Landscapes of Distinction
19 Apr 2021
Lawn Tech Spraying Hydroseed

Hydroseeding Service in Northeast Ohio

Hydroseeding is a planting process that uses a slurry of seed and mulch that’s an alternative to broadcasting dry seed or laying sod. There are pros and cons to every process mentioned and each method of achieving a new or repaired lawn should be considered when you’re making your final decision.

Brian-Kyles Landscapes of Distinction works with you and gives you the best options you’re ready for your new lawn. For example, if you have a large property and starting from scratch, hydroseeding might be your best option.  If you have an existing lawn and it needs repairing, the more traditional approach could be the answer.

Like every planting process, hydroseed needs to be watered and cared for properly. Once the seed is sprayed down, the hydroseed slurry dries quickly and will need to be watered daily.

The Best Time of Year to Hydroseed

In Ohio, the best time of year to plant new grass is during early spring and in the fall. Those two seasons are the best no matter what process you use. If you need a new lawn in the summer, it’s best to wait until the fall. Your patience will pay off big time when spring arrives when you have a new and healthy lawn.

The Process of Hydroseeding

If hydroseeding is the route you want to take after talking to our team at Brian-Kyles, the process is fairly simple. First, the ground is prepared Brian-Kyle’s nationally certified lawn technicians. Then the hydroseed mixture can be sprayed onto your lawn. After that, watering and general maintenance are required to ensure proper growth.

If you need a new lawn or need help maintaining your property contact Brian-Kyles Landscapes of Distinction for an appointment. Our service area is Northeast Ohio and includes Cuyahoga County, Lorain County, and surrounding areas.

31 Mar 2021

Fixing Yard Damage from Snowplows Video

Kate from Brian-Kyles Landscapes of Distinction, takes you behind the scenes, showing you how professional landscapers repair lawn damage that could occur during winter months from snowplows.

Spring Lawn Maintenance Jump-Start

Typically snowplow damage is minimal, but sometimes it does happen. When the snow season ends, we check and repair the properties we service. This is usually around the edge of driveways where the lawn meets the concrete. After assessing the problem areas, we fix them and get lawns ready for the new season.

For more information, or to have this service added to your plan, feel free to contact Brian-Kyles

08 Mar 2021
Pruning plant

When and Why Do We Prune?

This time of year often fuels the need to have trees and shrubs trimmed or pruned. Although most of us want that immediate change in aesthetics, it is actually not the most ideal time to do so. Proper pruning practices are performed to aid in the health of the plant and not just to make an immediate aesthetic difference. The most common mistake is pruning at the wrong time and for the wrong reasons. So, when is the correct time to prune? The simple but technical answer is: based on common horticulture and industry practices!

Timelines

To start, there are two basic times that plants need to be pruned. Based on the type of plant being pruned most plants fall into these timelines:

  • Early-flowering shrubs – These shrubs should be pruned soon after flowering in late spring to early summer to promote flower buds for the following season. Yes, the buds you see in the fall are actually the flowers for the following spring!
  • Late-flowering/Fruit bearing shrubs – These should be pruned during their dormant time or just prior to the growth process for the season. These types of shrubs benefit from dormant pruning by not adding any extra stress onto them during the growing or hot and dry seasons.

Misconceptions

Often times pruning is done as a result of a lack of annual preventative maintenance and occurs once the plant is too large or overgrown for a particular area. This is where things get a little more involved and the patience starts to be tested. While we all want that immediate change in appearance, it is not always the best option of every plant or even plant type to make drastic changes to its size or shape in one season. Let’s face it, we all want them to look great while we are out in the summer enjoying the outdoors, but in order to do this, we need to maintain them annually. The best time to make these reduction cuts is during the dormant season. Reduction cuts promote new, desirable growth, which is why you don’t want to remove any more than 1/3 of the plant in one pruning. Removing more than this will promote excessive new stem development which is usually undesirable. However, over a few years of annual pruning, the size of the plant can be drastically reduced, but continue a natural form.

Another common misconception is that a shrub should be “sheared” to be pruned. Shearing is actually not pruning. It is done for a much different reason. Shearing is most often done to shape shrubs and hedges. The process of shearing involves the cutting of all branches and is not done to improve the health of shrubs, but to tightly shape or form a hedge. Shearing should be avoided unless special effects or hedges are desired. This type of trimming is normally done in late spring in order to maintain a tight shape or hedge by removing most of the new growth.

Thinning

On the other hand, with proper maintenance, most plants will only require cleaning and thinning methods. These methods removes branches that are dead, dying, diseased and/or defective. These cuts will increase light and air movement limiting the infestation of disease and allowing the plant to thrive through photosynthesis. Proper and sustained plant management will also lower costs involved with pruning.

At the end of the battle, it comes down to making the right decisions to improve health and appearance, as well as control or stimulate growth. These decisions start with the following:

Correctly pruning starting the same year that the plants are added to a landscape.
Pruning at the right times for each plant/plant type.
Pruning on an annual basis to avoid overgrowth for the given area.
Making the right cuts at the right times to improve health and appearance
For more information, or to have this service added to your plan, feel free to contact Brian-Kyles