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Winter Lawn Care Tips

Winter Lawn Care Tips

At Awad Landscapes & Design, we serve the greater Northbrook area with high quality professional landscaping services and more. We want to make your landscaping dreams come true, and our experienced team of hard working professionals are here to help your yard and lawn look their absolute best. For more information about our Chicago landscaping services, contact us today!

With winter upon us, many people have a tendency to neglect their lawn and yard, assuming that there isn’t much that one can do until spring arrives. While this is not only untrue, neglecting your lawn and yard can be detrimental to your lawn’s overall health and well being. In this blog, we will look at a few things that you can do this winter to ensure that your lawn will look its absolute best come spring.

Take Any Leftover Seasonal Decor Indoors
If you’re the type that likes to decorate your yard throughout the year, chances are you have a wide variety of items that you put up throughout the year. With the harsh temperatures and dryness that comes with Midwestern winters, you want to make sure that these items are safely stored as opposed to scattered about outdoors. Harsh sub-zero temperatures can wreak havoc on your seasonal decor, as leaving them outside can cause more delicate items to crack and chip. Keeping them outdoors after a snowfall or two can cause them to fade or lose color. Even letting them sit in the sun can cause them to get sun bleached and lose their color. Making sure that your lawn and yard are free of any stray decor items will ensure that you’ll be able to continue using them for years to come.

If you’ve decorated your front yard with holiday lights, be sure to get those taken down once the holidays are over. Leaving them up long after the holidays are over can cause them to last far less time. Taking them down and putting them into storage bins in a dry space will ensure that they’ll be ready to use next year!

Clean Up Your Lawn
In addition to removing seasonal decor from your lawn and yard, you should also make sure that any landscaping tools, toys, or other items are free from your yard or lawn. For one, having items like these stay outside for multiple snowfalls will almost guarantee that they will rust and eventually be rendered completely useless. These items serve you well during the warmer months of the year, making sure that you take them indoors during this time will ensure that they will not only last longer, but that they’ll be ready to go come spring when you’re ready to start working on your yard again.

Additionally, having items like these populate your lawn and yard can also be harmful to your landscaping overall. When stray objects like shovels, rakes, and trowels are left on your lawn during colder temperatures or snowfalls, the overall pressure and weight of these items can cause significant dead spots on your lawn. Once the temperatures start to rise and the grass starts to grow in the spring, the grass in that area will be significantly less healthy and thinner than the rest of your lawn, causing a noticeably discrepancy in the consistency of your lawn’s overall aesthetic. It’s not too late, though! Before the truly cold temperatures and heavy snowfalls start to hit, go through your yard and make sure it’s free of any stray objects. Keep an eye out throughout the winter as well to make sure nothing has found its way into your yard
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Fertilize Your Lawn
While this step is best done prior to the beginning of the cold season in late fall, it’s still not too late to give your lawn the gift of fertilizer. During the summer, your lawn loses a decent amount of nutrients from the soil, especially once the temperatures start to climb. Fertilizing your lawn during the winter will help replenish many of those lost nutrients, and as long as you get in before the temperatures become frigid, the fertilizer will stay in your soil and help keep your lawn healthy throughout the winter. Once spring arrives, your lawn will be in far better shape than had you not decided to fertilize. The result will simply be healthy and gorgeous green grass that was well-fed throughout winter.

Those are just a few ways for you to take care of your lawn and yard this winter. At Awad Landscapes & Design, we are committed to providing you with the absolute best in landscaping services, serving the greater Northbrook area. For more information about our professional landscaping services, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!

The Do’s and Don’ts of Mowing Your Lawn

The Do’s and Don’ts of Mowing Your Lawn

Knowing how to properly mow and care for your lawn will go far in helping you to achieve and maintain a beautiful and lush back or front yard. In this post, we’ll discuss some important do’s and don’ts of lawn mowing and maintenance so you can enjoy your landscaping all summer long. If you’re in the Chicago area and are searching for a trusted and professional landscaping service, look no further than Awad Landscaping. With more than 10 years of experience, we’re dedicated to creating your dream landscape design that will perfectly compliment your home. Call us today to get started!

