Winter Lawn Care

As days get colder and leaves begin to fall we tend to forget about the needs of our lawns. Care and maintenance is still important if you want your beautiful, lush green grass to come back in the spring. Prevent winter damage and let Heinen Landscape help with these tips!

  • Continue watering: One misconception during winter about grass is that is stops growing, dies, and doesn’t need watering until spring.  This couldn’t be further from the truth. Areas like Leawood and Overland Park, Kansas get some snow but everyone knows the weather in Kansas City is inconsistent. The melting snow can only go so to keep water levels in the grass. Extra watering may be necessary to keep your grass healthy.
  • Fertilize and feed: Your grass and landscaping plants should be given fertilizer before the winter sets in. Plants need food to feed on throughout the winter season, and fertilizer will help make the grass roots stronger for the following season. Do this during the fall before the first snow fall.
Heinen Landscape - Mission Hills - by Kansas City Photographer Lisha Anderson

Heinen Landscape – Mission Hills – by Kansas City Photographer Lisha Anderson

  • Grass should be mowed until it slows in growing: The length of your grass is vital in keeping it healthy during its dormant stage. If the grass is too short the cold wind can reach the roots and cause dead sections later in the season. If the grass is too long, the blades can get mold or disease. Stop cutting grass after you notice it stop growing and leave it for a few weeks. This should ensure a good length.
  • Rake leaves and debris regularly: Grass still needs access to sunlight during the winter months. Rake up leaves and debris throughout the season to ensure grass receives ample light and air.  Mold, and disease, is common in winter months when leaves and debris are left over grass. Do not leave trash bags, trash cans or other heavy items on grass for long periods of time as well.
  • Prune trees and shrubbery: Depending on your climate, shrubs, and trees should be pruned before the winter season. Flowering plants and trees have different pruning schedules and Heinen will know the best times to start this process.

Your yard and landscaping will come back better and fresher in the spring with some maintenance now. With preventative maintenance, your lawn will be shielded from disease and harmful cold as the winter months set in.  Consider mulching plant beds and landscaping areas to give an extra barrier against cold and harsh winter winds.  Together with Heinen Landscape you can prepare your lawn and landscaping for the upcoming winter months.

Call (913) 432-5011 to schedule your winter lawn maintenance!

 

 

Heinen Featured in Turf Magazine

Heinen was recently featured in Turf Magazine for the Extreme Landscape Makeover story!

In September, Heinen brought the entire team out for a one-day extreme landscape makeover at KVC Health Systems—an Olathe, KS nonprofit and national leader in adoption and child welfare education.

The Heinen team spent the entire day transforming and beautifying the landscape at KVC’s headquarters and its sister venue, the Ball Conference Center. Heinen partnered with local vendors for the project including various materials, resulting in a $20,000 donation to KVC— all completed in one day.

Dave Heinen said of the special event, “Adoption and finding lifetime homes for children is an important cause. And KVC does a great job uniting kids and families. Our people really wanted to take the time to help a great cause in our community, and KVC was a perfect fit.”

You can read the Turf recap feature by clicking here

Plan your Fall Garden Today!

Fall is setting in here in Kansas City and that brings shorter days and cooler temperatures. Are you feeling down in the dumps knowing you won’t see your beautiful garden again ’til spring? Well turn that frown upside down because you can have a fall garden!

Fall is actually a great time to plant a garden! The moderate temperatures of fall are relatively gentle to new plants, giving them time to grow a good root system and avoid the shock of being transplanted in the heat of summer. This also allows the plants to ‘put down roots’ before the cold winter sets in.

1. Is it native or adapted to your climate? Plants that are ill suited for your climate will require a lot more resources (water, fertilizer, maintenance) to keep them alive, often with disappointing results.

2. What exposure does it require: full sun, partial shade or total shade? One of the most common gardening mistakes is placing a new plant in the wrong light exposure, where it struggles to survive.

3. How large will it grow? Once in the ground for a few years, that small plant in a nursery container can grow exponentially. A 1-foot-tall and -wide shrub can quickly grow to over 6 feet tall and wide, leaving you with an overplanted landscape. Make sure you are prepared for the mature size of the plant you select and allow enough room for it to grow.

4. What type of maintenance will the plant require? Most native plants are generally low maintenance, but those that aren’t may require a lot of pruning, watering and fertilizing that you may not want to do.

 

Heinen has all the answers to these questions plus any others you might have. It’s getting cooler every day, don’t waste another minute! Call Heinen Landscape today at, (913) 432-5011, and get your free estimate for you new fall garden!

