• Lawn Maintenance Tips for Fence Owners

    When it comes to improving curb appeal, homeowners have a lot of options. Keeping the lawn watered, fertilized, and clipped is a simple way to show pride in your home. If you’re planning a fence installation , the way you mow your lawn will need to change a little. Ask the vinyl fence installer if the panels can be elevated slightly above the lawn to allow a weed whacker to pass under it. If your fence has already been installed, use the following tips.

    Mowing and Trimming the Lawn

    Set the blades to a height no shorter than two inches. If your area hasn’t had much rain or the grass looks a little sickly, set it to 2.5 to three inches. Drive the mower in a line parallel to the fence, and get as close as you can without risking damage to the fence or mower. Once you’ve finished mowing, fire up your weed trimmer to take care of the grass closer to the fence. The weed trimmer’s line won’t harm the fence, but you’ll probably go through the line faster if it does hit the structure.

    Installing Brick or Stone Pavers

    There’s another option for homeowners who prefer to keep their weekend landscaping routines as short as possible. You could dig up a narrow strip of sod along the fence and install brick or stone pavers. Arrange them so that the tops of the pavers are just slightly above the level of the sod. You’ll be able to maneuver your lawnmower right over them, and there won’t be any extra grass to trim right next to the fence.

    Growing Ground Cover Plants

    Ground cover plants are another alternative for homeowners who dislike using weed whackers, but aren’t interested in investing in yards of stone pavers. You’ll still need to dig up a strip of sod parallel to the fence. Replace the lost material with a little garden dirt, and plant ground cover plants like periwinkle or creeping phlox. Ground cover plants don’t grow too tall, but they’re dense enough to crowd out weeds. They’re also very low maintenance.

    Enhance the aesthetics and increase the value of your home by installing a beautiful ornamental fence or vinyl fence. Paramount Fence also designs and installs wooden fences in the Chicagoland area. Call (630) 406-8410 to request your free estimate!

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  • Can I Install a Fence in Sandy Soil?

    Every fencing project presents unique challenges. Fence installation specialists adapt their techniques to suit each individual project, such as by compensating for a difficult terrain. Sandy soil particles are coarse, and they drain well. This means the ground is likely to be dry, which makes digging post holes easier. However, sandy soil needs a little extra attention because of its inherent instability.

    One option is to very firmly compact the soil once the post is in the hole. Sandy soil should be compacted so that all or nearly all of the soil that was removed will fit back into the hole, despite the presence of the fence post. A second option is to set the posts in concrete. Ideally, the top of the concrete should be rounded. The slope will help water drain away from the wooden fence post.

    The fence installation specialists serving Chicagoland can expertly put up your fence no matter what challenge the terrain poses. Call Paramount Fence at (630) 406-8410 to request your free estimate for a new ornamental fence .

  • How to Keep Your Lawn Alive All Year Long

    Many homeowners want a lush, beautiful lawn, but they can be difficult to maintain. You might know how to keep your lawn alive and well during the summer, but perhaps you need some help when temperatures drop below freezing or vice versa. The following tips can help you care for your lawn year-round and keep it looking its best.

    Spring

    Spring is one of the most important seasons when it comes to lawn care. As temperatures start to rise and grass begins to grow, you’ll need to make sure you give your grass lawn plenty of attention. It’s the ideal time to lay turf and sow seed. You should give your lawn a spring feeding using a pre-packaged feed.

    You’ll want to water your lawn occasionally in late spring if you haven’t been getting much rain. Be sure to mow the grass regularly. Use a rake or mechanical scarifier to remove the layer of dead grass that’s accumulated during winter. Spike the lawn using a fork or aerator.

    Summer

    Grass is the most stressed during summer. At first, that may sound like you need to do more maintenance, but avoiding some operations is actually better as to not disturb the lawn too much. If you’re expecting rain over the summer, you can give it another feeding. Watering will be your busiest chore during the summer and you may prefer using an irrigation system. You’ll also be mowing your lawn once or twice a week, except during periods that are extremely dry. Dig out or spray weeds as needed.

    Fall

    Caring for your lawn properly in the fall ensures that it will survive during winter. Be sure to feed your lawn using a potassium feed which toughens up the grass and encourages growth. Apply a top-dressing evenly over the lawn. As far as mowing is concerned, keep it to a minimum and your last mow will be in late fall. Rake up fallen leaves and scarify the lawn in addition to aerating it.

    Winter

    Winter is actually the easiest season to care for your lawn. Try to avoid walking on it when it’s frosty. Avoid laying turf if it’s extremely cold. Remove fallen leaves so they don’t block the grass from getting sunlight. For the most part, you can stay out of the cold rain and snow and you won’t need to get back to lawn care until spring.

    To learn about lawn fencing options in Illinois, contact Paramount Fence at 630-239-2714.

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