Written by Kristen Graczyk @Graczyk Lawn & Landscape


hvfh imageSummer’s extreme conditions have an effect on every landscape. Now is the time to assess any damagedrought or storms may havecaused and put together aplan for repair.There is a lot of talk aboutrehabilitating your lawnthis time of year, but it isimportant not to forgetabout your landscape’sbiggest investments – treesand shrubs.If certain limbs have diedor been damaged by highwinds or drought, fall is theperfect time to prune. Evenif you don’t see any damage,it is good to include pruningas part of regular landscapemaintenance. Trees and shrubs do a lot ofgrowing during the summermonths, and once theirleaves fall, it is easy to seewhere they need to becut back.If you know of any damagedor overgrown elements ofyour landscape, be sureto schedule a pruningassessment this season.


Make a Difference This Fall…Plant a Tree!

Planting a new tree will not only enhance the looks of your landscape, but it can help you save money on your energy bills while improving the environment we all share. Consider these statistics on the value of planting trees:

• The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room-sized air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

• If you plant a tree on the west side of your home, your energy bills should be 3% less in five years. After 15 years, the savings will be nearly 12%.

Source: Dr. E. Greg McPherson, Center for Urban Forest Research

• Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values up to 20%.

Source: Management Information Services/ICMA

• One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

• There are up to 200 million spaces along our city streets where trees could be planted. This translates to the potential for absorbing 33 million more tons of carbon dioxide per year, which would save $4 billion in energy costs.

Source: National Wildlife Federation

• The planting of trees improves water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. Wooded areas help to prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams.

Source: USDA Forest Service


It’s a fact…if you plant a tree (or trees) this fall, everyone wins!


Kristen Graczyk

Kristen Graczyk is the wife of Josh Graczyk, the owner of Graczyk Lawn & Landscape, Grindstone Hardscapes, and Curbit. She is not only the wife, but also a large asset to the company and an even bigger supporter behind the scene of the companies. Her and her husband Josh work together to strive for excellence and desire to be the best in the industry. They are constantly evolving as a company to fit our customer's needs and the demands in the industry. Graczyk Lawn & Landscape, Grindstone Hardscapes, and Curbit welcome's you to come and discover what many families, businesses, and associations have already discovered. They deliver excellent service with quality products at competitive prices.