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Fellow Landscapers Blog: Choosing a Tree Variety and Location

Hello Fellow Landscapers!

Planting trees is one of my favorite projects to do in a landscape. I have worked in the landscaping business for about 5 years now and have planted hundreds of trees. It is a project that makes you feel good and it drastically changes a landscape.

There are some major dos and don’ts when it comes to tree planting. The first thing you need to consider is what type of tree you would like to plant. You need to know how large the tree is going to become and how much sun or shade the tree variety needs. You do not want to plant a large variety of tree too close to your house, likewise, you do not want to plant a small shade tree in the middle of your yard that gets full sun.

Knowing the correct size of tree is a major factor when it comes to the longevity of the tree. You do not want to have to remove the tree in 10 to 15 years because it was too close to the house.

We are always one phone call away or one one click of your email programs! You can also find us on Google Maps and/or from our Google Listing – search as under American Lawn and Landscape Kearney MO. American Lawn and Landscape serves the greater Northland Area of KCMO and we provide full landscape services, including drainage, irrigation, custom build patios and outdoor living spaces. Our team of dedicated landscape professionals is available to serve you and provide you with an excellent service. When we have happy clients, we are happy landscapers!

Fellow Landscapers Blog: Drainage

Hello Fellow Landscapers!

Drainage is the foundation on which we begin and build all of our landscaping projects. There are some simple ways to make sure that you have proper drainage. We first look to see that the grade, or slope, of the soil is away from the house. Most of the time we see pockets or voids in the soil right around the foundation of the home. This is caused by water coming in and settling in that area. Remember, water follows the path of least resistance.

Usually the water is coming in from the gutters. We like to build an underground drainage system by attaching 4 inch ADS pipe to the gutter and running it away from the house until we find the proper slope. This is then attached to a 9 inch square drain box. This is one of the most common solutions that we find in our landscapes.

Another solution is to add soil around the foundation to insure that it is sloping away properly. Pro Tip: When you find pockets of settled soil around your landscape do not fill with rock. This does not solve the problem, it only hides it.  You need to use topsoil that is packed in.

We are always one phone call away or one one click of your email programs! You can also find us on Google Maps and/or from our Google Listing – search as under American Lawn and Landscape Kearney MO.

American Lawn and Landscape serves the greater Northland Area of KCMO and we provide full landscape services, including drainage, irrigation, custom build patios and outdoor living spaces. Our team of dedicated landscape professionals is available to serve you and provide you with an excellent service. When we have happy clients, we are happy landscapers!

Fellow Landscapers Blog: Flagstones

Hello Fellow Landscapers!

Over the years we have installed several flagstone pathways. They are excellent pieces to connect landscapes or get you from your back door to your garage door. We have installed them in grass, mulch, and pea gravel.

One of my favorite flagstone pathways that we installed was in mulch in a secret garden. It led from the side yard to the back yard. It twisted through pines and hydrangea bushes. The backyard was so shaded that the grass would not grow. This made for a very muddy part of the landscape. The flagstone path and mulch eliminated the mud issue and gave the homeowner a beautiful and functional walking path.

Spring is just around the corner and this is a great time to look around your property. We are available to meet for free consultation and would provide our clients an itemized estimate, giving them the options of picking and choosing the right mix and amount of project they would like to do.

We are always one phone call away or one one click of your email programs! You can also find us on Google Maps and/or from our Google Listing – search as under American Lawn and Landscape Kearney MO. American Lawn and Landscape serves the greater Northland Area of KCMO and we provide full landscape services, including drainage, irrigation, custom build patios and outdoor living spaces. Our team of dedicated landscape professionals is available to serve you and provide you with an excellent service. When we have happy clients, we are happy landscapers!

Fellow Landscapers Blog: Flagstones

Hello Fellow Landscapers!

Over the years we have installed several flagstone pathways. They are excellent pieces to connect landscapes or get you from your back door to your garage door. We have installed them in grass, mulch, and pea gravel.

