Summer Container Gardens to Enhance Your Home

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This is an exciting season, when outdoor entertainment is in full swing, time for barbecuing enjoying your backyard, and really making time to perfect your garden. Investing the time in your garden this time of year helps it to be at its best all summer long. Proper maintenance, irrigation, care, and planning will help your landscape throughout the summertime.

Many times, our clients will come to us asking for ideas on how to easily add color, texture and enhance the landscape to their home. We always recommend investing in pots and planters for your property. Creating custom container gardens is an easy way to spruce up your curb appeal. Summer container gardens are a fun and vibrant season to work with plant materials and flowers.

Summer Container Gardens: An Easy Way to Add Color to Your Home this Summer Season

There is an endless variety of pots and planters, in an array of materials, sizes and shapes. It is easy to choose the best planters for your property, based on your style preference as well as your budget. When it comes to summer container gardens, think bold colors and textures. The plant materials and flowers that will bloom all summer long bring bursts of color this across the northeast.

A popular trend emerging for those looking to spend more money on their planters, is potted palms. It is possible to bring some palm trees to the Northeast! While they will only last for the season, they are a fun and eye-catching way to bring a Caribbean or West Coast feel to the tri-state area during the summertime. These planters will do best pool side, and in the sunshine all summer long.

Curb Appeal is everything! We always tell our clients to invest in their front yards. Clean lines in planting beds, decorative planters and urns, a nice clean even lawn, hanging planters, LED lighting for evening ambiance. Placing your summer container gardens on entry steps, bench or fountain near gardens in the front of the home is an easy way to boost curb appeal. These are all easy investments that attract passerby’s, as well as potential buyers. The front of the home is the first thing someone will see, so take the time to make sure it looks clean, charming and welcoming.

Container gardens are a year round investment, that can be changed seasonally. Scenic offers a custom garden enhancement division that will update, plant, maintain and design your container gardens for you, if a green thumb is not something that comes naturally to you. We are always here to help plan and to guide our clients in the best way possible. Feel free to use us as a resource for all your summer container gardens and landscape maintenance questions.

Westchester Home Magazine – Outstanding Landscaping Feature

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In the new summer issue of Westchester Home Magazine, Scenic was featured as one of the four Outstanding Landscaping Features in the NY area.

Our project that was featured is in Pelham Manor, NY. This backyard has everything, from a pergola covered seating area, custom fireplace, ample seating, outdoor kitchen, pizza oven, multiple televisions, spa, and bar area. This is a dream backyard for entertaining and relaxing in every season. Read the entire interview below, and pick up the Summer Issue today to read the feature and see the other award winning jobs in the Westchester area.

 

NY Outstanding Landscaping Interview Questions

  1. What was the overall scope of this project? What did you start with and what were the client’s must-haves? 

-This client was working with SDR Design for the interior design of their new house. We were brought in to execute the exterior construction and landscape, and assist in blending it seamlessly to the style of the home. When we came onto the project, we were brought in the help fabricate the outdoor living lifestyle, while helping the beautification process of the whole property.

The overall scope was to create a whole new outdoor space in an existing lot, that the entire family of 6 could enjoy all year. They wanted this space to be used as an extension of their home. It started with very well constructed large retaining walls, reworking an existing sports court to create more open space, designating new garden areas and keeping a clean and consistent design throughout. The client’s must haves were ample space for entertaining, dining and relaxing, as well as garden areas to enhance and add colors throughout the seasons. It was important to this family to have bursts of color and pretty views from their back windows to admire while indoors.

Marmiro Stone provided all the marble which came overseas from Turkey.

  1. How long did it take to complete this project?

– This was a year long project due to the complexity and coordination involved. There was very detailed craftsmanship needed with many of the pieces being fabricated right on site. The pre-planning stage takes lots of time and oversight as well, to ensure every detail is handled and planned accordingly. Many of the materials were also coming in from overseas which adds time to the process as well. We were very diligent in planning for every element, from the customized benches and bar features, to the high-end wet laid walls; all of this takes time to meet the client’s expectations and ensure the utmost precision.

  1. What should homeowners consider when putting an entertainment system or TV outdoors?

-It is important to understand that there is a lot of planning involved with audio and speakers for an outdoor space. The organization of the electrical aspect must be very thought out, and having the right specialist on site is crucial. This process involves coordination between masons and electricians during the early planning stages to be done correctly. You will need to consider where to place the equipment so it can remain out of sight and not become an eye sore. Consider your cost and budget as well. For extensive wiring, the price as well as the timeline for the project will increase.

  1. What is all included in this outdoor kitchen?

– This kitchen included a pizza oven, stainless steel Lynx appliances were used for BBQ and fridge. There is a garbage pullout and a cocktail station, large marble spacious counter space with a stainless-steel sink, dishwasher, beer fridge, and ample bar seating. There is a customized under counter shelf space that we included for the pizza oven to be stored while it is not in use. There are also LED lights underneath counter tops, so the family can utilize the kitchen at night as well. There is a separate outdoor TV area over the kitchen as well, that everyone can enjoy from the bar.

  1. It looks like this family likes to entertain. What direction did they give you in terms of that?

-SDR designer had ideas of what they wanted we helped to execute them. This family knew they wanted to create various outdoor living rooms to utilize in every season. From a covered fireplace area to a spacious dining area, to a spa patio space, there is something for everyone to enjoy at all times.

  1. 6. How much seating is there? It feels like a lot along with some “hidden” or built in benches.

-There is plenty of seating throughout this entire project. Around the kitchen bar holds seating for at least eight people, there is a large outdoor dining table nearby that can seat up to ten at once, with movement space purposely planned around table area. The fireplace area has couches and built in benches made of stone. There are large oversized chairs and couches for relaxing seating space. Even the fireplaces hearth is very large to accommodate extra seating with custom bench areas. The lower spa area also has custom bench seating for those sitting around the jacuzzi or watching the outdoor TV in that space.

All the spa equipment was hidden, the maintenance system and control systems are out of sight allowing the spa area to blend seamlessly into the patio space as if it belonged there all along.

7. How many TVs are there?

-Three

  1. How many fire pits or places are there?

-One

  1. How many different areas or terraces are there and what purpose do each serve?

-Kitchen, Dining Room, Fireplace Room, Spa Area, and garden rooms. All of these rooms serve as a space to enjoy and entertain with friends and family.

  1. What is the biggest mistake homeowners tend to make when they embark on large outstanding landscaping projects like this? 

-Not taking the time to plan properly. These clients were very well thought out and involved throughout the process. They made sure to hire and work with a great diligent team. The biggest mistake we come across in this industry is not being proactive – It is important to trust the professionals, hire the right team, and make sure you find specialists you can trust that will keep your best interest in mind.

  1. What are some of your favorite elements of this project?

-The combination of materials and the details found in the craftsmanship and stonework. There are rolling hedges in landscape, with rose gardens that are tucked behind boxwood hedges. Urns throughout the property that hold seasonal colorful arrangements. The beautiful mature landscape we brought onto this property perfectly balances the construction of the home. We made sure the landscape looked as though it belonged on the property all long by bringing in larger pieces, so it did not look brand new.

The clients were great to work with and positive and enjoyed being involved which is always an added reward for us. Collaborating with SDR Design and Marmiro Stone, as a large group of design professionals was beneficial. We were all able to work in a beautiful setting, bringing superior craftsmanship, outstanding landscaping and a wide variety of elements together to bring this project to life.

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 houzz.com.

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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.

winter landscaping fireplace idea

  • 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.

winter landscaping seasonal planters

  • 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.

colorful outdoor structures

  • 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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