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Retaining Wall Installation Burlington Wisconsin

Retaining walls are structures that hold back any material and prevent it from eroding away or sliding down.  They are designed to resist the pressure from the material that it is holding back.  Many homes are built on slopes and hills making it necessary incorporate retaining walls into the landscaping.

Before working on retaining walls you must consider multiple factors.  The most crucial is that the design must cater to the slope requirements in order to have the best structural stabilization and balance.

Types of Retaining Walls

The following are five of the most common types of retaining walls used for residential landscaping:

  • Gravity walls are often used for small wall that do not exceed a height of four feet.  This kind of wall relies on its weight to resist the pressure of the materials behind it.
  • Sheet pile retaining walls also known as piling retaining walls are a type of wall that is utilized on softer soils that don’t have adequate space for a wide barrier. Usually it uses planks that are vinyl, steel, or wood that is inserted into the soil and held up by soil on either side taller walls require a tieback anchor for added support
  • Cantilever retaining walls are a single-layer wall built with a base connected to a slap.  They are capable of holding a significant amount of material and can support taller slopes.
  • Anchored retaining walls utilize cable anchors for added strength.  The cables help the wall resist pressure from the materials that could cause instability.  Anchored walls are ideal for supporting heavier loads.
  • Counterfort retaining walls are similar to cantilever but have the addition on thin vertical concrete webs installed at intervals along the rear side of the wall.  This results in added strength and are preferable when building structures in excess of 25 feet and higher

A retaining wall not only creates a barrier and additional space it also adds an aesthetically pleasing piece to your landscaping.  When you are ready to design a retaining wall work with one of our expert landscapers to design the perfect wall for your space.

Contact Koch Kuts for your free retaining wall installation estimate in Burlington, Wisconsin and surrounding areas. 

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Planning Your Lawn Care Season by Season

Best Practices for Lawn Care in Southeastern Wisconsin

By maintaining proper lawn care season to season, you can make it easier to upkeep year after year. There are steps you can take to protect and enhance your lawn from early spring through late fall. Early Spring is the time when you want to focus on sharpening up your lawn care tools and making sure you have all the necessities handy for the upcoming seasons. Lawn care is easier and goes quicker when you are fully prepared. Follow the guide below:

Early or Pre-Spring Lawn Care Tips:

Make sure you have the following necessities handy:

  • Rakes (regular and hard tooth)
  • Proper shovels for each job you will be taking on
  • Hand tools (including pruning scissors)
  • Working and fueled up lawn mower
  • Aerator
  • Hose
  • Sprinkler System for regular watering
  • Grass seed for areas necessary
  • Fertilizers
  • Herbicides
  • Rain Guage

Getting your Equipment Ready for the Seasons ahead:

It is a good idea to sharpen the blades on all of your tools including your lawn mower and trimmers. You may want to stock up on a backup lawn mower blade just in case. Tune up your lawn mower by checking and replacing filters and spark plugs. Clear out old gas and add fresh gasoline to your mower. Do preliminary yard work such as removing leaves, twigs and debris.

Spring Lawn Care Tips:

When spring hits, your lawn will start to grow. Always wait until your grass dries before mowing. Begin fertilizing your lawn. Aerating is recommended to assure your lawn stays healthy. An aeration machine pokes holes in the soil which allow airflow, water and fertilizer to reach the grassroots. The best time to do this is a few hours after a healthy rain fall.

Early Summer Lawn Care Tips:

This is the best time to identify any Grub infestation and take care of it. Grub will ruin your lawn. This is also a good time to inspect and remove any weeds before they grow into a bigger problem. Remove them by hand so you can be sure to pull out the full root. Prepare for a potentially dry summer by making sure you have a sprinkler system or watering plan ready.

Summer Lawn Care Tips:

Summer can be the hardest time to maintain a healthy green lawn due to dry spells and extreme heat. Try not to cut your grass any lower than 3 inches to the earth. You also have to be careful not to over water your lawn. Try not to water more than 3 inches a week. After each mow, clean the bottom of your lawn mower with your hose. This will keep your lawn mower blades clean and sharp. Rake up any large standing grass clippings that may weigh on your lawn. Short clippings are okay for added nutrients.

