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Why Should I Have A Retaining Wall Built?

Friday, June 27th, 2014

retaining wallNature isn’t always going to cooperate with you. Plain and simple. Sometimes she has her own ideas of what she wants to do and there’s nothing that’s going to stop her. There are things that you can do to slow down the inevitable (and maybe even stop it), though. We talked about soil erosion and how to prevent it a couple of weeks ago. Building a retaining wall is one of the best ways to prevent soil erosion, but it has benefits and advantages that go beyond just its practical use.

  • Aesthetics – While there’s something to be said for rolling hills and slopes, they’re not so nice in your backyard most of the time. Retaining walls can help break the monotony and bring a more clean and refined look to your landscaping. There are many options concerning materials that you can use for retaining walls. They can be built to complement the rest of your landscaping and your home, as well, so that you’ve got a gorgeous cohesive added element to your yard.
  • Planting – The roots of plants help to keep soil in its place, so it’s only natural that you would add plants to your retaining wall. Turning the retaining wall into a nice planter will add color and dimension to your landscaping. You can even us perennial flowers that will grow back on their own year after year. Keep your planter/retaining wall weed free and watered to make sure that your flowers bloom beautifully each spring.
  • Add value to your home – The more work that you put into your home, the more it’s going to be worth down the road. Since retaining walls help to prevent soil erosion and flooding, they can even help you keep the value of your home up. Sometimes adding value to your home can be expensive and time consuming. Retaining walls don’t take long to build and are an inexpensive way to add value and practicality to your landscaping.
  • Low Maintenance Landscaping – Once your retaining wall is in, it won’t require much maintenance. You’ll have to do the typical weeding and watering for your plants, but other than that, there’s not much more to be done. If a paver or stone breaks, you may have to replace it, but that’s about as far as your maintenance responsibilities will go. Retaining walls stand up well to harsh weather conditions as well.

A retaining wall is the perfect addition to your Maryland landscaping project if you need to contain soil, avoid flooding, or just want a nice stone/paver wall to complement your existing landscaping. When you’re ready to get started with your project, give us a call at 410-768-4720 or contact us via our website today.

Source: Stonmakers.net

Preventing and Eradicating Maryland Lawn Pests

Friday, June 20th, 2014

lawn pestsLush green lawns are synonymous with summers in Maryland because of the amount of rain and sun we get here in the Mid-Atlantic. Unfortunately, there will always be pests that will try to ruin our perfectly green lawns during the summer months. Getting rid of these pests and preventing them from ever inhabiting your grasses can be difficult sometimes, but there are ways to avoid them if you know some common pests and what their habits are. We’ve compiled a list of some of the worst lawn pest culprits and ways to keep them off your lawn.

Mold – Believe it or not, grass can actually develop mold. This problem usually comes from overwatering your lawn or watering at the wrong time of day. For instance, if you water your lawn at night, it gives the water time to sit on the grass stalks rather than soaking into the earth or being dried by the sun. Mold grows on grass in the same way that it grows in any damp, dark place. You can prevent different types of mold from growing on your grass by regularly aerating your lawn, watering at the right time of day, and scarifying (cutting and removing debris) your grass.

Ant Nests – Nobody likes ants in their homes or around them. Even though they’re pretty amazing creatures, they’re unsightly and pesky to have in your yard. Ants aren’t really something that can be prevented, but they can be removed. Don’t try using ant sprays outside since they’re not formulated to go deep enough into the ant hill. Instead, call an extermination company and have the professionals come take care of the ant colony.

Moles – If you have an infestation of grubs or worms, you might also have moles. They’ll control the population of these pests, but they’ll also cause their own problems. Soil frequently gets dug up on to the surface where the mole holes are. The soil can make it difficult to mow and can be hazardous when you’re walking around your yard. There are two good ways to get rid of moles. For one, you can put mole traps in their holes. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, calling a wildlife control service is a good alternative.

These lawn pests may make you want to tear your hair out. It’s important to remember that there are ways to prevent and get rid of these pests without causing harm to the environment around them. For more information about lawn pests and how to keep your lawn looking healthy and lush all summer long, give us a call at 410-768-4720 or contact us via our website today. You can also check out our summer lawn care tips!

