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A premium landscape design and build landscape firm located in West Michigan.

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Shop small and make a big impact. There’s still time to make that gift purchase of a maintenance package for a loved one or a close friend.

Give us a call and inquire for more information. There’s no better time than now to book time with a designer about an upcoming vision or project.

Alfresco Landscapes can help bring your vision to reality.

Visit us at www.alfresco-landscapes.com or call (616)453-2530

Remember to “LIKE” & “SHARE” our page.

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#SmallBusinessSaturday
#ShopLocal
#SmallDusiness
#Landscape #LandscapeDesign #Lawncare #LawnMaintenance
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Shop small and make a big impact.  There’s still time to make that gift purchase of a maintenance package for a loved one or a close friend.

Give us a call and inquire for more information.  There’s no better time than now to book time with a designer about an upcoming vision or project.  

Alfresco Landscapes can help bring your vision to reality.

Visit us at www.alfresco-landscapes.com or call (616)453-2530

Remember to “LIKE” & “SHARE” our page.

#LandCrafted
#SmallBusinessSaturday
#ShopLocal
#SmallDusiness
#Landscape #LandscapeDesign #Lawncare #LawnMaintenance

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Alfresco Landscapes will be Closed November 25th & 26th in order to share the holiday with our families and friends. Our offices will resume normal business hours Monday, November 29th.

On this Thanksgiving we take a moment to truly appreciate our clients, our partners, and our community, without whom none of this would have been possible. Wishing you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

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(616)453-2530

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In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Alfresco Landscapes will be Closed November 25th & 26th in order to share the holiday with our families and friends.  Our offices will resume normal business hours Monday, November 29th.

On this Thanksgiving we take a moment to truly appreciate our clients, our partners, and our community, without whom none of this would have been possible. Wishing you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

Remember to “LIKE” &” SHARE “our page.

(616)453-2530

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

#LandCrafted

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude.” - H.T.

“I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.” - L.G.

Thank you to ALL #veterans from everyone here at Alfresco Landscapes.

Remember to "LIKE" & "SHARE" our page.

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

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“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude.” - H.T.

“I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.” - L.G.

Thank you to ALL #veterans from everyone here at Alfresco Landscapes.

Remember to LIKE & SHARE our page.

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

(616)453-2530

#LandCrafted

Lawn Care & Snowplowing (Grand Rapids)

compensation: $36,000 to $52,000 based on experience
employment type: full-time

Maintenance Crew Member

Requirements:

-2 Years mowing experience
-Valid Drivers License (Chauffer's or CDL preferred)
-Reliable Transportation
-2 years residential snow plowing experience
-Front & rear (SwingWing) plow experience

SIGN ON Bonus

Pay based on experience

Immediate hire
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Landscape Design & Sales (Grand Rapids)

compensation: $27,000 - $54,000
employment type: full-time

Landscape Designer and Sales personnel manage the landscape design and install projects from the initial customer contact through design and installation. Responsible to act as the liaison between the client and the Landscape Foreman insuring instructions for project execution are completed to customer expectation, company values and quality standards.

Responsibilities:

· Qualify and manage leads and produce additional new customer leads
· Meet with clients on site to discuss and determine the needs of each client.
· Analyze and measure potential project site.
· Create and develop landscape designs, hand drawn or CAD.
· Create estimates to execute work.
· Review project design and estimate with senior designers prior to customer presentation.
· Present prepared designs and proposals to the client in person with effective, professional communication.
· Coordinate all aspects of the project; working with the various team members as necessary; purchasing,
accounting, foreman and crews.
· Ensure job costs and subcontractor costs are competitive and within budget as proposed.
· On site management of the project to ensure proper execution as designed.
·Communicate with client regarding project changes, estimate, and execute in a timely fashion.
· Complete a final walk through with client when installation is complete.
· Complete a project cost review and prepare final invoicing report for accounting.

Skills & Qualifications:

· Degree in Horticulture or Landscape Architecture - required
· Landscape sales, design, estimating, construction, or management experience - 3 years minimum
· Knowledge of plants (USDA Hardiness Zone 5), landscape installation and maintenance.
· CGIP Certification - preferred
· Proficient in or able to learn company estimating software
· Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record - required
· Enthusiastic and self motivated
· Superior interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, able to represent the company in a professional
manner.
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Irrigation Installer/Service Manager (Grand Rapids)

$42,000 - $52,000
employment type: full-time

Expectations:

Alfresco Landscapes is a landscape design, build and maintenance company. We specialize in delivering unparalleled landscape results with a skilled team. Crew members are expected to meet or exceed the company expectations and guidelines for quality work.

Requirements:

Irrigation installation and service experience.
Drain tile, underground installation.
Knowledge of plumbing tools, pipe sizing, and relative equipment and supplies.
Construction equipment operation experience preferred.
Troubleshooting skills
English language required; Spanish/English beneficial but not required.
State of Michigan Commercial Driver's License required. Maintain a clean arrest and driving record with means of transportation to/from work.
Year round positions available with snow plow experience.
Physical Requirements:

Outside work environment.
Heavy lifting.
Professional appearance.
Benefits:

Sign On Bonus * qualifications required
Competitive wages
Full year employment available
Paid vacation and holiday pay
Benefit package including Aflac, life insurance, retirement, uniforms options
Advancement, training, and development opportunities available.
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Hello October

OCTOBER tips of the month

Flowers – Perennial gardens will benefit from general clean up and removal of dead leaf litter where insects or disease were a problem this summer. Incorporate compost or organic matter into soil as dividing and renovation activities go on.

