Benefits of Lawn Aeration

On May 13, 2011, in Lawn Issues, Services, by Admin

Aeration:

  • Increases water intake
  • Reduces water runoff and puddling
  • Stimulates root development
  • Reduces soil compaction
  • Increases the tolerance to heat
  • Enhanced thatch breakdown

 

Aeration is the natural exchange of soil and air.  The process is mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil form the lawn to improve soil aeration. This process not only helps heavily used lawns but also lawns growing on compacted soil.  Having you lawn aerated will improve the depth and extent of grass rooting which will allow better water uptake, enhanced fertilizer use & thatch breakdown.

Annual aeration is beneficial for turf growing on heavy clay or subsoil’s.  Both Spring and Fall are ideal times to aerate your lawn.

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AllDown Organic Herbicide

On May 12, 2011, in Services, by Admin

SummerSet AllDown® Organic Herbicide

AllDown® has been protecting crops and proven to be an effective weed management tool for organic farmers and
producers since 1999.

Our first product AllDown Green Chemistry Herbicide has been tested against RoundUp® or Glyphosate and proven to be an effective means to control weeds.

AllDown Green Chemistry was one of the first organic herbicides that had been approved by OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) in Eugene Oregon back in May 2002. Since other organic certifications have been attained by CCS (Custom Certification Services) in Dalton, NE and BCS Öko-Garantie GmbH, Nurmeberg, Germany in July 2009.

Today’s product are made with the same organic approved ingredients that were used in 1999. They have been engineered and formulated to attain better weed control and give the organic farmer and producer a herbicide that can be utilized and offer a broader spectrum of weed control.

Organic Agriculture

AllDown is a friend to both earth and farmer. Since its application and safety have been tested and approved by reputable organizations like OMRI, you can feel good about using this product near your organic crops.

How else can AllDown® be used?

Many of the organizations and individuals most concerned with a responsible approach to weed control are using AllDown for a wide range of applications such as on boulevards in cities, along streams, and in orchards and vineyards.

Specific Uses for AllDown Herbicide

  • In vegetable gardens and flowerbeds
  • Along fence lines and foundations
  • Around trees and shrubs
  • On patios, driveways and sidewalks
  • Safe to use around waterways, ponds, and lakes
  • Allowed for use in the production of certified organic food and fiber crops.

Here’s a partial list of satisfied AllDown users:

  • Cities & Municipalities
  • Park and Rec Boards
  • US Fish and Wildlife
  • Service Industries
  • Organic Orchards & Vineyards

AllDown has also proven to be PERFECT FOR FALL APPLICATIONS

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Outdoor lighting has revolutionized the way people think about landscaping their home.  Not only do people consider the types of plants, edging, etc…but now they also have the option to envision what their landscape would look like after dusk.  With the ease of installation, lighting can be installed virtually anywhere on your property.  Whether its the front or back yard, walkway, patio, ornamental pond, or even your outdoor kitchen we have you covered.  Landscape lighting not only adds beauty and style to your property but also helps give peace-of-mind that your home is more secure.

Beauty & Style are key aspects that everyone is looking for in a landscape.  The trick is to customize the design to fit the personality of the resident.  With so much care and planning that goes into each design, why wouldn’t anyone want to enjoy their masterpiece all day long?

Security Benifits

Not only does lighting deter prowlers, it creates a feeling of comfort for guests as well. Dark pockets in a yard can present an undertone of fear, whereas a well lit landscape provides a more relaxing environment.  How you feel about a space can be just as important as how it looks.  Lighting can enhance security even after everyone has gone to bed.  Many lighting systems offer the option of an inexpensive timer that includes an override system operated by remote control.  A small remote can be kept by the bed stand so that if you hear a critter in your yard or someone walking across the lawn, you can turn on your landscape lights right from your bed.  Instant “on” lighting can send a prowler running for the hills. (source: landscapenetwork.com)

LED Landscape Lighting VS. Incandescent

LEDs are the beset choice for energy efficiency and ease of use without any of the downsides of other energy efficient lighting.  LEDs excite light emitting diodes in a glass bulb instead of a filament like an incandescent to create a more efficient light bulb.  Energy Star says that the LED bulb is 75 percent more efficient than the traditional incandescent bulb and lasts an impressive 15 times longer.  It also produces less heat than incandescent, which can make a significant difference in heating and cooling needs in the home.  While the cost of LEDs is prohibitive upfront, costing several times more than a comparable incandescent depending on brand, it can significantly lessen your electricity bill.  LEDs also work great in both hot and cold climates without a warm-up period or mercury like other energy efficient options.  The best part is no modification is needed to your lighting fixtures except replacing the bulb.

LED Lighting VS. Incandescent

 

Natural Stone Projects

On February 11, 2011, in Natural Stone Projects, Services, by Admin
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Edging:

If you are looking to add a nice, natural looking edge to define your landscape beds, you should check out our stone yard. We have many different natural stones to choose from and would be happy to assist you in choosing the right stone for your property. Whether you are a do it yourselfer or looking to hire a contractor, we are here to help. If you are looking for a landscape company to design and install your landscape beds with some natural edging there is no one better than Kiefer Landscaping. If your are the do it yourselfer type then there is no better place to shop for your stone than at our retail facility.

