We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions that have been asked over the years and provided answers below. If there is a question you do not see in the list, contact us and we will consider adding it to the list!
Frequently Asked Questions
Young's Landscape Management, Inc.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I choose a landscape designer?
Ask Questions such as:
- Education, experience, creativity and compatibility.
- Ask for references
- Ask about photos, designs/plans from a portfolio or website.
How does the design process work?
There is an Initial Consultation. After listening to your ideas, wants and needs the designer will determine if they need to draw a conceptual plan or a Master Plan that will include a complete layout for your outdoor living spaces and other hardscape or architectural concepts and a planting plan.
Do the plants need care after they are installed?
Yes, a tree and shrub program is recommended. Watering instructions will be provided.
How can I make sure that my plants are doing well?
It is important to understand that there is more than one management method when preventing and controlling pest problems in the landscape.
Cultural Control -This is simply providing the sustainable landscape practices that implement proper irrigation, pruning and otherwise general care of plants and trees. Many pest problems that occur are often because proper cultural practices were not in place to begin with.
Mechanical Control – are controls outside of pesticide application such as controlling weeds with mulch, or clipping and disposing of infected plant material to stop the spread of a particular pest or disease.
Environmental Controls – this is used to suppress pest infestation by adjusting light, humidity, and/or temperature that affects the plant or tree. Removing or thinning to let more light in for example could be considered an environmental control.
Chemical control – finally there is pesticide or aka chemical control. This control has taken a lot of heat over the last few years because of the damage it has caused over the years. However, it is a great and very effective tool when controlling pest problems. Chemical control should only be used as a temporary solution and implemented with other pest management methods mentioned above.
Why is mulching important?
Mulch is valuable for the tree and shrubs health care:
- Mulch insulates the soil helping to provide a buffer from heat and cold temperatures.
- Mulch retains water helping to keep the roots moist.
- Mulch keeps weeds out to help prevent root competition.
- Mulch prevents soil compaction.
- Mulch reduces lawn mower damage.
What is a typical Spring Cleanup?
The following services will be performed during a spring cleanup:
- Remove all weeds, leaves, and debris from all landscape beds
- Re-edge all landscape bed lines
- Prune any winter damage from ornamental plant material
- Prune all ornamental plant material as needed
- Detail all perennial plant material as needed for spring season
- Apply fertilizer to all plant material
- Apply pre-emergent weed to control to all landscape beds
- Install Mulch
- Remove all debris from site
I am not sure what is wrong with my lawn, but I don't like how it looks. Can you help me?
Yes, our professionals will begin by performing a FREE evaluation and soil analysis to gauge the current condition of your lawn inspecting for active fungus or lawn pests. Our fertilization program is effective at controlling the pest and weed problems and helping the health of your lawn turn around quickly. Our staff will also give tips on other things such as raising the mowing height, increasing/decreasing irrigation times, and other tips to give you the healthiest lawn in the neighborhood.
I have crabgrass and weeds in my lawn every summer. What can I do to stop this?
A good lawn fertilization program can prevent and treat crabgrass and many other broad-leaf weeds when applied correctly. Our program is target specific for the weed growth as per time of year to help prevent seed germination. A healthy thick lawn is the key to help with weed prevention.
How often should I have my lawn cut?
Young’s Landscape Management schedules our lawn service weekly to help maintain a well manicured professional looking lawn. Young’s Landscape Management will always schedule your lawn service for the same day each week; however weather may delay our crews and we may need to adjust the schedule accordingly.
Why should I have my grass clipping mulched back into my lawn?
Returning the clippings to the lawn help to return the lawns nutrients back into the soil.
Will your large mowers or equipment harm the lawn.
No, our equipment will not harm your lawn In fact, our equipment will leave your lawn with the well manicured professional appearance you are looking for and can be proud of.
What products are used the most in hardscape construction?
We are seeing a swing back to natural stone and old fashion brick. This is not to say pavers and precast products are out, just that many are choosing the charm, longevity and value available with these classic products.
What is the purpose of the geo-textile fabric under the paver base?
The fabric adds strength and does not allow the aggregate to migrate into the subsoil.
Why can’t you just build a raised patio against my home without a installing a new support load bearing wall?
