Dos and Don’t When Preparing Your Lawn for Spring

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It’s time to start thinking about spring and how you can get your lawn ready for the season.  Taking the proper steps and avoiding mistakes will ensure your yard is spring-ready—green, lush, and healthy.

Spring Lawn Care Dos

  • Make sure your lawn gets enough water each week—either through rainfall or irrigation methods.  Hint: Spring temperatures are cooler than summertime temperatures.  Therefore, adjust irrigation duration accordingly.  Reserve the 1-1.5″ per week water requirements for the high heat of summer.
  • Rake away any leaves left-over from the fall and winter.  Leaves, sticks, and debris can prevent your lawn from soaking up the sunshine it needs to stay healthy.
  • Test your soil to identify the nutrients it requires to thrive in the spring.

Spring Lawn Care Don’ts

  • Avoid cutting the lawn too short, which can negatively impact the crucial root support during the springtime.
  • Don’t schedule pest control or sprays in the spring unless absolutely necessary.
  • Avoid fertilizing our southern grasses with nitrogen-based fertilizers until the turf is actively growing.

Put Your Home’s Lawn in Expert Hands

Set your lawn up for success this spring.  Turn to the experienced lawn care professionals at W.P. Law, Inc.  We know precisely how to care for your yard.  We provide the proper watering schedules, fertilizer applications, mowing heights, and more.  No matter the grass type you have on your property, the W.P. Law team is ready to help it thrive this season and beyond.

Contact W.P. Law today to join our fertilizer program, which provides timely product application reminders.

How Can I Help Prevent My Garden Pond from Freezing This Winter

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If you have a Garden pond as part of your landscaping, you may be concerned about freezing during the winter months. Do you have to just settle for a frozen pond and potentially sick or dead fish? Not with these tips! Read on to learn four ways you can prevent your pond from freezing over this winter:

1: Float Something on the Pond’s Surface

Anything that floats will work. The continual movement of the object keeps air moving into the pond and helps prevent the surface from freezing over. Float an empty water bottle, ping pong balls, or a toy boat. While this may not be effective if you experience a hard freeze for multiple days, it will work for a brief, moderate freeze.

2: Cover the Pond

Use a premade cover, netting, or even bubble wrap to cover the pond. Covering it creates a greenhouse effect that traps the warmth from the sun and prevents the water from freezing.

3: Use a Pond Aerator

The aerator works to create an oxygen-rich pond environment to reduce the risk of freezing while keeping the pond healthy and beautiful. For best results, place the aerator in the shallowest area of the pond since that’s the area that will freeze first.
A deicer can also help keep water moving and prevent freezing.

4: Install a Pond Heater

There are a variety of sizes and types of pond heaters on the market that will prevent a freeze. Some models can work in temperatures as low as -20 degrees. Look for a heater with a thermostat you can turn on and off to use only when you need it.
Need help to prevent your pond from freezing this winter? Turn to the experts at W.P. Law to get the professional advice you need.

Winter Landscape Lighting Tips to Help Accentuate Your Yard

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If you miss spending time in your yard when winter arrives, landscape lighting may be just what you need. The right lighting features will add a sense of warmth and illumination to your lawn that your family will enjoy and the neighbors will admire. Here are three tips to help you take your yard to the next level this winter with landscape lighting.

1: Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

One of the best and most affordable ways to extend the use of your outdoor living spaces all year long, especially during the winter months, is by incorporating low-voltage landscape lighting. Not only does the lighting create a beautiful ambiance, but it also serves to highlight plants and architectural features on your home. In addition, the latest top-quality LED fixtures make landscaping lighting low maintenance and cost-effective.

2: Path Lighting

Enhance winter safety, security, and ambiance by using path lighting to create a guided pathway on your property. It brightens up your winter landscape while ensuring a well-lit path to prevent slips and falls in the dark or inclement weather.

3 Upward Shining Lights

Spotlight the trees and shrubs that you have decorated. In addition, shine a heavenly glow through the branches of larger trees, creating a sublime effect. You can do this effectively by using spotlights or well lights.

Ready to get started on new landscape lighting to make the most of your yard this winter? Contact the team at W.P. Law for more winter landscape lighting tips.

Top 3 Best Landscaping Ideas for the Holidays

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Are you looking for ideas to add a festive touch to your home this holiday season? There’s nothing quite like admiring a well-decorated yard for the holidays, especially when it’s your own! If you need some fresh holiday inspiration, we’ve got you covered with these three top landscaping ideas to make your lawn merry and bright.

#1: Festive Potted Plants

Incorporating some festive potted plants into your landscaping can add color and cheer to your lawn with minimal hassle or expense. Line them up along walkways or accent your existing landscaping features with plants with bright berries like red chokeberry and winterberry.

