2018 – A Year in Review

As 2018 winds down, we thought we’d highlight a couple of interesting projects from the past year. Also, on behalf of all of Heinen Landscape’s hard-working team members we’d like to say, “Thank You!” for your business this past year. We look forward to serving you in 2019 and beyond!

Techo-Bloc Walkway

This past fall, the hardscape professionals at Heinen created a visually vivid walkway as part of a side entrance for a beautiful home in the West Plaza neighborhood. The project included a stunning Techo-Bloc walkway, three bubbler fountains and a professionally designed lighting installation creating a one-of-a-kind home entrance. “I’m very pleased with the transformation,” said the West Plaza homeowner. “With the right plan, products and installation, the old entrance was transformed into a dramatic new entryway for our home!” If you too are looking for a visually pleasing – and extremely durable – walkway or patio, Techo-Bloc might be the answer! Click here for more about this beautiful project.

AquaBlox

In 2018, the roller coaster weather in Kansas City featured multiple bouts of heavy rainfall. For many homeowners, excessive rain often leads to serious yard-drainage issues –including destructive yard flooding, basement flooding and even foundation damage. To combat the threat of rainwater damage, the drainage pros at Heinen installed AquaBlox – a new environmentally-friendly solution for homeowners with complex drainage issues. Buried in the homeowner’s backyard and covered with soil and grass, hidden piping redirects excess rainwater away from the home and into the underground AquaBlox installation. Designed with extreme structural support, the hollow, crate-like AquaBlox create what is essentially an underground storage tank for water. Not only do AquaBlox prevent flooding, but they also provide natural landscape benefits including controlled irrigation for better plant growth! Click here to read more about this unique AquaBlox installation.

A Plant-Healthy Start to 2019 – Anti-Desiccant Spray

Plants that display live foliage year-round (including junipers, cedars and hollies), can be seriously damaged during the often bitter-cold – and dry – Kansas City winter months. No one likes to look out their front window and see dead plantings where beautiful shrubs once stood. Last winter, many Heinen customers engaged the grow-team at Heinen to apply anti-desiccant spray to keep their plants healthy. Anti-desiccant spray works by adding a proactive coating to plants to reduce water-loss through evaporation. The biodegradable spray slowly wears off as winter months go by, leaving plants ready to grow again come spring! Click here for more information.

Considering a new patio, landscaping, outdoor lighting or irrigation system in 2019? Call Debbie at (913) 432-5011 to set up a complimentary consultation today!

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Heinen Landscape!

Heinen Nightscaping Lights Up Your Night

Like it or not, the cold and dark Kansas City winter is quickly approaching! With the recent Daylight Savings “fall back” time change, many have noticed their homes feeling increasingly gloomy, dark and generally less inviting when pulling up at the end of the work day. Looking for a way to brighten up your home in the evening and even add a little more curb appeal? Heinen has a solution – “Nightscaping!”

Nightscaping, or outdoor landscape lighting, consists of adding specific lighting (often LED) to accent your home’s architectural focal points, landscape, walkways and doorways. Outdoor lighting also increases safety and security by lighting pathways, stairways and home entrances. Your home is typically your biggest investment. Imagine it bathed in warm tones of light as you pull in the driveway after a long day at work!

When it comes to custom lighting and landscaping solutions, no other company in Kansas City has the experience and expertise like Heinen. Heinen proudly installs FX Luminaire products, one of the leading manufacturers of exterior lighting solutions in the country. Using an FX Luminaire lighting control system, your outdoor lighting is fully customizable, so you are in control of colors, brightness, on/off timers and more – with the convenience of an app on your smart phone!

It’s easy to get started. A Heinen lighting pro will meet with you to assess areas where exterior lighting may be beneficial. Once understanding your specific property’s lighting needs, Heinen will create a lighting plan with recommendations on where your outdoor lighting should be located and the best type of lighting to best complement the look of your home.

Don’t spend another moment in the dark! Click here to see lighting projects the Heinen team has completed all over Kansas City. Ready to book a complimentary lighting assessment consultation? Call Debbie at Heinen at (913) 432-5011.

Techo-Bloc Walk – A Dramatic First Impression

Heinen Landscape recently worked with a customer looking to achieve a dramatic, yet durable and maintenance-friendly walkway to the side of the home – which had been converted to become the long, narrow home’s primary entrance.

Although a sidewalk and grass are the usual choices for a front walkway, the side entrance and nearby fence created an opportunity to create a more intimate and beautiful and even a more dramatic transition from the outside world to the inside world.

