3 Ideas for Low Maintenance Landscaping

3 Ideas for Low Maintenance Landscaping

Every summer, rain becomes scarce, and your Oklahoma City property starts to look wilted. How can you still have a beautiful landscape without wasting a lot of water?

You need low maintenance, low water plants to grace your flowerbeds and other landscaped plants. 

In this blog, we’ll discuss the three ways to incorporate low maintenance plants as well as other landscaping practices to reduce the amount of water you use over the summer. 

You’ll also discover that investing in these landscaping alternatives allows you to have a beautiful, eco-friendly property.

Let’s Start with Oklahoma City’s Summer Weather

As a homeowner in Oklahoma City, you know the summers can be very parched. Recently, the mayor has announced that the even/odd water regulations are now permanent throughout the year.

So, you need drought-tolerant plants and other landscaping devices that don’t require regular watering but keep your curb appeal looking well-maintained throughout the season.

Idea #1 – Invest in Drought-Tolerant Plants

Many drought-tolerant plants are the ones that are native to Oklahoma. Moreover, typical drought-tolerant plants also share these common traits:

  • Wiry or fleshy stems
  • Tiny, fine leaves
  • Hairy or furry leaves
  • Leaves with waxy coatings. 

All four of these traits work to hold water in the plants—even during extremely dry conditions. Additionally, plants with these traits also have long and deep root systems that go underground to find additional moisture stores.

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Idea #2 – Invest in Native or Oklahoma Proven Plants

Native plants have the same characteristics as drought-tolerant plants because they’re indigenous to Oklahoma. So they’re naturally designed to handle your region’s dry conditions during the summer.

As an Oklahoma homeowner, you have many choices of native or Oklahoma Proven plants. Here are five plants that are drought-tolerant and low-maintenance at the same time:

1.    Arkansas Bluestar (Ambronia hubrichitii): Arkansas bluestar is native to Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. It prefers moist soil when it’s getting started in your flower beds. Once established, Arkansas bluestar handles dry conditions very well. Spikey leaves, long stems and bright blue star-like flowers adorns your flowerbeds. Foliage turns yellow in the fall.

2.    Daylilies (Hemererocallis spp): When shopping for daylilies, you have many color choices. This perennial has tuber roots that go deep into the soil to find moisture stores during dry periods. This native flower provides vertical color in the summer.

3.    Milkweed (Asclepius species): This beautiful plant adapts to the soil that it’s planted in—it will grow in dry to medium moist soils that are well-drained. It also attracts monarch butterflies and other pollinators to your property. The most popular milkweed is Asclepius tuberosa, which blossoms with bright orange to yellow-orange flowers in the summer.

4.    Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia triangularisis): This drought-tolerant plant has thin stems and spiky leaves. Its flower looks like a hot poker or a candle in reds, oranges and yellow-orange. It’s a hardy plant that can handle Oklahoma’s dry, hot summers.

 5.    Autumn Sage: (Salvia greggii): This is a heat and drought tolerant perennial that starts blooming in the spring but blooms most in the autumn as other flowers in the garden start to fade. It forms a two to three-foot mound and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden. Pruning to six inches high each spring will help keep Autumn Sage dense and full. It loves full sun and well-drained soil. 

The above five native plants are only a sampling of drought-tolerant plants available to your Oklahoma City yard. There are other natives, such as 

  • Ornamental grasses, which handle drought conditions well
  • Native trees, such as green ash, ginkgo, hackberry and bur oak
  • Shrubs such as lilacs, forsythia and serviceberry.

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 Idea #3 – Other Water Saving Landscape Features

In addition to native plants, trees and shrubs, you also have a variety of choices in landscaping features that conserve water at the same time.

Mulch is a landscaping wonder for any exterior space. Its benefits exceed its primary use—as a tidy touch to your landscape. Here are five benefits of mulch:

1.    It regulates soil temperature.

2.    It keeps moisture in the soil.

3.    It provides nutrients as it decomposes into the ground.

4.    It prevents weeds.

5.    If you opt for cedar mulch, you get the added benefits of keeping ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and other harmful bugs from coming into your home.

In addition to mulch, you may want to convert your yard grass into a patio or add walkways. You save money when you renovate your lawn into landscape features instead of turfgrass.

Moreover, stones do well as part of a rock garden, dry stream bed or even under plants to discourage weed growth.

You can use stones as borders with or without plants. Your landscape designer can add curves and other lines using stones to create interest and movement in your landscapes.

How Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes Can Help You

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we specialize in sustainable landscaping. Our designers, with your help, will create a lovely landscape design that incorporates native plants, mulch and other landscaping features that are low maintenance and don’t require a lot of water to survive.

Our sustainable landscaping program focuses on environmental and regenerative processes as well as contributes to the entire community’s well-being. 

Indeed, our landscape processes aid in stormwater filtration, high energy efficiency, restoring habitats that benefit you, your community and your local eco-system.