Early Fall Lawn Care Tips:

This is when you want to prepare for the season most people dread – Fall Leaf Season… Rake your lawn thoroughly removing any early fallen leaves, debris and dead grass. It is recommended to work some compost into the earth of your lawn and apply grass seed designed for both sun and shade. Use your hard tooth rake to help the seed settle fully into the earth. If you have spots on your lawn that are barren, pay extra care in planning grass seed and spread small grass clippings over top. Water this area well and try to keep the patch constantly moist until growth begins.

Fall Lawn Care Tips:

Raking Season. Try to keep your lawn free of leaves the best you can by raking regularly or using a mulching lawn mower. A mulching lawn mower will add the organic materials to the soil and help with nourishment. This is also a good time to apply fall fertilizer which will work its way into the root system and keep the grass as healthy as possible through the harsh winter season. Prepare your flower beds for the winter. Cut out any dead flowers and transplant any flowers necessary for spring.

Contact Koch Kuts for seasonal lawn care and lawn maintenance solutions in and around Burlington, Wisconsin today.

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Spring Landscaping Projects that Raise Property Value

It’s been a long winter, but spring is finally here in Southeastern Wisconsin! It’s the best season to start your landscaping projects and add value to your property. The key is to not break your bank but still add undeniable value and visual appeal. Good landscape design has the potential for a 20% increase in resale value of your home. Done right, you can also raise your property value by 12%, increase your homes ROI by 50+% and decrease the time it takes to sell your home.

Think about it – the first thing someone sees, the very first impression of your property and home is the exterior. It is recommended you invest approximately 10% of your home’s complete value into your landscaping and exterior design. Whether it be soft scape projects like adding shrubs, trees and plants, or hardscape renovations such as decks, fireplaces or pits, fencing, garden and yard walkways/pathways, or lighting fixtures.

First things first – consult with a professional landscaper and develop a solid plan. Koch Kuts is your top choice lawn care and landscaping company in Burlington, Wisconsin (servicing all surrounding areas). You don’t want to start a project without a solid plan or you may end up spending unnecessary money or lack efficiency. You also don’t want to start the wrong types of projects for your property.

Some affordable and good starter landscaping projects for this spring:

Patios and Outdoor Fireplaces/Fire Pits

There are a number of hardscapes that will add undeniable value to your property. The most common are decks and patios. Especially when you add an outdoor fireplace or fire pit – this not only adds visual appeal but also gives you a great space to entertain guests all summer long. Imagine increasing the value of your home by up to 12% – and making yourself and awesome area to hang out with your family, friends and neighbors. Investment wise, the ROI is high, and the cost is low. You can also consider adding a water feature such as a hot tub, small pool or a fish pond. Think comfort, fun, appeal and seamless beauty.

Plant new Trees

New Trees are very affordable and can provide long term value, protection, shade and beauty. It is important to remember that depending on the type of tree there may be some added maintenance. A professional landscaper from Koch Kuts can advise you on the best trees for your yard and level of maintenance preferred. Typical cost can range anywhere from $50-$200 for decent new trees and, well-kept, will provide undeniable long term value. Some of the most recommended trees are Sugar Maples, Red Cedar Trees, Northern Red Oaks, and Colorado Blue Spruces.

Well Planned Outdoor Lighting

Low cost with high value – outdoor lighting can increase visual appeal of your landscape as well as create a beautiful evening environment. You can strategically highlight certain areas and accent your trees, garden or lawn. This is also a visually appealing way to add extra security to your yard and safer pathways and driveways. Night lighting can be a high selling point for some homebuyers.

Contact Koch Kuts in Burlington, Wisconsin

We will be able to advise and work with you within your budget and design needs. We will help plan the best layout and plan to get your landscaping projects underway. We will also provide a cost effective estimate and complete the work for you in a timely manner. Value without breaking the bank – We have you covered.

Contact Koch Kuts for professional landscape design and a free landscaping estimate.

