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At Blue Ring Residential Services, we care about our local community and the people who live in it. In the spirit of philanthropy, we started the Blue Ring Gives Back program in 2014, to help those in need with their yard work and landscaping


We have had the honor and privilege of helping two families by taking the yard work chore off their plates.


This fall, Blue Ring Residential participated in a community-wide effort to help a struggling elderly couple reclaim their property from overgrown landscaping. The couple’s failing health and physical limitations made it difficult for them to maintain their yard, and their house had become hidden by thick trees, weeds and brush.


Several local businesses came together on October 24 to work on the yard, and Blue Ring was among them.


Blue Ring Gives Back donated a truck, a chipper and two landscapers to assist the group with cutting down trees, hauling away debris, and general landscape work.  It was a team effort by many businesses in the local community, and what a difference it made. Blue Ring Residential Services is proud to have been a part of this project.


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In May of 2014, the Blue Ring Gives Back program responded to a nomination from one of its customers about a local family in need. A 47-year-old husband and father of two was suffering from ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. His wife was working full time, taking care of him and their children, and yard work was the last thing on her mind. Through the Blue Ring Gives Back program, Blue Ring Residential services donated equipment and landscapers to trim trees, clean out landscaping beds, plant new bushes, and add mulch. 

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Blue Ring Residential Services is committed to donating one project per year through the Blue Ring Gives Back program. Here are the types of services we are prepared to donate:


   Spring clean-up

   Brush clearing/debris removal

   Trimming of shrubs, small trees

   Weeding, pruning of landscaping beds

   Landscaping restoration

   Other services available upon request



For more information about the Blue Ring Gives Back program or the services provided by Blue Ring Residential Services, visit our website or contact us at 614-633-6770.



As the cooler weather approaches, you’ll need to begin preparing your yard for winter.


In addition to the tree trimming, lawnmower maintenance and fall clean-up chores that come with this time of year, you also need to make sure your irrigation system is dried out and protected for the winter. This is called winterizing your irrigation system.


Winterizing your irrigation system involves completely removing the water from the pipes, valves and sprinkler heads. Although you may have drained all the water out of the system, it is not completely dried out.


Even the smallest amount of water can freeze, causing your pipes, pipefittings and valves to expand or crack, and your anti-siphon device – the most expensive part – can also be damaged. Additionally, if the water freezes in the backflow assembly, it can damage the internal components and crack the brass body.


Winterizing Techniques

Blue Ring Residential Services recommends three techniques to winterize your irrigation system:


Manual drain – This is where you shut off the irrigation system and open the valves, drain valves, drain cap and test cocks on the backflow device.


Automatic drain – Automatic drains open and drain water if the pressure in the piping is less than 10 PSI. You’ll need to shut off the irrigation system’s water supply and activate a station.


Blow Out Method – This method uses an air compressor to push excess water out of the system.


Why You Should Winterize Your Irrigation System

Here are other reasonswhy you should add winterizing your irrigation system to your fall to-do list:

  • It protects your system from the cold winter weather
  • It extends the life of your irrigation system
  • Your irrigation system is an investment, and winterizing it is part of protecting that investment
  • It saves you money on repairs for broken pipes
  • It protects your backflow device, which keeps water in your irrigation system from backing into your house
  • It protects your system’s bonnet and poppet assembly, located outside, which can break or crack, causing water to flow continuously until it is manually shut off.


For safety reasons, Blue Ring Residential Services strongly recommends hiring a professional to perform your system’s winterization. If you have an irrigation system, let us help you prepare for winter, safeguard your system, and protect your home. Call us today to schedule an appointment at (614) 633-6770.






Fall is approaching and the mornings are beginning with cooler weather. Despite the impending winter, it’s not too late to give your landscaping beds a fall facelift and jumpstart your efforts for the upcoming spring.


Fall is an ideal time to plant perennials.


What are Perennials?

