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22 Nov 2019

Tree Stump Grinding Service in San Antonio TX — Handy Green Landscaping

Tree Stump Grinding in San Antonio TX

Stump grinding is the process of removing a stump that is currently lodged in the ground with the use of a machine called a “stump grinder.” This machine has a large heavy-duty wheel with a blade that has sharp teeth. The blade spins around rapidly until the stump is “ground” out. The stump grinder works like a chipper at ground level. We make passes back and forth over and through the stump with the machine until the stump is ground 4-12 inches below the surface.

Cutting down a tree often feels like the easy part of the process when you’re staring at a large stump in the middle of your yard. How will you ever remove it from your landscaping?  It’s an eyesore. It gets in the way. You’d love to remove it and replace it with grass. Or remove it to maintain the consistency of the landscaping throughout the rest of your property.

What to Expect From Handy Green Landscaping Tree Stump Grinding Service

  • Measure your stump (see diagram) and contact us for an estimate.
  • A typical stump is ground to approximately 12″ unless there are limiting factors. 
  • Excess surface roots in the area are not ground unless previously arranged.
  • The grindings will be contained to the area or can be removed for an additional charge.

If you are in need of a Tree Stump Grinding Service in San Antonio TX, call the experts here at Handy Green Landscaping Service

No matter what the tree stump size, Handy Green Landscaping can remove it with the help of our specialized equipment. We grind 10-12 inches below the grade, either incorporating the grindings back into the hole or removing it from the property completely.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Tree Stump Grinding Service in San Antonio TX

While stump removal might seem like an easy process, it actually requires a lot of strenuous work. If you do not have the necessary heavy machinery to reduce the level of manual work, getting to the core is difficult at best.

Renting the necessary equipment can be expensive, especially if the project takes longer than a weekend or even a day. A professional tree service company has the proper equipment in place. Not only do we have the equipment, we know how to operate it expertly.

Do you really want bits and pieces of wood scattered all around your property after the stumps have disappeared? An experienced stump grinding company makes sure that after they have finished removing the stumps, we leave you with a squeaky clean property.

Once you have removed the stump, you will want to do something with the open space. If you don’t have landscaping experience, or lack creative ideas after the job is done, you’ll have the added bonus of talking with our landscaping experts that can help you find a solution to the problem.

If you are stuck with a large open space once the stump is gone, our Professional Landscaping Service can make suggestions and help you with the process. You can plant other vegetation in the spot, including a new tree that can complement your landscape, or add a stone project or a fountain. The options are endless.  Our Tree Stump Grinding Service is fast and effective.  Our team will get your Landscape back into pristine condition in no time.  

Handy Green Landscaping prides itself on providing customers with the best Fall Lawn Care Services in the San Antonio TX area.  We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.  Our experienced team of licensed, bonded, and insured professionals are standing by to talk to you about your yard project, so call us today!   

(210) 893-5000

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19 Aug 2019

Fall Lawn Care in San Antonio TX

With the Fall Season right around the corner, the cooler temperatures and occasional rainfall, is the ideal time to prepare your lawn for next year.  Many homeowners think lawns need less care in the fall because the grass grows more slowly. In fact, just the opposite is true. During this time of year, grass is busily absorbing energy, moisture, and nutrients in preparation for a long, dormant winter. Give it a little attention now, and you’ll be rewarded with a lush, healthy spring lawn. Just follow these suggestions. 

Fall Lawn Care Tip #1:  Keep on Mowing Your San Antonio TX Lawn

Continue to water and mow your lawn, as needed, throughout the fall season. Then as the season draws to a close, drop the mower’s blade to its lowest setting for the last two cuttings of the year. That will allow more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass, and there will be less leaf to turn brown during the winter.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #2:  Hire our team to Aerate the Soil of your San Antonio TX Lawn

Fall is also an ideal time to aerate your lawn so that oxygen, water, and fertilizer can easily reach the grass’s roots. You can rely upon our experienced team to help with our specialized equipment that quickly punch holes into the soil and extract plugs of dirt.

