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Landscaping Grand Rapids

Spring Clean Up Grand Rapids


Bark Mulch Grand Rapids MIRecent sunny days and singing birds all help to get us in a better mood. All of us are hoping that winter will release its icy grip on us soon.

If you’re a Landscaper, nothing says Spring like a fresh pile of steaming bark mulch!  The aroma of that load coming off the truck tells us that it won’t be long before we can get outdoors and start getting your landscape in shape. Sadly, there is still more snow that will fall as well as plenty of snow to melt before we can start your Spring cleanup.

Working on the Main Garden at the Home and Garden Show at Grand Rapids Devos Place this past week really got me excited for a change in the weather.  At MLM, we are especially eager to hear from you so that we can help you Live Better Outdoors!

We offer Spring clean-up services and bark mulching in the Grand Rapids area.  Call Monsma Landscape TODAY (616) 868-5767(616) 868-5767.

Spring clean up Grand Rapids and bark mulch

Spring Clean Up Grand Rapids


Preparing Landscape for Winter in Grand Rapids Michigan Area

Living in the Grand Rapids area, it is important to prepare your landscape for Winter

Trees / Shrubs – Late fall feeding for trees and shrubs is recommended where a visible deficiency or stunting has occurred.  Trees severely defoliated by Gypsy Moth may also benefit from feeding at this time.

Lawn – The November lawn feeding has been touted as the single most important time to fertilize.  Roots of turf are still active and will utilize nutrients to rebuild themselves for the coming season.  A fall application of fertilizer will also give a quick green up in Spring.

Pruning – Head back herbaceous perennial stems after the tops die.

Watering – Irrigate newly planted ornamentals any time there is less than 1 inch of weekly rainfall and plants are actively growing.  Apply water at the rate of 1 quart per square foot of planting area on poorly drained soils.  On well-drained soils, use a half-gallon of water per square foot.  Be sure to maintain adequate soil moisture this month to aid good root growth prior to winter dormancy.

Plant Protection – For newly planted ornamentals, spread a 2- to 3- inch layer of mulch over the soil in the bed or around trees.  Rodent tree trunk guards, mulch, rose cones and fabric wind screens around evergreens should be put in place before average temperatures are below freeezing.

Source:  Rebecca Finneran – MSU Extension & Bulletin E-1947

Fall clean up and leaf removal for Grand Rapids

We offer a leaf removal service in the Grand Rapids, Ada and Cascade area.  Rake your leaves to the curb side and we’ll take them away.

We use a high sided truck to vacuum the leaves from the curb side of your property and leaf pile will be gone in minutes.

Call TODAY (616) 868-5767 to take advantage of this service!

Treat your lawn to a fall weed and feed service, Grand Rapids MI

NOW IS THE BEST TIME of year for treating your lawn to a fall weed and feed service in the Grand Rapids Mi area (to create green envy in your neighborhood)

A Fall Fertilizer application will send the nutrients to the roots and remember turf healthy roots that can out compete weeds produce the best lawns. West Michigan has cold and harsh winters and takes its toll on your lawn.  Feeding the roots now helps the turf during winter and gives your lawn a great head start for spring.

Fall Weed Control is important too! NOW IS THE BEST TIME of the year to kill weeds that are getting ready to go dormant. Spraying herbicide on weeds now, while they are storing nutrients for the winter is a great plan.

We provide lawn fertilization service in the following areas – Ada, Cascade,East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills,Grand Rapids,Rockford, Lowell and Grandville.

Call Monsma Landscape TODAY (616) 868-5767 to schedule a a fall weed and feed application!


Winter snowplowing Grand Rapids, MI

I know it is still early to think about snow coming to West Michigan and Grand Rapids and we are more concerned with mowing our lawn.  However, Monsma Landscape & Maintenance want to offer you an early bird special.

