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A Balanced Landscape for your Warsaw, IN Landscaping

Phlox is a great perennial for your landscape in Warsaw, Winona Lake, and Syracuse.

One of the comments I hear most as I meet with clients in Warsaw, Syracuse, Leesburg, and Winona Lake is “I would really like to have a balanced landscape and plantings.” Balance means alot of different things to different people throughout the greater Warsaw, In area. In this post, I would like to provide some explanation of what I consider to be a balanced landscape.

Me idea of a balanced landscape in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN includes proper scale, flowing design, easy maintenance, evergreen and deciduous shrubs and trees, perennial and annual flowers, water, sunlight, shade and good air movement. In Warsaw, Winona Lake, and Syracuse there is no shortage of water as most properties are either on the water or near it.

Proper Scale

A landscape should reflect the the size and scale of your home or lake house. This means that in time, mature plantings should appear that they belong. Wise choices avoid the pitfalls of designs that incorporate planting that are too large, too small, and too many or too few. All of us have seen foundation plantings that cover windows and crowd out walkways or hedges so think that plants are diseased and sickly. A landscape in Warsaw or Syracuse should express the uniqueness of the homeowner while enhancing the architecture. There is no right or wrong but a casual passerby should see the home and the landscape as one beautifully framed picture.

Flowing Design

A design integrates the needs of the homeowner with the use of the outdoor spaces created. I like an easy traffic pattern that moves one from the front of the home to the rear or lakeside with color and interest, while positioning service areas for air conditioners, pool equipment, trash cans, and storage sheds for quick accessibility but not necessarily in the line of vision. For those of you that live or have cottages on one of our many lakes in Warsaw, Winona Lake, Syracuse, North Webster, Leesburg or Culver, getting all that lake gear from the garage to the lake can be a problem. Traffic patterns become critical.

Next week I will continue with this blog post by providing more details on maintenance, planting suggestions, and water requirements.

Warsaw, IN Trends in Brick Pavers and Retaining Walls

Brick Paver Patio with Fire Pit in Warsaw, IN

Most people agree that despite the old saying, things are not necessarily the same all over. Whether we are talking about clothes, food or interior design, what is popular in New York isn’t always as popular in Warsaw, IN or Syracuse, IN. Especially for landscaping and brick pavers and retaining wall products and projects. WLM, Inc. knows this better than any other landscape company in Warsaw, IN. Looking at the projects we have installed for our Warsaw, In and Syracuse, IN clients over the past 5 years provided us with some insights on which styles and colors are rising in popularity in different areas of our market. People that live on the water/lakes have different styles than homeowners who live in town Warsaw, IN.

Trending Styles

When looking at which styles of pavers are trending, we looked back at the landscaping projects we have installed for our Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN clients. We looked at colors, textures, and shapes to determine which brick pavers were the most popular for our clients. The trend leans towards smooth-faced pavers in large formats or sizes. Rectangular shaped pavers with a mixture of grey and tan colors are the predominant color blends for brick paver patios installed by WLM, Inc. in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN. Of course, there are some projects that had varying products installed and varying style attributes.

Brick Paver Patio with Fire Pit in Warsaw, IN

Trending Landscape Retaining Wall Styles in Warsaw, IN

Looking back at the projects installed in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse we decided to divide the retaining wall block materials into two categories. Texture and Pattern. The trends we discovered in our Warsaw, In landscaping market are a contemporary modular pattern in color tones that compliment the brick pavers. The texture varies widely by where the project is installed throughout the county. For years, the trend in Warsaw, In retaining wall block was the rough faced split stone but now WLM, Inc. is seeing a more tailored chiseled stone look becoming popular with our clients.

How Will Cold Temps Effect Your Landscape Plants in Warsaw, IN?

Winter will have an effect on your landscape plants in Warsaw, IN.

Winter has arrived in full force in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN this late January and the temperatures have dropped to near zero in the past few days. The weather in Warsaw, IN so far this winter has been pretty mild and we haven’t had alot of snow in the area, but that has changed in the past few days.

