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10 Benefits of a Lawn Dethatching Service

Lawn care is a necessity. However, a majority of homeowners think that it only involves mowing, fertilizing, and watering the lawns. But there is another vital activity that homeowners tend to neglect, dethatching. A lawn dethatching service plays a significant role in the health and future of a lawn as long as it’s done correctly […]

Why Fall is the Most Ideal Time of Year to Begin Landscaping Projects in St. Louis

Are you ready to work on your landscaping project? For St. Louis residents, we have proof that fall is the most optimal time to begin your landscaping St. Louis projects because it saves you time and money. Many people do not consider fall a landscaping season, but it might just be the best time to […]

Outdoor Landscaping Solutions for Your Yard This Fall

Lawn Care Generally, when thinking about hiring a service that provides lawn care, you will need to gain an understanding of services provided, like outdoor landscaping. Outdoor solutions require working with many products and tools that are not commonly used by homeowners. Along with the addition of lawn care products like weed killers, you need […]

The Advantages of Drainage: A Complete Guide to Lawn Drainage

A drain keeps your soil from being flooded by rain and prevents water from flowing back to your foundation. If you’re concerned about water damage to your home, consider installing a drain and a foundation waterproofing system. The advantages of drainage often outweigh the costs of installing a drainage system. Why Does Every Garden Need […]

The Benefits of Investing in a Lawn Care Service Plan

Your lawn is a gateway to your front door. Achieving and maintaining a great looking lawn is not easy to do on your own. Investing in a lawn care service plan can be a great solution. Lawn care encompasses much more than mowing and trimming your lawn. It takes a lawn care service plan that […]

Hardscaping Ideas to Transform Your Outdoor Space

Hardscaping consists of several measures designed to make your garden look lovely. The specialist perfects such measures by combining several areas of expertise. To organize a magnificent landscape, hardscaping companies go beyond just working with natural soft elements. They also include hard structures in all parts of the garden. Variations in these structures shall be […]

Outdoor Solutions for Maximizing Your Backyard Space During Quarantine

Tips and Tricks to Make the Most Out of Your Outdoor spaces In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, most cities all around the world have gone on lockdown. During this period of home confinement, when most public places are off-limits, you might have tried to devise many ways to keep yourself busy. Still, it’s no […]

Top 10 Essential Spring Lawn Care Tips

Our St. Louis Landscaping Company’s Top 10 Tips to Make Your Lawn Lush and Green This Spring One of the joys of spring is watching a lawn that looked utterly lifeless all winter suddenly turn a tender green that grows lusher and more inviting as the weather warms. What sort of lawn maintenance is required […]

Lawn Care and Maintenance Services: Basic Tips for Every Season

Your lawn might only be green for one or two seasons out of the year. But lawn care and maintenance services can be necessary year-round. Neglecting care, preparation, or planning when it needs to be done can result in an unsightly, yellowing, or overgrown lawn later. Hiring a professional company to provide lawn care and […]

Why Lawn Irrigation In St. Louis Is Essential To Outdoor Lawn Care

The Importance of Lawn Irrigation St. Louis You probably enjoy having a thick, lush, and green lawn. You may entertain on your lawn, your children may enjoy playing in the soft grass, and a beautiful lawn adds something special to your home. The best way to achieve the lawn you desire is with an irrigation […]

What You Need to Know About Lawn Care & Maintenance Services in St. Louis in 2020

When it comes to attractive landscaping, St Louis boasts some beautiful grounds surrounding homes, businesses, and rental properties. Some homeowners, on the other hand, can become so focused on the upkeep of their house that they can neglect the grounds that surround it. For families, rental property managers, and businesses in the St Louis area, […]

How Businesses Can Plan Ahead for the First Storms of the Winter

Winter brings with it the likelihood of severe weather that can adversely affect your business. Preparing and planning for snow removal services may determine business success or failure. Planning now will help ensure that your company and your customers have the same expectations during and after snowstorms.  Let’s start by looking at the financial damage […]

Preparing Your Lawn for Winter: Yard Maintenance Tips

“A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.”- Liberty Hyde Bailey A garden enhances the beauty of your home; you can peacefully read a book, play with your kids, throw a party, and watch your […]

Why Businesses Need Expert Landscaping Maintenance Services

Are you aware that winter is coming? If yes, you need to consider landscape maintenance services. But before that… What is Landscaping Maintenance? Landscaping maintenance is a term that refers to resisting deterioration. It refers to keeping stuff looking the same. Also, don’t confuse landscaping maintenance with landscaping management. Landscaping management refers to guiding the […]

How Outdoor Lighting Can Improve Your Backyard Space

Create an Exterior Oasis with Outdoor Lighting Your backyard is a private space where you hang out and relax with family and friends. This is a versatile space at your house where you entertain and simply love to enjoy whenever you get the chance. It’s a sanctuary and oasis away from the day-to-day. Many people […]