Source: HGTV

What You Should Know about Maryland Potholes

Friday, June 13th, 2014

potholeYou may have noticed that this spring was pretty bad for potholes. The highways were full of them and some side/back roads were even worse. Avoiding potholes can be complicated, but it’s very important to do as it can cause really bad wear and tear on your vehicle – especially on your tires and suspension system. Have you ever wondered why potholes are such a big problem after a particularly rough winter? It’s all about how and why potholes form.

  • The pressure from vehicles cause most asphalt to bend slightly when a car drives over it. After a while, the asphalt bends and stretches to the point that it begins to crack. The crack usually starts pretty small near the bottom of the asphalt and grows as more pressure is put on it.
  • During the late fall and winter, water can start getting into these cracks. Temperatures tend to fall below freezing at night in the mid-Atlantic region. When water freezes, it expands inside the cracks. The cracks get wider and deeper as a result.
  • The consistent expansion and contraction of these cracks makes the asphalt weak, but cars continue to drive over it, since we still need to be able to get places. The pavement eventually gets weak enough that it breaks and the crack becomes a hole. Hence, potholes

Some potholes get pretty big in the springtime and when it rains can be filled, making them difficult to see (and avoid). There are some things that you can do to avoid vehicle damage due to potholes:

  • Keep an eye out for potholes, especially in late winter and early spring. If you can drive around them, it’s a good idea. Never drive into oncoming traffic or another vehicle just to avoid a pothole, though. Make sure the area around you is completely clear.
  • Avoid driving over puddles. As mentioned earlier, puddles are frequently potholes in disguise. You never know how deep they are. A puddle could be hiding a sizable pothole that is capable of doing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.
  • If you can’t avoid a pothole, you should at least slow down before you hit it in order to minimize damage to your vehicle. Following other cars too closely can make it difficult to do this since you may not be able to see the pothole, so it’s always advisable to keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you.

If your driveway or roadway has suffered pothole damage, now is the time to get it fixed. Atlantic Maintenance Group offers asphalt repair in the Baltimore area. Give us a call at 410-768-4720 or contact us via our website today to get a quote or learn more about potholes.

Source: Potholes

Soil Erosion: Problems and Solutions

Friday, June 6th, 2014

soil erosionSoil erosion can be a big problem, especially for people who live near cliffs or on hills. It can also be a pretty big nuisance for those trying to grow gardens or simply getting their soil to stay in one place in order to avoid flooding and other issues. There are a few different ways to control soil erosion, depending on what the problem actually is and how you’d prefer to go about containing the soil. Using a few or all of the following tips can help you avoid soil erosion around your home.

  1. Plant Vegetation – Flowers, trees, and shrubs are good for more than just looking pretty in your garden. They can also help keep soil in place. Since most plants develop root systems that go pretty far into the ground, vegetation is usually pretty good at “rooting” soil in place. This is a great solution for people who prefer to do things as naturally as possible. Having plants will also attract wildlife to your yard and help beautify the landscape.
  2. Prevent Water Runoff – This is a great method to use with plants. Since planting means that a lot of the water will be absorbed by the soil, this helps greatly. Grading your property as much as possible can also help to avoid soil erosion by keeping water in one place. You just want to make sure that you also install drains so that water doesn’t pool, either. The use of French drains and other devices will help you redirect water without having it wear away at your soil too much.
  3. Build A Retaining Wall – There are lots of reasons to build retaining walls, but soil erosion tops the list. A retaining wall will help keep your soil where it belongs and can also make a great aesthetic addition to your landscaping, especially if you use pavers. They can be made to complement your home and also make great planters. As mentioned above, the plants will work in conjunction with the retaining wall to keep soil in its proper place.
  4. Erosion Control Netting – Many companies make netting specifically for erosion control to help keep soil down. There are some drawbacks to using this, but it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent soil erosion. Much of the netting is biodegradable, but this also means that the netting needs to be replaced on a fairly regular basis. It’s not the best solution, but it’s a great temporary one.

Atlantic Maintenance Group knows the importance of protecting from soil erosion and we have great solutions to help you get your soil erosion under control. To learn more about soil erosion and have a professional come out and assess your situation, give us a call at 410-768-4720 or contact us via our website today.

Source: http://www.erosionpollution.com/ways-to-prevent-soil-erosion.html

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