Thank you to houzz.com for sharing some tips with us.

Spruce Up Your Outdoor Living Space with Outdoor Lighting and Enjoy the Cool Fall Weather!

Fall has arrived in Kansas City and it’s time to break out the fire pits and drink some hot apple cider! Adding some lighting to your outdoor living space is the perfect way to revitalize and rejuvenate your area. As nights are getting darker come home to your secure and well lit home and see your biggest investment look its best. No other company in Kansas City has the experience and know how like Heinen when it comes to custom lighting and landscaping solutions. Not sure know where to start? Here are some tips from HGTV to help you get started!
Define the Purpose for Landscape Lighting
Before you invest in any landscape lighting, ask yourself what your purposes are for wanting illumination in your backyard. Perhaps you want to set a soft, romantic mood during the evening hours. Maybe you have a bench or a shadowy garden corner you need to illuminate for security reasons. A path leading through the garden may require landscape lighting to mark its boundaries. You might want to highlight some features of your backyard like a water fountain or pond.
Make a Sketch of Your Yard
After you have defined your reasons for wanting to add landscape lighting, sketch your yard. Include in the sketch existing lights, buildings, benches, trees and shrubs, as well as the vegetation and decorations in the garden. Each of these items will reflect light or absorb it. Estimate the height of each of the objects, especially the foliage.
Decide Where Landscape Lighting Should Go
Match the reason for lighting to specific locations in your backyard. You may want to illuminate a bench along the path with a pole-type lamp placed behind it. A soft mood can be achieved by hiding landscape lighting under shrubs. A path may require a series of short stake lights along its border on one side or on both sides. A water fountain can be enhanced with a spotlight and a pond can have soft lighting around its perimeter.
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The landscape lighting that requires the greatest effort to install is 120-volt lighting. Wiring for these types of garden lights must be buried at a depth of 18 inches or encased in conduit to protect it from water. A licensed electrician has to install the electrical components. Low-voltage landscape lighting for the backyard needs only an outdoor receptacle and a transformer. The transformer converts the 120 volts coming from the household line to a usable 12 volts to operate the lights.
The easiest landscape lighting to place in the backyard is solar lighting. This type of lighting has no cords to be hidden. It should be positioned in such a way that the photovoltaic cell in the lighting fixture receives enough light during the day to allow it to shine at night.
Set a Budget and Buy the Lights
Most Expensive: High-voltage landscape lighting at $100 or more per light
Information: Add on the cost of labor for the electrical contractor installing the wiring to cost of lighting for an additional fee.
Lower Cost: Low-voltage landscape lighting at $30 to $300 per light
Information: This type of lighting can easily be installed by a do-it-yourselfer.
Least Expensive: Solar lighting
Information: Since solar lights rely upon the rays of the sun and an inbuilt photovoltaic device to work, they do not necessitate installation costs or a lot of money to operate. The initial price of the solar lights is the only cost which will be incurred. Tip: If you’re lighting a darkened portion of your garden and the solar landscape light will not receive adequate sunlight during the day, you will need to have a solar panel installed in a high-sunlight location and run wiring to your solar lights.
Set Up the Lighting
If you wish to highlight a single item in your garden like a statue, gazing ball or fountain, you should consider using a few landscape lighting fixtures with lower intensity bulbs. Place these at various angles and distances. A single bright light shining directly on the object will create harsh shadows.
Landscape lights that make soft spots of light are good for garden paths. Space the lights at equal distances along the path you want illuminated.
Blue tinted lights allow for a moonlight-type mood in your garden landscape.

Heinen Landscape is Kansas City’s yard expert and can help you with outdoor lighting, landscape design, and much more. Give Heinen a call at 913-432-5011 for your free estimate.

KVC and Ball Conference Center to Receive Extreme Heinen Landscape Makeover

Heinen Landscape and Irrigation to bring their entire company out for a one-day landscape makeover at KVC Health Systems – an Olathe nonprofit and national leader in adoption, child welfare education – all pro-bono!

On Wednesday, September 2, 2015, the Heinen team (approx. 20 individuals) will spend the entire day transforming and beautifying the landscape at KVC’s headquarters and its sister venue, the Ball Conference Center. Heinen has partnered with several vendors including House of Rocks and KAT Nurseries to obtain all landscape materials for the project including trees, shrubs, plants, and granite patio areas. The entire project is at no cost to KVC – and will be completed (mostly) in one day!

