Hacks to Easily Get Rid of Leaves This Fall

The colorful fall foliage is something to look forward to each year, but it can also be a hassle once all those leaves end up on your lawn. Raking leaves can be an unforgiving chore, but there are some hacks you can use to easily get rid of leaves and protect your lawn’s health. 

Mulch the Leaves

If the leaves are left whole they can create too much organic matter and prevent your turf from getting the proper nutrients while also promoting mold growth. However, if you mulch the leaves, you will be providing your lawn with some great fertilizer. Any lawnmower should be able to mince up the leaves. Just be sure to mulch the leaves when they are dry so that they are easier to break up.

Buy a Tarp

A tarp can be your best friend when it comes to raking up leaves. Instead of creating piles and bagging the leaves, you can simply rake them onto the tarp. When it is full, gather up each corner and take the leaves to the trash or other disposal area. This is an especially helpful hack if you have a large yard and lots of ground to cover.

Get a New Rake

Every job is easier when you have the right tools. If you have been using the same old rusty rake for years, it is time for an upgrade. You will find that new models have easy grip handles, more effective tines, and other little design tweaks that will make raking easier and prevent blisters and sore arms.

Work with Nature

Don’t make things harder than they have to be by trying to rake up wet leaves. Take advantage of dry days to remove your leaves. In addition, if you can, clean your leaves on a windy day so that you can rake in the direction the wind is blowing to make things easier. 

These hacks will certainly make leaf removal easier this fall, but if you want additional help, be sure to call the experts at JT’s Landscaping and Lawncare. Our team of professionals can help you clean up your yard and prepare it for winter. 


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Are the Summer Thunderstorms Affecting My Lawn and Landscape?

In North Carolina, summer means high heat and humidity, which often lead to afternoon thunderstorms. While the rain can be great for your lawn and landscape, there are also some steps you can take to protect your home and yard from high winds and flooding. 

Add Mulch

Hard rains and strong winds can be tough on plants. However, helping your plants build a strong root system can make them more resilient and ensure that they come back healthy even if they are damaged by weather. A three-inch blanket of mulch will help plants be more durable and trap moisture during the hot summer months.

Keep Trees Trimmed

Extreme weather can also be tough on trees, especially if they have become overgrown. Losing a limb also has the potential to damage your home and take down power lines. Be sure to remove any dead branches and trim any other branches that aren’t doing well. This will allow the tree to send more energy to the root system and help it become more solidly anchored in the soil.

Tether Plants

If you spent the spring installing new plants throughout your landscape, it is a good idea to tether these young plants to a fence or a stake that has been placed securely in the ground. Again, these plants are still trying to establish a strong root system, so anchoring them will help them survive summer thunderstorms.

Install a Retaining Wall 

Flooding can also be a problem as storms move in and out quickly and drop a good amount of rain. This can be tough on plants and also cause soil erosion. A retaining wall may be the solution for effectively redirecting water and providing a barrier for plants and soil. Fortunately, these walls can also make a great decorative addition to your landscape.

While summer storms can be tough on your landscape, there are some precautions you can take to help your plants survive summer conditions. For additional help protecting and improving your landscape, contact the experts at JT’s Landscaping and Lawn Care.

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Best Materials to Build a Garden Walkway With

Adding a walkway to your garden is a great way to add structure and protect your plants from foot traffic. A walkway also creates a focal point and acts as a standout design feature. Choosing the best material may depend on the overall look you are trying to achieve. Here are some great options to choose from. 

1. Gravel

The nice part about a gravel path is that you can choose from all sorts of different stone colors and sizes. Small, beige pebbles are great for a country garden and larger black and gray stones are often found in Japanese-style gardens. No matter what type of gravel you choose, it will create a defined walkway and help to keep the weeds at bay for a crisp and clean look.

2. Bricks Pavers

If you are looking to install a more permanent walkway, pavers are a great choice. These tend to be used in more manicured gardens and can be an extension of patio areas. They provide a classic look along with plenty of color and pattern options. Brick pavers are also incredibly durable.

