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Monthly Archives: October 2017

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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