Berns Landscaping is a proud member of the Healthy Lawn Care Program for Watershed Protection, which is apart of the Michigan Green Industry Association.

 

The Healthy Lawn Care Program (HLP) for Watershed Protection is an environmentally sound lawn care program that 19 participating members of the Michigan Green Industry Association are offering. HLP partners include the Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA), Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA), Wayne County Department of Environment and Water Resources Commissioner (WRC). The Healthy Lawn Care Program has been initiated to help service companies comply with environmentally sensitive lawn care issues, such as, the over use of fertilizers, pesticides and runoff into storm drains, lakes, streams and rivers.

Companies endorsed as HLCP service providers offer additional lawn care options, to their customer. Services that protect the watershed consist of the following key components: On-site consultations, soil nutrient testing, fertilizer options (including at least 40% slow-release fertilizer), fertilizer quantities of either two, three or four pounds of nitrogen applied over the growing season (depending on type of turf), low or NO-phosphorus options, advice to homeowners on proper maintenance and cultural practices, such as, mowing and watering. Pesticide options for insect and disease control may include programs such as: no pesticide, spot-treatment for weeds or one-time “rescue operation” for weed control.

 

Interested in finding out about our HLCP services? Call today (586.756.1145 East / 248.835.3000 West) for a free estimate or fill out our free estimate form online.

Not every area of your yard receives direct sunlight. It is often those darker, shaded areas we would like to brighten up with vibrant flowers. There are numerous shade dwelling plants that produce colorful flowers too brighten up the darkest corners of your yard.

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Karen Azalea

Hardiness Zones 4-9

Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding Heart

Hardiness Zones 3-8

Common Periwinkle

Common Periwinkle

Hardiness Zones 4-9

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Foxglove

Foxglove

Hardiness Zones 4-8

Cameo Series Blue & White Columbine

Columbine (Blue & White)

Hardiness Zones 3-7

Impatiens

Impatiens

Hardiness Zones 3-7

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While the 6 above flowers all offer beautiful colors for shade gardens there are also other options available.  Azaleas, Columbines and Periwinkles offer different variations then those listed above. There are several different types of Hydrangeas (Zones 3-9) and Astilbes (Zones 4-9) that flourish in shaded conditions. You can also try Double Knockout Rose (Zones 4-9), Fireworks Rodgersia (Zones 5-8), Lenten Rose (Zones 5-9), Snowdrop Anemone (Zones 2-9), Jacob’s Ladder (Zones 4-8) and Lily of The Valley (Zones 2-7 – This Plant Is Poisonous).

Happy Shaded Gardening!

In need of tree services? Berns Landscaping offers a wide variety of tree services provided by professional Arborist and Climbers.  Ensuring your trees are well maintained is an essential part of your landscape upkeep. Pruning is one of the most important aspects of tree maintenance. Tree’s are a great source of oxygen, keeping your trees healthy allows them to process photosynthesis better which provides oxygen to everyone.

Why hire a professional Arborist? Professional Arborist are trained in the care and maintenance specific to each tree. Trained professionals can easily determine the necessary cuts required for future growth and health of individual trees, both young and old. By hiring a professional Arborist you are ensuring the proper equipment is used to maintain the integrity of your trees.

From tree removal and trimming to emergency service our staff is here to assist your tree service needs. Our Tree Service team is fully insured and uses modern well kept equipment to ensure our services are preformed with integrity and professionalism.

Berns Landscaping offers tree services too residential homes and commercial businesses in Michigan. In need of professional tree services? Call the experts at Berns Landscaping Services, Inc. today (586.756.1145 East / 248.835.3000 West) for a free estimate or fill out our free estimate form online.

Summer is upon us and what better way to spread summer colors than with beautifully designed flower pots to brighten up your home or business. Flower pots come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes to fit any design or look. The great thing about annual plantings done in pots is they can be moved around if needed or tucked inside from severe weather.

 

 

 

Berns Landscaping offers Annual Flower pots for residential homes and commercial businesses in Michigan. In need or some annual plantings? Call the experts at Berns Landscaping Services, Inc. today (586.756.1145 East / 248.835.3000 West) for a free estimate or fill out our free estimate form online.

The Summer season is quickly approaching and more and more homeowners will be spending time outdoors. While many people enjoy there time outdoors, it can often be ruined by mosquitoes who often force homeowners indoors during the summer months.

Mosquitoes are not only damaging to gardens but they can also carry deadly viruses. One of the most common way to repel mosquitoes (that really doesn’t work all to great) is to spray ourselves and clothing with sprays that involve poisonous chemicals and undesirable odors.

The trick to keeping these pestering summer bugs away may be right in your garden itself. There are a select few easy to grow plants that help keep mosquitoes away.

 

Catnip

When people think of catnip they usually think of the green herb that is commonly used to stuff toys or feed cats for their own amusement. However, the oil found in catnip has been found to be ten times better at repelling mosquitoes than DEET (a chemical commonly used in bug replants). Planting this plant in your yard will help repel mosquitoes.

 

Citronella Grass

Many people are familiar with the word citronella, s the oil from this plant is used to create candles which are known for repelling bugs without dangerous chemicals. However, these plants can grow to be up to 6 feet tall and thrive in tropical environments.