3. Wood   

Wood walkways provide a more casual and organic look. You can work with a professional to installed raised walkways or invest in DIY roll-out products that can be installed in minutes. Just remember to purchase pressure-treated wood or cedar to ward off rot and prolong the life of your walkway.

4. Concrete

Concrete is by far the cheapest walkway material that also comes with a high level of durability. You can pour the concrete for a walkway with finished edges or install stepping-stone style pieces of broken concrete for a more natural look.   

Choosing the best material for a garden walkway will vary according to your budget, how much maintenance you are prepared to do, and the type of look you are trying to achieve. For help finding and installing the right material, contact the experts at JT’s Landscaping. We have years of experience serving customers throughout the Triangle area.   

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Low Maintenance Plants You Should Install Today

While practically everyone wants to enjoy a beautiful and healthy landscape, not everyone has the time or patience for regular maintenance. Fortunately, there are plenty of low-maintenance options for landscaping. Whether you want to enjoy lush trees, bright flowers, or colorful grasses, you can find low-maintenance options to enhance your surroundings without all the fuss.


Dogwoods are the state tree of North Carolina and a beautiful symbol of spring. Once the weather turns warm, these low-maintenance trees showcase stunning white flowers. They prefer to be partially shaded and mature trees can range from 10-25 feet in height. Dogwoods are also known for quick growth and can gain about a foot per year. 

Black-eyed Susan

If you have a sunny spot in the yard that could use some color, black-eye Susan flowers are a great choice. They grow 1 to 3 feet tall and bloom from June through October with yellow flower petals that attract local pollinators. Just be sure to give them plenty of their own space because they can be aggressive growers and crowd out any other flowers you plant nearby. 

American Holly

The American holly is another hardy and colorful tree that is found throughout North Carolina. They prefer partial sun and regular moisture but can withstand full sun or shade, flooding, drought, and even saltwater. It is categorized as a broad-leaf evergreen and known for bright red berries and glossy, deep green leaves. Bluebirds especially love to hang out in these trees and eat the berries.    

Butterfly Weed

The butterfly weed enjoys full sun and dry soil, making it a perfect flower for North Carolina summers. It grows 1 to 2 feet tall and sprouts bright yellow and orange flowers that are known to attract Monarch butterflies. This flower is a great low-maintenance option that will bring additional color and nature to your yard. 

No matter where you live in North Carolina, there are plenty of low-maintenance plant options that will help you enjoy a beautiful landscape without having to constantly tend to your plants. With a little research, you can fill in your landscape with ornamental trees, flowers, and shrubs for a beautiful and cohesive look that complements your home. For tips on low-maintenance landscaping ideas, visit JT’s Landscaping and Lawn Care today. 


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How to Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

The winter months provide a break from contrast lawn maintenance, but that doesn’t mean you want to completely ignore your yard. Before the cold really sets in, you will want to take certain steps to prepare your lawn for winter. Investing some time during the fall will ensure that your lawn returns healthier than ever in the spring. Follow these tips for a better lawn.

1. Do the Final Mow

For the last mow of the season, you will want to cut the grass down to 1”-1.5”. This will make aeration easier and allow you to identify any areas that may need extra compost and seed.

2. Remove Leaves and Organic Debris

Raking up leaves and pine needles throughout the fall can feel like an endless chore, but it is an important part of preparing your lawn. A thick layer of leaves can prevent air from reaching the roots. In addition, leaves can accumulate moisture, which provides the perfect home for both pests and disease. If the leaves aren’t too thick or wet, you can simply use your lawnmower to mulch them up into smaller pieces, which can then provide your lawn with nutrients.

3. Aerate and Fertilize Your Lawn

Before the Triangle area experiences the first frost of the year, you will want to aerate and fertilize your lawn. Aeration not only breaks up any compaction that has occurred, but it also allows air, water, and nutrients to reach the roots. Adding the right fertilizer once you have aerated provided roots with the opportunity to absorb and store nutrients over the winter. As soon as the weather turns warm and the grass begins to grow again, it will have everything it needs to create a dense root structure and grow back thicker than ever.