Increase Your Curb Appeal With These 8 Simple Tips

You’ve spent thousands of dollars on your home and decor, but when people drive by, are they as impressed as they should be? How does your house look from the driveway? If your house isn’t looking as good as it could, you can easily fix it by adding some curb appeal. Not only will your […]

5 Easy Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space

An inviting backyard with a functional, beautiful patio is on the top of most homeowners’ wish lists. If your outdoor living space isn’t the stuff of your dreams, there are easy updates and quick fixes that will make a world of difference. Whether you want to DIY or bring in the pros at Allen, these […]

6 Essential Summer Lawn and Garden Care Tips You Shouldn’t Skip

There’s no doubt about it: St. Louis summers are hot and humid. Though many of our local plants are used to this intense weather, you may not be! While you’ve likely got the basics of summer lawn care, like watering and cutting your grass regularly, there might be some other lawn care techniques you’re skipping […]

Why You Need a Drainage System

Whether your garden has already been perfectly designed and planted or you’re just starting out on the landscaping path, there’s one thing you’ve probably forgotten about: yard drainage. True, yard drainage is not nearly as exciting as a beautiful flower bed of colorful, local perennials. Nor is it as fun to think about as a […]

Red Thread & Powdery Mildew: How To Prevent Yard Fungus

Lawn funguses are no joke. Lawn fungus like powdery mildew and red thread not only look ugly, they can destroy your grass for good. And once they’re done with your grass, it can move onto your plants, wreaking havoc all over your beautiful garden. Even worse… Fungus can easily spread from yard to yard. Walking […]

The Ultimate Spring Cleanup Checklist For Your Lawn

Spring is the perfect time to get your lawn into top shape and prepare it for hot and humid St. Louis summers. Our Ultimate St. Louis Landscaping Spring Cleanup Checklist is the perfect guide to preparing your entire yard for the months to come. If you’re already overwhelmed with all the landscaping work you have […]

Tips for Spring Lawn Care and Maintenance

Spring is in the air! Well, almost. While we still have several weeks until the official start of spring, it’s never to early to  be prepared. Although spring lawn care is much less intense than fall lawn care, it is just as—if not more—important. Correct care and maintenance in the spring will ensure that your […]

Emergency Measures for Taking Care of Your Frozen Irrigation System

It’s imperative that you prepare your sprinkler system for freezing temperatures by winterizing it. A vital component of that winterizing process is to blow out any remaining water in the lines. If you don’t have the equipment to do it yourself or you don’t have the time, we at Allen Outdoor Solutions can winterize your […]

How to Choose Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting can do it all: safety, security, and style. It’s the finishing touch on your home’s exterior, and it can take a little bit of planning to get the best look and the best lighting effect. With the wide variety of outdoor light fixtures available today, it isn’t always easy to choose the right […]

Why Your Landscaping Company Should Be Doing Your Snow Removal

The only clear prediction of St. Louis weather is that it will be unpredictable — especially in winter. Some days feel like spring and others make you wonder if you actually live in Minnesota. Sudden snow and ice storms that leave your driveway and sidewalk unsafe to navigate are an inconvenience for homeowners and a […]

St. Louis Winter Lawn Care Tips

Just because it’s winter, that doesn’t mean that you stop taking care of your lawn. You want it to look luscious and healthy come spring and warm weather, right? So you have to take care of your landscaping during the winter the best you can. What you do around the lawn during winter can affect […]

When is the Best Time for Fence Installation?

If one of the projects on your home-improvement list is to install a new fence in the spring, you might want to reconsider that timeline. You might be thinking ”can a fence be installed in winter?” And the answer is a resounding yes. Fence installation during the fall or winter offers several benefits – to […]

5 Things you Need to do Now for a Healthy Spring Lawn

As the sweltering heat of summer subsides to the pleasantly cool evenings of fall, home owners everywhere breathe a sigh of relief. No more constant weeding, fertilizing, pruning, digging, mowing, and watering to keep the lawn looking fresh and clean. The End of Lawn Care But wait! Don’t give in to the beauty of fall […]

Our 5 Favorite Landscaping Flowers

With so many beautiful flowers to choose from, it may be difficult to only pick out a few to landscape with. To make your decision a little easier, here are five of the most popular flowers to landscape with. Number 5: Hydrangeas Hydrangeas can be very hardy, and they can easily tolerate cold weather conditions […]

Garden Pathways & Walkways

With a new school year just around the corner, you may be looking to spruce up your landscape with fresh plants and decorations. Adding walkways or pathways are an easy way to add color and visual interest to a yard. Floral Walkways If your home sits farther away from the sidewalk or your driveway, you […]