Perennials are plants, bushes, trees and flowers that have more than one growing season. Unlike their counterpart, the annuals, perennials typically live at least two years and some live for thousands of years.


While perennials can be planted in the spring or the fall, there are a number of reasons to consider planting them in the fall:
  • The weather is less intense – the air temperature is cooler, and the sun is not as hot
  • There are usually less weeds to deal with in the fall
  • The plants get a head start on the spring plants, allowing the roots to establish
  • With typically less rain in the forecast, there are more opportunities for yard work
  • Pest and disease problems are less prevalent in the Fall


Fall Perennial Planting Tips

If you are considering planting perennials in your yard this fall, here are some tips to keep in mind:
  • Be sure to buy strong, quality, substantial plants
  • Check the tags on the plants when you buy them, and note how much sun they need and how tall they will get
  • Handle them with care, and gently loosen the roots slightly
  • Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the plant pot, and a little deeper
  • Use mulch to warm the soil around the plant, which is especially helpful as the colder air approaches
  • Plant before the first frost. This gives the roots time to get established before the ground freezes
  • Save your fertilizer for the spring. Perennials will go dormant for the winter, and you want to encourage root growth, not flower growth
  • Add a moderate amount of water, but don’t drown your plant. Perennials typically need water once a day for the first week, then every other day for the second week


What to Plant in the Fall

Choosing a perennial to plant in the fall depends on many factors: the region you are in, the typical weather you have, the landscaping bed you’d like to plant in, and other plants around it.


Various trees, shrubs, and bulbs such as tulips and daffodils are popular choices.


At Blue Ring Residential Services, we can help you choose the right perennials for your yard, plant them for you, and advise you on how to take care of them. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Blue Ring Residential Services at (614) 633-6770.




Summer is winding to a close, and soon we’ll be faced with cooler air, falling leaves, and preparing our yard for winter. Fall general means less mowing required, but unfortunately that’s replaced with more raking and clearing of leaves. And for those who have lots of trees in their yards, keeping up with the falling leaves is an endless, futile chore.


However, it is important to make sure that all of the leaves, debris and branches are cleared from your yard before winter sets in. That’s why most landscaping companies offer a service called Fall Clean-Up.


The Benefits of Fall Clean-Up


Fall Clean-Up is the removal of fallen leaves, branches, fruit, logs and other debris that have collected in your yard, landscaping beds, sidewalks and driveways over the spring and summer months. It’s an important part of preparing your lawn and landscaping for the cooler fall and winter weather.


You’ll want to remove these leaves and other debris prior to the first snow for the following reasons:

  • It prevents your grass from “suffocating” under all the debris and winter snow.
  • When you remove the debris, you are also removing disease organisms, mold, mosquito and bug larvae and any other disease problems that are breeding in it.
  • It preserves the hard work and care you’ve spent on your lawn and landscaping all year long.
  • It reduces the number of plants you will have to replace in the spring.
  • Fall Clean-Up also includes trimming perennials, pulling weeds and removing the annuals you planted in the spring.
Other Fall Season Reminders:
  • Don’t forget to clean, sterilize and sharpen your garden and landscaping tools
  • Make repairs to your lawnmower so it is ready to go in the spring

If you’d like to schedule a Fall Clean-Up service for your yard, or other seasonal preparations for winter, please contact Blue Ring Residential Services at 614-633-6770, or visit our website at www.blueringresidential.com.



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Mowing, trimming, mulching, edging. The outdoor chore list for homeowners seems to never end, and it may be tempting to take one job off the list. Many homeowners view edging as an extra, an add-on, a nice to have but not need to have. Nothing could be further from truth. Landscape edging is an important part of maintaining the shape of your garden.


What is Landscape Edging?

Landscape edging is the crisp, clean line that separates the areas of your garden or landscaping beds. The line can be straight or flowing, and can be made of plastic, rubber, concrete, stone or rocks. It can also be a line made with a garden spade or an electric landscape edger.


Why Edge?

