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Should You Sharpen Mower Blades & How Often?

Should You Sharpen Mower Blades & How Often?

Most property owners mow their lawn once every week. As time goes on, your lawnmower will eventually need a little TLC after so many uses. The most important thing to pay attention to regarding your lawnmower is how sharp or dull your blades are. Your mower will continue running on dull blades, so you might not think that it is that important to pay attention to. However, dull mower blades will cause harm to your grass, leading to damage control costs down the line....
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Pre-Emergent Weed Control - Everything You Need to Know

Pre-Emergent Weed Control - Everything You Need to Know

Whenever you do some research about weed control, it is likely that you will quickly see the words "pre-emergent" and "post-emergent" as a way to describe certain types of herbicides. Post-emergent is pretty self-explanatory - it is the process of killing weeds that have already popped up out of the soil. But, what is pre-emergent weed control? How does it work? When should you apply it and when is it too late to apply? Does it only apply to certain types of weeds?...
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How Much Does Landscape Lighting Cost in Des Moines?

How Much Does Landscape Lighting Cost in Des Moines?

Adding outdoor lighting to your home or business will increase your property value while also adding safety aspects for yourself, your family, friends, and employees. Keeping entertainment areas lit up as the sun goes down also allows for more time spent outdoors! You can't go wrong with adding a little bit of brightness to your property. But - how much will it cost you? The cost of your outdoor lighting installation has a lot of different variables. Therefore, it is...
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Gas vs Wood-Burning Fire Pit: Which One Is Better?

Gas vs Wood-Burning Fire Pit: Which One Is Better?

A great fire pit can be the focal point of your backyard, becoming a place for relaxing after a hard day, cooking s'mores with the kids, or providing ambiance for a gathering of friends and family. Versatile and customizable to suit your needs, you can choose from either a wood-burning or gas-burning fire pit. At A+ Lawn & Landscape, we install both options throughout the Des Moines, Iowa area. Choosing between a gas or a wood-burning fire pit all comes down to your personal...
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Fertilizer Ingredients (NPK) & What They Do

Fertilizer Ingredients (NPK) & What They Do

All grass, no matter where you live, needs three key nutrients to survive: nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). Each one offers different benefits for your grass that keep it healthy and strong. If your lawn is looking a little drab, chances are your grass is depleted of one or more of the three key nutrients. In order to correctly fertilize your lawn, you must understand what it is exactly that you are feeding your grass. Some lawns need more of one nutrient ...
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Spring Startup for Your Irrigation System: Waste of Money or Worth It?

Spring Startup for Your Irrigation System: Waste of Money or Worth It?

As spring brings sunshine and good weather, many homeowners here in Des Moines and surrounding areas are ready to turn their sprinkler systems back on for the year. Some may feel that a spring start-up is a waste of money, but the truth is that it is essential for maintaining a fully-functional irrigation system. If you are considering a spring start-up for your irrigation system, trust our professionals at A+ Lawn & Landscape. We have the training and tools to keep your irrigation system in peak...
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3D vs 2D Landscape Design: Envisioning a New Landscape

3D vs 2D Landscape Design: Envisioning a New Landscape

Determine if a 2D or 3D Design is More Ideal For Your Project The factors that will ultimately help you decide whether you're better off with a 2D or 3D landscape design are time, cost, and desired level of detail. Design renderings can be presented by landscape companies in either two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional (3D) formats and there are clear differences between the two as far as time, cost, and precision are concerned. Which option is right for you? The ...
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Must-Have Plants for Your Spring Landscaping

Must-Have Plants for Your Spring Landscaping

It’s Iowa. It’s winter. It’s snowing. So why bother thinking about spring landscaping? Believe it or not, winter is actually the best time to plan for the year, and our designers are already thinking about spring blooms. If you want spring flowers, it’s important to plan ahead. But you may be wondering what the best spring blooms are for Des Moines, West Des Moines, and surrounding areas of Iowa. Let’s take a look at some tried-and true spring favorites. ...
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Winter Is The Ideal Time To Plan Your Next Landscape Project

Winter Is The Ideal Time To Plan Your Next Landscape Project

After surveying your yard, you realize your landscape is looking a little drab and could use a makeover. You do your research, check out some online designs, and are ready to schedule your next landscaping project! So, of course, it makes perfect sense to wait until the spring to get started right? Wrong. But why is that? Well, because other residents in Des Moines, IA are thinking the same way you are. Many people consider spring to be the ideal time for their landscaping projects, but ...
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5 Bright Ideas: Professional Techniques for Your Outdoor Lighting

5 Bright Ideas: Professional Techniques for Your Outdoor Lighting

Nothing adds more beauty and dimension to a landscape than outdoor lighting systems. The right professional lighting technique can create interesting shadows and images of the outdoor features they highlight. Illuminating your landscape at night is a common trend for most homes and businesses in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny, and surrounding cities in Iowa who want to accentuate their outdoor space. These five outdoor lighting techniques are used most often and each adds...
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