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Drip Irrigation vs Traditional Sprinkler Systems

Drip Irrigation vs Traditional Sprinkler Systems

Installing an irrigation system comes with many things to consider, such as what contractor to hire for the job, where you want the pipes to be laid out, and what type of system you want to use in your landscape beds. Generally, landscape beds typically use either traditional sprinkler systems or drip irrigation systems. Learn about these types of systems and decide which type may benefit your residential or commercial property in Granger, Elkhart, South Bend, and surrounding cities in northern Indiana.

The initial cost of installation is more economical with traditional sprinkler systems.

If you are concerned with the initial upfront cost, then keep in mind that drip irrigation systems will cost more, typically around $2.50 to $4.50 per square foot depending on your property and labor costs. A traditional sprinkler system's cost will be much more economical, running about $1.50 to $2.50 per square foot for installation costs. This difference in cost may be something that you consider, especially if you plan on installing a large irrigation system.

While drip irrigation is more expensive to install, the cost may end up offsetting over the years with lower water bills.

Drip irrigation systems will use less water and reduce waste.

Drip irrigation system being installed at a Granger, IN home.

Saving water and reducing consumption is important these days, and if that is high up on your list as well, then you may want to go with a drip irrigation system. These systems are designed to save...

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5 Spring Annual Flowers to Plant in Northern Indiana

5 Spring Annual Flowers to Plant in Northern Indiana

Spring is here in full force, and we couldn't be happier about it! It is the season to start things anew and give a fresh look to the inside and outside of your home or business. If you are considering freshening up your landscaping, then right now is the perfect time to add some annual flowers to your yard/

At Grow Pros Lawn Care, LLC, we install many different varieties of warm-season annual flowers in our northern Indiana region. Learn about five popular annual flowers our landscaping crews plant in Elkhart, South Bend, Granger, and the nearby areas of Indiana.

Warm-Season Annuals to Plant in Northern Indiana

We love annuals because they have many incredible benefits. Their blooms will last for months when they are planted in the right areas. It is also best to fertilize them throughout their growing season to maintain their blooms' vibrant colors. Annuals do only live for one year, but they will sometimes drop seeds where they sit, which means you could have new plants growing there in the following year. Some annuals we recommend installing in your landscape beds include:

1. Cosmos

Closeup photo of a cosmos flower blooming in Elkhart, IN.

Cosmos are easy to grow and attract beneficial pollinators such as bees and butterflies to your landscaping. They are very low-maintenance and have slender, high stems. Their shape resembles that of a daisy, with a bright yellow center. Flowers spread from the center in petals of yellow, pink, white, orange, magenta, red, and even brown. Plant these where...

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How to Choose the Right Pavers for Your New Walkway

How to Choose the Right Pavers for Your New Walkway

Adding a new walkway to your home or business is a great way to improve the aesthetic appeal of your landscape and grant guests better mobility around your property. 

Here at Grow Pros Lawn Care, LLC, we offer walkway installation services for residential and commercial properties in South Bend, Granger, and Elkhart, IN. 

When choosing how you want your walkway to look, you must consider various factors. Before settling on a final decision, you should think about the size, color, material, and shape of pavers you want for your walkway. If you're not sure where to start, check out this guide on choosing the right pavers for your new walkway. 

When choosing the right paver material for your new walkway, consider the durability you need.

When it comes to choosing the right paver material for your new walkway, you must consider the durability you will need. If you live in an area that experiences heavy rain- and snowfall, you will need to opt for materials that are built to withstand inclement weather. 

Brick tends to wear down in harsh weather while stone and concrete hold up better.

You will also need to think about where your walkway is being installed. If it's going to be installed under a covered area, you may be able to get away with using a more delicate material. However, walkways that are installed in uncovered areas and will be receiving a high amount of foot traffic need to be constructed with...

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3 Reasons You May Need Spring Lawn Restoration Services

3 Reasons You May Need Spring Lawn Restoration Services

Unsurprisingly, winter isn't the best time for a lawn to reach its full growth potential. In fact, this dreaded season may cause your lawn to deteriorate. You shouldn't take your chances and hope it bounces back on its own.

To take the probability out of your lawn making a comeback, we at Grow Pros Lawn Care, LLC offer you expert lawn restoration services that include aeration, hydroseeding, and more. Properties in South Bend, Granger, and Elkhart, IN can take advantage of our services year-round.

As we are in the middle of winter, you should become familiar with these three reasons why your property may require lawn restoration services in the spring.

1) Cold winter winds cause desiccation.

This lawn in Elkhart, IN needs restoration services.

Grass can go into dormancy and live through most types of weather conditions. It can even survive being under several inches of snow, as snow acts as an insulator. However, grasses that are left exposed to cold temperatures and harsh winds will undergo desiccation, or the loss of moisture. Your grass's roots will eventually freeze over and be unable to replace this lost moisture.

As winter draws to end, you can wait and see if your grass restores its health on its own. In some cases, you may require professional seeding services so your grass can reach its full growth potential.

2) Voles may damage your lawn in the winter.

Voles are small rodents that are active during the winter. Because they don't go into hibernation, they are on ...

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Tips for Fertilizing, Watering, & Mowing Your Lawn

Tips for Fertilizing, Watering, & Mowing Your Lawn

Fertilizer Tips

  • Use slow release fertilizer. Most store bought fertilizers have a very small amount of slow release product, usually less than five percent (5%). Grow Pros uses at least thirty percent (30%) slow release products. This ensures your fertilizer will last until the next treatment.
  • Iron gives your lawn a deep green color. Grow Pros puts down iron with every application of fertilizer.

Watering Tips

  • Your lawn needs an inch and a half of water a week, either from rainfall or from your irrigation system. Water 3-4 times per week.
  • Make sure that your irrigation system is functional and covers your lawn evenly.
  • Water frequently, including everyday during dry periods. Research from Michigan State University shows that frequent watering of turf will promote a more healthy and attractive lawn.
  • Water less and more frequently. On over 90 degree-days, have a short 5-10 minute water cycle between the hours of 12-3pm, this helps the lawn use less energy.
  • Best time to water is in the morning, right before or at sunrise.
  • Watering at night can encourage disease.
  • Over watering can lead to disease and bring unwanted weeds to invade your yard.

Mowing Tips

  • Don’t bag your clippings. Your lawn uses the mulched clippings as free fertilizer.
  • Keep your height of cut less than 1\3 of the total length of the grass. For example: if your lawn is 6" tall, do not cut more than 2".
  • During the summer months, if your lawn allows it, ...
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Our new website has been launched live!

Our new website has been launched live!

We would like to announce our new website has been launched! We are very excited about new and existing customers being able to find us online, learn about our services and get in contact with us.

Come back often for great lawn care and landscaping information!

Part of our new website is a blog that we'll be utilizing to provide you with lawn care tips, reminders and other great lawn and landscaping information. We encourage you to join in and comment on our posts with your questions, opinions and requests.

The new site will continue to grow!

Since we just launched the website, there are many things we'll be adding into the future. When you see or talk to us, let us know what you think! Your feedback is important as we strive to offer the best lawn service possible.

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