 

There are many benefits to edging:
  • It keeps the grass from growing into your landscaping beds
  • It prevents mulch and soil from spilling into your yard, especially after a heavy rain
  • It helps to maintain clear walkways
  • It separates your garden into organized sections, achieving the look you want
  • It improves the aesthetics of your yard. Without the clear definition, your landscaping will look unkempt and detract from the beauty of your yard
  • The crisp lines makes certain the original landscape design is maintained



In the end, a yard that has been edged will save on the ongoing maintenance costs. It’s an investment in the landscaping you’ve already purchased, and is necessary to ensure your yard stays looking it’s best.


Do you need help with edging your yard? If so, give BlueRing Residential Services a call at 614-633-6770.









Trimming your trees is one of the countless outdoor responsibilities of homeowners. There are many reasons why you should prune your trees and all of them contribute to the safety and aesthetics of your yard.


But how do you know when it’s time to prune? Most trees can be trimmed throughout the year, with the exception of the extreme heat or extreme cold. But if your trees exhibit any of these signs, it may be time to get out the trimmers:


  1. The tree is overgrown. Overgrown trees may sneak up on you over time, slowly growing closer to your house or driveway. Getting control of overgrown trees is important so they don’t cause damage to your cars or siding.
  2. Broken branches. Broken branches are very common, especially when they are subject to strong winds or heavy snow. Branches that are partially broken or dangling pose a safety threat to the people and landscaping below.
  3. Visual obstruction. Trees that need to be trimmed gradually obscure your view from your home or driveway. You’ll need good clearance to see when backing out of your driveway, and you don’t want your overgrown trees to give a burglar a safe place to hide.
  4. Fallen branches on power lines. Branches that have fallen on power lines can be extremely dangerous. Be sure to call a professional to have those limbs removed.
  5. Dead or diseased branches. Branches with no leaves or that are infested with insects should be removed. This may help contain the spread of disease and keep the rest of your tree looking healthy.


Trimming your trees regularly helps to maintain the their natural form, and keeps your yard looking neat and attractive for years to come.



If you need help with trimming the trees in your yard or would like more information, contact Blue Ring Residential Services at 614-633-6770.


Spring is known for blooming buds, chirping birds and green grass. But it’s also known for rain, and sometimes lots of it.


Rain is necessary to the survival of our plants, bushes and grass. But it can also do lots of damage to our lawns and homes if it’s not drained properly.


It’s normal for your yard, landscaping and hardscapes to to be wet after it rains. But what are signs that the moisture is not normal?


Here are a few signs that may mean you have a drainage problem in your yard:


  1. Standing water in your yard. A little sogginess after a soaking rain comes with the territory, but puddles of standing water could means the rainwater is not draining to the perimeter of your yard as it should.
  2. Your lawn is mushy long after the rain has stopped. If a couple of days have passed and your yard is still wet, it’s not drying out properly.
  3. There are puddles of water or wet stains in your basement or crawlspace. This is something we all hope never happens, but stains or seeping water in your basement or crawlspace can be the result of poor drainage.
  4. Soil on your sidewalks or driveway after a rainstorm. This means the rainwater is accumulating and pushing the soil around, instead of draining away from your house.
  5. Soil washed away from your foundation. Soil should remain in your flowerbeds no matter how much rain you get.
If you’ve noticed any of the five signs in your yard or home, the good news is it is possible to fix. The slope of your yard may need to be evaluated or you may need a French drain.



Please call Blue Ring Residential Services at 614.633.6770 for help with the water drainage in your yard. We’ll make sure the water sticks around just long enough to do its job, then has a clear route away from your home.




Your plants, flowers, shrubs and trees may be the focus of your landscaping during the day, but their beauty disappears in the cover of night. You may enjoy sitting outside on your patio or deck with your family and friends, but when the sun goes down, you may gravitate inside.


