Why Homeowners Should Hire A Landscaping Company

Landscaping is an important part of maintaining a beautiful and functional outdoor space. However, many homeowners lack the time, knowledge, or expertise to tackle landscaping tasks on their own. This is where a landscaping company comes in. A landscaping company provides a range of services that can help homeowners create and maintain a stunning outdoor space. Here are some of the benefits of having a landscaping company for homeowners.

  1. Professional Expertise

Landscaping companies employ professionals with the necessary knowledge and experience to handle all types of landscaping tasks. These professionals understand the complexities of soil, plants, and climate, and can use this knowledge to create a customized landscaping plan that is suited to the homeowner’s specific needs and preferences. They can also identify potential issues before they become major problems, saving the homeowner time and money in the long run.

  1. Time Savings

Maintaining a beautiful landscape can be a time-consuming task, especially for homeowners who have busy schedules. Hiring a landscaping company can free up valuable time for homeowners, allowing them to focus on other important tasks or simply relax and enjoy their outdoor space. Landscaping companies can handle everything from regular lawn maintenance to more complex tasks such as tree trimming and landscape design, taking the burden off of the homeowner.

  1. Increased Property Value

A well-designed and maintained landscape can significantly increase the value of a home. Landscaping companies can help homeowners create a beautiful and functional outdoor space that adds curb appeal and enhances the overall appearance of the property. This can be especially beneficial for homeowners who are looking to sell their home in the future, as a well-maintained landscape can make the property more attractive to potential buyers.

  1. Cost Savings

While some homeowners may be hesitant to hire a landscaping company due to the cost, it is important to consider the potential cost savings in the long run. Landscaping companies can identify and address potential issues before they become major problems, preventing costly repairs in the future. Additionally, regular lawn maintenance and landscaping can prevent the need for expensive equipment and tools that would otherwise need to be purchased by the homeowner.

  1. Environmental Benefits

Landscaping companies can also help homeowners create an environmentally-friendly outdoor space. This can include using sustainable and low-maintenance plants, installing irrigation systems that conserve water, and using organic fertilizers and pest control methods. By creating a more eco-friendly landscape, homeowners can help reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to a healthier planet.

In conclusion, hiring a landscaping company can provide a range of benefits for homeowners. From professional expertise and time savings to increased property value and environmental benefits, a landscaping company can help homeowners create and maintain a beautiful and functional outdoor space. Whether you are looking for basic lawn maintenance or more complex landscaping services, a reputable landscaping company can help you achieve your goals and create an outdoor space that you can enjoy for years to come. Contact Bolton Lawn Care today and let us prove to you why hundreds of customers trust us for their landscaping!

Review Of The Toro Z Master 2000 Series

toro z master 2000 series

We purchased this mower two years ago when we picked up two commercial HOA’s. It was a great mower for us at the time, and the first “commercial” sit down zero turn we had ever bought. We have two toro grandstands which I reviewed and this was the third mower we added to the fleet.


This mower has basically the same build as the Toro 4000 series which is their most popular seller. It has a heavy duty deck, the same arm levers, but a smaller hydro system and smaller engine.

  • The first pro would be the heavy duty build, which I also think is a “Con” and I’ll explain below.
  • The price point is also very good. As of 2023 I think they are about $9,000, but when I bought this mower two years ago it was $7,800 I believe.
  • The seat is comfortable enough. It’s not the comfiest mower seat, but if you’re only cutting for a few hours a week, this seat will not bother your back at all.
  • Extremely easy access to belts, and the deck lift system is nice.


For a business owner, I probably wouldn’t recommend this mower. Unless you’re cutting two days a week or less, this mower in my opinion is not the right option. I think the engine is very under powered. It’s not the speed that is an issue, but cut quality with speed. It felt like we were constantly double cutting because the engine did not have enough power to send the grass far. I could change the blades every day and it still didn’t make a big difference. If the grass is wet, forget about it, you’re triple cutting.

The engine is also very hard to access and do simple tasks like filling the oil or draining the oil.

The hydro’s were also not great. I’ve driven Gravely’s, Scag’s and John Deere’s and turning isn’t that hard. However, this mower had the most sensitive hydro’s of any mower I have ever used. It felt like it was “herky-jerky” every time you went to turn.


I really like Toro and I think they make a great product, which is why we bought two brand new Z Master 4000’s this year. But personally, the Z Master 2000 really isn’t for a commercial contractor. I think the best way to describe it, is it’s a homeowner engine with a commercial mower body. If you’re a homeowner and want a reliable mower to mow your acreage property, I would go with this mower. If you’re a lawn service provider, definitely skip this one and upgrade to the 4000 series.

