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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.

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.

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.

WLM, Inc. in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN Landscape Maintenance Crew In Action

Landscape Maintenance in Warsaw & Syracuse

Check out this short video of our Landscape Maintenance Crew from WLM, Inc. that performs landscape maintenance services in Warsaw, Syracuse, North Webster, Leesburg, Winona Lake and Culver.

WLM has three Landscape Maintenance Crews that perform spring clean ups, mulching of landscape beds, trimming/pruning of plant material, weeding, and fall clean ups.  With degree Horticulturalists on staff, our Foremen have the background and knowledge from Purdue University that ensures you will receive the best attention to your landscape as possible.

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.

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!

Great Article On Plants For Your Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN Landscaping

Patios bring families closer together.

2017 Could be the year that you finally decide to add some color to you landscaping.  If you live in Warsaw, Syracuse, Leesburg, Winona Lake, Culver, or Ft. Wayne, IN check out this article that shows some great posibilities for your landscape.  The article “2017 Green Thumb Awards” is a great article if you are looking to add some perennial plants to your landscaping.

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!