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Spring Home Maintenance

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Spring has sprung! Now that we are in the end of the month of April, it is easy to see signs of spring all around us. The soil is warming up, buds have bloomed, daylight is lasting longer and allergy season has arrived! Spring always brings about the time for projects and plans. Homeowners are looking to clean and reorganize, to tackle projects that were left dormant all winter. It’s that time of year for spring home maintenance projects. For both inside and outside of your home.

This is the time of year to clean your gardens. Be sure to get rid of all the debris from winter. The damage from the cold weather and storms can wreck havoc on your property. Take the time to remove all dead branches, leaves and material from your yard. It is time to start fertilizing your lawn, in order to allow grass to come back green, without patches. Cleaning the planting beds, adding mulch will help with new flower growth. Being sure there is adequate irrigation to the soil. Especially in the coming weeks where the sun becomes stronger. Water is vital at this time of year.

Spring home maintenance requires due diligence. It takes time and patience to properly care for gardens. The time and effort that is put in and spent on the property will show in the weeks to come.

Spring Home Maintenance Projects: To Do List for Your Property

  • Planting beds for the season
  • Cultivation and weeding of planting beds.
  • Specific fertilizers are put down for different plants.
  • Selective pruning of plant material.
  • Redefine edges of planting beds.
  • Cleaning up lawns of leaves, sticks debris from the winter months.
  • Planting spring flowers once temperatures remain consistent..
  • Installing mulch in planting beds.

There are many different types of spring home maintenance projects. This is the time of year we see homeowners power-washing both their homes and cleaning their cars. Properties come back to life, color is brought back into the landscape. We see families spending more time outside, walking around the neighborhood and playing in their yards. It is a busy time in our industry, where all our clients want to improve their properties and get the most out of this season. Cleaning the property and gardens is the best place to start. Whether you do this with your own green thumb, or hire professionals, spring is the time to clean and enhance your surroundings.

Now is also a great time to let us know about any additions you would like to make to your gardens. A garden is never complete – there are always ways to enhance and beautify your grounds. Let us know if you have any interest in adding perennials or ornamentals, or any additional spring home improvement projects for this season. Once the gardens and planting beds are cleaned, you will see the areas that can be added to for filling in space. Spring is a good time to be planting and planning in your gardens and throughout your entire property. Contact us today, we are ready to help.

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Holiday Landscaping and Winter Property Projects

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While winter is a time of year where things all around you seem to slow down, there are ways you can take advantage of this downtime. There is maintenance that can be done to your yard now in order to help you fully appreciate your landscape and allow it to reach its full potential come springtime. Holiday landscaping is added as an addition to your property, to enhance the landscape during these cooler months. While the options are more limited this time of year, there is still ways to dress up your yard and get it ready for spring during this downtime.

Winter is the season that reveals to you the true form of the landscape of your yard. Now that all the leaves are down you are able to see the real structure of your surroundings, as well as the hidden debris/trouble of dead trees, downed branches, garbage and wreckage normally hidden in the growing season. Winter also reveals the actual form of the plants on your property, allowing your landscape professionals to add holiday landscaping and correct any crossing or overlapping branches that are visible and to create a plan to take effect by spring.

Winter Landscaping To Do List

This month is also the ideal time to start planning or correcting your existing evergreen screening.  This is the optimal time to prune back your evergreens as well as any shrubs that do not bloom in the spring, correct their form and make plans to plant any additional new ones. We are able to view obstructions that are only visible during these winter months. There is no better time for select winter pruning and yard cleaning than now.

By planning and scheduling this work now, you will be making changes to your landscape now and planning for a full cleanup, you will be able to enjoy the yard once spring arrives.  Specimens will be in bloom, color will start showing up across your yard and you will be able to take in the early warm weather with a lush, rich and healthy landscape.

Winter can potentially be a damaging time for your property. With extreme low temperatures and the amount of snow currently on the ground, we are seeing an abundance of pressure and stress to the shrubs and trees of our properties. With more snow predicted in the forecast for next week, it is imperative to relieve the buildup of snow to ensure that your specimens won’t break.

General cleaning of gardens and grounds, to make way for holiday landscaping, selective winter pruning of, shrubs, evergreens and ornamentals as species dictate and tolerate.  Snow and ice damage monitoring to relieve weight and stress of snow and ice covered plantings. The winter season allows us to offer you our reduced winter season rates and the ability to schedule the work before the craze of the spring time season.

Holiday Landscaping Ideas

Bringing in a seasonal motif onto the property is a way to bring interest and enhance curb appeal. Outdoor holiday decorating to your home is challenging this time of year. Using color and various materials is as a way to cheer up the dreary winter landscape. Whether you are looking to replace planters, add wreaths, add holiday lighting to trees and your home, or clean out garden beds, there are ways to still improve your home in the winter months.

In winter displays, for planters or container gardens, we typically use various evergreens, red and white twig dogwoods, a nice medley of pine-cones, as a way cheer up an otherwise depressing looking landscape. In addition to holiday landscape lighting, this provides a more welcoming off season outdoor entertaining space. With the addition outdoor heaters and holiday landscaping, you can transform your outdoor space to be usable in the winter.