Our Seasonal Lawn Care Service in San Antonio TX Includes Complete Leaf Cleanup

Fall Lawn Care Tip #3:  Hire our team to Rake the Leaves of your San Antonio TX Lawn

We know, you don’t need to tell us how much you hate raking the leaves every year.   We realize that raking leaves is no one’s idea of fun, but it is critically important to remove fallen leaves from your lawn as soon as possible. Don’t wait until all the leaves have fallen from the trees to start raking. If you do, the leaves will become wet from rain and morning dew, stick together, and form an impenetrable mat that if left unmoved will suffocate the grass and breed fungal diseases.

An alternative to raking leaves is to hire out team to use our specialized equipment fitted with a collection bag.  Our methods are particularly effective if you have a very large yard with many deciduous trees. Be sure to remove the leaves before they turn into a soggy, suffocating mess.

Seasonal Lawn Care Tip #4:  Hire our team to Fertilize your Lawn in San Antonio TX

Most lawn experts agree: If you fertilize your lawn in San Antonio TX in the fall season, the grass leaves grow much more slowly as the weather turns cool, but the grass roots and rhizomes continue to grow more quickly. A fall application of fertilizer on your lawn delivers essential nutrients for the grass to grow deep roots now and to keep nutrients on reserve for a healthy start next spring.

Wait until mid-to-late fall, then our team can apply a dry lawn fertilizer to all grassy areas ensuring that we do not to miss any spots. Our specialized equipment including a broadcast spreader is designed to provide optimum coverage.  It takes a little longer on hilly yards, but our specialized equipment  provides the best way to apply an even, consistent layer of fertilizer.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #5:   Hire our team to Fill in the Bald Spots on your lawn in San Antonio TX

Autumn is also a great time of year to fix any bare, bald spots in your lawn. The quickest, easiest way to do this is hire our team to apply a specialized mixture of lawn repair fertilizer.  this specialized mixture contains grass seed, a special quick-starter lawn fertilizer, and organic mulch.

Use a garden rake to scratch loose the soil at the bald spot in your lawn. Then spread a thick layer of the lawn repair mixture over the area. Lightly compact the mixture, then water thoroughly, and continue to water every other day for two weeks.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #6:  Hire out team to apply a Weed Control Herbicide to your Lawn in San Antonio TX

If broad-leaf weeds like dandelions have taken over your lawn, now’s the time to fight back. Weeds, like most plants, are in the energy-absorbing mode during the fall. They’re drinking in everything that comes their way, including weed killers.  Hire our team to apply an herbicide now and the weeds won’t return in the spring.  Most herbicide manufacturers recommend applying the weed killer during early-to-mid autumn, when daytime temperatures are consistently above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Seasonal Lawn Care Service San Antonio, TX

Handy Green Landscaping and Tree Service prides itself on providing customers with the best Fall Lawn Care Services in the San Antonio TX area.  We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.  Our experienced team of licensed, bonded, and insured professionals are standing by to talk to you about your yard project, so call us today! (210) 893-5000

Learn more about our Seasonal Lawn Care Service in San Antonio, TX  

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23 Jun 2019

Landscape Designs that Rock in San Antonio

The heat of summertime has arrived and decorative rocks are hot right now in the landscape design world.  Rocks can add texture and contrast to your landscape design.  Landscaping with rocks can also create a nice focal point, similar to how a piece of jewelry sometimes starts with a beautiful large gemstone as a focal point.

Using rocks, boulders and specimen rocks in your landscape design is also a great way to have a beautiful low-maintenance garden space.  In addition, it can also be easy on the budget if you have rock slabs or boulders already on your property just waiting to be used!  Plus, rocks in the landscape take up visual space meaning you don’t need to invest in purchasing more plants for your garden or take care of them.

There are many other ways to use rocks in your landscape design.  Below are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

1. Create a Themed Rock Garden in your Landscape Design

Here at Handy Green Landscaping, we have taken the idea of decorative rocks to new heights in the San Antonio Area.  Using special rock specimens like petrified wood and odd shaped rocks can really make a rather “vanilla” looking landscape look more dramatic.

