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As a family-owned business with deep roots in the East Lyme area, Colonel Landscaping understands the importance of volunteerism to forging lifelong relationships. To that end, the company continues to play an active role in community events. As part of this effort, Colonel Landscaping became a supporter of the region’s popular Holiday Stroll.
Building community spirit
Knowing that the Holiday Stroll in Niantic provides a welcome to the season while building community spirit, the company gladly offered its resources and employees. The annual event features horse-drawn carriage rides, decorated buildings and boats, professional carolers in period dress, the arrival of Santa Claus and the lighting of the town tree. Despite these wonders, a highpoint of the Holiday Stroll is the popular snowflake drop of gift certificates to area businesses. Colonel proudly participated in the snowflake drop and was recently recognized for its efforts by the Holiday Stroll organizer, Niantic Main Street.
“We very much appreciate your willingness to provide Colonel’s bucket truck and operator for the much anticipated snowflake drop that is the highlight of the stroll,” said a spokesperson for the organization. “Niantic Main Street has been proudly coordinating the Holiday Stroll for nine years, but this event would not be possible without the participation of volunteers such as you. Thanks for making the stroll so special.”
Serving every day
While gratified by its role in making the Holiday Stroll a success and the warm thanks of Niantic Main Street, the company also believes in supporting the East Lyme region every day. Colonel founder, owner and longtime Connecticut landscaper Nicholas Schmitz gives back to the community by providing experienced and expert service at a reasonable price.
Often working alongside his trusted employees, Schmitz values building relationships with Colonel’s clients and providing them with the best, most personalized landscape service and ground maintenance possible. Beyond a landscaper, Schmitz believes Colonel enhances the beauty of the East Lyme area for all to enjoy, one yard at a time.
To learn more about Colonel Landscaping’s services and its efforts to give back to the community, please look around at www.colonellandscaping.com or call 860-739-0008.
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The winter season can be very harsh on your landscaping in Connecticut. Just because plants lose their bright and beautiful colors during the winter season does not mean that you cannot have a beautiful and season appropriate yard. Just because the winter season is a time your plants can rest does not mean that you too should rest and stop landscaping. Here are some valuable tips you should consider trying if add color, beauty and texture to your yard even when the snow comes.
Berries Are a Great Focal Point
One way that you can add color to your landscaping is to choose trees that hold onto their berries during the winter season. One of the most popular landscaping ideas in Old Saybrook CT, are crabtrees. These trees can accent your yard and breathe life into the landscaping design with a pop of color that looks perfect with the white and gray pallet.
Bare Trees Can Become a Focal Point
When your trees start to shed their leaves, all that is left is the bare trunk and branches of the tree. Believe it or not, the bare trees can become the focus because their bark will add texture to your landscaping. If you keep the lawn free of leaves, the simple beauty of your bare naked trees will turn heads.
Hardscaping Should Become More of a Focus in the Winter
When you do not have not have many landscaping options, you can turn to hardscaping to make up where you are missing accents and focal points. You might want to avoid planting new shrubs, trees, and flowering plants until Spring comes. Now might be the time to choose garden sculpture elements, benches, and even a trellis to your yard.
Evergreens come several different varieties and, believe it or not, not all evergreens are green. You can find blue, yellow, and orange evergreens that can add to your exterior design and turn a drab yard into a focal point all year long. Evergreens are one of those versatile plants that you should be looking for that will survive and add to your landscaping design during any season.
If you need assistance installing new plants, hardscapes, or maintaining your landscaping during the harsh winter, consider calling Colonel Landscaping, Old Saybrook CT. Colonel will help you with your landscaping and your design during the winter season to ensure your property looks great no matter what the season.
Colonel Landscaping proudly provides landscaping services in East Lyme, Niantic, Waterford, New London, Groton, Lyme, Old Lyme, Essex, Old Saybrook, CT and surrounding towns.
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As the growing season winds to an end, it seems reasonable to assume that outdoor maintenance might also take a breather for the year. Landscape experts, however, would disagree, citing fall as the most opportune time to tend the landscape, allowing it to thrive the following year.
A late season application of lawn fertilizer, particularly in areas where cold weather grasses dominate, can nourish the root system, preparing it for the spring growing season; a soil test will help ensure proper amounts of nutrients are being applied.
