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!




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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.



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.



Berns Landscaping has partnered with™ 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.



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.



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.



September has ended and we can look forward to a spectacular show of fall colors. However, that also means preparing for the assortment of leaves that will coat the ground.  Leaf removal is an essential part of fall landscaping and goes far beyond just curb appeal. Failing to remove fallen leaves can not only damage your lawn, but also become a breeding ground for fungi, disease and insects. Here at Berns landscaping, we offer both leaf removal services and a more in depth fall clean up.

The Importance Of Leaf Removal
Leaf removal is an essential aspect of maintaining a healthy lawn.

Leaf Removal Services

We will remove and dispose of leaves and debris from lawn areas, patios, terraces, decks, driveways and walkways.  This service is scheduled with mowing services, as needed, during September, October and November.

Fall Clean-Up 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.  This one-time service includes one (1) lawn mowing and will be done as late in the season as schedules and weather will allow.


We are currently scheduling both of these services. Give our experts a call today or fill out our online request form for your free estimate on these services. Berns Landscaping has been providing the Metro Detroit area with quality landscaping services for over 30 years. We proudly serve Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak, Shelby Township and the surrounding areas.

586.756.1145 Macomb County | 248.835.3000 Oakland County


lawn flooding tips

Everyone knows how much of a toll a rainy summer can take on your lawn, and this year is proving to be particularly brutal. Just the thought of street gutters backing up all over the front yard that had been tediously taken care of all summer is enough to send most homeowners into a nervous frenzy. But fear not! If a rainy season storm happens to get the best of your home landscaping, we’ve got some advice to help you through this swampy situation.

Step 1: Stay Calm and Wait It Out

            Trudging through a flooded lawn will only make it worse. Make sure that you can walk on the grass without creating squishy footprints before attempting any further steps. In most cases, water will recede at a normal rate, and tearing up flooded topsoil will only prolong the healing process. The grass plants know what they’re doing, so patience will be key.

Step 2: Collect Debris

In many cases, moving water may carry branches, silt, and other debris onto your lawn. In less extreme cases, simply collecting the unwanted objects so they won’t damage equipment will do. If silt damage is more serious, tilling the nutrients into the damaged soil will be necessary to begin the growth process from scratch.

Step 3: Oxygenate the Soil

            Aeration products and services should be used on the lawn to oxygenate compacted soil nutrients, allowing for deeper seepage of standing water. Deeper plant roots will also benefit from increased water, helping the damaged plants to grow at a faster and more normalized rate.

Step 4: Replace Topsoil (If Necessary)

If excessive rain or flooding has stripped the upper soil layer in affected areas, plant roots could be damaged or deprived of necessary nutrients. Compost, organic material or nutrient rich soil should be used to repair the top layer to normal levels.

Step 5: Reseed

If rain and flooding has completely wreaked havoc on your lawn, the biggest step to repair is reseeding. Depending on the climate in your area, appropriate grass seed types should be selected to prevent further soil erosion. If weed seeds have been carried into the lawn by moving water and soil is very damaged, they should be allowed to grow to increase ground cover and help prevent further erosion.

Have any additional lawn questions or concerns? Give us a call at (586) 756-1145 or email us at

lawn care

With the arrival of summer here in Michigan, there are a number of landscaping trends emerging for 2015, and we have been documenting them in our Spring and Summer Ideabooks on our new profile! Whether your landscape plan falls under these categories or not, we would be happy to spend some time helping to translate these trends into real designs and projects!

Ultimately, 2015’s landscape trends come down to a desire for Convenience, Environmental Responsibility, and Outdoor Living!

With more technological distractions, a greater interest in the outdoors, and the size of houses decreasing, it is no wonder that these desires are fueling the hottest landscape trends.

These desires overlap in many respects and translate into designs that include:

  • Native Plants: Weather-tolerant plants native to your locale will grow and thrive during multiple seasons without constant maintenance.
  • Edible and “blended” gardens: Mixing edibles (vegetables, herbs and fruits) with ornamental flowers will save space and lower your grocery bill while creating an exciting, conversation-starting yard.


  • Starting Small: The popularity of vertical and container gardens is growing, as those with small yards or patios take a stab at growing their own food.
  • Sustainable landscapes and hardscape materials: Saving water by planting alternatives to water-intensive turf grass is popular, especially in drier parts of the country. Wherever you live, another great option is to opt for more permeable surface area that enables water to penetrate soil and restore groundwater supplies. (Think gravel and mulch as opposed to grouted stone pavers.)
  • Waterscapes: The soothing effect of water makes waterscapes a valuable addition to any yard. Popular designs include small, recirculating waterfalls, rainwater collectors, Zen-inducing Koi ponds and sustainable, low-maintenance ecosystem ponds.

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  • Bringing your home outdoors: From pizza ovens to patio heaters, people want to seamlessly transition from living room to the great outdoors. Other popular items include outdoor fireplaces and outdoor furniture that is both waterproof and fade resistant while remaining comfortable and stylish.
  • Landscape lighting: Whether you want to wow your neighbors or host summer socials long into the night, landscape lighting is more achievable and sustainable than ever. There are many options for energy-saving and low-maintenance LED lights, as well as solar-powered lights that soak up the sun’s rays during the day to shine bright at night.
  • Wildlife-conscious landscaping: Previously mentioned features like native plants and waterscapes provide the bonus benefit of attracting and improving the lives of birds, bees and butterflies!

We hope these ideas and trends got your wheels turning and your Houzz profile bursting with new Ideabooks!

Of course, in addition to Houzz, you can always find us spreading inspiration and landscaping tips and tricks on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram!

If you like what you see or have a question, give us a call at (586) 756-1145 or email us at Let’s see what beautiful outdoor spaces we can create together!

Have you noticed it’s getting darker earlier? Have you considered adding some outdoor lighting to your home? Fall is a great time for a landscape lighting project right as the days begin to become shorter and the nights longer. Landscape lighting not only increases your homes value and curb appeal, but also it’s safety. 

Your home is a large investment for you and your family. Investing in professional landscape lighting can help increase your families safety after sunset.  Take a look at the image below of a Bloomfield Hills home, before and after a professional landscape lighting installation. The home was dark and criminals could of easily hid in the shadows without notice. Once landscape lighting was installed we not only enhanced the lighting of the home but also the natural elements surrounding around it.

Fall Landscape Lighting
A Bloomfield Hills home before and after front yard lighting design and installation.

There are many different uses for landscape lighting and many reasons home owners choose to have professional outdoor lighting installed. Whether your looking out for the safety of your family or added home value, the expert landscape lighting designers at Berns Landscaping can help you achieve a beautiful and safe home  after sunset. For more information on our award winning outdoor lighting design & installation, call us today! (586.756.1145 Macomb County | 248.835.3000 Oakland County) Unable to make a phone call now? Fill out our online request formand one of our professionals will get back to you at your convenience.


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!