Summer is here whether we want it to be or not. It is the time of year when you are driving around you cant help but notice other peoples lawns. Some look very green and nice, while others look drab patchy and brown. More often than not anymore the very green ones are unfortunately chemical induced. Not all of the patchy browns one can be fixed with fertilizer. Some just have the wrong type of grass for the location . The Bermuda that was originally planted may have done great until the trees in the yard began to fill out and produce more shade than the Bermuda could handle. Others lawns just need some TLC, and aerating is a great start, especially with all of the clay our Ozark soil has. Here are a few more tips about grass types and growing them in the Ozarks. Zoysia is one of our favorites (Best Grass to Grow in the Ozarks).
Our lawn is looking a little brown and patchy this year. (our dogs don’t help Tips for a More Dog Friendly Yard ). So topping my to-do list is fertilizing the lawn and thinking of anything I can do to get the lush lawn that always seems just out of reach here in Northwest Arkansas.
Before we fertilize this year we are going to start with aeration. This will help break up the hard clay soil that plagues NWA. It will allow the grass roots to not only receive more air and water but will help the fertilizer that we apply permeate to the root network better. (Promoting root growth) This will allow our fertilizer to do its job instead of just running off during rain or when we water.
Some aeration occurs naturally from plants that have a tap roots such as dandelions. If you or a POA aren’t a fan of dandelions and/or other types of plants that are classified as weeds, manual aeration is an alternative. Sometimes nature needs a helping hand.
Benefits of Aeration
Loosens compacted soil
Allows nutrients to be absorbed more efficiently
More air and water reaches the roots for better growth
Unbinding the roots to promote healthier growth
When Should Aeration be Performed
It is best to aerate a lawn during the growing season. Early Spring is one of the best times. Doing it before fertilizing is also a good idea. Once a year is enough for most lawns but in some situations twice may be more beneficial. Lawns that have a high clay content and areas that have high traffic may need extra attention.
Lawns that have been aerated will need some extra water for a few weeks afterward. We also suggest fertilizing to help encourage and maintain the new growth. Having terrible soil doesn’t have to keep us from having a thick lush green lawn to walk on. Fertilizing and aerating a lawn is in a lot of ways the same as re-potting a houseplant. If a plant is left in the same pot for too long it depletes the nutrients in the soil it has and becomes root bound. Lets treat our lawns to a little TLC and help give them the water, air and nutrients that their roots need to continue thriving, with out a lot of harsh chemicals.
After all of that we are going to over-seed the lawn and give it plenty of water. By the end of summer hopefully our lawn will be full and green for next spring.
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.
Start summer off right, by dressing up that old pool and adding a shady sitting area. It may be the best way to beat the humid NWA heat for the next few months.
We rearranged and leveled some existing Belgard Cobblestone pavers around the pool. Polymeric sand was used between the pavers to help stop weed growth and any further movement of the pavers in the future.
Then we pulled up stepping stones leading from the pool to a side gate. More stones and rock were added to make the walkway look fuller.
Next a step was added for easier access from the pool into the new gazebo that was built.
This summer poolside oasis was finished off with a shady gazebo type sitting area. It was built completely out of cedar, except the roof. Native stone and polymeric sand was used for the floor inside the sitting area. This helps keep everything clean. Less debris gets drug into the pool, and wet feet stay clean on the way out.
Add lights and ceiling fan so the pool can be enjoyed 24/7 all summer. Less heat, humidity, dirt and flies. The guests at this pool will never want to leave as long as the drinks keep coming.
This great yard boasts a wonderful lake view. It also makes a wonderful place to host a summer wedding, or in this case two.
We moved flowerbeds, built a couple of new ones. Added steps for better access to the lake front, and a cute walkway to connect the house and steps together.
Retaining walls and channel drains were added for erosion control. As an added bonus the retaining walls give the yard more texture, and make additional seating and planting areas. All of the guests attending will have a level place to converge and sit for the celebrations.
Sod and some seed helped to complete the setting and give the yard a fresh new feel.
We know how badly a lot of people were effected by the storms over the weekend. Our town and personal property were hit pretty hard by all of the rain and flooding. We would like to offer anyone who needs help removing debris or tractor work 15% OFF.
2 J’s & Sons wishes that we could do more to help. Please give us a call if you need yard work or repair done. Are thoughts are with all of those effected by the recent weather.
This cute suburban backyard just got a little bit more family friendly. Belgard’s Cobble pavers in Aspen have turned the family’s small back porch into an enjoyable sitting and grilling area. It also added a space for the kids play house without killing dad’s grass.
This is a gorgeous spot located on a little lake in Bella Vista, AR. The very steep grade of the backyard going down to the lake presented many challenges. The sidewalk leading down to the lake is so steep that you have to almost lean backward in order to walk down it. The homeowners were almost unable to use this entire area safely.
We can’t wait for the newly terraced areas to fill in with grass, and maybe sedum or other ground cover to add more color. On a happy note the homeowners now have a very nice sitting area and are able to safely bring their paddle boat to and from the lake.
The entire backyard are was originaly all covered in gravel with only two retaining walls. You can see the first retaining wall up by the house.
The gravel below the original wall has all been cleared away. The first native stone walkway is in the process of being laid out.
Our first Native Stone retaining wall is starting to come together.
Both Native Stone walls in place with steps and a pathway.
The bottom retaining wall was raised. These blocks are a Keystone product. They are very durable and easy to assemble. We would recommend them for any similar projects, they will do their job for a very long time.
This is the Native Stone sitting area built into one of the walls. The perfect place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee, or just look at the lake.
Halloween is less than a week away. The leaves are falling and mums and pumpkins are being sold everywhere. We are trying to bring in some festive decor, while the kids are still trying to decide what to dress up as for Halloween. On top of all the chores that need done before the weather gets really cold.
We’ve started to build a new wood shed that will have a tool shed attached, that we can’t wait to share IF we ever get it done. We have also been doing a very large and dangerous landscape job that hopefully will be completed by the end of the week. It will look amazing when it’s finished. Along with making the homeowners backyard with a gorgeous view of a lake much more practical so they can enjoy it.
Now about those fall decorations. We finally bought some mums again (much later in the year than I had originally planned). We really love the dark red ones, hopefully we can get them to survive the winter inside this year and plant them in the spring. Here is the link to our post about mums and their care Tips for Growing Mums.
Two pumpkins because it just isn’t October without pumpkins. Our hope that our four year old son would help with carving went out the window as soon as he realized his hands would get dirty. But he loves them now that they are cleaned and lit.
The two tiny white pumpkins are everyone’s favorite including our sons, he carried them around all day.
The fallen leaves are really what brings all of it together. At least for now. A few in the yard are pretty and help remind us of the time of year. So long as we stay on top of keeping the vast majority cleaned up.
We hope you are having a wonderful fall, and bringing the beautiful fall colors into your home also. Give us a call if you need help getting your yard or chimney ready for winter at 417-772-4181.
Our tractor is small so it fits through most gates and causes LESS damage to existing landscaping. Bigger isn’t always better. It will get most jobs done, equipped with a front end loader and backhoe. Its perfect for moving gravel behind most houses and digging drainage ditches for gutter drains. Its also good at grading in tight spaces.