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It may seem like winter is still far off, but if you want to set your lawn up to look its best next year, it’s best to think a few seasons ahead. The better you take care of it now, the faster and healthier it’ll come back. Here are a few things you can do for a beautiful lawn next spring.
It may be tempting to stop mowing as the weather cools down, but believe it or not, your lawn needs your attention now more than ever. Letting the grass grow too long could cause it to smother itself or put it at risk of fungus damage. Grass needs to be kept a little longer during the worst heat of the summer to prevent it from becoming scorched, but as the weather cools down, a shorter height is ideal.
You’ll also want to make sure you clear fallen leaves as temperatures slowly decrease. Allowing leaves to pile up on your lawn can smother your grass, leaving large bare spots when spring arrives. To prevent bare spots, rake and remove leaves, or mulch them, breaking them up with the mower and redistribute them into the grass.
If you are going to aerate, before winter sets in is a great time to do so. Aerating helps your lawn breathe throughout the winter and absorb nutrients. Plan on aerating if your yard feels hard-packed, if it sees a lot of foot traffic, or if the grass or mulch is thick enough that it could suffocate the roots of the plants.
One of the last things you should do when winterizing your lawn is to fertilize it so that you give it the best chance of coming in thick and healthy next spring. This is also a great time to look for any bare or even thin patches in the lawn, and reseed as needed.
This is also a good time to start thinking about winterizing your garden. As the days get a little shorter and a little cooler, it’s time to start pruning perennials and mulching the garden to protect the plants through the winter. This is also a great time to give your yard a quick assessment to make sure it’s benefiting your curb appeal. Need professional landscaping to really make your yard shine? Contact All Exteriors today to find out more about landscaping in New Richmond.
There’s a reason why smaller yards, xeriscaping, and urban living are all becoming popular trends: Taking care of a lawn can be a lot of work, and with the speed at which the world turns, it may feel like your life is too busy to afford you the time to take care of it yourself. When it comes down to it, is it worth it to mow your lawn yourself? Here are some of the advantages to hiring a lawn service vs. doing it yourself.
The most obvious benefit of having someone take care of your lawn is not having to do it yourself. Especially if you’re busy, if you work a lot or have a family to spend time with, you may benefit from freeing up some additional time. Also, it’s one less thing for you to have to worry about learning and managing. You can let someone with more knowledge and experience take care of it.
Of course, the major drawback is the expense. However, consider that if you don’t already have the equipment and supplies to care for your lawn, this will entail a substantial upfront investment before you could save any money by doing it yourself.
If you already own a mower and other equipment, no upfront investment is needed, and maintenance and gasoline are pretty cheap. It’s generally pretty fast and easy work when compared with other professional landscaping services, so it might be worthwhile for you to spend an hour (give or take) every week to save a little money.
Some people choose to have everything done for them, from mowing to landscaping and gardening. Others prefer to have some of it done for them so they can focus on the easy parts or the tasks they like the most. For instance, if you enjoy gardening but detest mowing, you might have the lawn services while you spend more time focusing on your garden. Another option is deciding to mow and garden yourself while maximizing your home’s curb appeal by hiring a professional landscaper.
Whether you decide to mow your lawn yourself or not, professional landscaping is a perfect way to improve curb appeal and provide a finishing touch to your home’s exterior. From landscaping to patios and custom fences, All Exteriors provides all the services you need to turn your yard into your perfect, private oasis. Contact us today for more information about our services.
Cleaning your gutters is one of the more necessary (and dreaded), parts of home ownership. The job can be a hassle and even a danger, but skip it for too long, and you could see some severe damage to your home. This handy gutter cleaning guide will tell you everything you need to know about why clear gutters are necessary, how to get them clean, and how to avoid ever having to do it again.
Before we get into the how, let’s talk about why gutter cleaning is so important, how often it needs to be done, and what could happen if you slack off.
