size as river rock, and it is pieces of larger rocks that are chipped into pieces.  They are not a smooth landscaping rock.  Chipped rock is usually just one color, and the most popular color is white.  These rocks look good in a flower bed or around a pool.  If you have a potted garden, chipped rocks are also good for this type of garden.

Lava Rock

Little pieces of lava are red and typically used for accenting areas of landscaping that would otherwise be bare.  They are great for large and small areas, but they are not smooth, so people shouldn’t walk barefoot on them!

Flagstone

Flagstone is a great stone to use for steppingstones or building paths throughout your landscaping.  Flagstone looks natural and tends to flow with other rocks in your landscaping.  While this rock is not something that replaces a mulch or other filler for landscaping, it is a great type of rock to use in areas that you need places to step or as a border around beds.

If you need help coming up with a plan for your landscaping this summer, Bumgardners Landscape in Medford can help you decide on the rocks and plants that right for your yard or property.

New Summer Patio Ideas

Patios are the perfect place to create summer memories in Medford, OR.  If you want a patio that is great for entertaining, a piece of solitude for you and your family, or a great place to watch your favorite show, there are ways to create the space you want to live outdoors with a custom patio and landscaping that compliments the new space.

Dine Outside

A dining area outside is a perfect way to entertain with style.  Enjoy fresh Oregon summers with a rock patio and a teak dining set.  You can install a summer kitchen with a grill and complete your outdoor kitchen as well.  Stringing outdoor lights from your trees can complete the lively outdoor space.

Entertainment and Landscape

Adding a wall to your patio and a roof will give you the space to install your new smart TV.  Enjoy watching your shows or the game with shrubs or rock and potted plant garden surrounding the patio.  Your new space will be a hit with your friends and family.  Complete your design with comfortable outdoor furniture.

Shade Yourself

Pergolas are a wonderful way to cover a patio and incorporate rocks, plants, and lights into an outdoor area that feels like it is inside.  A pergola is easy to build and looks great over any type of patio!

Harvesting

Consider a patio that has a canning kitchen built-in.  Include a counter height table and bar stools to convert it to a bar when you entertain!  Canning in the kitchen can be a process that heats up the whole home and is uncomfortable.  A canning space outdoors allows you to enjoy the evening breeze while you put up your vegetables.

Pizza Oven

While outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are all the rage, why not have a pizza oven to be unique.  Build your patio and a pizza oven on the end that people can gather around.  Set a small dining table and chairs out, so everyone can enjoy Friday night pizza at your house!

If you are building a patio this summer, you can also get creative with plants and shrubbery to complete your design.  Contact Bumgardners Landscape for information about plants that will accentuate your new back yard space.

 

Transforming Your Backyard into a Space for Entertaining

Now that summer is here, entertaining your friends and family may be a high priority.  Backyards are a beautiful place for summer barbecues and gathering for special events.  If you have a back yard that is a blank slate, it doesn’t take much to turn it into a perfect place for conversation and summer dinners in Medford, OR.

  • Grilling for a crowd. An area to have your grill and entertain can be as easy as putting up a pergola and laying down some decking or cement pavers.  Choose a large enough area to dine in the same space.  Potted plants or trees can help highlight the area while you place permanent plants around the perimeter of your yard.
  • Zones are trending in backyard fun. Create zones if you have children and love to entertain.  A play area can be closer to the back perimeter of a back yard, while you can have a bar and dining area toward the front.  This allows everyone to gather with friends and be in the same general space.
  • If you want a cozy spot to relax, consider a pergola for two. Hang a hammock or gather two chairs and allow vines to crawl up three sides of the structure for privacy.  Lattice works well for plants and vines but still allows for cool breezes.
  • Bring your living area outside. If you want to entertain outside on a regular basis, an outdoor rug and an outdoor living set are great ways to feel comfortable with your friends and family.  Tall plants work well to highlight the space and act as a natural way to decorate your open-air living room.

Plants and grasses in a space that is used for entertaining should be strong enough to withstand the foot traffic going through your yard.  Planting flowering plants and shrubs around the yard and then adding potted plants and trees throughout will give you a functional space that is customizable to each event.  Bumgardners Landscape is ready to help you maintain your lawn and plants throughout the summer season in Medford, OR.