The rain has been pretty constant this summer. Flooding has been a major issue in a lot places. Homes, lawns and driveways are suffering while the grass looks gorgeous.
Keeping the gutters clean and free of debris can help protect your home and in many cases lawn as well. Impacted down spots can be expensive to replace. As well as doing damage to your home and causing erosion in your lawn.
We often forget about our guttering until it is raining, and no one wants to be out on a ladder cleaning them then. Even if they are overflowing and causing damage or just being a nuisance.
Unfortunately gutters don’t just funnel water way from doorways and windows they also transport dirt, leaves and other debris that accumulate on our roofs. This can damage the gutter downspouts if they are not cleaned regularly. Along with siding and facia. In some cases the gutters can even be torn from the house due to excess weight.
For the month of September in 2019 2 J’s & Sons is offering all new customers 20% of their first gutter cleaning service. Don’t forget to ask about power washing siding, sidewalks and outdoor sitting areas as well.
The Autumn Equinox will officially arrive at 8:54 tonight. Lets get ready for hopefully cooler weather finally. Nights by the fire roasting s’mores and changing leaves.
Here is our fall check list to get ready for winter, not that we need to hurry and complete it to soon here in NWA. A few tips on how to care for Mums for those of you who want to start on Autumn and Halloween decor early.
Don’t forget to call and schedule your leaf clean up service for this year. Or any other lawn maintenance that may be needed before the end of the year including a new gas or wood fire pit to sit by.
Spring may have finally arrived. Hopefully the temperatures will stay up and frost will stay at a minimum for the rest of the season. Now is a good time to plant bulbs, trees and shrubs. Not to mention mowing, removing the rest of last years leaves and shrub pruning.
We are also about to start laying sod in the next couple of weeks. Spring is a great time to lay new sod before the weather gets to hot. The spring rain helps a lot with fresh sod to and cuts out time spent watering.
Give to 2 J’s a call to get your yard back in shape and all spruced up for the year.
In celebration of Labor Day we would like to offer anyone who schedules an estimate between September 1 and September 4th, 15% off of our normal labor charge. Estimates are always FREE. So if you are in need of lawn work or landscaping give us a call to talk about your next project.
Summer is still in swing but the nights are getting cooler and fall is just around the corner. The time to start preparing for cooler weather is coming. If you have been thinking about adding a fire pit to your backyard to enjoy the nice fall nights checkout some of the previous ones we have built.
Speaking of cooler nights don’t forget that we also do chimney sweeps. September is a good month to start thinking about your heating needs and booking cleaning for chimneys and gas units before the service guys get swamped with calls.
2 J’s & Sons hopes that everyone has a fun and safe Labor Day weekend.
This job was a lot of fun, and looked amazing when it was completed. It took a little longer than expected and more stone than we originally estimated. Part of that could have been that the homeowners liked it so much they added a longer wall to the project.
Eight tons of native stone and two pallets of concrete. One hundred and fifty blocks and one hundred and fifty bags of mortar later. The end result was low retaining wall about two hundred and forty feet long that wrapped almost all the way around the house.
The back of the house sits up against a small hill, and all of the water run off from the roof runs into a built up gravel bed that used to be held in place by landscape timbers. Over the years the timbers began to rot and break down. So the new native stone retaining wall should last longer and help with erosion control around the house. Unfortunately we didn’t get any pictures of the back.
One of the hardest parts was finding enough native stone to match the existing rock-work. After we found rock to closely match the stone that had been on the property for years the wall got longer. So it was back to the rock yard to try to find more rock with just the right coloration. The new inventory wasn’t as spot on with the existing stone, but we got it pretty close.
In the end the customer was vary happy and is glad to have the last big project for the property done.
We love tree rings and chocolate gravel. But these tree rings are our new favorite at 2 J’s & Sons.
Cut border stone works great for edging walkways, garden beds and as tree rings. It is a more pricey option than metal edging, but the after effect is great.
It also helps to prevent erosion better than the metal edging. As well as allowing us to put the chocolate gravel around the tree in thicker. The thicker layer of gravel helps hold in more water for the tree to drink and helps keep more weeds out.
This summer has been super busy and flown by. We haven’t been taking pictures of most of our jobs. Luckily this week we snapped a few of one of our favorite yards.
We fixed a leaky pond with a solar powered waterfall. As well as laying some flagstone and spreading out some gravel for a walkway. Both of the stone and gravel should help control an existing erosion problem, and help to fill in bare spots in the lawn.
This lawn gets a lot of sun through out the day. So growing grass has been a little hard, even though the homeowner water it every day. The pathways will help fill in some bare spots where grass seed was washed away.
The waterfall sounds amazing, and the peach water lilies compliment the entire picture. This backyard is great place to relax before bed or wake up in with a cup of coffee.