Winter Hardscaping Project

Hardscaping certainly does not make up the majority of our business, but we love doing projects like this! The transformation from an old broken concrete walkway to a beautiful Textured EP Henry Sedona Paver was a tremendous success.

If you’re interested in getting a quote for a hardscaping project like this, let us know today before the Spring Rush! During the Spring Rush we will be prioritizing landscape maintenance services like mulch, weeding, pruning and cleanups over hardscaping. We will return to offering hardscaping during the Summer, Fall and Winter months. With the mild winters we have been having, hardscaping can be done no problem in the winter.

Plant Profile: Leatherleaf Viburnum



Evergreen shrub, when fully matured can be between 7-10 feet tall. Flowers in clusters in the late spring, with creamy white flowers that are 4-8 inches big. Produces fruit that grow as red berries that birds will eat. Plant viburnum 3-6 feet apart.

Light Requirements:

Full sun or light shade. Tolerates shade but thrives in full sun.


Prune to remove dead branches or weak shoots. Can be sheared to maintain shape.


Specimen, foundation planting, or hedge.

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What Is A Foundation Planting?

To put it quite simply, foundation plantings are the plants that get planted along the foundation of the house. Foundation plants were traditionally used as screens to hide raised concrete foundations on a home. In addition to providing great screens, they add beauty and style to a home!

Some home designers no longer feel the need for foundation plantings since new construction rarely shows an exposed concrete foundation. My biggest pushback on this would be that a long continuous stretch of vinyl siding is certainly less attractive than having landscaping around it. Shrubs soften hard corners and lines on a home’s foundation, making them asthteticly more pleasing. Most homeowners would rather walk up to their front door and be greeted by a beautiful garden bed than vinyl siding. Additionally, a garden bed around the foundation of a home separates the lawn from the house, protecting your siding from getting destroyed by a weed-wacker or lawn mower.

Take for example the two homes pictured below. The first house has no foundation planting, while the second house (which also has a raised porch), has beautiful foundation planting along with a nice stone border edge.

The foundation plants on the blue house above have no shrubs covering the view of the porch or obstructing any street view of the house. Meanwhile, the yellow house has the concrete foundation completely exposed and looks unappealing.

The foundation planting is essential for new construction, or doing a landscape transformation on older homes. Typically when customers call us for a landscape renovation, the current landscaping has grown much too big and is blocking the homeowner’s view from the door or back patio. This tends to happen when regular landscape maintenance hasn’t been done in a few years. We can either salvage the existing landscaping by a hardcore pruning, or we can remove the shrubs completely and start new.

Are you interested in a landscaping redesign? Contact us today and we’ll come out for an in person estimate to discuss a plan!

Plant Profile: Rhododendron


Rhododendron’s are part of the Evergreen family. There are a number of different Rhododendron species, that vary in size from 3-4 feet, all the way up to 15-20 feet. Rhododendron’s have beautiful flowers in clusters at stem ends. The colors of this shrub’s flowers vary from pinks, red, purples, yellow and even bi-color. They prefer moist and well drained acidic soil. These are incredibly hearty shrubs for our climate zone (6) and do exceptionally well. These shrubs are susceptible to drought, so mulch them in the spring or summer to help retain moisture.

bi-color rhododendron
Example of a bi-color pink and purple Rhododendron.

Light Requirements:

These shrubs do best in moderate shade.


Avoid using shears or hedge trimmers to take care of these shrubs. Use pruners to remove dying branches or to shape.


Foundation Planting, Shrub Border, Screens, Specimen.


What Are Specimen Trees?

Have you ever looked at a home’s beautiful landscaping and wondered what exactly it was that made it look like it “all flowed together”? It very well could be the specimen tree, otherwise known as an accent tree. Specimen trees are used as a point of focus in a landscape. Specimen’s typically have an unusual shape, texture, color or other feature that distinguishes it from other trees and shrubs in your landscape. Specimen trees should be planted alone instead of in groups or clusters like most shrubs.

specimen tree in a home's landscaping

In the picture above of one of our landscape maintenance clients, the Japanese Maple is the specimen tree of this garden bed. The beauty of the leaves and unique umbrella shape dominates your focus and catches your attention. Japanese Maples are excellent specimen trees.

If you have any questions about specimen trees or would like to have your landscaping re-designed by us, contact us today!

Plant Profile: Upright Japanese Yew


Cone shaped shrub with fairly rapid growth rate. Can add between 10-12″ of new height each year. Easy to maintain as a hedge and can be used as a “specimen” tree in a garden.

Light Requirements:

Full sun to deep shade.


For a formal and more classy appearance, shear these hedges to remove about half the new growth in the early summer. For an informal appearance, do not use hedge trimmers and only remove individual long branches.

The Informal Look Of A Japanese Yew


Foundation planting, specimen or accent. Can be used as a hedge or screen up to the height of about 12 feet tall.

