Spring Spruce up at Heinen

Heinen LandscapeHeinen Landscape is excited to reveal a brand new sign at our world headquarters in beautiful Merriam, Kansas.  Next time you’re cruising down Merriam Lane, be sure to check it out!

Better yet – give us a call! We’ve spruced up our place, and we would love to spruce up your place, too!

Whether you need a final leaf clean-up from fall, a plan for seasonal color, or help bringing your dream landscape to life, Heinen can help!  Our Landscaping experts cater to all of your outdoor needs! Call Debbie at Heinen to schedule a complimentary estimate today at 913-432-5011.

 

Make Valentine’s Day Last a Lifetime with a Sweetheart Rose Garden

Because our rose gardens were in such high demand the first time around, we’re holding our second annual Sweetheart Rose Garden Special! This Valentine’s Day, instead of giving a dozen roses, wouldn’t it be great to be able to give an entire rose garden? A Valentine gift that says, “I love you” day after day, year after year – literally the gift of a lifetime for the love of your lifetime.

Heinen Landscape created the Sweetheart Rose Garden Valentine Gift Package as the perfect way to show that special someone all that they mean to you. And, it will be professionally planted by Heinen before Mother’s Day!

Heinen Landscape  The $899.00 package includes a professionally planned and landscaped home rose garden, complete with 10 rose bushes, (with 5 different rose varieties to choose from), soil and bed preparation, a guide to caring for the garden and a follow-up visit from Heinen Landscape to ensure the vibrant good health of your new garden.

The Sweetheart Rose Garden package also comes with a fresh bouquet of premium roses from the Village Flower Company – delivered to your true love’s door on Valentine’s Day (Tuesday, February 14th) – along with a personalized Sweetheart Rose Garden Certificate that announces this one-of-a-kind Rose Garden gift to your Valentine.

Call Debbie at Heinen at (913) 432-5011 to give the ultimate Valentine gift of a lifetime.

Spring is only a few weeks away, contact Heinen Landscape to schedule your lawn and landscape projects before the warm weather rush begins!

Cure the Winter Blues With Spring Landscape Planning

It’s a fact, the days are definitely getting longer which means warm weather and the spring growing season will be here faster than you might imagine. And it’s certainly never too early to start planning your next outdoor project.

Letting your imagination take a sunny little siesta from the cold of winter to plan your new spring landscape project is a proven winter blahs-beater! (Trust us on this one – we’ve observed this elixir for years, it’s potent!) And getting to design the look and feel of your own personal landscape is half the fun of property ownership. (The other half is watching it all come to life!)

What are the three things that matter most in landscaping? Planning, planning and more planning! Luckily, Heinen Landscape is here to help! Having a well thought out landscape plan is the most important element in creating your dream landscape. Take a look at a few tips from our Heinen Landscape Guide (more on that in a moment), and get started on your next project!

Step one – Take inventory.  Walkthrough your space and do a thorough analysis of your yard’s strengths and weaknesses. You’ll also want to consider budgeting, scale and timelines during your walkthrough.

Step two – Put your plan on paper. Draw your space so you can get a better idea of how everything will fit. Start with hardscaping elements, and determine the shape of larger spaces like lawns and courtyards first, they set the tone for the rest of the landscape.

Step three – Pick your plants. Decide on a theme and color palette for your new landscape. You’ll want to consider choosing plants that thrive in Kansas City climate.  Heinen has created a tool just for you – the new Heinen Online Plant Catalog!

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The Online Plant Catalog gives you an easy way to reference and compare a variety of plants that are well-suited to Kansas City weather conditions. Click here to sign up for complimentary access to the Heinen Online Plant Catalog!

And this is just the beginning – read more in our 20-page Guide to Kansas City Landscaping. The best part: the guide is 100% complimentary! Click here to get started downloading your free landscaping guide!

Need a little more assistance? Call Debbie at Heinen Landscape for a complimentary landscape consultation at (913) 432-5011.

Happy Planning Season!

2016: A Year in Review at Heinen Landscape

2016 has been a great year, Heinen Landscape has been busier than ever and we can’t thank you all enough for your continued support! There were so many great projects Heinen Landscape did this year, we thought we’d share a few.

BHeinen Landscapeack in August, The Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) reached out for a bid to irrigate their new Children’s Sensory Garden. We knew this was a very special place – and a very special opportunity. In fact, the Heinen team decided to donate a fair amount of time and expenses pro bono to the cause. The garden is a great way for students with visual and other disabilities to really touch and feel the textures of Kansas City urban streetscapes.

