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Bulbs: Add To Your Warsaw, In Landscaping

Dig a hole, put the bulb into the hole.  You’re done!

Bulbs add color to your landscaping in early spring in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN.

If you would like to add alot of color to your landscaping beds for your Warsaw, In and Syracuse, IN home or lake house, think about adding some bulbs to your landscape beds.  Spring bulbs add loads of color to your landscape and will make you the envy of all your neighbors in Warsaw and Syracuse.

How To Install The Bulbs:

The size of the hole should be proportional to the size of the bulb.  Small bulb, small hole.  You get the idea.  You can buy a bulb digger at a local garden store in Warsaw or Syracuse.  The best thing we have found for installing bulbs in Warsaw and Syracuse is a drill with an auger bit.  You can buy one by clicking here.

The bulbs have and up and a down so orient the bulb roots downward into the hole and the growing tip upward.  Cover with dirt then forget about them until spring.

Types of Bulbs:

There are so many types of bulbs that we can’t list them all here.  CLICK HERE for more information about bloom times, colors, bloom lengths, height, and other information about bulbs that we install for our clients throughout Warsaw and Syracuse.

How Many Bulbs?

Bulbs Add Color To Your Warsaw, IN Home

The first thing you want to do in your Warsaw, In landscaping is to figure out where you want to have the color explode next spring.  Where do you want the bulbs to be planted?  Measure the area and use this handy dandy CALCULATOR to help you decide just how many bulbs you will need for your space.

When To Plant in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN?

October, November and December are the best months to plant bulbs in northern Indiana, especially in the Warsaw, Culver, Winona Lake, Syracuse, Columbia City, and Ft. Wayne areas.  This MAP will help you better understand when the best time to plant in Warsaw, IN.

Need Help Planting Your Bulbs?

WLM, Inc. can help with that as well.  We have a program that is becoming wildly popular with our Warsaw and Syracuse clients.  During a fall clean up we can install the bulbs so you have loads of color this spring.  Call our office to learn more or click here.

Trends in Retaining Wall for Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN

Retaining wall blocks add dimension and definition to your outdoor living spaces. Whether utilizing a retaining wall to control sloped hillsides in your lawn or lakeside cottage, or to add additional space for a brick paver patio or outdoor living space, retaining walls can help in many ways and help solve your landscape problems.

Terraced Retaining Walls

Retaining walls can be used to convert a sloped lawn or backyard into a space that is now usable for the whole family. You can also terrace retaining walls to create level spaces for planting beds or additional patio space.

Raised Gardens with Retaining Walls

A new trend that we are finding in Warsaw, Syracuse, Leesburg, Ft. Wayne, Columbia City, Winona Lake and Culver is the construction of raised gardens. Raised Gardens can take your landscaping to a new level and add alot of visual interest and color with perennial plants to your existing landscape or patio area.

Outdoor Space Room Definition

The use of seating walls, pillars, and the combination of the two can help define your outdoor brick paver patio in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN.

Outdoor Kitchens

Patios bring families closer together.

Outdoor kitchens are probably the fastest growing segment of all the hardscape installations we install in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN. These outdoor kitchen and bar areas can be completely customized to allow the best use of space for large or small areas.

Pillars & Columns

Don’t forget about adding a Pillar to your project.  They can even be installed as mailboxes and have lighting installed under the cap for additional interest.

Fall in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN. What To Do?

Landscape Maintenance in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN

It won’t be long and a color will wash all the deciduous trees in the Warsaw, Winona Lake, Syracuse, Ft. Wayne, Columbia City and Culver areas with the magnificent color of fall foliage.  October in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN is one of the busiest time of our landscaping season only second to April through June.

Our fall clean up and landscape maintenance work will culminate in December, when hard pruning begins, but for now it’s all hands on deck to get our fall project work completed and fall leaf clean ups finished.

Here is a list of things that your Warsaw, IN landscape will need as we move into fall.

