Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Benefits of Landscape Edging

Mowing, trimming, mulching, edging. The outdoor chore list for homeowners seems to never end, and it may be tempting to take one job off the list. Many homeowners view edging as an extra, an add-on, a nice to have but not need to have. Nothing could be further from truth. Landscape edging is an important part of maintaining the shape of your garden.

What is Landscape Edging?
Landscape edging is the crisp, clean line that separates the areas of your garden or landscaping beds. The line can be straight or flowing, and can be made of plastic, rubber, concrete, stone or rocks. It can also be a line made with a garden spade or an electric landscape edger.

Why Edge?
 There are many benefits to edging:
  • It keeps the grass from growing into your landscaping beds
  • It prevents mulch and soil from spilling into your yard, especially after a heavy rain
  • It helps to maintain clear walkways
  • It separates your garden into organized sections, achieving the look you want
  • It improves the aesthetics of your yard. Without the clear definition, your landscaping will look unkempt and detract from the beauty of your yard
  • The crisp lines makes certain the original landscape design is maintained

In the end, a yard that has been edged will save on the ongoing maintenance costs. It’s an investment in the landscaping you’ve already purchased, and is necessary to ensure your yard stays looking it’s best.

Do you need help with edging your yard? If so, give BlueRing Residential Services a call at 614-633-6770.

Friday, July 10, 2015

5 Signs Your Trees are Ready for a Trim

Trimming your trees is one of the countless outdoor responsibilities of homeowners. There are many reasons why you should prune your trees and all of them contribute to the safety and aesthetics of your yard.

But how do you know when it’s time to prune? Most trees can be trimmed throughout the year, with the exception of the extreme heat or extreme cold. But if your trees exhibit any of these signs, it may be time to get out the trimmers:

  1. The tree is overgrown. Overgrown trees may sneak up on you over time, slowly growing closer to your house or driveway. Getting control of overgrown trees is important so they don’t cause damage to your cars or siding.
  2. Broken branches. Broken branches are very common, especially when they are subject to strong winds or heavy snow. Branches that are partially broken or dangling pose a safety threat to the people and landscaping below.
  3. Visual obstruction. Trees that need to be trimmed gradually obscure your view from your home or driveway. You’ll need good clearance to see when backing out of your driveway, and you don’t want your overgrown trees to give a burglar a safe place to hide.
  4. Fallen branches on power lines. Branches that have fallen on power lines can be extremely dangerous. Be sure to call a professional to have those limbs removed.
  5. Dead or diseased branches. Branches with no leaves or that are infested with insects should be removed. This may help contain the spread of disease and keep the rest of your tree looking healthy.

Trimming your trees regularly helps to maintain the their natural form, and keeps your yard looking neat and attractive for years to come.

If you need help with trimming the trees in your yard or would like more information, contact Blue Ring Residential Services at 614-633-6770.