Outdoor lighting adds to your home’s appearance, functionality and safety. A well-landscaped yard can look striking both during the day and at night, and carefully placed lighting allows you to use your yard long after the sun goes down.


Here are five advantages to having outdoor lighting installed in your yard and landscaping:
  1. Lighting increases curb appeal. Lighting is one of the first things people notice when they are finding their way to your home. Strategically placed lighting adds a unique beauty to your yard.
  2. It accents the features of your home’s architecture. Having outdoor lights installed in your yard is a great way to accent the beauty and charm of your home.
  3. It highlights ponds, pools, gardens, patios and decks. Lighting can accentuate the hardscapes and other features of your home. It allows you to use your patio, pool or sitting area well into the evening hours.
  4. Lighting illuminates walkways. Lighting for your driveway, pathways, sidewalks and entryways provides your guests with a clear and safe walking path to your home at night.
  5. It provides an element of security. Lighting can brighten the darkest corners of your landscaping, making it difficult for burglars to go unnoticed. With timers and dim controls, outdoor lighting makes your home look occupied, even when you are not there.

Through strategically placed lamp posts, uplights, downlights, or underwater lights, outdoor lighting can help give your home or business the look and feel you want.


If you are interested in having outdoor lighting installed at your home or business, call Blue Ring Residential Services at 614-633-6770.





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It’s every homeowner’s responsibility to keep their landscaping maintained and looking nice. A well-kept yard increases your home’s curb appeal and contributes to the overall look and feel of your street.


Tree pruning is an outdoor job that adds significant beauty to your home.


What is Tree Pruning?

Tree pruning is the trimming or removal of certain branches and stems in your trees. It’s an important job that is usually done in early spring while the tree is dormant, but minor pruning can be done throughout the summer if needed.


Here are six reasons why you should include tree pruning in your list of landscaping priorities:
  1. Safety. Removing dead branches before they break and fall is an important precaution. Wind or the weight of snow can damage or weaken branches over time, causing falling branches to damage to your property.
  2. Aesthetics. Tree pruning allows you to control the size and shape of your trees, keeping your landscaping in proper proportion.
  3. Preventing cross branches. Overgrown trees sometimes cross branches, causing them to twist and rub together.
  4. Promote growth. Pruning trees can encourage flower and fruit development, or growth of a certain part of your tree.
  5. Avoid insect infestations. Many types of trees are susceptible to disease and insect infestations. Pruning can help control this and encourage the overall health of your tree.
  6. Tree thinning.Most people appreciate the shade a tree can bring, but a thick, overgrown tree can be a canopy that blocks light. Pruning helps to thin the branches, so air and sunlight can reach your home and benefit your landscaping.


If you’d like more information about tree pruning, or a quote for tree pruning for your yard, contact Blue Ring Residential Services at 614-633-6770.



Gutters and downspouts play an important part in protecting your home. They are designed to reroute water away from your home and foundation for proper drainage.


But maintaining the gutters and downspouts on your home is something that is often overlooked. Perhaps it’s because we can’t easily see the roofline from ground level, and are unaware that the gutters have become clogged with sticks and debris. We may not even know we have a problem until we notice watermarks on the house, or waterfalls pouring off the roof during a rainstorm. At that point, damage may have already been done.


Blue Ring Residential Services recommends you have your home’s gutters and downspouts professionally cleaned twice a year, in the spring and the fall. Keeping them free from debris will prevent the following problems:
  • Water spilling over the side of your house, damaging paint, siding or stucco
  • Long icicles in the cold temperatures
  • Leaves and debris soak up rainwater and melted snow like a sponge. They become heavy, causing your gutters to break away from the roofline
  • Trapped frozen water can work its way under your shingles, causing roof, fascia or soffit damage
  • It can damage or ruin the foundation of your home
  • Water that can’t be rerouted will find its way into your walls and ceilings
  • It can destroy landscaping
  • Debris can become a comfortable home to mosquitos, birds and other insects
  • It’s expensive to repair falling gutters and anything they may damage on their way down


 

Unnecessary damage to your home can be avoided by being proactive. For more information about cleaning gutters and downspouts, or to schedule a free estimate, contact Blue Ring Residential Services at 614-633-6770.