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Types of Burlington Retaining Walls

Retaining walls have come a long way. They used to be solely used when necessary for holding back earth from unwanted areas or preventing spread of erosion. Now many are realizing they can be used to increase value of your property by adding visual appeal and luxury functions.

Retaining Wall Masonry

Koch Kuts offers custom masonry services and professional installation of retaining walls. Typically various types of stone or brick are used. Wood can be used, but it presents the risk of rot long term. Concrete blocks can also be used for a cost effective solution. Custom Masonry is an option and provides lasting value.

Garden Retaining Walls

Garden retaining walls are designed to enclose a garden. They may also be referred to as screen walls sometimes. These are great for creating a tiered or terraced effect within your garden. You can create a masterpiece and make your eyesore of a hill into a full step garden. A flower path, shrubbery, maybe even fruit trees or vegetables? Build on a hobby, better utilize the space in your yard with the hill, and get rid of hard to mow/hard to grow grass frustrations.

Fire Pit Retaining Walls

It’s nice to sit outside and enjoy a nice fire in the spring, summer and fall. Retaining walls around patio’d fire pits are a great way to create an inviting environment for your evening fires. You can even add in a seat wall so you don’t have to worry about as many chairs and can maximize the space. Check out some of the fire pit retaining walls we’ve done in our custom landscaping and retaining walls gallery.

Retaining walls are more than just a necessity now. They are a part of landscaping. They have aesthetic purpose. They add value. Consider sprucing up your exterior and utilizing your land to the fullest with a retaining wall.

Contact Koch Kuts for your free Burlington retaining wall estimate in Burlington and surrounding areas today.

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Custom Paver Patio Design and Installation

A custom patio is perfect for entertaining, relaxing and escaping from it all right at your own home. Your patio can expand your living space to the great outdoors. Just imagine your morning, watching the sunrise while drinking a cup of coffee or watching sunset with your friends and family in the evenings on your beautiful custom design patio.

If you are unsure of the right design, Koch Kuts Landscaping has passion and experience in Paver Patio design. Koch Kuts offers patio design and installation services to homeowners throughout Burlington, Waterford, Elkhorn and surrounding areas. Whatever your lifestyle and needs may be for your new paver patio – we have you covered.

Custom Patio can make your backyard experience fun no matter what time of day it is! With a stylish and up to date patio design, you can entertain guests outside on warm summer day or add a fire pit and roast marshmallows on a cool fall evening.

Koch Kuts Landscaping can design and install a custom patio in any sized yard, small or big. A patio for can be used to transform awkward or sloped space into useable area. Check out some of our Before and After Patio images to see the transformations we’ve already achieved and get an idea of what we can do for you.

Concrete Patios are available in a range of different colors, shapes and sizes. We can customize your patio to fit your style and needs.

Some important points you should think about

  1. First identify the area where you will want your new patio installed.
  2. Determine the texture you are looking to achieve – some of the different types of textures include: Tumbled (weathered), non-tumbled (smooth), embossed (contain dimples on the surface), flagstone and tumbled and embossed, slate
  3. Color Scheme – some of the most popular colors include: cream/brown, grey/charcoal, sandstone, limestone, grey/moss/charcoal and terracotta/brown/cream
  4. Paving stones – tile, brick, antique cobble, slate, flagstone, weathered stone and old world cobble stone.

Contact Koch Kuts for your free paver patio estimate in Burlington and surrounding areas today.

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Bright Autumn Foliage Burlington Wisconsin

With the temperatures dropping nothing is better than having a beautiful fall color display in your landscaping.  Choosing the right trees and scrubs for your yard can result in stunning color variations in fall.

Here are a few suggestions for Bright Autumn Foliage 

Fall Lawn Care BurlingtonBurning Bush: This tough shrub earned its common name because of its autumn hues: In fall, the foliage turns glowing shades of red and pink.

Maple Tree: A great, extra-reliable tree that makes a big statement in fall, sugar maple offers gorgeous red, orange, or yellow end-of-the-season leaves.

