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3 Reasons to Install a Retaining Wall Before Winter

Summer is over, fall is here, and winter is on its way. Our seasons change so quickly, but there is still time to get in some of those last-minute landscaping projects- especially those that will help your home in the long-run. Retaining walls offer many benefits for our Hudson, NH clients, and we can think of three important reasons you should consider investing in before the cold sets in:

Erosion

Many homeowners will create retaining walls to help keep their soil in place and avoid the chance of runoff, which often occurs with heavy rainfall or melting snow. Depending on where your retaining wall is located in your yard, you could have not only a functional structure to prevent erosion but also a great aesthetic addition to your landscape.

Water damage

When water isn’t able to properly drain away from your home, you could be faced with a variety of water damages to and in your home. From flooded basements to rotten siding, retaining walls are worth the investment because of what they could save you in water destruction down the road.

Structural damage

With erosion and water damage both worries for homes that don’t have proper drainage systems, foundation concerns can quickly arise. One way to prevent these problems from occurring is with retaining walls. They can fix a variety of level and water problems related to your property and be the ultimate money-saver.

When choosing a landscaper to work with on your complex hardscape projects, think ProScapes. We know the ins and outs of our New England climate, and we will help determine precisely what kind of retaining walls your home could benefit from.

With more questions about our masonry work or how our land care could help benefit your Hudson, NH home, please contact ProScapes today by calling (603) 635-4005.

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3 Reasons to Get Rid of Those Leaves

It’s getting to that time of year where ProScapes has begun to receive calls for seasonal landscaping help in and around Hudson, NH. Skilled landscapers know the importance of fall cleanup, and often focus on removing debris, such as leaves. If you have been questioning your need for raking, we can think of a few reasons you should get rid of those leaves:

1. It is the perfect place for pests and insects to live

Spiders, ticks, snails, worms, slugs, and abundance of other little critters make themselves at home in fallen leaves, as they provide some of the insulation they need to survive through the winter. Though many of these insects are harmless, there are some that carry diseases, which can impact you, your loved ones, and your pets.

2. It can impact the way your grass grows next season

Your lawn needs to breathe, and leaves create a thick layer over the surface that can suffocate your grass. Leaves form a barrier which does not allow water, nutrients, or air to reach the grassroots. In the spring, you could find your lawn dead after finally cleaning up the leaves!

3. It can cause snow mold and other diseases to your lawn

Similar to how leaves can create a barrier from the outside elements to your grass, leaves can trap moisture between them and the ground, especially during winter when snow falls and melts. This moisture, over an extended period of time, can cause mold and disease to your grass.

Are you out of time this season to complete the work yourself? There are landscaping companies out there who offer spring and fall lawn cleanup to prevent these issues from happening. From flower maintenance to mulching, ProScapes specializes in seasonal cleanup to ensure your home looks beautiful and is ready for the year to follow.

With more questions about how ProScapes can help with your lawn care in Hudson, NH, contact our experts today by calling (603) 635-4005.

Fall Landscaping Chores

The team at ProScapes can’t believe that after another successful landscaping season in Hudson, NH, we’re getting ready for fall. The air is already starting to cool off, and we are preparing our homes for the changing weather ahead. We know there are many homeowners out there who love working on their own gardening and lawn maintenance, so here are a few chores we want you to remember to plan for winter:

Transplant shrubs

Fall is the ideal season for shrub transplanting because as your shrubs move into their dormant stages, they require less water and attention, which in turn protects against the stress caused by moving the plants.

Trim

Similar with transplants, fall is another great time to prune your shrubs and trees. Landscapers in the Hudson, NH area often suggest waiting until this season to prevent disease from growing and also allows the tree or shrub to heal slowly.

Weed and fertilize

Weeding and turning over your soil while the ground is soft will save you lots of time and hard labor in the spring. Fertilizer will provide your plants with the nutrients they will be going without during the winter season, as well.

Mulch

If there is one lawn care tip most important for the Hudson, NH climate, it’s to mulch! Mulch provides your plants with the warmth they need during the winter season and protects them against the harsh elements they will face.