We did not design, engineer or construct the original wall. Many times the walls are only rated for the original load and backfill levels originally installed. We construct this new wall, close to the existing wall, to support the new load and protect the integrity of the existing wall/ structure.
Why does your hardscape proposal include so much detail about the base construction?
The base is where your value and added longevity of the project will come from. All hardscape companies can purchase similar natural or precast products. The differences are in the base construction details as well as the craftsmanship.
Why do you use polymeric sand instead of regular sand?
Polymeric sand has a number of benefits over regular sand. Polymeric sand deters weed establishment, and erosion, resists ant burrowing and allows joint movement during changes of weather.
Can I have any size fire pit and can it be located anywhere on my property?
Our design staff will check with the local fire and code officers to make sure that your fire pit conforms to the local regulations. Property line setbacks, setbacks from structures and diameter of the proposed fire pit are all stipulated under the building, zoning and fire codes.
What are some common uses for synthetic turf?
There are many uses for synthetic turf. From providing the beauty of a lawn in the shade, a pool surround to a seashore or sandy environment to pet areas to athletic uses such as play areas, putting greens and bocce courts, where synthetic turf can be used is really up to your imagination.
Is synthetic turf maintenance free?
Almost, you can say good bye to lawn mowing, regular irrigation, fertilizing, lawn renovations and most pesticides. Blowing the leaves off and an occasional brooming, based on use may be needed.
What is the synthetic turf made of?
Young’s Synthetic turf manufactured by Synthetic Turf International is composed of yarns which could be one or a combination of Polyethylene, Polypropylene and Nylon. The backing on the majority of products is Polyurethane.
Does the synthetic turf contain lead?
The products we install are lead free.
Is the turf permeable?
The lawn turf is all perforated to allow rain water to perk into the soil.
Are the synthetic turf products installed by Young’s safe for pets?
Yes, in fact the use of synthetic turf in kennels and for pet areas appears to be on the increase. We do many installations where the primary purpose is for the pets. Young’s does recommend that Nylon products are avoided in pet uses because the Nylon will absorb pet waste and can have an odor. The other turfs will be rinsed with natural rainfall or it can be flushed with a hose during a drought or dry condition.
If you construct a synthetic golf green, will it look out of place?
No, our design staff will work hard to prepare a design which complements both the putting green and the existing surroundings.
Are there different types of synthetic greens?
Yes, there are non –sand filled Nylon and sand filled Polypropylene greens. Our staff will discuss the pros and cons of each with you to determine which is the best product to improve/ practice your game.
Most lighting fixtures rust and corrode overtime and the light bulbs cannot be changed. How is Coastal Source’s lighting system different?
The solution is in the science. Coastal Sources fixtures uses are made completely of brass. The housing, the nuts and the bolts. Where other companies fail is using dissimilar metals which rust and corrode with the slightest introduction of water or humidity. Coastal Source products are durable, functional and forever serviceable.
Will I see a harsh spotlight with Coastal Source landscape lights?
The simple answer is NO. The Coastal Source light ﬁxture is designed as a totally self-contained ﬁxture with multiple light settings. This single light ﬁxture is adjustable to allow a tight beam of light to pin point a speciﬁc plant or architectural feature. Thanks to built in adjustment capabilities the light can be changed to allow a wider spread of light showcasing and entire garden or seating area. One light, many applications. The Coastal Source lighting system is designed to be used with LEDs (Light Emitting Diode) or standard bulbs. LED bulbs are known for producing a softer light, a glow. By using LED you totally eliminate the possibility of harsh lighting.
What is patina?
Patina is the change in an object’s surface resulting from natural aging. Patina highlights the modeling of brass and enhances its beauty. Since Coastal Source landscape light ﬁxtures are made of solid brass you can expect your ﬁxtures to naturally patina over time. The Statue of Liberty gets her beautiful green color from the natural patina formed on her copper surface.
Why are my new light ﬁxtures changing color?
The fixtures will gracefully darken over time from a bright gold, to a warm amber. This will in no way aﬀect the performance or longevity of your ﬁxtures. Each ﬁxture is designed to blend in with your landscape over time and will darken with age. Even patina cannot be guaranteed since metals such as brass and copper will react to the oil on your hands as well as the chemicals and fertilizers used in your yard. These oils and chemicals will accelerate the eﬀects of patination and will typically do so in a non-uniform manner.