Whether you’re seasoned at taking care of your lawn, or are new and looking for advice, the experts at Kasel Rocks Landscape Comapny have the answers to your questions. Because we have years of experience under our belt, we have a special insight that can only be gained through that experience. Below are a list of questions our customers usually ask us, and chances are you might have the same ones. Check out our frequently asked questions below to get the information you need, and if you’re looking for the best landscaping service in Allentown, Bethlehem, or Easton PA be sure to choose Kasel Rocks for your landscaping needs.
What is the importance of hiring an ICPI certified paver installer versus one who is not certified?
ICPI(Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute) is the industry organization that sets the standards for the highest quality, longest lasting paver installations. These standards are based upon scientific research. ICPI provides installers with the knowledge and methods to install an interlocking concrete pavement efficiently and effectively in a manner that will last. Installers who are not certified may be lacking in this area.
How do I know when and how much to water my newly planted grass?
This question has a variety of different answers depending on weather, soil, climate, and microclimate conditions. As a general rule of thumb, newly planted grass should be watered twice a day for about 20 to 30 minutes. The first time should be in the early morning and the second time should be late afternoon to early evening. Kasel Rocks can give you a reference sheet about watering your grass for the best results after analyzing conditions of your yard.
Can I pressure wash my pavers?
The answer to this question is yes. Many customers who own paver installations have a concern with washing the sand out of the cracks on the pavers if they are pressure washed. This is a concern, however if the pavers are washed properly (a wide stream on the pressure washer), the sand should stay in place for the most part. Any sand that is washed out should be replaced by simply getting a bag of either polymeric or dry sand and sweeping this sand back into the cracks.
How deep does a pond have to be to keep fish in it over winter?
This question again greatly varies on your location and microclimatic conditions. In Lehigh County the frost line is on average about 30 inches. This means that the pond should be at least 40 inches to house fish over winter. This again would need to be determined on a per project basis.
I have several quotes ranging from very cheap to fairly expensive. How do I know which one will be the best final product?
When it comes to landscaping, for the most part, you get what you pay for. Contractors that come in with very low bids may be using cheaper materials, not using enough materials in certain places, and not spending enough time on site preparation. The more expensive contractors will typically be more professional from day one and will be using top of the line materials and enough of those materials. To avoid any confusion, ask each contractor who is bidding on the project for you to provide print-outs and specifications on the materials and the total job.
My grass is growing very wavy and it is cut on a weekly basis, what can I do about this?
To avoid this, rotate patterns of cutting the grass between 4 to 6 different patterns, rotating them each week. This wavy grass is caused by a process called marcelling. When the grass is cut, the grass leafs and shoots are brought closer together. Repetitive and continual cutting of the grass in the same pattern and direction, through this process, causes denser areas of grass leafs and shoots and that is what causes the waves in the grass.
Why are my trees turning yellow in the summer?
This yellowing of trees, called chlorosis, can be caused by a variety of different factors. Chlorosis is defined by the ISA(International Society of Arboriculture) as whitish or yellowish discoloration due to the lack of chlorophyll. The lack of chlorophyll can be caused by a lack of iron nutrients in the soil, pest or pathogen problems, or soil compaction. You would need to contact a certified arborist to assess, diagnose, and prescribe a treatment for the problem.