With the most recent wave of storms the Metro Detroit area has seen lots of damage and flooding. Did you know that your homes landscaping could be the cause of your basement flooding? Yes, it is very true. If your landscape is graded improperly and/or you do not have any drainage installed, your landscaping could very well be the culprit of your flooded basement. Not only can improper grading and drainage cause damage to your home, but it can also cause problems to your landscaping.

The biggest cause of flooding for homeowners is the grading around their home. If the grading is not set up to properly run away from your home, all that water ends up sitting against your homes foundation. When water sits against your homes foundation it causes damage to your home and can eventually find it’s way inside leading to extensive interior damage which can be very costly to clean up.

Here are two tips to help prevent water and moisture from building up around your homes foundation. Have mulch around your home? Be sure to leave a 6 inch gap from your homes foundation. Moisture held in the mulch bed can rot siding when left sitting against it for long periods of time. It can touch brick or block but not siding. Gutters should be kept clean and downspouts should extend as far away from your home as you have the room for. If your downspouts release the water to close to your home that water will build back up against your foundation.

The best way to diagnose a grading or drainage problem is to get a little wet, and venture outside when it is raining to see where your problem areas are. If you have noticed that your homes grading and drainage are failing a landscaping project may be just what you need. Most large landscaping projects do take both grading and drainage into consideration. While these projects can be very costly, saving your homes foundation and interior to potential damage is surely more efficient then waiting until something does go wrong.

 

 

Spring Lawn Care

Spring is the most important time for lawn care. Spring lawn care sets the foundation for the entire season, neglecting your lawn now can mean many troubles ahead. Many home owners struggle year after year to get the lush green lawn they dream of.

This is where the experts at Bern’s Landscaping coming in. Hiring a lawn care company to manage and maintain a lawn can ensure you have a beautiful lush green yard all season long. Can’t afford season long maintenance? Don’t worry, we offer a variety of services to help get your Spring lawn care off on the right track.

 

SPRING LAWN CARE SERVICES

  • Lawn Diagnostic Consultation – Don’t know where to start with your lawn this Spring? That is what our lawn diagnostic consultation services are for. This service is perfect for those who have struggled to maintain a lush and healthy green lawn on their own. The reasons for a lawn becoming unhealthy or damaged can depend on a large variety of factors which are often hard to identify. With our lawn diagnostic consultation a certified Berns Landscaping professional will make an onsite appointment to meet with you at your home. During this consultation, we will provide professional advice specific to your lawn care needs on how to improve the current condition of your lawn.
  • Weekly Lawn Maintenance –  Berns Landscaping Services, is an award winning landscape maintenance company. We take pride in all of our customers home as if they were our own. We will mow your lawn at the proper height for your type of grass, making adjustments as needed based on weather. We sharpen our blades on a regular schedule to ensure that grass blades have an even, clean cut, making sure not to damage any of your lawn.
  • Organic & Traditional Fertilization –  We offer both methods of fertilization to our customers. However we recommend our organic fertilization first. We are a proud member of MGIA’s Healthy Lawn Care Program for protecting Michigan lakes, rivers and streams from overuse of fertilizers and pesticides.

While these may be our top Spring lawn care services we also offer a variety of other services. Those services include soil testing, thatch control & aeration, lawn seeding and sod installation and weed, insect and disease management.

All of the above services are offered to our residential and commercial clients. Our expert team is ready to assist you with achieving a healthy and beautiful lawn this Spring. Give us a call today to discuss your Spring lawn care needs or fill out our online request form and one of our experts will call you back at your convenience.

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Mulching is an important part of any spring landscaping project. Mulch is a protective material that is placed over soil to help retain moisture and improve the overall soil conditions. Not only does mulch offer protection of the soil, it also creates a clean and polished look in any garden bed. When properly applied, mulch is very beneficial to plants, shrubs and trees.

Mulching offers a variety of benefits, it helps the soil retain moisture, which leads to less evaporation of water from the soil. This ensures your plants, shrubs and trees stay hydrated longer and reduces the chance of drying out. It also creates improved aeration, structure and drainage. Another benefit is weed control, a covering of mulch will help slow down and prevent weed germination and growth. This means your plants are sure to get the extra moisture, instead of weeds.

Mulching adds to the overall appeal of your landscaping, providing a well maintained polished look to your landscape. It also improves the overall health of plants by protecting them from specific diseases, all while improving soil fertility. Layers around trees and shrubs can help prevent damage from lawn equipment such as weed whackers and lawn mowers.

Mulching is meant to be a beneficial process and improper mulching can actually cause a variety of problems. Before making a decision, research the different variations and decide what is best for your specific needs. Mulching a garden that is going to house fruits or vegetables will have different needs than landscape with only trees and shrubs.

Berns landscaping has been providing homes and businesses around Metro Detroit for over 30 years. Intereasted in finding our more about or michigan mulch services, give us a call today at  586.756.1145 (Macomb County) or 248.835.3000 (Oakland County). Unable to call? Fill out our online estimate request form, and one of our landscaping professionals will get back to you at your convenience.