Don’t Scalp Your Yard

Unfortunately, it’s extremely easy to cut off too much grass and damage the blades. If you lower the blades too much, you can actually cut into the crowns of the plants, which may cause them to die or take months to recover.

Do Sharpen Your Blades

Just like using a dull knife makes chopping vegetables difficult, mowing with blades that haven’t been sharpened in several months will shred the grass and cause it to turn yellow and brown. Sharpen your mower’s blades at least once a year to ensure that your yard always looks great.

Don’t Cut Wet Grass

Mowing early in the morning seems like a great idea, especially if you have a busy day ahead or you want to avoid the summer heat, but mowing your yard while it’s still damp from your sprinkler system or the morning dew will quickly spell disaster. The grass will clump up on the mower’s blades and cause serious damage to your lawn. If you’re trying to avoid mowing in the heat, aim for late afternoon or early evening.

Do Water Your Grass

If it’s not restricted due to drought or low water levels, watering your lawn will keep it green and beautiful all summer long, Make sure to only use your sprinklers in the early morning or late evening to ensure that the water doesn’t immediately evaporate from the grass. If you aren’t able to water your grass due to city ordinances, you can save and use rainwater as a more sustainable watering option.

At Awad Landscapes, we want to help make your landscaping dreams come true. Our experienced team is passionate about working with you to create the idea lawn design for your home. Contact us now to schedule a consultation for our professional landscaping services!

How to Keep Bugs Out of Your Yard

How to Keep Bugs Out of Your Yard

As summer approaches, keeping bugs out of your backyard is important and the key to enjoying dinners on your patio and grilling out with friends. In this blog, we’re going to discuss a few important tips to keep those pesky varmints out of your grass so you can enjoy spending time outside during the warmer months. If you’re in need of landscape design in the Chicago area, don’t hesitate to contact Awad Landscapes. We’re proud to offer more than 20 years of experience in backyard and garden landscaping, landscape lighting, and mosquito control. Call our professional and experienced team today for more information and to get started on your Northbrook home!

Remove Standing Water

A thunderstorm can cause some puddles to collect in your backyard, especially if you live in a lower area or have a slanted landscape. Even a small pond or birdbath can become a haven for eggs and larvae in less than a day. Standing water attracts bugs of all types and can be a breeding ground for mosquitos. If you’re able, do your best to remove any standing water in your yard. You can add a small screen or a pump to a pond to keep the water agitated and discourage any pesky bugs from making a home there.

Keep Food Covered

Enjoying a summer cookout with friends is a great way to make memories, but all of that food can draw bees, wasps, and other bugs to your backyard. Purchase food screens or covers to keep those creepy-crawlies out of your potato salad and baked beans. While it won’t keep the bugs away completely, the screens will keep their nasty legs out of your food.

Plant Bug-Repelling Plants

Did you know that certain plants, shrubs, and greenery can keep those pesky bugs out of your yard? If you’re working on your landscape design and want your space to be a haven for humans and not insects, consider planting rosemary, catnip, marigolds, and citronella grass. These plants are natural bug-repellents and are also a lovely addition to your garden.

Keeping your backyard bug-free takes some effort, but it’s worth it when you can enjoy spending time outdoors during the summer with your friends and family. If you’re searching for an excellent landscape design team in Northbrook and the Chicago area, Awad Landscapes is who you need to call. Contact us today!

Easy Tips for Front Yard Landscaping

Easy Tips for Front Yard Landscaping

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If you’re planning to start a landscaping project on your front lawn, you may feel slightly overwhelmed by all of the choices of plants, shrubbery, and flowers. However, landscaping doesn’t need to stress you out. In this blog, we’ll talk about some easy tips and ideas to consider when you’re planning to landscape your front yard or flower beds. Awad Landscapes can make your home beautiful utilizing beautiful greenery and plants to add life and depth to your home. Contact the helpful and professional team at Awad Landscapes today for more information about our professional landscape design today!