The Benefits of Synthetic Turf

Synthetic turf is an easy, efficient way for you to reduce the time and amount of care your yard requires. Between water-usage restrictions and implementing general maintenance techniques, up-keeping a yard can be very difficult. Why Synthetic Turf? Synthetic turf requires minimal care after the initial installation. In addition, turf is a heartier, more resistant […]

Planning your Dream Landscape

Landscaping your dream yard doesn’t have to be as stressful or time consuming as you think. If you have an idea of what you want your yard to look like, you only need a few sheets of graph paper to start sketching out your dream. How to Choose a Landscape There are several different ways […]

How to Protect your Garden from the Scorching Sun

When living in the Midwest, you could need to wear a sweatshirt one day and a tank top the next. Although it’s rare to experience unrelenting, miserably suffocating heat all summer long, it is normal to have several weeks of scorching heat in between rainstorms. Unfortunately, those few scorching weeks may be long enough to […]

Installing a Drainage System

With all the recent rain, your yard may be looking a little soggy and sad. If your house and lawn sits on a lower elevation than surrounding houses, you may have various puddles of water pooling in your yard. The Downsides to Water Puddles Besides being an eyesore, pooling water kills grass, inhibits mowing, and […]

The Benefits of Mulch for your Plants

Adding mulch to your landscape is one of the most beneficial things that you can do for your yard. If you properly mulch your yard, you can protect the trees and plant life from harsh elements. There are many different types of mulch, which gives you the ability to choose a kind that will compliment […]

Watering Tips & Tricks for the Summer

Watering your lawn may seem like a time consuming and unnecessary task. In some cases, watering your lawn may exceed the city or county water restrictions; in which case, you should look into other lawn fertilizers – like turf. Typically, cities and communities only restrict water usage in times of drought, making it possible for […]

Adding Outdoor Lights to Your Landscape

Creating a beautiful outdoor living space can take your home to the next level when entertaining guests and ramping up your curb appeal. With the longer daylight hours and gorgeous summer weather, having a place to enjoy the outdoors is a great addition for any home. Adding Outdoor Lights Why would you waste your living […]

Get your own Oasis – Add a Water feature!

Sometimes it can seem like a hassle to actually utilize your outdoor space. Finding time to mow the lawn is almost impossible, let alone taking care of an entire garden and back yard. However, having a professional set up your backyard space is an easy and stress free process. Don’t Worry… it’s Easy There are […]

5 Plants for Landscaping Beginners

Landscaping a yard can seem like a very daunting challenge to inexperienced consumers. Picking plants that compliment your yard and the exterior of your home can be a difficult task. For a beginner, it is important to pick visually appealing plants that are fairly hardy and easy to care for. Where to Start Some plants […]

Utilizing Your Backyard Space

Not enough backyard space? Finding the space in your backyard to host friends or family can be difficult when you live on a hill. Yards that slope towards or away from a home provide a unique challenge for decorating or landscaping as lawn furniture and outdoor equipment require level ground to rest upon. The best […]

Ideas to Liven Up Your Landscaping This Spring

Spring is a time of rebirth and cleansing. Flowers are blooming. Birds are chirping. All of this new life may have you realizing that your landscaping just isn’t inspiring you anymore. Here are some ideas to help you breathe new life into your landscaping. 1. Add a focal point Adding a focal point to your […]

7 Benefits of Adding Hardscaping to Your Landscaping

When people think “landscaping” they usually think about plants, trees, and bushes. But one important part of landscaping that often gets overlooked is hardscaping. Most people think hardscaping refers to big things like fire pits, patios, retaining walls, etc. While it definitely does include those things, hardscaping is really just any design element that isn’t […]

6 Reasons to Add a Water Feature to You Landscaping

Now that it’s spring, you’re probably thinking a lot more about your landscaping. Maybe you’ll put some brightly colored potted plants on your patio or some hanging plants by your front door. Or, maybe you’re looking around your garden and thinking, “Something’s missing.” If you really want to ramp up your landscaping think about adding […]

5 Tips for Spring Landscaping

It’s time to shake off the winter blues and get ready for spring! Spring cleaning means going through closets and drawers and cleaning out any clothes you haven’t worn in awhile, or any other random knick-knacks you’ve accrued through the years. It also means cleaning up your landscaping. 1. Make a plan After the long, […]

5 Reasons to Add Outdoor Lighting to Your Landscaping

About a month ago, we talked about types of outdoor lighting techniques. Today, we’re going to talk about why you should add outdoor lighting features to your landscaping. Like many of the things we talk about on this blog, adding outdoor lighting will not only add beauty to your yard, but functionality as well. 1. […]

5 Reasons to Add a Retaining Wall to Your Landscaping

A retaining wall is a wall that retains soil or water behind it. In landscaping, it can be a protective structure, a decorative feature, or both. While you could add a retaining wall to a flat yard, its main purpose is to stabilize excessively sloped landscapes and provide flat surfaces. There are many functional and […]

