A word from our sponsors: Allstar Lawncare can help you with landscaping and getting a lush lawn

Tiered planting areas work well on sloping lots like at this bed and breakfast in Powers Lake.

Tiered planting areas work well on sloping lots like at this bed and breakfast in Powers Lake.

Note: Allstar Lawncare is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Now is the time to take needed steps to achieve and maintain a beautiful lawn. Aerating is the first priority to ensure nutrients and water can reach the soil to help roots grow deep and produce a strong, lush lawn.

“Applying time-released fertilizer doesn’t do any good for your lawn or the environment if it leaves the property as runoff during spring rain,” Mike Rozell, owner of Allstar Lawncare, said, adding he offers reasonable rates for aerating in keep with his “green” approach to lawn service.

Spring is also an ideal time to freshen up the yard with decorative loose stone and wood mulch, which beautify your landscape and make outdoor spaces more enjoyable for you and your guests. Stone has the added benefit of improving drainage while mulch helps maintain moisture in flower and plant beds.

“By using decorative stone and wood mulch you can both decrease maintenance and increase curb appeal,” Rozell, said.

Using mulch also reduces weed growth and helps maintain soil temperatures suited to growing healthy plants and flowers. It comes in a variety of styles and colors to compliment any landscape.

Both stone and mulch can be used to create pathways and encircle trees, in play areas, or as a border in seating areas. Using mulch and stone together creates a dramatic, multi-textural look. Stone of various sizes, shapes and colors can also work nicely together. Larger rocks are great for areas prone to collecting debris, while smaller stone is more pedestrian friendly and provides plant protection, Rozell said.

“You can use landscape stone nearly anywhere you use mulch,” Rozell said. “Stone does cost a bit more. But, in the long run, it reduces the cost of maintenance. You don’t have to refresh stone.”

Allstar Lawncare can help you decide which material is best for your landscape, cut a fresh edge and grow a lush lawn.

For more information on how Allstar can help you with your lawncare needs, call Mike at 262-332-9287.

Get ready for spring rain by ensuring proper drainage around your home. Decorative stone is also a good alternative to mulch for white homes that can get stained from the dye.

Get ready for spring rain by ensuring proper drainage around your home. Decorative stone is also a good alternative to mulch for white homes that can get stained from the dye.

Before and after retaining wall work.

Before and after retaining wall work.

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A fresh bed edge and mulch is a quick and inexpensive way to add curb appeal.

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