Keep It Simple

Too many plants and shrubs can make your yard appear cluttered and messy. For a clean and fresh look, carefully choose plants and bushes that compliment your home. If you’re unsure of the right plants to choose, call the professionals at Awad Landscapes. With more than 20 years of experience, we’ll work with you to create a beautiful design that will make your home absolutely stunning.

Call Before You Start

Have you heard about people accidentally cutting into their gas or power lines when digging a hole for a new tree or bush? To avoid any issues, call your local utility service before you begin any projects that involve a shovel.

Choose Odd Numbers

Exact numbers will make your landscape design appear too perfect, which can actually be distracting and detract from your beautiful home. If you’re planting less than 10 plants in a grouping, make sure they’re in odd numbers for maximum beauty. Stay with the same mindset with choosing the colors of flowers or plants as well. The human eye is trained to notice patterns, so keeping the numbers odd will allow you and your family to notice the entire landscape design instead of counting the number of shrubs, bushes, or flowers that are in the front yard.

There’s No Substitute for Excellent Maintenance

You can have the most incredible landscape design in your neighborhood, but if it’s not maintained properly, it will only make your home and yard appear unkempt. If you’re in need of professional landscaping maintenance, call the professionals at Awad Landscaping for help and advice.

If you’re overwhelmed by your front yard and want it to make your home look amazing, call Awad Landscaping now for information about landscape design and how we can help bring your front yard dreams to life. If you’re in the Chicago, Illinois area, contact us today!

Summer Lawn Care Tips

Summer Lawn Care Tips

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Rake Your Lawn

This is a frustrating chore, especially during hot summer days, but if you don’t take remove the dead grass from your yard, you’ll find that your grass isn’t growing well. Make sure that you rake your yard often and after every time you mow it.

Re-Seed Bare Patches

If any patches have become bare or the grass has become diseased and died, make sure to re-seed these areas as soon as you can. This will help the grass begin to grow quickly so that you don’t have awkward areas that detract from the beauty of your yard and landscaping.

Mow Often

It’s important to mow your lawn at the right time of day to ensure that the dead tops of the grass are cut off so the new growth can begin. Try to mow during peak sun hours so that the freshly cut grass can continue to grow and thrive. Make sure that the grass isn’t cut too often so that you don’t cut off the healthy blades.

Taking care of your yard is especially important after a long and cold winter. If you’re in need of professional lawn maintenance in the Chicago area, call Awad Landscapes. With over 10 years of experience, our professionals are dedicated to the success and beauty of your yard and landscaping. Contact us now for an evaluation!

Spring Landscaping Ideas

Spring Landscaping Ideas

Spring is on its way, and as the first few blades of grass emerge and new buds begin to open, it’s time to dust off your mower and get to work on your landscaping. Part of enjoying a beautiful backyard is putting some extra work into it. In this blog, we’ll discuss some easy projects you can do yourself to prepare for the spring and summer season so you can enjoy being outside. If you find that your front lawn or back patio is in need of some new ideas and fresh plants, shrubs, or grass, call Awad Landscapes. We’re proud to offer landscape design, lawn services, and drainage solutions for all of your lawncare needs. Contact us now!

Inspect Your Trees and Shrubs

After a particularly windy or icy winter, trees and shrubs can be damaged by the elements. Inspect them carefully for cracks, broken limbs, or other issues that might have occurred. This is especially important if a large tree is near your home or garage. If you notice broken or cracked limbs, remove them gently so as to not damage the shrub or tree.

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This may seem like a waste of time, especially after a long winter, but ensuring that all debris that has blown into your yard or landscaping will help your grass and plants to receive the proper amount of sunlight that they require to grow If certain areas are covered, they may not grow and you could experience bald or bare patches on your lawn.

Fertilize

As the weather continues to warm up, encourage growth in your plants and grass by fertilizing your lawn. This will reinvigorate your yard and give the shrubs, flowers, and grass the nutrients they need to thrive and grow during the summer months.

