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Pros and Cons of Artificial Grass

There is a new trend for homeowners.  Installing synthetic grass at their homes instead of natural grass.  There are pros and cons to consider when making this decision. Pros: Pet Friendly Good for water conservation. Free of...

It's Time to Turn On Your Irrigation System

It looks like warmer weather is finally here!  With sunny days, warm temperatures, and drier air you need to make sure your sprinkler system is turned on and working properly.  Irrigation companies are busy so be sure to call...

Buying at Big Box Stores

Bulk trees and plants at low prices, so tempting but buyer beware.  Finally, the temps are rising and the sun is shining!  It's time to get your yard in order.  While out shopping at some of the big box stores you'll often see...

Hardscape Design Trends

Over the last few years we have seen a strong shift in brick paving and hardscape design trends.  In the past, curves and radiuses were often the focal point and highlight of patios and walkways.  The construction process was fairly simple...

Sprinkler Winterization

A friendly reminder that this is the time to begin winterizing your sprinkler system!  This is standard maintenance and needs to be done to protect your sprinkler system during the freezing temperatures in the winter months.  This...

When To Use Landscape Fabric

Customers often request to have landscape fabric installed under mulch to help prevent weeds.  This is not an acceptable industry weed prevention method for mulch beds. Mulch is a wood product that will deteriorate and decompose. ...

Knockout Roses

Knockout Roses are one of the easiest plants to grow and provide color to your landscape.  Their bloom cycle is approximately every 5-6 weeks.  You can almost plant them and forget them. They are known as the self-cleaning rose, so there...

Plant Terminology & Definitions

When choosing a new landscape project that includes plant material, there are many common terms that sound similar but have different meanings.  Here is a list of the most common words you'll likely hear while planning your...

Proper Mulching Techniques

When creating a new landscape project mulch is commonly used to complete the look around trees and in beds.  Mulch is beneficial because when placed over soil it maintains moisture and improves soil conditions.  It is important to install...

COVID-19 Update

It's hard to believe that we are all still experiencing restrictions from COVID-19.  Thankfully, all of us here at Squeals Landscaping Inc. are healthy and production is in full swing!  We are taking all recommended precautions to...

Oak Wilt: What You Need To Know

Oak Wilt is an exotic, invasive, lethal, fungal disease that effects Red and White Oak trees.  It clogs the water conducting vessels of the Oak trees that are infected.  They then wilt and die.   Red Oaks are more susceptible...

85 Degrees = Extra Water

When the temperatures rise into the 80's plants require extra water because the ground moisture evaporates quickly.  Any type of flowering plant will quickly begin showing signs of stress in very warm conditions.  If there is little to...

Credit Cards

The credit card world has changed for vendors because of all the perks credit card companies must give customers to stay competitive.  This industry movement has resulted in skyrocketing merchant fees.  The brutal gas station market began...

Lawn Fertilizer

Customers often ask us what type of fertilizer they should buy for their new home landscape we installed.  The answer is always the same.  At Squeals Landscaping Inc. we recommend all homeowners use a local professional lawn fertilization...

Brick Repair Jobs

Every season we get daily calls for brick repair projects.  While there is a huge demand for existing hardscape corrections, it is mot a service we offer.  There are several reasons we have this policy.  In the past we have fixed...

COVID-19 Update

Through these tough times we are following protocol and practicing social distancing to the fullest. .  Due to the recent "Stay Home Stay Safe" executive order by Governor Whitmer we have temporarily closed our facility.  The...

HomeOwners Associations

Today most new homes in subdivision type neighborhoods built by 1-3 different builders belong to a homeowners association.  Similar to a condominium HOA they can have some control of your outdoor living space.  Often homeowners...

Astronomical Timers

Astronomical timers are a great way to control your outdoor lights (or anything that operates based on constantly changing daylight) because you can enjoy the "set it and forget it" method.  With everyone's busy lifestyle easier...

LED-Low Voltage Lighting

To some people the best invention since the light bulb is the LED light bulb.  In the low voltage landscape lighting world LED's have changed the industry.  LED fixtures provide 2 major lighting improvements in the areas installers and...

Four Steps To Installing An Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor living spaces often include kitchen areas to make entertaining more convenient and enjoyable.   1.  After the design has been completed the appliances will need to be purchased and on site before any construction can...

Hidden Fees: The New Money Maker

Hidden fees are starting to pop up everywhere.  Hotels add resort fees, repair facilities add shop supply fees, trash removal companies add environmental fees, car dealerships add DOC fees, many companies charge administrative fees and now...

Landscape Warranties: Carefully Read Your Contract!

Not all warranties are created equal.  Warranty work greatly varies in length of time as well as what is covered.  It is important to review all warranty information before you sign a contract.  Warranties are different for plant...

Water: How much do I need?

Your new plants, shrubs, and trees have been installed.  Now what?  How do you keep them looking green and vibrant?  Customers often want to know how often, and how much water should be given to new plants.  Here are some basic...

Frost Laws

Customers often want to know when we will begin work for the season.  Weather is the main factor in this answer.  Besides dry ground, and warmer temperatures, the frost laws play a role in when we begin job installation. Every year the...

Polymeric Sand

Recently, polymeric sand has been a hot topic of discussion.  Polymeric sand is a new item that has been incorporated in the brick paving industry.  It is a high tech mixture of sand and cement additives.  It is an ideal option for...

Why pay for a design?

A professional landscape design is an important tool for your landscape project.  If a design is scaled properly, and works on paper, it will work in the field.  When elevations and cross sections are added to a landscape design the...

Landscape Construction Permits

Who needs them and why?   Permits are an important topic of discussion.  Recently some cities, townships and villages have begun requiring permits for basic landscape projects.  Building, Zoning, Soil Erosion, & Grading...

Sales Tax

Customers often ask about sales tax on our jobs.  Some landscape companies charge sales tax on top of the contract price. We do not, and here is why. Our previous Attorney General, Mike Cox, provided a legal opinion that sales tax should not...

Benefits of Fall Planting

Benefits of Fall Plantings Football season, falling leaves, pumpkins, and crisp cool air are all telltale signs that fall has arrived.  Many people don't realize the many benefits of planting during the fall months.  It is an ideal...

Green Shortage

A Shortage of "Green": Trees and Sod Why has the price of trees and sod increased? As the economy continues to improve, so has the demand for new landscaping or the repairing of or adding to existing landscapes.  This is great...
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