4. Overseed

When you combine overseeding with aeration and fertilizing, you improve your chances of creating a thicker lawn. A push spreader is the best way to consistently deliver seeds. Be sure to overlap slightly as you make passes across the lawn. 

5. Reduce Foot Traffic

Once the grass has gone dormant, it is more susceptible to damage. If you continue to walk the same path across your lawn, you can damage the grass and create bare spots come spring.

Following these five steps will protect your lawn throughout the winter months and ensure that you have a healthier landscape next spring. If you would like professional help preparing your lawn for winter, contact the experts at JT’s Landscaping. Our team of highly trained experts has years of experience helping homeowners throughout the Triangle enjoy healthier and more beautiful landscapes. 

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Prepare Your Deck or Patio for Winter in 5 Steps

The daylight hours are getting shorter. The temperatures are dropping and winter is setting in. That means more time spent indoors, making it the perfect time to prepare your deck or patio for winter weather conditions. Spending some time preparing your patio will both prolong its lifespan and make sure that it is ready to use once spring arrives. Follow these 5 steps to make sure that your deck is ready for snow and cold temperatures.

1. Remove All Dirt and Debris

While your deck is exposed to dirt and debris throughout the year, this is especially true during the fall when leaves and pine needles fall from the trees. Dirt and other organic debris can accumulate in corners and between boards, which allows moisture to build up. As you probably know, moisture is the number one enemy of wood and can cause rot and other structural damage. Simply cleaning your deck can go a long way in preserving it.

2. Remove Any Mildew

Not only is mildew unsightly and slippery, but it can also cause damage. Make sure to do a deep cleaning on all your deck or patio surfaces before it has a chance to set in for winter. There are plenty of products on the market or you can create your own mixture of water, soap, and bleach. All you have to do is apply the cleaner, wait 10-15 minutes and thoroughly rinse the deck in order to effectively kill and remove harmful mildew.

3. Conduct a Visual Inspection

Once your deck or patio has been cleaned, take the time to inspect joints, look for weak or loose boards and any nails or hardware that has become loose. Replace any damaged wood, hammer down raised nails, and tighten hardware for a safe and secure deck.

4. Apply Sealant

This is a maintenance project that should be on your to-do list every 2-3 years. Sealing your deck will help to lock out moisture and prevent warping, cracking, and rotting. It will also help deter pests from attacking the wood so that you won’t have to worry about repairs. 

5. Remove Snow

Once the cold weather has set in, be sure to shovel snow off the deck or patio with a plastic shovel that won’t leave scratches. You don’t want inches of moisture sitting on the wood. It is also important to avoid salting wood surfaces because it can damage certain stains and finishes.

Putting a little time and effort into preparing your deck or patio can go a long way in making sure that it is intact and ready to enjoy once the warm weather returns. Regular attention and maintenance will also prevent you from having to worry about more expensive repairs. You can prolong the life of your deck and continue to enjoy your outdoor living space.

For more tips and professional help preparing your landscape and hardscapes for the changing seasons, contact JT’s Landscaping today.  

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7 Fall Cleanup Services for Retail Center and Office Parks

Fall is here and it is time to turn your attention to your landscape. Spending some time cleaning up debris and preparing your grass, trees, flower beds and irrigation systems for the winter can help ensure a beautiful and healthy landscape once spring arrives. Taking advantage of fall cleanup services can help you make a great first impression with customers and visitors who come to your retail center or office park. Here are the top 7 commercial landscape services we recommend during the fall:

1. Leaf Cleanup

While fall foliage can be beautiful, once the leaves have fallen and are covering your turf, it is time to take action and search for some fall cleanup services. Not only do dead leaves make your property look unkempt, the leaves are bad news for your grass. The leaves will prevent air and nutrients from reaching the lawn while also collecting moisture that will attract insects and plant diseases. That is why leaf removal should be at the top of your list for fall landscape services.

