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It’s Time for Fall PlantingOctober 11, 2018, 8:22 am

fall planting

While spring might be associated with planting to brighten flower beds, fall offers many benefits for growing plants. Almost anything can be planted in the fall, and your hard work will be worth it when next spring arrives.

The cooler weather of fall is easier on growing plants (and gardeners!), and the soil is still warm, allowing for the roots to grow until there’s a freeze. It’s best to plant at least six weeks before the ground freezes to ensure that your plants withstand wintery weather.

In addition, fall planting can be more convenient. Pest and disease problems are less likely in autumn, and you don’t need fertilizer. Fertilizer causes plants to actively grow and expand, making them more likely to be damaged by the cold.

Ready to get started? Spring-blooming bulbs, perennials, pansies, cool-season vegetables (carrots, cabbage, lettuce, radishes, spinach, etc.), turfgrass, trees and shrubs all thrive in the fall. Take a look at our nursery to get inspired!

Finally, don’t forget to water! It can be easy to forget since the weather is cooler, but be sure to water your fall plantings if there hasn’t been soaking rain for 10-14 days.

If you have any questions about fall planting or would like to schedule service, contact us.

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Get Your Lawn in Tip-Top ShapeSeptember 26, 2018, 8:00 am

seeding and sodding

Fall has officially arrived! With the cooler weather, it’s the perfect opportunity to seed and sod your lawn and prepare it for the upcoming seasons.

At TenderCare, we use only Blue Tagged certified seed designed specifically for our region. Whether you need a completely new lawn or a lawn renovation, our experts are equipped to deliver a healthy, lush lawn. If you’re looking to seed your lawn yourself, take advantage of our Super Seed Sale discounts from now until October 15. Learn more here.

It’s also a great time to think about sodding your lawn. Sod can be installed at any time and is workable all year long. We’ve used our sod grower for more than 20 years to supply a superior product perfectly fit for our region. With sod, there’s no need to worry about the weather or waiting for germination. Your lawn will be complete in just a few hours.

Can’t decide between seeding and sodding? Let us help! Learn more about grass installation here or contact us today at 316-788-5416 or by filling out our contact form.

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Cook Outdoors This FallSeptember 12, 2018, 11:17 am

cook center & big green egg

If you’re planning fall festivities with your family and friends, why not do it in your own backyard? With a TenderCare cook center or a new Big Green Egg, it’ll be easy to cook and entertain this fall!

Make cooking outdoors a fun experience! We’ll bring your kitchen outdoors with a custom, convenient cook center. Our designs have integrated refrigeration, cooking, disposal and fireplaces, so we are equipped to handle your project’s requirements. Get inspired and take a look at our gallery of work here.

If you’re not wanting a commitment to a large outdoor project, then simply upgrade your outdoor cooking with a Big Green Egg! The Big Green Egg is an easy-to-use ceramic cooker with the capabilities of a grill, oven and smoker. It makes outdoor living fun and easy, and our customers love its versatility. See our selection of Big Green Eggs and Eggcessories here.

Enjoy the cool weather and cook outdoors this fall! Contact us at 316-788-5416 or fill out our contact form to learn more about a new cook center or Big Green Egg.

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Fall Super Seed SaleSeptember 1, 2018, 8:00 am

fall seed sale

Now is the time to seed! Overseeding cool weather lawns helps prevent thinning and fill in patchy areas. At TenderCare, we use only top-rated certified seed developed specifically for the Kansas area. Buy from us, your local lawn and landscape experts, and SAVE!

Join us for our Super Seed Sale: September 4 to October 15!

We’re offering the following deals for pick-up only:

While you’re at it, you can also grab a 3 ft3 bag of Grade A Cedar Mulch for just $8.50!

Don’t miss out on these savings! Visit our showroom in Derby, Kansas, Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm, or call us at 316-788-5416 for more information. To view our project galleries or to learn more about lawn care packages, click here.

Need help seeding your lawn or just don’t have the time? We also offer seeding and sodding services, so you can relax while we do the work! Learn more here.

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Get a Brisk Start on FallAugust 17, 2018, 2:44 pm

Colder weather will be here before we know it! Fall is the perfect time to give your lawn a fresh start. At TenderCare, we offer a variety of services for cool season lawns and landscapes damaged from the summer weather.

Fall is the ideal time to focus on your lawn. Core aeration loosens dry, compacted soil from the summer heat and improves growth, providing many benefits to your lawn. Aerating allows more air, water and nutrients to move to root zones and increases the effectiveness of fertilizer seed growth.

Another important lawn chore is overseeding, which helps to prevent thinning in your lawn and can fill in the patchy areas. Check out our Lawn Program here to learn how TenderCare will keep your lawn healthy and thriving throughout the year.

In addition to keeping your lawn in tip-top shape, now is a great time to start thinking about new landscape plantings. The cooler temperatures of fall are gentler on the roots of new lawns, trees and shrubs, and fall rainfall can give them the boost they need to start growing. There are also fewer insects and disease problems that can cause damage in the fall.

Schedule your fall chores today and we’ll ensure that your lawn is healthy going into the fall and winter seasons! Contact us to schedule service by calling 316-788-5416 or by filling out our contact form.

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Enjoy Your Pool All Summer LongJuly 24, 2018, 8:22 am

pool maintenance

Summer weather in Kansas continues into September, so make sure your pool is splash-ready all season long with adequate pool maintenance. The sight of a clean, clear pool creates the perfect environment to jump right in!