  1. Fall in Warsaw, IN brings some of the best weather conditions for starting new plantings.  As the weather cools and the days get shorter, many plants grow roots deeper into the soils more easily so now is a great time to install a new landscape, renovate your existing landscape, or transplant some of your existing plant material.  Now is also a good time to overseed your lawn.
  2. Propagate.  Are there any plants in your Syracuse, IN landscaping that you would like to reproduce?  How about taking cutting before the first frost?  Now is a good time to do both if you live in Warsaw, IN or Syracuse, IN.
  3. Germinate.  Fall is a great time to plant seeds or overseed your lawn.  Now is also a good time to start a wildflower garden from seed.
  4. Frost Protection. In Warsaw, IN, frost and potential freezing isn’t far off and your delicate plants will need some protection if you want them to look good next season.
  5. Feeding.  If you own a home in Warsaw or Syracuse, fall is a great time to fertilize your plants so they aren’t nutrient deficient next spring.  Use fertilizers made specifically for the plant.  Fall is also the best time of year to feed your lawn.  Need a lawn fertilization program?  We can help you there as well. 
  6. Weeds.  Don’t be afraid to put down some more pre-emergent herbicide in your landscape beds that will give you even better weed control next spring and summer.

Mulch In Your Warsaw, IN Landscaping

Mulching your landscape beds in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN will help prevent weed growth.

Installing mulch in your landscape beds every year is a great idea for many reasons.  Mulch can be added to your landscaping during any time of the year if you live or own a lake house in Warsaw or Syracuse.

Most people in Warsaw believe that mulch attracts bugs and insects that can damage the home or landscape.  That is somewhat true only if the mulch is an inferior product!  At WLM, Inc. we use only a shredded hardwood mulch and not left over construction debris that is ground up, dyed and sold as a landscape mulch.  Not all mulch is the same so be careful which supplier or contractor you choose for your mulching needs.

How to tell if you have bad mulch:

  • mulch floats when it rains
  • color fades quickly
  • large chunks of wood in the mulch
  • trash and other debris in the mulch

Benefits of Mulching Your Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN Landscaping:

  • Retains soil moisture up to 75% and reduces watering
  • Mulch decomposes over time and turns to a compost which feeds the plants
  • Makes the landscape look brand new every season
  • Reduces weed germination and growth
  • Invites desirable insects to your landscape beds
  • Reduces heat stress to landscaping plant material
  • Allows Warsaw homeowners the ability to plant additional flowers with less effort

Every spring and into summer, our crews are out in the Warsaw, Winona Lake, Syracuse, Leesburg, Ft. Wayne, Columbia City, Culver and North Webster areas installing mulch for our clients.  If you need help keeping your landscaping beds cleaned up and mulched, please reach out to our office located in Warsaw, IN.

 

Plant Your Bulbs NOW for Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN Springtime Color

Tulip Bulbs For Spring Color in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN

Who doesn’t want color in their landscaping beds just after winter releases it’s grip of winter if you live in Warsaw, Syracuse, Columbia City, Winona Lake, Ft. Wayne or Leesburg?  Of course you do!

How do you get beautiful early season color in your landscape?  Plant tulip bulbs!  Bulbs of all sizes, colors, and bloom periods are available now and need to be planted this fall in order to get the most out of your landscape next season.  Landscaping in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN doesn’t have to be enjoyed only in the summer months.  Your Warsaw, IN landscaping can be enjoyed alot sooner than your neighbors if you plant bulbs this fall.

How Do You Get Them?  Wihebrink Landscape Management, Inc. can help with that as well.  We can plant any color of bulb you would like into your landscaping for you this fall while we are cleaning up the debris from fall. Last season we planted thousands of bulbs in our clients landscaping and they got to enjoy beautiful late winter/early spring color before all their neighbors.

Tulip Bulbs For Spring Color in Warsaw

How Much Does It Cost?  Pricing can vary, but in general, it will cost homeowners in Warsaw, In and Syracuse, In about $100 per 100 bulbs installed in your landscaping.  That is not a bad price considering that WLM takes care of all the work.  We order the bulbs and install them in your landscaping.  The more you order, the lower the cost per 100.

What’s Next?  Call our office to get scheduled.  Paul can stop out and show you the different options for your Warsaw landscaping and how the bulbs will create interest and color that your neighbors won’t have.