If you are interested in creating a new outdoor living space, or are interested in some of our holiday landscaping, winter seasonal services, please feel free to contact us today. We are here year round and ready to help bring your property to its full potential.


Fall Planters and Fall Landscaping Projects

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While mother nature puts on quite a show in autumn, there are plenty of fall landscaping projects to enhance your home. This time of year we are enjoying the colors changing in the foliage. As summer is winding down, and temperatures begin to cool off, we know Fall is in the air. Back to school routines, busy schedules and changes to the landscapes are all around us. As the air temperatures change, the sunlight retreats earlier, and the soil temperatures drop, we see changes all around us. As for our landscapes, out with the summer blooms and in with the fall materials. Planting beds and container gardens are refreshed with fall planter material, changing the bright summer colors to new autumn color scheme.

Fall Planters to Enhance Your Property 

Looking for ways to bring the best fall flowers to your property? Urns, planters, and fountains are fun and easy additions to add to your yard to match your home and garden. With a wide variety of styles and vendors available, the best fall planters are easy to find to fit your preference and budget. Seasonal planters enhance the natural landscape all year long.

For this season, the fall flowers for pots and the fall plants for pots that are most popular to use would be mums, kale and cabbages to fall pansies, perennials and ornamental grasses. These materials thrive in the cooler fall temperatures and become perfect additions to enhance your natural fall landscapes. Combined with fall displays using pumpkins, gourds, hay and other seasonal ornaments, apple baskets, crates and Indian corn, they are a festive and impressive way to dress up your front lawn this season.

Fall Landscaping Projects, Ideas & Tips to Stay Ahead

As landscape professionals, we always give the same advice this time of year. Often, people will wait too long and miss out on this window of opportunity to have their bulbs planted. Don’t be the ones kicking yourself in the spring, but rather, the envy of your friends and neighbors.

Remember as a fall motto, fall is for planting. Bulbs must be planted in the fall season, before the ground begins to freeze. Daffodils, crocus, hyacinths, and tulips will all bloom in the springtime; giving you that early color display we always long for once winter passes. Every year, once winter passes we all look forward to seeing those first bursts of color in your yard. Everything comes back to life in the springtime when the new bulbs appear. While it may seem early right now to be thinking about next spring, now is the important time to plan ahead. To make sure your home is bursting with colors and springing into action after a long winter, start planting now.

We are always creating and cultivating fun and innovative fall landscaping ideas and fall planter ideas with our clients. Adding colors and textures, and enhancing your curb appeal is our specialty. If you are interested in enhancing your property, fall landscaping projects or looking for some seasonal maintenance services, call us today for a free consultation. We look forward to bringing your entire property to life.

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Outdoor Fireplace Designs for Fall Season

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As we enter early fall, homeowners are changing the time they spend outdoors. Instead of summer days at the pool, it is cooler evening spent by a fire. This is the season of outdoor fireplace designs. It is the perfect transition piece for an outdoor living space. It provides warmth as the evening continue to get cooler. It gives a focal point in the backyard. And it works as the centerpiece that gathers friends and family together.

And outdoor patio fireplace provides a great seating area. It creates a living room to be enjoyed in the outdoors. With larger built in fireplaces, the option to mount an outdoor TV on top is a popular one. Bringing football season outside, in front of the fire, is the ultimate outdoor entertainment space.

Outdoor Fireplace Designs: Factors to Consider in Planning

When it comes to choosing the outdoor fireplace designs best for you, there are few important factors to consider.

  • Budget: Monetarily, consider your budget. If the budget allows for a custom built fireplace, this is a great place to start. When working with a smaller budget, fire pits are another route to take.
  • Material : Depending on the style you wish to achieve, there are many material to choose from. From brick, to stone, to marble, outdoor fireplace designs are able to be customized to best suit your style preference.
  • Fire Source: Determine what would work best for your design, whether a gas line is needed, or it will be a wood burning fireplace.
  • Design: Matching the aesthetic of your home is what most designers will recommend. Adding a large fireplace on the property should be positioned so that is fits naturally into its surrounding landscape and patio. Rather than appear obtrusive or out of place.
  • DIY: Some homeowners are more inclined to create their own fire pit, using stones, rock, and collecting wood to make their own cool fire pits or fire ring ideas.

Fall Season – From Fire Pits to Fall To Do Lists for Your Yard

Fall is the perfect season for enjoying time outside, in the last few weeks of cool refreshing temperatures. Throughout the New Jersey area, the trend of outdoor living is becoming more and more prominent. Outdoor fireplace designs and fire pits, barbeques and bar areas are ideal to be enjoyed during this season. With the addition of outdoor televisions, football season can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own yard. While the season changing is always a beautiful time to admire, there is also a lot of work to be done to prepare for the cold weather to come.