Heinen team of landscape professionals worked with the customer to create an installation that combined the beauty of Techo-Bloc landscape stone with custom outdoor lighting – and even a series of serene bubbler-fountains. The combination proved to be quite engaging, creating a warm, welcoming entrance to the West Plaza home – not to mention the practical safety aspect that a well-lit walkway provides.

The customer and Heinen considered a wide variety of Techo-Bloc products when planning the installation. As concrete paver and masonry manufacturers, Techo-Bloc’s mission is to design and create the finest quality hardscape and masonry products in the industry. For durability, resistance to the elements, along with their unique color and style choices, it’s hard to beat Techo-Bloc!The installation of three bubbler fountains along the Techo-Bloc pathway added an interesting visual
feature along with the subtle but calming sounds of bubbling water – almost like that of a running stream. The addition of custom professionally designed and installed lighting not only made the pathway safer, but also provide dramatic illumination of the walkway, fountains and home.

The completed project was a hit. According to the homeowner, “I’m very pleased with the transformation. With the right plan, products and installation, the walk was transformed from being a mundane pathway to becoming a dramatic entryway to our home.”

A few reasons why you might want to consider Tech-Bloc products for your hardscape installation:

  1. Strength and Durability of products starts at the core – Tech-Bloc uses only the highest-grade stone and bonding ingredients
  2. Tech-Bloc products are designed to weather even the harshest climates – and are almost three times stronger than poured concrete.
  3. Created with style and substance, the Techo-Bloc team creates trendsetting products that push the boundaries of landscape design.

According to Techo-Bloc, “Our products are our pride and we go to great lengths to ensure that our hardscape materials are a sound long-term investment providing durability and enjoyment for many, many, years to come.”

The hardscape and landscape professionals at Heinen take pride in creating outdoor environments as unique as the individual customer’s lifestyles. We believe Tech-Bloc has raised the bar on what is possible in hardscaping – embracing color and form while uniting beauty and function.

Ready to start making your vision of the great outdoors become a reality? Give Debbie at Heinen a call at (913) 432-5011 for a complimentary consultation today!

Fall Planting Pro Tip – Heinen’s Online Plant Catalog

Each autumn in Kansas City Heinen landscape crews spend a fair amount of time planting thousands of bulbs municipilites businesses and even some homeowneers. Although nothing announces spring more vividly than gorgeous tulips in myriad shades proudly blooming up and down Kansas City’s finest streets and boulevards, fall is actually a great time to get started with many other planting projects that not only look great for a few weeks in the spring, but continue to provide satisfaction for many seasons – and often many years – to come!

During the fall season – a time when copper and gold leaves seem in a race to abandon their trees – the fresh blooms of spring and promise of new plant growth seems centuries away. But don’t let the cooler temps and autumns short days fool you, giving your landscape a little fall attention is the best way to assure healthy and robust plant growth in the spring!

The moderate temperatures of autumn are gentle on new plants, giving them time to put down roots before the bitter cold of winter sets in. Fall planting also avoids the risk of shock from the extreme heat of Kansas City summers.

Ready to take on your fall planting project, but not sure where to start? Heinen Landscape is here to help with our custom-made online tool developed to help with planning your fall plantings! It’s the Heinen Plant Catalog.

If you’re not familiar with Heinen Landscape’s Online Plant Catalog, it might be time to take a look. Not only does the catalog feature plant species that grow best in the Kansas City climate, it’s also easy to use. You can sort and group the featured plants by category – including annuals & perennials; shade & sun; deciduous & evergreens; as well as trees, shrubs and many more!

Select a category (or two, or three) and the Heinen Online Plant Catalog automatically pulls up photos and descriptions of each plant that meets the criteria of each category you select. Best of all, any plants selected can be ordered (and even planted), by Heinen Landscape!

Fall is a great time for planting the seeds, bulbs, saplings and shrubs that manifest themselves as strong and heathy plants, and even more beauty to sunny spring days – at a place that’s like no where else in the world: your home!

Whether looking for ideas to spark your spring landscape thinking or you’re ready to get a head start by planting this fall, be sure to visit our website – and the Heinen Online Plant Catalog – to try out this great and easy to use tool. Need a little extra help bringing your spring landscape vision to life? Book an appointment with one of Heinen’s landscape Pros today and get a head start on spring – and take full advantage of Kansas City’s beautiful fall growing weather. Just give Debbie a call at 913-432-5011.

AquaBlox – The Invisible Yard Drainage Solution

In the past, Kansas City homeowners dealt with excess rainwater issues – like yard flooding and wet basements – by installing French drains, dry creek beds or by grading one’s yard to redirect rainwater away from the home. Sometimes those solutions are not practical as there is just no place for heavy rain to runoff without causing damage to the homeowner’s residence or a neighbor’s residence. The drainage professionals at Heinen Landscape now have a new environment-friendly solution for homeowners with serious drainage issues to consider: AquaBlox!