One of my favorite flagstone pathways that we installed was in mulch in a secret garden. It led from the side yard to the back yard. It twisted through pines and hydrangea bushes. The backyard was so shaded that the grass would not grow. This made for a very muddy part of the landscape. The flagstone path and mulch eliminated the mud issue and gave the homeowner a beautiful and functional walking path.

Spring is just around the corner and this is a great time to look around your property. We are available to meet for free consultation and would provide our clients an itemized estimate, giving them the options of picking and choosing the right mix and amount of project they would like to do.

We are always one phone call away or one one click of your email programs! You can also find us on Google Maps and/or from our Google Listing – search as under American Lawn and Landscape Kearney MO. American Lawn and Landscape serves the greater Northland Area of KCMO and we provide full landscape services, including drainage, irrigation, custom build patios and outdoor living spaces. Our team of dedicated landscape professionals is available to serve you and provide you with an excellent service. When we have happy clients, we are happy landscapers!

Blog: Landscape Apprentice Lesson #5

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“Garden Path” by jeffrey tucker is licensed under CC BY 2.0

It was 93F yesterday and it felt like 98F, yikes! Needless to say, I drank a lot of water. And a lot of water came out of me, too. I will spare you the details and the mental images. My crew planted over 80 bushes in two days, we created nice mulched rings around all the plants, and – yes, you guessed it right: we watered everything! Twice! Well, not on the same day but we watered all plants on the first and on the second day.

Water is important for plants. Just the same as H2O is important for our bodies. As I am reading and studying so many things, I came across this article that might be helpful for you and for what you do with your gardens and plants. Enjoy the read at The Top 5 Watering Myths.

Stay well hydrated not just during hot days but every day!


nasko-lazarov-bearded-pic-with-murryWishing all our friends, customers, and fans a great weekend: stay well, stay positive, and wash your hands before and after you use the bathroom.

~Nasko D. Lazarov, along with my K9 Landscaper, Murry

 


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Blog: Landscape Apprentice Lesson #4

Pruning gives me the shivers! Honestly… what if I cut something that needs to stay? How much will I have to pay from my next paycheck so we can replace the shrub that I just destroyed? What if the plant doesn’t grow because I took its main live artery of flowing life-sustaining juices? Arrrrrrgggggghhhhhh…

Over the past few weeks, we’ve done quite a few jobs that we usually do in Spring time: Spring cleaning involves pruning. Pruning, trimming, cutting down, all of this boils down to two things. One, we remove dead branches and shoots; and, two, we help the plants prepare for healthy grow in the new growing season.

So, with all my trepidation and wondering, I learned my lesson: follow instructions and ask questions. As with most anything in life (unless you were born as the next super Einstein kid who knows how to play Mozzart’s No. 15 in B-Flat Major K. 450 when you were two years old!), practice makes perfect. However, anytime I’m in doubt, I pick up the phone, ask questions, and follow instructions.

Here’s a great resource that you can use for your trimming jobs during this season and throughout the year: What to Prune When in Your Garden for the Healthiest Plants (from Better Homes & Gardens). I may have to print the slides and put them under my pillow. Maybe this will help me next time I have to trim on a weeping willow tree…


nasko-lazarov-bearded-pic-with-murryWishing all our friends, customers, and fans a great weekend: stay well, stay positive, and wash your hands before and after you use the bathroom.

~Nasko D. Lazarov, along with my K9 Landscaper, Murry

 


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Blog: Landscape Apprentice Lesson #3

Life is powerful. Look at this…

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I saw this at my garage door and it grabbed my attention. This week, one of the projects I had was cementing 4×4 posts for a future deck. The cement was hardened, super hard, in about a day, probably less than a day. In 28 days, a bag of cement, mixed with the right amount of water, will harden to withstand 4,000 lbs of weight over a square inch. Imagine that, imagine the power of cement: two tons of weight on top of space one inch by one inch! And yet, this unidentified green piece of flora has found its way through the cracks of the cement. It’s like waiving its chlorophyll-filled little leafs and telling the whole world, “hey, I am here… I am full of life… and the cement can’t stop me!”

