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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!

5 Tips to Get Growing Again this Spring

You’ve been waiting patiently for spring to arrive – and so have your trees, shrubs, lawn and plants! The outdoor experts at Heinen know exactly what to do to give your outdoor living areas that fresh, spring look you’ve been waiting for! We’ve put together a list of a few things you can do to get your lawn and garden thriving and beautiful again after the cold months of winter.

1. Damage control – Assess your garden for any damage that occurred during the cold winter months. Clean excess leaves out of plant beds and add mulch to any areas that have thinned. Also, if any shrubs were pushed up by frost heave, replant them. Try not to step in muddy areas, as your footprints may compress the soil.

2. Water – This is important during the cool weeks and early spring, give your plants the water they’ll need on days when the sun does comes out. After all, that warm spring air is well on it’s way. (Having an irrigHeinen People Gardeningation system from Heinen Landscape in place is a sure way to make sure your plants are getting the
exact amount of water they need!)

3. Prune – Prune out all of the
branches that died over the cold winter months, or any branches that contrast with how you want your garden to look.

4. Fertilize – This can help your lawn and garden grow thick and lush this year. However, if it’s not used correctly, it can cause damage to your plants. Be sure to use it at the right time and give the right amount! Questions about fertilizing? Heinen can help, give us a call!

5. Add Some Color – Now that you have a clean surface and fertilized soil, you can get to the fun part! Be sure to pick the right flowers that
will thrive during the seasons you want them to, and be aware of the type of care they’ll need. Not sure the which flowers to plant where? Call Heinen.

These are just a few tips for your landscape and garden that will give them the jump start they need to spring into spring! There’s much to be done, so take it one project at a time. Downloading Heinen’s free “Guide to Kansas City Landscaping” can be a big help in getting you started.

And, if it all seems a little overwhelming, it might be time to call in the professionals! The landscape experts at Heinen will make sure your lawn and garden are flourishing and beautiful this spring and all year long. Call Debbie at (913)-432-5011 for a no obligation landscape evaluation and free estimate. Spring has sprung – now let’s get growing!

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