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Project Case Study: Replacing Timber Retaining Walls with Stone in Columbia, IL

Project Case Study: Replacing Timber Retaining Walls with Stone in Columbia, IL

We were recently contracted to install new retaining walls for a property in Columbia, IL. This property had previously gotten retaining walls but opted to use timber for the retaining wall material. We consulted with them on new retaining walls and constructed new ones for them using durable, strong stone materials that will last for a very long time.

Read to learn more about this retaining wall installation project and why stone is a superior choice for retaining wall materials.

We found that the existing timber wall had begun to rot.

Rotten timbers on an old retaining wall in Columbia, IL.

Timber retaining walls will typically last about a decade if they are properly maintained. Without that maintenance, they may only last about three to five years. The existing wall at this property had begun to rot, meaning the soil behind it was at risk for eroding away. The homeowner wanted a new wall that was going to last longer and be more dependable.

The homeowner chose a stone retaining wall that would last much longer.

Custom stone retaining wall construction in Columbia, IL.

Unlike timber, the stone will not break down. In fact, stone materials can last forever if they are properly maintained and cleaned. This makes stone a sound investment, even if it does have a higher upfront cost than timber. It also means you won't have to replace it every so often. We also added some columns to their new retaining wall, which meant our contractors needed to do some custom stonework for the columns.

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Project Case Study: Landscape Renovation & Rock Installation in Belleville, IL

Project Case Study: Landscape Renovation & Rock Installation in Belleville, IL

One of our clients in the Belleville, IL area called us not too long ago. Their landscape bed had fallen into disrepair and they wanted a solution to obstacles in their yard that made it more difficult to mow the grass. We sat down with them, discussed what they wanted to see, and came up with a plan for their yard that will look lovely for years to come and will also be low-maintenance for them.

Learn more about our recent landscaping project here and the steps we took to successfully implement everything for this homeowner.

First, we removed the existing landscape shrubs that had been neglected.

Neglected landscaping and shrubs in Belleville, IL.

When we took a look at the existing landscape plants and shrubs, we quickly realized they had been neglected. Many of them had almost completely lost their leaves, which means they were dead or dying. To redo the area, we completely removed all of the plants, cleared away the old rock ground cover, and got rid of the stone edging that was there. We also took out an overgrown shrub that was by the home's garage door so we could replace that area as well.

Our next step was to evaluate in-yard obstacles to make it easier to mow.

Electric service boxes in a residential yard in Belleville, IL.

When you mow a yard, it can be difficult to mow around obstacles in the lawn. At this particular property, they wanted to figure out a way to make it easier to mow around their electric box and their mailbox, so we evaluated those particular areas and determined a way to eliminate them as mowing obstacles.

We determined that ...

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Concrete Paver vs. Flagstone Patios

Concrete Paver vs. Flagstone Patios

Deciding to install a custom patio at your property in Columbia, Waterloo, Millstadt, and nearby cities in Illinois is an exciting step to take. Custom patios are beautiful and provide a great area for entertaining guests, friends, and family. Often, they serve as the foundation for your entire outdoor living space.

When custom patios are built, they need to be constructed with durable, quality materials that will last for a long time. At Linnemann Lawn Care & Landscaping, we often use concrete pavers and flagstone. Learn more about these materials and which one may be the best fit for your property.

Concrete Pavers - More Design Options, Cost Effective, & Most Popular

Concrete paver patio installation in Columbia, IL.

Concrete pavers come in many different colors and patterns, allowing you to choose a completely customizable patio. The pavers come directly from a supplier, already pre-cut and ready to install, meaning they require less labor to install them.

Pavers are an economical choice of material as well since they are cheaper than flagstone. Throughout the patio's lifetime, pavers will need occasional maintenance to ensure the patio is protected. Concrete pavers can last anywhere from 50-100 years if they are properly maintained.

Pavers can also shift sometimes, but it's easy to remove them and level the underlying area again before re-installing them. If a paver cracks, it's also a quick fix to remove it and put in a new one.

Flagstone - Premium Natural Look, No Maintenance, & ...

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Project Case Study: Retaining Wall & Drainage Correction in Columbia, IL

Project Case Study: Retaining Wall & Drainage Correction in Columbia, IL

In the area of Columbia, IL, we often see clients having issues with their drainage around their homes and foundations. The team at Linnemann Lawn Care & Landscaping can help fix these problems with a variety of drainage solutions.