Fall is a great time to clean up your yard and map out your plans. Now is a good time to start cleaning out and cutting back old perennials, cutting back plant material to help beautify your gardens and planning ahead for the spring season. A common mistake homeowners make is waiting for the beautiful weather to make changes to their gardens.  Use your fall and winter months wisely. Spend this time of year planning and using the downtime to plan ahead. Mapping out your yard now will allow you to enjoy your yard to its fullest in the warmer months to come.

If you are interested in a new fall project, outdoor fireplace designs, or are looking to begin 2019 construction, feel free to contact us for a free consultation. We look forward to bringing your backyard space to life.

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Summer Lifestyle

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In mid-July, we are right in the thick of summer, enjoying that summer lifestyle. This time of year we are seeing bursts of colors and textures in landscapes. We have the combination of heat waves, humidity and summer thunderstorms. Sunlight is out longer, evenings are warm, and time spent outdoors is abundant. Routines are different in the summertime, this is a season we look forward to every year.

Summer Lifestyle Tips on Outdoor Living

When it comes to a summer house lifestyle, this is the time of year our clients prioritize outdoor living. Homeowners today are looking for ways to make the most out of their time spent outdoors. As a lifestyle, outdoor living spaces should be imagined as an extension of your indoor living space. While summer is the time we think of being outside, every season should get some use out of this space and investment.

In order to best optimize the use of your space, create a design that helps transition through every season. A design that takes your summer lifestyle and carries over into every climate. An overhead pergola or fan is ideal for summer months. And outdoor kitchen and bar area provides dining and entertaining space. A fire pit or fireplace gives life to the space into the fall and winter months. If a swimming pool is closing for the season, a separate hot tub or custom spa can be used all year.

Curating a Summer House Lifestyle Best for You

Creating the perfect summer lifestyle space depends on each person’s priorities. Whether the outdoor space will be for hosting or relaxation. Modern or rustic. Expansive or confined. A custom design is catered to each homeowner’s budget and preferences for a summer house lifestyle.

Bars and outdoor kitchens are common when looking to convert your backyard to a new pool area with an entire outdoor living space. Being able to cook dinner outside and enjoy a nighttime swim are wonderful family perks to enjoy in the summertime. Many homeowners opt to include outdoor kitchens into their patio space, creating an additional space for their clientele to enjoy all year round. Outdoor kitchen spaces can be designed to suit a grand scale, or a confined space.

Landscaping changes with the seasons as well, the colorful vibrant spring and summer plantings die off in the colder months. Choosing proper materials that will still provide texture, such as boxwoods and evergreens will give structure in the fall and winter. Consulting with a design professional ensures your vision is properly and creatively laid out, while optimizing the best use of your space and investment. We are here to help you create the ideal summer lifestyle or year round space. Call us for a free consultation. 


Garden Design Plans

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Summertime is a time for gardens. The landscapes, trees and bushes all around us are finally bursting and blooming with colors. While mother nature takes care of some on her own, many homeowners cultivate and create their own home garden design plans. Gardening is its own art form and way of expression. It enhances home property values and adds interest to the space all year round.

It is always rewarding to see gardens come to life in the summertime, especially after months of planning and maintenance. With proper garden design plans and proper maintenance, the perfect garden for your home is achievable.

Garden Design Plans Best for Your Property

To begin, look at your lawn as a blank space or empty canvas. When looking at your own property, what type of garden do you see? Are you looking to create color, symmetry? Are you looking for a zen space or a wild free flowing design? Are you planting a garden as a way to create privacy? Or are you looking to develop smaller rooms and sections?

When planning a new garden,working with designer and horticulturist expert is a great way to create garden design plans. Working with an expert helps to alleviate the stress for beginners, as well as guarantees a way to create the space you are picturing in your mind. In the long run, hiring a professional helps to save money, with choosing the proper plant materials that will thrive in your space.

With so many types of gardens out there, it can seem overwhelming to develop your own home garden design plans. We tell our clients to look for inspiration, whether in books, online, or outdoors in every day life for materials and flowers that speak to them. Determine if it is bright colors, deep textures, low maintenance or intricate and ornate gardens that would work best for your vision and your property.

While summer is always a beautiful time for gardens, there are seasonal gardens all year round.

Important Factors to Consider When Developing Garden Design Plans

  • The level of maintenance involved is important to remember as well. A garden is a living, breathing, part of your home that will need the proper water, maintenance and care in order to thrive. The work put into the space will be rewarded.
  • Irrigation is crucial, whether you are installing sprinkler systems, water drips, or will diligently water your own gardens.
  • Soil condition and sun and shade exposure will determine the specimens you can work with, and where they can be placed. Depending on your property and it’s positioning with help you to choose the right plants for your yard.
  • Is there wildlife in your area? Whether you are looking to attract hummingbird or butterflies, or need to choose materials that the deer will not eat.

If you are interested in working with a horticulture expert, or would like to create your own garden design plans with a licensed landscape architect, our team is here to help. Feel free to contact us today to bring your yard to life to enjoy all year long.