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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.

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.

 

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.

Eco Friendly Brick Pavers in Winona Lake, IN and the Village of Winona

Eco Friendly Brick Pavers in Winona Lake, IN

Eco Friendly Brick Pavers can provide solutions to many problems that homeowners in Warsaw, Winona Lake, Syracuse & Culver have especially if they live on one of our many lakes.  Have a low lying parking area that holds water?  Even if it’s not a low area, these Turfstone Brick Pavers make a great parking area that eliminates water run off.

This project was installed in the Village of Winona in beautiful Winona Lake, IN.  The goal of this project was to create additional parking for guests visiting the Village.

This eco friendly paving system is installed on a compact base of limestone that allows the water falling from the sky to drain freely and be reclaimed back into the existing soils underneath.  The open cores of the brick are filled with soil and then planted with a special blend of grass seed.  After a few weeks, you can see germination of the grass and within a couple months you can park cars on the surface.

Cores are filled with soils and planted with grass seed.

This area now provides parking for about 15-20 cars or trucks for visitors in the Village of Winona.  We also installed some landscape plantings to help soften the edges of the parking area.  Thank you to the Village of Winona, the Town of Winona Lake, and all the shops in the Village!  We appreciate the opportunity to help create a lasting space that will help with overflow parking and the environment.

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.

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!

Fire Pits Bring Families Together

Want to slow things down and catch up with your family?  Fire Pits are great additions to your Warsaw & Syracuse backyard paradise.

dsc02389 If you want more time with your family as the days get shorter and cooler, install a brick paver patio with fire pit and your backyard will be the place to be.

Patios bring families closer together.

Patios bring families closer together.