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Japanese Yew Hedge Row

If you are interested in having a Japanese Yew planted or maintained in your garden, contact us today!

Plant Profile: Viburnum

snow ball cluster viburnum

Viburnum’s are excellent plants to add to your Pennsylvania home’s landscape. These shrubs can be used for a wide variety of different uses for your landscape. These ancient shrubs have the capability of growing between 3-20 ft. tall. Viburnum, similar to Hollies, can grow quickly to large heights, or be kept smaller and more shrub like.

Viburnum’s are very versatile for modern landscapes. These beautiful shrubs bloom between mid spring and early summer and will boast beautiful flowers for quite a few weeks.

Different Types Of Viburnum

There are around 165 known different varieties of Viburnum. It’s worth noting that Viburnums thrive in almost every growing zone, and there is no single viburnum foliage. Viburnums typically have white or pink flowers, and can grow blooms that are large like a Hydrangea, or small and flat like an Azalea. The three most common flower types are:

  • Flat clusters of florets.
  • Flat umbels outlined with larger flowers, resembling hydrangeas.
  • Dome-shaped, snowball like clusters.

Viburnum Maintenance

Viburnums are typically low maintenance as far as watering is concerned. The amount of sun will impact the amount of blooms. Viburnum planted in a shady spot will tend to yield less blooms. Plant these shrubs in direct sun for best results. Most species are fast growing so yearly or twice yearly pruning will be required if you wish to keep these shrubs small. These shrubs can easily turn into a privacy fence and can grow to massive heights.

How To Plant Viburnum

Viburnum’s are no different than Hollies when it comes to planting. There is a 99% chance if you are reading this, that you will be getting the Viburnum from a nursery and it will come in a 3 Gallon Pot.

A Simple Tip For 1-5 Gallon Pot Plantings: Dig the hole as deep as the pot, and twice as wide.

how to plant a plant diagram

Are you interested in having a professional landscape company in Chalfont PA re-plant your garden with new Viburnums? Contact us here on our contact page!

Plant Profile: Hollies

Plant Profile: Hollies

Hollies are very versatile plants that can range anywhere from only a foot high, to trees that are 70 feet tall. In ancient times, hollies were used to decorate statues of Saturn (the Roman god of the harvest), to providing medieval protection from evil spirits, and of course decorating our houses at Christmas time with them.

In South Eastern Pennsylvania where our company is located, hollies will have no problem growing. They are most hardy in regions 5 and 6, and in Southeast Pennsylvania we are zone 6. Zone 5 would be the Lehigh County and above.

Gender Of The Holly

On the left, is a female holly which produces berries. On the right is a male holly that flowers, but does not produce berries.

When you think of hollies, you think of the bright white flowers, red berries, and the shiny prickly leaves. The gender of the holly actually plays a big role in the appearance of the plant. Female hollies will produce berries, while the male hollies will not. Hollies are unique in the fact that they have two separate genders, otherwise known as dioecious. Most trees and shrubs that we’re familiar with are monoecious, which means they are both male and female.

Holly Maintenance

These plants do not require regular pruning or trimming, but if you want to keep them small, or to prevent them from overcrowding, pruning is going to be required. Holly bushes are very low maintenance as well, and typically do not need to be watered unless we are in a dry spell.

We always recommend mulch for our clients for a variety of reasons, and Hollies are no exception. Mulch not only helps prevent plants and shrubs from the freeze thaw cycle, but once it decomposes it adds tons of nutrients back into the soil, eliminating or reducing the amount of fertilizer needed. We suggest using mulch from a supplier that does not use artificial dyes or chemicals. At our company, we only use naturally died mulch.

Mary Neil Holly

How To Plant Hollies

The holly bush you purchase is most likely going to be in a pot. The size of the pot should not matter, but most likely it’s going to be in a three gallon pot. Find the spot you wish to have your holly planted, and make sure it has adequate sunlight and good drainage. All good landscapes start with knowing what your plants need.

  1. Dig a hole in the ground that is about 3 inches wider than the diameter of the holly. Do not dig the hole too deep; allow the holly to sit about one or two inches above the soil line.
  2. Remove the holly from the container and using a shovel or spade, slice about 3 or four inserts into the root ball. Don’t cut the ball in half, just about one or two inches deep. This will prevent the roots from wrapping in a circle and choking itself out. Cutting these inserts will let the ball branch out into the garden.
  3. Back fill the holly. (Fill in the space around the plant)
  4. Sprinkle compost or manure around the bush to help with water retention.
  5. Water.
  6. Add mulch around the base.

Are you thinking of updating your home’s landscaping and are looking for the best landscaping service in Doylestown? Reach out to us today and we can transform the way your property looks! Click here to visit our contacts page