If you’re ready to transform your landscape into a low-maintenance, low-water one, call us today at 405-531-9105 or fill out our contact form.

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At Apple Valley Eco-Landscaping, we serve the entire Oklahoma City region, including these towns: NW OKC, Edmond, Nichols Hills, Bethany and Yukon.

Sources:

LoveYourLandscape.org, “Eco-Friendly, Water Wise Plant Ideas for Every Region.”

OklahomaProven.org, “Perennials.”

Oklahoma State University, “HLA-6444 Drought-Tolerant Plant Selections for Oklahoma.”

 

3 Reasons Why You Need an Sustainable Lawn Mowing Service

3 Reasons Why You Need an Sustainable Lawn Mowing Service

In this blog, you’ll learn more about battery-operated mowers and trimmers as well as the three reasons why you need an eco-friendly lawn mowing service. At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we mainly use battery-operated mowers and trimmers for our residential customers.

Reason #1 – Our Battery-OperatedLawn Mowers and Trimmers Leave No Emissions

Did you know that 90% of lawn mowers are gas-powered? Lawn mowers and other gas-operated lawn equipment belch out emissions that contribute to our pollution problem.

For example, a single, gas-powered lawn mower used over one hour produces enough emissions as a car traveling for 350 miles.

Science has found that battery-operated mowers reduce the number of emissions belched into the atmosphere when mowing your lawn. There are no emissions coming from our battery-operated mowers.

Plus, our mowers use the same amount of energy as the toaster in your kitchen.

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Reason #2 – Our Battery-Operated Mowers and Trimmers Use No Gas

Obviously, our mowers use no gas because they’re powered by batteries. But listen to this statistic:

The EPA estimates that 54 million Americans who cut their grass every week contribute to 5% of the nation’s total air pollution. And the worst part?

When homeowners refill their mower with gas, they spill up to 17 million gallons of gasoline on their properties. That’s a lot of fuel absorbing into the soil and possibly into stormwater drains.

At our shop, we plug in our battery-operated mowers to charge them. We don’t need to plug in our mowers at your home.

Reason #3 – Our Lawn Equipment Won’t Produce Noise Pollution

Do your neighbors wake you up early on a Saturday or Sunday morning with their loud mowers and trimmers?

It’s annoying, isn’t it?

You won’t be disturbed by our crews mowing and trimming your lawn because our battery-operated mowers and trimmers are quiet.

And yet, our mowers are still powerful and effective to cut your residential lawn within the same time period as a traditional mower. 

The loudest our battery-operated mowers will reach is 80 dbs. So, you don’t have to worry about noise pollution or annoying your neighbors while we mow your grass.

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How Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes Can Help Homeowners

You want to be a good steward of the property you call home. And you know that organic lawn care is the way to accomplish that goal.

Now, you want to invest in a sustainable lawn care and landscaping company, such as Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, that will keep your community quieter and cleaner.

If you want a quieter mowing service for your yard, then you need us at Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes. Call us today to make your appointment at 405-531-9105 or fill out our contact form.

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscaping, we serve the entire Oklahoma City region, including these towns: NW OKC, Edmond, Nichols Hills, Bethany and Yukon. Connect with us on Facebook today!

Why Your Oklahoma Fescue Lawn Needs Aeration and Overseeding

Why Your Oklahoma Fescue Lawn Needs Aeration and Overseeding

Spring is in the air, and your lawn is greening up. It’s time to think about spring aeration and overseeding services.

Do you notice the part of your lawn that’s under shade? It’s probably fescue grass—a cool season grass that does well in shaded areas.

If you have thin patches in your yard, your fescue lawn needs aeration and overseeding services.

By the end of this blog, you’ll learn more about aeration and overseeding in the spring as well as in the fall. You also will learn how your local organic lawn service can help you with these chores.

A New Kind of Aeration

Typically when your lawn care company core aerates your lawn, they use a mechanical aerator to pull up small plugs of soil out of the ground.

However, now there’s SoilTech, a new liquid aeration product on the market that opens up the soil’s pores to allow more water into the ground. 

It’s all natural—making it safe for your children and pets to play in your yard after application.

And there are no messy plugs lining your lawn until they dissolve back into the ground. Instead, this new liquid aeration opens up your soil’s pores.

Also, it completely reduces soil compaction. In contrast, mechanical aeration can only relieve up to 5% compaction because of the tine’s diameter and spacing.

You can feel completely confident that SoilTech is the right choice for your lawn. It’s environmentally-friendly and biodegradable.

Why Fescue?

If you didn’t overseed your shaded areas with fescue in the fall, then you need to reseed those areas in the spring.

Turfgrass experts recommend fall and spring aeration and overseeding for all fescue lawns. And yet, some homeowners may not realize the importance of this lawn care practice.

Spring aeration also helps to reduce thatch and removes weed seedlings before they sprout. When your lawn care technician overseeds your lawn, the fescue will germinate before weeds can get a foothold.

So, spring is the second best time to engage these lawn care services. Your shaded bare patches will fill in making your lawn look full and thick by mid-spring.