AquaBlox look a bit like high-tech milk crates – but pack a lot more strength. The individual “Blox” interlock and stack in an excavated underground cavity. The entire AquaBlox installation is buried in the Landscaping Companies KChome’s backyard – inconspicuously covered with soil and grass. Hidden piping redirects excess rainwater away from the home and into the underground AquaBlox installation. Engineered and manufactured for extreme structural support, each of the Blox is also hollow, creating what is essentially an underground storage tank for rainwater.

Not only do AquaBlox help with drainage problems, they can also be used to enhance the cosmetic appearance of your landscape. Have you dreamed of a beautiful backyard oasis – complete with your own water fountain? AquaBlox can be installed along with a decorative water fountain to create an almost magical waterscape that shoots water up – with water falling back into a below-the-surface AquaBlox installation. The water then recycles through the fountain again and again.KC Drainage Companies

Whether AquaBlox are used to prevent flooding – or in an upcoming hardscape project – the natural landscape benefits. When water is stored underground, the ground retains more moisture – a high enough moisture content for healthy (and economical) plant growth.

Ready to learn more about how AquaBlox can solve your rainwater-drainage problems? Or maybe start planning your own outdoor oasis? Heinen can help! Heinen Landscape and Irrigation is Kansas City’s leader in irrigation, lawn maintenance, lawn-care and landscaping. When you’re ready to take on your next outdoor project, just give Debbie a call at (913) 432-5011 and schedule a no-obligation appointment with a Heinen Landscape pro today!

Year-Round Tips for Guaranteed Grass

While Kansas City is in the middle of record breaking heat this summer, you may be wondering if your lawn will ever recover from these hot, dry conditions. Even with extreme weather you can have a beautiful, lush lawn but it requires some planning. The good news: Heinen can help. Heinen knows that the unpredictable weather in Kansas City can make it difficult to keep up with your lawn. But with the Guaranteed Grass® program from Heinen Landscape, the lawn of your dreams starts may be closer than you think! Following are a Guaranteed Grass tips from Heinen’s turf pros!

Summer – Water wisely:To help your lawn be its greenest, and to avoid damage from over or under-watering, consider having the irrigation professionals at Heinen Landscape & Irrigation install an underground automatic sprinkler system. Weekends spent lugging the hose around the yard will be a thing of the past and your lawn will stay hydrated and healthy.

Your irrigation system is not complete without a state-of-the-art control system from our partners at Rachio. As a leader in residential irrigation technology, the Rachio Wi-Fi Smart Sprinkler Controllerprovides homeowners with fingertip control of their home sprinkler systems – direct from their mobile devices!

Fall – Overseeding: The cool fall temperatures in Kansas City make for the best time to plant new
grass seed. The professionals at Heinen Landscape will test your soil to ensure it is healthy enough to grow new grass, then lay down only the highest-quality and most reliable grass seed. Follow-up visits from the Heinen turf maintenance team will ensure new growth prospers – removing sun-blocking leaves and watching for signs of turf mold, insects and other threats to your healthy lawn.

Winter – Give your irrigation system a break: To prevent costly repairs and maintenance in the spring, it is best to have your irrigation system shut down before the first freeze. This ensures your pipes won’t break once the ground temperature drops below freezing. Winterizing our sprinkler system is a process that consists of allowing water lines to drain and then blowing out any remaining water with an air compressor. Heinen’s Irrigation professionals also inspect your sprinkler heads, valves and other moving parts to make sure your equipment is in tip top shape.

Spring – Fertilize: In Kansas City, April is typically the best time of year to begin chemically treating your lawn. The experts at Heinen Landscape will develop a detailed and tailored 6-week chemical application plan designed specifically for your specific lawn. Heinen uses the safest and most reliable products available in the industry to keep your lawn weed, disease, and pest-free. By using only top-of-the-line fertilizers and other treatments your lawn will stay lush, green, and beautiful throughout the entire growing season.

Whether you live in Leawood, Fairway, Overland Park, Mission Hills or Brookside, Heinen’s crews are at your service – and you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing you’re only a phone call away from the best landscape and irrigation company around. As a homeowner, rest assured, no one cares about your lawn like Heinen.Get the lawn of your dreams –you’re your weekends back – with Guaranteed Grass!® from Heinen Landscape and Irrigation.

Ready to “get growing”? Give Debbie at Heinen a call for a no-obligation consultation at (913) 432-5011.