2. Aerating and Seeding

One fall cleanup service you should consider is aerating and seeding. Mowing your lawn and even just walking on it can cause the soil to compact, which makes it difficult for water and nutrients to get to the roots. Aeration works by removing plugs of soil from the lawn and creating clear pathways to roots. When aeration is followed by overseeding, your lawn will grow back stronger and fuller in the spring.

3. Fertilizing

It may sound counterintuitive to fertilize your grass right as it is beginning to go dormant for the winter. Keep in mind that while your grass won’t be growing, the roots are still developing and need nutrients. Fertilizing in the fall will help create a deep and healthy root system that will result in a thick lawn once growth resumes in the fall.

4. Pruning

Now is the time to cut back overgrown or dead trees and bushes. With the leaves gone, you will be able to see what needs to be trimmed. Pruning not only creates a tidy landscape, it also supports plant health.

5. Take Care of Perennials

Now that the bloom is off your perennials, your flower beds are probably full of deteriorating stalks. You can cut them back all the way to the ground, which will help prevent disease, improve the look of your landscape and help the flowers come back next year. This is a necessary fall cleanup service you should complete to keep your lawn looking great.

6. Mowing

For the final mow of the season, you will want to cut the grass shorter than you may usually cut it. Shorter grass will help prevent moisture from accumulating and spreading disease. It will also make leaf removal a lot easier.

7. Winterize Your Irrigation System

During the warm North Carolina summers, your irrigation system plays a key role in providing the right amount of moisture. Once the weather turns cold, you want to protect your system so that you don’t have to worry about making costly repairs. It is important to remove all the water from the system to prevent any freezing and take other steps to winterize the system.

Leave your fall cleanup tasks to the experts. Call JT’s Landscaping to schedule a consultation and set up a fall cleanup schedule that will protect your retail location or office center landscape and make sure that it looks better than ever next spring.

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What are the Benefits of Aerating and Seeding?

As summer begins to wane, it is time to start planning for your spring lawn and landscape. Investing some time in preparing your lawn will go a long way to ensure that it comes back fuller, lusher, and healthier than ever before. One of the most effective ways to support your lawn is through aerating and seeding. 

Over time, your lawn’s soil can become compacted. This is especially true if you have pets and kids running around, but it can also happen with regular use and mowing. Compacted soil tends to create a shallow root system and makes it difficult for water, air, and other essential nutrients to reach the grass. 

How Aeration Works

Aeration creates holes and loosens the soil, which makes it easier for the roots to absorb all the nutrients they need. This helps to create a deeper and thicker roots system and a more dense lawn. Aeration also makes it easier for a seed to properly germinate and fill in any bald or thin patches on the lawn. aeration

Seeding Your Lawn

Once the lawn has been aerated, it should be overseeded. Basically, this means generously spreading seed across the entire lawn and not just bare areas. Overseeding will help to create a thicker and stronger lawn that will help to keep weeds at bay and resist insects and other types of turf damage. Repeating this process on a yearly basis will ensure that your lawn continues to improve.

Aerating and seeding are simple ways you can support your lawn health, repair any damage that may have occurred over the summer, and enjoy a lush and beautiful lawn in the spring. For professional help with year-round lawn care and maintenance, contact the experts at JT’s Landscaping. We have years of experience serving homeowners and businesses throughout the Triangle.

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What is the Best Time to Aerate and Seed Your Lawn?

North Carolina summers are characterized by scorching temps, high humidity, and almost daily rains. This kind of weather can be tough lawns. Fortunately, you can breathe new life into your lawn with the right aerating and seeding plan so that it grows back healthier and more lush than ever in the spring. Take advantage of cooler temperatures and warm soil conditioning during the fall to repair your lawn.

Advantages of Fall Aeration and Seeding

Many people assume that spring is the best time to seed a lawn in preparation for the summer. While spring is full of new growth, this creates competition for space and other resources. Other plants and weeds can make it difficult for new grass to thrive. In addition, if the lawn hasn’t had enough time to establish a deep and healthy root system before temperatures become too hot, you will end up with a lawn full of weeds instead of grass.  

