Lawn Care

Spring Lawn Clean Up

With the spring season less than a month away it’s time to begin thinking about lawn clean up. With nice weather starting to occur intermittently now is a good time to get the lawn in shape so we can make the most of the really nice days outdoors.


What Is Spring Lawn Clean-Up?

General debris removal and clean up is the first thing that comes to mind. With some of the storms, we have had or if a lot of the general lawn clean up was overlooked in the fall.

  • Trash clean up
  • Removing fallen limbs and sticks
  • Mulching or removing excess leaves and debris
  • Repairing garden beds
  • cleaning gutters and drains

Lawn Preparation For Spring

This is also the perfect time to add nutrients to the lawn and garden. As well as starting to plan for planting and gardening.

  • overseeding the lawn, to prevent bare spots
  • topdressing the lawn, to add nutrients back into the soil and level out holes and/or divets.
  • correcting erosion problems
  • aerating to provide proper air, water, and nutrition to root-bound grass.
  • pruning to promote new growth or remove dead branches, as well as keeping plants where they are supposed to be and from overshadowing smaller plants.
  • tilling garden beds
  • fertilize the lawn
  • amend the soil in garden beds

Pest and Weed Control Before Spring

Weeds and pests are something that often gets overlooked until they have become a noticeable problem. With today’s busy lifestyle things like preemergent weed control is something we don’t always think about, between work and shuffling the kids around and just noticing that the siding needs power washed.

  • treat the lawn for ticks and fleas
  • treat for grubs if moles have been a problem
  • preemergent weed control
  • begin looking for poison ivy and oak to spray
ruby-throated hummingbird

Spring brings a lot of work around the lawn and garden. The benefits of this kind of labor are always worth it. In the end when we get to sit back and enjoy our wonderful lawns and gardens. The work seems far away when the hummingbirds are buzzing around and all of the flowers are in bloom.

Spring is the time for new life and regeneration. Everyone is always “ready” for spring and the nicer weather. There begins a change in the air and when you see some of the springs first arrivals. My favorite things are Hyacinth and Morrales.

Lawn Care

Shrub Pruning How To

Shrub Pruning

With autumn here (kind of in the Ozarks), occasional dips in the temperature are encouraging us to go outside again a lot of us are noticing how out of control our yards have become. Then we start thinking about getting ready for winter or just enjoying the nice weather again. We aren’t afraid to admit that our own yard needs some….a lot of TLC. We’ve been super busy and our yard has paid the price.

So what seems to be on people’s minds as far as their yards right now? Out of control shrubs, bushes and trees.

When to Prune

As a general rule of thumb most trees and shrubs can be pruned in late winter or early spring. This is the time that most trees are dormant and will therefore be less stressed by  heavy pruning. Tree or shrub type does have some affect on when the best time is to do heavy pruning. Pruning during the right season for certain trees helps insure  the best production of flowers and foliage. Dead heading is always a good idea and can be done anytime. 

  • Late winter and early spring is the best time to trim back summer flowering shrubs.
  • Late spring and early summer are the best times to prune spring flowering bushes, just after the flowers have all died out.
  • Mid-summer is the best time to prune bleeding trees or those with a very heavy sap flow.

Some  pruning can be done at any time of the year, if it will help the plants health. Say a big storm comes through breaks several branches off of your gorgeous crape myrtle. In this situation the season isn’t as important as removing the broken branches. The plant will most likely recovery faster if the broken branches aren’t taking nutrients, leaving a large wound for pests and disease, or affecting the overall growth of the plant.

When is it Always Ok to Prune?

It is ok to prune anytime if there are:

  • Dead branches
  • Damaged branches
  • Weak branches
  • Branches that are crossing, or touching the house
hedge trimming

Types of Pruning

  • Regular maintenance helps keep a tree or shrub from outgrowing its surroundings.
  • Renewal pruning is consists of removing the oldest branches, and cutting all the branches back to the same length.
  • Pinching is removing the new green growth at the tips of branches back to the woody stalk.

How to Prune

When pruning it is important to consider water, pest and disease. This is why most major pruning is  best done when the tree is dormant or just after flowering.

  • All cuts should be made at a 45 degree angle to prevent water from collecting on the cut. Any water that the cut collects is an open invitation for  mold and disease.
  • Cuts should be made ¼ inch above the bud that you want to remain on the tree.
  • Remember that the new shoots will grow in the direction the bud is facing.
  • It is also important to keep all cuts parallel to the parent branch or main stalk of the tree.
  • When dealing with diseased plants always remember to clean your tools so you prevent spreading it to other plants

If you are ever in doubt on when to trim or prune you can always ask a local landscape professional or consult your local extension office. To get the most out of your plants prune when needed, and not all at once when things get out of hand.

If your shrubs have gotten out of hand and live in Northwest Arkansas give 2 J’s & Sons a call to tidy them up and remove the extra weight.

Best grass to grow in the Ozarks

Holiday Lighting Service

Christmas Light Installation

Christmas Light Installation

Yes, we know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. But honestly holiday lights help spread cheer and joy, even to the Scrooge’s who don’t want to admit it. Plus the kids love them and every year it seems like there are less and less homes decorated and light up for the holidays.

We have started hanging Christmas lights the beginning of November for the past several years. If you don’t have the time, equipment or even just don’t want the headache give us a call. We will come back and take them down after the New Year.