5 Types of Outdoor Lighting Techniques

Adding a lighting feature to your lawn can help emphasize your hardscaping and landscaping, and the extra light can help prevent trips and falls at night. There are many different outdoor lighting techniques, but here are just a few of the most popular ones. 1. Up Lighting Lights are placed close to the base of […]

3 Benefits of Installing an Irrigation System

Everyone wants a beautiful, green lawn, but watering can be a pain, especially during the hot St. Louis summers. Adding an irrigation system to your lawn not only saves you from this, there are other benefits as well. 1. Saves time Installing a sprinkler system is a massive time saver. You can set when you […]

3 Benefits of Adding a Drainage System to Your Yard

Drainage systems are an extremely important part of landscape design, but they often get overlooked. Drainage systems consist of piping buried underneath your yard that divert water away from your landscaping and into an area where it won’t cause any damage, such as the street. Some yards may need a more intense drainage system then […]

Tips for Winter Lawn Maintenance

Although your lawn needs less attention in winter than it does in other seasons, you can’t just leave it untouched until spring. Here are some things you should be doing in the winter to ensure your yard looks its best year round. 1. Prune trees and shrubs Pruning in the winter promotes new growth when […]

4 Reasons to Install a Hardscaping Feature in the Winter

Although it can be sad to watch your flowers die and your grass turn brown in the winter, many homeowners breathe a sigh of relief when they can finally stop worrying about their landscaping. However, the winter is actually a great time to add a hardscaping feature to your yard. Here are a few reasons […]

Tips For Maintaining Hardscaping Features in the Winter

Winter is the time of year that does the most damage to your hardscaping features. Many de-icing chemicals can cause corrosion and chipping on hardscaping surfaces and the freeze/thaw cycle can cause cracking. The freeze/thaw cycle refers to when water gets into the pores and cracks in hardscaping material, then freezes which causes the pores […]

4 Reasons to Frequently Shovel Your Walkways This Winter

Now that it’s December, everyone is gearing up for the inevitable: snow. When we imagine snow, we think of big, fluffy flakes floating down from the sky, covering our lawns and trees with a picturesque white glow. The reality, however, is usually much less serene. Snow can wreak havoc on the roads, the sidewalks, and […]

6 Tips for Winter Landscaping

Winter can be a nightmare for anyone who loves gardening. It’s almost depressing to watch all of your beautiful, brightly colored hard work wither away and disappear under the snow. It doesn’t have to be like this, though. By preparing your landscaping throughout the summer and spring, and even into fall, you can be sure […]

Choosing A Hardscape Material

When deciding to add a hardscape structure to your home, there are many things that need to be considered. Not the least of which is the type of material you want to use. There are a multitude of materials that can be used in hardscaping. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Here are just […]

Lawn Care Maintenance For Fall Leaves

Fall is here in full force and leaves are everywhere. Sometimes it can be overwhelming just to look out the window and see all the work that needs to be done in the yard. Raking is no fun, but here are a few tips to make lawn care a  little easier. 1. Use a bigger […]

The Benefits Of Outdoor Lighting

At Allen Outdoor Solutions we can provide you with all of your outdoor lighting needs. We turned our clocks back this weekend which sadly means we are entering the time of year where it gets dark earlier. Why not install some lighting so you can still enjoy your outdoor areas? Here are a few reasons you should […]

Fall Outdoor Tips For Landscaping And Hardscaping

Clean Out Your Gutters Staying on top of yearly and monthly maintenance helps make sure you don’t have any housing emergencies. During the fall, be sure to clear your gutters and downspouts of leaves and other Debris, which will protect your home from water damage. Plant Some Flowers That Do Well In Fall Once your lawn […]

Hardscaping Ideas For Fall

Hardscaping refers to the solid, hard elements in landscape design that stay the same for several years. Examples of hardscape designs are: Patios Fire pits Decks Driveways Walkways and stairs Water features Retaining walls Outdoor kitchens Many different materials are used in hardscape designs, which include: Slate Flagstone Terrazzo Brick Concrete If part of your […]

Safety Tips for Fall Landscaping

Watch the weather- If it is a warm, sunny day, use sun block and stay hydrated. Pick the right rake- Select a rake with the right height handle, and use proper posture while raking. You should also wear gloves, so as to prevent blisters from using the rake. The proper raking technique involves standing upright and […]

Why Landscaping Is Important When You Are Selling Your Home

Home sellers beware: home buyers usually tour neighborhoods before expressing interest in seeing a home. This means if your yard is not up to basic standards, or neighborhood standards, you home could be looked over in an instant. Here are some tips on how to get your home looking as great on the outside as […]

Getting Your Lawn Ready For Fall

Make sure to cut it DoItYourself.com explains that as long as your grass is still growing, you should take the time to cut it. Before the winter arrives, you should always keep your grass at a length of about 2 1/2 inches. To minimize potential problems, the news source recommended that you lower the blades on […]

Do I Need a Retaining Wall?