Lawns – Winterize irrigation system before a hard freeze.

Vegetables and Fruit – Clean up withered leaf tissue to minimize disease pathogens and insect problems next year.

Pesky Bugs – If box elder bugs, beetles and ants have been a problem in the home this summer, plan on caulking cracks around windows, doors and sealing foundations.

Planting – Plant bare root, balled and burlapped, balled and potted, and container-grown deciduous and narrowleaf evergreen ornamental plants. Bare root plants should be dormant.

Transplanting – Dig plants that were root pruned in the spring. Deciduous plants may be moved bare root, but narrowleaf evergreens should be moved balled and burlapped or balled and potted. Plants that are to be transplanted in the spring should be root pruned now.

Pruning – Head back herbaceous perennial stems after the tops die.

Fertilizing – Fall is the best time to broadcast fertilizer around ornamental landscape plants. Roots are actively growing and absorbing nutrients to support spring growth.

Watering – Irrigate newly planted ornamentals any time there is less than 1 inch of weekly rainfall and plants are actively growing. Apply water at the rate or 1 quart per square foot of planting area on poorly drained soils. On well-drained soils, use a half-gallon of water per square foot. Be sure to maintain adequate soil moisture this month to aid good root growth prior to winter dormancy.

Plant protection—For newly planted ornamentals, you may apply a pre-emergence herbicide before spreading a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch over the soil in the bed or around trees. Rodent tree trunk guards, mulch, rose cones and fabric wind screens should be put in place around evergreens before the average daily temperatures are below freezing.

There's still time to meet with a designer to talk about your plans. Book your "Fall Cut Back" now.

(616)453-2530

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

Remember to "LIKE" & "SHARE" our page.
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Hello October

OCTOBER tips of the month

Flowers – Perennial gardens will benefit from general clean up and removal of dead leaf litter where insects or disease were a problem this summer.  Incorporate compost or organic matter into soil as dividing and renovation activities go on.

Lawns – Winterize irrigation system before a hard freeze.

Vegetables and Fruit – Clean up withered leaf tissue to minimize disease pathogens and insect problems next year.

Pesky Bugs – If box elder bugs, beetles and ants have been a problem in the home this summer, plan on caulking cracks around windows, doors and sealing foundations.

Planting – Plant bare root, balled and burlapped, balled and potted, and container-grown deciduous and narrowleaf evergreen ornamental plants. Bare root plants should be dormant.

Transplanting – Dig plants that were root pruned in the spring. Deciduous plants may be moved bare root, but narrowleaf evergreens should be moved balled and burlapped or balled and potted. Plants that are to be transplanted in the spring should be root pruned now.

Pruning – Head back herbaceous perennial stems after the tops die.

Fertilizing – Fall is the best time to broadcast fertilizer around ornamental landscape plants. Roots are actively growing and absorbing nutrients to support spring growth.

Watering – Irrigate newly planted ornamentals any time there is less than 1 inch of weekly rainfall and plants are actively growing. Apply water at the rate or 1 quart per square foot of planting area on poorly drained soils. On well-drained soils, use a half-gallon of water per square foot. Be sure to maintain adequate soil moisture this month to aid good root growth prior to winter dormancy.

Plant protection—For newly planted ornamentals, you may apply a pre-emergence herbicide before spreading a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch over the soil in the bed or around trees. Rodent tree trunk guards, mulch, rose cones and fabric wind screens should be put in place around evergreens before the average daily temperatures are below freezing.

Theres still time to meet with a designer to talk about your plans.  Book your Fall Cut Back now.

(616)453-2530

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

Remember to LIKE & SHARE our page.

"Another fall, another turned page..."

There is still plenty of time to meet with a designer to discuss your project.

Alfresco Landscapes can also design and install outdoor lighting to help beautify and provide security to your home and landscape.

Call to book an appointment.

(616) 453-2530

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Another fall, another turned page...

There is still plenty of time to meet with a designer to discuss your project.

Alfresco Landscapes can also design and install outdoor lighting to help beautify and provide security to your home and landscape.

Call to book an appointment.

(616) 453-2530

Remember to LIKE & SHARE our page.

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

#LandCrafted

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Happy Labor Day.

Enjoy!

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Happy Labor Day.

Enjoy!

Remember to LIKE & SHARE our page.

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

(616) 453-2530

#LandCrafted

“Before the reward, there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.” – Ralph Ransom

Alfresco Landscapes will be closed for Labor Day.

We will resume normal business on Tuesday.

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“Before the reward, there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.” – Ralph Ransom

Alfresco Landscapes will be closed for Labor Day.

We will resume normal business on Tuesday.

Remember to LIKE & SHARE our page.

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

(616)453-2530

#LandCrafted

School is back in session. Our kiddo's will be out and about. Please use caution when approaching school zones or school buses. Let's keep our future safe.

We are booking for Fall landscape maintenance. Call to schedule or book time with a designer.

Have you seen our customized landscape lighting? Interested? Call to book time with a lighting specialist.

