Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Pslam 118:1
In honor of Veterans Day, MetroGreenscape would like to recognize two of our employees who proudly served in the military.
Holly Blumhardt, our Marketing Associate, was a Lieutenant in the United States Airforce serving as the Financial Manager for the F-22 System Program office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton Ohio. Holly served three years active duty and was a member of the ROTC at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Erik Price, our delivery driver, served as a Petty Officer 2nd Class in the United States Coast Guard for four years. Erik was stationed at the US Coast Guard Station Gulfport in Gulfport, Mississippi on the Coast Guard Cutter Razorbill.
On Sunday, we “fall back” and set the clocks back one hour. While we change the time on our clocks and appliances, we need to remember to adjust the time and settings on our landscape lighting. The end of Daylight Savings Time means that it will get darker earlier in the evening.
When speaking with our Operations Manager, Scott Greeson, he advises that if you are using your outdoor lighting for security purposes, you should set the timer to come on at 5:00 pm and turn off at 7:00 am. If, however, you are using your lighting for accent purposes only, you can set them to turn on at 5:00 pm and turn off at 1:00 pm.
Scott also suggests that you consider increasing your long-term cost savings by installing or converting existing fixtures to LED. Low Voltage Lighting can provide as much light as incandescent bulbs using only 20% of the energy. This means you can save money on your electric bill by consuming less energy while still providing adequate light. Low Voltage Lights, especially LEDs, last 50 times longer than other bulbs creating less waste and saving on bulb replacement.
Halloween is next week! It’s not too late to get into the Spirit! Halloween night brings lots of foot traffic to your home, making it a great holiday for decorating. If you’re looking for a little inspiration to get started, here are a few simple tips.
Set the stage for Halloween with some orange/black or dim lighting along your walkway that will lead guests to your door for trick or treating! Have a character to greet guests along the way.
The simplest changes can make all the difference when it comes to Halloween decorating on your front porch. Swap out your everyday doormat and add a fall-themed wreath to your front door. Create a classic country Halloween vignette on your porch by arranging hay bales, mums, pumpkins, and dried corn stalks around your steps. If you’re not into ghosts and goblins, then a good old-fashioned country porch is a great way to bring in the fall season and your decorations will last through Thanksgiving.
Fall is a favorite time of year for many people. The holidays are just around the corner, the weather shifts and the trees begin their kaleidoscope of color. The other perk in fall is allowing a professional to take on some of the chores for you. We all know what a headache fall landscaping can be, and also how important it is to keep it healthy so it's green for another season! We actually did our research and found the 5 most hated fall landscaping chores. Let us know if you agree!
Raking Leaves: Fallen leaves left on the ground block sunlight and cause brown spots on the grass. Once or twice a week be sure to rake up and dispose of all leaves until the season is over.
Lawn Care: Now is a great time to re-seed your lawn using a cold tolerant grass seed. Doing such allows the lawn to thrive for most of the year without growing thin in places. Fall is also a good time to fertilize and aerate your lawn.
The storm is over, but the damage remains. Whether it’s fallen trees, limbs, debris or standing water, cleanup can be a challenge. The first thing to do is step back, review the damage and formulate a plan. What can you do yourself and what do you need to hire someone to take care of for you?
Safety first! Don’t work alone. Check for fallen or sagging power lines. These can be hidden and tangled in trees. If this is the case, immediately call your utility provider.
Inspect your trees. Look for fallen branches, split tree trunks, and broken tree tops. Large trees that are structurally damaged may need to be removed. Call in a professional.
With the heavy rains and strong winds that we are expecting this weekend, it is important to safeguard your landscape as much as possible. Here are some tips we have gathered that may be helpful.
Trim any dead limbs or branches that may fall in strong winds. Don’t leave the trimmings in the yard as they may easily become projectile. Clean out gutters and downspouts. Check drainage areas and remove all debris from storm drains. Turn off your irrigation system. Make sure newly planted trees are staked. Bring in all loose, lightweight objects that are small enough to be brought inside. If you can, bring your patio furniture, grill and dog houses inside, if not, tie them to a sturdy tree. It’s important to protect your grill since you may need it for cooking if the electricity cuts off for an extended amount of time. (Also stock up on charcoal or propane). Turn any outdoor tables upside down so the wind can’t catch the upper surfaces. Small potted plants should be brought inside. Large potted plants and trees should be laid on their sides with the tops pointing away from the expected direction of the strong winds. Don’t wrap them in a tarp as it can act like a sail and whip the plants around. Insecticides, pesticides and motor fuels should be stored in areas that are secure and as high as possible. After the storm, before walking outside, check for down powerlines and stay clear of standing water.
Please call us at 704-504-0980 if we can be of assistance with storm cleanup.
Fall will be here in less than two weeks. I don't know about you, but I am fired up! Cooler weather, shorter days, what a time to be outside. Close your eyes and just imagine...
