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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.

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.

Bring Your Family Closer Together With Brick Paver Patios in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN

Landscape project installed by WLM in Warsaw, IN.

Patio Overlooking Chapman Lake in Warsaw, In

Nothing brings families closer together when spending time at the lake more than a brick Paver patio installed by Wihebrink Landscape Management, Inc. located in Warsaw, IN. Brick Paver Patios have an effect on people that concrete or decking just don’t have. Imagine living on Lake Wawasee or Lake Tippecanoe spending some quality time with your family and kids on your new outdoor living space and brick paver patio. Want some quiet evening by the fire?  How about a fire place or fire pit incorporated into that brick paver patio overlooking Winona Lake?  WLM, Inc. can help design and install your next brick Paver patio and outdoor living space.

Not all brick Paver are the same. We are the only Belgard Authorized Contractors in Warsaw, Syracuse, Leesburg, North Webster and Winona Lake areas. Wihebrink Landscape Management, Inc. installs over 25,000 sq.ft. of Belgard brick pavers every year.

‘Outdoor living space is becoming extremely popular in our Lake Wawasee, Syracuse, Lake Tippecanoe, and Warsaw areas. Homeowners are investing where they want to spend more time……on their new outdoor living rooms including brick Paver Patios with other elements like kitchens, fireplaces, fire pits, and seating areas.

Get Ahead Of Mosquito’s in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN

Recently in the news, it came out that Indiana, especially Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN, could expect to see more mosquitoes and ticks earlier than normal for the spring and summer of 2017.  A Purdue University entomology professor, indicated that due to the mild winter in northern Indiana, especially around the Lakes areas like Warsaw, Winona Lake, and Syracuse, coupled with a wet spring could mean that these insects will be out early and will be prolific.  While this isn’t the news we want to hear, WLM, Inc. can help you get your backyard back from those mosquitoes so that you can enjoy your outdoor living space with family and friends.

NuTome Haven Backyard Mosquito Repellent System will help repel mosquitoes from ruining your lakeside entertaining spaces.  These systems are effective, convenient, safe and simple to use and easy to install.  We can even add them to your existing landscape lighting around your house and patios.  There isn’t any noise, or nasty chemicals to be afraid of.

MistAway Mosquito Systems Installed by WLM, Inc.

WLM is also providing our clients with other mosquito services like spraying of your property.  We also install and service MistAway Mosquito Control Systems and have several systems installed around the Warsaw, Leesburg, Syracuse, Winona Lake and Kosciusko County.

Our service technician, Dan, has been installing these systems for nearly a decade.  The feedback we get from our Warsaw clients is that they were able to Take Back Their Backyard!

Don’t let bugs determine whether you get to enjoy your outdoor living area, take control and give us a call at 574.268.2566 or just click on the Contact Us tab on our website.

WLM, Inc. Service Technician Installing MistAway System in Warsaw, IN.

Mosquito system installed by WLM in Warsaw up and running.

For Love Of Lavender In Your Warsaw & Syracuse Gardens

Lavender is one of the most liked and often used plants in landscaping projects in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN.  The purple foliage is distinctive and beautiful.  Lavender means “to wash” in Greek and is known for it’s antiseptic and medicinal properties as well as extracts for disinfectants and fresheners.  Lavender is native to our area in northern Indiana and has adapted to the warm and dry Warsaw, IN summers and the cold and snowy Syracuse, IN winters.  They are outstanding performers as a border planting, accent planting, mixed perennial beds and herb gardens.  Lavender likes well drained soils as well.  We have installed several varieties of Lavender for our clients in Warsaw, Winona Lake, Leesburg, Syracuse, Culver, Columbia City and Ft. Wayne.  Mustead Lavender is a great plant for your landscape beds.  Click on it to learn more!  Grosso Lavender is also a great selection for landscape renovations in your Warsaw gardens.  Don’t forget to visit our YouTube Channel to learn more about WLM, Inc.

Ornamental Features of Lavender:  Beautiful spikes of fragrant flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late summer.  Recommend planting in groupings.  The flowers are excellent for cutting and can be brought into your Warsaw or Syracuse home.  Attractive grayish green foliage.  It’s a dense multi stemmed perennial.  It grows to about 24 inches and spreads about the same.  Lavender likes full sun in our Warsaw area.

Lavender can also be used as in indoor planting pots and containers.  It can be a showcase plant for your Warsaw, IN entrance or to show off a lake shore landscape bed if you live in Syracuse on Lake Wawasee.  Lavender doesn’t require alot of attention and care.  Simply cut down the foliage either in the fall or in the spring to best suit your style.  Lavender, in Warsaw, performs great in our clients landscape beds and gardens.  We do not over use the perennial so you won’t find it in all our clients projects.

April Is National Lawn Care Month. Get Your Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN Lawn Ready!

WLM, Inc. is celebrating National Lawn Care Month in Warsaw & Syracuse

It’s April in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN and it’s time to think about your lawn fertilization needs.  Is your lawn full of weeds and crabgrass?  Is your grass just not as green as you would like it to be?  We can help.

Here are some facts about lawns that people find interesting:

  • Lawns trap more than 12 million tons of dust and dirt annually.
  • Turfgrass, like that found in your Warsaw & Syracuse lawns, is much cooler than asphalt or concrete and acts as an air conditioner for surrounding areas.  Your Warsaw lawn could be 22 degrees cooler that your driveway.
  • Healthy grass has many miles of roots that hold your soil and filter rain water.
  • A 50×50 ft. lawn in Warsaw, IN or Syracuse, IN releases enough oxygen for a family of four, while absorbing carbon dioxide and other nitrates.
  • People in Warsaw, IN find stress relief and healing when interacting with nature or even just viewing nature on a computer screen.

Brick Paver Patio Installed in Warsaw, IN

Check out this short video of a brick paver patio installed by WLM, Inc. in Warsaw, IN.  It’s hard to believe what this backyard looked like before this beautiful patio and outdoor living area was installed!

There was actually a pool in this spot before the patio with fire pit was created.  This project took about 4 weeks to install from beginning to end and is installed with all Belgard Hardscapes products.

You can see several more projects installed by WLM, Inc. in Warsaw, Winona Lake, Syracuse, Culver & Ft. Wayne on our website or on our YouTube channel.

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We are on YouTube!  We are constantly adding information about landscaping topics that will benefit people who live in Warsaw, Syracuse, Leesburg, Culver, Winona Lake and North Webster.  CLICK HERE to go directly to our page to learn more about WLM, Inc. and how you can make your landscape be the envy of your neighborhood.

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!