(616)453-2530

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

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School is back in session.  Our kiddos will be out and about.  Please use caution when approaching school zones or school buses.  Lets keep our future safe.

We are booking for Fall landscape maintenance.  Call to schedule or book time with a designer.

Have you seen our customized landscape lighting?  Interested?  Call to book time with a lighting specialist.

(616)453-2530

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

#LandCrafted #backtoschool

Notes from the lawn. Our crews are seeing lawns that have SOD WEB WORMS.

Sod webworms are always above ground, feeding on grass blades. When these lawn pests are small, they eat the soft leaf tissue of plants, leaving the veins of the leaf behind. As they get larger, they start eating the entire blade, leaving behind a visible “notched” appearance. Soon, they’ll eat full leaves, cutting the grass off at the crown. This is what causes brown patches. If untreated, they’ll continue these patterns until your small brown spots turn into large, dead sections of lawn. In the worst situations, your entire yard can be destroyed.

You’re most likely to find sod webworms in turfgrass, bluegrass, bentgrass, tall grass, and buffalo grass. To look for them in your grass, begin by examining the thatch layer or top inch soil for signs of silken tubes or webbing. As described, when they’re young, they feed on the soft leaf tissue of plants, which is generally the underside of leaves. Check here for damage that looks that has a chewed, grazed, or scalped appearance.

Another critical thing to note is sod webworms prefer sunny areas. They favor direct sunlight or south-facing slopes. Areas with a lot of shade are rarely attacked, so it’s doubtful to find these insects in those spots.

Alfresco Landscapes is equipped to diagnose and create a plan to take care of this pest and get your lawn back to health.

Let us help protect your investment.

Call today if you are noticing anything unusual in the turf.

(616)453-2530 or visit us on the web www.alfresco-landscapes.com to get started.

#landcrafted #landscape

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Notes from the lawn.  Our crews are seeing lawns that have SOD WEB WORMS.

Sod webworms are always above ground, feeding on grass blades. When these lawn pests are small, they eat the soft leaf tissue of plants, leaving the veins of the leaf behind. As they get larger, they start eating the entire blade, leaving behind a visible “notched” appearance. Soon, they’ll eat full leaves, cutting the grass off at the crown. This is what causes brown patches. If untreated, they’ll continue these patterns until your small brown spots turn into large, dead sections of lawn. In the worst situations, your entire yard can be destroyed.

You’re most likely to find sod webworms in turfgrass, bluegrass, bentgrass, tall grass, and buffalo grass. To look for them in your grass, begin by examining the thatch layer or top inch soil for signs of silken tubes or webbing. As described, when they’re young, they feed on the soft leaf tissue of plants, which is generally the underside of leaves. Check here for damage that looks that has a chewed, grazed, or scalped appearance.

Another critical thing to note is sod webworms prefer sunny areas. They favor direct sunlight or south-facing slopes. Areas with a lot of shade are rarely attacked, so it’s doubtful to find these insects in those spots.

Alfresco Landscapes is equipped to diagnose and create a plan to take care of this pest and get your lawn back to health.

Let us help protect your investment.

Call today if you are noticing anything unusual in the turf.

(616)453-2530 or visit us on the web  www.alfresco-landscapes.com to get started.

#landcrafted #landscape 

Remember to LIKE & SHARE our page.

Happy 4th of July!

Stay SAFE!

#GodBlessAmerica
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Happy 4th of July!

Stay SAFE!

#GodBlessAmerica
#LandCrafted

The Alfresco team is heading into a long weekend to celebrate our country's independence.

We are grateful to those who have fought for and continue to serve to protect our freedom and our future.

Wishing a safe and Happy 4th of July weekend to all!

#GodBlessAmerica

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The Alfresco team is heading into a long weekend to celebrate our countrys independence.

 We are grateful to those who have fought for and continue to serve to protect our freedom and our future.

Wishing a safe and Happy 4th of July weekend to all!

#GodBlessAmerica 

Remember to LIKE & SHARE our page.

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

(616)453-2530

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Looks great, nice work!

Since we don't see any snow in the 7 day forecast, we need to make sure our lawns are ready for the heat.

Sprinkling

Water twice a day when the temperature is above 80 degrees. If you have underground sprinklers, set the rotary heads for 20 minutes a zone and the misters for 8 minutes at 5:00 AM and 1:00 PM. As far as the grass is concerned, it does not make a difference if the first time you water the lawn is at 5:00 AM or 9:00 AM. The reason I say 5:00 AM is because it doesn't interfere with things that could happen on your lawn during the day, like kids playing, pets outside, mowing services, our services, meter readers, garage sales, etc. If you don't have any services coming to your property, and don't have children or pets, then you can have your sprinklers start the first run at 8:00 AM or 9:00 AM. I have heard the argument to not water in the heat of the day because you lose it to evaporation. Remember, your lawn is living and breathing. You cool down with a glass of water. We make sure our pets have plenty to drink. Why would you not want to cool down the grass?
Avoid watering late in the evening. You want to give your lawn time to dry before the sun goes down. If the lawn stays wet all night you are only inviting fungus and disease. Now, before I get flooded with emails from people without a sprinkler system, I should state that watering in the evening is still better than not watering at all.
Avoid too much water. I have also heard the argument to water deep and infrequently to make the roots go deeper. This argument is not based on science. The biological make up of cool season grass is that the roots grow deep when temperatures are 55 degrees to 70 degrees. That is why the grass grows so fast in the spring, and also looks great in the fall. The roots are going to be more shallow as temperatures climb above 75 degrees, so don't waste water trying to fight nature. A glass of water that is full cannot hold any more water, despite how long it is left under the faucet. Soil that is too wet will lead to diseases of the grass.
If you have an irrigation system, make sure to watch the heads to make sure everything is firing on all cylinders. When conditions get dry, gaps in coverage become obvious and green and brown circles indicative of poor irrigation coverage become obvious.

