Landscaping Plants Planting Preparation :

How well does your soil drain?Landscaping plants: planting tips for soil

The 1st step in Landscaping Plants planting preparation is knowing your soil and how well it will drain.  An easy way to gauge how well your soil drains is to dig a square hole about 1 foot deep and wide, fill it with water, and allow it to drain completely.  Immediately refill the hole with water and place a ruler in it to measure the water’s depth.  After 15 minutes, measure how much the water has fallen.  Multiply this by 4 to calculate how much the water will drain in one hour.  An hourly drop of less than an inch indicates poor drainage.  In well drained soil, the drop in water level well be 3-6 inches per hour.  Knowing your drainage will help us recognize the steps we should to in amending your beds before installing your plantings.

Landscaping Plants : The right plant, right place

Placing the right plant in the right place will give it nearly ideal growing conditions.  The plant will establish roots quickly, growing and bulking up.  They then will be able to withstand attacks by insects and disease.  Plants placed in the wrong place will have a compromised immune system. By investing more time before planting , you will invest less time having the softscaping maintained.

In the right place, tall plants can act as a privacy screen or stage for a vivid backdrop for other plants.  In the wrong place they could be an eyesore.  In the same regard, plants which are too small may be dwarfed by the surrounding softscape or hardscape and not be seen.

Horizon Landscapes works with you on selecting the right landscaping plants for edgings of walkways, for the best color combinations of leaf and flowers, and to outsmart the wildlife which may be deer or rabbits. In the long run you will be saved the aggravation by working with a professional landscaper like Horizon Landscapes.

Fall Fertilization

A fall fertilization feeding will help turf grow deeper roots during the spring.  Fall fertilization also helps turf recover more quickly from summer stress, maintaining a green turf color into the early winter, while providing quick green-up in spring.  The benefits of a fall feeding are hard to ignore.  Get on one of our Turf Programs today!
A well timed Fall Fertilization helps year round

At Horizon Landscapes, we know the benefits of a year round plan for lawn & turf care improves many aspects of grass maintenance.

Our fertilizer division always offering the best quality at the best prices!

 

Fertilizer is a key component to a healthy lawn. Fertilization will help build your turf and assist in keeping out weeds like dandelions, clover and crabgrass. All of our lawn programs offer a balance of weed control and fertilization.

A healthy lawn has many benefits. It cools and adds oxygen to our air, quiets our neighborhoods and even adds value to our properties. It is said that enhancing your lawn and landscape can add up to 15% to our home’ s value. Lawns also provide a relaxing escape from a fast-paced world. It offers a place to host events, play sports and is safe place for your children to play. GreenWorks Lawn Solutions offers a variety of services to assist you in attaining and maintaining the lawn of your dreams.

Call us to schedule your Fall Fertilization this year in advance and receive a prepay discount!

 Green Works Lawn Solutions, a Horizon Landscapes Company

GreenWorks Lawn Solutions. is a company developed by Horizon Landscapes, LLC. Horizon offers many services including hardscapes, softscapes, mowing, landscape maintenance, Christmas light installation and snow removal.

Fertilizers enhance the growth of plants. This goal is met in two ways, the traditional one being additives that provide nutrients. The second mode by which some fertilisers act is to enhance the effectiveness of the soil by modifying its water retention and aeration.

Call us today for pricing on any of our programs or services.  We are ready to take your call and see what we can do for you!

5 Tips for Spring Lawn-care

Spring quite hasn’t sprung yet, although the calendar says it should be.   Nonetheless, now that all of our snow is gone, now is the time to get started on your spring lawn-care.  You may have thought that all the yard care work you did last fall would pay off this spring.  All the leaves were raked and the roses were covered from frost too. You thought all you’d need to do is some minor lawn care and everything would be all set and ready to go.  Well  if you really thought that though, then it is probably the first time you have ever owned a home with a lawn and landscape to care for. However there is always cleanup work to do in the spring.

Tip #1: Assess your lawn damage.

The first thing you should do is to take a walk round your lawn and survey the effects the winter had on your property. If you have a dog, you may have to clean up their winter “activity”, in order to safely navigate your lawn. There is no quick cure for dog damage except lots of water to wash the salts from the urine into the soil. In most cases, the grass will recover. If the damage is severe, re-sodding or new lawn seeding of the areas may be necessary.

Tip #2: Check your grass for Snow Mold.

