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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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Winter Landscaping Care: Protecting Your Landscaping Investments

Winter Landscaping Care: Protecting Your Landscaping Investments

Protect your Des Moines area property with winter lawn care services. Winter is coming, and even though the grass has finally slowed down, your lawn could still use a little pre-winter care. Winterizing your lawn, especially in central Iowa where winter is hard on us, is especially important to create a thriving lawn when spring arrives. Learn about the types of winterizing services that will keep your lawn in top shape and how to best prepare for the snowy season. Leaf cleanup does...
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How long does a landscape project take to complete?

How long does a landscape project take to complete?

At A+ Lawn & Landscape, we are often asked how long it will take to complete the installation of a new landscape project. Unfortunately, there is no solid answer as it all depends on the total scope of the project and what all may be involved in the process, along with dependency on weather conditions.  Learn about the landscape process and about how long it may take to complete certain types of projects for properties in West Des Moines, Des Moines, Ankeny, and the surrounding...
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Landscapes vs. Hardscapes vs. Softscapes

Landscapes vs. Hardscapes vs. Softscapes

Adding a new landscape project can be an exciting time for any property owner, but once you start meeting with the designers and contractors, you may wonder what they are talking about when they start throwing out terms such as hardscaping and softscaping. These terms are used frequently in the landscape industry, but for those who do not often work in the arena, they may not know what they mean. Learn here what landscapes, hardscapes, and softscapes mean and decide which features you may...
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How to Prepare Your Landscaping for Winter

How to Prepare Your Landscaping for Winter

Even though your lawn and landscape plants don’t tend to grow during the fall, this season is the optimal time to start preparing your property for the upcoming winter. Fall aeration, seeding, and fertilization will give your lawn a strong foundation for the winter, and fall yard cleanups will tidy up your landscape before the cold weather hits. Contrary to popular belief, fall is when your lawn and landscape should receive the most maintenance and attention so it may return strong and ...
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How Custom Landscape Lighting Enhances Your Central Iowa Home

How Custom Landscape Lighting Enhances Your Central Iowa Home

Custom outdoor lighting is a great way to enhance the beauty of your home. Adding tasteful lighting to landscape beds, walkways, driveways, and other areas of your property highlights your home's best features while adding extra safety and security by illuminating dark areas of your property. Here are some ways custom outdoor lighting can enhance your home in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny, and the surrounding areas. Outdoor Lighting Adds Value & Functionality ...
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How Mulch Helps Your Landscaping

How Mulch Helps Your Landscaping

Adding landscaping to your residential or commercial property in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny, and other central Iowa areas such as Johnston and Waukee has many benefits. It increases your curb appeal, it gives off a better impression to guests and customers, and it can provide a good return on investment. One easy way to protect your landscaping investment is to install ground cover within your landscaping beds after your plants have been installed. At A+ Lawn & Landscape, we...
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Why You Should Shop at a Local Garden Center

Why You Should Shop at a Local Garden Center

There are many options for homeowners looking for gardening supplies, seeds, plants, and soil. Large box stores have taken over a huge portion of the market, which has hurt local businesses and left many home gardeners disappointed with wilted plants and mass-produced products. There are many solid reasons why you should shop at a local garden center, including knowledgeable staff, locally grown plants, and a larger selection of native plants. The added bonus is that by patronizing a local...
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Mistakes You Can Make When Maintaining Your Landscaping

Mistakes You Can Make When Maintaining Your Landscaping

For the untrained landscaper, simple mistakes can be made when maintaining your current landscaping aesthetic. Most mistakes can be found in the way plants are cared for on your property, your ground covering for your landscaping beds, and irregular fertilization and weed control. Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware of the proper techniques used to maintain a healthy and thriving yard. Avoid making these mistakes when you are caring for your landscaping or consider hiring a...
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