Weed-Control

This is a great time to snuff out any weed seedlings or sprouts that may be preparing to take over your flower beds or lawn. You can use a weed spray or spend some time in the dirt pulling the shoots so that you won’t have to spend hours during the next months trying to control an outbreak.

Call the Professionals

If you need professional lawn care done, such as reseeding your yard or new mulch in your flower beds, call Awad Landscapes. With over 20 years of experience, you can rest assured that your backyard, patio, flower beds, or front lawn will be beautifully designed and maintained by a passionate, local lawn care team.

If you’re in the Chicago, Illinois area, contact Awad Landscapes today for helpful and dedicated service and innovative and unique landscape design. Our team will work with you to create the backyard or front yard of your dreams. For reliable and trustworthy service that exceeds all expectations, call us now!

How to Keep Your Pets Safe During Yard Work

How to Keep Your Pets Safe During Yard Work

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You may be excited to spend a Saturday outside maintaining your lawn, but ensuring that your dog is safe while you’re mowing or weed eating can be stressful. Here are a few easy to follow tips that will help you to complete those outdoor tasks while enjoying time with your sweet pooch. At Awad Landscapes, we love to fulfill our customers’ dreams for their backyards and landscaping. Whatever you envision for your outdoor space, we can do it! Call us today!

Prepare the Area!

Before you let your dog off his or her leash, take a minute and survey the area you’ll be working in. Make sure to remove any rocks, stones, sticks, or trash if you’re planning to mow. These items can become projectiles that could injure your dog. Also, make sure to remove any dog toys, leashes, or balls from the yard so that you don’t accidentally run over them with your lawnmower. After the yard or landscaping is prepared, then your pup can enjoy his or herself and get some exercise while spending time with you.

Turn It Off

Even if you’re just taking a quick phone call, turn off any and all equipment while you’re not operating or near it. Shut down the engine of your lawnmower and weedeater to avoid any potential injuries that could harm your pet. If you’re using any electric lawn tools, make sure to unplug them as well so that a curious paw or snuffling nose won’t accidentally turn on the equipment, causing an injury. And of course, don’t ever allow a pet to sit with you on your riding lawnmower. One small bump or miscalculated turn could potentially place your dog in harm’s way.

Pick Pet-Friendly Mulch

If your pooch loves to dig and sniff around your yard, then it’s important to make sure you’re choosing landscaping mulch that is safe for pets. Often dogs are interested in and attracted to strong-smelling mulch, especially cocoa mulch. Cocoa mulch is extremely common and contains theobromine, which is the same additive that is contained in chocolate. As most dog owners know, chocolate is extremely lethal to dogs. If your dog enjoys digging, chewing on, and smelling fresh mulch, then confirm that the mulch you’re placing around your landscaping or yard is safe for Fido to play in. At Awad Landscapes, we can help you choose the right mulch for your landscaping and for the safety of your canine companion.

Don’t Over-Fertilize

If you love maintaining a green lawn, then it’s important to discuss how often you fertilize your grass. Pets often eat grass, which means they also eat the fertilizer. Even organic fertilizers can prove harmful if your dog ingests too much of it, so it’s important to not fertilize often so that your pet isn’t consistently eating fertilizer. Make sure that when you’re purchasing fertilizer that it’s labeled as “pet safe”, and, after you’ve fertilized your yard, keep your pet off of the lawn for at least 24 hours. It’s also a great idea to train your dog to eat pet-specific grass that is grown for him or her without any fertilizer so that your canine companion won’t be tempted to eat your lawn grass that is laden with chemicals.

Having a four-legged friend is one of the best parts of life. As an honorary member of your family, it’s important to take care of your dog and ensure that he or she is in a protected environment. Awad Landscapes is passionate about creating the yard and landscaping of your dreams so that you can enjoy it as much as your pup does. We love to make the impossible, possible. No job is too small! For any questions regarding pet-friendly landscaping, call us today!