Not a major lesson in landscaping, except to tell you that there are way to protect your cement and patios from unwanted flora, but something that made me think about the power of life. Few simple thoughts like…

  • life will find a way
  • life is creative
  • life is unstoppable (unless you find a way to kill it)
  • life is beautiful
  • life is a blessing
  • life is powerful

In the midst of tumultuous times, when our thoughts and hearts could be preoccupied with everything else but life, may we all find encouragement and strength in knowing that life will find a way and that life is powerful.

May we all live, and act, and speak in a way that brings life to those around us. Don’t be like the cement, be like the chlorophyllious plant.

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Nasko D. Lazarov and his dog, Murry

P.S. Unless your lawn needs some weed control. We can help you with that! Just call us… you know where to find us!

 

 

 

 


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Drainage

Wow! What a week! If you love 34 degrees and rain this week was perfect for you!

Drainage has been our big concern this week as we are seeing the ground completely saturated and starting to notice some of those gutters dumping water right next to the foundation! We gotta get that water away!

We have a home we are concentrating on this week where we will run the gutter water out about 10′ from the foundation so the water can flow away and add soil against the foundation. Those little changes make a huge difference keeping water from puddling against the home.

Other than drainage work, our guys are scurrying around seeding lawns now so they can benefit from all these rains and cool weather! It’s also a great time to install bushes so they can benefit from all this moisture!

Dan Hacker, CEO & Owner of American Lawn & Landscaper a caption


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Tips & Suggestions: Spring Tips

Happy Spring Everyone! It’s here! Now is the time!

So many things need to be addressed early in spring to prevent more work later.

Weed Control
We recommend two products for all homeowners: Preen for preventing weeds from germinating; and, Roundup for killing any weeds that do grow.

Using a landscape bed pre-emergence like “Preen” or “Miracle-Grow Weed Prevent” (Preen is sold in 20 lbs containers for $27 at Sam’s/Costco – this will usually last one residential home 3 applications or one whole season!) will keep new weed seeds from germinating. You may already have weeds growing in those beds. You can take care of those with Roundup (yes, I used the “R” word! That ridiculous lawsuit has to be felonious – I’ve been in the industry 26 years and know of ZERO people that have had issues – these are guys that use this product 5 days a week, 8 hrs/day). Be careful to spray those weeds in early morning when there isn’t much wind and make sure over-spray doesn’t go into lawn or on nearby bushes. The amazing thing about Roundup is that it has no residual – it doesn’t stay in the soil contaminating nearby streams and waterways. Within 24 hours of spraying, the chemical has broken down and is gone (like cannot be detected by chemical analysis). We recommend you use “Ready-to-use Roundup” because you won’t have to mix a tankful and decide what to do with the balance of the tank. You’ll want to catch those weeds when they are just about the size of your fingernail to prevent them from blossoming and seeding themselves.

Lawn
Now is the most crucial application: the lawn fertilizer and pre-emergence. This product feeds your lawn and prevents crabgrass, goose-grass and fox-tail until late August (we want the product to wear off then so we can do seeding in Sept if needed). Put that product down heavy to make sure you get good coverage on the preventative weed control.

Now is also a great time to tackle those moles. Moles are like squirrels and they move from neighbor’s lawn (or wooded areas) into your lawn. Lowe’s sells a bait that works great. It’s called “Tomcat” and is about $20 for 10 baits. You just put on some rubber gloves and put the bait into the tunnel which is about 1 finger-length below the surface–jam your finger into the tunnel and you’ll feel the hollow tunnel, then place one bait and cover the finger-hole. Moles run those tunnels all day long and it won’t be long until they find your treats (this product is also safe for dogs/cats).

Landscape
Now is the time to do your spring cleanup–trim back all roses to 12-18″ and cut perennials and hydrangeas to 6″. Clean the leaves out of the beds and put down that first application of Preen. (You’ll need another round of application on  5/15 and 7/15 to finish out the year).