If you ask the professionals at Blue Ring Residential Services, the answer is yes.


A tree stump is what remains of a tree after it has fallen or been cut down. It’s big, thick and may be an overwhelming chore to get rid of. Many homeowners choose to keep them around for a while, but here are seven good reasons why we recommend you have them removed:


  1. Aesthetics. If you are meticulous about your yard, you will probably not like how a tree stump looks in it.
  2. Safety. Children can trip over them and fall, or fall, hitting the stump on the way down.
  3. Lawnmower damage. Stumps create a hazardous obstacle to mow around, often causing damage to the lawnmower.
  4. Disease. Similar to dead trees, stumps can spread disease and attract pests such as wasps, hornets, bees and termites, which can spread to other trees and your home.
  5. Root growth. The stump’s roots grow over time and can crack or lift foundations, driveways, sidewalks and other surfaces.
  6. New, unwanted growth. Tree stumps can give off new shoots, which will require constant trimming to keep them from taking over your yard.
  7. It takes away from the landscaping you do want. Not only is a tree stump unattractive, but it also absorbs nutrients your other plants need.


Removing trees and stumps is time consuming, labor intensive and dangerous. Hiring a professional tree removal service is a safe and practical way to clear your yard of unwanted trees and stumps.


At Blue Ring Residential Services, we will evaluate the health of each of your trees, examine the stumps, and recommend the best course of action. Whether it’s pruning, trimming, or the complete removal of the trees and stumps, we are here to help. Call us today at 614-633-6770 to schedule an appointment!




Cleaning up your yard in preparation for the spring season is as important as the spring-cleaning you do in your house.


Spring Clean-Up prepares your yard for a successful growing season. Dead leaves and other leftover foliage can suffocate your landscaping, and breed diseases and infestations.


Getting your yard ready for spring is a necessary process to ensure you have a strong start to your landscaping and planting season!


Spring Clean-Up services can include:


  • Weeding – Begin your Spring Clean-Up efforts by removing weeds, fallen branches, dead plants and pinecones from your landscaping beds. Pull out last year’s annuals if you didn’t get around to it. It’s also important to cut back overgrown ornamental grasses and perennials. If the perennials have outgrown their spot in your bed, dig them out, divide them, and transplant them in another area.
  • Pruning – Trimming the dead or damaged branches from your trees and shrubs caused by the cold winter weather makes room for new growth.
  • Edging – Edging defines the shape and form of your landscaping beds. It keeps your soil and mulch in place and helps maintain clear walkways. Include your sidewalks, driveways, and patios in your edging efforts.
  • Mulching – Not only does mulch make your landscaping beds look immaculate, it also allows for water and air to move through the soil. Mulch is an insulator, keeping the roots cool from the warm summer sun and reducing water evaporation - which means you have to water less.
  • Planting – It’s fun to plant new flowers, bushes and trees to your yard that add color and balance. Be sure to leave plenty of space between what you plant to avoid overcrowding once it grows.   


If you have questions about Spring-Clean Up services or are looking for a landscaping company to do it for you, contact Blue Ring Residential Services at 614.633.6770, or visit our website at www.blueringresidential.com.

Blue Ring Residential Services is proud to offer a "Full Circle of Services For Your Home."

This means we can support your home improvement projects both externally as well as internally.

From landscaping to tree removal, lighting to handyman service, Blue Ring Residential is here to help your home look its best.

We offer the following:

  • Landscaping Design & Build
  • Landscaping Restoration
  • Tree Pruning, Trimming and Removal (and stump removal)
  • Drainage
  • Irrigation Installation and Repair
  • Storm Damage Repair


Please contact us at 614.633.6770 or visit our website for more information.

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