Guide: Landscaping 101 for Homeowners

Keeping your yard clean and beautiful can sometimes be a challenging task. You may have a lot of questions on how to keep your lawn and garden looking colorful and healthy all year round. We have the answers. 
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Common Questions about your Yard

1. How can I permanently get rid of weeds?

Good news: You’ll only need two things — newspaper and some mulch. Rip long strips of the newspaper, place them in your soil around the weeds, and cover them with mulch.

This helps block moisture from reaching the weeds, providing more nutrients to the surrounding plants that need it the most!

2. How often should I mow my lawn?

That depends on where you live, but longer grass requires less water since its already shaded. Also, many professionals suggest not to rake or blow any clippings because this can add nutrients to your grass and soil.

3. How can I stop pests from eating my plants?

We know the first thought is to spray pesticides to keep the pests away, but we advise against that. Pesticides can harm your plants and the environment! Try some natural solutions instead, like tossing eggshells in your garden or sprinkling cayenne pepper on the soil.

4. What kind of soil should I use?

The kind of soil you use depends on the plants. Sometimes, simply digging up dirt and placing a plant in the ground will do the trick, but other plants won’t survive off of natural soil. When you’re buying your plants, ask a professional in the store what kind of soil you need.

5. What is the difference between drip irrigation and sprinkler systems?

You may have seen a drip irrigation system before and not realized it. It’s the tubes you see in the soil that have small holes all over. This helps ensure the water is closer to the roots and will water the garden efficiently. Sprinkler systems spray water into the air, so its great for a lawn, but not to help water plants or flowers.

Summer Rain Sprinklers offers both residential and commercial irrigation installation and maintenance services throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties in Connecticut and New York.

To get a quote, please contact us at 203-629-8050.

Host The Perfect Backyard Party With Landscape Lighting

We think we’re all due for a backyard party (or two) after this harsh winter — don’t you? There’s one month until the first unofficial celebration of the season — Memorial day — have you prepped your backyard yet? Besides cleaning off your patio, setting up your furniture, and prepping your barbeque, landscape lighting is a must

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Landscape Lighting Tips

1. Add Pendant Lighting To Your Barbeque

Pendant lighting is trending this summer. It showcases your unique style and personality and it’s easy to install!

It’s best when placed above seating and eating areas on your deck, patio, and gazebos, too.

2. Use Outdoor Post Mounts For Your Pathway

What’s a pathway without lighting to help guide the way? Some backyards use tiki torches or mason jar lights, but a more permanent solution is to add post mount lighting. Post mounts come in a large variety of designs and sizes and will give your pathway, and surrounding landscape, that final touch you were looking for.

Place post mounts around the outer edges of your deck, pool, or stone pathways in the front, back, and sides of your home.

3. Place Portable Lamps Around Your Patio

When the sun goes down, portable lighting is your best friend. No matter where you are in your backyard, portable lamps can follow, giving you added comfort.

Portable lamps work great for backyard tents, patios, decks, and tree houses.

For five more landscape lights to add to your backyard, check out our blog: Lighting Up Your Backyard for Summer

At Summer Rain Lighting Systems, we offer a wide array of lighting services that will illuminate the beauty of your landscape and architecture. We happily serve our local community in Greenwich, CT as well as our neighboring towns. Give us a call today at 203-629-8050 or visit us on the web to learn more about our services.