Thistle: How To Combat It In Your Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN Landscaping

Thistle in your Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN Landscaping

“I have a problem with Thistle in my landscape beds at our lake house in Syracuse, IN.  How do I get rid of them?”  —  Lake Wawasee Client of WLM, Inc.

Canadian Thistle is an invasive weed reaching 2-5 feet in height that is difficult to eradicate because it is a perennial, in addition to being a prolific seed producer.  The seeds can survive for more than 20 years and germinate quickly when conditions are just right in Warsaw, IN  and Syracuse, IN.  This plant also has an extensive underground root system that will germinate more weeds.

It’s a cool season perennial and actively grows in the spring and fall in the Warsaw, Syracuse, Culver, Ft. Wayne, Winona Lake, Leesburg, and Columbia City areas.  Growth slows during hot weather like we have during our summers.  Flowers are generally produced in early to mid June with seeds fully developed by early July in the Warsaw, IN areas.  The timing can vary each year depending on growing conditions.  As we have seen here in the Warsaw, IN area, landscapes woke up later than most years even though we had a very mild winter for the second year in a row.

Controlling Thistle:  A key to controlling Thistle in your Warsaw, IN landscaping is to treat early before it has a chance to produce seeds and develop a large network of rhizomes under the ground.  If you lack the time to take more aggressive  action in summer, then make sure to cut off the flowers before they seed.  Mowing and repeated cutting of the plants will prevent the production of seeds and slowly starve the plant, but will not likely kill them.  The extensive root system means that you will need to dig out the roots for a LONG period of time as they will quickly start to come back and make more.

Herbicide Treatment:  We have found with our Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN customers that treating thistle with herbicide works really well along with repeat Landscape Maintenance Visits.  Fall is probably the best time to treat thistle with herbicide if you own a house in Warsaw, Syracuse, Winona Lake, Culver, Ft. Wayne or Columbia City.  Another good time to treat is in the spring.  There are selective herbicide options but we warn that spraying these chemicals without experience can cause other landscaping issues like killing other desirable plant material.  Spraying thistle in your landscaping will also require several treatments over a long period of time and we have found that homeowners in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN just don’t have the time and forget to spray on a regular schedule.

A healthy and well maintained lawn and landscaping in Warsaw and Syracuse will promote dense turf and healthy plants that will compete with these weeds.

Crazy Things You Might Not Know About WLM

Wihebrink Landscape Management, Inc. located in Warsaw, In and serving Syracuse, Leesburg, Culver, Ft. Wayne, Columbia City, North Webster, Winona Lake and all the lakes in the Kosciusko county area has some pretty unique things that make us alot different than most landscape companies.

Here are some Crazy Things You Might Not Know About WLM:

  1.  We have two Purdue University graduates with degrees in Horticulture & Landscape Design.
  2.  We employ nearly 23 people during the peak of the landscape season.
  3.  WLM is a full time, year round employer.  We do not lay off in the winter.
  4. We do company cookouts at our shop/office in Warsaw before all three summer holiday weekends.
  5. We have an all woman crew!  That’s right, we an entire crew entirely staffed with women.  Paula leads that crew with over 14 years of experience at WLM.
  6. WLM has two staff people in the office full time to help provide administrative support and customer support.  No other company in our area provides better customer support.
  7. We provide our clients with design options for your landscape project.  Most only provide you with one option and hope you love it.
  8. Our shop is the cleanest you’ll ever find!  And so are the trucks.
  9. We have had every college and university in Indiana represented at our company at some point except Notre Dame.  Not really sure why???
  10. WLM employs individuals with disabilities.  We don’t consider them disabilities, but special gifts that we could only see.  

Fundamental Foundation of Outdoor Decor for your Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN Home

Decking is more than a surface to set a lawn chair on or to roll out the grill for the weekend cookout in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN.  It’s the fundamental foundation in the exterior decor.  Homeowners should take thoughtful consideration when selecting a product – not just the color and finish of the material but also the function, maintenance and durability.

There are alternatives to pouring a slab of concrete, with pavers becoming the go-to decking material for residential applications in Warsaw, Syracuse, Culver, Leesburg, Winona Lake, and all of Kosciusko County.  Travertine, natural stone, porcelain and simulated wood are taking the lead in the exterior landscape installation projects in Warsaw & Syracuse especially.