The forecast is predicting some of the coldest temperatures in recent memory for the Warsaw, IN area and we don’t have much, if any, snow cover to help insulate the ground and our landscaping plants.

What is winter dormancy and how does it affect my landscape plants in Warsaw, IN? Winter dormancy is a way of the landscape plantings coping with conditions too cold for growth. With the onset of cold temperatures and shorter nights, plants begin to do dormant. Deciduous trees will drop their leaves and evergreens may drop some needles but not all of them. Perennials will die back to the ground and survive under ground until warmer temperatures show back up in Warsaw, IN.

With winter in Warsaw, IN, dormancy has two stages. The first is a period when a dormant plant is incapable of growth even in temperatures warm up. With this stage of dormancy, a plant waits for a particular signal that says its OK to begin growing.

Usually this signal is triggered by a cold period of varying length, depending on where you live. The purpose is to prevent the plant from starting growth during an unseasonable period only to be killed when temperatures suddenly drop back to normal. Once the cold period requirement is satisfied, the plant is likely out of danger from a serious refreeze and becomes ecto-dormant.

These extremely cold temperatures that we are experiencing now and in the near forecast will have an effect on the health of your landscape plantings because of the lack of snow cover. Don’t be surprised if some of your more delicate plants struggle in the upcoming season or even don’t make it to the spring flush of growth. The extremely cold temperatures and lack of insulating snow will be the cause.

Why Plants in Warsaw, IN Go Dormant in Winter

Whether we realize it or not, most of us in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN have an impression of what it means when landscaping plants do dormant. The beautiful autumn leaves are part of the process of trees shutting down. And , the buds and greens of spring are the end of the process. The bare branches in between, during the winter, illustrates dormancy.

Q: Why do leaves turn color on trees in the fall?
A: The leaves change colors in Warsaw, IN because sugars and chlorophyll are laving them to conserve and store energy when it’s at a premium: winter. Then the leaves fall from the trees for the winter in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN landscapes.

This dormancy is a state of metabolic inactivity for the landscaping plants and trees in the Warsaw area. That’s why we don’t say that annual plants go dormant, they simply just die and don’t grow back next year.  Perennial Plants in Warsaw, IN do not actually die in the winter months.  They more or less hibernate for the winter, living on the sugar reserves they compile during the rest of the year.

While most of us in Warsaw, IN think of winter as being cold, there is another characteristic that is very relevant.  The further away from the equator you are, the shorter the days become in the winter.  Shorter days mean less sunlight and photosynthesis and less plant food.

Even if trees in your landscaping in Warsaw, IN were active in the winter, the water moving through the tree would freeze due to our severe winter temperatures.

Give Back To Our Community in Warsaw, IN

Giving Back.

Everyone at Wihebrink Landscape Management, Inc. in Warsaw, IN really enjoys giving back to our community especially if it involves children. We had the opportunity to help kindergarten kids at Washington Elementary in Warsaw, In plant some bulbs that will bloom in the spring time. We then come back and help the kids dig up the bulbs so that can take them home to their family and plant in their own gardens.

Giving back is something that WLM, Inc. has been doing for years. Some of our other favorite ways to give back is to help Cardinal Services of Indiana with their landscape maintenance needs at their facility in Warsaw, IN.

Eco Friendly Brick Pavers In Warsaw, IN

Eco Friendly Brick Pavers or Permeable Pavers are not new to the Warsaw and Winona Lake area and they certainly are not new to brick paving. Eco Friendly Brick Pavers are gaining alot of attention and momentum across the country as a solution to alot of hard surface problems like runoff, drainage, retention ponds, pollution, and erosion just to name a few.

Eco Friendly, or Permeable Brick Pavers, are a great solution to your brick paving needs if you need to create additional parking spots for overflow traffic at your Warsaw, In house or lake cottage but don’t want to give up the look of your green space. Turfstone buy Belgard, is a great option for additional parking spaces at your lake house in Warsaw, In or Winona Lake, IN but want to keep as much yard space as possible.