One client reached out to us to ask for help with their property, as they were continuously experiencing problems with water seeping into their home. Learn more here about the measures we took to help adjust the drainage around their home, giving them peace of mind and helping them avoid further issues from water damage.

Water was getting trapped near the foundation of the home during every storm.

Downspout in need of drainage correction in Columbia, IL.

When we arrived at this Columbia property, we were immediately able to see that the client had issues with their downspouts, even attempting to use duct tape to help with the situation. They also had to continually run their sump pump in their basement during every storm. After we fully investigated, we found that their black corrugated downspout pipe was backing up, trapping water near the foundation of the home.

As the water stayed trapped, it was eroding away dirt at the side of the home and was soaking back into the ground beside the foundation.

Leaving water damage to sit can lead to costly repairs and other problems.

If this homeowner hadn't contacted us and left this water damage to sit, it could have led to some very costly repairs, along with other problems. Water damage can affect a foundation and weaken it. It can also reach into the...

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4 Reasons to Schedule a Spring Yard Cleanup

4 Reasons to Schedule a Spring Yard Cleanup

Once winter begins to recede and you see the overall condition of your lawn and landscaping, you may quickly realize you're in need of a spring cleanup. Spring cleanups are very beneficial for lawns in Columbia, Waterloo, Millstadt, and nearby areas of Illinois.

Learn four reasons why you should schedule a spring cleanup now for your yard.

1. Spring cleanups clear your lawn of any debris, leaving it open to absorb nutrients.

During winter, winds and snow may bring down extra leaves and tree branches into your lawn. Leaving those to rest on your grass can end up causing dead patches in your lawn, as the underlying grass won't be open to absorb nutrients such as air, water, and light. While a spring cleanup is going on, that debris will be cleared from your lawn and hauled away.

2. Your shrubs, bushes, and ornamental grasses are trimmed and prepped for the growing season.

Trimming landscape shrubs in Columbia, IL.

Spring cleanups aren't just for your lawn. They also help prepare your landscape plants for the upcoming growing season. Shrubs and bushes are trimmed or pruned depending on their needs, and ornamental grasses are cut down to curb any overgrowth. Routine trimming and pruning help to shape your plants and keep them healthy by removing any dead or dying branches that could potentially weaken the plant, making it more susceptible to plant disease.

3. A fresh application of mulch ensures your landscape beds and soil will be protected.

In spring,...

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Why It's Crucial to Keep Your Lawn Fertilized in 2020

Why It's Crucial to Keep Your Lawn Fertilized in 2020

While it may be hard to think about it in the middle of wintry weather, your lawn care for 2020 is incredibly important. Neglecting even one step in a lawn care routine can spell disaster for that healthy grass you've worked hard to cultivate over the years. Throughout 2020, it's crucial to follow our seven-step program that was designed specifically for local lawns.

Learn why your lawn in Columbia, Millstadt, Waterloo, and nearby areas needs to adhere to a routine fertilization program in 2020—and how you can save money on our program by prepaying for the whole year.

Starting in spring, we supply your grass with much-needed nutrients and crabgrass control.

As soon as that spring weather hits, our team comes to your residential or commercial property with a fertilizer treatment and preventative crabgrass control. The nutrients in this fertilizer treatment supply a strong foundation as the growing season begins. To control crabgrass in your yard, preventative treatment is needed to help ensure this pesky weed doesn't take over in later months of the year.

A second treatment for crabgrass, broadleaf weed control, and another fertilizer application helps to green up your lawn.

After the initial crabgrass control treatment, we apply another to keep crabgrass where it belongs: out of your yard. Along with this, we also put down broadleaf weed control to eliminate problem weeds like clover, dandelions, and more so that your...

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Project Case Study: New Patio & Walkway in Waterloo, IL

Project Case Study: New Patio & Walkway in Waterloo, IL

At Linnemann Lawn Care & Landscaping, our passion is helping customers enjoy their outdoor space. That's why we love getting to renovate and improve people's yards. When this client in Waterloo, IL, reached out to us asking for a new front patio and a walkway to their gazebo, we were glad to assist.

