by Ashley Arroyo Ashley Arroyo

Start Planning for Spring!

This coming week on March 20th spring will officially arrive! After the big storm this past week, we aren’t feeling very spring like, but this is March so it’s time to start planning for spring! There are, of course, more good freezes to come too and if you think back to last April we had a few freezing days then. But once spring officially hits, be on the lookout for new growth on any trees and shrubs to get you excited. Even now, you may see some perennial shoots popping up out of the snow!

We are already hard at work planning for summer annuals, creating beautiful, eye-catching designs for your properties, and itching to get to work on them. Our design team is already working on their new designs and projects and are excited to get to work on those that we’ve taken on during the winter to get a jump on. 

Give us a call today and set up an appointment with us to discuss your spring project ideas. Our team has been helping northern New Jersey design landscaping plantings, install new turf or sod, install paver patios, retaining walls or redesigning entire layouts for over 30 years. In a few months, the backyard is going to be your living room, plan now to make it a fun place for family and friends to gather!

We take the responsibility of your project very seriously and it is our privilege to build and maintain it for you. Our creative, highly trained and qualified team are waiting to make your dreams for your landscape your reality. You deserve the best and we’ve got it, call us today!

 

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by mike mike

SOD vs. SEED

The green space on your commercial property used to look beautiful and lush, but now it’s looking bare or full of weeds! Consider doing some ground work this year and installing some new turf to brighten up your property. The question is do you use seed or sod? In this blog, we will go over the pros and cons of both and let you make the decision!

Seed Pros:

  • Undoubtedly the cheaper option
  • Able to develop a deep root system which may help it to last longer
  • Good for large areas

Seed Con’s

  • Timing is important when planting new seed, this option leaves you with two windows for planting which are late summer and early fall
  • Cultivation, aeration, dethatching and adding topsoil are needed to help the seed take root
  • Susceptibility to weeds
  • A seed needs time to germinate and grow, allow for about 6-8 weeks for a lush lawn

Sod Pro’s

  • Quick Results
  • Can be used for larger areas or for patch jobs
  • Timing is not an issue, sod can be put down any time of year

Sod Con’s

  • Sod Costs more than seed
  • More labor intensive than seed

The landscaping experts at DeCarlo Landscaping Design have been helping commercial property owners keep their properties full of lush lawn for over 30 years. We have the experience needed to determine whether your property would benefit from seed or sod and to help guide you through the process of choosing what is right for your property.

Let us help you to create the healthiest, vibrant property on the block. Although seeding and sodding achieve the same goal, the timing, budget and labor requirements make these methods very different. Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into with each process and as always, if you are unsure, ask for help from a commercial landscape expert.

 

by Ashley Arroyo Ashley Arroyo

Gardening Tips For Spring

Gardening Tips for Spring

Spring is here and it is time to put those green thumbs to work! Here are our top 5 spring tips that every gardener needs to put into action!

  1. Prune – This is a great time for you to prune! Early spring is when we suggest pruning your dormant plants such as roses, ornamental grasses and evergreen shrubs.
  2. Mulch – If you’re planning on using certain types of mulch, this is the time to do it. Remove all leaves and debris in the area where you’d like to mulch. This will help the mulch to do its job insulating root systems, retaining moisture and controlling weeds. Generally, we suggest a good coating of around 3 inches for the mulch.
  3. Fertilize – You can fertilize trees and shrubs with slow release fertilizer this time of year. Be sure to read directions properly and only apply what is recommended. Ruining your beautiful trees due to over fertilization is a costly mistake.
  4. Plant – Wait until after the last freeze and plant new trees and shrubs so that they get a full season of growth ahead.
  5. Prepare – Get your mower serviced and all garden tools sharpened and oiled. This will make sure that your tools are prepared and working at their optimal ability all season.

Missed out on the green thumb, or too busy to get to these tasks? You may be in need of our residential landscape maintenance services. DeCarlo Landscaping & Design helps to maintain many residential landscapes throughout the New Jersey area. We work hard to continually reseed, resod and replant as needed throughout the season to ensure your landscaping is always looking its best! Visit our page on landscape design to find out more about our landscaping maintenance service.