 
 
 

Heinen LandscapeWe also completed a project at the Deauville Apartment complex in Prairie Village. We always love a good hardscape project – and this one was just that! We removed their old stone and timber retaining walls from along the steps. Then we built new retaining walls and installed new plants in their courtyard. The result was a winning combination of enhanced aesthetics and greatly improved functionality.

 
 
 

Heinen LandscapeLighting is a great way to enhance and revitalize your home’s curb appeal. And, the short days of falland winter make outdoor lighting even more essential to the safety of your family and protection of your personal property

Heinen can even design an energy efficient custom LED lighting system (like this one in Brookside), with 100% programmable light fixtures that allow owners to select exact lighting palettes to optimize the color of their home – or even automatically switch to team colors when their favorite college or pro sports team plays!

 

As we approach 2017, whether you need a retaining wall, an irrigation system to help with historic dry soil conditions, outdoor lighting, or a hardscape project like a new patio or outdoor kitchen, Heinen Landscape is here to help! It’s not too early to schedule your 2017 dream project, just give Debbie a call at 913-432-5011!

Happy Holidays from Heinen Landscape!

 

Preparing Your Outdoors for Winter in Kansas City

Heinen LandscapeMany of us tend to forget that our lawns still require care during the winter months. There are many things you can do to prepare and protect your yard for the cold winter days. If you’re looking for some winter care tips, Heinen Landscape has put together a few things to keep in mind as the leaves change and we gear up for winter!

If you’ve taken some of your plants outside for the summer to enjoy the warm sun and fresh air, don’t forget to bring them back inside! It’s usually not as simple as just moving a pot from one place to another. You’ll want to be sure that you get rid of any pests that have made their way into the dirt over the summer. These pesky bugs might hitchhike over to your other indoor plants and around your house. You can use a hose to water and help knock off any unwanted pests like spider mites. If your plant has grown significantly since being outside, you might consider repotting them.

And don’t forget the fall cleanup for your garden! It’s important to keep your garden clean aHeinen Landscapend in shape, even during the long winter. Start by removing anything you use to support your plants like tomato cages or bean stakes. Also, be sure to get rid of any dead plants or vegetables. If any plants look like they may be carrying a disease, dispose of those plants by either throwing them away or burning them.

Plan your winter landscape during the warmer days of fall! Some plants that are popular for winter landscapes include those that contain colorful berries, catch snow on the branches, have a delicate structure, or showcase bark that is colorful or an unusual texture. There are many plants that thrive in the cold winter months in Kansas City. Sign up for free access to our Heinen Plant Catalog to give you a better idea of which plants work better during winter in the cold Kansas City winter climate.

Heinen LandscapeFall is a great time to start planning your spring projects! It’s the perfect time to assess the needs of your home and those projects you’ve been thinking about doing for years. Anything from retaining walls to planning the installation for that outdoor patio you’ve always dreamed of. The landscape specialists at Heinen can help you create a cost effective plan that is well-suited to your property. If you book with Heinen in the fall for a spring project, you’ll be first on our list in the spring – and you’ll have the entire summer to enjoy your new landscape!

Of course with the leaves changing colors, this time of year is always beautiful in and around Kansas City. We thought we’d share a list from The Missouri Department of Conservation of some of the best places to see fall foliage in Kansas City

The outdoor experts at Heinen Landscape would love to help you get started on planning your next project. From winter landscaping needs to making that area outdoor kitchen come alive next spring – or just getting your irrigation system inspected and winterized, Heinen Landscape caters to all of your outdoor needs! Call Debbie at Heinen for all of your landscape needs or to schedule a complimentary spring project estimate today at 913-432-5011.

Thank you to landscaping.about.com and gardeningknowhow.com for the tips!

Light Up Your Home with Heinen Landscape!

The days are getting shorter and winter is well on its way! The Fall and Winter months are the perfect time to install outdoor lighting and showcase your home to look its best at night. There are many advantages to a professional outdoor lighting system. Here at Heinen, we’ve put together a few reasons outdoor lighting is a great addition to your home.

  1. Heinen LandscapeSafety.  A yard and landscape that’s well-lit will provide a sense of safety and security. When the outdoor area of your home is illuminated, it creates the feeling of care and involvement. Others will view your home as well maintained and cared for – which discourages others from trespassing or theft.
  1. Curb Appeal. The entire neighborhood will view your home as very well cared for and inviting. As opposed to a dark and dreary home, your lit up home will draw people in.
  1. Decoration. With outdoor lighting, you can showcase and highlight certain areas of your landscape. You can even install mood lighting to enhance certain aspects of your home and landscape. Illuminating your landscape adds beautiful accents to the look of your home.

