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Winter Storm Preparation for Your Property

Person Snowblowing Driveway During Winter StormWe all know it’s coming: the messy slush, dangerous ice, heavy snow, whipping winds, below-freezing temperatures, and all kinds of other challenges that come with a New England winter are inevitable. Get ahead of the headaches these can cause for your residential and commercial property by adequately preparing for the season. Not sure where to get started? Keep reading for our winter storm preparation advice.  Continue reading Winter Storm Preparation for Your Property

Why You Need to Winterize Your Sprinkler System

Lawn Sprinklers Water Green GrassThose who’ve had them installed know sprinkler systems are no small investment. That’s why properly maintaining them throughout the year is key to protecting your investment and saving you money on repairs down the road. A crucial part of this routine maintenance and seasonal care is the winterization process. Let’s break down why it’s necessary to winterize your sprinkler system.  Continue reading Why You Need to Winterize Your Sprinkler System

The Best Ways to Tackle Fall Leaf Cleanup

Person raking fallen leaves on lawn in autumn.It’s that time of year again when the leaves start to turn and fall from trees, drenching our lawns, streets, and houses in all kinds of beautiful colors. These seasonal crimson and gold hues in nature are a welcomed sight by many. But then comes the reminder that they present more yardwork. Before your autumn weekends waste away while you break your back raking for hours on end, consider other ways you can effectively tackle fall leaf cleanup on your property. Here are some timesaving, environmentally conscious, not-so-physically-demanding methods to try and how you can get help.  Continue reading The Best Ways to Tackle Fall Leaf Cleanup

4 Ways to Use Your Landscaping to Help Repel Pests

Ladybug on a leaf with holes. Green radish leaf eaten by insects. Pests in the garden that eat the leaves of vegetables. Ladybug in the gardenWhen pest control comes to mind, most immediately picture insecticides, poison bait, or other forms of hazardous chemicals. These methods are most often used after pests have done damage. But there’s a far more efficient and eco-friendly way to control pests, and that’s through yard planning, maintenance, and landscape design. Let’s discuss how you can take advantage of natural preventatives and use landscaping to help repel pests. Continue reading 4 Ways to Use Your Landscaping to Help Repel Pests

Using Retention and Detention Ponds to Manage Stormwater

A small residential rentention pond with stone and mortar lining to prevent erosion.New England is known for heavy rain spells, making it difficult for business owners with larger properties to manage all the stormwater. A flooded parking lot on your commercial or retail property can do much more than deter business; it can have adverse effects on water quality, cause erosion, and ruin your premise’s reputation. Let’s review how you can protect your commercial property by using retention and detention ponds to manage stormwater. Continue reading Using Retention and Detention Ponds to Manage Stormwater

Reduce Irrigation Costs and Water Wastage with Xeriscaping

A xeriscape in a side yard making use of stones and native plants to adhere to the warm, dry climate.

With water shortages sweeping across the nation, it’s becoming more and more difficult to provide your exotic plants with the water they need. Fortunately, there are ways you can design a luscious and vibrant landscape without the need for frequent irrigation cycles. The gardening philosophy known as xeriscaping is a great way to achieve a healthy, low-maintenance landscape. Let’s review how you can reduce irrigation costs and water wastage with xeriscaping. Continue reading Reduce Irrigation Costs and Water Wastage with Xeriscaping

4 Ways to Build a Sustainable Landscape

A sustainable landscape with native bushes and flowers and green grassIf you’re looking to lead an eco-friendlier lifestyle, your landscape is a good place to start. A sustainable landscape – one that takes advantage of native plants and erosion control – not only lowers your carbon footprint but contributes some stunning aesthetic to your property. Let’s review how you can build a sustainable landscape and contribute to the fight against climate change. Continue reading 4 Ways to Build a Sustainable Landscape

How to Organize a Sprinkler System for Maximum Efficiency

Automatic lawn sprinkler watering green grass. Sprinkler with automatic system. Garden irrigation system watering lawn. Water saving or water conservation from sprinkler system with adjustable head.Finding the right balance between having a green lawn and not spending a fortune on water bills can be difficult. That’s why it’s important to properly zone your sprinkler system. Knowing how to best set your sprinkler system can ensure your grass, garden, and shrubbery are all getting the precise amount of water they need. While we here at Dolan Landscaping can help you properly zone your sprinkler system and use it to its fullest potential, let’s review the best way to organize a sprinkler system for maximum efficiency. Continue reading How to Organize a Sprinkler System for Maximum Efficiency

6 Different Types of Soil and Their Properties: Part Two

A close up of clean soil for cultivation with grass in the background.If you read part one of this blog, you’ve learned by now that soil is much more than just dirt. It provides plants with the vital nutrients and environmental conditions they need to thrive. However, not all soil is the same, and the well-being of your particular plants relies on using the right type. Let’s discuss the other three types of soil and what you can do to nurture a better growing environment for your landscape and garden. Continue reading 6 Different Types of Soil and Their Properties: Part Two