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Hot Upgrades to Prepare Your St. Louis Landscape for Summer Parties

Fourth of July is coming! Are you ready?

Or more importantly, is your landscape party ready?

With less than a week to go, our maintenance teams are ready to lend a helping hand for party cleanup. We can prune, weed, and replant! Call us now to get on our schedule for a quick spruce before the neighbors and in-laws arrive!  

Take a look at our hottest summer upgrades!

Now is a great time to design and install affordable solutions to beautify your property - landscape upgrades you can enjoy for the rest of the summer and fall season! 

Landscape Edging 

Keep your flower beds well maintained - and your fresh new mulch in place - with landscape edging. We'll meet with you to select the best option for your yard, with options of materials like brick, stone, or aluminum. 

One of our client's favorites seems to be the Bella Borderstone Edging (shown in a project of ours above) because of it's affordability and diversity. The small shape gives us unlimited design flexibility to border patios, driveways, sidewalks or beds. It comes in 4 different colors: charcoal, buff, red, and chocolate. 

Bubbling Boulders 

The soft splash of a fountain brings life and motion to your backyard. It attracts more birds and wildlife than still water alone, and its soothing soundtrack transforms your space into a peaceful retreat. 

Getting your own backyard fountain installed by Dowco is simple. We'll meet with you and help you select your own custom color, shape and boulder size. 

Summer Walls, Patios, & Pavers

Whether you're looking to add an outdoor fire pit, replace a patio, or design a brand new walkway to the backyard, we have what you need to get the job done. 

Also, consider replacing your failing or old retaining wall this year. While total wall collapses are rare, tilting out or leaning is very common in poorly built structures. Sometimes it can be remedied by rebuilding or correcting the cause of the failure. Othertimes, we recommend starting fresh with new material. 

FAQ: If it rains do I still need to water my plants? 

It depends. Sometimes the rainfall is enough to water your plants, but the best way to know is to feel the soil. However, during hot summer months and early fall, natural rainfall is not enough. Often, rain received during these periods produces mostly runoff and contributes very little to your plant's water requirements.

To determine if your plants need water, we recommend gently digging around the root zone with your fingers, 2-3” for small plants and 6-8” for larger plants and trees. If the soil feels dry to the touch, water is needed. If the soil feels moist, you don't need to water.

5 FAQ About Summer Lawns in St. Louis

Summer is upon us and our lawns!  There are a few things you want to be on the lookout for as it warms up outside. 

Flowers for Summer!

Did you know that Dowco pre-orders all of our annuals in February to be custom-grown just for our clients?

By ordering them early we ensure we get the best selection of robust plants in the exact color or variety you desire. We got our first delivery in on May 8th and will be installing flowers all month long!

But even if you missed it, there's still time to get a design from our horticulturists. We have pre-selected signature containers that will fit any budget, or we can design something custom for your unique space.

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Trimming & Pruning

We're approaching the time to begin tidying up the growth on trees and shrubs. Some of our clients enjoy tightly-trimmed shrubs while others prefer them to have more texture.

When talking with your Dowco representative, it’s important to communicate your sense of “landscape style”.

Do you prefer a formal or a natural garden? Do you like your Boxwoods in a hedge or individualized? A good pruning strategy will develop trees and shrubs that are healthy, strong, and gorgeous!

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Summer Parties

There are a lot of holidays coming up like prom, graduation, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and more! If you have special timing requests, please let us know ASAP by using our client request center.

We love to help you impress your friends and family!

Prepare! St. Louis Lawn Care Teams are Emerging

Can you believe the warm weather we've had in February? 

While you may see the Forsythia blooming already, the soil temperatures are still between 45-55 degrees, therefore Crabgrass is not yet germinating.  Our fertilization program is underway and both rounds 1 and 2 contain a crabgrass pre-emergent. 

We predict that we will be mowing very soon!

BEFORE we arrive at your property, please make sure that your lawn is ready to be manicured by our outdoor living professionals. You can help by: 

Spring Is Coming to St. Louis!

February 2nd marks the official mid-point of winter and we're looking for signs of the upcoming spring.

Our bed cleanups and shovel edging are underway.  While we're not spreading mulch yet, we're taking the time to prepare the beds so when the weather warms up your property stands out! 

4 Fall Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

If you love to decorate but don’t have much room to decorate; here are some easy & popular decorations to spruce up your small space for fall.

Fall Lawn Composting for the Greenest Grass in St. Louis

Just like in Game of Thrones, there is an ongoing battle on your lawn to see who will rise and be the leader. The secret to helping desirable grass to win the battle is by eliminating the competition.

Dowco is here to help you do everything possible to swing the odds in your favor so that you can be the King or Queen of a green, beautiful lawn.  

This fall we’re introducing a brand new service. Fall lawn composting will help you grow the greenest, lushest lawn you’ve ever had.

Summer Landscaping Services for st. Louis

This time of year, neighbors start to notice and comment on beautiful landscapes that look manicured & tidy even through the heat of the summer. We want that neighbor to be you

You could spend your weekends pulling weeds this summer, or you can relax and enjoy your outdoor space, leaving the dirty work to us. Depending on you and your lifestyle, you may prefer regularly scheduled visits or simply call us as needed - and we have options for you! 

What to Look for in a St. Louis Mulching Company

Your Dowco mulch project receives 3 important things.  First a world class bed cleanup, followed by a crisp shovel edge and finally the smooth application of your mulch of choice. 

First: A Spring Bed Cleanup 

During the bed cleanup, any remaining ornamental grasses are cut low and as level as possible without damaging the crown; the area where the stems meet the roots.  We remove the dead from spent perennials and cut them back to about 1”.  This helps prevent the spread of any pests or disease that may have over-wintered. 

Making Better Decisions about Your Chesterfield Lawn Mowing

“Decisions are the hardest thing to make, especially when it’s a choice between where you should be and where you want to be.” – Anonymous

Have you ever had to choose between two options?

  • Before work: Change the oil in your car or prepare and eat a healthy breakfast?
  • After work: See your kids in a school play or finish your tax refund paperwork?
  • After dinner: Wash the dishes or go to the gym for a workout?
  • Before bed: Put away laundry or read a book?

These are common choices that most of us have faced in our adulthood. Making constant decisions over how the chores, or nonessential tasks, in our lives are going to be handled is draining for you brain!

There’s an obvious answer in each of the questions above, however sometimes the non-essential become so glaringly overwhelming that we must do it.

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