No other company in Kansas City has the experience and expertise like Heinen when it comes to custom lighting and landscaping solutions. Heinen uses the highest quality lighting products on the market that offers cutting edge technology and now is the perfect time to revitalize and rejuvenate your home. Give us a call at 913-432-5011 for a no obligation quote!

 

Heinen Helps KC – 2016 Edition

On Thursday, August 18, Heinen Landscape began installing a brand new irrigation system for the exceptionally inspiring “Sensory Garden” at the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI), located near 31st and Main in Midtown Kansas City.

Heinen started a company tradition of taking on a significant pro bono project for a not-for-profit organization with the 2015 “Total Landscape Makeover” at adoption assistance provider KVC in Olathe, Kansas.

Heinen Landscape and IrrigationThis summer, when a longtime Heinen customer reached out to see if Heinen might be able to help out with a bid for irrigating the Children’s Sensory Garden, the Heinen Landscape & Irrigation team knew this was a special place – and a special opportunity. The team thought, “Why not do the whole CCVI project at no charge?” The decision was unanimous: Heinen decided to do the entire project – pro bono!

“The mission of CCVI is to prepare children with visual impairments, including those with multiple other disabilities, to reach their highest potential in the sighted world,” said Dave Heinen, founder of Heinen Landscape. “We just have a real passion for what they do there and decided to lend them a hand.”

Heinen Landscape“Our donors have been incredibly generous, we’ve been able to do so much. Because of the donations from Heinen and others, we’ve been able to add a multitude of plants, trees, and other urban materials,” says CCVI’s Executive Director, Nicola Heskett. Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired opened in 1952, and has since served over 10,000 children who are blind or visually impaired. Students can experience scents and textures of a multitude of Kansas City flowers and other plants. In addition to the variety of textured plantings, the Sensory Garden also includes a 180-foot-long wall with pieces of the KC Streetcar rails, various sizes and types of city pipes, and multiple other textured items from urban Kansas City. It’s a great way for kids with visual and other disabilities to get to really touch and feel the textures of Kansas City in a fun and safe urban oasis-like atmosphere.

“It’s always a pleasure giving back’” said Will Maynard, one of Heinen’s Irrigation Specialists. “We’re honored to be able to come out and help the children of our community.”

Heinen Landscape & Irrigation is grateful for the opportunity to help such a great cause!

Irrigation: Before and After

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Paul’s yard before irrigation installation.

By mid-summer, many homeowners in Kansas City notice their lawns beginning to turn brown and patchy – and have almost come to accept this as a standard condition during KC’s hot and dry summer months. But there is actually a significant problem developing that may lead to widespread dead grass and shriveled new plantings.

Because of heavy spring and early summer rains, the root systems for new seed plants and grasses has never fully developed – their ready access to regular water being the culprit. Now, as the rains have subsided, the plants don’t have the developed root systems needed to survive. The result: Homeowners chasing the dryness problem with hoses and sprinklers, often over-watering some areas and under-watering others.

But that doesn’t have to be the case. With a professionally installed automatic underground irrigation system from Heinen, you won’t be dragging a hose around your lawn every 20 minutes, or worse – turning on the sprinkler and forgetting about it until hours later. Over-watering is bad news for your lawn – and your water bill.

Heinen installing irrigation system in Paul's yard.

Heinen installing irrigation system.

An automatic irrigation system can drastically improve the health and beauty of your lawn. Check out the difference a season makes in the attached before and after photos from a recent Heinen customer, Paul, who had Heinen rototill and over-seed his lawn last fall and then install an irrigation system this past spring – including a Rachio controller and smartphone app that makes controlling lawn irrigation a breeze.

According to Paul:

“Before I had an irrigation system, my lawn was brown and patchy by mid-July. And it was just taking way too long to drag the hose all around my lawn every single day. Now that I have an irrigation system, my lawn stays green and I’m actually saving water – thanks to the Rachio controller and app on my smartphone.

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Paul’s yard after irrigation system installation.

“The installation was complete within  a couple of days, and did very little damage to my yard. I can’t believe how quickly and efficiently Heinen finished the isntallation process. Now it’s the middle of summer with temperatures well above the 90s on a daily basis – and my yard looks green and healthy as can be. If I want to give one of the zones in my yard and extra drink, all I have to do is grab my phone, pull up the Rachio app, and turn the sprinklers on with a couple of taps. It’s simple!

If your property doesn’t have an irrigation system and you’d like to learn more, give Debbie a call at (913) 432-5011 and ask her to have one of Heinen’s irrigation specialists come by and give you a no obligation quote!