Witch Hazel: A true plant for autumn, witch hazel leaves turn golden-yellow in fall. As they drop, they are joined by yellow flowers.

Smokebush:  Loved as much for its summer purple or gold foliage and plumes of soft, shimmery flowers, smokebush also offers great fall color — often in bold shades of orange and pink.

Sumac: An incredibly tough shrub, sumac provides some of the brightest red color you’ll see in autumn.

Sweet Burch:  A beautiful tree, we love sweet birch for its cinnamon-colored peeling bark and triangular dark green leaves that turn beautiful golden-yellow in fall.

When planning your landscaping, choosing trees and shrubs that give you a beautiful color display in the fall will add stunning color and beauty to your landscape.

Contact Koch Kuts for your Fall Landscaping Estimate in Burlington and Surrounding Areas. 

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Fall Landscaping in Burlington and Surrounding Areas

As the Temperatures drop and the leaves begin their brilliant color display it marks the time to plan your fall lawn care.  Utilizing a lawn service to prepare your landscape for the winter months will not only save you days of time and labor it will also prepare your landscape for a lush and beautiful spring bloom.

Here are a list of items that will ensure a lush lawn, plentiful foliage and beautiful spring blooms.

 

  • Trim the Trees:  by trimming any dead or overhanging branches in fall you can prevent damage to your home or property caused by winter weather such as snowstorms or ice.
  • Feed your Grass:  your lawns root system keeps growing until temperatures fall below 40 degrees.  Fertilizing your lawn in fall while the roots are still active is key to successful lawn growth in spring.
  • Aerate your Lawn:  as the soil compacts around the root system it can prevent key nutrients from getting to your lawn.  Aerating your lawn helps nutrients reach the roots and creates a hearty and lush lawn.
  • Cut back Perennials:  by cutting back perennials you send nutrients and energy back to the roots and the result will be a healthier plant in the spring.
  • Mulch: renewing the mulch in your landscape in fall protects plants from the cold temperatures and frost damaging their root system.
  • Plant New Plants:  Fall is the perfect time to plant your spring bulbs and plants to create a beautiful spring color display.
  • Dry your Irrigation system:  blowing out the water in your irrigation system in fall will prevent lines from being damaged from water freezing in the lines.  This simple step can save you money in repair or replacement fees.
  • Clean Decks and Patios:  Clear all clutter from decks and patios.  Put away or cover lawn furniture or decorations.
  • Leaf Removal:  as beautiful as the fall colors are on the trees, fallen leaves can rob your lawn of nutrients and are an eyesore in your landscape.

 

These simple items will ensure that your landscape not only looks wonderful during the fall but also will ensure a vibrant landscape in the spring.  Contact Koch Kuts and let our professional team do all the hard work for you so that you can enjoy your free time with friends and family instead of leaves and rakes.

Contact Koch Kuts for your Free Fall Landscaping Estimate in Burlington and surrounding areas today.

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Patio Installation Burlington Wisconsin

A brick or natural stone patio is a beautiful addition to your outdoor living space. Make sure you consider the pros and cons of natural stone and brick patios to determine which material will work best for your needs. The variety of materials that can be used to make a patio are plentiful and can be customized to your specific wants and needs.  You can use brick or stone on your patio in an endless number of designs and patterns.

Brick can be less expensive than natural stone. Bricks are easily made, where natural stone must be mined and cut. The cost can be double or more for natural stone.  A brick paver patio will be a rough surface, but natural stone is smooth. If you plan on having a patio where you will have a lot of accessories, you will want to consider the best option for its use.

Brick can be formed in very ornate patterns, and you can use different colors of bricks to make a mosaic pattern. Although natural stone can be made into several patterns, they are mostly a classic design that does not have a lot of flair. If you want your Burlington paver patio to be the focal point with an ornate pattern, brick will offer more options.

Most people believe that a paver patio should be placed right off the back of a house. While this works in some cases, there are a number of other things to consider when determining the proper placement for a new patio.

