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Protecting Plants From the Cold - Landscaping Tips

Skyview Landscapes - Monday, September 16, 2013


Protecting Plants From the Cold

Autumn months are full of beauty. Leaves are changing colors and the temperature is mild during the day. Although the nights are becoming much colder, and this can impact the plants around your house. Frost can damage your plants, but you can protect them from getting harmed. Here’s how:

First you need to figure out what plants need the most protection. Some plants can survive a night of frost, while others are more sensitive to these brisk conditions.

Watch the Weather

Being aware of the upcoming frost advisories will protect your plants from frost damage. Listen to your local weather station or find out the weather online. Some nights may be warmer than others, and you may not have to take any action to protect your plants certain nights.

Cover Plants

Covering plants is the most effective way to protect them from the frost. You can use a sheet or burlap sacks to throw over the plants. Other items you can use to protect your plants include: newspapers, boxes, lawn chairs, and even plastic bottles. You can shield the plants by covering them with your sheet or household item, and don’t forget to secure the sheet so it doesn’t blow away. Keep in mind, these protective covers cannot remain on your plants during the day otherwise you they can overheat in the sun.

Bring Plants Inside

This method of protection is easiest for plants that are in pots. Some plants can be dug up, but you need to be careful not to damage them while removing them from the ground. They can be stored in the garage, basement, or in your house. Research what plants can survive in these conditions since some plants may not be able to survive indoors.

Find out the individual needs of the types of plants around your home. The more knowledge you have on your plants, the likeliness of the plants lasting will increase substantially. If you have questions about protecting your plants, give us a call at 518-433-0293.

5 Tips For Caring For Your Lawn in the Fall

Skyview Landscapes - Monday, August 26, 2013
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Fall Lawn Care, Cleanup and Maintenance

Summer is quickly coming to an end, but this doesn’t mean it’s time to stop taking care of your lawn. The cooler months of autumn are the perfect time to fix any turf issues and prep your yard for the winter and spring. Here are some crucial fall lawn care services you should be providing your yard:

 

Keep Mowing in the Fall

Although you may think your lawn is growing faster in the summer, it actually grows faster in the cooler months. Keep mowing your lawn regularly in order to make your yard presentable and healthy.

Fertilizing in the Fall

If you haven’t fertilized your lawn this year – don’t worry, there’s still time to fertilize your lawn. As a matter of fact, fertilizing your lawn during the cooler months is the most beneficial for your yard.

Assess Any Troubled Areas of Grass

Take some time to go around your lawn and check for bald spots or brown patches of grass. Your lawn may only need additional nutrients or there may be a bigger infestation issue that will need treatment.

Fall Soil Maintenance

Aerating your soil is a way to assist your lawn to take in more oxygen, fertilizer and water. This process involves removing small divots of dirt. This is a lawn care service that is often provided by landscapers and other lawn care professionals.

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Keep Your Lawn Clear

As leaves begin to fall off the trees, keep them from taking over your yard. Leaving the fallen leaves on your lawn can kill the grass or assist in the growth of fungus. The leaves can be raked and removed from your lawn, or they can be chopped up with a mower. Chopping the leaves up provides the soil with nutrients as the leaves decompose.

Fall is a crucial time to be treating your lawn and prepping it for the cold winter months. If you need assistance with your lawn this fall, contact Skyview Landscapes about our various fall lawn care services at 518-433-0293.

Protecting Your Pooch From Dangerous Plants

Skyview Landscapes - Friday, August 09, 2013

Summer is the perfect time to spend outdoors with your pets. They get both entertainment and exercise while playing outside. No matter the age of your dog, it’s crucial you protect them in your backyard. Here are certain plants you should avoid in your backyard:


Lilies and Pets

Lilies are very appealing, and can really amp up your landscaping. However, if you have a dog, you have to be careful about the placement of the lilies. Dogs that like to wander through the gardens are at risk. Lilies are poisonous to your pooch and have a negative effect on your dog’s health. They can cause issues with their kidneys and gastrointestinal issues. Even in small doses, it could kill your dog.

Morning Glories and Your Pets

Morning glories are another beautiful plant that could be harmful for your pup. If the plant or even the seeds are ingested, it could cause your dog to hallucinate. This could potentially be dangerous and cause your dog to injure itself.

Daffodils and Your Pet

Daffodils are another common plant in gardens. Unfortunately, these beauties are even harmful to dogs. These can cause your dog to have diarrhea and vomiting if ingested. Other serious health effects included heart problems and tremors. It’s important to keep in mind; the bulbs of these plants are also poisonous.

English Ivy and Pet Safety

English ivy is a plant that climbs, just like morning glories. This plant is hard for dogs to digest and can cause stomach pains. Consumption of this plant over time can cause your pet to go into a coma or even lead to death.

Rhubarb & Pet Protection

Although rhubarb is not poisonous to humans, it’s toxic to pets. Dogs that ingest this plant can have kidney problems, which could lead to kidney failure. If it’s ingested in large doses, it can result in death.