KVC plan 2015Dave Heinen, owner of Heinen Landscape, said of the special event, “Adoption and finding lifetime homes for children is an important cause. And KVC does a great job uniting kids and families. Our people really wanted to take the time to help a great cause in our community, and KVC was a perfect fit.”

This will be a fast, fun and exciting event that will include a lunchtime cookout for the landscaping team and a mutual end of project celebration where the KVC staff will emerge for the “big reveal”!

In its 45-year history, KVC has grown from a local home for at-risk boys to a national organization touching the lives of over 50,000 children and families each year.

Heinen Landscape and Irrigation is a full service landscape company based in Merriam, Kansas that has served both residential and commercial customers in Kansas City for over 25 years.

Facts about Lotus Flowers

Dave Heinen shares the above image of a Lotus Flower in his own Kansas City backyard landscaping 

Facts about Lotus Flowers from the Flower Expert
  • The Lotus is a sacred flower for Buddhists.
  • In Egyptian mythology, the Lotus is associated with the sun, because it bloomed by day and closed by night. The Lotus is even believed to have given birth to the sun.
  • The roots of the Lotus are planted in the soil of the pond or river bottom, while the leaves float on top of the water surface. The Lotus flowers are usually found on thick stems rising several centimeters above the water.
  • The Lotus flowers, seeds, young leaves and rhizomes are all edible. In Asia, the petals are sometimes used for garnish, while the large leaves are used as a wrap for food.
 Lotus Plant Care
  • The Lotus plant should be fertilized sparingly for the first year.
  • Too much fertilizer may cause the Lotus foliage to burn.
  • A Lotus plant that is established can be fed every 3 or 4 weeks during the growing season.
  • Care must be taken when inserting fertilizer tabs, because the growing tip and new growth can be damaged.
  • It is important to protect the Lotus roots from freezing.
  • Lotus can winter over in the pond if the pond depth is below the freeze line for your area.
  • In late fall, the yellowed foliage should be cut off and the plant lowered to the deepest part of the pond.
  • Or you may lift the tubers after the plant has died back during the fall.
  • If you lift the tubers, store them in a cool, frost-free location until late spring.
  • To help prevent mildew and rotting, store them in living sphagnum moss.

Contact Heinen today with questions and ideas for your own flower garden 

Rain Damage

Heavy rains, particularly when they persist over an extended period, place stresses on plants in our landscapes. Plants native to drier climates are particularly vulnerable to this type of weather. This article from Nola.com shares information about why too much water is bad for your yard and how to fix it.

The harm of excess

Since plants need water, what’s the issue with too much rain?

Although soil may seem rather solid, there are lots of spaces between the particles. These spaces hold air and water, and the roots of plants need both. Roots absorb oxygen from the air spaces in the soil.

When it rains or you water a plant growing in a container, all of the spaces in the soil fill with water, and the air is displaced. Gravity pulls on the water and it moves downward. As it does, air moves back into the soil spaces.

If rain occurs frequently over an extended period, the air spaces in the soil are kept filled with water. This deprives the roots of the oxygen they need.

If these conditions continue long enough, the roots stop functioning properly and may even begin to die. Although the soil is filled with water, the roots will not absorb it. This can cause plants to wilt, even though the soil is wet.

At this point, the roots are also more vulnerable to attack by fungal organisms in the soil that cause root rot. Root rot infections are highly damaging to the roots and are often fatal.

The best defense

Our major defense against this happening is to make sure our landscape plants are growing in well-drained situations. Our primary tool to achieve this is planting in raised beds.

Whether we are planting shrubs, bedding plants, perennials, vegetables or ground covers, the beds we prepare for them should be about 6 to 12 inches higher than the surrounding soil.

Raised beds drain faster and dry out more quickly than ground-level beds. I hear gardeners complain during dry periods that raised beds may need to be watered more often — and this is often true. Still, we can irrigate and make sure plants have adequate water.

But when it rains frequently and excessively over a long period, there is little we can do as gardeners to deal with the situation. Planting in raised beds, however, gives our landscape plants an added advantage.

Creating a raised bed is typically accomplished when we turn the soil and add organic matter during bed preparation. The turning of the soil and the addition of several inches of organic matter elevates the bed about 6 inches. Or, beds are elevated when extra soil is brought in. Raised beds in landscapes typically do not have a structure, such as boards or bricks, enclosing the bed.

