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

Here at Berns Landscaping, we’ve been busy planting the seeds of spring and summer landscape inspiration with our new profile!

Not familiar with Houzz? It is a useful tool for homeowners looking for both décor ideas and contractors who can tackle everything from interior design projects to landscaping and hardscaping. You can think of Houzz as part Pinterest, part Angie’s List: It allows you to save, categorize and share images that inspire you, while at the same time enabling you to find and research capable contractors that can help make your vision a reality. Instead of spending hours on Pinterest followed by many more hours clicking through search results for qualified landscapers, everything is in one place on Houzz!

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Over on Berns Landscaping’s Houzz profile, you can find us sharing:

We hope to connect with you over on Houzz! And as usual, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram!

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Relaxing backyard

When most people think of landscape design they think of the front yard. Most homeowners only think of their front yard when it comes to landscape design and often neglect their backyard. However, most families spend more time in their backyard then they do their front yard. Creating a beautiful backyard landscape is a great way to increase your homes value and get a beautiful outdoor space you and your family can enjoy.

When thinking about a backyard landscaping project consider how you spend your time outdoors. Do you love to entertain friends and family? Do you love relaxing and reading a good book or taking in the nature in your own backyard? Do you spend your days playing with your children? There are a variety of different lifestyles to take into consideration when creating a functional backyard for you and your family.

If you like to entertain guest a well maintained patio or deck should be a focal point of the project. If you have children, skip on the delicate flowers and opt for hardy ground cover and plants that can handle the occasional stray ball landing in them. If you enjoy nature consider using all native plants to attract local wildlife.

Outdoor lighting is another thing to consider when it comes to your backyard. A well lit backyard not only increases security around your home but can also extend an outdoor gathering, without worrying about guest and family getting injured in poor lighting. Outdoor lighting can be used to light decks, patios, walkways, play areas and more.

You can view our portfolio for more backyard landscape ideas.

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.

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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.


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Today we thought we would gather up some of our favorite landscape design posts, for a landscape design roundup. Below you will find some of our favorite landscape design projects and tips.

  • Backyard Zen – A look at how our design team turned an overgrown backyard into a beautiful zen retreat.
  • Annual Pot Plantings – A look at some of our favorite seasonal pots for our residential and business customers. Pots are a great way to add some color when garden beds are not an option and also a great way to add height to existing gardens.
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It is a known fact that investing in landscaping can increase your homes value. You don’t always need to invest in a full landscape design project to see results either, sometimes landscape renovation and adding a new hardscape element can help.


  • LANDSCAPE DESIGN:  Good landscaping can help you sell your home 6 weeks faster. A 5% investment of your homes value, equals a 150% return on investment.
  • LANDSCAPE RENOVATION: Rearranging existing plants and trees and/or correcting soil drainage problems can also help increase your homes value. This process can increase your homes value by as much as 12%, for example a $150,000 home could be worth $18,000 more.
  • HARDSCAPE DESIGN: Hardscape design is the installation of structural features such as patios, arbors and decks. Investment of a wood deck for example, yields a 77% return on investment. Landscape Design | Property Maintenance Services



  • Landscape Design Consultation: One of our designers will sit down with you to discuss the scope and budget of the project. We will discuss all features such as drip irrigation and hardscape or water features.
  • Property Analysis: Your designer will provide an expert analysis of your property and take all required measurements. We will identify light availability, soil and water and address drainage. Utilities will also be located.
  • Landscape Plan Development: Your designer will begin planning  for integration of new and existing features. We will layout these ideas on a map and take in all of your preferences and ideas.
  • Design Presentation: Once your designer has completed your design a meeting will be held to confirm the landscape design plan. We will discuss the materials we intend to use and confirm the time frame for the project and the budget.


Our expert team is ready to assist you with achieving your landscaping goals this season. Give us a call today to discuss your  landscaping needs or fill out our online request form and one of our experts will call you back at your convenience.


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We are happy to announce that Berns Landscaping has been featured in this Sundays, Detroit Free Press. We were featured in the cool places section, for one of our landscape design projects. This particular project features a stunning koi pond, which holds 6,000 gallons of water. It also features a beautiful waterfall and is home to 40 fish, including goldfish, shubunkin and, of course, koi. If you missed the article in the paper this week, you can also view the feature article and photo slide show online.


Main Article: Cool Spaces: Metro Detroiters dive into keeping koi ponds

Photo Slideshow: Cool Spaces: Koi Ponds


Koi Pond - Photo By: Jessica J. Trevino/DFP
Jessica J. Trevino/DFP


Interested in finding out more about our landscape design & pond installation  services?  Give us a call today, 586.756.1145 East / 248.835.3000. Unable to call? Then fill out our free estimate form online. Our team of experts are ready to help you create the outdoor space of your dreams!