During the fall months, the nights are much cooler while the soil remains warm, which helps to create ideal conditions for grass growth. At the same time, many plants are going into hibernation for the winter, so new grass doesn’t have as much competition for essential nutrients. Aerating and overseeding during the fall will help create a lush and healthy lawn that is more resistant to both pests and weeds.

Why is Aeration Important?

Aeration is a simple process that involves creating small holes in the soil so that water, air, and nutrients are better able to reach the grass’s roots. Over time, is it easy for your landscape’s soil to be compacted. Everything from pets and kids playing to regular mowing can lead to compacted soil that will kill the grass and create bare spots. Aeration is a vital component of lawn care that helps to loosen the soil for optimal growth conditions.

There are two types of aerators to choose from: a spike aerator and a plug aerator. Spike aerators can be as simple as spiked plates that can be strapped onto the bottom of your shoes. All you have to do is walk around your yard to aerate your lawn. Plug aerators remove more soil and are usually gas powered, self-propelled machines. If you don’t want to invest in this equipment, you can always rent an aerator from your local hardware store. While spike aerators are helpful, most lawn care specialists will recommend a plug aerator as the most effective option.

Overseeding Best Practices

When it comes to overseeding your lawn, preparation is key. Start by mowing the lawn and aerating the soil. Also, be sure to choose the right type of grass-based on how much sun your yard gets, what type of soil you have, and other conditions. Once you spread the seed, be sure to follow up with fertilizer and regular watering. Putting the time in during the late summer and early fall to repair your lawn will help you enjoy a lush and beautiful landscape once spring arrives.

If your lawn is looking a little worse for the wear, fall aeration and overseeding can help to fill in patches and create a full and thick lawn. For more information about lawn care or to get professional help with your fall lawn care projects, contact the experienced team at JT’s Landscaping.

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Common Raleigh Landscaping Services

Raleigh, North Carolina enjoys a temperate climate with short winters, which means residents get to enjoy the outdoors throughout the year. The weather also provides a great environment for lawns, plants, flowers, trees, and shrubs to thrive. For busy residents, keeping up with the maintenance and completing landscape improvement projects can be a lot. Fortunately, Raleigh landscaping services can help manage these tasks for an affordable price.

Landscape Design

Landscape design services can help you get the most out of your landscape and expand your outdoor living spaces. Whether you want to add a patio, install an outdoor kitchen or build retaining walls, an experienced landscape designer can create a plan that offers the best in form and function while also meeting your budgetary needs. The possibilities are practically limitless.

Landscape Maintenance

One of the most common Raleigh landscaping services is maintenance. This goes beyond simply mowing the lawn and can include weeding flower beds, pruning shrubs, and trees and fertilizing the entire landscape. The right maintenance program will help your entire landscape thrive and look beautiful all year long. Learn more about the maintenance we offer Raleigh lawns!

Irrigation Systems

Hot summers can include periods of drought that are a real challenge to Raleigh landscapes. An efficient and environmentally friendly irrigation system can deliver the right amount of water to where it is needed most and keep the entire landscape healthy. It is a great way to protect your landscape investment without causing unnecessary water waste.

Landscape Lighting

Lighting is the perfect way to highlight plants and architectural elements while also improving safety and making your landscape functional well past sunset. There is a wide range of lighting products and solutions that can be installed along walkways, around pool areas, and just about anywhere else. Landscape lighting is an easy and affordable way to elevate your landscape.

Landscape Construction

Once you have a design plan in place, you may want professional help with your landscape construction projects. Taking advantage of this Raleigh landscaping service will ensure that the job is done correctly the first time and provide you with warranties on both the products and the craftsmanship.

Landscaping services encompass a lot more than just lawn mowing. You can get help with maintaining every part of your landscape including flowers, landscape lighting, water features, and much more. You can also use these services to transform your landscape into your dream yard that helps you fully enjoy your outdoor living space. For more information on common Raleigh landscaping services and how they can help you save time and money while creating a beautiful and functional landscape, contact JT’s Landscaping today.

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