Mowing

The roots of grass are proportionate to the height of the blade of grass. The shorter you mow the grass, the shorter the roots will be. Mow at the highest setting during periods of 80 degrees or warmer. If the turf doesn't have long enough blades it can't harvest light for photosynthesis. The result is that more energy will be spent to produce new leaf tissue, instead of root development.
It will become difficult to control weeds. Much like grass, weed growth slows down during the heat of the day. Weeds form a waxy coating to keep in moisture, but that also makes it harder for the weed control to penetrate.
Heat tracks can be anywhere from home lawns to golf courses. Anytime you put traffic from a cart, mower, spreader, or even a bicycle on turf that is nearing the wilting point or has already wilted, you will likely see a track in the following days. If possible, try to mow during the cooler times of the day, early morning or in the evening after dinner. Some times heat tracks are unavoidable. Even if you are watering every day, and you mow in the evening, it is still possible to have heat tracks
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Since we dont see any snow in the 7 day forecast, we need to make sure our lawns are ready for the heat.

Sprinkling

Water twice a day when the temperature is above 80 degrees.  If you have underground sprinklers, set the rotary heads for 20 minutes a zone and the misters for 8 minutes at 5:00 AM and 1:00 PM.  As far as the grass is concerned, it does not make a difference if the first time you water the lawn is at 5:00 AM or 9:00 AM.  The reason I say 5:00 AM is because it doesnt interfere with things that could happen on your lawn during the day, like kids playing, pets outside, mowing services, our services, meter readers, garage sales, etc.  If you dont have any services coming to your property, and dont have children or pets, then you can have your sprinklers start the first run at 8:00 AM or 9:00 AM.  I have heard the argument to not water in the heat of the day because you lose it to evaporation.  Remember, your lawn is living and breathing.  You cool down with a glass of water.  We make sure our pets have plenty to drink.  Why would you not want to cool down the grass?  
Avoid watering late in the evening.  You want to give your lawn time to dry before the sun goes down.  If the lawn stays wet all night you are only inviting fungus and disease.  Now, before I get flooded with emails from people without a sprinkler system, I should state that watering in the evening is still better than not watering at all.   
Avoid too much water.  I have also heard the argument to water deep and infrequently to make the roots go deeper.  This argument is not based on science.  The biological make up of cool season grass is that the roots grow deep when temperatures are 55 degrees to 70 degrees.  That is why the grass grows so fast in the spring, and also looks great in the fall.  The roots are going to be more shallow as temperatures climb above 75 degrees, so dont waste water trying to fight nature.  A glass of water that is full cannot hold any more water, despite how long it is left under the faucet.  Soil that is too wet will lead to diseases of the grass.
If you have an irrigation system, make sure to watch the heads to make sure everything is firing on all cylinders. When conditions get dry, gaps in coverage become obvious and green and brown circles indicative of poor irrigation coverage become obvious.

Mowing

The roots of grass are proportionate to the height of the blade of grass.  The shorter you mow the grass, the shorter the roots will be.  Mow at the highest setting during periods of 80 degrees or warmer.  If the turf doesnt have long enough blades it cant harvest light for photosynthesis.  The result is that more energy will be spent to produce new leaf tissue, instead of root development.
It will become difficult to control weeds.  Much like grass, weed growth slows down during the heat of the day.  Weeds form a waxy coating to keep in moisture, but that also makes it harder for the weed control to penetrate.  
Heat tracks can be anywhere from home lawns to golf courses. Anytime you put traffic from a cart, mower, spreader, or even a bicycle on turf that is nearing the wilting point or has already wilted, you will likely see a track in the following days. If possible, try to mow during the cooler times of the day, early morning or in the evening after dinner.  Some times heat tracks are unavoidable.  Even if you are watering every day, and you mow in the evening, it is still possible to have heat tracks

"Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it."

– Unknown

On this Memorial Day, Alfresco Landscapes honors all who have given us the #freedoms to share our craft. Without these individuals protecting and dying to protect our #freedoms, we would not be able do so.

Thank you to all of our #veterans. God Bless!

Alfresco Landscapes will be closed Monday to honor and remember.

Please remember to “LIKE” & “SHARE” our page.

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

(616)453-2530

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Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.

– Unknown

On this Memorial Day, Alfresco Landscapes honors all who have given us the #freedoms to share our craft.  Without these individuals protecting and dying to protect our #freedoms, we would not be able do so.

Thank you to all of our #veterans. God Bless!

Alfresco Landscapes will be closed Monday to honor and remember.

Please remember to “LIKE” & “SHARE” our page.