Fall is also a great time to reseed lawn that is exhibiting signs of distress. Homeowners residing in Old Saybrook CT, Old Lyme CT, Niantic CT, Lyme CT, and Essex CT will want to sow before the end of September for optimal results. Applying a quarter inch of topsoil will help ensure germination.
Weed maintenance can be addressed in fall with one or two applications of selective herbicide, or spot treatments using non selective varieties. Natural formulations are also readily available.
Tidying up the remainder of the landscape by removing dried and dead plant material, and other unwanted foliage will help save time when spring arrives. Resist the desire to prune in fall, however, and save that chore for spring, when pruning promotes new growth. Instead, consider transplanting trees and shrubs that, without the added stresses of summer weather, will focus their energies on root growth. Creating new gardens out of perennials still in bloom will also help homeowners visualize a mature landscape. A light dressing of mulched leaves on the lawn, in flowerbeds, and around trees will have added nutritive value and provide protection from frost.
Homeowners residing in Old Saybrook CT, Old Lyme CT, Niantic CT, Lyme CT, and Essex CT can find additional information regarding fall season landscaping at www.colonellandscaping.com.
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The electric color of fall is indeed something to make New Englanders proud. For those New Englanders lucky enough to live in Old Saybrook CT, Essex CT, East Lyme CT, or anywhere within the triangle formed by these lovely destinations fall is a time that the bright red, yellows, and browns adorn the view. The vivid colors also cause New England homeowners and businesses to start landscaping with an eye toward winter and the advent of spring. Because the New England winters can be unpredictable both in length and severity extra care needs to be taken through the fall season.
• As lovely as the leaves are along Long Island Sound they still need to be removed from lawns. Removing the leaves now will allow the grass to thrive in the spring.
• Decisions about spring flowers should be made before visiting the local garden center to select fall blubs that are appropriate for the area.
• Give some thought to vegetable and flower beds before winter comes. Take some time to mulch to protect beds from whatever the New England winter may throw at them.
• Plan ahead for next spring to select locations for plants keeping in mind the salt and sand used on roads and driveways during the winter.
• Now is the time for the homeowner living in a heavily wooded area to check for any damaged or broken tree limbs that need to be removed.
• This is a great time to start compost to be used on all those spring beds.
• Fall is the perfect time to plant trees and flowering shrubs.
Engaging in fall lawn care can be an enjoyable activity for the entire family as the fall vegetables ripen, apples come into season, and the days become crisp. The task of removing fallen leaves, planting blubs, winterizing vegetable and flower beds, and planning for spring plantings can be time consuming and confusing for the new gardener. Be certain to check with local garden centers or gardening clubs for advice and information. Whether you live along the coast in Old Saybrook CT, up the river in Essex CT, or along Route 95 in East Lyme CT fall is an active (and beautiful) time for landscaping. For all your landscaping needs, call Colonel Landscaping today or visit our site at www.colonellandscaping.com
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An attractive stretch of beautiful landscaping or an inviting, green yard doesn’t need sodding anymore. New technologies and applications have taken the expense and guesswork out of planting lawns. Today, large areas of patchy weeds and worn out turf can easily be restored with hydroseeding.
Hydroseeding is a process that sprays a special mix of seed, fertilizer and mulch over large areas. Often called hydromulching, this delivery system ensures that the seed is protected during germination and growth. The slurry is dispersed over a large area in much less time than it takes to lay sod. This application also has the advantage of complete and even coverage. Unlike sod planting, there are no seam lines that need to grow together and fill in. Sod gives a lawn a checkerboard appearance, but the slurry lays down a soft, green blanket that protects the seed and gives it a head start. This technique of planting has a higher success rate, allowing the seed to quickly take root and develop into a healthy lawn.
The cost of landscaping is an important factor when deciding which methods to use, and the spray application wins over sod. The savings in time and labor add up to a fraction of the price of laying sod. Traditional lawn plantings average four times the cost of a hydromulch application. Another problem with sod is the damage already done to its root system. Sprayed seed gets a chance to start growth naturally with the help of fertilizer and mulch. Sod isn’t always compatible with a soil type and can fail to take. The professionals at Colonel Landscaping understand the importance of matching their slurry to specific soils, and they keep a close eye on the growing process.