2 J’s checks to make sure all the bulbs are working properly and can set them up on a timer if you prefer. We can hang your personal lights (we wrap them back up neatly in January), purchase lights for you so you don’t have to go shopping for them, or you may rent some that we already have on hand.

No contracts. Plus great customer service if a bulb goes out or timer gets changed.

Let’s all make Holiday Spirits a Little Brighter this season.

Christmas Lights
Christmas Light Installation along driveway




Call 2 J’s for all your Christmas Light Service Needs

Fall cleanup and leaf removal 


Photos Drainage


Proper water drainage is important to every home and piece of property. Excess water from poor landscaping, or even just roof and gutter run off can cause a lot of property damage.  

open faced drainage ditch
Local Stone open faced drainage ditch. This large ditch has saved the customers foundation and prevented a lot of erosion. The open face also makes it easy to clean out all of the leaves and debris.
open faced drain

Drainage Problems from Gutter Run Off


This drain goes from the gutter and under the parking area to help with erosion.
Before the drain cap
Promotions and Random Stuff

Thank You Veteran’s

Thank You Veteran’s

Thank you Veteran’s 


Hardscape Cut Boarder Stone Edging

Cut Boarder Stone Edging and Hardscape


This customers old metal edging was beginning to rust out in some places. This was causing some of the gravel yard to slip as well as affecting the growth of the grass in other areas. Cut stone border and some flagstone added more height and depth for the gravel to keep grass area of the yard separate. Hardscape has many purposes as well as being aesthetically pleasing.

tree ring
metal edging

Changing the old tree rings to cut stone helped bring everything together and consistent.

cut boarder stone edging
garden edging




A section of flagstone was added for more definition while allowing a mower in without gravel in the wheels. It could also eventually be extended into a walkway.


Durability of Boarder Stone Edging

The stone will never need to be replaced, unless the customer wants to redo the yard entirely at some point. At which time the cut stone can always be re-purposed into a fire pit, walkway or other hardscape project. We love using rock edging, it is a little more expensive than metal. However the curb appeal and longevity certainly make up for the price. We will be replacing the neighbors old metal edging with stone this winter, keep an eye on our Instagram for those pictures. 

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Happy Halloween 2019

Happy Halloween 2019

We hope everyone stays safe and bundles up tonight if they are going out, it’s going to be a cold one. Chimney sweeps and gas unit cleaning /light ups are on the top of our priority list at the moment. If you haven’t had your unit taken care of yet give us a call instead of being cold. Jeff has been staying out late to make sure customers are warm.

Leaf season is officially in full swing. If you haven’t been scheduled yet please call soon. Being on a routine maintenance schedule is cheaper than a one time clean up, as it takes less man hours.

Next week we start Holiday Lighting installation. The entire first week and a half of November are already booked. New customers who call and schedule during November ask for a discount. Existing lighting customers who refer us ask Jeff as well, we appreciate it immensely.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Chimney and Dryer Vent Cleaning

Why Keeping A Dryer Vent Clean is Important

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Regularly maintaining the line that vents your clothes dryer out of you home is one of the most important thing you can do to keep your home safe. It also helps prolong the life of your dryer. Cleaning the vent on our clothes dryer is often the furthest thing from our minds. After all we clean the lint trap after nearly every load of laundry, so how dirty could the actual line to the exterior house vent really be?

What Causes Dryer Vent Clogs

Several factors can play into build up in the dryer vent duct.

  • line length
  • line elevation
  • temperature and condensation
  • frequency of cleaning the lint trap
  • how well the exterior vent cover is working
  • size of laundry loads
clean dryer vent and what came out of it
freshly cleaned dryer vent, and 5 gallon bucket of debris from inside the line.

Why Dryer Vent Cleaning is Important

Nearly 3,000 home fires are caused each year from clothes dryers. The U.S. Fire Administration predicts that about 34% are caused from lack regular vent maintenance. Scheduling an annual cleaning, along with cleaning the lint trap regularly would help reduce this number significantly.

Machine Longevity

Regular dryer vent cleaning will also help keep the machine in good working order and prevent damage to parts. The thermal fuse is one of the most frequent parts to fail due to a clogged vent line. Thermal fuses are generally rather cheap to replace but can be rather a headache to change out and find a replacement.

Dryers are not cheap, and for most of us our daily routines depend on them. New parts are often hard to find. In addition to the down time while they are being ordered and shipped.


Dryer Vent Cleaning Service

Fall is the perfect time to schedule a dryer vent cleaning in Northwest Arkansas. A dryer vent cleaning service can be preformed at the same time a chimney sweep or other heating units are being cleaned and serviced.


Fire Pits

Fire Pit and Stone Work

Camp fire and s’more weather is coming to Northwest Arkansas. Here are a few of our favorite fire pits from over the years. We can install wood or gas, they both give an added home equity boost if you are looking for an investment down the line. If you are a renter ask us about a prefab kit that you could move with you. For more of our hardscape work check out our Walkways

Walkway lead to firepit
native flags stone hardscape sitting area with fire pit
stone bench
gray flag stone fire pit
this fire pit helped with erosion control and added outdoor seating
chocolate gravel helped add texture and save some money for a nice sitting area
Hassle free propane fire pit and custom native stone sitting area
Native stone patio and propane fire pit
Chimney and Dryer Vent Cleaning

Gutter Cleaning and Power Washing

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.

Why Gutter Cleaning is Important

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.

Gutter Cleaning Prevents Home Damage

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.


Sitting Areas and Fire Pits Gallery