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

(616)453-2530

#LandCrafted

Since I don't see any snow in the 7 day forecast, we need to make sure our lawns are ready for the heat.
Sprinkling

Water twice a day when the temperature is above 80 degrees. If you have underground sprinklers, set the rotary heads for 20 minutes a zone and the misters for 8 minutes at 5:00 AM and 1:00 PM. As far as the grass is concerned, it does not make a difference if the first time you water the lawn is at 5:00 AM or 9:00 AM. The reason I say 5:00 AM is because it doesn't interfere with things that could happen on your lawn during the day, like kids playing, pets outside, mowing services, our services, meter readers, garage sales, etc. If you don't have any services coming to your property, and don't have children or pets, then you can have your sprinklers start the first run at 8:00 AM or 9:00 AM. I have heard the argument to not water in the heat of the day because you lose it to evaporation. Remember, your lawn is living and breathing. You cool down with a glass of water. We make sure our pets have plenty to drink. Why would you not want to cool down the grass?
Avoid watering late in the evening. You want to give your lawn time to dry before the sun goes down. If the lawn stays wet all night you are only inviting fungus and disease. Now, before I get flooded with emails from people without a sprinkler system, I should state that watering in the evening is still better than not watering at all.
Avoid too much water. I have also heard the argument to water deep and infrequently to make the roots go deeper. This argument is not based on science. The biological make up of cool season grass is that the roots grow deep when temperatures are 55 degrees to 70 degrees. That is why the grass grows so fast in the spring, and also looks great in the fall. The roots are going to be more shallow as temperatures climb above 75 degrees, so don't waste water trying to fight nature. A glass of water that is full cannot hold any more water, despite how long it is left under the faucet. Soil that is too wet will lead to diseases of the grass.
If you have an irrigation system, make sure to watch the heads to make sure everything is firing on all cylinders. When conditions get dry, gaps in coverage become obvious and green and brown circles indicative of poor irrigation coverage become obvious.

Mowing
The roots of grass are proportionate to the height of the blade of grass. The shorter you mow the grass, the shorter the roots will be. Mow at the highest setting during periods of 80 degrees or warmer. If the turf doesn't have long enough blades it can't harvest light for photosynthesis. The result is that more energy will be spent to produce new leaf tissue, instead of root development.
It will become difficult to control weeds. Much like grass, weed growth slows down during the heat of the day. Weeds form a waxy coating to keep in moisture, but that also makes it harder for the weed control to penetrate.
Heat tracks can be anywhere from home lawns to golf courses. Anytime you put traffic from a cart, mower, spreader, or even a bicycle on turf that is nearing the wilting point or has already wilted, you will likely see a track in the following days. If possible, try to mow during the cooler times of the day, early morning or in the evening after dinner. Some times heat tracks are unavoidable. Even if you are watering every day, and you mow in the evening, it is still possible to have heat tracks.

If you would like any assistance caring for your outdoor living space, please give us a call.

(6116)453-2530

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

Remember to "LIKE" & "SHARE" our page.

#LandCrafted
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Since I dont see any snow in the 7 day forecast, we need to make sure our lawns are ready for the heat.
Sprinkling

Water twice a day when the temperature is above 80 degrees.  If you have underground sprinklers, set the rotary heads for 20 minutes a zone and the misters for 8 minutes at 5:00 AM and 1:00 PM.  As far as the grass is concerned, it does not make a difference if the first time you water the lawn is at 5:00 AM or 9:00 AM.  The reason I say 5:00 AM is because it doesnt interfere with things that could happen on your lawn during the day, like kids playing, pets outside, mowing services, our services, meter readers, garage sales, etc.  If you dont have any services coming to your property, and dont have children or pets, then you can have your sprinklers start the first run at 8:00 AM or 9:00 AM.  I have heard the argument to not water in the heat of the day because you lose it to evaporation.  Remember, your lawn is living and breathing.  You cool down with a glass of water.  We make sure our pets have plenty to drink.  Why would you not want to cool down the grass?  
Avoid watering late in the evening.  You want to give your lawn time to dry before the sun goes down.  If the lawn stays wet all night you are only inviting fungus and disease.  Now, before I get flooded with emails from people without a sprinkler system, I should state that watering in the evening is still better than not watering at all.   
Avoid too much water.  I have also heard the argument to water deep and infrequently to make the roots go deeper.  This argument is not based on science.  The biological make up of cool season grass is that the roots grow deep when temperatures are 55 degrees to 70 degrees.  That is why the grass grows so fast in the spring, and also looks great in the fall.  The roots are going to be more shallow as temperatures climb above 75 degrees, so dont waste water trying to fight nature.  A glass of water that is full cannot hold any more water, despite how long it is left under the faucet.  Soil that is too wet will lead to diseases of the grass.
If you have an irrigation system, make sure to watch the heads to make sure everything is firing on all cylinders. When conditions get dry, gaps in coverage become obvious and green and brown circles indicative of poor irrigation coverage become obvious.

Mowing
The roots of grass are proportionate to the height of the blade of grass.  The shorter you mow the grass, the shorter the roots will be.  Mow at the highest setting during periods of 80 degrees or warmer.  If the turf doesnt have long enough blades it cant harvest light for photosynthesis.  The result is that more energy will be spent to produce new leaf tissue, instead of root development.
It will become difficult to control weeds.  Much like grass, weed growth slows down during the heat of the day.  Weeds form a waxy coating to keep in moisture, but that also makes it harder for the weed control to penetrate.  
Heat tracks can be anywhere from home lawns to golf courses. Anytime you put traffic from a cart, mower, spreader, or even a bicycle on turf that is nearing the wilting point or has already wilted, you will likely see a track in the following days. If possible, try to mow during the cooler times of the day, early morning or in the evening after dinner.  Some times heat tracks are unavoidable.  Even if you are watering every day, and you mow in the evening, it is still possible to have heat tracks. 