Learn more about our recent yard renovation and paver installation here! We install custom patios and walkways for residential and commercial properties in Columbia, Waterloo, Millstadt, and nearby areas of Illinois.

Removing Overgrown Weeds & Plants in the Yard

The overgrowth on the existing walkway needed to be removed in Waterloo, IL.

The first step in the process was to remove overgrown plants and weeds that had taken over the existing sidewalk to the gazebo and the gravel pathway to the front door. We excavated the plants carefully, as there were some Densiformis Yews along the concrete walkway that the homeowner wanted to keep. Excavation is a delicate process, and it's important that a professional complete this process so the plant isn't damaged or shocked by the removal. 

Taking Out Existing Concrete & Leveling the Installation Area

After the plants were removed, we then began taking out the existing concrete in order to prepare for installing the new walkway. We also leveled the area for the new patio and walkway so the pavers would sit level with each other. For the patio area, this required moving away some stones that had been resting there, as they were sitting on top of part of the installation ...

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Project Case Study: Landscape Renovation in Waterloo, IL

Project Case Study: Landscape Renovation in Waterloo, IL

At Linnemann Lawn Care & Landscaping, we have more than 25 years of experience installing and renovating landscaping throughout the areas of Columbia, Waterloo, Millstadt, and nearby Illinois areas. When a homeowner in Waterloo reached out to us for a renovation of their existing landscaping, we were happy to assist them with that!

Learn more about this recent landscape renovation and how we helped them improve their overall curb appeal and aesthetics.

Existing Landscape Beds Were Overgrown & Needed a Lot of Work

Landscape overgrowth at a Waterloo, Illinois home.

The existing landscape beds needed a lot of work, as many of the plants had become overgrown due to a lack of routine trimming and plant maintenance. Some of the plants had even started to overtake the sidewalk, growing onto the surface about halfway over. Other plants were so tall, they were completely blocking the front porch from view.

Since the plants had been neglected for a while, we decided the best choice for this landscape renovation was to completely start over with all new plant life that would be healthy so the homeowner could have a fresh start. We ripped out all the existing landscape beds, including the old concrete pavers that were used to mark the border of the beds.

New Landscaping Plans Completely Changed the Look & Feel of this Waterloo Yard

Our proposed design involved planting smaller plants that were more spaced out, so as they begin to grow and mature, they will have plenty of room to expand without growing into...

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4 Reasons to Use Professional Holiday Lighting Services

4 Reasons to Use Professional Holiday Lighting Services

Professional holiday lighting services in Columbia, IL.

Putting up holiday decor is just one of the many tasks you have to complete during the holiday season in Columbia, Waterloo, Millstadt, and nearby Illinois areas such as Red Bud and Belleville. One way to help relieve your holiday stress is to consider hiring a professional holiday decorator to help you as you deal with the rest of the holiday hustle and bustle.

There are several reasons to think about using a holiday lighting installer for your home or business, including minimizing injury risk, freeing up your schedule, professional LED products, and more, but here are four of those reasons.

1. Decorating for the Holidays Comes with Injury Risks

Around 200 people each day injure themselves during the holiday season while trying to decorate, according to U.S. News. In some of those cases, people ended up staying in the hospital for two weeks or more, which affected their holiday season—and unfortunately, some suffered traumatic brain injuries as well. Using a professional to install Christmas lights ensures that you won't be putting yourself at risk during a time of year that should be as festive as possible.

2. Your Home or Business Will Get a Custom Design

When you hire a professional such as Linnemann Lawn Care & Landscaping to install holiday lighting, we will plan out a custom design for your home or business. We hang lights around roof lines, trees, and shrubs. As we design your holiday lighting installation, we take into...

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Our new website has been launched live!

Our new website has been launched live!

We would like to announce our new website has been launched! We are very excited about new and existing customers being able to find us online, learn about our services and get in contact with us.

Come back often for great lawn care and landscaping information!

Part of our new website is a blog that we'll be utilizing to provide you with lawn care tips, reminders and other great lawn and landscaping information. We encourage you to join in and comment on our posts with your questions, opinions and requests.

The new site will continue to grow!

Since we just launched the website, there are many things we'll be adding into the future. When you see or talk to us, let us know what you think! Your feedback is important as we strive to offer the best lawn service possible.

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