Any area with slope problems and insufficient erosion control is often a good candidate for retaining wall construction. The likelihood of soil and other debris slipping downhill will help to determine the necessity of a retaining wall versus an actual wall to prevent damage to the home. In some cases, homeowners may just need a […]

Benefits of a Sprinkler System

Allen Outdoor Solutions can come up with a custom plan to fit your sprinkler system needs. There is a lot of work that goes into making sure your lawn is always looking and feeling its best, including proper watering, regular fertilizing, and keeping regional insects and diseases out of your lawn. 1. Saves Time An […]

5 Reasons You Should Install A Water Feature

Allen Outdoor Solutions can provide custom water features for your residence. There are many benefits of having a gorgeous water feature on your property but today we are sharing five of them. 1. The benefit of natural sounds A stressful day can melt away as you listen to the cascading water washing away your workday cares. […]

Summer Outdoor Lighting

Allen Outdoor Solutions can help with your outdoor lighting needs. We have the ability to help light your yard for parties with friends this Summer. Outdoor lighting is a key component to extend the beautiful summer days into the warm summer nights, even if the sun says out late. Here are some tips to get […]

Summer Landscape Tips

At Allen Outdoor Solutions we understand that Summer can bring very little rain and your landscape can start showing signs of drought. So today we wanted to share a few tips that will help keep your yard looking green with minimal work. Summer Landscape Tips Avoid light, frequent watering, this type of watering encourages shallow […]

Professional St. Louis Lawn Care

A lot people are concerned with the appearance of their lawn, whether at their home or business. Not everyone understands there’s more to the upkeep of a lawn than just mowing the grass. Most homeowners hire professionals to take care of their lawn maintenance. With so many companies available to provide lawn services, it can be tough […]

Getting Your Lawn Ready For Summer

Landscaping Hiring a professional landscaping company to come to your home and work on your yard helps you keep it looking its best. The landscape professionals can get rid of any debris that is negatively affecting your yard’s aesthetic appeal. They can also make sure all of your plants have the proper amount of water […]

Summer Lawn Care Tips

It is getting hot in the St. Louis area and with changes in weather come changes in your lawn. Allen Outdoor Solutions wants to provide you with a few tips for making sure you have the best looking yard in the neighborhood during these hot summer month. 1 )When and how you water your lawn is […]

5 Benefits of Adding Hardscaping

There are many reasons why adding hardscaping to your yard can be valuable. Here are 5 reasons that Allen Outdoor Solutions suggests adding hardscaping to your yard today! 1. Adds Interest Sometimes you just want to have something a little unique going on.  Some properties might feel too “flat” and some might just lack definition […]

Drainage Systems in St. Louis

With the most recent wave of storms in the St. Louis area has seen lots of damage and flooding. The biggest cause of flooding for homeowners is the grading around their home. If the grading is not set up to properly run away from your home, all that water ends up sitting against your homes foundation. When […]

Benefits Of Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting is important for many reasons. Allen Outdoor Solutions can help you install the lighting you need to make sure you get all of the benefits listed below: Curb appeal A well-planned outdoor lighting design gives the impression that your property is well maintained. Your home will also appear to be warm and inviting to visitors and potential buyers. […]

Tree Pruning Services

Trimming a tree may seem like a fairly simple task, but don’t break out your shears just yet! Keep reading to make sure you understand the technique first, or better yet – find a professional to prune your canopy for you! When you should start pruning It is best to prune your tree in either […]

It Is Not Too Late To Install A Sprinkler System

An automatic sprinkler system is a home improvement project worth considering. Not only will it help maintain a healthy beautiful landscape that you can enjoy with your friends and family, but it’s the most convenient and efficient way to ensure your landscape gets the water it needs without over-or under-watering. When it is properly installed […]

Landscaping In St. Louis

Allen Outdoor Solutions – Bringing your personality outdoors. From residential, to large commercial jobs, we can do it all. We provide premium landscaping services as one of St. Louis’ top landscape contractors. Design Ranging simple to complex, the Allen Outdoor Solutions Landscape Design Team is well-equipped to meet your needs. Throughout the design process, we […]

Sprinkler Maintenance Agreement Options

We will be calling our Preferred Maintenance Plan customers in March and early April to schedule sprinkler activations and in September and early October to schedule winterizations. You can call now to schedule your activation or email us at anytime. We will make at least one courtesy phone call to schedule your services. So please […]

Spring Sprinkler System

Spring is the time of the year when your landscape is starting to emerge from the long cold winter season. The buds on the trees are finally starting to develop. The roots on your plants and grass are beginning to grow again and plant life is regaining it’s beautiful vibrant colors. At this time of […]