If you would like any assistance caring for your outdoor living space, please give us a call.

(6116)453-2530

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Award winning transformation in progress.

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Award winning transformation in progress.  

Book time to meet with a landscape designer to talk about your #landscape project.  Inquire about our new premium line of outdoor lighting and outdoor audio.  Bring the concert to your #outdoor living space.

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What do we have here? Our Alfresco Team taking it to new heights.

Looking good gentleman!

Call now to book time with a designer, or to schedule services now. Slots are filling up fast.

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God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.

Without moms, there would be no landscapes. Everyone at Alfresco Landscapes wishes ALL moms a Happy Mother’s Day.

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God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.

Without moms, there would be no landscapes.  Everyone at Alfresco Landscapes wishes ALL moms a Happy Mother’s Day.

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It’s been more than 130 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of establishing a special day for planting trees is now more important than ever. Arbor Day is a day set aside to celebrate trees and all of their benefits.

Trees provide valuable environmental services such as shade in summer, carbon fixation, oxygen production, soil erosion reduction, more favorable groundwater recharge, and habitat for many forms of other plant and animal life.

Someone is sitting in the shade today, because someone planted a tree. Let Alfresco Landscapes help with the selection and planting of your tree(s).

Call today to schedule a time to meet with one of our designers. (616)453-2530

Visit our website for more project ideas or more information.

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It’s been more than 130 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of establishing a special day for planting trees is now more important than ever.  Arbor Day is a day set aside to celebrate trees and all of their benefits.

Trees provide valuable environmental services such as shade in summer, carbon fixation, oxygen production, soil erosion reduction, more favorable groundwater recharge, and habitat for many forms of other plant and animal life. 

Someone is sitting in the shade today, because someone planted a tree.  Let Alfresco Landscapes help with the selection and planting of your tree(s).

Call today to schedule a time to meet with one of our designers.  (616)453-2530

Visit our website for more project ideas or more information.

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Alfresco Landscapes is hiring for multiple positions in #landscaping!

Certified Lawn Technician
Irrigation Installation Foreman/Manager
Landscape Designer/Sales
Landscape Construction Foreman/Manager
Landscape Construction Crew Members

Apply through Link below today!
alfresco-landscapes.com/employment-opportunities/

What type of things do you look for in a landscaping employer?
We'd love to hear your thoughts!

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Curb Appeal Matters

There are a lot of homes on the market this year. Today’s buyers have much more to choose from in the way of inventory, any home for sale must make a positive first impression. Curb appeal matters more now than ever. Exterior remodeling projects typically deliver the greatest return-on-investment to home sellers. Of course, the resale value of any remodeling project will depend on a variety of factors, such as a home’s location, its overall condition, the quality of the surrounding properties and regional economic circumstances. Remember, people are not buying the house itself, but also the landscape. Here are a few things to think about when assessing your home’s landscape.

Are there shade trees on your property? Shade trees can decrease your cooling cost in the summer as well as create a nice place to relax outside. Mature shade trees, such as maples & oaks can increase your property value up to 15%. It is also desirable to have ornamental & flowering trees, such as Japanese maples, flowering cherries and dogwoods. What about your shrubs? Are they even planted in the right place? When it comes to plants on your property, not only is their existence important, but also their health. Have your plants been well cared for? Have they been pruned at the proper time & in a proper way?

Besides plants, there is much more to consider when assessing your property as well. What about your land-contour? Is water running away or towards your house? Is your property flat? Contours add interest to a landscape. Is there an irrigation system? Sprinklers are a big plus for gardens & lawns. What about the circulation pattern to enter your home? Is it clear where people should park or enter the home? Are the drives, patios, & walks in good condition? There are many factors to consider when evaluating your home’s landscape. If you are concerned and would like the input from one of our talented landscape professionals please call Alfresco Landscapes today. We will be more than happy to meet you at your home & discuss landscape options.

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

(616)453-2530

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Curb Appeal Matters 

There are a lot of homes on the market this year. Today’s buyers have much more to choose from in the way of inventory, any home for sale must make a positive first impression. Curb appeal matters more now than ever. Exterior remodeling projects typically deliver the greatest return-on-investment to home sellers. Of course, the resale value of any remodeling project will depend on a variety of factors, such as a home’s location, its overall condition, the quality of the surrounding properties and regional economic circumstances. Remember, people are not buying the house itself, but also the landscape. Here are a few things to think about when assessing your home’s landscape.  

Are there shade trees on your property? Shade trees can decrease your cooling cost in the summer as well as create a nice place to relax outside. Mature shade trees, such as maples & oaks can increase your property value up to 15%. It is also desirable to have ornamental & flowering trees, such as Japanese maples, flowering cherries and dogwoods. What about your shrubs? Are they even planted in the right place? When it comes to plants on your property, not only is their existence important, but also their health. Have your plants been well cared for? Have they been pruned at the proper time & in a proper way?  

