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Paver Patios – A Landscape Extension with Flair

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The outdoor space that you enjoy is an addition to the space you live within. The most common way to augment it and develop the beauty and usable space is with a paver patio installation. Paver patio systems ensure easy upkeep, and in addition, they pose incomparable resilience to endure the freeze/thaw that the Midwest seems to experience. Weoffer skilled and precise landscape designs, as well as install of the product to code, and the care of several patio pavers, natural stone, and walkways to name a few.   Patios can be comprised of a variety of different materials, but we are certain that our pavers products are the finest offered.  

There is a considerable amount of benefit that paver patios offer to the homeowner.  First and foremost, they create a clean, usable space that gives your outdoor space a timeless, finished look for enjoyment and entertaining.  Paver patios, unlike concrete patios, do not suffer from freeze/thaw effects that we experience in the area.  They also do not call for staining to uphold the exquisiteness or efficiency of the design.  Due to the way they are “sealed”, paver patios rarely need to be weeded, as the joints are mortared together with a special sand product.  Once the sand sets, it becomes very firm and locks between the paver joints while still retaining flexibility and providing a long lasting, durable material.  From different shapes and sizes to changing up colors and materials, the options with paver patios and design are nearly endless.  To inquire how All American can estimate to install a paver patio for you as a homeowner, call our office at 402-408-0000.

Water Features in the Landscape

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Streaming water is not only lovely to gaze at, but the sound is very soothing.  If you incorporate a landscape garden or paver patio, advantageously including a water feature into the design will often attract wildlife, such as butterflies and hummingbirds.  Water features are one of the rising trends for landscape features.

Amazingly, water features can be incorporated in to even the smallest of spaces—all you need is some sort of vessel or bowl. If you have an outlet nearby, a small pump can circulate the water.  Water features can be as simple as a bubbling boulder or as extensive as a Koi pond with a waterfall.  The options are only limited to your imagination and budget.

Decorative water features are bursting into residential landscapes all over the country as homeowners look for exclusive ways to increase the curb appeal of their home.  Water features are an inimitable and attractive way to give your landscape a new look.  Typically, a below ground basin holds the pump and water that recirculates through the structure of most water features.   Fountains, bubblers, and patio ponds are swift and inexpensive landscape ideas to add a splash to your outdoor living spaces. Call All American today at 402-408-0000 to find a variety of fountain styles to suit your taste and budget.

Plant Spotlight- Cosmos Flower

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Also known as Cosmos bipinnatus and are essential for summer gardens. They grow between 1 to 4 feet with single or double blooms that come in many colors. Due to their different height when they grow, best to go in the back of a descending garden or in the middle of an island garden to add frilly texture. When planting, they prefer hot dry conditions in poor to average soil. These self-seed which new growth for years to come. If you are not wanting them to grow tall, deadheading of the flowers as they appear. This forces growth to lower on the stem which makes it stronger with more flowers. For further inquiry, call All-American at 402-408-0000.

Free Standing Walls in the Landscape

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Freestanding walls are not the same as segmental retaining walls. Freestanding walls are not employed to keep back soil as with a retaining wall, moreover they are entirely ornate, yet still an exceptionally purposeful component in a hardscape design. The supplement of a freestanding wall to a paver patio can alter the area into an outdoor living space.   A small wall with a granite cap can deliver supplementary informal seating and provide a poised visual presence to your hardscape design.  They are also exceptionally vibrant with lighted stone pillar accents or any type of landscape lighting!

If you possess a custom paver patio, contemplate adjoining it with freestanding walls. This stimulates the extension of the indoor-outdoor experience as you travel from the home through the sliding glass door and onto the patio. You can also embellish the wall with suitable landscaping on the surface edges, combining plants like veggies and herbs to utilize while grilling. Insert landscape lighting to the walls to shed light on the area from the ground up, fostering safe travel and increasing atmosphere.

To have a free standing wall designed into your landscape or outdoor space, call All American at 402-408-0000 today!

Plant Spotlight – Weeping White Spruce

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The Weeping White Spruce is a unique conifer with a fun, dangling branching habit.  This tree is known to be stately, with a very straight trunk and pendulous branches.  It is perfect for tight spaces.  The needles are green with a blue cast and prefer part shade to full sun.  Weeping White Spruce thrives best in well drained soils and does well in zones 2 – 7.  It typically grows to a height of 20-25 feet in 25 years with a mature spread of 4-5 feet.

This evergreen makes a superb accent specimen or does well planted in groups as a windbreak or for a screening effect.  It should be watered regularly in extreme heat for best performance but will require less water once established.