Spring Lawn Tips

1. Basic Clean up. Just like you should declutter your home, the first step in spring yard cleaning is to clear broken branches and debris from your trees and shrubs. Damaged plants, branches and dead leaves can cause plant diseases and smother healthy grass and shrubs, so make sure to clear all clutter from your […]

Spring Lawn Care Services

Spring Lawn Care Services As we begin our spring preparations, lawn care is just one of the many chores added to home maintenance and spring cleaning. For many homeowners in St. Louis, scheduling in time for lawn care is challenging at best with full time jobs and families to care for. To take some of […]

Landscaping Services

Spring is the most important time for lawn care. Spring lawn care sets the foundation for the entire season, neglecting your lawn now can mean many troubles ahead. Many home owners struggle year after year to get the lush green lawn they dream of. This is where the experts at Allen Outdoor Solutions come in. […]

Allen Outdoor Solutions Snow Removal

The workload that snow can bring is not always welcomed. Storms that bring a good amount of snow mean that someone has to go out to clean the walk ways and clear the driveway. This can be a very labor intensive job and should be done safely and effectively. Here are a few tips to […]

First Steps of Lawn Irrigation

What do you want? The first thing to do when preparing for lawn irrigation installation is think about your landscaping. How do you want your landscaping laid out, where will you need your irrigation system? Are there obstacles that may play a factor in the layout? Are you having a system installed in an established […]

Why Add A Water Feature To Your Yard?

1. Ease of Use When a professional landscape designer installs a water feature, you’ll know it’s done right the first time. A landscape designer will ensure the water feature is placed so it feels like a natural part of your landscaping as well as knowing the best low-maintenance system to install.They can also custom design […]

Control Weeds With Landscaping Stones

Not every yard is perfectly green. Some people do not have time to work on their yard as often as they might need to. Landscaping with rocks to help with your weed problem can be very helpful. Allen Outdoor Solutions can put together a landscaping plan that will help control your weed problem and be […]

Tips For Hiring A Good Snow Removal Service

Winter weather is on its way and it is important to have a plan for how to remove the snow from your home or business. Allen Outdoor Solutions can help! Here are some tips for hiring the perfect snow removal company: • Look for experience: Each home or business is different, and experience can matter. […]

Safety With Outdoor Lighting

Security Lighting Just like choosing the right lights for the appropriate room in your house, it is important to use the correct lights for their purpose outside the home. Spotlights and flood lights which, when securely fitted, provide a safe way to add that extra element of security to your property. These lights will be […]

Snow Removal Services

Its important to be communicate with your snow removal contractor before the winter season about locations of snow piles. Its best to pick locations that will not obstruct your business. Most properties have some grass area or low priority areas that can be used for snow piling. If your snow is being relocated off site […]

Preparing Your Sprinkler For Winter Weather

We serve the entire St. Louis metro area and we specialize in the service and maintenance of sprinkler systems. We have full time irrigation technicians ready to perform your sprinkler system winterization or spring activation . These services ensure that your system is fully protected from damage that can occur during winter months. Please call […]

Helpful Landscaping Tips for Winter Weather

There are several steps you can take to protect the pipes and hoses in your home and landscape from cold weather: Protect Your Pool You can help reduce risks to your pool and/or spa from freezing conditions by following some of these tips: During freezing temperatures run the filtration pump and jet pumps continuously. Adjust […]

Preparing Your Landscape For Winter

As the last of the leaves come floating to the ground, the air chills, and the days shorten, don’t forget to prepare your garden or landscaping for the snow and biting winds of winter. What does fall landscape maintenance involve? Wrapping – Surrounding your more tender shrubs and plants with an extra layer of burlap […]

Ideas for Fall Landscaping

Just because it’s getting cooler doesn’t mean you can’t relax on your patio! It’s easy to make your patio a year-round space for your enjoyment. With a few additions, you’ll be enjoying your patio during the crisp autumn nights in no time! Perhaps you should consider adding a: Fire pit or outdoor fireplace. Obviously, keeping […]

Landscaping Tips For the Fall

Just because the seasons are changing doesn’t mean you should neglect your landscaping. It is just as important to take care of your lawn in the fall s it is in the spring and summer months. Don’t neglect your yard tools Every fall your yard and gardening tools get put away in your garden shed […]

About Landscape Lighting

Homeowners spend a considerable amount of effort, time, and expense creating their landscape gardens, patios, walks, features, and plantings, yet many times there is little thought about landscape lighting to highlight and illuminate their landscape for viewing and use when the sun goes down.Lighting your outdoor space seems straightforward enough, right?   Actually there are […]

3 Reasons to Add Outdoor Lighting to Your Home

1. Security A well-lit landscape and yard presents a feeling of security and maintenance. When you keep your outdoor areas illuminated, you present a feeling of care and involvement. When people view your well-lit yard, they often interpret your property as cared-for and well maintained. This can discourage trespassing and theft.Install lights with motion detectors […]

