Residential Landscaping Services
Oasis Landscapes & Irrigation has provided Atlanta landscaping and irrigation services since 1989. Family-owned and operated, our professional landscapers and architects offer the following residential services:
No matter what your landscape needs are, you can count on Oasis to enhance your curb appeal and provide you with your own personal oasis right at home!
We Were Featured on the Show Yard Crashers
Oasis was on Yard Crashers! The episode was Yard Crashers #1011, “Backyard Hot Rods.” It premiered on the DIY Network on Monday, September 2, 2013. These homeowners are classic car lovers with limited resources to create an entertainment space that’s functional and private. Matt Blashaw and crew pimped this backyard with a decorative redwood sanctuary, a natural dry stack seat wall, a new flagstone patio, a one-of-a kind 1950s model truck for a BBQ island, and a tricked-out 1930s model car water feature. All this was surrounded with a lush garden of privacy plants, mature trees and blooming annuals. Watch this episode’s video at https://www.oasislandscape.com/yard-crashers-episode-update/.
Caring for Warm-Season Grasses
If you live in the southern United States, there’s a good chance your home has a warm-season lawn. Common warm-season grasses include Bermuda, centipede, buffalo, Bahia, St. Augustine and Zoysia. These grasses grow best when the temperature exceeds 80ºF. During the winter when the temperature drops, warm-season grasses go dormant and turn brown. Many Southern gardeners end up overseeding their lawns in winter by seeding their existing lawns with a ryegrass in the fall to ensure their lawn stays green throughout winter. Warm-season grasses are trickier to maintain than cool-season grasses. Therefore, it is important to choose the best type of grass for your soil type. Otherwise, your lawn can be quickly overrun with weeds or unwanted grasses. On the up side, warm-season grasses are more durable and require less watering than their cool-season siblings. Typically, winter watering will only need to be done if the season is extremely dry. To reduce the amount of lawn maintenance required, start out with good soil and maintain the ideal growing conditions for your grass type. Generally, this begins with having your soil tested. Testing the soil will ensure that you are fertilizing correctly, and help you understand which grass is best for your area. Warm-season grasses should be planted in the late spring rather than summer or fall. Planting them too late in the season does not give them enough time to develop before going dormant. Most can be planted from seed, with the exception of St. Augustine grass. Fertilizing should begin in May and continue once a month until September. If you fertilize too early, the grass will still be dormant and the only beneficiaries will be weeds. If you fertilize after September 1, you may delay the natural dormancy of the grass. Fertilizing in May should be done with a product that contains 30 to 50 percent nitrogen in a slow-release form. In February, use a good-quality pre-emergence herbicide to control weeds. This will give the herbicide a chance to kill the weeds before they germinate and become established. In March, remove any excessive thatch (a layer of living and dead grass crowns, roots and shoots) that has developed. Too much thatch can be a problem for warm-season grasses because it can decrease drought tolerance, make the grasses more susceptible to heat stress, and harbor insects and disease organisms Mowing for most warm-season grasses should begin when the grass reaches about 1-1/2 inches high. Buffalo grass should not be cut until it is at least 3 inches high. Warm-season lawns need regular trimming and edging, as many varieties have the tendency to creep.
Landscaping During Winter
The middle of winter may not seem like the time to think about your lawn and garden. But it’s actually a great time to begin planning what you want to do to your property during the new year. Here are a few simple but effective tips to get your landscaping back in shape for the coming spring:
- Add a layer of mulch. Whether you buy mulching material or simply use the dead leaves from fall, it’s important to protect your plants in winter with a layer of mulch. A thorough application of mulch will also spruce up your yard when there is little foliage or flowers to make it attractive.
- Check and repair your garden implements. Use this time to inspect, repair and replace your garden tools. Sharpen hedge shears, pruning shears, grass clippers and hoes. Tighten loose handles. This way, you’ll be ready to start landscaping and planting immediately when spring arrives.
- Plan for your new garden. A sure sign of the end of winter is the onslaught of seed catalogs in the mail. This is a good time to draw up a plan for new garden layouts and plantings, and research and order new plants for your garden. By doing this now, rather than buying on impulse at the local home center, you can stay within budget. Buying seeds and starting your own plants at home costs a lot less money than buying seedlings from a nursery.
- Sow spring bulbs. Many plants grown from bulbs—like daffodils, crocuses and tulips—are planted in cool weather so they can flourish and bloom in early spring. There is still time in winter to ready the beds to sow them for spring bloom.
- Make landscaping changes now. Winter is also a good time to think about changes in your landscaping. Look up new designs, research new plants, or consider additional elements to introduce into your garden. Winter is also the perfect time to explore changes in the hardscaping of your property such as walls or walkways. Landscaping companies often have lighter schedules in winter and can take extra time to discuss and draw up plans for your property.
- Clean up your garden. Finally, winter is a good time for a thorough cleanup of anything that might interfere with spring growth. There may not be many weeds, but there probably are plenty of dead leaves, broken branches and other debris that should be cleared up to make way for spring planting.