How to Take Care of Your Newly Seeded Lawn

Your lawn service will leave behind instructions on how to take care of your new lawn. To help your overseeded yard, you’ll need to water it every day unless there’s rain in the forecast.

It’ll be a few weeks before you need to mow your newly seeded lawn. If you have a lot of overgrown shrubs and trees near it, you’ll want to prune them back to continue letting light into your yard.

You also want to invest in an organic lawn care program that includes fertilization, weed control, and soil conditioning to encourage healthy soils as well as promote a healthy lawn.

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we take an organic approach to lawn care. All of our lawn products are safe to use around your family and pets.

Plus, our products are designed to work with the soil to build up micro-organisms naturally. However, it takes some time to develop healthy soil and lawn grass.

But it’s worth the wait if you want to protect your local eco-system as well as desire a safe place for your kids and pets to play.

If you’re not ready to go fully organic, we do offer a hybrid program that still reduces the number of pesticides, fertilizers, and water you need to maintain a gorgeous lawn.

At Apple Valley, we use eco-friendly lawn mowers, handheld tools, and sprayers. Our equipment reduces noise, water, and soil pollution.

 

If you have some bare spots in your fescue lawn, call us today for your aeration and overseeding appointment at 405-531-9105 or fill out our contact form.

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At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we serve the entire Oklahoma City region, including these towns: Edmond, Nichols Hills, Yukon, Bethany and surrounding areas.

Why You Need Organic Lawn Care for Your Oklahoma Property

Why You Need Organic Lawn Care for Your Oklahoma Property

So, you take great care of yourself as well as your family by exercising and healthy eating. And you want the same type of care when it comes to your lawn.

Or maybe you’re a property manager who already uses green practices inside your building. You now want to go green on your company’s lawns.

Organic lawn care focuses on rehabilitating and feeding the soil so that it can house healthy lawn grass. And it also benefits the environment by using fewer chemicals, water and fertilizers.

In this article, you’ll learn more about the benefits of organic lawn care and how a professional lawn service can deliver the results from using natural products—whether you’re a property manager for a commercial building or a homeowner who loves to be in your backyard.

Why You Need Organic Lawn Care

Organic lawn care focuses on the soil’s biological health and sustainability. When microbes, bacteria, earthworms and other living creatures underground are working at full capacity, the result is a healthy lawn.

There are many benefits to organic lawn products, such as:

  • It’s safer to use than traditional lawn fertilizers.
  • It’s a probiotic that has over 800 species of living, beneficial soil microbes, microbe food and nutrient enhancers to feed the soil.
  • This probiotic replenishes your soil so that you have the right ratio of creatures to create the perfect soil to house lawn grass.
  • When you use probiotics in your soil, your turfgrass will require less fertilizer by 50% and up to 75% less weed control and pesticides in your soil.
  • It helps your yard grass to better receive nutrients from the soil.
  • It increases soil health which also means a healthier, thicker lawn.
  • A thick lawn crowds out weeds, so you don’t have to use a lot of weed controls.
  • Organic lawn products help your yard grass’s root system to grow deep and develop strong root webs.
  • It builds up your lawn grass to better fight off grass diseases, destructive insects and drought stress.
  • It helps your lawn grass to absorb more moisture and nutrients from the soil.
  • It’s also safe to use around pets and people. Most of the time, you don’t need to wait until the application is dry to walk or play on your lawn.

Organic Lawn Care Works for All Properties

Both property managers and homeowners can enjoy a lawn that uses organic lawn products. If you’re a green business, and you want to keep that reputation extending to your outdoors, organic lawn care is for you too.

And if you’re a homeowner, you can take pride in your lawn due to its lush, dark green color and hardiness. And you find that you don’t need to irrigate or use the same amount of fertilizers as you used to apply to get this beautiful lawn.

It’s Time for Pre-Emergent Weed Control

In Oklahoma City and surrounding suburbs, it’s time to think about pre-emergent weed control. Crabgrass and other grassy weeds will start to sprout soon.

Both conventional and organic pre-emergent weed controls provide a barrier in the soil to prevent grassy weeds from developing a root system. So, the weed’s shoots will die off because they can’t uptake moisture and nutrition from the soil.

Organic weed control is 100% natural and safe to use in your yard. 

However, for faster results, you can choose a hybrid approach will work as well, allowing you to replace up to 50% of your traditional fertilizers and 75% of your concentrated pesticides.

Now’s the time to think about the pros and cons of organic lawn care. Your local Oklahoma City lawn service can provide you with a hybrid program that uses conventional weed controls while still using organic fertilizers. 

In this hybrid program, you’ll notice you’re using less water, fertilizer and weed control products to get the same, beautiful results.

If you’re ready for organic lawn care, or a hybrid version of it, you need us at Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes. Make your pre-emergent weed control appointment today by calling us at 405-531-9105 or by filling out our free estimate form.

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we serve the entire Oklahoma City and Edmond areas.