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.

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.

Top Landscaping Trends for 2019

Landscaping 2019: Your Guide to the Latest Trends

The year 2019 is still relatively recent, bringing new innovations and trends for landscaping. If you want your lawn to keep up with the newest practices and looks, keep reading to see some of the landscaping trends for this year.

Technology and Landscaping

Homeowners and landscapers continue to embrace the latest technologies when it comes to enhancing their lawns. The use of automated technologies, such as mowers, lighting, and irrigating systems, as well as apps that identify pests and plants can increase the efficiency of landscaping and lawn care. These technologies can reduce some labor and paperwork to focus on other areas of landscaping instead.

Vacation Areas

Younger homeowners are treating their yards more like their own vacation refuge away from the rest of the world. Some of them bring the comforts of their own home, such as furniture, kitchen systems, and audio players, and place them outside. Other people set up secluded areas, including “adult” tree houses, meditation gardens, and relaxing water fountains, that help them relax and keep a mental distance from their homes.

Asymmetrical Designs

Another growing practice in landscaping is asymmetrical design. Popular among younger generations, asymmetrical landscapes give off the impression that they are more casual and natural in comparison to symmetrical yards. These designs favor a variety of plants and patterns instead. However, basic maintenance and landscaping rules still apply when planning and creating these designs.

Metal Decorations

The use of decorative metal contrasts with the prominence of plants and grass, which is why landscapers are using them frequently as accents. Iron and steel decorations, furniture, and fountains are some of the ways the application of metal can bring additional style to modern landscapes.

Consider some of these landscaping trends and techniques if you want to innovate your landscape and maybe even improve curb value. Keep an eye out for new trends as the year progresses.

 

 

The Benefits of Grasscycling

4 Reasons to Consider Grasscycling

During the process of lawn mowing, it was common for the people taking care of the lawn to collect the grass clippings that were a result of mowing and throw them away. In recent times, people have embraced leaving the clippings behind to fertilize the grass or using the clippings as compost, both these practices known as grasscycling. Learn more about the benefits that leaving behind clippings create for your yard.

Feeds Nutrients Back Into the Soil

Perhaps the main benefit behind grasscycling is how you can use it as a light form of fertilizer. Typical grass clippings contain some fertilizing components, such as potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorus. Through grasscycling, the nutrients return to the soil, and can cut back on fertilizer use up to 25%.

Keeps Plants Hydrated

Most grass clippings tend to have plenty of moisture in them, sometimes being composed up to 90% water. When you leave the clippings behind, you maintain the moisture of the grass. The remaining 10% of the clippings is biodegradable, which means you don’t have to worry about leaving any waste in the yard.

Saves Time and Money

Grasscycling spares homeowners the extra expense and effort of throwing them away. You can simply leave these pieces behind after mowing your lawn and move on to other important parts of your lawn care, rather than lose precious time picking them up or bagging them. You’ll also reduce the expense of bags and other equipment needed to retrieve the clippings, as well as fertilizer.

Reduces Landfill Use

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, up to 18% of the content in landfills is yard waste, such as grass clippings, branches, leaves, and other plant material. In the 1960s, this percent was as high as 22.8%, and the practice of grasscycling has reduced the number over the years.

An act as simple as leaving behind the grass clippings from mowing the lawn can significantly improve your lawn, as well as your efficiency in lawn care. Complement your grasscycling with traditional fertilizing and proper lawn mowing techniques to keep your lawn in optimal condition.