As the top installer in Warsaw & Syracuse for hardscape products and projects, Wihebrink Landscape Management, Inc. offers our clients a wide selection of pavers including the hottest trends in exterior flooring and brick pavers.

Our projects are designed to serve more that a functional purpose other than gray concrete.  We want people in Warsaw, Winona Lake & Syracuse areas to use these products in a way that look great and make them look forward to spending time outside.  We can help the design and product selections.

Tips For Planning the ‘Phased’ Landscape Project in Warsaw & Syracuse

Planning The Perfect Project for Your Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN Landscape

Sometimes, it’s just not feasible to build your dream outdoor living space all at once in Warsaw, IN or Syracuse, IN.  When building one phase at a time, proper upfront planning can save time, money and headaches.

Tip #1:  Choose a qualified design/build contractor

A large outdoor living brick paver patio for your Warsaw, Culver, Ft. Wayne, Columbia City, Syracuse, Winona Lake, or Leesburg home is an important investment.  Don’t trust that investments to just anyone.  With a smaller job, an installation contractor is fine, but in order to properly plan a job that will be built in phased, you’ll need someone with design skills.  For more information about how to choose the right Landscape Contractor, visit this blog site from Belgard Hardscapes, Tips for Choosing a Hardscape Contractor.

Tip #2:  Design your complete dream outdoor space upfront

You can always scale it back, but it can be much less costly to design something that is never built than to retrofit a space later.  This is especially true if future footings or underground utilities will be needed.  Many contractors charge a fee for the design, but often credit back that fee when the work is done.  WLM, Inc. does charge for their designs and also credits that fee back.  WLM, Inc. also has the ability to create 3-D renderings and Fly-Through Videos that will allow you to virtually walk through the design so you can truly get a feel for how you would live in that space.  This can help you catch potential issues with the layout prior to construction.  This service is only available to Belgard Authorized Contractors.  Check out some of our Fly-Through Videos. 

Tip #3:  Pre-plan for future phases

Outdoor Living

When you’re planning an outdoor living space for your home in Warsaw, Winona Lake or Syracuse, think of what you would plan for an indoor living space.  Think of lighting, music, televisions, cooking needs, and gas or electric appliances.  Consider the local climate in Warsaw and Syracuse and at the lake and about keeping warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  Running utilities all at once, including those that you won’t need until later, can be a huge cost savings.  Also, if you plan to add other elements like a fire pit, fire place, outdoor bar, pergola, hot tub, etc., it’s good to plan those things out now rather than later.

Tip #4:  Consider your lifestyle

When planning out the phases, discuss your lifestyle with your contractor so that you can plan the phases that will work best with your budget.  For example, if a design includes alot of elements it could look like this:  1. Patio  2. Kitchen  3. Fireplace  4. Seating Walls  5. Lighting and Sound.

Tip #5:  Look for opportunities to reduce the number of phases

Efficiency can be achieved by building in fewer phases.  We offer the Belgard Preferred Payment Program, which can help you build more at one time and spread the cost out over several months with same as cash financing options.

Phlox in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN is a great perennial for your garden

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

Phlox is a perennial that is great for Zone 5 gardens like ours in Warsaw and Syracuse.  As a landscape contractor in Warsaw and Syracuse, we love to use new plants but always come back to some older varieties that perform well in our area.  Phlox is one of them.  It is native to eastern United States from New York to Georgia and really performs well in Warsaw and Syracuse.

It is easy to grow Phlox from cuttings/transplants so feel free to move them around your landscape beds and gardens or share them with your neighbors.  If you are interested in a landscape renovation, landscape design, or landscape installation and you like Phlox be sure to make that known at the Initial Consultation.  Because there are so many varieties available for landscape contractors in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN it’s easy to find a type of Phlox for almost any garden.

Fall is the best time for planting in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN and now is the perfect time to start the planning process.  If you are considering a landscape project and live in Warsaw or Syracuse, contact your local landscape company and start now so that you can enjoy your new planting beds the remainder of this season and have a jump start on 2018.