The Time of Year for Outdoor Living Spaces

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This time of year, the warm weather always brings about a new lifestyle across the east coast. Families begin to spend more time in outdoor living spaces, become more active, schedules become busier and spring cleaning inspires changes both inside and outside their homes. As Memorial Day approaches, homeowners are beginning to open their swimming pools in anticipation for the summer months.

Over the course of the last few years, the trend of building inground swimming pools and creating outdoor living spaces has skyrocketed. An increasing number of homeowners are developing unique and impressive outdoor rooms to complement their lifestyles.

As experienced designers and builders of outdoor living spaces, we always tell our clients to consider your daily routine and your family’s lifestyle to decide what would work best for you. Creating the ideal outdoor living space is essentially designing an extension onto your home. The new area can be turned into an outdoor living room with a fireplace, kitchen with bar space, dining area, entertainment area, pool or spa area, or an enclosed garden space.  It depends on each homeowner’s preference and needs to expand upon their home.

Visualize the best way to utilize your outdoor space. Do you see yourself entertaining friends and family, or looking for a tranquil, intimate space screened in from neighbors? It is also important to consider which seasons this space would best be utilized. Would it be year-round and need a fire feature for the colder months? A shaded area where you would need a pergola or overhead screening? Or a poolside patio to soak up the sunshine in the summer? Every client’s needs and personal style preferences are different, but with the right team of architects and designers, anything can be customized to meet every unique vision and budget.

At Scenic Landscaping, we work with our sister companies Tapestry Landscape Architecture and Tranquility Pools to provide a seamless, start to finish experience for our clients. We know starting to develop a brand-new space is overwhelming, and we are there throughout the entire process. We work closely with each client to understand their needs, visions, and we are there to assist from initial design, through build, as well as ongoing maintenance. Every job is completely customized and we take pride in lending our expertise every step of the way. Make this the year you invest in your property, enhance your lifestyle, and bring that new dream space to life.

Preparing Gardens for Springtime

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As the last of the cold weather and snow fades away, we are seeing the first pops of color breaking their way through the landscapes. Spring is the time of year that we get to work with a clean slate and bring our gardens to life.

A common mistake by many is waiting for the warmer months to begin to tend to their yard. March is the perfect month start preparing gardens for springtime and create your game plan for the season. Plan now, enjoy later. That way, when the warm, beautiful days arrive, you will be able to enjoy your yard to its fullest.

Your garden and landscapes are an investment. After spending the time, money, and resources to design and install them, you will need to make sure they are properly taken care of. By using an aftercare program, you are guaranteeing that your gardens will continue to grow and thrive through every season. Without proper maintenance, a landscape will lose its value over time.

Tips for Preparing Gardens for Springtime:

  • General cleaning of gardens and planting beds
  • Laying down a good spring fertilizer to help wake things up
  • Corrective and Selective Pruning of perennials, shrubs and evergreens
  • Cut back any old growth before new growth emerges
  • Spot Seeding Turf Areas
  • Redefine Planting Beds
  • Cultivation and Weeding of Planting Beds
  • Add urns, planters, and fountains to enhance your gardens

If a green thumb is not something that comes naturally to you, or it is something you simply do not have the time for, there are services to hire that can help. Our team provides Custom Garden Service and Enhancement Division that will care for your flowers, plants, shrubs and gardens with the expertise and dedication required to preserve your landscape design. Our services can be customized to best fit your needs and catered to enhancing, maintaining, preserving, and perfecting your garden all year long.

Our award winnings crews are highly trained and dedicated to their craft. We also provide an extensive catalog of urns, planters, and fountains to match your home and garden. These are easy additions to enhance the natural landscape all year long.

Scenic Landscaping of Northern New Jersey Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

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Scenic Landscaping of North Jersey has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The premiere landscape design and build firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We have had a lot of success working with Houzz in the past few years, and our team takes a ton of pride being featured and awarded by the Houzz network,” Owner Mitchell Knapp explains. “In our industry, it is important to showcase the work we do a wide variety of potential clients. We take our reviews seriously and enjoy collaborating on projects and customizing all types of spaces for our clients.”

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Scenic Landscaping” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

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About Scenic Landscaping

For over 42 years, the team at Scenic has designed and maintained award-winning designs throughout the tristate area. They are a full-service firm with master gardeners and master pool builders on staff. The Scenic team handles everything in-house, from the initial design stage, to construction, through aftercare and maintenance.

Anything from intimate gardens, to custom pools and spas, creative outdoor living spaces, to entire property transformations is catered to each individual property. They pride themselves on their ability to exceed all expectations while providing innovative spaces to enrich each client’s life.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit

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Winter Landscaping Ideas for Your Home

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As the last of the leaves are falling off the trees, and the temperatures are steadily dropping, you will notice surrounding landscapes becoming scarce. For the next few weeks, your property will naturally transition into a blank slate with lack of colors. However, this time of year is always a cheerful time with the holidays approaching. The lack of color does not seem to go with the cheer of the festivities. Which is why homeowners across the east coast are always looking for ways to spruce up their homes this time of year.

If you are looking for some winter landscaping ideas for your home this season, there are many creative and enjoyable ways to enhance your property. Depending on your free time, budget available and green thumb, there is a solution that will work best for you.

  • Outdoor Fireplace and Fire Pit Areas

What better way to add literal warmth to your backyard? Creating a custom fireplace is a fixture for your backyard that can be enjoyed all year long. Designing an outdoor living space adds tremendous space and value to your home and lifestyle. If a fireplace is not in the budget right now, a smaller fire pit area is easy to accommodate. There are a variety of fire pit fixtures to buy, or custom ones to build that can suit your space and aesthetic. Having a spot outdoors to gather with friends and family, with s’mores around a fire, is an easy way to add new winter landscaping ideas and memories to your home.

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  • Seasonal Planters and Wreaths

Planters are an easy way to add color to your front entrance, piers, and places throughout your property. With endless shapes, sizes and colors available it is a great way to enhance any area. By planting hollies, greens and other winter varietals into the pots, it becomes an easy way to add container gardens to your property through the winter season. Depending on your preference, they can be designed to be more holiday festive or neutral winter seasonal. Wreaths give a warm welcome to your front entrance. Either buying, making, or ordering a custom wreath is another easy way to add color and texture to your home during the winter months.

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  • Colorful Fixtures and Decor 

Painting a gate, window shutters, or railings are another easy way to add color to your home. While not necessarily winter landscaping ideas, it does enhance your home’s winter presence and property. Often times, hardscape features are used to complement the landscape and gardens surrounding it, and can look beautiful through every season. For homeowners who don’t want to change a structure to that extent, another easy idea is adding coloful furniture or sculptures and outdoor artwork. Adding these pieces anywhere from patios to planting beds and garden areas quickly brightens up the landscape. Larger, bold structures will add a pop of color and interest and will stand out even in the snowy months.

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  • Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting provides ambiance and safety to your home and property all year long. During the winter months, it is added warmth. For winter landscaping ideas many homeowners will add additional up lighting to trees and walkways to the entry of their home. For homeowners who do not want to invest in year round lighting, adding holiday lights and festive displays are simple way to brighten and cheer up appearance and add curb appeal instantly.

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Choosing a Landscaper That’s Right for You

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For new homeowners, choosing a landscaper is an imperative and crucial process. Many towns have regulations requiring homeowner’s upkeep of their lawns. It is also one of the most important investments to add value and curb appeal to your home. In the tri-state area there are plenty of landscapers and tons competition to choose from. So how do you decide which one if best for you and your home?

Know Your Personal Goals

First consider your personal goals for your property. Are you looking for routine maintenance or a complete backyard renovation design? Not all landscape companies will specialize in the same services. Working with a firm that has architects and designers on staff will help with larger scale or professional level design and renovations. When choosing a landscaper to hire it is also important to do your research with reviews and referral sources. You want to make sure that the company is reputable in your area and reliable to work with long term.

Consider Your Long-Term Goals

Another important factor to consider is your long term goals for your property. While many new homeowners starting out will have small goals to begin, years down the road may want to add an inground swimming pool or outdoor living space to their property. When choosing a landscaper to hire, make sure the designer on the job knows from day one your long term goals. They will help strategize the layout of plantings and trees to ensure your future plans work seamlessly into the property. This is also important in making sure that no money is wasted in the beginning by having to change the plan a few years down the road.

Ask For Recommendations

We find in the landscape industry, that many new clients come to us through referrals. The best complement to our company is a new client appreciating a project we completed nearby, and for them to want us to create a space best suited to their home as well. It takes years to build a reputable brand, and clients want to hire a company that will exceed their expectations. Landscape projects can be very long term and long lasting relationships, that is why choosing a landscaper is a process for homeowners to feel secure in. Remember, plenty of companies will offer free consultations, so feel free to do your research and meet with companies until you find your best match.

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Outdoor Zen Garden Ideas

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During the fall, the landscapes around us change in so many ways.  Leaves are changing color on the trees, summer bulbs fade away, colors darken, mums and pumpkins adorn front steps. The types of gardens that homeowners incorporated onto their properties vary this time of year. While summer gardens change into fall, there are types of gardens that will sustain through every season. Weather on the east coast is fickle, and at times harsh. Homeowners often find that an outdoor zen garden sustains through the natural elements and bring many beneficial perks with them as well.

Benefits of Incorporating an Outdoor Zen Garden

Outdoor Zen gardens have become a favored request among many homeowners in NJ today. Many people are finding the need to create a space outdoors where they can meditate and feel inspired and are gravitating towards an outdoor Zen garden design. There is so much chaos in the day to day, and often times we find there needs to be a place to escape. Having the luxury of a private oasis outside your own door, away from the business of the outside world is what this space would provide. A Zen garden is made to heal and nurture.

Scenic Landscaping has created outdoor Zen gardens and understands the elements needed to design the perfect garden space. We work with various plant textures and layer them in a way to provide thick and dense and comforting surroundings. A Zen garden should be a place to explore and feel, and be one with nature. We have often times incorporated water features as well. The sound of running water has been proven to provide a sense of calm. It is a nice way to drown out any outside noises and interruptions as well. Many stones are used in any Zen garden design as well, whether for walkways or steps through the garden or for healing rocks. Many homeowners will use Buddha statues or figurines significant to them, and include them into the outdoor Zen garden space.

Scenic Landscaping has designed, installed and maintained many outdoor zen gardens across the tri-state area. This space becomes a tranquil escape for the homeowner, and a beautiful view outside the back windows. When it comes to a garden design we want to make sure that the space is inviting and calming, a space where the homeowner can meditate and reflect. If this is a type of garden that would be of interest to you, we would love to meet with you and help to create this relaxing space. Feel free to look through the images for inspiration as well as into the other types of gardens that we can provide.