Gutters are designed to carry water away from your roof and ultimately away from your house, preventing water damage from heavy rains and snow. Unfortunately, if your gutters are clogged, not only are they not draining away from your home, they can cause water to overflow, resulting in water damage. Cleaning your gutters ensures that waters from rain and snow will drain efficiently, keeping your home safe and undamaged.
The average homeowner should clean their gutters twice a year, in spring and fall, to clear debris, prevent clogs, and keep everything flowing smoothly. However, this can vary based on where you live. For example, homeowners in very arid climates with fewer trees might only have to clean their gutters once a year. On the other hand, here in the Midwest, we can have harsh winters with lots of ice, making it important to clean your gutters a minimum of twice a year. If you have a lot of trees on your property, you may even need to have them cleaned three or four times a year.
Depending on how quickly your gutters get clogged, you might not actually notice any issues right away if you forget to clean your gutters. Once you get a clog (and you will), water will stop draining effectively, and heavy storms with lots of rain, ice, or snow will cause the water to begin to damage your home. In addition, heavy water-filled and debris-laden gutters can sag or break away from the house, damaging the roof and fascia.
Now that you know how important it is to clean your gutters let’s talk about how to complete this tricky, yet important task.
Traditional gutters are open along the top to catch water as it runs off your roof. This is a simple, effective design for catching water, but it’s also great at catching everything else too. Leaves and other debris easily fall inside and get stuck. To remove collected debris, you’ll need a ladder, a bucket, a small shovel or trowel, and a garden hose.
Water damage to your home isn’t the only side effect of clogged gutters. When debris is left to rot in the gutters for long periods of time, it absorbs water and causes the metal gutters to rust, creating leaks. Gutter seams, where two lengths of gutter are joined together, are particularly vulnerable to catching debris and developing leaks. Leaky gutters can’t do their job, so while you are cleaning the gutters you should check the integrity of the gutters themselves.
Some gutters are covered with an add-on screen or cover to try to keep debris out. These gutters will still need to be occasionally cleaned to remove debris that got past the screen or cover. When it’s time, you’ll need to remove the screen or hood first, possibly requiring a professional to do the job. While screens or covers may mean cleaning your gutters less often, they’ll also make it more expensive and time-consuming when it comes to cleaning.
The alternative is a fully integrated, all-in-one system such as K-Guard Seamless Gutters. These gutters don’t have seams where leaks can develop, and they have a custom, removable hood that is designed to work with the gutter system, not against it. These are true maintenance-free and clog-free gutters, and the lifetime warranty guarantees that they will stay that way or be cleared or replaced for free.
If you’d rather not clean your own gutters, there is a solution: You can call a professional home improvement company and have them do the task for you, or better yet, install a maintenance-free option. The cost of having your gutters cleaned several times a year can add up, especially if you live in an area where it needs to be done frequently. Save yourself time, money, and worry by calling All Exteriors LLC today to have K-Guard Seamless Gutters installed on your home.
Have you ever thought about how nice it would be to have a sunroom in your home? A sunroom is an excellent choice for any homeowner who wants to improve their home. Here are six reasons to consider a sunroom installation.
An excellent gutter system in good repair is important, not only for aesthetics and convenience but also because it protects your house from the damage that could be caused by water not being drained away from the house properly. Water draining around the foundation can cause damages and leaks, and the buildup of ice dams caused by improperly draining gutters can cause leaks and water damage from above.
Warm weather is here, and with it, long evenings on the patio or deck, outdoor dinner parties, and all of the other things you love most about this time of year. Are you interested in updating your landscaping and outdoor living spaces this year? Perhaps a sunroom, patio, deck or outdoor kitchen to do more entertaining? Or just to give yourself a new favorite place to unwind? Here are the top 5 landscaping trends of 2018 to give you a few ideas.
All Exteriors/ K-Guard Seamless Gutters
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New Richmond, WI 54017
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