It’s important to make sure your pool water is properly circulating and clean. Circulation will help minimize algae buildup and prevent cloudy water, but you should also do your part in regularly vacuuming, skimming and brushing your pool as well as keeping the filters clean.

Don’t forget to also maintain the right water level for your pool and ensure that it is properly chlorinated. The pH should be between 7.4 and 7.6, alkalinity should be around 100-140 ppm, and calcium hardness should be around 200-400 ppm.

At TenderCare, we help customers with as much or as little maintenance as they need. We not only want your pool to look nice, but we also want it to run efficiently. Our pool experts help with weekly pool cleanings, chemical balance checks, and pool openings and closings.

Learn more about our services here or contact us to schedule service today!

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Cozy Up Around the FireJuly 10, 2018, 7:25 am

fireplace and fire pit

While it might be too warm for your indoor fireplace, you can still cozy up around an outdoor fire. Nothing beats roasting marshmallows over a fire pit or watching the sun go down by an outdoor fireplace on a cool summer night.

At TenderCare, we custom design beautiful and affordable outdoor fireplaces and fire pits to match each person’s style. Our designers will create everything from an intricate, eye-catching fireplace to a simple, streamlined fire pit. We offer a variety of bricks, stones, crushed rock and a combination of materials to choose from, and we will work within the confines of your backyard or patio to build the perfect size and shape to complement your space.

Best of all, an outdoor fireplace or fire pit extends the time you can use your patio or backyard! When the crisp, cool weather of autumn arrives, you’ll still be able to enjoy the warmth of your outdoor fireplace or fire pit.

Take a look at our outdoor fireplace and fire pit gallery here, and contact us to get started!

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Make the Most of Your Small BackyardJune 19, 2018, 8:39 am

make the most of a small backyard

City living comes with smaller backyards, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice beauty or entertainment! At TenderCare Lawn and Landscape, our designers will work with you to determine the perfect solution for your space.

A small backyard can be maximized through simplification. Consider using outdoor furniture made of a lightweight, less bulky frame, built-in seating, and a hidden storage option. In addition, choose plants that are easy to manage and tall and narrow rather than large and wide. Plants like ivy and vines along your walls or fence will add greenery without sacrificing room in your backyard.

Another way to add appeal to a small backyard is by changing the elevation. Adding steps or an elevated platform can create added interest and an extra outdoor “room” to make the space seem larger.

You can also play to your smaller space by enclosing the area. Use vertical plantings or install a pergola to create more privacy and intimacy. Your backyard will feel more like an extension of your home and bring a coziness that you can’t get with a large backyard.

Finally, choose great lighting to illuminate your space. Sconces can highlight specific areas without taking up much room, and string lighting can add warmth to an enclosed space.

Let us help you design your dream backyard! Contact us via our contact form or call 316-788-5416 and check out our gallery of work.

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Get a Jump on Summer ChoresJune 4, 2018, 1:32 pm

Don’t let your lawn and landscape get ruined by the summer heat!

Let TenderCare help you get a jump start on your summer chores. We offer a number of services to help protect your lawn and landscape from the hot, damaging temperatures.

To avoid a dry lawn, remember to evaluate your irrigation system and maintain a proper watering schedule. The best time to water is early in the morning or just before sunrise, so you can avoid overwatering. Remember, cool season lawns only need about one inch of moisture each week. If you have any issues with your sprinkler system, we can help! Learn more here.

It’s also important to check your lawn and plants for worms and fungus. Cool season lawns can get brown patch fungus in the summer, so it’s important to monitor. In addition, you should keep an eye on evergreens for bagworms and watch petunias for unwanted budworms. If you need help with insect control, check out our services.

Finally, we know you’ll be needing to mow a lot this summer. Fortunately, we offer mowing services so you can sit back and relax while we do the work! If you choose to mow yourself, remember to check the recommended mowing height for your lawn. For example, if you have fescue, raise the cutting height to 3 1/2 inches.

Let TenderCare Lawn and Landscape take care of your summer chores! Contact us to schedule service by calling 316-788-5416 or by filling out our contact form.

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Join Us at the 2018 Derby BBQ FestivalMay 22, 2018, 3:26 pm

 

What: Derby BBQ Festival

When: June 8 & 9, 2018

Where: High Park in Derby, KS (2801 E. James)

Attention barbecue lovers! You won’t want to miss out on the Derby BBQ Festival on June 8 and 9 in Derby, Kansas. The event is free to the public and will include opportunities to try delicious food cooked on the Big Green Egg!

The festival kicks off on Friday, June 8 from 6 to 9:30 pm. The night will feature the Kid’s Q event where kids can grill to win prizes, live music from Big Fat Fun, food trucks, and adult beverages.

Day two starts on June 9 at 9 am to 3 pm. It will include multiple cook-offs, the People’s Choice Contest, food trucks, and a beer garden. Kids will be able to enjoy a petting zoo, inflatables, face painters, and much more.

TenderCare is proud to be a sponsor of the event, and we’ll even have a booth where you can stop by and see us! You’ll be able to try samples from our Big Green Egg, ask us about cooking on the Big Green Egg and learn more about the products we offer. See our selection here.

The Derby BBQ Festival benefits the McConnell Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center. Learn more about the event here. We hope to see you there!

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