Besides plants, there is much more to consider when assessing your property as well. What about your land-contour? Is water running away or towards your house? Is your property flat? Contours add interest to a landscape. Is there an irrigation system? Sprinklers are a big plus for gardens & lawns. What about the circulation pattern to enter your home? Is it clear where people should park or enter the home? Are the drives, patios, & walks in good condition? There are many factors to consider when evaluating your home’s landscape. If you are concerned and would like the input from one of our talented landscape professionals please call Alfresco Landscapes today. We will be more than happy to meet you at your home & discuss landscape options.  

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

(616)453-2530

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#LandCrafted

Join the Alfresco TEAM. We are looking for:

IRRIGATION SPECIALIST

As an irrigation specialist, you will design and install irrigation systems. In addition, you will inspect, audit, adjust and repair the systems to ensure they perform at maximum efficiency and conserve water. You will work in residential and commercial environments.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Design and install irrigation systems.
• Walk through properties to diagnosis and recommend solutions for irrigation problems on site.
• Operates power equipment and hand tools to install, maintain and repair irrigation systems and related components including irrigation lines, sprinkler heads, control panels, valves, pumps, etc.
• System audits to improve water conservation.
• Develop relationships with property managers and residential clients.
• Upgrades, improvements and sales for enhancements.
• Tracks hours and materials for billable work.
• Maintains inventory of related parts and supplies.
• May lead workers on irrigation projects and work on other grounds related assignments as needed.
• Support to other programs of the maintenance division • Snow Removal.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

• Understanding of complex irrigation systems.
• 2 wire Systems.
• Pumps, boosters and wells.
• ET controller.
• Strong irrigation trouble shooting skills.
• Low voltage nightscaping.
• Computer skills are advantageous.

Qualifications:

• High school diploma or equivalent.
• Five (5) + years experience with irrigation and irrigation design.
• Certified Irrigation Technician preferred.
• Must have drivers license and clean MVR. (CDL a plus)
• Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) a plus.

Compensation:

• Full Time
• $45,000 - $65,000 (based on experience & qualifications)

Insurance & Retirement Options:

• Aflac Accident Coverage, Aflac Rider Plus, Cancer Rider with spouse/dependent coverage options
• American Funds Life Insurance Option
• IRA with Employer Matching Contributions up to 2%

Holiday Pay: The following holidays are paid days off after (30) Days:

• July 4
• Labor Day
• Thanksgiving
• Christmas
• New Year’s Day
Memorial Day

Paid Time Off:

Scheduled Vacation/Sick Pay Earned

• 5 Days after (1) year.
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We are a premier landscaping/maintenance company in Grand Rapids and surrounding areas.. We focus on top customer care & beautiful lawns. Come grow with us!

Lawn Care Technician

As a Lawn Care Technician, you are responsible for applying fertilizer, pesticides, insecticides and herbicides to our clients' lawns. Also basic equipment and truck maintenance will need to be maintained on a daily basis. This is a full-time, year-round career opportunity that transitions into snow removal work in the winter. The ideal candidate is someone who enjoys working outdoors, is reliable, and driven to succeed. They will have a great attitude and thrive in an environment where they are rewarded for performance and empowered to succeed.
Job duties will include fertilizing, applying weed control, applying pesticides, monitoring lawns for disease, and winter snow removal work. Pesticide record keeping, and ability to read and implement pesticide labels and mix rates/charts a must.

The ideal candidate is someone who enjoys working outdoors, is reliable, and driven to succeed. They will have a great attitude and thrive in an environment where they are rewarded for performance and empowered to succeed.
Pesticide record keeping, and ability to read and implement pesticide labels and mix rates/charts a must.

BENEFITS:
Salary up to $52,000 depending on experience & production.
Paid vacation (Based on hours worked)
401k (Employer match)
Supplemental Insurance (Employer contribution)
Best / New Equipment
Organized Routes
Positive Work Environment
Full time, year-round employment.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Commercial Pesticide License (3A, 3B, 6, 7A, & 7F) , or the ability to obtain in 30 days.
Must posses a Valid Drivers License (Extra pay for CDL) REQUIRED
Experience spreading fertilizer using commercial equipment
Experience using backpack fogging & spraying equipment
Knowledge and experience working with and mixing pesticides
Must be able to lift 50#
Able to work outdoors in a wide variety of conditions for an extended period of time
Must have positive attitude and good communication skills.
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“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats, and biodiversity.” -HN

Alfresco Landscapes embraces each day we enjoy this earth and love sharing our craft that sustains Earth’s beauty.

Happy Earth Day.

Enjoy!

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“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats, and biodiversity.” -HN

Alfresco Landscapes embraces each day we enjoy this earth and love sharing our craft that sustains Earth’s beauty.

Happy Earth Day.

Enjoy!

Remember to “SHARE” & “LIKE” our page.

(616)453-2530

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Alfresco Landscapes is HIRING!

We are currently seeking qualified individuals for:

*Knowledgable Irrigation Installation Foreman
*Knowledgable Irrigation crew members
*CERTIFIED Lawn care Technician
*Landscape construction crew members

The qualified individual must possess proper certification for lawn tech, and all need to possess a VALID driver’s license.