#2: Evergreen Garlands

Evergreen garland strands add a beautiful and fragrant accent to your landscaping. If you’d rather have a more budget-friendly option, you can find artificial garland that looks almost real, and you can use it year after year. Hang them from garden walls or drape between your landscape lighting fixtures.

#3: Highlight Outdoor Living Spaces

Do you have an outdoor living space for entertaining? Why not incorporate landscape lighting to make it usable during the winter months? String lights, spotlights, and lights with dimmer switches give you plenty of excellent options to enhance the space. Invite the neighbors and have a winter outdoor party.

How to Avoid DIY Landscaping Disasters

DIY landscaping can lead to a rewarding experience, as well as landscaping disasters. So if you’re determined to be a weekend warrior and do it all yourself, keep these tips in mind when getting to work. They can help you avoid some of the most common mishaps.

Tip #1: Have a Plan

Going into landscaping your yard without a plan is a great way to waste time and money. Create a plan before you get out the shovel or hit the local nursery.

Tip #2: Know Your Plants and Soil

Putting the wrong plants in the wrong soil or the wrong place can lead to many dead shrubs or extra work moving plants. Get to know what types of plants and trees do well in what environments and types of soil.

Tip #3: Planting the Right Trees

It’s tempting to only plant fast-growing trees to see quick results but be sure to install a variety. For example, include some hardwood trees, such as oak and maple, that are stronger and live longer.

Tip #4: Consider Maintenance

Do you love or loath yard work? If you love it, then high-maintenance plants, shrubs, and flowers might be right up your alley. If you loath it, be sure to choose lower-maintenance plantings so you won’t spend your free time doing what you hate.

Tip #5: Talk to a Professional

Talk to a professional before you get started with your DIY project. They can help you find the right products for your lawn to ensure the health and longevity of your investment.

Reach out to the experts at W.P. Law, Inc. for all the products you need to help bring your landscaping vision to life.

How Do I Know Which Grass Type is Right for Me?

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The climate in South Carolina is ideal for creating a lush, green lawn if you choose the proper grass. But, with so many options, how do you know what’s right for you? First, take a look at a guide to grasses that will thrive in South Carolina.

Zoysia

Zoysia exhibits good shade and wear tolerance and is an excellent choice for a lawn with varying levels of sunlight. Proper irrigation practices are essential in Zosia to help prevent patch disease.

Tall Fescue

Fescue is a cool season grass. It is dark and fine-bladed and looks great when first planted. However, it can thin out over time, especially if there’s a particularly dry season, so it often requires reseeding each fall.

Bermuda

Bermuda grass comes in quickly once seeded, and it loves the heat of the south. Because it’s forgiving when it comes to salty air and soil, it does well in the coastal regions. However, it doesn’t love the shade and can appear thinner if you have a particularly shady yard.

Centipede

Centipede grass is low maintenance, requiring minimal mowing. It’s one of the most common types of grass used in lawns in South Carolina because it does well in our southern climate and tolerates some shade.

St. Augustine

St. Augustine grass is also known as Charleston grass due to its resiliency in the salty climate by the coast. It loves the hot temperatures and humidity in that part of the state but will thrive in semi-shady areas. It grows fast but is low maintenance.

If you’re still unsure about which direction to go for your lawn and garden, the pros are standing by to help. Contact the team at W.P. Law today for expert guidance on all your landscaping needs.

What No One Tells You About Drainage Systems

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Water runoff management requires adequate drainage systems. Does your property have excess water that doesn’t seem to go anywhere, especially after it rains? You might not have the right drainage system in place. Here’s what you need to know.

Surface Drainage

Whether at your home or a commercial property, you need to be able to manage water. Standing water poses many risks, including slip hazards, property damage, and breeding grounds for pests such as mosquitoes. It can be on driveways, walkways, or even in landscaped areas. Surface drain systems take the excess water and runoff and direct it from the surface to underground pipes and catch basins.

The Right Size Drainage System

Something not everyone understands is how to determine the size of the drains required and the size of the catch basins. Before installation, it’s critical to determine the amount of water for the right materials, sizing, and installation.

Types of Drains

There are two primary drain types are used depending on the location and need at your property. They include:

  • Catch basins – this type of drainage allows excess water that gathers in landscaped areas to move away from the foundation as well as the flowers, trees, shrubs, and grass to protect them from damage.
  • Channel drains – installed in hard surfaces instead of in soil and dirt, channel drains help remove water in places like driveways, patios, and walkways.

