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When the winter snows melt away, the warmth of spring draws northeast Ohioans outdoors. Imagine taking a pitcher of lemonade onto an inviting back patio to share with friends. Hear the laughter of family gathered around a fire pit with blankets and hot cocoa in the fall. The luxury of moving living spaces outdoors is not reserved for residents of warmer states. In Ohio, three seasons and the January thaw offer opportunity to entertain in the fresh air. Check out the following ideas for transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space. Consider Your Lifestyle Answering questions about your lifestyle, passions and entertainment style habits designs a backyard space you will use again and again. Does nurturing plants relax you or do you prefer no maintenance landscapes? Do you want to wander paths amid your gardens? Or, does open space say tranquility? Are intimate parties for two to six people your style? Or, do you host neighborhood gatherings? Choose a Focal Point While indoor
The Fox 8 meteorologist team predicts 64 to 76 inches of snowfall this winter with alternating arctic visits and milder melting breaks. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) calls for a colder, snowier than normal season. And, the faithful Farmers Almanac expects warmer months ahead for Northeast Ohio. So, who are you to believe? For this years Northeast Ohio winter, expect the unexpected. (Isnt that every winter in this part of the country?) Predictions aside, winter brings snow to Avon and the surrounding areas. Unfortunately, a search of the App store fails to reveal an app for removing snow. You get two choices: Shovel it yourself or hire to get the job done. While tackling it yourself or asking the neighborhood youths to take on the task eases the wallet, clearing driveways and walkways calls for other considerations. Health, safety, and your schedule play into it as well. Check it out: Your Health and Snow Removal Snow shoveling is a good heart-pumping
The backyard entertainment of summer is ushered out as cooler winds coming off Lake Erie. But what if you could extend the use of your outdoor real estate? What if the falling leaves and threat of lake effect snow meant more reason to be outdoors? Fireplaces and fire pits offer this possibility to your Northeast Ohio backyard. Imagine sharing a glass of wine with friends around a new fire feature. Roasting marshmallows over a fire pit on cool fall evenings after an Avon Eagles football game. Or, enjoying hot cocoa near your outdoor fireplace upon returning from ice skating and sledding at Northgate Park. But how do you choose the right feature for you? Answer these questions to get started. How Much Space Do You Have? In general, fireplaces require more space than fire pits. At the small end of the scale, these features stand three-feet wide by two-feet deep by four-feet wide. Include a mantle, hearth, storage areas and seating and you might be looking at 15-feet wide by four feet
The crisp air of fall and the closing of the pool along with other summer activities may draw you indoors. However, anticipating a blustery winter and preparing to hibernate too early cause you and your lawn to miss out. Autumn in Northeast Ohio brings plenty of sunshine and enjoyable temperatures (especially this year). Now is not the time to abandon your yard. You can still enjoy your lawn and prepare it for the weather to come well into the cooler months. Check out these six ways to prepare your yard for fall. Aerate Fall proves the ideal time to aerate your lawn. Summers backyard football games and neighborhood picnics pack down the soil. Add the fading blooms and falling leaves of September and October, and your grass has a hard time breathing. Aeration is the solution. Fertilize Keeping your lawn green through autumn activities and preparing it for winter means fertilizing. Organic and slow-release fertilizers strengthen grass roots for a healthier lawn. Typically, homeowners
A balanced combination of hardscape and softscape creates a striking yard which functions well for your family. The difference between the two is as it sounds. Landscape or softscape includes the living or soft elements of outdoor design such as plants, trees, and shrubs. On the other hand, hardscapes are comprised of the non-living stuff. Bricks, gravel, wood, and pavers form driveways, fences, porches, decks, walkways and more. Adding hardscape features to your Northeast Ohio landscaping comes with benefits. Landscape Texture Curb appeal benefits from a yard design which includes both hardscape and softscape features. Look at the homes on your drive to Swings-N-Things or a Crushers baseball game. Notice how hardscapes offer smooth, neutral-colored complements to the vibrant greens and bright colors of the varied textures of softscapes. Entertainment Value While lush green lawns offer plenty of space for backyard football or a game of tag, hardscapes open new entertainment possibilities.