Please call to schedule an interview. (616)453-2530 or visit our website.

alfresco-landscapes.com/employment-opportunities/

We offer:

Sign on Bonus
Competitive wage
Paid Time off
Health
Optical
Dental
401k w/ match

Family, fun Culture

Full Time Employment
We plow snow in winter months, so year round opportunities are available.

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Alfresco Landscapes is HIRING!

We are currently seeking qualified individuals for:

*Knowledgable Irrigation Installation Foreman
*Knowledgable Irrigation crew members
*CERTIFIED Lawn care Technician
*Landscape construction crew members

The qualified individual must possess proper certification for lawn tech, and all need to possess a VALID driver’s license.

Please call to schedule an interview.  (616)453-2530 or visit our website.

https://alfresco-landscapes.com/employment-opportunities/

We offer:

Sign on Bonus
Competitive wage
Paid Time off
Health
Optical
Dental
401k w/ match

Family, fun Culture

Full Time Employment
We plow snow in winter months, so year round opportunities are available.

Please remember to “SHARE” this with Family, friends, and colleagues.

Spring is in the air! Did you know Alfresco Landscapes can install outdoor landscape audio systems?

Enjoy your living space and feel as if you are at a concert with the music of your liking.

Call today to schedule a personalized demo of our select Alfresco premium audio systems. Now is the time to install these packages tailored to your setting.

(616)453-2530 or visit our website for more contact information.

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

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Spring is in the air!  Did you know Alfresco Landscapes can install outdoor landscape audio systems?  

Enjoy your living space and feel as if you are at a concert with the music of your liking.

Call today to schedule a personalized demo of our select Alfresco premium audio systems.  Now is the time to install these packages tailored to your setting.

(616)453-2530 or visit our website for more contact information.

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

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We are a premier landscaping/maintenance company in Grand Rapids and surrounding areas.. We focus on top customer care & beautiful lawns. Come grow with us!

Lawn Care Technician

As a Lawn Care Technician, you are responsible for applying fertilizer, pesticides, insecticides and herbicides to our clients' lawns. Also basic equipment and truck maintenance will need to be maintained on a daily basis. This is a full-time, year-round career opportunity that transitions into snow removal work in the winter. The ideal candidate is someone who enjoys working outdoors, is reliable, and driven to succeed. They will have a great attitude and thrive in an environment where they are rewarded for performance and empowered to succeed.
Job duties will include fertilizing, applying weed control, applying pesticides, monitoring lawns for disease, and winter snow removal work. Pesticide record keeping, and ability to read and implement pesticide labels and mix rates/charts a must.

The ideal candidate is someone who enjoys working outdoors, is reliable, and driven to succeed. They will have a great attitude and thrive in an environment where they are rewarded for performance and empowered to succeed.
Pesticide record keeping, and ability to read and implement pesticide labels and mix rates/charts a must.

BENEFITS:
Salary up to $52,000 depending on experience & production.
Paid vacation (Based on hours worked)
401k (Employer match)
Supplemental Insurance (Employer contribution)
Best / New Equipment
Organized Routes
Positive Work Environment
Full time, year-round employment.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Commercial Pesticide License (3A, 3B, 6, 7A, & 7F) , or the ability to obtain in 30 days.
Must posses a Valid Drivers License (Extra pay for CDL) REQUIRED
Experience spreading fertilizer using commercial equipment
Experience using backpack fogging & spraying equipment
Knowledge and experience working with and mixing pesticides
Must be able to lift 50#
Able to work outdoors in a wide variety of conditions for an extended period of time
Must have positive attitude and good communication skills.
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Spring has begun. Do you have your lawn maintenance scheduled yet?

Alfresco Landscapes mowing season starts in April and runs through October, this means you need to call now to schedule your lawn mowing service! Our weekly, professional lawn mowing includes string trimming, edging, and blowing away clippings and debris.

Sell that mower in the garage, and let us do the lawn maintenance for you. Take back your evenings and weekends.

Call to schedule a personalized program. Routes are filling up quickly.

(616)453-2530 or visit our informative website www.alfresco-landscapes.com

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Spring has begun. Do you have your lawn maintenance scheduled yet? 

Alfresco Landscapes mowing season starts in April and runs through October, this means you need to call now to schedule your lawn mowing service! Our weekly, professional lawn mowing includes string trimming, edging, and blowing away clippings and debris.

Sell that  mower in the garage, and let us do the lawn maintenance for you.  Take back your evenings and weekends.

Call to schedule a personalized program.  Routes are filling up quickly.

(616)453-2530 or visit our informative website www.alfresco-landscapes.com

Remember to “SHARE” & “LIKE” our page.

With all of this beautiful weather in the forecast, the last thing you want to do or worry about is mowing the lawn and maintaining your property. That’s not a problem for the Team at Alfresco Landscapes.

Now is the time to book your services, or book some time with one of our designers. Give us a call to schedule today. (616)453-2530 or visit our website for more information.

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

We look forward to working with you so that your property will be #LandCrafted

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With all of this beautiful weather in the forecast, the last thing you want to do or worry about is mowing the lawn and maintaining your property.  That’s not a problem for the Team at Alfresco Landscapes.

Now is the time to book your services, or book some time with one of our designers.  Give us a call to schedule today. (616)453-2530 or visit our website for more information.  

www.alfresco-landscapes.com

We look forward to working with you so that your property will be #LandCrafted

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