Customer Notes: The Rachio Wi-Fi Smart Sprinkler Controller

Heinen Landscape irrigationHeinen Landscape and Irrigation recently received some interesting feedback on a customer’s new Rachio Irrigation Controller and Smartphone app. With the customer’s permission (we’ll call him Jerry), we were able to share a little of it. We’ve added a few explanatory notes for clarity.

“I love Rachio. What Sonos is to whole house wi-fi music, Rachio is to whole yard irrigation mastery. With one app (Sonos), my indoor environment is at peace, with another (Rachio), I easily nudge my outdoor environment into obedience.

“An example. The lady of my house planted flowers and requested watering assistance. With 2 taps on my smartphone using the Rachio app, the sprinklers were on and I got on with the day!”

With the Rachio app and controller on a Heinen irrigation system (Rachio is also available for retro-fit on most existing irrigation systems), your lawn can be set to water 2, 3 or 4 times a week – your choice, and you can even select on and off watering on a zone-by-zone basis if you like.

Heinen will usually set the irrigation system to turn on in the early morning hours before the sun comes up – so evaporation is not a major issue for your valuable natural resource. Better yet – the
app is tied into the national weather service station closest to your property and is constantly monitoring local rain conditions.

Heinen Landscape irrigationIf it rains a half hour before your scheduled irrigation, the Rachio app knows to skip a cycle, saving you money and conserving water. It even knows how much rain fall has accumulated in your area over the last several days and does its own calculations on whether watering is necessary. You can even select your own weather station to tie to the app, should you prefer a different forecast. Notice one part of your lawn in the sun is looking less verdant than the shady spots? No problem! Pull out your smart phone, pick out the sunny zones, tap them, and get on with your day!

Whereas old school rain measurement gauges were mounted on rooftops and gutters and were prone to miscalculation (often because of high winds or trees blocking the inlet), Rachio gets it right every single time.

Going on vacation? Rachio’s got your back! Wanting to spend a little less on watering? Skip a day or two. Whether you’re 16 or 60, this app is a cinch to install and learn to use! If you’re confused about which zone is which, take a quick snapshot of the section of your yard the zone covers, and just tap the photo to begin custom watering. Best of all, Rachio’s pricing is within a few dollars of standard controllers without smart technology.

Back to Jerry: “The Rachio app is simpler to use than your cable TV remote – and unlike cable, there’s no monthly fee associated with owning it! I water when I want, as much or as little as I want! My newHeinen irrigation KC Heinen irrigation system has given me back the hours I used to spend dragging a hose around – and has provided me endless personal satisfaction as I kick back and watch the Royals game – and then glance out the window and notice my neighbor Mark, continuing to spend his ‘free time’ lugging his old school sprinkler around the yard.”

If your property does not have an irrigation system, be sure to call Heinen and see how you can actually save money on your water bills by installing a system. If you already have an irrigation system, give Debbie a call at (913) 432-5011 and ask her to have one of our Heinen irrigation specialists come by and give you a no obligation quote to upgrade to a Rachio smart irrigation control system!

Take it from Jerry, “The Rachio system costs less than you think and delivers a lot more than you expect.”

 

Free Access to Heinen’s Mobile Plant Sorter

Heinen has created a new tool just for you – the new Heinen Online Plant Catalog! The Online Plant Catalog gives Heinen customers an easy way to reference and compare a variety of plants that are well-suited to the Kansas City climate. Plus – it’s portable, viewable from most any computer or mobile device – so it’s always right at your fingertips.

It’s planting season and we know it can be a bit overwhelming to try and visualize your dream landscape with hundreds of plants, trees and shrubs to choose from. And, if your dream landscape is a team effort, sometimes trying to communicate your visual ideas with a spouse or friend can be a little like playing charades in the dark – or maybe even more difficult! For all of those reasons, Heinen created the Online Plant Catalog.

Click here to sign up for complimentary access to the Heinen Online Plant Catalog!

Screenshot from Heinen Online Plant Catalog

The Plant Catalog is a great way to browse dozens of planting possibilities and narrow down your favorites. You’ll find a wide variety of plant categories to choose from including:

  • Sun vs. Shade
  • Shrubs, Grasses, Ornamental
  • Deciduous, Evergreen
  • And much, much, more!

Spend some time with the plant catalog, and if you have any questions, give Heinen a call. One of our landscaping experts will be glad to answer any questions – or help you begin work on your dream landscape!

Also, be sure to download our free “Guide to Kansas City Landscaping” – also on the website. This complimentary booklet is an excellent tool to design and build your ultimate outdoor oasis!

Happy planting!