At this time we are offering a 10% discount to new customers in the Grand Rapids area who prepay their seasonal snow plowing before September 15th, 2013.  If you need a quote on snowplowing or snow removal services, please contact us 616-868-5767 or simply fill in the form to the right as soon as possible for a no obligation quote.

We offer a full range of snow management services including snow removal, plowing and shoveling in the Ada, Lowell, Cascade, Grand Rapids, Comstock Park and Rockford area.   We have a hard working crew who will clear your driveway, walkway before you leave your home for the day to ensure your safety and peace of mind.

Ugly brown lawns Grand Rapids?

Grand Rapids and West Michigan homeowners do about their ugly brown lawn?

Everyone of our customers in the Grand Rapids area wants a lush, dense, green turf even during these dog days of summer.  Fact of the matter is that we have a very hot spell of weather coming to West Michigan and no rain in sight.  So what do we do about our ugly brown lawn?

With the heat lately you may need to actually double your sprinkling times to keep things looking good.

Stay on top of watering your lawn Grand Rapids

Remember that a slow deep soaking is more beneficial that a quick blast that will probably flow away from the plant. Some plants like Coreopsis are prone to mildew if they stay wet too long, so don’t water them late in the day. The same goes for turf. Early morning watering is best. You may want to hit it again 12 hours later making sure it can dry before dark. One drawback to watering in the heat is water loss through evaporation. Timing is everything… when you water will effect the amount you water.

Another option would be to keep sprinkling at the same time but double the duration.

Attention…property owners in Grand Rapids, due to this long hot spell without rain, make sure to raise your blade when lawn mowing to avoid your grass from scorching or burning in the hot sun.

Keeping it green,

Landscape and Maintenance Professionals, Grand Rapids MI

Why Should I Hire a Monsma Landscape & Maintenance, Grand Rapids?


In your busy life you probably don’t want to spend your leisure hours making your property look its best. Delegate what you can and do what you enjoy. Our job is to let you Live Better Outdoors!


Care and Expertise

As your landscape and lawn care professionals, we care about our work and treat your property with the utmost care and respect. We also have decades of experience to do the job right the first time.


The Right Tools

We have the heavy equipment to perform your lawn care and landscaping efficiently and safely with the best possible results.



Proper use of fertilizers and herbicides is an important part of plant health and vigor. MLM applicators are certified and licensed by the State of Michigan; keeping your health and safety top priority.


Peace of Mind

Monsma Landscape & Maintenance is properly insured for the safety and protection of you and your property.


We are your Landscape and Maintenance Professionals in Grand Rapids MI

Are Permeable Pavers suitable for Grands Rapids area climate


Management of storm water has become a hot topic country wide and in West Michigan. The principles used for installing permeable hardscapes are the same as typical hardscape installations. There are many attractive product lines that absorb rainfall while reducing runoff.


1. Storm water runoff reduction

Through the use of permeable pavers in Grand Rapids area driveways and parking areas, the amount of storm water that reaches water treatment systems can be reduced. This will save money for municipalities and keep our lakes cleaner.

2. Aquifer recharge

Porous pavements detain storm water and allow it to slowly add to the ground water levels and mimic the natural water cycle.

3. Pollution control

Paved surfaces used for vehicle traffic catch some of the pollutants that flow into streams and lakes with the storm water. Permeable pavers filter suspended solids, nutrients, and metals through the crushed stone base and aid in the break down of contaminants.

4. Cost savings

Experience has shown that even though the initial installation costs more, permeable pavers have maintenance costs that are 30% less than asphalt.

5. Cooling effects and looking cool

Permeable pavers that are sown with grass seed have a lower surface temperature than asphalt. Porous pavers look great! The open areas of these pavers can have soil and grass seed added to give a very unique look.

Over 90% of rainfall events are of half an inch less. Much of this rainfall can be handled by permeable pavers. By showing your clients the benefits you can add more green to your bottom line.

Source: Paveloc Industries, Inc.

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