 

Patio Placement Considerations:

  • The main purpose of the patio
  • Location of patio to the home
  • Available space is your yard
  • Sun and shade during all hours of the day
  • Views and landscaping surrounding the patio

 

The most important thing to consider when locating a patio is function. Your patio should be placed in the yard to utilize what you want to use it for. For example, if you would like to use your patio for sunbathing, then you should select the sunniest spot in your yard.

Placing multiple patios in your landscaping can create multiple destinations in your yard.  From a circular fire pit area to a large entertaining space the options are endless.

Contact Koch Kuts for your free paver patio estimate in Burlington, Wi and surrounding areas.

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To Mulch or not to Mulch? Answered by your Burlington Landscaper

Mulching is one of the most important ways to protect and maintain healthy landscaped plants, shrubs and flowers. Some of the uses for mulch are:

  • Mulch helps to prevent weeds from coming through your garden beds
  • Organic mulches add nutrients to the base of the soil.
  • Mulch helps hold moisture in your plants and gardens, reducing the need to water as frequently
  • Mulch adds to the aesthetic appeal of your landscape, giving it a finished look

Mulch is material that is spread over and around the roots of what you have planted. There are two types of mulch:

  • Organic mulch includes grass clippings, newspaper, leaves, and bark mulch
  • Inorganic mulch includes various types of gravel, rocks or stones.

Applying Mulch

When applying mulch you want to have a layer of mulch at least 2-4 inches as close to the roots as possible Adding mulch as needed when using organic materials to keep a healthy base in your gardens. Do not use too much mulch as it can result in suffocation of the roots of your plants. You also want to make sure you keep any mulch away from tree trunks. Mulches are very beneficial but they can become a habitat for insects around trees and houses. Most of these insects will not harm your plants but they may become a nuisance for you. This is important when using organic mulch close to your house. Mulch should be applied directly on top of soil to aid in moisture retention, using a barrier like plastic can damage the soil and cause it to dry out from lack of moisture. Apply your mulch is in late spring once the ground starts to warm up for the best effect.

When choosing the right mulch for your flowerbed you should first consider why you want mulch in the first place. Ask yourself what your specific mulching needs are and buy the mulch that will best suit your needs. Our professional Burlington landscapers will assist you in picking out the perfect mulch to add beauty and value to your home landscaping.  Whether you use colored bark mulch or beautiful colored rocks, your yard will have a clean finished look.

Contact Koch Kuts for your free landscaping quote in Burlington and surrounding areas today.

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Minimize Mosquitos With the Right Plants in Your Landscaping

As the temperature rises and the warm summer rains arrive so do our least favorite yard guest, the mosquito!   Incorporating natural repellent plants into your landscaping will help keep the pests away and outdoor activities going long after sundown.

Here are some of the most common plants:

Citronella: it is the most common ingredient in most mosquito repellents. Most people don’t realize that is an actual plan!

Citronella is a perennial clumping grass that emits a strong aroma that masks other scents, and keeps mosquitoes from being attracted to the things around it.

Peppermint:  Most Bugs don’t like the smell and taste of peppermint.  By planning it around your home it is a great way to keep them from joining your outdoor fun.  Peppermint leaves can also be rubbed on bites for relief.

Basil:  Talk about double duty.  Basil is not only great for cooking but the added bonus of keeping mosquitoes at bay is a definite perk.

Garlic: Eating garlic unfortunately will not repel mosquitos; however adding them to your garden does the trick.

Catnip:  Not just for felines any more! Catnip has been studied and found more effective than DEET, the ingredient found in common bug repellents.

Marigolds:  Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, an ingredient found in many insect repellents, and their unique aroma bugs find repulsive.

Lavender: A gorgeous purple flowering plant that has a soothing and calming scent.  Grow it indoors in a sunny window or in a flowerbed to keep the bugs away.

Lemon Balm:  A member of the mint family also known as Beebalm.  Lemon Balm is a very hard plant that is easily grown even if you do not have a green thumb. It is fast growing and grows well in the shade.

Contact Koch Kuts Landscaping for your free landscaping estimate in Burlington and surrounding areas.