Weekly Lawn Care
Weekly Lawn Care

Berns Landscaping has been providing lawn care services to Michigan residents for the past 30 years. We offer a full approach to lawn care services for both residential and commercial properties. Our lawn care services include weekly lawn mowing, organic fertilization, seasonal clean ups (including weekly leaf removal in the fall), weed control, disease management, seeding, sod installation and other services.

Here at Berns we believe in protecting our clients investments which is why we are committed to making our world a beautiful place. We sharpen our blades on a regular schedule to ensure our clients lawns will receive clean even cuts. We will also mow your lawn to its required height for your specific type of grass.

Berns Landscaping is also a proud member of MGIA’s Healthy Lawn Care Program for protecting Michigan lakes, rivers and streas from overuse of fertilizers and pesticides. Please ask us about our organic lawn care services.

Please contact us today about our Michigan lawn care services you can do so by calling (586.756.1145 Macomb County | 248.835.3000 Oakland County) or filling out our free estimate form online. We also offer lawn diagnostic consultation services to those who are having problems maintaining a healthy lawn. During this consultation, one of our certified landscape experts will provide professional advice specific to your lawn care needs on how to improve the current condition of your lawn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planting a butterfly garden at home is a great way to enjoy these beautiful and interesting creatures. With the right type of plants you can create a butterfly habitat right in your own backyard and enjoy these fascinating creatures all season long. Butterfly gardens can range in size, from a small window box on a porch to a dedicated portion of your yard.

Butterfly gardens have some basic requirements to assist with the various stages of a butterflies life.

  • Nectar Sources: Plants to attract and nourish adult butterflies.
  • Host Plants: Plants that will serve as a food source for developing larva.
  • Shelter: Vegetation to provide protection from temperature extremes, storms and predators. These plants will also provide the butterflies with areas to sleep.
  • Water Source: A water source with a fountain is the best choice for a butterfly garden. Butterflies require water for drinking and thermoregulation.

If you are interested in more detailed information about creating a butterfly garden please take a look at our  butterfly garden basics. Below you will find some plants that make great additions to any butterfly garden and what type of benefits they provide.

Butterfly Garden Plants

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Black-Eyed Susan
Black-Eyed Susan
Nectar Source

 

Butterfly-Weed
Butterfly Weed
Nectar Source & Host Plant

 

Butterfly Garden Plants
Dill
Host Plant

 

Red Clover
Red Clover
Nectar Source / Host Plant

 

 

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Butterfly Garden Plants - Butterfly Bush
Butterfly Bush
Nectar Source

 

Common Milkweed
Common Milkweed
Nectar Source / Host Plant

 

New England Aster
New England Aster
Nectar Source / Host Plant

 

Wormwood
Wormwood
Host Plant

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The plants below are also great butterfly garden additions.

Zinnia (nectar source), Marigold (nectar source), Swamp Milk Weed (nectar source & host plant), Oregeno (nectar source), Parsely (host plant), Fennel (host plant), Lantana (nectar source), Pearly Everlasting (host plant), Swamp Milkweed (nectar source & host plant), Butterfly Milkweed (nectar source & host plant), Purple Cone Flower (nectar source), Blazing Star (nectar source), Tall Verbena (nectar source), Violet (host plant), Willow Trees (host plant) and Wild Beramot (nectar source).

There are many other plants that can go great in your garden, these are just a few ideas to help get you started. Researching the butterflies in your area and choosing the appropriate plants are a great way to ensure you will have a successful butterfly garden.

We have already discussed the benefits of using Michigan native flowers in your home landscape. Using native flowers in your landscape has positive effects on the environment and your wallet.

Below are some summer blooming Michigan native flowers that make beautiful additions to any landscape. Native flowers come in a variety of colors, heights and growing conditions and thrive when planted in their proper growing conditions.

Michigan Native Flowers

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Summer Blooming Michigan Native Flowers
Black-eyed susan
Rudbeckia hirta

 

Butterfly-Weed
Butterfly-Weed
Asclepias tuberosa

 

Common Milkweed - Michigan Native Plants
Common Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca

 

Sundrops
Sundrops
Oenothera fruticosa

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Blue Vervain
Blue vervain
Verbena hastata

 

Cardinal Flower
Cardinal Flower
Lobelia cardinalis

 

False Sunflower
False sunflower
Heliopsis helianthoides

 

Wild bergamot, Beebalm
Wild bergamot, Beebalm
Monarda fistulosa

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Landscaping with native plants offers a wide variety of benefits for you and the environment. There are around 1,800 species of native Michigan plants. There is a variety of native plants for every type of environment, in a variety of heights, colors, bloom times and foliage.

Landscaping with native plants, why should you do it?

  • Native plants are naturally adapted to the weather conditions and soils of the area, and require minimum maintenance once they have become established.
  • When planted in the correct location they do not need irrigation, fertilization or winter protection.