Some homeowners in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN would like to have a surface that looks more like brick pavers instead of a green lawn area.  Permeable Pavers come in a large variety of styles and colors.  Unilock has a great product line that provides homeowners who desire a permeable brick paver area.

Permeable Pavers are designed to allow almost all of the water from rainfall to be able to be reclaimed back into the existing soils.  Permeable Pavers allow for larger gaps between the brick pavers which allows water to drain through the surface into a base material underneath.  Rather than rainwater running off over the top of the traditional asphalt driveway or parking lot into a storm water retention system, the water seeps through the permeable pavers system and through a series of open graded layers of base material.  This base layer can accommodate a tremendous  amount of water depending on the deign of the system.  Water can also be collected and used for things like irrigation or washing cars.

Proper watering is the most important element to maintain healthy plants. It is most favorable to the plant to water in the morning hours. If this is not possible, sometime in the evening hours after 5 p.m. is the next best time. Please carefully follow the instructions below to ensure the survival of your investment. 

Trees: Soak the root ball of shade and ornamental trees by placing the hose on one side of the tree, about 6” from the trunk. Turn on the hose so that it’s a slow trickle, with just a pencil-thin water stream coming out. Let the hose sit there for about 20 minutes. After that time, move the hose to the opposite side of the tree and let it sit there for another 20 minutes. Do this 2-3 times per week under normal, 70 – 80 degree days, and more often during hotter and drier days.

Shrubs: Soak root ball for 30 seconds to a minute on all sides of the plant, every day for 2 weeks during hot, dry conditions. Cut back to every other day for the following 2 weeks, or during cool or wet periods.

Perennials: Water for 15-45 seconds every day for 2 weeks during hot, dry conditions, or as often as is necessary. During extremely hot, dry conditions watering may be required twice daily. However, under normal conditions once per day is sufficient.

Fertilizing

All plants were fertilized with a slow-release fertilizer upon installation. All fertilizing for trees, shrubs, and perennials should be done in the spring with a slow-release, granular fertilizer. Although it is not necessary for the plant’s survival if it hasn’t been experiencing stressful conditions, it is beneficial until the plant’s root system has become well-established. All annuals should be sprayed with a high-nitrogen liquid fertilizer every three weeks during the growing season.

Pruning

Shrubs and trees will require little to no pruning for the first few growing seasons. However, once pruning becomes necessary, it is recommended to have a professional maintenance company do all trimming and pruning since each species has different pruning requirements. Most perennials should be cut back to 1-2” from the ground in the fall once they have started to die back. Grasses can be cut back to 2-3” from the ground in either late fall/early winter or early spring before the new growth starts to come up.

Sprinkler System Service & Repairs in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN

Are you in need of a reliable company in Warsaw, IN or Syracuse, IN to help with your sprinkler system repairs? 

You are in luck!  We help homeowners in Warsaw, Winona Lake, Syracuse, Leesburg, Lake Wawasee, Lake Tippecanoe, Webster Lake, North Webster, Chapman Lake and other surrounding areas of Kosciusko County with their sprinkler system service and repair needs.

What does a Sprinkler System Start Up look like for your Warsaw or Syracuse sprinkler system?  We have a great Irrigation System Program that will allow you to customize to your sprinkler system needs and budget.

What should you look for when hiring a company to provide service for your Warsaw, IN or Syracuse, IN sprinkler system?  The first thing you should consider is if they answer the phone.  Having administrative support in the office is the key to providing great customer service.  The person in the office is also typically the individual who will schedule your sprinkler system service call.  Our Service Coordinator at WLM answers all phone calls and if for some reason Sonya is not able to answer the call, she will call you right back.

The next thing to consider when choosing a sprinkler system service company in Warsaw or Syracuse is do they return your phone calls?  We receive calls from several new clients on Lake Wawasee and Syracuse Lake in Syracuse, IN simply because their sprinkler system service company will not return their phone call.

