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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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

 

How to Keep Your Dog Out of Your Landscaping

How to Keep Your Dog Out of Your Landscaping

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Man’s best friend has a way of winning over our hearts with little more than a look. You know what we mean — those sad big brown eyes convince you to give up your last bite of fried chicken. For many of us, dogs are treated like family, because they are. They may have fur and four legs, but they’re just another one of your children. Like human children, your pets can get into a lot of trouble and may even destroy things you hold dear. When you hire Awad Landscapes, you do so because you love your yard and you want it to look as nice as possible. What do you do when Fido decides that your flower bed looks like a great place for a nap? Here are a few tips to help you cope with your pup’s intrusion into your garden.

Spread Coffee Grounds

If you’re a coffee drinker, you likely have a fresh batch of coffee grounds every morning. Rather than throwing them out, spread them around your garden. Most dogs dislike the smell of bitter grounds and will naturally stay away from areas where you place them. Best of all, the coffee grounds will help your garden flourish. The natural antioxidants in the grounds enrich your soil and feed your plants.

Use Your Sprinkler System

This step requires a bit more active participation, but it’s one of the most effective methods of keeping your dog out of your landscaping. Set up a sprinkler attachment on your hose or use your existing sprinkler system. As soon as you see your pup approaching the garden box, turn the sprinkler on. Even water-loving dogs will turn tail and run when startled by the sprinkler system. Do this every time your dog gets close to the landscaping or flower beds and, eventually, they’ll learn to associate the landscaping with an unpleasant spritz of the sprinkler.

Keep Them Out with Crushed Pepper

Like the bitter smell of coffee, the scent of hot peppers will drive most pups away. Get some crushed spicy peppers from your local grocery store and spread it around the landscaping. The spice won’t hurt your garden, but it will keep your pooch out of your landscaping. Should they decide to lick any of it up, they’ll learn very quickly that the garden is not a welcoming place anymore.

Create a Puppy Paradise

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If you feel horribly guilty kicking your pup out of the landscaping, consider creating an area that’s just for your four-legged friend. Spread mulch or place an old blanket on a spot that your pup loves to lounge in. Then, build a clear walkway for your dog to access that spot. Many dogs are naturally inclined to walk in designated paths, and by giving them access to a special spot amongst your landscaping, you might just discourage them from lounging in places they’re not welcome to go.

Create a Puppy Sandbox

Dogs who love to dig in landscaping can often ruin the appearance of your yard in a matter of minutes. Spare yourself the stress of coming home to a wrecked yard by creating a dedicated dog sandbox where they can dig to their heart’s content. Simply fill a kiddie pool with several bags of sand or fill dirt. Then place a few of your pup’s favorite toys in the box and show it to them. Before you know it, they’ll be digging away happily and will naturally gravitate to their sandbox anytime the urge strikes them.

If you’re looking for help pooch-proofing your landscaping, call the experts in professional landscaping in Northbrook. Awad Landscapes is here to help, no matter how large or small your project. Contact us today for an estimate!

Reasons You Should Hire Us for Your Landscaping Needs

Reasons You Should Hire Us for Your Landscaping Needs

When it comes to gardening and landscaping, many homeowners around Northbrook believe they can do it entirely by themselves. While this may work for small garden box projects, larger designs are best left to the professionals. At Awad Landscapes, we believe that the right landscaping around your home can improve curb appeal and increase your home’s resale value. Doing it yourself may give you a sense of accomplishment, but landscape design and maintenance is a job best left to the pros. Here’s why:

We Have Experience

At Awad Landscapes, our crew is experienced. We know what designs will work best for your overall goals and understand what plants will work best in given locations. This helps your yard look its best throughout the year, regardless of season. Furthermore, we’ll work with you to create a design that works for the amount of space you have. You’ll never have to worry about your landscaping taking up more yard than you expected!

Details Matter

From selecting the right trim to installing the perfect lighting, trust Awad Landscapes. Your home’s exterior matters to us and we want to make it stand out from the other homes on your block. With the right lighting and decorative touches, we’ll make your landscaping the talk of the neighborhood and we’ll show you how to take care of it.

Continued Maintenance

Maintaining a complex garden may offer stress relief during the spring and early summer, but once the weather takes a turn for the worse, it quickly becomes a chore. We’re proud to offer full maintenance for all of your landscaping needs. Why waste a weekend battling with a hedge trimmer when you can let us handle it for you?

Save time and get the landscape design you’ve always wanted with the help of Awad Landscaping. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation with our professional landscaping experts in Northbrook!