5 Essentials for a Summer-Ready Yard

Summer’s here – the season for barbecues, fresh tomatoes, catching fireflies and enjoying the outdoors with friends and family! Is your backyard ready? Heinen Landscape and Irrigation can help prepare your own slice of the great outdoors for the best summer yet. We’ve carefully selected the top 5 elements of a summer-ready backyard:

  1. Patio

A patio is the perfect place for a solitary morning with a book, a festive evening with neighbors – and every occasion in between. To begin your patio all that’s needed is a weather resistant hard surface – from brick or flagstone to concrete or even a mix of materials. The next thing you’ll need if you plan to spend any time outside is a place to sit! From built in stone benches to a shady pergola over your own store purchased seating – Heinen specializes in uniting beauty and function, and we work closely with our customers to create the ideal patio for their particular lifestyle.

  1. Lawn

Your lawn is likely the biggest component of your outdoor space. From sprinklers and drainage to mowing and weed control, Heinen can ensure your grass is at its greenest! Whether you’re rolling out the croquet set or just enjoy the look of a well-kept green expanse, Heinen’s turf experts take lawn-care seriously, taking your yard size, slope, plant materials, soil type, microclimates, weather patterns, water quality, and much more into consideration when maintaining your lawn.

  1. Garden

Planting a garden is one of the most popular ways to add some color to your backyard scene. Heinen can assist you with the design, planting, mulching, edging materials and all you need to get your garden up and started. Curious about growing a particular type of plant in your garden? Try Heinen’s Online Plant Catalog to identify plants best suited for your backyard environment. Our specialists can also provide ongoing maintenance help through insect and pest control, fertilization, and – of course – sprinkler and irrigation services.

  1. Trees

Natural fences, providers of shade, and landscape design elements, trees enhance many aspects of most yards. But they don’t come without their challenges, and that’s why Heinen Landscape and Irrigation is at your service. Our arbor specialists provide pruning, insecticide and fungicide services, and also assistance with any root issues to help you enjoy all that your trees have to offer.

  1. Lighting

Lighting design can elevate your outdoor space with the flip of a switch. Heinen’s lighting design experts can use light to expand your outdoor living area, allowing you to take advantage of those late summer nights. The right lighting can also promote safety and security – not to mention increase your property value and curbside appeal!

Ready to make your backyard a summer haven? We’d love to help you upgrade your outdoor space! The experts at Heinen can help you with all that and more – from fences and decks, to outdoor fireplaces, and playgrounds! Ready to get started? Give Debbie at Heinen a call at (913) 432-5011 and ask her to schedule a no-obligation consultation from a Heinen Landscape specialist!

Gift Dad His Weekends Back this Father’s Day

Searching for the perfect gift for the Dad in your life this Father’s Day? How about a gift that let’s Dad take a break from the hose this summer and every summer after? Give the gift of relaxation this Father’s Day with a professionally installed sprinkler system from Heinen Landscape and Irrigation – complete with a Rachio WiFi enabled control system!

Keep Dad’s yard work to a minimum this year and help him beat the KC heat – with a Father’s Day gift that’s sure to keep a smile on his face all summer long!

Kansas City Irrigation Company Why should your very own Dad of the Year lug a garden hose around the yard in the heat? With the Rachio Wi-Fi Smart Sprinkler Controller, Dad can schedule watering cycles to turn on 2, 3, 4, even 5 times a week – or give the plants a drink anytime they look thirsty with the tap of a smartphone button.

With a Heinen-installed Rachio-controlled lawn irrigation system, each watering zone of your yard is customizable, meaning the Irrigation Pros at Heinen can install an automatic system that will deliver just the right amount of water in each area of your yard – from shaded areas, to those immersed in all day sun, to gardens, shrubs, trees and other plantings.

The best part? This can all be controlled from Dad’s smartphone, tablet or laptop – from inside the house, the office, or even while away on vacation!

Dad never will have to stress about a sudden rainstorm rolling through Kansas City and accidental overwatering. The Rachio system is tied to the National Weather Reporting station closest to your property – always monitoring local rain accumulations – saving time, water, and money!

If automatic lawn-watering is on Dad’s short list of home improvements, call Heinen and see how you can not only make this Father’s Day great for Dad, but also how you can save dollars on your water bills by installing an irrigation system from Heinen.

And, if you already have an irrigation system at your home bit it’s not equipped with a Rachio controller, just give Debbie at Heinen a call at (913) 432-5011 and ask her to have one of our Heinen irrigation specialists stop by for a no obligation quote to upgrade to a Rachio Smart Irrigation Control System!