To inquire further about how All American can incorporate this evergreen elegance into your landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Japanese Beetles in the Residential Landscape

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If you live in the Omaha metro area, the plants in your landscape are most likely affected by the destruction of Japanese Beetles, whether at the larval or adult stage.  The adult beetle and juvenile grubs are threatening pests that attack many crops, turf, garden fruits and vegetables, and more than 300 species of flowers, shrubs and trees.  They just are not very picky!  Japanese beetle harm to plants is simple to recognize. Typically, the bugs can be caught in the act, visible and hanging out on the foliage or in the blooms. The significant signs of Japanese beetles are comprised of skeletonized leaves or entire defoliation of a leaf.

Fortunately, in most cases adult Japanese Beetle destruction is only aesthetic and is not fatal to most plants providing that there is not substantial or long-term injury.  For example, most rose bushes can survive Japanese Beetle feeding with only the considerable damage done to the blooms.  However, why have a rose bush if you cannot enjoy the blooms?  What can be done about these annoying creatures? Removing beetles by hand from favored plants can be a pragmatic and successful management practice for smaller landscapes or few plants, particularly when only a small number of the little monsters are present in the landscape.  Physically picking them off the plant and dropping them in to warm water with soap is an effective means for control.  To inquire further about how All American combats Japanese Beetles chemically in the landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Pergolas in the Outdoor Landscape

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A pergola defines an outdoor space as a place that is intimate and comfortable. While supplying segmented shade, pergolas permit a little sunlight along with a nice gentle wind and are frequently utilized for accommodating a dining space.

Regardless of its exposure, a pergola is generally intended to emulate an outdoor room. A pergola can be separate or connected to the home.  Bigger pergolas can get exceptionally unstable and may necessitate concrete piers to secure the base. You will also want to validate that your ideas do not breach setback requirements or homeowner association regulations.

Pergolas are normally fashioned of wood, aluminum or fiberglass. Redwood and cedar are the most prevalent wood choices, alongside pressure-treated wood as a lower-cost option. Each wood pergola ought to be re-stained once a year or repainted as necessary. All woods will weather with age, but pressure-treated wood is more apt to bend and break.

To have a pergola designed into your landscape or outdoor space, call All American at 402-408-0000 today!

Plant Spotlight – Palm Sedge

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Palm Sedge is a dense, clump-forming plant known for its foliage.  The plant generates stiff, rigid stems that typically grow to 20 inches tall with 8 inches of pointed, grass-like, light green foliage extending from the stem ends.  Palm Sedge is a Missouri native and spreads via rhizomes.  It is also self-seeding.  The sedge is easily grown in average, medium to wet soil in full sun to part shade.  The species does well in some shade but tends to flop in too much shade.  It thrives in zones 4-9.

Palm Sedge gets its name from the leaves that somewhat superficially resemble miniature palm fronds.   To inquire further about how All American can incorporate this water-loving specimen into your landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Benefits of a Healthy Turf System

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Properly maintained turf serves the environment in many ways and All American’s chemical program can make that a reality.  All American offers professional turf and landscape bed fertilization performed by certified pesticide applicators.  This ensures that the correct chemical is used for the appropriate application on turf grass and is carried out at the proper rate and time of year. 

All American’s grounds maintenance program boasts an outstanding five step turf grass fertilization, herbicide and insecticide program.  Each step is timed for the needs of the turf grass, from pre-emergent application to fighting grubs in the lawn.  All American also encourages homeowners to consider a fall aeration with over seeding to encourage a lush, green appearance of the turf grass.  All steps, including aeration and over seeding are extremely beneficial to turf grass health and are offered as part of the All American grounds maintenance proposal.

To inquire further about how All American can benefit your turf system by implementing a chemical program into your lawn, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Yellow Nutsedge

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Yellow Nutsedge

If you have mowed and a day or two later you see yellow grass growing higher than your lawn, Yellow Nutsedge is the culprit. They are grass like, green with yellow spiky flower which is the seeds, and a V shaped stem. It is very tough to control because the roots which are also known as taproot or tubers that grow 8 to 14 inches deep in the soil. Regular weed killer will not get rid of these pesky weeds. Just like dandelions, do not pull them. Nutsedge have a very delicate root structure that can break at the slightest pull that the root will regenerate a new plant very quickly. Leave the plant alone to grow tall enough to be sprayed with herbicide. To inquire further about how All American can help you control Yellow Nutsedge, call the office at 402-408-0000.

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