Helpful Tips for Hardscaping

Here are some hardscaping tips for you to remember when you are thinking about hardscaping for your property. Remember Mother Nature:  While it’s easy to get caught up in the design of hardscaping, it’s critical that you incorporate nature’s unpredictable elements when determining the layout and function of your yard. Sun: Notice the orientation of […]

4 Ways to Prevent Water Waste

Finding ways to water our yards, gardens and crops that cut back as far as possible on overuse of water is key. Here are 4 ideas that can be easily implemented in your own yard. Rain Sensor / Moisture Sensor: Without a rain sensor or a smart controller that is connected to a live weather […]

The Importance of Hardscaping

Most homeowners invest their money just to have a well designed garden. A garden is sometimes a source of appreciation once you see on how beautiful it looks. Whatever type of garden you wish to have in your home, make sure not to ignore the importance of hardscaping elements. A beautifully landscaped lawn will never […]

When to Water Your Lawn & How Long

Whether you live in the country or the city, the best time to water your lawn is in the early morning. This is the time of day when your lawn will absorb the most water and you will lose the least H2O to evaporation. However, one bonus to watering in the early morning for city […]

3 Reasons to Install a Sprinkler System

Here are three reasons you should call Allen Outdoor Solutions Inc. to have a sprinkler system installed today! SAVE TIME: Your system will do all the watering for you. Instead of coming home from a long day and watering the lawn by hand, you can rest easy knowing that it will be done everyday and […]

Sprinkler Systems Conserve Water

One big concern about having a sprinkler system installed is the amount of water it uses. This doesn’t have to be a concern if you use one of the Rain Sensors manufactured by Hunter Industries. The Hunter Wireless Rain-Clik™ attaches quickly and easily. With built-in Quick Response technology, the Hunter Wireless Rain-Clik™ can command a […]

Maintaining Your Lawn

As any homeowner knows, maintaining a perfect lawn is next to impossible. Spring-time rains, mid summer droughts and oppressive heat in August can frustrate even the most seasoned professional. When deciding whether or not to hire a lawn care professional or to simply maintain your own lawn a homeowner has to consider several factors. For […]

Benefits of Sprinkler Systems

Adding a Sprinkler System to your lawn and garden has many benefits. First and foremost, it saves tons of time compared to watering by hand. Most homeowners do not have the time and energy required to spend the hours needed to keep their lawn wet and green during the hot summer months. Also, an automated […]

Lawn Maintenance Guru Karl Deuser

Valued Customer, Allen Outdoor Solutions is a full service company providing top notch service and employing professionals with special skills in their field. My name is Karl Deuser and I have been the turf, tree, and shrub care specialist at Allen Outdoor Solutions since May 2012. I started in the lawn care industry in 1968. […]

Landscaping Introduction

Landscape designs have many forms, styles and unique patterns. Landscape designing has been around for thousands of years dating back to Roman aqueducts and Mayan terraced gardens. So what do we learn from this? Landscapes are a lifestyle and not just soil and plants put together in a yard. Creating a proper landscape should have […]

2014 Sprinkler Maintenance Plans

We would like to introduce ourselves to you. We are Allen Outdoor Solutions, and have been in business for over 20 years.  We specialize in everything from start to finish for your irrigation, landscaping, lighting and maintenance needs. Our award winning team would like the opportunity to provide you with excellent service for your sprinkler […]

It’s Time To Deck The Halls

Three Simple Reminders In Decorating Your Home This Season According to an article written by John R. Hall Jr at the National Fire Protection Association’s website, holiday decorations like Christmas lights are the main reason behind fire incidents during the holidays. “Holiday lights and other decorative lighting with line voltage were involved in an estimated average of […]

Angie’s List 2012 Super Service Award

We did it! Allen Outdoor Solutions has earned Angie’s List 2012 Super Service Award. This award is the highest honor given annually to less than 5% of companies on Angie’s List. This award was achieved for the lawn irrigation category on the St Louis, MO Angie’s List. Check out our reviews, we have an A […]

Lawn Care Facts

Tip #1: More than 30 million acres of lawns exist in the United States Tip #2: A healthy lawn is of utmost importance to our environment. A 50-foot by 50-foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four. Tip #3: Lawns cool the atmosphere. Eight healthy front lawns have the cooling effect of 70 […]

Protect Evergreens From Winter Damage

Even evergreens can be damaged by frigid weather. The cold St. Louis temperatures and dry air can pull the moisture out of the evergreen’s foliage. This causes the plant to dry out and potentially turn brown. To combat this, at Allen Outdoor Solutions, we recommend applying Transfilm to the evergreen plants and trees. Transfilm is […]