Other drought tolerant plants like Rudbeckia, sedums, lavender and Salvia all work well in a rock garden as well.  One added bonus to landscaping with rocks here in the San Antonio TX area is that deer don’t eat rocks! Yea!  Many lawns are the perfect habitat for deer, especially large lawns that back up to a wooded area.  They love it!  

The possibilities of adding interesting landscape rocks to a garden is only limited by your imagination. For example, standing a rock upright creates instant interest at an entryway.  Or, it would. work equally well at the entrance of a driveway.  What an easy way to tell folks where your house is…..”It’s the driveway with the big rock standing up!”  Your guests will not be knocking on your neighbors door for sure.

Where should you look for interesting rocks for your landscape?  Start in my own yard.  Sometimes the perfect rock can be partially buried under some dirt or sticking out of a hillside.  Sometimes construction sites have extra rock material.  Just be aware that some construction sites do not allow you to take rock from their site so be sure and ask first if you decide to go this route.  These days, most cities have one or two stone companies with a wide selection of choices.

Your local landscape services company is also able to purchase interesting specimens for you that may not be locally available.  They would also be able to help you place it in the perfect spot and add a nice planting around it.

If you decide to add decorative rocks to your landscape design in the San Antonio area, you will be pleased at how it can transform your landscape.  If you need any help, our landscape design company is ready to help.  

18 Apr 2019

When Should You Plant Sod or Fertilize Your Lawn?

 Lawn Fertilization is important to make your lawn green and lush, providing much-needed nutrients for the grass. Without fertilization, your lawn will simply not be the green beautiful turf you really want. It can be just as important to good lawn care as regular mowing is.  So when should you fertilize your lawn? Here are some general tips:

Four to six times each year is a good rule of thumb

Generally speaking, lawn care professionals recommend fertilizing four to six applications this year in order to have a good, healthy lawn. Of course, your lawn may need more or less than this, depending upon its current condition. Also, cool-season grasses and warm-season grasses have different fertilizer needs, with different fertilizer treatments as well as timeframes. You may want to talk to your Lawn Care Professional about what schedule would work best for your lawn.

Don’t fertilize if you cannot water

If your area is under drought conditions, or is experiencing excessively hot temperatures, fertilizing the lawn may not be a good idea. That is because fertilizer works best when you can water the lawn afterwards.  If you are unable to water the lawn, the fertilizer could end up “burning” your lawn. So keep that in mind when it comes to lawn fertilization.

What are the two most important treatments?

Arguably the two most important lawn fertilization treatments are the following: the first one of the year, in late winter and early spring, and the early to late fall treatment. These would be the first and last lawn treatments of the year. The first treatment will help your lawn grow after it has been dormant all winter, and can help you grow new seeds after winter has been harsh to your lawn. The last treatment of the year can help protect your lawn from the effects of a cold winter. 

18 Apr 2019

Lawn Sprinkler Systems

During the hot summer months, you may find yourself fretting about how to keep your lush, green landscape safe from the intense heat. The best way to battle the scorching sun is to be smart about how and when you irrigate your plants, trees, and lawn. During periods of consistent rainfall, most of the well-established trees and shrubs on your property won’t require supplemental irrigation, but when we go long stretches without rain, as happens often in the summer, these plants can decline or die without watering. Gardens, flower beds, and lawns can also suffer from a lack of precipitation if they are not cared for properly.

 It is important to remember, however, that different plants will have different water requirements.  People often water too much, too often, at the wrong times, and in the wrong way. This not only wastes a valuable resource, but it can also have an adverse effect. More isn’t always better, and overwatering can increase disease, insect, and thatch problems. With so many particulars to take into account, it can be frustrating to try and strike the right balance for your landscape without professional guidance.