Three Yard Care Services Perfect for Northbrook Seniors

Three Yard Care Services Perfect for Northbrook Seniors

Many residents use our lawn care services in Northbrook. They might be busy professionals who don’t have time to care for their yard or retired people who would rather focus on hobbies other than gardening. Many of our senior customers use our yard care services because they love their lawn and garden but simply cannot care for it all on their own anymore. Whether you love working in the yard or would be happy never touching a mower again, Awad Landscapes has you covered. We can tailor our services to your needs so you get exactly the landscaping and yard care that you want. We can do it all or just do the parts you don’t want to do yourself. Here are three services perfect for our senior clients!

Try These Yard Care Services

Snow Removal

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You know how much snow can fall during our Illinois winters! Removing it from around your property can be a major hassle, especially if you don’t get around as well anymore. Removing snow on slippery and icy services put you at risk for slipping, falling, and injuring yourself. Let us do the work for you! We have the tools, experience, and manpower to safely remove the snow from around your property so you can use your walkways and driveways.

Power Washing

Power washing is a great service that can help clean up your property without the cost of replacement. It’s especially great for cleaning fences, patios, and driveways. Our power washers can quickly finish up the work around your property for you so you only have to enjoy the final results. It can even increase your property value!

Fall Clean-Up

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Getting your landscaping ready for winter is important. It helps your landscaping come back stronger in the spring by preparing it to weather the chilly Illinois winter. That preparation and clean-up work isn’t easy, though. You’ll want to do things like trim trees, clean out gutters, mulch flowerbeds and fertilize your grass. For senior members of our community, that could be more work than they are able to take on. We can do it for you! Let our team prepare your yard and landscaping for winter. We’ll make sure that every detail is taken care of and it’s ready for a long winter’s nap.

Schedule Our Yard Care Services Today

These aren’t the only services available from Awad Landscapes! You can check out all of our yard care services on our website. Awad Landscapes can provide you or your loved one with these services or any other landscaping work that might be needed. We love helping people maintain their landscaping so they can enjoy their property without the stress or danger of doing it themselves. Our yard care services make a great Christmas present, too! There is no better time to schedule our yard care services in Northbrook than right now! Give us a call or contact us through our website and schedule the yard care services that you need for your Northbrook property today.

Great Landscape Lighting Ideas from Our Professional Landscaping Team

Great Landscape Lighting Ideas from Our Professional Landscaping Team

Proper landscaping lighting can do so much for your yard! Our professional landscaping team in Northbrook has helped many homeowners in the area add lighting to their landscaping, working with their ideas and their budget to create something really special. There are a lot of benefits to adding landscape lighting, including:

  • Additional security. Adding lighting to dark walkways and doorways can help deter would-be attackers or burglars.
  • Increased curb appeal. Curb appeal isn’t just something that matters in the daytime; it matters at night, too! The right lighting can make your property look even more impressive and could even boost the value.
  • More outdoor living space. Better outdoor lighting means you can use those outdoor spaces more often, whether it’s day or night. It’s a great way to increase your living area without worrying about expensive remodeling or construction projects.

Here are some of our professional landscaping team’s favorite ways to incorporate lighting into landscaping around Northbrook homes.

Great Ideas for Landscape Lighting

Light up your walkway.

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Walkways are the perfect place to put some new lighting. This can provide a great deal of safety to you and your visitors when using the walkways around your home. It also makes your home look more inviting when paths are well-lit!

Highlight your home.

Lighting is a great way to highlight the architectural details of your home. A well-placed floodlight can make the unique roofline or entryway stand out and create more curb appeal. It’s a great way to call attention to the beauty of your home that might otherwise be overlooked.

Make your patio sparkle.

Your patio deserves to shine! Landscape lighting can make the patio area easier to use in the evening or nighttime or create a party atmosphere. Our professional landscaping team will listen to your goals and find the lighting that’s right for your patio.

Shine it on your trees.