 

Horsemint

Horsemint (also known as Bee Balm) produces a similar scent to citronella and grows wild through most of the Eastern United States. In addition to its mosquito repellent scent, horsemint oil is a natural fungicidal and bacterial retardant.

Keep away mosquitoes in a natural way.

Marigolds

Marigolds are annuals with come in a variety of warm colors from yellow to red. However, marigolds produce a scent that often turns away not only insects but humans as well. They are a great repellant for mosquitoes as well as insects that attack vegetable plants and aphids.

 

Rosemary

Rosemary is a common herb that is an attractive choice for gardeners because of its uses in the kitchen. Most are unaware that Rosemary contains an oil that helps to repel mosquitoes. Rosemary requires hot, dry weather and well-drained soil and are hard to grow in colder climates. If climate is an issue for you, you can also grow Rosemary in a pot and keep it indoors durring the winter.

 

Ageratum

Ageratum (also known as Flossflowers) emits a smell which Mosquitoes find particularly offensive. These plants produce coumarin which is widely used in commercial insecticides, its horrible scent repulses mosquitoes. These easy to grow flowers thrive in full or partial sun and do not require rich soil.  Ageratum leaves can be crushed to increase the emitted odor, however it is not recommended to put this directly onto your skin.

 

Lemon Thyme

Lemon Thyme is approximately 62% at repelling mosquitoes as DEET. However unlike the other plants on this list the plant itself with not keep mosquitoes at bay. The trick of lemon thyme is crushing the leaves to rub the resulting oils on your skin. Growing your own will allow you to always have some on hand and offer a natural source of mosquito repellant.

 

 

 

Water Saving Tips For Your Lawn & Garden

Summer is quickly approaching and temperatures are heating up much sooner than usual this year. During the summer months many homeowners face higher water bills because of the care of maintaining their lawn and gardens. There are ways to keep your water bill down and ensure your plants and lawn are getting the right amount of water.

  • Know when to water!For both lawns and garden the best time to water is in the early morning (Before 9AM). Early in the morning there is less evaporation, low winds and high humidity and morning dew which adds to the moisture. Early morning watering also allows for plants to absorb the water throughout the hotter parts of the day and dry before nightfall. Watering your plants later in the day prior to nightfall will increase the risk of the disease from the leaves not drying before darkness.Both lawns and established gardens only require one inch of water a week to maintain healthy root systems. Most established gardens do not need to be watered more than twice a week (1/2 inch at a time).
  • Water slowly, to ensure the soil absorbs the water and to avoid runoff.

    Remember it is best to water in the early morning, before 9AM.
  • Think of Mother Nature. Before watering, always take into account how much rainfall has been received in the proceeding week. Leaving a container in your yard can help you monitor the amount of rainfall to determine how much water your plants will still need (Remember to empty the container one a week).
  • Keep the weeds away. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, lights and water.
  • Plant thoughtfully. Choose low water use plants for year round landscape color. Use a layer of organic mulch around your plants to reduce evaporation and save thousands of gallons of water each year.
  • Add water-saving tools. Install a drip irrigation system around your trees and shrubs to water more efficiently. Consider installing rain barrels to retain rainwater for later use in the garden.
  • Check-up on your irrigation system. If you have a home irrigation system check on this weekly to ensure everything is working properly. Check for broken sprinkler heads which are leaking as well as alignment, a sprinkler which is watering more of your drive way than your lawn is a waste of water.

Most importantly remember to be patient with your lawn and garden. During severe weather conditions, your lawn and plants will go into a dormant state (similar to winter dormancy) to protect themselves from Mother Nature.With continued care your plants will triumph through the summer heat.

While these tips will help you save water sometimes more watering will be required depending on the weather.  High temperatures and drought will require you to increase your watering to about 3 times per week.
In need of Michigan Irrigation services? Ensure your lawn is kept at its best and leave the work to our irrigation professionals. Berns Landscaping provides irrigation installation & maintenance to Southeastern Michigan. Call today (586.756.1145 East / 248.835.3000 West) for a free estimate or fill out our free estimate form online.

 

 

Memorial Day is quickly approaching. Many people will show their patriotism through there clothing and home decorations, however how about showing it off all summer long? You can easily plant a garden to reflect your patriotism if you wanted to, there are numerous options of red, white and blue flowers to chose from.

There are multiple flowers that are available in all three colors including Bachelor’s Buttons, Inpatients,  Lobelia, Pansies, Petunias and Verbena. These options are great for anyone interested in a consistent look. There are many other options for those who would like to mix and match.

Whatever choices you make you will have a lovely patriotic garden all summer long, to enjoy. With vibrant colors of reds, blues and whites your garden will be sure to stand out from the rest.

Red Geraniums

 

 Red Flowers

Bachelor’s Buttons, Geranium, Impatiens, Lobelia, Pansies,
Petunia, Poppy, Salvia, Snap Dragon, Verbena  & Zinnia.

 

 

 

White Pansy (With Blue Accents)

 

White Flowers

Bachelor’s Buttons, Impatiens, Lobelia, Petunia, Pansies,
Poppy, Snap Dragon, Verbena & Zinnia.

 

 

 

Blue Morning Glories

 

Blue Flowers

Bachelor’s Buttons, Delphinium , Forget Me Not, Lobelia,
Morning Glory, Impatiens, Pansies, Salvia, Verbena