Touch of Wilderness is located in Madison County, Indiana. We specialize in Turf Management ( fertilization, weed control, & aeration), New Landscaping (design, plants, trees, mulch etc.), Hardscapes (paver patios, retaining walls, outdoor fireplaces and pits etc.), Outdoor Construction (outdoor kitchens, decks, fences, pergolas, water features). We want to work not only for you but with you to create a place of beauty and relaxation. We can help you enhance your curb appeal while raising the value of your home.


Monday, March 10, 2014

7 Tips for a Healthy Lawn

Maintaining the most attractive home lawn in the neighborhood takes time and effort. However, if
your goal is an attractive looking, healthy lawn with a minimal amount of effort, it can be accomplished using some simple steps. The following is a brief description of those steps in order of importance, with emphasis on minimizing the amount of time and inputs dedicated to your lawn.
 Follow these steps and working with Touch of Wilderness Turf Management program, you can have a healthy, lush lawn.

1. Mow at 3.0 inches
All cool-season lawn grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and tall fescue in Indiana  perform best at a mowing height of 3 inches or more. Set the mowing height
on your mower at 3 inches or the highest setting and leave it there all year.

2.Mow frequently
Mow as often as needed to never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade in a single mowing. In
other words, if your mower is set at 3 inches, mow when the grass reaches 4 inches. This might be
twice per week in the early spring and once every 2 to 3 weeks in the summer.

3. Return the clippings
Bagging the clippings increases the time and effort needed for mowing. Leaving the clippings
returns valuable nutrients and does not harm the turf. Mulching mowers are effective for returning
clippings, but older side-discharge mowers will also work acceptably.

Fertilizing provides the turf with much needed nutrients. Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium, are three nutrients needed by grass to maintain a healthy root zone and lush green color. Depending on what you want your lawn to look like and how often you want to mow will dictate the number of fertilizer applications needed. Early spring, late spring, early summer, early fall and late fall are the best times to treat your lawn to maintain the turf's health.

5. Irrigate
During most summers in the Midwest, your lawn needs watering to maintain color and density.
Water only as needed when the lawn first shows signs of water stress. These include a bluish-gray
color of the grass and/or depressed footprints that remain visible after walking across the lawn.
Irrigation might be needed only once every 2 to 3 weeks in the early summer, but twice per week in
August. Conversely, if you do not regularly irrigate your turf, apply 1/2 inch of water every 3 to 4
weeks after the lawn has gone dormant (turned brown) to prevent significant thinning of the lawn.
Once rains return the lawn will slowly regain its green color.

6. Control dandelions
Dandelions are the most visible, and often considered the most unsightly, weed by homeowners. Following the first five steps will minimize problems with dandelions. Touch of Wilderness will treat your lawn to kill dandelions as well as other broad-leaf weeds will promoting health stand of turf.

7. Control crabgrass
If you are practicing the first six steps, you should have little problem with crabgrass. If crabgrass is still a problem in your lawn, an application of a preemergence herbicide in the early spring is most effective.

Zac Reicher, Professor and Turfgrass Extension Specialist, Purdue University Department of Agronomy  Cale Bigelow, Assistant Professor and Turfgrass Extension Specialist, Purdue University Department of Agronomy Aaron Patton, Graduate Research Assistant, Purdue University Department of Agonomy Tom Voigt, Associate Professor and Turfgrass Extension Specialist, University of Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

Friday, March 29, 2013

4 Benefits of Adding a Paver Patio to Your Home

For those who are considering adding a patio to their home but are still debating the decision, there are actually many benefits and advantages that come with it! Not only can it add value to a home but many people find the patio ends up being their favorite room of the home. Here is a look at some of the benefits of adding a patio to a home.
The Perfect Place to Relax
One of the biggest benefits of adding a patio to a home is that it provides the perfect place to relax. After a hard day, imagine being able to go some place quiet with a good book or even just being able to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. A patio can be the perfect escape for those who need it. Some people even choose to go and decorate their patio and add special touches such as a small fountain or stereo to play music for extra relaxation.
An Excellent Area To Entertain In
Another added Benefit of adding a patio to a home is it provides a good place to entertain especially for those who have a smaller house. From kids birthday parties to summer barbeques, a patio can be the perfect place to throw a party or have a small get-together with family and friends. It is also ideal for those who have pools because they do not have to worry about people coming in and out of their home wet dripping water everywhere.
A Fun Place to Decorate
For those who enjoy decorating or ensuring their home looks the best, the patio can also be a fun place to decorate. There are several different types of patio furniture to choose from as well as patio rugs that aspiring decorators can have fun with. For a few simple touches, a potted plant or some flowers can be added to add some warmth to the look of a patio.
A Patio Adds Value to a Home
Lastly, a patio is a great way to add value to a home. For those who considering that they may end up selling their home one day, a patio is a great way to add some extra value to a home and really catch a prospective buyer’s eye. Future buyers also see all the potential and benefits that come with a patio so by adding one to a home it could be the deciding factor on whether or not they decide to go through with the purchase.


Saturday, February 9, 2013

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Angies List

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What is Curb Appeal

What is Curb Appeal?
Curb appeal is the very aspect that people notice when they come to your house for a cook out or graduation party. It is the very first thing that customers see when they pull into your parking lot. Curb appeal is what makes people like being where they are. If it is done correctly, then it also makes them feel comfortable. If you are a business owner, and you take care of your stuff, then the message that you are sending to your customers is that you will take care of them as well. Curb appeal doesn’t have to be big or elaborate. There are four main functions of curb appeal.  The first one is color. Does your landscaping blend in with its surroundings or does it pop and make a statement? The second aspect is form. Do the current plants, fit the space available, or are the shrubs blocking your sign or windows? The third aspect is texture. Do the plants have a soft or hard feel? Do they have thorns or sharp needles, or do they have a big soft flower, or nice fragrance?  The fourth and most important element is flow. Does your landscaping flow from one element to the other, or does your eye move sporadically? The whole idea of curb appeal is to bring the four elements together to create unity. Unity is “the state of being united or joined as a whole, or accomplishing harmony or agreement between people and things.” It isn’t about just cutting the grass or adding new mulch in the spring, but about uniting all aspects of curb appeal to create one beautiful aspect that flows, and is pleasing to the eye. It is about maintaining the unity for an entire year, and then continuing to maintain it for years to come continually adjusting so that the unity is never broken. I am in the visual business. If you would like to  discuss how your landscaping could be unified, give me a call.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Spring is near!

Spring is just around the corner. Do you need that new patio installed? How about new mulch in your flower beds and around trees? Want a completely new landscape? Let Touch of Wilderness Custom Landscapes LLC design team create your own slice of wilderness. We are a locally owned and operated. We are a full service landscaping company out of Pendleton. We carry full insurance. We also do seed/sod work, drainage, tree installs, lawn maintenance, spring clean-up, gravel and stone work, retaining walls, or anything else that will enhance your curb appeal. Find us in Yellowbook under landscape contractors, for more information. FREE ESTIMATES AND CONSULTATIONS!!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

We are currently looking to expand. Contact us today, to set up your spring mulch, mowing, or to have that new patio or landscape designed.