Fortunately, our team of experts know exactly what it takes to keep each aspect of your landscape flourishing through every season. With resource conservation in mind, we use both drip and traditional irrigation systems to ensure your property is not only beautiful, but sustainable and efficient as well. To help you understand what we offer, and how our irrigation and water management services could benefit your landscape, we’ll discuss the different types of irrigation systems we use below.

Sprinkler irrigation system

Sprinkler irrigation works by mimicking the effects of natural rainfall. Using a system of pipes, pressure-regulated spray heads, and rotors, water is broken up into small drops that are dispersed in an efficient spray pattern. This system is suitable for varying sizes of land, from smaller plots to large lawns. It allows us to direct water flow to specific areas, avoiding unnecessary water loss. Some of the many benefits of a sprinkler system include:

  • hands off care so you no longer need to go outside frequently to water the lawn or adjust a manual sprinkler
  • reliable timer and sensor systems ensure your lawn is receiving the appropriate amount of water
  • efficiently distributing the right amount of water to each area of your lawn
  • rain sensors are available with some systems, turning them off during periods of heavy rain and reactivating when needed, conserving water and saving money
  • soil sensors that determine the moisture level of your soil are also available with some systems

Sprinkler irrigation does require expert calibration in order to achieve optimal coverage to a given area. Equipment should be maintained, as it only takes one fault within a sprinkler system to affect its efficiency. There is also the chance of uneven water application in windy weather and extreme temperatures, water loss from evaporation during irrigation, and an increased risk of disease and fungi growth from overwatered foliage.

That said, a sprinkler system that is installed by professionals is the best option for keeping any lawn or garden healthy. Our expert team can install, upgrade, repair, maintain, and renovate sprinkler systems for residential and commercial properties, using only the best products and equipment to fit your unique landscaping needs.

Drip irrigation system

Drip irrigation is a localized, low-volume form of landscape irrigation. Using a network of valves, tubing, and emitters, this method reduces water and fertilizer usage by “dripping” water slowly and steadily. The system is installed below ground, and its center drip emitters come in two different sizes, 12 or 18 inches. These enable us to target the soil surface, root zone, or base of a plant, allowing for precise delivery where the water is needed most so that none is wasted. Although this type of irrigation is not appropriate for green spaces, it can efficiently irrigate non-turf areas such as flower beds, ground cover, shrubs, and trees, as well as vegetable and perennial gardens.

A drip irrigation system can be designed and installed in both new and existing landscapes. It is a highly efficient option that can save time, money, labor, and water, particularly when considering the reduction in water usage over time. While exact usage rates vary by the system, a landscape with a sprinkler system will generally use about 20-30 gallons of water per minute. In contrast, a drip system can use as little as 10 gallons per hour, making it the clear winner for water efficiency. But for many, cost efficiency is just as much of a concern.

Drip irrigation does cost a fair bit more to install than a traditional sprinkler system, but it’s important to view this through a long-terms lens. When using drip irrigation, water is delivered at a much lower pressure than required by sprinkler systems, potentially reducing erosion in certain situations.  This type of irrigation also helps to minimize wasted water in the event of a leak, and prevents excessive spraying that can stain structures and pavement. Additionally, it’s not unusual for drip irrigation to cut your water use by at least 50%, leading to substantial savings in your water bill. Further benefits of drip irrigation include:

  • increases effectiveness on irregularly shaped or sloped landscapes
  • reduces weed prevalence since water is not on the soil surface
  • the system is generally safe from damage because it is underground
  • no runoff on slopes, sidewalks, or fences
  • the emitter line spacing can be adjusted, and the precipitation rate along with, for varying landscape needs
  • grass roots will grow deeper to seek the water, making your lawn more drought resistant, and reducing thatch build-up
  • any fertilizer targeting is improve
  • minimizes water contact with foliage-reducing disease risks
  • no water loss from evaporation

Drip irrigation can only be used when the soil conditions are right, or if you live in a windy location. It’s also not ideal for clay soil. However, our team can customize a system for container plants. We can also run a line off an existing sprinkler system and set up automatic watering for pots on your patio or porch.

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