The pros at Colonel Landscaping specialize in hydroseeding for both residential and commercial needs. Their techniques are reliable, affordable and based on years of experience. They know the area’s different needs, understand seasonal requirements, and offer the trust and dependability that only a family-owned business can supply. Consultations are free, services are tailored to the customer, and beautiful lawns are the results.
Colonel Landscaping proudly provides hydroseeding services in the following Southeastern CT towns: East Lyme, Niantic, Waterford, New London, Groton, Lyme, Old Lyme, Essex, Old Saybrook, CT and surrounding towns.
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What is Hydraulic Soil Stabilization and Why is it Important?
Soil erosion is a problem that many property owners face, and this phenomenon can happen anywhere including in areas of New England like East Lyme CT or Old Saybrook CT. There are a few ways to prevent soil erosion, but not all are as effective as a method known as hydraulic soil stabilization. By applying this technique before the onset of erosion, it is possible to prevent problems in the future.
Hydraulic soil stabilization is the process of applying a specialized mixture containing mulch, seed and a substance known as tackifier to any area that is prone to soil erosion. This includes flat areas that are frequently exposed to wind or slopes of hills where water streams down after a storm. However, property owners with land near the coast, such as in Old Saybrook CT, can also benefit from having a professional landscaping business, like Colonel Landscaping, apply the hydraulic soil stabilizing mixture to their grounds in order to reduce the risks associated with erosion.
It is important to prevent erosion from the very start, because the effects can be devastating regardless of whether soil is being lost in Lyme CT or some other part of the world. Erosion reduces the overall quality of the soil since nutrients needed by plants, which are found almost exclusively in the upper layer of soil, are leached out. However, erosion also has to be stopped to reduce the danger of flooding in areas near slopes or prevent the streaming of potentially contaminated water through areas like Old Lyme CT, Old Saybrook CT and East Lyme CT.
Colonel Landscaping proudly provides hydraulic soil stabilization services in the following Southeastern CT towns: East Lyme, Niantic, Waterford, New London, Groton, Lyme, Old Lyme, Essex, Old Saybrook, CT and surrounding towns.
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There are over 30 million acres of lawns in America. Most would likely benefit from proper fertilization. Fertilizing a lawn may not be rocket science, but it does take some care and planning to get it right. Too little fertilizer can result in yellow patches in the lawn and in sparse growth that allows weeds to spread. Under-nourished lawns are prone to pests and diseases too. Over-fed lawns are also problematic. Too-fast growth leaves the grass subject to burning and disease and leaves the roots weak and spindly.
Before fertilizing a lawn, it’s critical to establish the soil’s pH content. The pH level indicates if a soil is too acidic or too alkaline. Acidic soils can be amended with lime. Alkaline soil benefits from applications of sulfur. Soil test kits are available at most home improvement retailers. Landscaping companies offer soil testing services as well.
Lawn fertilizers typically contain nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. Lawns grown in soils with a balanced pH level may only need nitrogen to flourish. Returning mulched lawn clippings to a lawn adds nitrogen to the soil, reducing the need for fertilizer by about 30 percent. Most experts recommend a slow-release, organic fertilizer. Fast-release fertilizers should only be used when it is necessary to “green up” a lawn quickly, as they tend to burn the grass.
The best time to apply lawn fertilizer depends upon the type of the grass and the region’s climate. Landscaping companies are best equipped to advise homeowners about the optimum application time. Warm-weather grasses generally grow best with an application of fertilizer in the spring and another in late summer. Cold-weather grass does best with an application in the fall to allow roots nourishment for spring growth. They should receive another application at the height of their growing season, which is typically in early summer.
It’s best to apply lawn fertilizer with a “walk-behind” spreader to ensure even application, although broadcast spreaders may be more practical for very large lawns. The fertilizer is first applied to the outer edges of the lawn. Then the spreader passes from side to side across the lawn, overlapping a few inches with every pass. After fertilization, it’s a good idea to give the lawn a light watering. Homeowners should be prepared for more frequent mowing after fertilizing and should be ready to enjoy a lush green lawn.
In addition to providing lawn fertilization services in Waterford CT and fertilization services in Old Saybrook CT, Colonel Landscaping provides landscaping services in the following towns: East Lyme CT, Lyme CT, Old Lyme CT, Essex CT, Waterford CT, and New London CT.
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