This is the last chance to dormant prune your overgrown bushes! Burning bushes are a favorite bush that grows too large and they get 6′ x 6′ when your landscape would look better with them 3′ x 3′ (not to mention they are so much easier to trim when they are small). Many homeowners talk to us about removing the overgrown bushes and we recommend they just trim them to whatever size they desire while they are dormant. What is dormant pruning? Any bush that loses it’s leaves in the winter can be pruned to any size and it will pop-back with no issues right away. They will often stay the smaller size long enough that you can skip pruning them completely throughout the hot season and then just chop them back again next winter. You might also like to use your battery-powered sawzall to get this done – we love power tools!!!!

Drainage
It’s always important to take a walk around your home looking at the soil level around your foundation to make sure the ground is sloping away and the gutters are dumping the water into areas that flow away from the home. This past week, I’ve seen 3 homes where the gutter at the corner of the driveway was allowing water to flow under the driveway because there was not sufficient soil next to the driveway to push the water away. We see gutters that dump into landscape areas that are completely surrounded by concrete so the water has no place to wash. We recommend those gutters be buried into 4″ solid ADS pipe and run out into the lawn away from the house.

If the water gets under the sidewalk or the driveway, it immediately starts causing the soil under those surfaces to settle and then your driveway or walkway is not supported. Over time, this can create a large cavity under your driveway or walkway that will cause those concrete pads to settle. If this occurs, we find out where the water is coming from, fix that and then recommend mud-jacking. Mud-jacking is a service we offer that raises sections of concrete that are structurally sound but have settled or have voids under them. The mud-jacking is done using a limestone slurry that is less likely to settle than mud. It’s a fantastic service that also fills those voids allowing water to get in your basement.

As always, you know where to find us, if you need help with any of your projects. All of us at American Lawn and Landscape wish you and all your loved ones a wonderful Spring season!

Best regards,

Dan

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Dan Hacker, CEO & President of American Lawn and Landscape

P.S. You can see some of our work by simply using #LandscapeKearneyMO or #LandscapeLibertyMO or #LandscapeKCMO – happy trails, everyone!

 

Blog: Landscape Apprentice Lesson #3 – Sharpen Your Tools

It is the infamous saying that if you use a dull ax it will take you longer time to cut down a tree but the same applies for grinding tree stumps! Let me make one thing clear: grinding tree stumps should be declared illegal, immoral, unethical, and just plain waste of time and gas. Although the first refueling of the stump grinding machine cost me only 99 cents…

We had a wonderful customer who was just tired of his grass not growing. Plenty of trees in the back yard, lots of shaded areas where the sun doesn’t bring its vitamin D to the grassy blades and a big white pine in the front yard, soiling the ground with plenty of sap. Customer wants the tree down, the tree goes down, debris everywhere, and the fun of grinding the stump (plus another one from a large oak tree) began. Except that the boss told us we should be done in about an hour and here we were, two hours later and barely any progress! Called the boss and his assessment hit the bulls eye, “your stump grinder is dull!” What?! We just wasted two hours of our lives and didn’t check the grinding blade?! Yep… return grinder and repeat on next day, this time renting from a better place.

And what a difference a sharper blade makes! Oh me, oh my! The first day, we were trying to cut a tree stump with a butter knife. The second day, we were on the moment the blade hit the stump! It was music to our ears and a joy to our hearts! We had to move over 8 full wheelbarrows with wooden shavings but we didn’t mind: we were getting it done, baby! All because of a sharp blade! What a difference!

If you are working on a project and it is taking a lot longer maybe you need to take a look at your tools. Make sure they are sharp, oiled, maintained well, and serviced regularly. Otherwise, just as our enthusiastic crew learned, you will be wasting time, energy, and gas. Better yet, call us and we can do it for you!

That’s the happy face of Matthew McCook, operating the sharper and better stump grinder on Day Two of Operation Stumps Out





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