Check your grass for matted patches that could signal the development of Snow Mold. This lawn disease glues the grass blades together, which may inhibit the new grass from growing through the mat. A light raking to break up the matted grass will remedy this situation. If the grass was left too long last fall, an early mowing at 1 1/2 to 2” is advisable. This will remove much of the dead grass from last year’s growth and allow the new growth to come through easier. A light raking of the entire lawn is also beneficial. This is especially true if there are leaves still scattered across the lawn.

Note: Be careful if the ground is wet when you are raking. Vigorous raking can uproot the grass plants.

Tip #3: Wait to uncover your garden’s roses.

Do not uncover your roses until the danger of a heavy frost is over. When you do uncover them, clean away any soil or other organic material that was used to seal them in for the winter. This material can carry disease spores that can infect your plants. While the plants are still dormant, you can improve their health and vigor with these selective pruning steps:

  • Remove any dead, blackened, or damaged wood.
  • Prune the cane down to healthy wood, just before a leaf bud.
  • Remove any branches that may be crossing, that are twiggy, or are growing out of the side of a cane.
  • Remove old canes at the bud union and leave 3 to 5 good ones that are evenly distributed.
  • Delay mulching around the plants as this will keep the soil cold and delay the growth of the bushes.

Tip #4: Check the remaining aspects of your landscape for damage, growth progress and needed improvements.

Check your woody landscape plants for injury — particularly the evergreens. Do not be too alarmed if you do not see new growth. Wait until the buds have opened before removing any dead branches, unless they are broken. Take the same “wait and see” approach with perennial plants. Remove any mulch that was placed there to protect them. Some plants take a longer time to come out of winter dormancy than others do. If scale insects or tent caterpillars bothered your landscape plants last year, then you should consider spraying with dormant oil before the buds open. This material will smother the egg cases or over-wintering adults.

Spring is a time of rebirth and reawakening from a long winter’s nap. It is also a time to set up your yard for a successful summer. Getting out into the fresh air of spring can do much to revitalize you as well as your plants. Spend a couple of hours doing some proactive turf care and you will be rewarded with a healthier and more vigorous landscape. It will do wonders for you, as well.

Is your yard more than you are able to manage?  Need help with the spring cleanup?   Contact Horizon Landscapes for your free consultation and we’ll set your landscaping on the right path.

Softscaping

More than just making your neighbors jealous, a beautifully landscaped yard can maximize your outdoor living space and make your house feel like a home. Softscaping can include, flowers, plants, shrubs, trees, flower beds, etc.

Softscaping Done Right! Check out our Design Process.

 

We can work with you to develop a Professional softscape plan that caters to your desires, preferences, and budget.  We can start with a new design, or one of the most popular ways to improve the appearance of your property is to renovate your existing landscaping.  Whether it is through re-defining bed lines, properly pruned existing planting material, or full removal of plantings and replacement of entire landscape.  Either way our professional installers can provide all of your installation needs.  See our “Design Process” Tab to see how you can get started.

Our Softscaping Plans Include:
Flowering Plantings
Flowering Shrubs & Trees
Evergreens
Colorful Annuals

Softscaping goes hand in hand with Hardscaping.  When your hardscaping is finished, its often time to add the living part of the landscape, which is the softscape.  These living features may be permanent plants such as shrubs & evergreens, or they may just last for a season like perennial flowers.  As with the seasons, Softscaping is fun because it can always be changing to fit the season and vision of the homeowner.

With Horizon Landscapes on the job, you may set aside worries about what grows in your soil types and location, and where to plan the delicate flowering plants.  Allow us to free you for the more important jobs, like sitting on the porch and enjoying the view.

HARDSCAPING

We specialize in hardscaping design and construction for any hardscape construction project you may desire.  Whether it be from a walkway to a whole backyard oasis we got you covered.

We can work with you to develop a Professional hardscaping plan that caters to your desires, preferences, and budget.  We can start with a new design, or one of the most popular ways to improve the appearance of your property is to renovate your existing landscaping.  Our professional installers can provide all of your installation needs.  See our “Design Process” Tab to see how you can get started.

Hardscaping Example

Our hardscaping services include:
-Patios
-Walkways
-Retaining Walls
-Seat walls
-Fire pits
-Endless Possibilities

 

Hardscaping goes hand in hand with softscaping.  But is more about the “brick and mortar” of landscaping, Where softscaping is the living and breathing flora of your landscape, hardscaping done well will prevent water absorption, and protects the soil from erosion, which even with normal Indiana rainfall can cause difficulty for many softscaping landscape projects.