Although you may not think you have any dangers lurking in your yard, being aware of what plants can harm your pet can prevent your pooch from getting sick or even save its life. Ask us how to keep a pet-friendly yard. Call or email Skyview Landscape (518) 433-0293.

Keeping Your Yard Safe for Children

Skyview Landscapes - Friday, June 14, 2013


Summer is just around the corner, and children will be spending much of their time outside during their summer vacation. The fresh air is beneficial for children, but it’s often to keep their safety in mind. These tips can help keep your children safe in your backyard:


Create Boundaries


While you never should leave a child unattended, it’s important to discuss the boundaries of your backyard with them. Make sure they know they can’t climb fences or trees in your yard, and that they need to be in your sight at all times. If a toy ends up in a neighbors yard, they should immediately tell you or another adult, so it without risking damage to your neighbors’ landscaping. Children should also be aware of the landscaping in your backyard, as well. This way, your gardens are also protected.

Keep Landscaping Tools Out of Reach


Children have vast imaginations and are very curious. Leaving out shovels or hedge clippers in the yard could look like a toy to a child, or they could fall over them while playing. Keep tools locked up and out of reach from your kids while they aren’t in use.

Don’t Let Children Play Unattended by the Pool

The pool is a fun and entertaining activity for kids, but they need to be monitored at all times. Make sure you have a fence around your pool and a child-safe lock on the gate to prevent them from wandering into the area while unattended. Leaving your pool area open can not only put your children at risk, but it can also put animals at risk too.

Check for Insect Nests

Insects are pests and find the most inconvenient places to set up a home. It’s not uncommon for bees and wasps to set up nests around where your children play. Check swing sets, slides, tables, and other items in your yard for any hovering insects. Keep an eye out for elevated mounds of dirt where ant hills may have formed or holes from bees.

Don’t Plant Poisonous Plants

Younger children have a habit of finding things to put in their mouths. Planting flowers that could be poisonous if ingested could put your curious children at risk. Kid-friendly flowers include daisies and sunflowers. They are very appealing for your yard, and they will keep your children safe. If you are unsure about what plants are poisonous, call a landscaper.

While homeowners don’t plant poison ivy, it isn’t unusual for some to turn up in a homeowner’s yard. If your child has a rash from poison ivy, scope out the yard and have it removed.

Give us a call today if you have questions regarding landscaping this summer. We will be sure to make your property appealing and safe for the whole family!

Keep That Grass Green by Using Your Sprinklers at the Best Time.

Skyview Landscapes - Friday, June 14, 2013


If you asked several people how often you should water your lawn you are bound to get several answers! So how do you know what is the right answer, turn to the experts.

How much water does your lawn need?

First thing, forget about watering your grass daily. It is just not necessary, and in some places due to restrictions, it's just not allowed. Most experts would agree that your grass needs about an inch of water a week from either your sprinkler,, or better yet, the rain. If you are unsure what an inch of water looks like from your sprinkler – next time you have it running, put a collection cup out and measure after the cycle is done. It should be easy to determine the time and amount of water released.

What is the most effective time of the day to water?

Watering your lawn early in the morning will provide you with the greatest results for having a green yard. The water pressure is higher and the water will be able to soak into the ground before it evaporates.

If you don't like waking up early to turn on your sprinkler, consider investing in a timer. A timer will allow for your sprinkler to run during this time, and it will let you sleep peacefully. Advanced sprinkler systems also have timers built into them.

If you don't want to invest in a timer, there is the option of watering your lawn in the evening. Although if you plan to spend your night outside, avoid planning to run your sprinklers due to puddles that can form.

What are inefficient watering tactics?

Watering your lawn during the mid-afternoon is not recommended. It isn’t efficient, and water gets wasted. This is because the mid-afternoon is much hotter than the early morning hours. Before the water even hits the ground, it is evaporating in the hot summer heat.

Walking around and watering your lawn is also an inefficient method, especially for bigger lawns. Walking and watering is only recommended for problem areas in your lawn that need some extra care.

Watering your lawn at the most effective times of the days can not only make your lawn more appealing, but it can save you money and save water. Be sure to be aware of any watering restrictions that may have been put into effect in your town.

Welcome To Our New Website!

Skyview Landscapes - Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I first would like to welcome you to our newly designed site. It is all part of how we are looking to enhance our reach to new and existing clients. I suggest you check back often to see special programs and discounts that will be offered, as well as tips for various landscape enhancements.

I have high expectations for the summer season of 2013. My team and I are committed to delivering efficient services and products to your home or business. If at any point there are questions or concerns in regards to your service, I encourage you to contact me as soon as possible.

With the continuous potential of new clients being brought into the Skyview family, I can offer free consultations for any maintenance services or special project. I can describe to you the advantage of hiring Skyview that will bring multiple sources of value to your property.

Personally, I look forward to hearing from you. Spring will be here quickly and I assure you that Skyview will be prepared to handle all requests by our new and existing clients!
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