It's a crisp September evening, and there's a soft breeze. You can hear the leaves rustling as they fall from the trees. You, your loved ones, family and friends are sitting in your backyard around the firepit. You have your cozy blanket, a beverage of your choice, hot cocoa or cider, wine, beer, maybe something stronger; I'm not judging! The kids are running around trying to catch the last fireflies of the season. You call the kids over to eat hotdogs that you've just cooked over the open flame. It's time to roast marshmallows and make s'mores. Bellies full, you sit back and regale your scariest stories from your childhood to your own children. The kids get tired and trample off to bed. It's just the adults now, and you just sit there, gazing at the fire, enjoying the warmth that it brings, the way it has brought you all together, if only for this night. All the cares of the world have been cast away as you sigh...lost in the glow of the embers.
Sounds wonderful, doesn't it. Why not make it a reality? Whether a DIY kit or professionally installed, a firepit is just the thing to make your backyard your Fall retreat. Let MetroGreenscape help you make your Fall about Family and Friends.
Labor Day is Monday! As you get ready to entertain, you might want to add some flower containers to your patio or outdoor living space. With the cooling night temperatures that we've seen lately and the ever-shortening hours of daylight, Labor Day is when we start to see the annuals we’ve enjoyed all summer begin to decline.
This weekend is the prime time to refresh your garden containers with plants that work well into the fall. Most of the plants you'll see in garden centers right now are meant to transition into autumn, and their colors and shapes complement fall décor.
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As summer winds down, and temperatures begin to cool off, we know Fall is in the air. Back to school routines, busy schedules and changes to the landscapes are all around us, and many families struggle to find the time for lawn care. However, it’s imperative to keep up with lawn and garden maintenance. There are several things to consider at this time of year when it comes to keeping your lawn in good shape.
Remove fallen leaves right away. As the leaves start falling, it’s time to break out the rake. Keeping up with the leaves is important. If they pile up too much, the moisture and mildew beneath them can have a damaging effect on your grass. Take time to rake and collect weekly, and it will be easier to keep the lawn clear.
Man, it’s hot outside. July and August are going to have some scorching temperatures, and your lawn is going to feel the heat. At MetroGreenscape, we want to make sure that you know how to water your lawn to keep it as healthy as possible during this time. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when watering your lawn this summer.
Your lawn needs to have at least 1”-1 ½” of water per week over a period of 2-3 waterings. Watering daily will cause your grass to have a shallow root system. Watering 2-3 times during the week will give your grass a deep root system which makes it stronger and more resistant to drought.
Watering 20 minutes, 3 times a week equals 1” of water and watering 30 minutes, 3 times a week will be 1 ½”. In extreme heat, we recommend that you water 3 times per week rather than 2.
This June, Darin will be heading to Tanzania to hike Mount Kilimanjaro. He will be going there with the Samaritan's Feet team who is celebrating 15 years of the impact of their charity. Since they were founded in 2003, Samaritan's Feet has helped distribute over 6.5 million pairs of shoes in 91 countries and 366 cities in the US. They firmly believe that people with shoes will be protected from cuts, diseases, and insects so they can go on to lead better, healthier lives.
Charlotte, NC: Darin Brockelbank has been awarded Jeffrey Scott’s 2018 Mighty Oak, based on his performance as a business leader and outstanding achievements made by his landscape company.
This award was announced at Jeffrey Scott’s recent Leader’s Edge peer group meeting held across the USA and Canada. Criteria for winning this prestigious award are:Serving as a positive example to others in the profession. Working with the highest levels of integrity, ethics, and accountability. Achieving significant growth benchmarks. Contributing to the advancement of the landscape industry. Engaging in continual personal and professional development.
Darin was chosen from the international participants in the Leader’s Edge peer groups for landscape business owners run by Jeffrey Scott.
Having a pool in your backyard is like having a giant magnet in your yard that draws in family and friends, which is one of the reasons many people choose to install one.Pools Encourage Socializing
In this age of electronic gadgets, too many of us communicate online at the expense of face-to-face relationships, and far too many kids spend their after-school and weekend hours glued to their smart phones or computer screens. Some studies suggest that kids are spending on average, more than 6 hours a day using electronic devices such as TVs, mobile devices, computers, video game consoles, etc.! Remember when kids used to spend most of their free time outside using their imaginations and their bodies? A pool is a great way to invite kids outside to play. It also encourages hard-working, stressed-out adults to spend some of our own precious free time in a relaxed setting in the company of family and friends.
Good landscaping can mean the difference between an average yard, and a yard that stands out and commands attention, but in a tasteful way. It can transform a home and even increase its value, and it can provide your family a truly enjoyable place in which to spend time on nice days throughout the year.
Choosing a great landscape architect is an important part of the process of creating a yard you’ll be proud of and enjoy for many years to come. And choosing the right landscape architect will determine whether you’re happy with the results at the end of the project. Here are 6 important qualities to look for in a landscaping company: