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    The 5 Rules of Snow Removal in Cincinnati

    by Administrator 27. January 2017 13:23

    The only predictable part of Cincinnati weather is its unpredictability.

    Winter is the prime example of this. Snow can appear overnight during the colder months, leaving a blanket of crunchy, slick, and potentially dangerous ice on the ground, surrounding your home or business. Snow knows no bounds and it can easily overtake your car, roof, walkways, driveway, or any of the curvy, hilly roads in our city.

    While the image of a pristine blanket of snow covering the city may make for pleasant fantasy, there are – more often than not – times when snow is just a downright nuisance. Don’t get stuck at home. Snow is not only inconvenient for when you need to drive to work or when you need to run to the grocery store, it can also be extremely dangerous.

    Regain control over unpredictable winters. Here are the 5 rules of snow removal from your experts here at Bzak.

    1. Be Prepared

    Dress accordingly. Protect yourself from the freezing temperatures by layering up and wearing the proper protective coats, gloves, and books.

    Have the proper equipment. You will need reliable snow shovels and an adequate amount of salt for the sidewalks in front of your property. Of course, these need to be purchased in advance of an emergency. After all, you won’t be able to go to the store if snow has trapped you indoors or if roads are too dangerous to drive on.

    2. Be Thorough

    Shovel early and often. It’s best to shovel in intervals versus several inches of snow at once. It might seem lightweight as it floats to the ground, but the accumulation of snow builds quickly and can be a strain on your back.

    3. Be Safe

    Avoid extreme cold and ice. Safety needs to be your number one priority at all times – no exceptions. If you’re wearing multiple layers of protective clothing and feel like you’re out in the cold in nothing but a t-shirt, you need to go inside. And, of course, you need to watch for ice at all times in order to avoid any slips or potential injuries.

    Pace yourself. Even if you consider yourself to be in good shape, keep in mind that extreme cold and the demands of manual labor are two types of stress that our bodies don’t experience at any other time in the year. If these two factors didn’t already make snow shoveling a dangerous activity, it’s easy to overestimate your ability to do the work. Make sure to pace yourself and avoid pushing yourself unnecessarily. If you feel exhausted, take a break and resume shoveling after some time has passed.

    4. Be Mindful

    And while we’ve made it clear up to this point that your safety needs to be a priority at all times, Cincinnati homeowners must balance this with responsibilities put forth by local laws.

    According to Hamilton County snow laws, it’s a homeowner’s duty to keep abutting public sidewalks clear of snow and ice. In other words, if someone incurs an injury due to the snow and/or ice on your sidewalk, you are legally liable for their injury. Of course, while being a good citizen is a virtue in itself, keeping your sidewalks clear and safe will save both you and your neighbor a lot of stress.

    5. Be Smart

    Taking your time and staying safe will keep everyone safe in the long run, but sometimes we don’t have all the time in the world. You shouldn’t have to worry about constantly going out to clear off your sidewalk, driveway or parking lot. You have other, more important things to do, including working hard at your job, taking care of your family, running errands for day-to-day needs, spending time with your friends, networking to build your career, going to school – the list is endless! Be smart and take the worry out of winter. Let us handle all of your heavy shoveling for you.

    Bzak Landscaping: Your Snow Removal Experts

    Bzak Landscaping provides Cincinnati snow removal services for both residential and commercial customers. When there’s a Cincinnati snow emergency, we can be at your location to shovel, plow, salt, and spread calcium chloride as needed. Don’t let snow and ice keep you stuck in your home or falling behind at work. Most of all, don’t risk potential injury and an expensive trip to the emergency room for your you or your neighbor. Call Bzak at (513) 831-0907 or contact your closest Bzak location. We have the people and the equipment to remove this stress from your life!



    Summer Watering: Plants, Shrubs and Trees

    by Administrator 25. July 2016 13:38

    Now that we are definitely into the heat of summer, our most important landscape chore is making sure plants are getting enough water. As a general rule, most trees, shrubs, and perennials need about an inch of water a week the whole first season (until the ground freezes) after they are planted.  If we don’t get at least an inch of rain a week, we need to water. Even established plantings need to be watered during dry spells. Annuals planted in containers need even more water and may need to be watered every day.

    Water bags are a great way to irrigate trees.  We carry tall bags as well as the “donuts” that can be used for evergreens and other low-branched trees.

    Current research indicates that newly planted trees and shrubs should not be fertilized with granular fertilizer, but root stimulator is a great liquid product that contains a hormone that aids in the development of stronger root structure and promotes vigorous growth. Keep annuals thriving by adding Miracle-Gro Bloom Booster to your watering can once a week.

    Try to take time to walk around your yard and enjoy your landscaping.  If you notice anything that looks unhealthy or unusual, please give the experts at Bzak a call.  There are usually some simple remedies if problems are caught soon enough. Bring in a sample if possible and definitely cell phone photos. We carry a complete line of products including organic solutions.

    Man Watering with Hose


    Summer Weather! Remove Yard Waste and Landscape

    by Administrator 9. June 2016 09:00

    For a few weeks it looked like we skipped spring and went straight to summer!  A little bit of cool air hit the great Cincinnati area and it may have put your landscaping efforts at a halt (if you were ahead of the game and got started!)  Fortunately, it looks like the warmth has returned, so we wanted to follow up our seasonal clean up post from the fall, with our recommendations for spring and summer.

    Our Yard Waste Removal program is at the forefront of this.  Usually after the winter, a lot of debris can be laying throughout your yard.  This is especially true with the recent thunderstorms we’ve had, and those to come.  This can take away from the appeal of a yard, and make it more difficult to mow.  Not to mention, if there are sticks lying around your yard and you mow over them, this can really wear down the blade on your mower.  You can recycle your waste at our drop off sites in Clermont or Hamilton County.

    After your yard is cleared up and weeds have been pulled, you need to plant!  Pick up perennials, shrubs, trees and more at the Bzak garden center, and then top it off with mulch that is appealing and helpful to your plants.  We are certain we have one that you’ll love with over 10 different varieties!  Mulch can insulate and retain moisture, and therefore allow your plants to flourish.  It also breaks down to add organic material that will complete landscaping efforts.  Don’t forget to spread Preen (a pre-emergent herbicide) at the same time you put your mulch down to keep weed seeds from germinating.

    All of this sounds like a lot of work, right?  Some people love doing yard work and that’s great!  For those who dislike yard work or just don’t have the time, Bzak can handle the work for you.  If you’re thinking of doing anything in your yard, Bzak can likely do it.  If you want to find out, visit our main website!  You can also visit our newest location at 1213 US Highway 50.  We’re hopeful that Bzak can provide you with the products and services to make your yard as beautiful as ever this spring and summer.

    Blooming Tulips


    Spring at the Garden Center

    by Administrator 29. March 2016 12:25

    Temperatures are rising, the snow is melting and Spring is approaching rapidly! Within our gardening center we offer an array of items that you won’t find at other garden stores.  To give you an idea of what we carry, here are a few of our gardening supplies, including some of the more common ones:

    • Shrubs
    • Vines
    • Perennials
    • House Plants
    • Deer Scram
    • Grass Seed
    • Pesticides and Herbicides
    • Bagged Mulch, Soil, Stones

    Being the largest garden supply store in Cincinnati we are known for “the usual place to have the unusual” and we’re proud of that!  We sell to residential and commercial customers, and can even deliver some items!  In part with our gardening supplies and products, we also offer gardening and landscaping services.  We offer maintenance programs for your beds or yard, we can design and build patios, driveways and walkways as well. There truly is no limit to our landscaping.

    For the winter, our garden center carries salt and calcium chloride and we even shovel or plow snow.  We all hope that the worst is over now, but you never know what will happen with the weather in Cincinnati!

    Whether you’re looking for supplies at our Garden Center to gear up for spring, landscaping services or snow removal, Bzak can be your all in one home or business maintenance company!  Before making any purchases be sure to explore our special offers! Find our contact information and locations, here.  Thank you for your interest in Bzak!


    Early Spring Garden-Landscaping Preparation

    by Administrator 11. March 2016 16:19

    It looks like spring has arrived early this year in Cincinnati!  With temperatures steadily in the 60’s and even breaching the 70 degree mark, the ground is now thawed.  What does this mean from a landscaping and gardening company perspective?  It’s time to prepare!

    As soon as the ground thaws, we can begin preparing gardens for the growing season.  To start, old plants should be removed one of two ways. 

    1.       Pull them out and toss them on a compost pile.

    2.       Till them. 

    With or without old plants, garden soil must be turned over deeply in every plot.  It’s also important to add generous amounts of grass clippings and chopped leaves (hopefully you saved them from your yard clean-up last fall!  If not, we have some available.)  This may seem like a lot of work, but the weather gives us a chance to get outside, get some exercise and most importantly get a head start on gardening!


    The next step is giving the soil (and the gardener!) a short rest, allowing it to settle and level out.  After this, it’s prepared for the first seeds of the season!  We recommend starting with onions and potatoes. Over the next several weeks we can sow the seeds for carrots, kale, radishes, broccoli rapini, and peas.  Cauliflower, cabbage, spinach (and other hardy greens) will follow in April.

    The vast majority of seeds should be started 6 to 8 weeks before your region's last average frost date. For Cincinnati and most of the Midwest, this means starting seeds in March.  What we’re trying to say is that it’s time to get started on your garden!

    If you’re anxious to get started on a garden, then it’s likely you’re ready to get started on other yard projects as well.  Now is a great time to prune overgrown trees or shrubs with minimal damage, because the sap has retracted back to the safe part of the plant.  However, Lilacs and Rhododendrons should not be pruned until after they’ve bloomed, because you could trim the buds on accident.  While being outside and doing all of this, you may start thinking about summer.  If you’re like us, we like to see yards in pristine condition, with designated areas to relax and entertain.  Perhaps you were tilling the soil and realized that after all of the yardwork you do, there should be a place you can relax afterwards.  The talented group at Bzak can sit down with you to design, develop and install bonfire pits, waterfalls, patios and more!

    Regardless of your project, we want to help!  Visit our garden center or give us a call if you have any questions or would like to get started with your spring project.  Also, be sure to take a look at our current landscaping material coupons!  We look forward to talking with you, and thank you for considering Bzak!


    Winter Landscaping Preparation-Damage Prevention

    by Administrator 1. December 2015 15:25

    Once the ground freezes, many assume that the landscape can be neglected. However, it is best to take advantage of the late Fall and Winter months in order to prepare for spring and prevent winter damage. During November, December and January, homeowners can apply animal control products, water and treat evergreen trees and shrubs.

    During the winter months, you may notice some animal damage. Deer eating foliage, rabbits girdling tree trunks, and voles eating the roots out from under shrubs and perennials all can be more damaging than any winter storm. We recommend wrapping the trunks of young trees and shrubs with tree guards (hard plastic mesh) to prevent animals from chewing scraping antlers on them. An alternative (or addition) to fencing is spraying vulnerable plants with one of the many scent and taste repellent sprays available at most garden centers.

    It is important the broad-leaf evergreens, such as cherry laurel, boxwood, rhododendron, azaleas, pragence viburnum and holly have adequate soil moisture during the winter months. Evergreens keep losing moisture through their leaves all winter, because they do not drop their leaves in the fall. Needled evergreens, such as spruce, fir and pine, also need moisture through the winter months, but not as much as broad-leaf evergreens.

    Don’t put away that hose too quickly! To add moisture back into the evergreen plants, take advantage of the warmer days and water your evergreen trees and shrubs. Bzak recommends spraying evergreens with anti-transpirants. These are resin, latex or wax sprays, such as Wilt-Pruf, that coat leaves and block their openings in an effort to slow winter moisture loss. Bzak Garden Center has Wilt-Pruf readily available for retail and wholesale customers.  We hope to see you there soon!


    Seasonal (Fall) Clean Ups and Maintenance

    by Administrator 26. August 2015 10:19

    Fall is a beautiful time of the year here in Cincinnati, but it’s always sad to say goodbye to summer.  Unfortunately we will all have to say goodbye within the next month or so, as the temperatures begin to decline and the summer comes to an end.  What does this mean for Bzak and its customers?  It’s time for Seasonal clean ups!

    Keep your yard in tip-top shape by utilizing our fall cleanup services.  Proper fertilizer to prepare for the cold is applied, beds are edged by hand, debris is removed, and mulch is spread to make the fall color pop.

    An associated service is our yard waste removal program.  If there is any brush, tree branches or other items you’d like your yard to be free of before or after winter, we can get rid of it!  A perfect example of this is the sticks, or tall grasses in a yard.  If they are not dealt with before winter, they will accumulate and blow all over your yard throughout the winter.  Taking care of it now can save everyone both time and money.  If you like doing it yourself, you can see the drop off fees for Clermont and Hamilton county residents on our yard waste removal page.

    Regardless of what you need done with your yard, we can help you in all areas.  From designing it, to laying it down, to ongoing maintenance, we are your complete service.  What makes us different is that we supply the majority of our own products from our garden center, so you know exactly what you’re getting.  We’ve made thousands of clients happy in our 35+ years of business, and we’re excited to improve more lawns around the greater Cincinnati area.  Thanks for reading, and let us know in the comments if you have any ideas for landscaping or decorating this fall!


    Types of Mulch-How They Are Sold

    by Administrator 27. July 2015 10:59

    When buying new mulch for your yard it is important to make sure you understand what you’re buying and how much you will need. At Bzak our team of experts is here to help you pick out the mulch you’re picturing in you head.

    Mulch comes in multiple shades, colors and textures.  When choosing the color of your mulch you’re going to want to pick something that will compliment the color of your home and go well with the plants and landscaping that are in place.

    Our mulch is available in dyed color options such as black, brown or red.  On the other hand we have natural colors like cedar and oak. Along with a variety of colors, there are options on the size of your mulch which can be determined by shredding it once, twice, three times or even wood chips.

    To get some ideas flowing, our portfolio page exhibits many mulching and other landscaping jobs Bzak has done in the greater Cincinnati area.  It’s a great way to get the process started, and to find certain things you like and dislike.

    Once you decide on the color and size of your mulch the next step is to figure out how much you need. At Bzak you have a couple of options when ordering. We have bagged mulch that is 2 cubic feet and a yard of mulch that is 27 cubic feet, or 14 bags.  We do wholesale too!  Call us today or visit our garden center to identify your needs for color, texture and quantity, and bring your yard to life with some fresh mulch! 


    Front Lawn Landscaping

    by Administrator 23. June 2015 10:58

    It’s summer again and it’s time to give your yard the curb appeal it had when you first fell in love with your home.  There are several ways to do this, and make your yard a pleasure to pass by every morning. Putting in sprinklers to maintain that vibrant green grass, maintenance of shrubbery and plants, and even the creation of landscaping designs are possible from your friends here at Bzak.

    Nothing makes a home beautiful like a well landscaped yard. Adding manicured shrubs, bright and colorful flowers will add a unique pop of contrast to your yard that your neighbors will envy. Our experienced team can help design a complete layout for your yard and combine the best color scheme to make the colors of your house pop and blend together with the plants you put in.

    Along with bright flowers it is important to keep your lawn healthy and green. We provide sprinkler installations to keep your lawn hydrated and that bright green color that everyone strives for. We also have treatment services such as fertilizers to help prevent weeds, and ensure that the lawn lives up to its full potential. In the midst of summer we all know how fast that grass can grow.  Our mowing services keep it well manicured, so that you don’t have to worry about it!

    If you’d like to go above and beyond, adding landscaping stones and walls can give depth and an earthy feel to your yard that most people only see in the magazines.

    The best part of our jobs is making peoples visions come to life by making a front lawn, backyard, or the entire yard truly one of a kind.  Your yard is a representation of you, so why not make it the best!  To get an idea of what we can do, take a look at our portfolio.

    We look forward to the opportunity of turning part of your home into your own little piece of paradise!


    Landcaping Stone Patios-Walls-Stairs

    by Administrator 29. April 2015 09:32

     It’s that time of year again, the great season that is spring! This means it’s time to get your landscaping back to its prime condition. Spruce up your yard by adding landscaping stones and some new shrubs from our Garden Center, and set your yards landscape apart from the neighbors.

    At Bzak, we have a top-notch landscaping team that completes our full service company and will surely exceed your expectations. Our design team is able to create stone paths, retaining walls, steps, and any other types of designs you may be imagining with natural landscaping stones straight from our garden center.  From Pavestone, to Reading Rock, we’ve got it!  We will send our team out to the site and plan out a whole design for you to see, and you can customize it however you would like by choosing from our Garden Center’s inventory.

    The Garden Center carries products that you can’t always find at the normal garden or home improvement store. We are known for our unique inventory and the array of products we carry including: plants, trees, mulch, stones, gravel, fertilizers, treatments, and much more!

    If you enjoy yard-work, our garden center has everything you’ll need to do it yourself!  If you’d rather let someone do it for you, you know who to call.  Our professionals can help you either way.  Get in touch with us if you have any questions, and learn more on our main website.