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.


Retaining Walls
 
Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas have really seen its share of rain. And with all the rain, we are no strangers to flooded landscapes, sitting water and eroding hillsides. Damage from water freezing and thawing over the winter months can pose a serious safety hazard to your property. Land erosion can compromise any foundation, putting your home and family at risk. Consider adding a retaining wall to correct and stop any further erosion of your property.


Driveways

It’s not uncommon to have a rock or pebble driveway in Western PA. If you have one, you already know they are incredibly difficult to shovel during the winter. ConsiderHardscaping Pittsburgh creating a driveway with decorative pavers and cut down on the snow-shovel struggle!


Walkways
There are plenty of homes that don’t have an existing walkway providing a clear path for you and your guests to use. A home without a walkway creates a muddy yard during the snowy months. Not only is it messy, it can be an arduous task for your holiday guests to trample through the mud. Add flow and safety to your yard by adding a walkway with natural stone or brick pavers.


Patios and Firepits
Folks from the Pittsburgh region love outdoor entertaining. If you can stand the cold, most people will opt to congregate outdoors. After all, it’s football season and it’s in our blood! Adding a place for a firepit, or an even larger patio can really boost your entertainment space. Before winter gets here, consult one of our hardscaping experts on creating a firepit or patio for your home.

A&N Lawn Service Inc. is Pittsburgh’s Premier hardscape and landscape specialist. Call us for your Patio and Hardscaping needs. For a FREE QUOTE and information on our financing options, call 412-931-9230.

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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How to Get Your Lawn Ready for Summer

If your dream is to have a carpet of lush, deep green grass this summer, there’s plenty of preparation that is required before you will be able to enjoy a picture-perfect lawn that complements both your home and your landscaping. Pre-summer lawn care in Pittsburgh includes several necessary steps that will not only bring out the beauty of your grass in the summer, but will also keep it green in the fall.

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Best Types of Flowers to Plant This Spring

Though it’s still cold, winter will be leaving us soon, so we’re looking forward to the traditional signs of spring: birds singing, leaves unfolding, and of course, flowers blooming.

You don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy some color in your yard. Plant some early spring flowers now. Some of the best choices for colorful perennials include:

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