Snow Shoveling Tips

Stretch First – Cold temperatures and unprepared muscles are a bad combination in winter weather. Do not rush and charge at the snow with all you have, take some time and stretch first to prevent injury.
Dress In Layers – Dressing in loose fitting layers that can easily be removed is the best practice so you do not over heat. You want to keep warm without sweating.
Have A Plan – Create a plan! You do not want to be moving snow more than you need to. If you park your cars outdoors, clear those off first. Now that the cars are cleared off start working on your walkways, patios and driveways. Try to move the snow the shortest distance possible, start in a central point and shovel to the nearest edge.
Maintain Proper Posture – Use your legs as much as possible, push snow and use your legs to lift when you can no longer push. Keep your back straight and keep the shovel close to your upper body. Keep one hand close to the blade for better leverage and remember not to twist when trowing snow.
Stay Hydrated & Rest – Listen to your body and take breaks as needed.
Maintain Your Shovels – Keep your snow shovels maintained. Loosen tight handles, fix crooked blades and shave down uneven plastic edges. Having a proper shovel makes all the difference.

Snow Shoveling Tips   – Final TIP for a safe Snow Season…. Help the elderly if you are able to! If not, you can give them our number (586) 756-1145

Landscaping in the Winter 

  1. DO NOT buy cheap mulch in your garden for the winter. It is a GREAT idea to add mulch to your garden in the winter, however, you must read the ingredients in the mulch, and make sure you are buying good stuff to last through the snow and freeze. Certain mulches that show a “discounted” price, will he harmful to your garden throughout the winter. Key to Landscaping in the Winter!
  2. DO NOT forget to rake the leaves. Don’t leave the leaves. Pick them up, do 1 last mow! Give your grass a chance to breathe in the winter.
  3. DO NOT cut the grass to0 short. Cutting the grass “too short” before the ground freezes.
  4. DO NOT Ignore the bugs. If you were having a bug problem, a spider problem, or worse before the snow falls, do NOT ignore it until spring. They can come back stronger than ever next spring. Key to Landscaping in the Winter!
  5. DO NOT miss out on the deals! After planting and gardening season wraps up, there are TONS of stores that practically give away their garden equipment. DO NOT miss out on the sales, and get garden supplies in the winter, to save in the spring!
  6. DO NOT use weed killer in the winter! Good weed killer should be applied in mild or warm temperatures. Do not use them in cold temps, it will cause more harm than good. Key to Landscaping in the Winter!
  7. Use the RIGHT fertilizer. There are different types of fertilizer that can be used in all 4 seasons. Make sure you purchase the correct one during the cold months. Here is a list of different types to use, if you are applying yourself.
  8. DO NOT forget final manicuring. Aeration should be completed well in advance of the winter freeze so you can give your landscaping a chance to recover before the ground freezes over.
  9. DO NOT forget to water your outdoor plants. If there is no snow or no rain, do not forget to water your plants. They still get thirsty in the winter.
  10.  Start planning for the spring early. It is never to early to start your ideas for planting. Have a plan and the right tools, so once that deep freeze leaves us, your garden season can last longer.

Landscaping in the Winter

Winter Tree Services with Quality Tree Services

During the long cold winter months, many of our clients forget about their trees. This is a big mistake commonly made by homeowners. The correct timing of pruning can be very important for specific species of trees and for some the correct time is during the dormant season.

Winter dormant pruning is done shortly before spring growth. Doing so leaves fresh wounds exposed for a short period of time before the wound healing process begins.

Advantages of Winter Dormant Pruning

  • For some species pruning during the dormant season is the best time for the tree.
  • Thinning the canopy and removing dead wood reduces storm damage potential.
  • Deciduous plants are leaf free, allowing for more accurate pruning and reduced cleanup times.
  • Insects and disease spores are inactive during the winter, reducing the chance for infestation.
  • Rejuvenation and clearance pruning can he performed with minimal risk of promoting sucker growth.

Emergency tree services can also be much needed during the winter. Heavy snow, ice and damaging winds can cause devastating effects on trees. Winter dormant pruning can help reduce these risks. Unsure if your tree’s are at risk this winter?? 

The Benefits of Evergreen Trees

There are a variety of trees and shrubs that fall into the Evergreen family, which hold their leaves throughout all the seasons. Conifers (Hemlock, Blue Spruce, Red Cedar, and White Pine) and Holly are the most popular types of Evergreen found in Michigan. The winter months here in Michigan, give these beautiful trees the opportunity to take the spotlight in our landscapes.

Winter Tree Services

 

 

Because evergreens provide lush green foliage all year round they are very beneficial to use in your landscape. There are a variety of different ways evergreen plants can be used in your landscape.

Backdrop – You can create a beautiful backdrop you can enjoy all year round. By choosing different varieties you can vary the shades of green to create a very pleasing display.

Border – Outline your beds and paths with dwarf versions that will accentuate these key areas of landscape design all year round.

Groundcover – Low lying species of spreading evergreen can create a beautiful carpet of green when needed.

Hide areas of your home – Have some unsightly areas around your home you would rather not see? evergreens are a great way to hide your home foundation, water faucets, water meters and any other area you may not like.

Privacy – The lush season long foliage of evergreens such as arborvitae, juniper and yew make great privacy hedges.

