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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.

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.

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.  

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Snow & Cold Temperatures in Warsaw, IN Can Be Harmful & Helpful in your Landscaping

Summer is just around the corner in Warsaw & Syracuse!

It’s cold in Warsaw, IN and even though we haven’t had much snow, the cold temperatures can be both helpful and harmful for your landscaping.  Some of the effects are subtle and not noticeable but it doesn’t mean that they aren’t ready to present themselves.  There are even different insects in winter!!

The most fascinating is called the snow flea.  They are not like normal fleas.  They jump about looking for organic matter to eat and are harmless.  They are most noticeable when there’s about an inch or less of snow left with some turf or soil peaking through.

Cold also effects plant growth and hardiness.  Fruit trees like apple trees need a certain number of hours of cold to set buds that result in flowers and then produce apples.  As the frost line drops it effects plants in different ways.  If you live close to a lake or body of water like Lake Wawasee, Tippecanoe Lake, Chapman Lake, Winona Lake or the Barbee Chain (all located in Warsaw, Winona Lake, and Syracuse) the ground temperatures could either be lower or higher depending on the time of year.

Snow is a great insulator and stabilizes soil temperatures.  Too much snow can harm some plants and no snow at all is also not good for perennials and trees.  Here in northern Indiana it seems we either have a ton or none!

What Does A Landscaper In Warsaw, IN Do In The Winter?

What does a landscape company in Warsaw, In do in the winter months?  We clean up everything!  Here is a short video from a couple weeks ago about our Annual Office Clean Up Day at WLM, Inc.

Winter is not a time for everyone who performs landscape installations, brick paver patios, sprinkler system or lawn fertilization to just retire for a couple months.  We stay very busy getting ready to meet the needs of our clients from all over the county.  We also spend alot of time in education learning as much as possible about the newest plants for your landscape.  What are the latest outdoor living trends?  Brick Pavers?  Natural Stone?

We hope you enjoy this video and see you in the spring!

Springtime color for your Warsaw, In & Syracuse, In landscape

imageIn Warsaw, In and Syracuse, In the seasons are beginning to change. Now is the time of year to be thinking about adding some spring color to your landscape beds. Adding bulbs to your existing landscaping this fall will give your home some springtime POP before the weather warms up. We can help if you don’t know what bulbs to install.

This beautiful backyard poolside oasis can help bring your family closer together. We help our clients in Syracuse, Warsaw, Winona Lake, Ft. Wayne, Columbia City and Culver design and install backyard paradises so that they can spend more time with family and friends  the first step is to call our office at 574.268.2566 to schedule an Initial Consultation.

Private backyard brick paver patio in Warsaw, In.

Private backyard brick paver patio in Warsaw, In.

Pike Lake Project

84% of all our projects in Warsaw, IN and Winona Lake, IN are from repeat customers and referrals. We are so blessed to have such great clients! Today the crew was working on Pike Lake and we got to work for a new client that was referred to us from an existing client.