While this long cold winter continues to drag on, one thing is certain sunny and warm Spring days are on there way. Spring is a time of growth and renewal, spring bulbs will soon start popping up and tree’s will begin to bud.  However, before we can reach the growth and renewal phase we have to address the repair phase. The harsh elements of winter can leave behind a whirlwind of problems – broken limbs on shrubs and trees, sparse mulch, misplaced bricks from walks and walls, moldy leave piles, squashed grass and lots of debris. It is essential to address these problems before our landscape and gardens can shine this spring. Below are some of our favorite spring clean up tips.

SPRING CLEAN UP TIPS

LAWN
  • Remove any left over fall debris such as fallen limbs and leaves.
  • If any areas of your lawn have been damaged from the winter, prepare these spots for Spring seeding.
  • Begin your fertilization treatment. (Having your lawns ph levels tested first is a great way to know what your lawn is in need of before you begin adding things to it that may be necessary or may cause damage).
TREE & SHRUB
  • Remove any protective covering from trees and shrubs as the weather begins to warm.
  • Prune away any damaged branches to allow for new growth.
GARDEN
  • Clean out any left over fall debris such as leaves and fallen limbs.
  • Cut back perennials as needed and pull up any annuals that are left over from the fall.
  • If you notice bare spots in certain areas, now is a great time to transplanting to fill those in. Try to do transplanting as soon as possible after the plant emerges. Plants will recover much more quickly when started early and the weather is still mild.
  • Being your fertilization, starting now will help strengthen roots and they begin to grow.
  • Mulch & Edge gardens. Fresh mulch adds a much needed protective layer to your garden and also offers a variety of benefits. Edging is the finishing touch and will give your gardens a clean and polished look.

 

magnolia blossoms

Spring will be here officially at 12:57pm. Longer days, warmer temperatures, green lawns, blooming flowers and more are on there way. To celebrate Springs arrival here are 10 fun facts about Spring!

  • If you stand on the equator today, you would see the sun pass directly overhead. This only happens twice a year in spring and autumn.
  • In spring, the Earth’s axis is tilted toward the sun, increasing the number of daylight hours and bringing warmer weather that causes plants to bring forth new growth.
  • The vernal equinox is when the sun moves across the celestial equator and as such, there should ideally be 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. (However, the day when there are 12 equal hours of daylight and darkness usually happens before the first day of spring.)
  • Spring is when birds return home after migrating in winter. About 1800 bird species migrate.
  • Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon that appears after the vernal equinox. This year, Easter is on Sunday, April 20.
Welcome Spring
Welcome Spring

 

  • Spring fever is real and usually occurs when a sudden warm spell follows a long cold period. When temperatures rise, there is a dilation or expansion of the blood vessels. This process allows blood to be carried to the bodies surface where heat can be lost quickly. This experience causes an energetic reaction.
  • Daylight Savings Time saves approximately 1% of electricity a day. It adds up to a lot when figure in the entire nation (except Arizona and Hawaii of course).
  • We have used the word ‘spring’ for the season since the 16th century.
  • Prior to being called spring the season was known as Lent or Lenten.
  • The earliest known use of the term ‘spring-cleaning’ was in 1857.

 

While we might not be putting away our snow equipment one week from today, Spring will make it’s official arrival one week from today. Below are some of our favorite Spring landscaping articles to help get you ready for Spring.

 

Crocus - Another sign of Winters end crocus bloom between late Winter and early Spring.
Early Spring Flowers
  • Benefits Of Mulching –  Mulching is an important aspect of Spring landscaping. This article explains the benefits of proper mulching and the dangers of improper mulching.
  • Benefits Of Organic Lawn Care – Fertilizing is essential to starting your lawn care off right for the season. Organic fertilization is a safe and natural way to fertilize your lawn that is safe for people and pets.
  • Butterfly Garden Basics – Creating a butterfly garden at home is a great way to enjoy these beautiful creatures all season long.
  • Late Spring Flowers – See what beautiful blooms give a farewell to Spring and a hello to Summer.

 

 

Spring planning

What better way to get a little break from the winter weather, then to think ahead to Spring! Spring will be here before we know it and now is the perfect time to start planing your outdoor goals for the season. Whether you want to completely redo your landscaping, or just get your grass looking lush our expert team is ready to help you get the job done.

Spring Landscaping Services

  • Spring Clean Ups
  • Bed Care, Mulching & Edging
  • Traditional & Organic Fertilization
  • Weekly Lawn Maintenance
  • Landscape Design
  • Landscape Lighting
  • Shrub & Tree Trimming
  • Hardscapes
  • Ponds & Water Features
  • Pool Landscaping

We service both residential and commercial clients. Our expert team is ready to assist you with achieving your landscaping goals this Spring. Give us a call today to discuss your Spring 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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