 

Emergency Tree Servicestree-removal-1

All four seasons of Michigan has potential to bring high winds and harm to your property with fallen trees or harm to your trees themselves. Storms causing high winds and strong rains or snow can cause damage all across Michigan. Storms can cause limbs or entire trees to fall, often landing on homes, cars or other trees leaving homeowners in need of emergency tree services. Dealing with these situations can be dangerous and should be left to trained professionals to remove and prevent further damage to surrounding areas. Our tree experts are ready to assist you in an emergency, we can also help by providing tree hazard evaluations.

 

Tree Hazard Checklist

Consider the following situations and it will help determine when to call us at Quality Tree Services:

  • Have any branches fallen from the tree?
  • Can you see dead branches in your tree?
  • Are there detached branches hanging from the tree, or wedged between other branches?
  • Does the tree have any rotten wood or cavities along the trunk or in major branches?
  • Are there cracks or splits in the trunk or where branches were previously attached?
  • Has the trunks developed a strong lean?
  • Have the roots been broken, damaged or injured in any way?
  • Have any adjacent trees fallen over or died?
  • Has the area around the tree recently changed in a grade or soils level?
  • Has the area around the tree been changed by construction?
  • Are mushrooms present at the base of the tree?
  • Have the leaves prematurely developed an unusual size or color?

If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, than it is highly suggested that your trees be evaluated by a professional. A certified Arborist can provide treatments that can help not only increase the trees safety, but also increase the trees health and possibly its longevity as well. Our Quality Tree Service Team is fully insured and used modern equipment that is well kept to ensure our services are performed with integrity and professionalism. When a Quality Tree team member comes to your home, they will share their knowledge with you in explaining what services are required.

 

Through our organic lawn care program, you will enjoy a green and healthy lawn while leaving behind the need to understand confusing application rates and equipment settings that result in burning, bare spots and weeds. Organic lawn care offers a variety of benefits over typical fertilizations

  • Environmentally FriendlyOrganic fertilizers are made with natural materials, this reduces the pollution given off to our environment.
  • Health & Safety – Organic products do not produce harmful side effects to humans or pets. This means you can enjoy your yard without worry about harmful chemicals being absorbed into skin or being tracked into your home.
  • Long Lasting – Unlike chemical fertilizers which wash away each time your lawn is watered, organic fertilizers stay in your soil longer and are able to release nutrients over time.
  • 100% BiodegradableOrganic products are made with natural materials they are fully biodegradable and do not leave behind harmful residues.

With our organic lawn care program you can reduce your carbon footprint and keep your family safe. By welcoming Berns Landscaping Services into your home, you can leave your lawn care in our capable and professional hands. Most importantly, you will have more time to devote to yourself and your family!

Call the experts at Berns Landscaping today to find out more about our organic lawn care services. No time to call and chat? Fill out our online request form and one of our experts will call you back at your convenience.

You Are Beautiful…. and your landscape can be too.

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deer repellent

November is here and that means deer season is here as well. Every November when the native food supply dies off with the season, deer go looking for what is left. What is left is often evergreens and tasty shrubs found in back yards. Every winter, deer cause millions of dollars in landscape damage. This damage can be prevented with a deer repellent.

The deterrent we use here at Berns Landscaping is winters longest lasting deer repellent on the market. This deterrent gives our clients 6 months of protection, once spray now will last you well into the spring. There is also no need to reapply in the snow and ice of winter, unlike similar sprays which only last a few weeks at best.

The active ingredient in our application is thiram, a strong taste-deterrent that will protect shrubs and trees from starving deer. Our application spray comes with a colorant built in to help tone down the white coloring of thiram. This allows for your plants to look as natural as possible while protecting them all winter long from hungry deer.

If you live in an area where deer frequently cause damage to your landscaping, give us a call today! We will be more than happy to give you a free quote over the phone for our deer repellent application services and answer any questions you may have! If you are unable to call you can also fill out our free online request form and a member of our staff will get back to you at your convenience!

 

 

 

Michigan Fall Color | Award Winning Landscape Design

FALL CLEANUP SERVICES

We will remove and dispose of leaves and debris from lawn areas, landscape areas, patios, terraces, window wells, decks, and walkways after leaves have fallen.  Includes one (1) lawn mowing.  This service will be provided one (1) time and will be done as late in the season as schedules and weather will allow. We also offer a smaller leaf removal only services. We will remove and dispose of leaves and debris from lawn areas, patios, terraces, decks, driveways and walkways.

 

DEER REPELLENT APPLICATION

Every winter, deer cause millions of dollars in landscape damage. This damage can be prevented. The deterrent we use is winters longest lasting deer repellent on the market, giving customers 6 months of protection. One spray as early as October will protect shrubs into the early spring. There is no need to reapply in the snow and ice of winter, unlike similar sprays that only last a few weeks.

 

ICE RINK INSTALLATION

Berns Landscaping has partnered with nicerink.com™ to become a dealer and installer of seasonal ice rinks. These seasonal rinks are a great addition to your home and a great way to make lasting memories with your family & friends during the winter months. Our experts can help you decide what size and location is most appropriate for your home or site.  Once size and location is decided, we will design and install your very own custom ice rink to enjoy all winter long.

 

HOLIDAY LIGHTING

Professional outdoor holiday lighting displays. We design the decoration layout, install the decorations, maintain them throughout the holiday season, take them down in a timely manner and store them for you all year long.

 

SNOW REMOVAL AND ICE MANAGEMENT

Did you know the first snow is often in November? Our full-service approach to snow removal will ensure all of your winter weather needs are met weather you are a residential or commercial property owner. We offer several pricing methods and will help you decide on which is best to suit your specific needs. Our 24-hour radio dispatching service is designed to ensure our clients will not be left out in the cold when snow emergencies arise.