In vegetable gardens, vegetables are planted in raised rows or raised beds. In raised rows, the soil in the garden is pulled up into long, rows elevated about 8 inches or more. Raised beds usually are enclosed with 2-by-12- inch boards.

Drainage is the key

So, what have we learned? We must not forget to consider drainage when designing beds and choosing plants. Drainage issues need to be addressed during the installation of the beds. There’s not much we can do to improve drainage once the planting is done.

If you have a low area that tends to stay wet, and you don’t want to put in a raised bed, you can certainly landscape the area with plants that enjoy wet soils. It is often better to choose plants adapted to the drainage in an area, rather than to try and radically change it.

Sometimes drainage systems may need to be installed. The best time to evaluate the movement of water off of your property is during a heavy rain, after it has rained for a while.

Put on your rubber boots and grab an umbrella and head outside. You will be able to clearly see how the water is flowing across your property, where it is exiting and what might be done to improve its movement off of your property. A licensed landscape architect can help design and install drainage when needed.

Even with good drainage, you must choose plants that are adapted to the amount of rainfall we get. If you read a plant description that indicates a plant prefers to be dry in winter, it will have difficulty thriving in our climate.

Heinen Landscape is Kansas City’s yard expert and can help you with drainage and erosion control, landscape design, and much more. Give Heinen a call at 913-432-5011 for your free estimate.

 

Low-Maintenance Landscape for Outdoor Living

Daydreaming about a glorious new backyard is fun pastime for many of us. The picture in our mind is usually of the completed project – not the heavy lifting needed in constructing one’s own personal paradise. As dreams turn to reality, homeowners find that there are several factors that effect the overall success of their project – not the least of these being factors such as droughts, flooding, maintenance, and more and more conservation and environmental concerns. At Heinen Landscaping we have seen a major shift in homeowners’ preferences in plants, grass, and hardscape materials. With the help of a recent Houzz.com survey, we completed a list of the latest low-maintenance backyard trends.

Heinen_003Out with the lawn and in with a flagstone patio. Or so say homeowners surveyed in the 2015 Houzz Landscaping & Garden Trends survey. Respondents in the May survey said they want a beautiful, low-maintenance landscape that supports relaxed outdoor living. And they are making substantial changes to achieve this. They’re adding paving and garden beds, renovating or building new structures, and redoing their overall yards. And, while plants that are attractive and easy to maintain are king in the Houzz landscape survey, environmental benefits are also driving gardening decisions.

The more substantial the project, the more likely the homeowner is to hire a landscape professional, with 59 percent working with a pro on major projects.

Three out of four homeowners are adding or updating structures. The top project (favored by nearly 45 percent), is a patio or terrace. The next popular updates are an arbor, a gazebo, a pergola or a trellis. Decks are the third most frequently cited project. Also, three-quarters of homeowners who are renovating are planning to add new outdoor living items — furniture and seating, grills and patio heaters are some of the most popular. Homeowners are also updating or adding new lighting systems, to allow outdoor lounging, dining and entertaining to extend well into the night.heinen_004

Outdoor living space might top homeowners’ lists of the most valued design aspects, but homeowners still want to garden in their own great-outdoors. In fact, gardening is the second most popular use of outdoor space, just behind relaxing (many even said they garden as a way to relax). Homeowners are also gardening to “nurture nature.” More than 40 percent of homeowners said they plan to incorporate plants that attract butterflies, bees or hummingbirds, or are drought resistant or native

Additionally, homeowners across the country are thinking about how to deal with water — either too much or not enough. Drainage and flooding comprise the top challenge addressed during outdoor upgrades, with drought and water shortages being the second most commonly addressed challenge. What does this mean when it comes to landscape features? Nearly one in five homeowners who plan to upgrade an outdoor space will add some sort of rainwater harvesting device, and 29 percent will add or update sprinklers or irrigation systems.

(Excerpts courtesy of houzz.com)

Ready to start planning your now backyard paradise? Give Heinen Landscape a call. After all, The best lawns and gardens in Kansas City have relied on Heinen Landscape and Irrigation for over 25 years for quality lawn care, sprinkler and irrigation system installation, their custom landscape and outdoor living area needs, and much, much more. We’re proud of the beautiful custom landscapes we’ve created – and also maintain, year after year. And, our competitive pricing allows you to customize a personal landscape plan that meets your landscape goals – and your budget. Call Debbie at Heinen Landscape at (913) 432-5011 to schedule a complementary landscape consultation and a free estimate.