Whatever your drainage needs, it’s critical to hire the right professional. The team at W.P. Law, Inc. has the knowledge and experience to get the job done right. Contact them today.

Upgrade the Look and Feel of Your Backyard with a Pondless Waterfall

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Are you exploring the benefits of installing a pondless waterfall? If you are ready to upgrade your backyard, you’ll find this type of waterscape system creates an attractive focal point for the space. Keep reading to learn more about how a pondless waterfall feature will help you get more enjoyment out of the moments you spend outside.

What Is a Pondless Waterfall Feature?

A pondless waterfall is a waterscape system that includes a water reservoir, recirculating pump, and stone or rocks through which the cascading water flows. The water will trickle or gush before going through the stone base covering the reservoir, disappearing, and continuing the cycle. Some people use the term “disappearing pond,” but either way, there is no open pond that catches the cascade. The water recirculates endlessly, creating a continuous waterfall to enjoy.

What Are the Benefits of a Pondless Waterfall?

Many homeowners are discovering that the pondless waterfall is an effective way to turn a section of the backyard into a bubbling, relaxing oasis. Here are some of the benefits that make this type of waterfall an excellent choice to enhance your backyard:

  • Brings texture and a point of interest to your landscaping
  • Drowns out the unpleasant noise in the neighborhood with the soothing sound of water
  • Waterfall installation is suitable for any spot you want to add something special
  • A wide range of styles means you can have an elaborate or simple waterfall design
  • No need to mess with fish
  • Virtually maintenance-free
  • Energy-efficient

Ready to transform the look and feel of your backyard? Get in touch with the team at W.P. Law, Inc. to learn more about our pondless waterfall feature kits. Let our friendly experts help you find the waterfall design to bring more beauty and enjoyment to your backyard space.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Outdoor Garden Ponds

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Outdoor garden ponds add beauty and tranquility to your residential or commercial outdoor spaces. If you are thinking about upgrading your landscaping, an outdoor pond may become a potential water feature option. However, it’s vital to have a complete understanding of what you should and should not do as you move forward with installation. Keep reading for three do’s and don’ts of installing an outdoor garden pond.

  1. Arranging Pond Stones

  2. Do: Include stones of varying shapes and sizes to create a natural look, and arrange them to avoid low spots that can cause leaks.

    Don’t: Include sharp or coarse stones with rough or jagged edges. Sharp rocks can puncture the pond lining.

  3. Creating the Right Pond Dimensions

  4. Do: Build the pond basin to be deep enough to keep fish safe during the colder months.

    Don’t: Position the pond near the lowest points in the yard, as this will lead to runoff issues.

  5. Dealing with Bugs

  6. Do: Ensure the pond and surrounding area is clean by removing standing water where mosquitos can thrive. Also, keep the water in the pond moving to avoid stagnant water, which attracts bugs.

    Don’t: Use insecticides in or around the pond.

Contact W.P. Law, Inc. today to find out how we can help with your pond.

Surprising Ways Water Features Can Enhance Your Life

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Water features may be exactly what your lawn needs this season. When you look at your home’s lawn and landscaping, what kinds of feelings do they evoke? What if you could enjoy a yard that facilitates joy, serenity, and relaxation? You may be surprised to learn how installing the right water features can make you fall in love with your lawn like never before. Keep reading for three surprising ways water features not only beautify your property but also enhance your life!

  1. Calming Sounds
  2. Whether you install an outdoor fountain, a waterfall, or a pond, the sound of water will soothe and relax you after a stressful day. Moving or falling water creates repetitive, ambient sounds that provide a sense of tranquility. The sound may even drown out unwanted or unpleasant noises in the neighborhood that tend to disturb you during times of rest. Taking a nap in a hammock near your water feature is better than any calming sounds app you can find!

  3. Relaxing Ambiance
  4. Life can be stressful, and you may lack space in your yard where you can truly unwind and recuperate from daily life. Water features deliver the total package to create a relaxing ambiance that sweeps you away from the stresses and chaos of the world around you. In addition to listening to calming sounds, observing water fall or trickle or create puddles takes your relaxation to the next level. You may also add fish to your pond or watch birds bathing in your birdbath fountains to create a mesmerizing environment.

  5. Peaceful Meditation
  6. Have you always wanted to incorporate meditation and mindfulness into your health and wellness practices? Installing water features is a great place to begin. You’ll find that fountains, ponds, and waterfalls help you achieve the calm, focused mind and serene spirit to get even more out of your meditation sessions, whether you are a beginner or have been meditating for years.

If you are ready to find out which water features are right for your property, contact the team at WP Law, Inc. today. We are here to help you choose and install the water features that will enhance your life while making your lawn look beautiful.

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