 

Patio’s & Walkway’s

If you want to add a walkway or some patio space to your property but want to keep a natural look, give us a call! We can design and build the mortared natural stone patio or walkway of your dreams. Natural stone gives you the ability to create a very unique, natural look that cannot be duplicated just by dying and stamping concrete.  Concrete will fade and crack over time and never look as naturally beautiful as the variations in the natural stone. By choosing Kiefer Landscaping you are guaranteed the very best installation in the industry and when we mortar the seams, they will be clean and smooth giving you that wonderful natural look you are trying to achieve all the while giving you a solid patio or walkway.

Retaining Wall’s

Are you looking to add a retaining wall to your property but you want to keep a more natural look and feel? If so, give us a call and have us show you the options available for natural stone retaining walls. We will design and install a beautiful natural stone retaining wall to the exact specifications you are looking for and you have the ability to be involved every step of the way or not at all. We offer a number of different colors and styles to choice from. Installation can be accomplished in a number of different ways; first it can be drystacked if the wall is under 2 feet in height, next we can add construction adhesive in between the layers and this will add more strength to the wall while keeping the natural look and feel. The best way to install a natural stone retaining wall over 3 feet tall is to mortar the stone in place, this helps give the wall some real strength while keeping the natural look.


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Brick Paver Projects

On January 28, 2011, in All Things Brick, by Admin

Edging:

When it comes to upgrading existing landscape beds or installing new ones, we recommend starting with a brick paver edging.  Nothing looks sharper than lining your new or improved landscape bed with a beautiful flowing brick edge. With many colors to choose from in the Paverlock Series such as: charcoal, camel buff, Hampton blend, heritage buff, pewter, Ottawa creek I & II, and sandstone.  There is sure to be a selection for every home and landscape. The installation uses a brick edger to cut out the bed line and angle so the pavers will be even with the turf on the outside, sloping up to show the appearance of the paver and create a lip on the bed side to help hold in the decorative rock or mulch.

Patio’s:

When you are looking to create a backyard entertainment area, nothing looks better than a beautifully designed and installed brick paver patio and no one does this better than Kiefer Landscaping. With brick patios you have so many more options to choose from than concrete. You have numerous color choices in which you can mix and match. You can also choose from several different patterns, all of which will enhance the beauty of your patio and make it stand above the rest.  Our experienced designers can design a patio to meet your specific needs no matter the requirements. Whether you need a change in elevation to get the two tier look or you need to incorporate some existing elements we can make it happen.

We guarantee our brick paver patio’s because we know nobody can install a better patio and we install them to the exact engineered specifications. We start by excavating the area a minimum of 10” down from the desired elevation of the top of the patio. Next we install a minimum 6″ base of CA6, compacting it in layers of 3” to ensure good compaction and checking the elevations to ensure the correct level and desired fall away from the house or any other objects. The next step is to install and level a 1” layer of sand for a bedding to set the pavers on and to take out any imperfections in the CA6 base ensuring the patio is level and flows together. After installing the pavers on the sand bedding and tapping them into place with a dead blow we install diamond edging on all open edges to hold the patio tight and then we sweep in the polymeric stabilizing sand into all the seams and dampen it to lock in the patio of your dreams.

Custom paver patio with LED lighting.

A lighter tumbled paver inlay adds the accent the homeowner was searching for.

Walkway’s:

If you looking to add or replace a walkway around your home or office, check into one of our brick paver walkway’s. When you compare a brick walkway to concrete the brick is by far a better option. Pricing is comparable, you have so many more color and blend choices with brick, you can also choose from numerous patterns that you cannot do with concrete.  There will be no cracking with brick and if an area gets chipped or damaged you can simply replace the damaged bricks and it is as good as new. And with Kiefer Landscaping you get a guarantee that your brick walkway will not settle.

Heritage Buff Paver Walkway w/ Charcoal Paver Soldier Course

Mixing Paver color's adds the depth and character to match anyone's personality

Driveway’s:

Are you tired of coming home from a long day at the office and pulling onto your boring concrete driveway that just doesn’t catch anyones attention?  Have you ever thought of replacing it with an eye popping brick driveway? With so many styles, colors, blends, and patterns to choose from, we can help you find the perfect match for your home. Some people think that a brick driveway will never hold up like concrete and will settle over time, rest assured that if our crew is installing your project it will be done properly, is guaranteed and we have installed numerous brick driveways around the area with great success. Just think for a minute, have you ever had a concrete driveway crack, have you ever scratched, chipped, or damaged your concrete driveway to a point that it is an eye sore but there is no good way to fix it. Now imagine having a beautiful brick driveway and you chip the edge with your lawn mower or drop something very heavy and take a chuck out of a brick, give us a call and we will come out and replace the damaged areas and you will never be able to tell anything ever happened. Also, with brick pavers there is no cracking because they are all individual bricks working as a cohesive unit.  As previously stated we guarantee our brick driveways will not settle

A Driveway that is sure to catch anyone's attention!

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