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How Safe & Effective Is Natural Flea, Tick, & Mosquito Control in Maine?

How Safe & Effective Is Natural Flea, Tick, & Mosquito Control in Maine?

Keeping fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes out of your yard is a key part of being able to enjoy your outdoor living space. Each one of these pests comes with health risks for you, your loved ones, and your pets. However, conventional methods of pest control can be potentially harmful for the surrounding environment and the ecosystem of your yard.

Learn about natural pest control treatments using cedar oil and how it can be beneficial for residential and commercial properties in Augusta, Gardiner, Waterville, and the surrounding cities in central Maine.

Cedar oil is environmentally friendly and pollinator friendly.

One of the main concerns surrounding pesticide use is that they can often kill off beneficial pollinators which in turn affects the environment. In fact, there was a 40 percent decrease in the United States honeybee population in 2018, which can be attributed to increased pesticide use as well as other factors, according to ABC News.

Instead of using harmful pesticides that may affect honeybees, butterflies, and other pollinators, at Wingate Landscape, we use a cedar oil treatment to help repel ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas. These applications do not hurt pollinators in any way, making them friendly for both beneficial organisms and the environment.

This treatment is part of the Bee Safe program and we are proud to offer it to properties in central Maine.

Cedar oil is also safe for kids, other family members, and pets.

Cedar branches at a Augusta, ME property.


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3 Perks to Buying From Your Local Garden Center Instead of Big Box Stores

3 Perks to Buying From Your Local Garden Center Instead of Big Box Stores

When you need to buy landscaping material, especially in bulk, your first inclination may be to head to one of the big box stores to get everything you need. However, this is not the best strategy for a number of reasons, including the hassle of transporting materials, not being able to negotiate with the business owner, and more.

Learn why you should choose a local garden center over a big box store when you are looking to purchase landscape materials in Augusta, Gardiner, Waterville, and nearby locations in Maine.

A local garden center will be able to work with you on price and cost.

If you are buying in bulk, you are probably looking to cut costs as much as possible for your project. A big box store cannot negotiate any deals on price and cost with you, as those prices are fixed by corporate and they have no leeway. At a local garden center, you can meet directly with managers about your bulk order and they will work with you on their prices. A local garden center will also generally have cheaper prices and better quality materials than a big box store.

Big box stores often will not deliver materials to you.

Various mulch material types at the Wingate Landscape garden center in Gardiner, ME.

If you have a large order, it may not be easy for you to transport it on your own. Getting it to your property from a big box store could require multiple trips or you might even have to rent a larger vehicle to drive the materials to where they need to go.

Ordering from a garden center or nursery that provides delivery...

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Comparing Stone Pavers vs. Concrete Pavers for Patios & Walkways

Comparing Stone Pavers vs. Concrete Pavers for Patios & Walkways

Making the choice to expand your outdoor living space is an exciting one, especially when you choose to add on a new custom patio and/or walkways in your yard. Investing in hardscaping is a big decision, and you want to ensure you pick materials that will last a long time and can be enjoyed for years to come. Patios are a popular choice among our clients, especially since they consistently provide a solid return on investment when they resell the property.

At Wingate Landscape, our hardscape contractors use a wide variety of durable materials to construct new patios and walkways in Gardiner, Waterville, Augusta, and surrounding areas of Maine. Learn about the benefits of concrete pavers and stone pavers in this handy guide.

Stone pavers offer limitless options but do tend to cost more.

Stone paver walkway at a Augusta, ME home.

While stone pavers do cost more than concrete pavers, they offer limitless options for color, size, and shape. Our expert hardscapers can use any type of stone for your patio or walkway, including:

  • Cobblestone
  • Cottage ledge stone
  • Federal stone
  • Hollandstone
  • Slate
  • Flagstone
  • Tumbled bluestone
  • Quarry stone

When you opt for natural stone, you are getting a patio that looks like it could have always been there. Stone will last forever and is made to withstand the long, harsh winters we often get here in Maine. Installing a stone patio will take more labor and time, as the pieces of stone do not come pre-cut and will need to be adjusted to fit the...

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Hydroseeding vs Sod Installation in Maine

Hydroseeding vs Sod Installation in Maine

If you are in need of a new lawn, then you are probably looking around trying to figure out the best way to repair it. There are a few avenues you can take in this instance, such as overseeding, sod installation, or hydroseeding.

At Wingate Landscape, we offer both sod installation and hydroseeding, which involves spraying seed, fertilizer, and mulch onto the soil. These are both popular choices for residential and commercial properties in Augusta, Gardiner, Waterville, and the nearby communities in Maine. Learn which one may be the best for your individual property.

Price: Sod does cost more than hydroseeding.

Stacked sod ready to be installed near Augusta, ME.

Overall, sod has a higher cost due to the longer time to install it and the extra labor involved. With sod, you are also paying for grass that is already grown. You also have to buy sod by the pallet, which means you could end up purchasing more than you actually need for your property. Hydroseeding is done in one application and takes much less time to apply. Overall, hydroseeding can cost four times less than sod installation.

Time to New Lawn: Hydroseeding will take longer to establish itself.

Sod installation will give you an instant lawn, so if that instant look is important to you, you should opt for sod. However, if you are not prioritizing the instant lawn, then consider hydroseeding services. A hydroseeded lawn will take around 4-6 weeks to fully grow in although you may start to see new growth within the first seven days...

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