    Landscaping With Native Plants
    The cardinal flower is just one of many spices of plants native to Michigan.
  • Using native plants can provide food and shelter for wildlife. Native plants attract dragonflies, butterflies, birds and other creatures. The use of these plants helps counterbalance the destruction of habitats from rapid development.
  • Native plants produce deep roots that allow for water to soak into the ground, which helps prevent runoff and erosion.

From the list above you can see the different benefits that landscaping with native plants can provide. These plants thrive in their native environments and require minimum maintenance, which means less money out of your pocket in the long run.

 

 

 

Many Michigan residents are no strangers to deer, we see them while driving throughout the state and we even see them in our own backyards. While those in more rural areas are sure to see deer more frequently than those in the city, many city dwellers still manage to find deer in their yards on occasion.

Deer Resistant Plants
Bee balm is one fragrant plant deer usually avoid.

While the plants deer will eat vary from area to area, there are a few basic guidelines that may help keep your plants intact. Ornamental grasses are one things deer will usually avoid and never eat. Other deer resistant plants also include herbs and other plants with strong scents such as sage, bee balm, lemon balm, purple lilac, ect.

Deer seem to dislike plants that have textures, such as those with thorns or fuzz. With the exception of roses, other throned plants such as purple cone flowers or barberry will keep the deer at bay.

Here are some other usually deer resistant plants for Michigan residents daffodils, chrysanthemums, fox glove, wood fern, verbena, forsythia, bleeding heart, yarrow columbine, sweet woodruff, peony and butterfly weed.

If you have plants in your yard that deer do enjoy such as hostas, a barrier or deer resistant plants may be enough to keep them away from their favorites as well.  While the plants above are usually found to be deer resistant deer have and will eat things that they dislike from time to time.

The summer months bring on a wide variety of different weather conditions. Stretches of drought, varying temperatures, wind, low humidity and more. When to water and how much can become difficult to judge, especially with water restrictions in place for many areas. Below is a helpful table for summer watering, to help you through the hot months of summer.

MEASURING
In order to ensure your plants are getting the accurate amount of water they need, you must measure how much water you use. You can use a simple straight sided container and find out how long it takes to collect 1/2 inch of water, then use this time to judge how long you will need to water based on the table below.

WHEN TO WATER
Morning is the best time to water, this ensures a dry surface for the evening hours.  Night time hours are when diseases thrive and spread the most.

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70-75

75-80

80-85

85-90

Over 90

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1″

1-1 1/4″

1 1/2″

1 1/2″ – 2″

2 – 2 1/4″

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[one_fourth]WINDY / LOW HUMIDITY

1 1/4″

1 1/2″

1 1/2 – 2″

2 – 2 1/4″

2 – 3″

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1-2

2-3

3-4

3-5

4-6

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While the above summer watering tips are a good starting point other factors must be taken into consideration as well. Shaded areas, very sunny areas, and areas that receive reflected heat off patios and driveways will make a difference in how often they should be watered as well.

Warren, Michigan Employment

Berns Landscaping is a full service landscape company, based in warren Michigan and we are currently looking to enhance our team. We are seeking experienced individuals to fill a variety of positions, who can start immediately. All applicants should have previous landscape experience.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL POSITIONS
• Must have a valid MI Drivers License with Chauffeur endorsement (Less Than 4 Points).
• Must have or obtain current Medical Card.
• Pre-Employment drug screen is REQUIRED.

 

CURRENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE

  • LANDSCAPE FOREMAN – Applicants for this position must have extensive knowledge of the landscape industry and at least 5 years of recent industry expirience. The right candidate should be able to follow landscape layouts, install trees and shrubs, knowledge of proper planting techniques and more.
  • HORTICULTURAL TEAM LEADER – Applicants for this position must have extensive knowledge in horticultural practices and at least 5 years of recent industry experience.
  • LAWN & MAINTENANCE CREW MEMBERS – Applicants for this will be responsible for mowing maintenance on residential and commercial properties, and should have prior working experience in the landscape industry. This position will also include spring and fall clean-ups, horticultural services (as needed), vegetation control (as needed) and participate and snow and ice management operations.
  • ARBORIST – Our tree division is looking to and seeking professional arborist. Apapplicants must be able to climb without spikes and must be familiar with and practice ANSI tree trimming standards.
  • LANDSCAPE LABORERS – Applicants for this position must have recent landscape industry experience. Our landscape laborers are responsible for tree, shrub & flower installations, lawn seeding & sod installation, mulching, hardscape, walkway & patio installation and pond installation. Existing knowledge of sprinkler repair and irrigation installation would be a bonus.

 

If you are interested in joining the Berns Landscaping team, please head over to our careers page to submit your resume.