With most softscaping projects, Hardscaping visually strikes the balance with structural elements, and can also help carve out the space for your next garden via stonework, lattices, gates and help define the space or provide the privacy wanted for your next project.

Landscape Waterfalls & Streams

Horizon Landscapes is the landscaping company to call for landscaping waterfalls & streams.   Be it you want a pondless waterfall, pondless stream,  or any combination your property can fit,  Horizon Landscapes does Landscaping Waterfalls and Streams right.

landscaping waterfalls & streams Example

Landscaping waterfalls & streams, compliment any backyard. From its soothing water sounds on quite nights, to watching your favorite birds visit more frequently, a landscaping waterfall or stream is a great addition.

landscaping waterfalls & streams
Horizon Landscapes Stream example

 

We have all stopped at one time or another to gaze and listen to a rippling brook or waterfall.  Soaking up the serenity that nature provides.  Since not often can you drive or hike to a tranquil wilderness setting after a long day,  have one added to your backyard by Horizon Landscapes!

Check out our landscaping waterfalls & streams page!

 

We design our streams and waterfalls to require minimal filtering and cleaning.  The trick to low maintenance is have nature do the work, via layers of gravel and stone, to filter water. Among other natural features, we’ll help you plan the ideal location and size which fits your ideal setup.

A few shared ideas:

Waterfalls should be visible from your favorite spot, whether it be from the deck, patio or from inside on the sofa.

Many times its is requested to build streams or falls to be near bedroom windows, for well you know, soothing sleep assistance.  If ever too loud, the pumps may be shut off.

Since water evaporates quickly in the summer time, also consider placement to where a hose or method to refill besides rainwater may be done.

Shrub and Ornamental Tree Trimming

Horizon Landscapes of Pierceton Indiana performs Shrub and Ornamental Tree Trimming for many businesses and residential clients on a scheduled basis.

Shrub and Ornamental Tree Trimming, when it is worth doing, do it right.

When it comes to Shrub and Ornamental Tree Trimming, Horizon Landscapes Horizon Landscapes is one of the leading Landscaping companies in the area.

Your landscaping is the first contact presented to your clients and or employees when visiting your location,  having your Shrubs and Ornamental Trees groomed by Horizon Landscapes will ensure a consistent presentation year round.

No job is too big, or too small.  Horizon Landscapes staff is professionally trained in the proper care and grooming landscaping shrubs and ornamental trees.

When its worth doing, do it right and contact Horizon Landscapes for all of your Shrub and Ornamental Tree Trimming needs.

 

Lawn Mowing

Horizon Landscapes of Pierceton Indiana provides managed lawn care services to the the greater northeast Indiana area.  With a professionally trained staff,  lawn mowing is just one of the many landscaping services Horizon Landscapes provides.

Whether you have a need for a specific mowing time, or style, Horizon Landscapes is committed to their motto “If its Worth Doing, Do it Right”.

Lawn Mowing  is just one lawn care service Horizon Landscapes provides.  Lawn care includes maintaining soil aeration, ph balancing, and moisture control.   Whether you are on sand, black dirt, or clay, Horizon Landscapes knows Lawn Care.

Contact us today for your free consultation appointment to see how Horizon Landscapes can help you!

Holiday Lighting & Management

holiday lighting, in Warsaw Indiana
From nativity Christmas scenes, to Santa on your roof with all his reindeer, Horizon Landscapes does holiday lighting right!

We offer professional grade Holiday Lighting installation, planning, maintenance, and teardown for businesses and residential requests.

Horizon Landscapes is committed to providing the right look, the right way, at the right price. Contact us to find out how Horizon Landscapes will make your property stand out during the Holiday Season.

Holiday Lighting Service is about creating an environment  that brings smiles to you and your loved one’s faces.  We enjoy the holidays, and know how much joy as well as stress they bring.  As a service we work to remove the stress through lighting and decorating your business or home as spectacular as it can be.

From nativity Christmas scenes, to Santa on your roof with all his reindeer, Horizon Landscapes does holiday lighting right!

Christmas Holiday lighting is beautiful but can also be a lot of work.  Shaky ladders in the bitter cold and tangled balls of lights to unwind and repair.

The holiday season is a very busy time for most businesses. Allow us to design, install, and maintain your holiday lighting so you can focus on what is important; your family, business, and clients. We are accustomed to working in busy commercial environments with no or minimal disruption