As the summer winds down, you catch a few more lasting summer memories dipping your toes in Lake Erie, hosting friends with for a BBQ or road tripping to Cedar Point. Enjoy every moment! But, as you celebrate the warm weather with family and friends in your yard, the season brings to light needed (or wanted) changes to your landscape. After all, inspiration births as you live and entertain in these spaces. Getting started on these projects this fall is good for you and your yard. Check it out: Savor Next Summer As you host the final neighborhood BBQs before cold lake breezes cover your yard with snow, prepare to jump-start your projects this fall. Small and large projects benefit from an autumn deadline. After all, work done now allows you to eek every last drop out of next summers activities. Plus, fall lawn maintenance maintains lawn health over the harsh winter. Make the Most of Time Typically our minds set aside the summer for a more active but relaxed pace of life. Who likes
It is that time of year again all eyes are turning to the outside and the projects that we have been wanting all winter to do. Large or small it is key that you have a design plan for any outdoor project. We highly recommend that if you have a project in mind that you develop a Master Design with the help of a skilled landscape designer. With the help of a skilled landscape designer, they can assist you in bringing your whole property together. For the benefit of both you and your property. Once you have a master design in hand you can plan out the stages of work that you want to take on. Lay out what projects you feel you can handle and DO-it-yourself. As well as what portions of the plan that you would prefer left a professional landscaping crew to take care of. Master design plans help you as the owner see the overall big picture of where you want to take your property. Allowing you to tackle projects in phases all the while with a final goal slowly approaching reality. There are
Winter is coming, as a certain famous television show is sure to remind everyone, but there are few places in the country where thats truer than frigid northeast Ohio. Proper preparation lawn care in advance can save your lawn a lot of wear and tear, and ensure it survives the harsh conditions and starts strong with the thaw next spring. Lets look at how to prepare your lawn for winter with a few lawn care tips that anyone can master. Rake: The classic fall chore of raking the lawn or otherwise clearing the lawn of leaves and debris is essential for the health of your grass and your overall winter prep. Thats right, its not just a punishment for the kids. Otherwise, the leaves can smoothen out the grass underneath and rot. So be sure to do this thoroughly before any snow sets in. Fertilize: Fertilization is key before the winter, and whereas some homeowners believe that springtime is the most important season to fertilize, its actually more important in late fall. Fertilization at
Building a dream patio is a key component to finishing a homes landscape design. While some adventurous homeowners opt for the DIY route, for anything beyond simple projects, its best to turn to a trusted landscape professional who can knock a big picture dream out of the ballpark. Heres a look at how to get started with the creation of a gorgeous outdoor patio. 1. Determine the Purpose Patios can be used in many different ways. They may provide a quiet spot to simply enjoy the weather, the sounds of nature, and a book; or they could become a destination for entertaining and parties. A patio can work together with a pool or a deck, or stand on its own and be the focal point of the yard. Determine the purpose of the patio, as well as how it fits into the overall picture, as a beginning step. 2. Whats the Dream Feature? Your desired patio likely has a key dream feature. Maybe its a gorgeous outdoor fire pit, or a built-in grilling station. Maybe its an elaborate brick or stone design.
When considering the installation of new landscape lighting, its important to know how to achieve the perfect look. Theres certainly a lot more to it than simply sticking a few lights at different locations throughout the property. Utilize the following design tips and then work with the right landscaping contractor in Avon to help accomplish the desired end result. 1. Look at the Whole Property Think about the entire property as a single, cohesive force. There are different landscaping components, from trees to bushes to flowers, as well as paths, the driveway, home architecture, gazebos, decks, patios, and more. What is the goal of the project? To illuminate a walkway, showcase a signature element, or change the entire homes nighttime presence? 2. Consider the Inside View Many homeowners forget to consider the way their new lighting will look from the inside of the home. Its not just about exterior aesthetics, after all. From inside the home, the lighting should still look wonderful,
As you research your next landscape design project, there are many variables to consider and it might feel overwhelming. In this post we aim to strip away all the unnecessary distractions and give you the bare essentials. While every home is different, there are a few integral parts to your landscape design that are vital to creating a landscape youll be proud to share with your friends and family. Keep reading to learn how you can apply these four essential parts to your landscape design project. 1. Unity and Balance Whether you undertake your project alone, or work with a landscaping contractor, all elements to your homes landscape must complement each other. When all components are in sync, the visual appeal of the space is enhanced. But when styles are mismatched and there is no theme, things can look cluttered, unorganized, or flat-out bad. Similarly, you need to decide whether your landscape is symmetrical or asymmetrical and this must be an intentional choice. While symmetry
A beautifully designed lawn can completely transform an ordinary looking house. Not to mention, quality landscaping can improve your outdoor living area and increase the value of your home. The benefits of a beautiful landscape are endless, but how do you ensure youre getting that beauty? Finding the right landscaping company for the job can be tough. In fact, it probably seems a little scary, with the huge selection of landscapers in Avon, Westlake, and surrounding communities. So how do you choose the best landscape contractor for your home? Follow these five tips and rest easy knowing your yard, and your home, are in good hands. 1. Do Your Homework Research your local landscaper options and compare them to each other. Be leery of contractors offering incredibly cheap prices, because you typically get what you pay for. Look for companies with experience in a variety of services and who can provide strong references from past clients who had the same needs as you. Be sure to check