Show off your trees! Landscape lighting on your trees is a great way to show off the towering elements of your landscaping. It also makes decorating for the holidays easier, since you can simply switch out the white floodlights for colored ones and instantly make your landscaping look more festive.

Create new outdoor spaces.

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Don’t have a patio? Wish you had more outdoor living space? The right lighting can help you create an outdoor space without actually defining the area in any other way. Use a floodlight to light up a corner of the yard, hang some lanterns or string lights, and put up a table and chair. You’ll have an outdoor space that you love to use!

Need more outdoor lighting ideas or have some of your own that you’d like to incorporate into your backyard? The Awad Landscapes team can help! Talk to our professional landscaping team in Northbrook today. We’ll help you turn your landscaping ideas into reality, finishing your project on time on and on a budget. Whether it’s for your home or office, we can make it happen. Give us a call or contact us through our website today to get started!

 

Fall is the Best Time to Hire a Landscaper

Fall is the Best Time to Hire a Landscaper

Cooler weather has come and leaves are falling everywhere. Your once-pristine garden is no longer full of beautiful flowers and green plants. Instead, your landscaping is going dormant, preparing for the freezing temperatures commonly associated with late autumn in Northbrook. Though your garden may be done producing beautiful flowers, your landscaping still needs attention. Don’t wait until spring rolls around to hire a landscaper. Today, we’ll take a look at a few reasons you should hire Awad Landscapes for all of your yard care services in Northbrook.

Tend to Your Trees

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You may think that your trees will be fine during the winter months, but just like your flowerbeds, your trees need regular attention. Pruning the limbs actually encourages more productive growth in the warmer months. An experienced landscaping professional will know what parts of the plant need to be trimmed away. This lets more sun reach the living parts of the tree and gives the plant access to more energy and nutrients. Best of all, trimming away dead growth reduces the amount of damage that heavy snow can do to the plant.

Keep Your Irrigation System in Shape

Even the best irrigation systems need to be prepared for winter. After all, your irrigation system is quite the investment and any damage will only make preparing your landscaping for spring that much more difficult. Awad Landscapes knows how to winterize your irrigation system. Our experienced team will make sure that all the remaining water is flushed out of your irrigation system, so you won’t have to worry about pipes freezing or bursting. Furthermore, we’ll be able to assess your system for any existing damage and make recommendations on repairs or replacements in the spring.

Get Rid of Leaves Easily

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Raking leaves can be a huge chore, especially if you have a large property covered in many trees. Rather than spending your weekend raking leaves in the brisk weather, let us handle the job! Our crew will pick up leaves around your property and will always show care around delicate landscaping. Best of all, you won’t be stuck moving large trash bags to the dumpster. We’ll handle the disposal process for you!

Prepare Your Lawn

Whether you have a small patch of grass in your front yard or a large lawn suitable for neighborhood soccer games, your grass needs attention in the fall. Believe it or not, the best time to make changes or additions to your lawn is in the autumn! Our crew will evaluate your lawn, aerate the soil so more nutrients become available to seeds, and add soil to any low areas that require it. Then, we’ll reseed your lawn in preparation for the spring, so once the soil warms up, your lawn will look great throughout the year.

Snow Removal Done Right

At Awad Landscapes, we’re happy to help with all of your landscaping needs, but in winter, we understand that your needs become a little different. Save yourself the trouble of waking up several hours before dawn just to clear your sidewalk before you go to work. Our crew will come to your home, shovel snow off your sidewalk and driveway, and leave you free and clear to enjoy the winter wonderland without any of the work commonly associated with snow removal.

Keep Your Customers Safe

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Awad Landscapes is happy to help your Northbrook business prepare for winter. Whether you’re looking for an expert to prune your hedges, or need to hire a highly experienced snow removal crew, we’re here to help. We know you need to keep your customers safe from falling tree limbs or ice on your sidewalks and we’ll do everything we can to get your landscaping in fighting shape this autumn.

Contact us today for more information on our professional yard care services in Northbrook.