Bed Mulching

Fall is a great time to apply mulch to your ornamental beds and tree rings. This will help keep moisture in and around the roots of your landscaping plants. The layer of mulch, also provides insulation for the root systems to protect it from the frigid, St. Louis temperatures. Your friends and family will be […]

The Turfgrass Industry

The turfgrass industry encompasses “the production and maintenance of specialized grasses and other ground covers as required in the development and management of facilities for utility, beautification, and recreation.” It has four functional branches; these are: facilities, manufacturing, servicing, and institutional. The facilities branch includes golf courses, sports fields, residential and commercial lawns, and roadside […]

Featured Project – Retaining Walls in Wildwood, MO

Location: Wildwood, MO Construction of new, modular-block retaining wall Stone walls needed to be built to replace a failing railroad-tie retaining wall. Terraced walls were used to provide better erosion control and to help sustain the driveway and hillside The walls also add beauty and texture to the hillside above the pool and the house. […]

Soil Aeration: The Science

The process by which soil air is replaced by atmospheric air is called soil aeration. Soil air has higher concentrations of carbon dioxide and water vapor but less oxygen than atmospheric air due to the consumption of oxygen and production of carbon dioxide by soil organisms. The magnitude of difference depends on the rate of […]

Preventing a Backflow Device Freeze

If your sprinkler system has not yet been winterized, the upcoming freeze can cause serious damage to your backflow device. Here are three emergency measures you can take to stop your backflow from freezing. Option 1 – Heating Tape: Go to your local hardware store and purchase ‘Heating Tape’. Heating tape is essentially a heating […]

Deep Root Fertilization

The past couple of years have been hard on landscape plantings and mature shade trees. The extreme heat and drought conditions have pushed the trees to their limit. Save your trees and keep them healthy by using deep root fertilization. We can help! To learn more about deep root fertilization or to setup an appointment, […]

Electric Dog Fences

Are you looking for a fence to stop your dog from leaving your yard? Consider electric dog fences- a fence only your dog can ‘see’! At Allen Outdoor Solutions, we only install the highest quality fences at the most reasonable prices in the St. Louis area. Additionally, we minimize damage to your lawn during the […]

Rain Gardens

Over the past few years St. Louis has had long, dry, and hot summers. These summers have not been good for plant material. During the spring and the winter we receive plenty of rain fall. A lot of this rain fall ends up in the big rivers and is lost. Nowadays, we are able to […]

Repel Deer

As the summer turns to fall, we become more aware of the wildlife that lives amongst us. The squirrels are harvesting nuts, the geese are starting to fly south, and the deer begin migrating. Not only are the deer a problem for vehicles, they can cause havoc within a landscaped yard. Male deer removing the […]

Core Aeration & Overseeding

For many years, professional golf course greens keepers have known that the secret to beautiful, dense turf is Fall Core Aeration & Over Seeding. What is Core Aeration & Over Seeding? Core aeration is the process of making thousands of small holes in your lawn. These holes reduce thatch and break up soil compaction. This […]

Solar Sync for Irrigation Systems

The Hunter Solar Sync is a premium rain sensor and an ET system (evaprotranspiration) all-in-one. The Solar Sync will shut off your sprinkler system when it’s raining and prevent watering after rainfall. It will also automatically adjust the watering time based on the ET (Evaporation of water from the soil + usage of water by […]

Leaf Removal

Fall has started and the trees are starting to change colors. This means a few different things: school is back in session, football season has started, baseball season is ending, and the leaves are falling, but they cannot get up by themselves. We offer a variety of leaf removal options. For customers that live in […]

Fall/Winter Tree, Shrub, & Perennial Care

Fall and winter are the prime time for performing perennial maintenance and major tree care. This covers pruning, trimming down/back for the winter, and dividing the perennials. Our service would include having any dead, diseased or crossing-over tree branches removed, followed by structural pruning. Additionally, shrubs would be heavily pruned in what is called a […]

Outdoor Seasonal Decorations

The transition of summer to fall brings many changes to the landscape around us; trees change color and lose their leaves, flowers wither, and crops are harvested. Highlight the positive aspects of this change by accentuating the fall theme. We can provide seasonal decorations to make this happen. One option would be thoughtfully placed hay […]

Landscaping Tips – Fall Weather & Fall Planting

The summer was particularly harsh but we are finally starting to see some relief. The change in weather and the upcoming rains are going to help a lot of the plant material to bounce back. Unfortunately, there are some plants that have been hit pretty hard by the drought; these include a good portion of […]

Sprinkler System Winterizations

The sweltering heat has subsided and summer has come to an end. Now is the time to get your irrigation system winterized! Call our office today to setup an appointment at (314) 647-4800. Don’t forget: if you do not get your sprinkler system winterized, the first St. Louis freeze can crack your system’s pipes, valves, heads, and […]

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