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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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Determining Your Landscaping Supply Budget

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If you’re a new homeowner with a less than inspiring home landscape and a desire to build out the backyard of your dreams, you have a lot of good times to look forward to. But whether you’re planning on tackling your landscaping project with the help of a professional, or whether you plan to go DIY-style and purchase materials from a landscaping supply company, putting together a realistic budget will certainly present you with your first big challenge. Naturally, your budget should represent the costs necessary to complete the sort of landscape you truly want. After all, is there any point in tackling the project now if it won’t result in the sort of yard you long for? Then again, unless you’re independently wealthy, you probably will have to cut out at least a few dream line items here and there, especially when you consider that budget overages are almost a given in our industry. But don’t worry just yet: There’s a right way to put together a landscaping supply budget, and below, we’ve shared with you some of the most important rules of thumb for figuring out the smartest way to plan financially for your home’s new outdoor features.

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How Much Mulch Do You Need for Your Landscaping?

iStock 178104500 300x199 How Much Mulch Do You Need for Your Landscaping?If you’re reading this article, we can probably assume that you already understand at least some of the myriad benefits of making mulch a significant addition to your landscaping.

For anyone who may need a quick refresher, try thinking of mulch as an insulator that also happens to double as decoration.

Mulch helps your soil retain its moisture—about 20 percent more than would exist without the mulch—and that’s beneficial for any sort of garden or landscape growing. Mulch also helps to insulate plants, and it does an excellent job of keeping weeds from growing.

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8 Things to Consider Before Installing Outdoor Security Cameras

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Buying a security camera, especially for outdoor use, can take a lot more work than you’d expect. Apart from the wide range of choices, there are also tons of factors you have to consider to make sure you only get your hands on the best one for your home.

If this is your first time to buy an outdoor security camera or you just want to make sure you are making the right purchasing decision, here are the most important things you need to consider.

1. Price

A lot of homeowners, especially those who are on a tight budget, look for outdoor security cameras that are affordable and cheap. If you are one of these people, don’t expect too much from your camera. Although they can get the job done, most of them lack the features that can fully protect your home.

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Installing a Flagstone Walkway in Your Garden

iStock 497583765 300x199 Installing a Flagstone Walkway in Your GardenSpring is just around the corner, and a lot of us are thinking about our gardens.

We’ll leave the question of what to plant or not plant to the horticulturists. We’re concerned more with getting to your garden.

If you’re looking to give your garden a new look this spring, consider installing a flagstone walkway. This might sound like a big undertaking, but this is a project that you can wrap up in one weekend. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

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Adding a Fire Feature? Here’s How to Choose the Right One

iStock 157380538 300x200 Adding a Fire Feature? Here’s How to Choose the Right OneA backyard fire feature can transform your property.

In the summertime, it lets you enjoy your yard on cooler nights. Gather around the fire with your family to watch fireworks while roasting marshmallows. When colder weather comes, it gives you a chance to stay outdoors later in the season.

Although we’re in the midst of winter, it’s not too early to start thinking about the kind of fire feature you’d like to add to your Bucks or Montgomery County property. If you’re ready to add a fire feature to your backyard, here are a few things to consider.

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Enjoying Your Outdoor Living Space in the Winter Months

iStock 519158148 300x200 Enjoying Your Outdoor Living Space in the Winter MonthsWinter is here. The skies are an unfriendly greyish white, the ground is frozen, and the wind gnaws at us whenever we go outside.

In other words, it’s the perfect time to enjoy your outdoor living space.

No, we’re not joking. There’s no reason to stop spending time in your backyard when winter comes. All it takes are a few adjustments.

1. Install a fire pit

Having a fire pit in your outdoor living space gives you a place to gather in the colder months. Think of it like having a permanent campfire going in your backyard. Some fire pits are portable, so you can move them around your backyard space, but most are permanent, which is a better look for the overall aesthetics of your yard.

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