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A Simple Guide to Patio Planning: Winterizing – Guest Post

iStock 155385877 300x200 A Simple Guide to Patio Planning:  Winterizing   Guest PostAfter careful planning, selecting a professional, watching the installation, and enjoying your new outdoor living environment,  the season changes and it is time to move indoors. So,

What about Winter?

Patios do require seasonal maintenance and caring for them in wintertime will ensure yet another full year of relaxing moments outdoors. Here’s a checklist for your own outdoor space, which you should ideally tick off well before the year’s first snowfall:

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Adding Value to Your Property with Landscaping

If you’re planning on selling your home at some point within the next year or so, you’ve probablyiStock 639414496 300x200 Adding Value to Your Property with Landscaping been doing a fair amount of research on ways you can add value to your property.

You’ve probably also noticed the one phrase that seems to pop up over and over (and over) again in articles about increasing your property value: “curb appeal.” In the worlds of DIY home remodeling and property value enhancing, that phrase is everywhere.

Yet whether you believe in the power of curb appeal, it’s not always easy to know exactly which upgrades to make when you’re hoping to enhance your home’s value. Study after study, however, has shown us that landscaping is almost always the best investment you can make in value-adding property scenarios.

Not only have these studies proven that landscaping enhances your property’s curb appeal, which in turn increases its value. They’ve also shown that landscaping can significantly increase the rate at which you can expect your house to sell.

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A Simple Guide to Patio Planning: Safety – Guest Post

iStock 181688821 300x206 A Simple Guide to Patio Planning: Safety   Guest PostOutdoor living is a major trend and it’s here to stay. You read my article “A Simple Guide to Patio Planning” so you’ve made all the important decisions, identified a trustworthy professional to help you with the project, and are ready to take this patio show on the road. What else should you be aware of?

Safety First

Extra amenities and fire hazards

Having an open grill, a furnace, some lighting, and plants in or around your patio sounds great – and kudos to you if you can afford them. However, it’s extremely important to note that the lighting should be low voltage and very well insulated, for outdoor use. Furthermore, any sort of cooking equipment that involves an open fire should ideally be placed outside the patio, with all the proper safety measures for ventilation in place. Also, make sure the base of the patio is level, to avoid wobbly chairs and tables.

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All About Topsoil

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Let’s talk about topsoil.

It’s one of the simpler landscaping supplies – essentially just dirt – but like anything you use to improve your property, it works best when you have the right information.

So, consider this blog post an introductory course to topsoil: what it is, how it’s different from similar materials like compost, and how to use it.

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A Simple Guide to Patio Planning – Guest Post

patio via Flickr labeled for reuse 300x200 A Simple Guide to Patio Planning   Guest PostWord on the street – or, better said, in the great outdoors – is that outdoor living is a major trend and it’s here to stay. You see it in camper van remodels, the revival of camping and hiking—and, of course, in the increased number of patios popping up left and right., in gardens all over the country.

The beauty of a patio is many-splendored, as this relatively low-cost and low-maintenance upgrade to your property can serve a great number of purposes. It can be a decorative addition, with a beautiful structure and hanging plants all over it. It can stand as the new family gathering space for fun-filled board game nights outside or cozy summer lunches. Last, but not least, it allows you to enjoy time outside, either socializing or reading, without being exposed to the scorching sun and its harmful UV rays.

That said, where do you start, when you’ve already decided you want a patio? We’ve put together a quick list of tips and tricks, selected from the experts, and here’s what they have to say about your soon-to-be favorite outdoor hangout.

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Freshen Up Your Landscape This Fall

iStock 157996456 300x200 Freshen Up Your Landscape This FallSpending time and money freshening up your landscaping in Chester County this fall may seem somewhat counter-intuitive, given the fact that snow will most likely be covering up your hard work before you know it. And what of the possibility that winter frost may ruin some of the landscaping elements you’ve just added to your home’s yard?

According to professional landscapers, however, anyone living in a part of the country that experiences frigid winter weather would be well advised to add some autumn-specific landscaping tasks to their outdoor fall to-do list. For the best long-term landscape results, the following outdoor chores should be accomplished sometime between the beginning of September and the end of November.

If you tackle at least a handful of the tasks listed here, you’ll find landscaping in Chester County to be especially rewarding once the coming spring season finally arrives.

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Creating Senior- and Disabled-Friendly Hardscapes

iStock 517870091 200x300 Creating Senior  and Disabled Friendly HardscapesThere comes a time in life where we need to start looking ahead to creating senior- and disabled- friendly hardscapes. Because we are living longer, we are staying in our homes longer. That’s certainly great news, but when you’re thinking of improvement to make your home safe, don’t neglect the outdoor hardscaping.

It is possible to have hardscapes that are beautiful as well as senior-friendly! It takes good planning and communication with your contractor to achieve just this perfect blend of stylish looks and functionality.

Here are a few considerations:

Stable Surface

As we age, we become less sure of ourselves on foot.

Choose hardscape materials that are very steady under the foot. Whether you are looking for a patio or a walkway, this is a must. You don’t want loose or wobbly pavers. Make sure that they are permanently set into a very stable surface. You want to create a surface that won’t cause turns of the ankle or falls.

Additionally, keep in mind to not create trip hazards such as edges that could impair a rolling walker or a wheelchair.

Communicate with your landscape contractor that this project is for a senior citizen. He will be able to guide you on the best materials that he has to assist you with this.

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Adding a Fountain to Your Landscape

iStock 138074313 300x199 Adding a Fountain to Your LandscapeThe auditory and visual appeal of moving water can have a highly meditative effect. The soothing sound of a babbling brook can ease your mind while relaxing, working or trying to sleep at night.

However, not every home is situated near a moving stream or waterfall. Thankfully, it is possible to find a hardscape supplier in Chester County capable of adding a fountain, waterfall and other water elements to your property.

Is your yard missing a fountain?

Some folks will consider a fountain as a close second-place to the rustling stream they had in their childhood home, or in the house of their dreams. Others will see the fountain as a symbol of achievement or a celebration of life.

Have you ever taken a step back, looked at a portion of your yard or patio and realized something was missing?

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Creative Uses for Retaining Walls

iStock 469909496 300x200 Creative Uses for Retaining WallsRetaining walls in Chester County serve many functions. While they are generally intended to be primarily a functional part of your landscape, they can also be used in creative ways. These uses can be visually stimulating, and might even turn an ordinary space into a fun place for people to congregate.

If you’re on considering installing a retaining wall on your property, get in touch with us to learn about the best supplies to use for your project, and continue reading to learn how retaining walls can be an aesthetic enhancement to your property.

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Chester County Weed Control Tips

iStock 635798984 300x199 Chester County Weed Control TipsWeed control in Chester County is a lot like weed control everywhere else: it’s a battle.

Sometimes it isn’t even enough to pull those weeds once, because roots can re-grow the plants, and nature’s breezes can often deposit the seeds necessary to trigger their growth.

That means pulling weeds needs to be an ongoing process that requires vigilance on your part, so those unwanted plants don’t have a chance to dominate the flowers, vegetables, and other desirable plants you have growing. Here are a few tips that might give you the upper hand in the ongoing battle against weeds.

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