Reasons to Choose Your Local Plant Nursery

If you are looking to add some life to your Pittsburgh landscaping or are in need of plants that will fare well in your garden, don’t allow the purchasing process to overwhelm you.  There are many sources out there from which you can choose—online, big-name retailers, neighbor’s yards. etc. —but will they provide you with a variety of healthy plants and the information that goes along with growing them to their fullest potential?  Probably not.  When you are ready to begin the process, consider visiting your local Pittsburgh plant nursery or garden center.  Here are four important factors to consider: Continue reading

Tips for Watering Your Lawn

If you want your yard to appear healthy and green, watering your lawn is a very important part of lawn care, especially in the Pittsburgh area, Often, we rely on Mother Nature to maintain the hydration of our lawns. Unfortunately, for a luscious landscape, additional irrigation is needed.  But how much water and for how long? A&N Lawn Services, premier landscapers in the Pittsburgh area, shares the following tips for keeping your lawn looking beautiful.

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If your grass is starting to look gray and its natural green color is fading, it is time to water your lawn. Besides noting its appearance, you can simply walk on your grass to determine if your lawn is thirsty.  If your footprints remain in the grass, it is because the blades of grass are lacking moisture and are unable to spring back into shape.

Hydrate the Lawn in Morning or Early Evening

If you want to make the most of your watering efforts, it is important to stick to certain times of the day.  By doing so, your lawn will appreciate it.  The most optimal time to water your lawn is after the sun is up and anytime before 10 am.  At this time of day, the air is cooler and the winds are calmer; therefore, the water is able to be absorbed by the grass roots before it evaporates.  If mornings do not work with your schedule, then be sure to water between 4pm and 6pm. This gives your lawn time to dry before dark. If your lawn becomes too moist, without enough time to dry, then your yard can become a breeding ground for mold and potentially disease.

Use the Right Amount of Water

Lawn care in Pittsburgh does not require watering every day.  A good rule of thumb is to make sure your grass takes in about an inch of water weekly, whether that be from irrigation or Mother Nature. This amount should soak the soil about six to eight inches deep.  You may split the watering session into two half inch sessions, but no more.  If you do multiple light sessions, the water will not penetrate the soil enough, resulting in shallow roots. And do not overwater your lawn, as too much moisture can cause mold growth and disease.

Test if Your Grass Has Received Enough Water

If you are not sure if you have watered enough, you can do the following to tell:

  • During your first watering, check the soil every 15 minutes to see how long it takes to soak the soil six to eight inches deep.  You can measure this with a shovel or screwdriver.  Once it has reached the desired depth, note the time for future watering.   
  • If you are irrigating with a sprinkler system, find out the flow rate (gallons per minute) from the manufacturer.  Multiply the square footage of your lawn by 0.62 gallons (0.62 gallons = 1 inch of water per square foot) and divide the product by the flow rate of the sprinkler.  The number identifies how many minutes you should run the sprinkler. 
  • Another way to check while using a sprinkler system is by placing clean, empty tuna cans in various spots around your yard. Then, measure how long it will take for the sprinkler to fill each can with one inch of water.  Use the average time it takes to fill the cans since the coverage patterns may vary.

Premier Landscapers in the Pittsburgh Area

If you are looking for professional landscapers to help you properly irrigate your lawn, contact A & N Lawn Service, located 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh, in Franklin Park.  Since 1996, we’ve offered landscaping, lawn, and hardscaping services to Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Butler County, and surrounding communities.  Contact us at 412-931-9230 to learn more about how A & N Lawn Services can give your property curb appeal with a lush, green yard.

 

Start off Your Spring with a New Patio or Fireplace!

Create your own outdoor living space in Pittsburgh.

If you are a resident of Pittsburgh, you’ve probably been daydreaming about getting back outside since, well, the fall. Pittsburghers simply love to be outside. And unless you absolutely adore the cold, our winters are long-lasting and are spent mostly indoors. Around February and March, we start to think of all the things we want to get down around the house. And by April, brace yourself, some of us even miss cutting the grass! Continue reading

5 Ideas for Small Landscapes

Tips from the Pittsburgh Lawn Care Experts

What makes Pittsburgh unique is the mix of urban, suburban and rural neighborhoods that make up our great region. There are homes with itty-bitty backyards, and other homes are resting on several acres of land. Sometimes, homeowners with small yards feel they can’t do much with their landscape due to the lack of square footage. The Pittsburgh landscapers at A&N Lawn Service Inc. are here to put an end to this notion once and for all!

This month, we’re dedicating our blog section to the homes that have small outdoor living spaces because we know there are a ton of interesting and unique landscape ideas you can create in even the smallest backyard!

Here are a few of our favorites!

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Improve Your Home with Hardscaping

If there’s no place like your home for the holidays, it might be time to consider adding some additional outdoor space to your yard. Hardscaping in the fall is a great way to extend your family’s outdoor living in Pittsburgh through the winter season. Add light to the short days and warmth to the cold nights by considering some fall upgrades to your landscaping. Before the snow starts to fall, check out these creative hardscaping ideas from A & N Lawn Service Inc.

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Preparing your Yard for the Winter

Lawn maintenance tips for trimming, pruning and mulching your yard.

If you live in Pittsburgh, or anywhere in the Tri-State area, the heat and humidity have seemed to call it quits and the changeover to fall has officially begun! Nurseries are stocked with pumpkins, Mums and cornstalks, while the big box stores are clearing out their summer inventory to make way for the evergreens, wreaths and holiday lawn ornaments they’ll be featuring in November.

The fall is the time of year when perennial versions of plants and trees try to soak up every last bit of the dwindling sunlight. Soon, they’ll go dormant for the winter, conserving the energy they stored until they reemerge in the spring. If you want to preserve your landscape for the upcoming spring, A & N Lawn Service has several tips you can do to prepare your lawn and garden for the harsh winter ahead.

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Hardscaping Your Yard for the Fall

Preparing for the Pittsburgh Winter

As we bid farewell to the summer, it’s time to start preparing for the cold months ahead. While many focus on landscape during the springtime, the wintertime presents many reasons to refocus on hardscaping. As we close the pools and bid bon voyage to the warmth, a hardscaping project by A&N Lawn Service Inc. is something you may want to consider.

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Improve Your Outdoor Living Space Before Winter

 

Right now, we’re enjoying beautiful summer days, but they won’t last forever. In just a few months, we’ll be seeing the first flakes of snow. If you’ve been waiting to add to or improve your property with professionally designed outdoor living areas, don’t wait any longer. You can enjoy your new outdoor spaces right away, and many of them are useful year-round.  

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Summer Landscaping Tips for Homeowners

Now that summer has arrived, homeowners are looking forward to warm days, enjoying their yard, sipping on a cool drink, and entertaining with friend and neighbors. If your yard is landscaped, you’ll want to keep it looking great during the summer.

Managing your Pittsburgh landscaping goes far beyond mowing the lawn once a week. Here are some tips that will help your landscaping look its best.

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Deer-Resistant Plants for Your Landscaping 

No matter the season or the temperature outside, there are deer everywhere in western Pennsylvania. It’s not surprising – white-tailed deer are the state animal. Their population has grown steadily, and there are about 1.5 million deer in PA, with 30 deer per square mile (and in some people’s yards, it may seem like there are more than that.)

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