Berns Landscaping Services, is proud to provide award winning Michigan landscape design services to the metro detroit area. Your home is the largest investment you will make for yourself and your family. Here at Berns, we recognize that and work with our clients to help them design beautiful outdoor spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also functional for their family.

Michigan Landscape Design Services
Michigan Landscape Design Services

Our designers take in account your lifestyle and what realize that your outdoor space is an extension of your home. Do you own pets or have children? Are there allergies in the family? Do you enjoy fall more than summer? What about functionality, what do you do outdoors most often? What time of day are you outdoors most often? There are a wide variety of areas to be addressed when planning a landscape design that go beyond the basics of the landscape itself.

Good landscape design will address a variety of aspects before it is even designed. Once your landscape design project is completed and installed you can expect a wide variety of benefits. Good landscape design will increase your property value, increase living space and enhance the beauty of your home. Your new space will be a reflection of your families personality and style, it will save time and money and decrease your stress levels.

Let the experts at Berns Landscaping Service help you create the outdoor space of your dreams. Call our experts today at 586.756.1145 east or 248.835.3000 west,  for a free estimate or fill out our free estimate form online.

 

Have you noticed an increase in mosquitoes this summer? If you have your not the only one. The long harsh winter, allowed for the mosquito larvae to have a longer growing period then they usually do. Ever fall mosquitoes lay their eggs, once spring comes around and creates pools and puddles the larvae grow. Thanks to this years long winter, we encountered a lot of snow melt and spring rains which kept woodland pools and flood plain areas wet and producing mosquitoes for a longer period of time. While the cooler spring delayed the mosquitoes’ emergence, it was only a short delay.

It is unclear how the mosquito problem may grow throughout the summer. Some mosquitoes continue to lay eggs all summer long, it is the amount of rain we receive this summer that will be the indicator of how much the mosquito population will continue to grow.

Some people are lucky and hardly ever get bitten by mosquitoes, while others seem to be mosquito magnets. So what entices a mosquito to bite?

  • You breath too much. The more CO2 you pump out, the stronger your allure.
  • You’re to relaxed. Stressed out people emit odors that repel mosquitoes.
  • Scent, body odor, perfume and even blood type odor markers can draw mosquitoes. (Sorry to those of you who are type O).
  • You dress in dark colors, especially blue. It is better to dress in bright colors such as khaki and white.
  • Your body temperature, mosquitoes love warmer body types. This is especially hard to avoid if you are drinking or pregnant.

Tips to stay bite free.

  • Shower frequently, skip the perfume and use a bug spray with DEET.
  • Prevent stagnant water from hanging around in your yard.
  • Stay inside and dawn and dusk, these are when mosquitoes feed the most.
  • Where loose clothing, long sleeve and pants preferred (weather permitting, you don’t want to get too hot).

You have probably heard about the citronella plant. You might even have one or two around your home right now. The citronella plant is commonly found under a variety of names including, citronella plant, citrosa geranium, mosquito plant and it scientific name Pelargonium citrosum. While many of it’s names suggest that it contains citronella, a common ingredient in insect repellents it actually does not. The citronella plant is a variety of scented geranium that produces a citronella-like scent when the leaves are crushed.

The citronella plant in bloom.
The citronella plant in bloom.

This plant is loved for it’s citrus scent, which despite its lack of actual citronella is believed to repel mosquitoes. However, does the citronella plant actually keep mosquitoes away? The truth, no it does not. Research has shown that this plant is ineffective as a mosquito repellent, even if you were to crush the leaves and rub them on your skin you would just smell like the plant. While it may be pretty and smell great, the mosquitoes will still keep coming you way. So keep that bug spray handy!

 

 

Poison ivy is a species of plant in which the leaves, stems and roots contain an oil with a sticky allergenic substance called urushiol that can cause a reaction when it comes in contact with human skin. This substance sticks easily to anything that comes in contact with it including skin, clothing, and pets and can cause an itchy rash upon contact. Not everyone is allergic to poison ivy, while some are more allergic then others.

While poison ivy is often associated with summer it actually grows as long as the weather is nice. Poison ivy can grow in just about any environment, although it is most commonly found on edges of forest, roads, streams and lakes and even some lawns. Poison ivy can also grow in a variety of ways including, along the ground (in which new roots are created as it goes), as a vine (up a tree or fence post), and as a bush.

Poison ivy creates very tough and hardy roots, once it begins to grow it can become very difficult to remove. Here is a great article at landscape.com about removing poison ivy.

Like its western counterpart, both the size and shape of poison ivy varies, but the climbing vine variety is most common. Poison ivy also has three leaves on each leaflet but it doesn’t have serrate (notched) leaves. The leaves may have a waxy appearance, a hairy underside, and seasonal change in color.

Identifying Poison Ivy
Identifying Poison Ivy

 

Identifying Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is identified by 3 leafs on each leaflet. Two common phrases to help remember the leaves of three rule are “Leaves of three? Let them be!” or “”One, two, three? Don’t touch me.” The leaflets are broad and the two side leaves are smaller then the larger end leaf. The middle leaf almost always has a small stem, while the side leaves grow directly from the vine or plant. The leaves tend to be a bright dark green with a waxy top appearance. The bottoms of the leaves are lighter and fuzzier. In spring the leaves are a brighter green and in the fall the leaves turn red.