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01/04/2013
By: doug.greener
Secluded Acres Lawn & Landscape
Owning property at the Lake of the Ozarks is a great way to relax with family and friends during the summer months, and I can't stand it when I get down there and the first thing I have to do is clean up the yard from the previous months of debris. I contacted several landscape companies in the Sunrise Beach area, and Secluded Acres Lawn and Landscape were the first to return my call, and assess my needs and desires for my yard. After several other estimates from local landscapers, I had no doubt that this "Mom and Pop" business was the right choice for me. Saying that, it has been one full season since hiring this company, and I will no doubt, continue to use them for leaf removal, mowing, aerating and fertilizing my yard. Their work is second to none!
02/12/2014
By: sunriselakerats
Secluded Acres Lawn & Landscape
If you have a place at the lake you know how hard it is to find good dependable companies that want to work. We have called several places and left messages and this was the only place that not only returned our call, they actually showed up when they said they would and got the job done! Super fast, sucked up leaves in no time. Not once but every time we needed them they are there! It is like having good neighbors close by. Highly recommend this mom and pop business, they are loyal hard working family that continues to surprise us everytime. Our days at the lake are spent enjoying the lake instead of leaf removal.
Tips & Advices
Irrigation system advantages:
  • Lowers water bill and maintenance time with scheduled watering
  • Evenly distributes water
Irrigation system disadvantages:
  • Professionally installed systems cost between $3,000-$4,000 for a quarter-acre lot.
  • Some do-it-yourself systems cost up to $1,500 but are difficult to install.
  • You may need to call a professional electrician and plumber, adding $300-$600 to your project.
Some plants can stand up to the cold weather, like kale or pansies. These can be planted in the autumn or early winter. Other plants need to wait until the soil is warm and ready. Plant perennial flowers in mid-autumn or mid-spring. If you're planting from seed or sprout, you can generally find information about planting conditions on the package.
Why get artificial grass?
  • Cuts down on lawn maintenance
  • It's environmentally friendly since there’s no need to water.
  • Artificial grasses may be more attractive than real grass in drought-stricken areas.
Why stick to the real deal?
  • Artificial grass has a high upfront cost - $15 to $20 per square foot.
  • It can be difficult to install.
  • Inexpensive options might look unnatural.
  • It gets hot in the sun.
First, determine which pests you're dealing with. Mounds or tunnels indicate moles or voles. Apply castor oil to your lawn; they'll find another digging spot. Determine which bugs you have by pouring a bucket of soapy water onto the lawn. The bugs will surface so you can identify them. Milky spore and nematodes keep grubs and other bugs at bay. Insecticidal soap also works. The best way to prevent pests is with good yard maintenance. Certain bugs prefer overwatered lawns or yards with thatches. Regular mowing, watering, and dethatching discourage pests from moving in.
Fertilizer isn't always necessary, but it can keep your lawn looking lush and healthy. Use fertilizer with slow release nitrogen so it doesn't encourage weeds to grow. Keep in mind that overfertilizing can spur weed growth. However, under-fertilizing can result in weak grass, which gives weeds more space to take root.

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