Prep sprinkler system and outdoor faucets

The last thing you want is to deal with cracks and other concerns caused by ice in the winter time. Take time to learn about your particular system, disconnected all hoses, store them properly, and remove remaining water from the inside of pipes to prevent freezing.

If you find that these tasks are too much to handle, give our team a call! We would love to help prepare your landscape for the cold seasons ahead and survive for another year of beautiful blooming next spring!

With more questions, please contact us today by calling (603) 635-4005.

Reason You Need Regular Lawn Maintenance

When your yard looks great, and all the pieces come together nicely, maintaining your yard will keep yourhorticulture lawn garden mower device at green plants and trees healthy, and help everything to thrive in the warm months. Here at ProScapes, we know what steps need to be taken to maintain your lawn so you can get the most out of it.

There are some major components to lawn maintenance.

  • Appropriately watering your lawn, so the grass doesn’t dry out and change from green to brown.
  • Mowing helps build a thicker, heavier lawn by reducing the workload on grass plant’s root systems. The bigger the plant, the more water, and nutrients it needs. When the culm is smaller, it’s easier on the root system.
  • Fertilizing will add nutrients to the soil to provide to your grass.
  • Aerating helps keep your lawn healthy. It opens up compacted soil so oxygen can reach microbes which break down organic matter.
  • De-thatching is done by removing thatch material with a rake or a power de-thatcher. Thatch material is what collects around the base of grass plants. A small amount helps conserve water by blocking evaporation, but a heavy build up keeps water and air from reaching the soil.
  • Weeds pop up in any lawn and weeding is an ongoing process. If a lot of weeds pop up, your grass is weaker than it should be.

Maintaining your lawn and keeping it healthy helps keep a healthy environment. Lawns filter pollutants from rainwater. Grass is an excellent groundcover; it’s more efficient at preventing erosion than bare soil. It reduces storm water runoff, absorbs and filters rainfall, and counterbalances hard, urban surfaces. Grass absorbs as much carbon dioxide as trees, cuts down on noise and air pollution, and dissipates heat to reduce the temperature. Grass and plants preserve nature and protect our natural resources.

Trees absorb carbon dioxide and can offer natural shade strategies for your home to reduce a household’s energy consumption. Trees increase curb appeal and increase your property value.

The professionals at ProScapes have the experience and tools to maintain your lawn. Give us a call at (603) 635-4005.

Unlikely Benefits of Trees in Your Landscape Design

Our climate doesn’t just affect the temperatures outside; it also affects the temperature and comfort of our Fence Installation - 2homes. Your home can be made cooler or warmer than you’d like depending on the amount of sun that comes through your windows, and the air and ground temperature. Landscaping from ProScapes can go a long way towards increasing the comfort of your home by planting trees.

Carefully positioned trees can reduce a household’s energy consumption for heating and cooling. A well-designed landscape provides energy savings that can return your initial investment within a few years. If you shade an air conditioner, it can increase the air conditioner’s efficiency. A well-planted landscape can reduce an unshaded home’s summer air-conditioning costs. Houses with windbreaks placed on the side where the wind is coming will have less fuel consumption than unprotected homes. The solar heat that is absorbed through windows and roofs increases cooling costs; incorporating shade can help reduce that solar heat.

Knowing what landscape shade strategies work best in your climate is necessary before throwing trees in your yard. There are many trees available in appropriate sizes and shapes for almost any shade application. Some trees can block solar heat, and trees that provide continuous shade, and trees that block heavy winds.

A slow growing tree may require many years of growth before it shades your roof, but it will generally live longer than a fast-growing tree. Slow growing trees have deeper roots and stronger branches, so they are less prone to breaking during windstorms or heavy snow loads. These kinds of trees can also be more drought resistant.

Trees do need to be planted far enough away from the home so that the root system doesn’t damage the foundation when it matures, and so branches don’t damage the roof as they grow.

Other plants can be used to help with energy efficiency. Vines, for example, also shade walls. Using plant species that are adapted to your local climate is the best way to go. Native species don’t need as much maintenance when they are established, and they also avoid dangers of invasive species.

Are you interested in providing your home with some options to cut cooling and heating costs? Give ProScapes at (603) 635-4005 to discuss your options.