You will also want to ask how many Technicians the company has on staff to service sprinkler systems in our area.  Some sprinkler service companies in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN will over book with customers and therefore can’t get to everyone.  Those sprinkler system service companies typically just react to whoever screams the loudest that day.  At WLM, we schedule all of our sprinkler system start ups, service calls and repairs, and winterization blow outs, several months ahead of time so we have these types of issues.

Training?  Does the sprinkler system company in Warsaw, IN or Syracuse, IN have proper training to perform repairs on your sprinkler system?  We send our Technicians to training seminars and classes throughout the season and in the winter months.  We stay on top of the latest trends in sprinkler system installations and repairs.  We also take advantage of the technology changes in the sprinkler system industry and install only the best products by Hunter and Rain Bird.

Other things to consider when selecting a company in Warsaw, IN or Syracuse, IN for your sprinkler system repair needs are the following:

  • Are they in marked trucks?
  • Does the Technician where a uniform?
  • Do they provide references if requested?
  • Have you noticed their trucks in your neighborhood?
  • Do they have a website?
  • Is their business run through a cell phone?
  • How long have they been in business?

All of the above information will be helpful if you are searching for a reliable company to service your Warsaw, IN or Syracuse, IN sprinkler system.

Watch this short video to learn more about sprinkler system installations and service in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN.

Unilock Brick Paver Patio in Warsaw, IN

Landscaping:  Brick Paver Patio.  Fire Pit.  Bar with Grill Area.  It’s all here!

This landscape project installed by WLM in Warsaw In has everything but the kitchen sink.  This project started as the winter weather began to leave Warsaw and allowed us to finally get some landscaping projects off the ground.

This landscaping project in Warsaw started out with having a deck that the homeowner couldn’t use for outdoor living and entertaining.  They also wanted to have a new landscape installed.  We were able to help them out by giving them an outdoor space and landscaping they will love.  Check out this video of what it will look like at completion.

With any new outdoor living area and landscaping, we have the capability to show the customer what the project will look like before it ever gets installed.  We install to manufacturers brick pavers for our landscaping projects in Warsaw, IN.  We install Belgard Hardscape Products.  We also install Unilock Brick Paver and Retaining Wall products in our Warsaw and Syracuse landscape projects.  The landscaping project in Warsaw we are featuring here is installed using Unilock brick pavers and retaining wall block.

Proper planning of your landscape project is the key to having a successful project installed smoothly.  Also, hiring the right contractor who has the skills and capabilities of installing complicated projects makes landscape projects successful.

We will update with more pictures and videos as the project takes shape.  You can also visit our website to learn more about outdoor living projects and landscape projects in Warsaw.

http://wlminc.biz/landscape-installation

 

Growing Landscape Plants: Climate Zones for Warsaw, IN

Planning a garden in Warsaw, IN or Syracuse, IN has numerous variables – location, sun, and water to name a few.  However, the most important question may be, “What plants will grow well in my Warsaw, In or Syracuse, IN climate?”

Climate can be described as an aggregate of weather conditions for a specific region like Warsaw or Syracuse, averaged over a relatively long period of time.  Climate is what the weather is statistically likely to be during any certain time of year in Warsaw.  Weather is what you think about when deciding how to dress for the day when you live in Warsaw or Syracuse.

Zones:  There are the USDA Hardiness Zones and the AHS Heat Zones.  We follow the USDA Hardiness Zones for planting in our areas of Warsaw and Syracuse for landscape installations.  In Warsaw, for landscaping, we are Zone 5.  There are 13 Zones based on average annual minimum temperatures using 10 degree increments.  These zones are then subdivided into separate 5 degree increments for better accuracy.

Hardiness zones indicate a plants cold tolerance or ability to survive a winter.  Zone 1 would be the coldest and zone 13 the warmest.  Again, in Warsaw and Syracuse, for landscaping and landscape plants, we are a Zone 5.