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A layer of Northeast Ohio snow sets the scene for magical landscapes. Learning how to play up natures glory with plants and hardscapes creates a yard sure to welcome friends and inspire you every time you return home. Lets talk about how to create landscaping interest, color and creativity in the white (or not so glorious gray) of winter in Cleveland. Ideal Trees and Plants for Winter in Cleveland Interest: Bark and Berries Plants and trees which bear fruit or berries through the frigid season brighten your landscape. Consider crab apple trees (which surprisingly hold their fruit) and holly with berries. Several varieties of ornamental trees feature distinctive bark patterns which delight even after the leaves fall. Dogwoods and birch trees add unique texture and color as well. As you work to add interest to your landscape, look beyond shrubs and trees. Think of adding things like: An arbor wrapped in twinkling lights, to mimic the natural peacefulness of winter. A trellis made
The days are getting shorter and the temperature is dropping. Clevelanders are starting to make the necessary preparations for winter: Homeowners are starting to seal the windows and doors, driveway markers are starting to pop up and gutters are being cleaned out. But in the preparations for winter, you cannot forget your lawn. There are several things that you need to do to prepare your lawn for the long winter. Fall Yard Preparations As the weather starts to get cooler and fall is fast approaching, your lawn actually starts to slow its growing. You may start going from cutting your grass every week to every other or even every two weeks. Soon after the temperature begins to drop, youll probably start noticing leaves gathering in your yard and flower beds. It can be very easy to let your lawn maintenance go. But, landscapers say that taking a few extra steps in the fall can really help your lawn bounce back in the spring. Take Care of Your Lawn and Flower Beds So before the snow
Choosing the Right Masonry and Plants for Cleveland Climate No landscaping service understands the challenges faced by Cleveland residents more than Avon Landscaping. Our unique climate features sunny, dry summers and cold, snowy winters with a windy and wet fall in between. Finding both masonry and plants that can help you create a beautiful landscape while surviving a range of environments can be difficult. Hardscape Material for Cleveland Climate Some masonry will become too slippery or crack in inclement weather, and some plants that thrive during the sunny seasons wither and die during the rainy season and extreme cold we encounter during the winter. Since Avon Landscaping first opened their doors in 1977, weve prided ourselves on offering the best landscaping services to the Cleveland, Ohio region. We are capable of installing hardscape, pavers, irrigation to the troubled wet spots many Cleveland home owners experience in their yards, plant landscaping and care and more. Avon
As we head toward fall, you may already notice humidity breaking and the leaves beginning to fall. Before we know it, winter will be upon us. In preparation for the first snow to hit, there are things that you can do now to get your yard ready for fall and winter. You dont want to wait too long to prepare. Just because you may not be as focused on your lawn as you were in the summer, doesnt mean that it doesnt need continued care. How to get your yard ready for fall and winter: Keep mowing While the grass growth will begin to slow down, continue to water and mow your lawn to keep it in better shape. For the last two cuttings of the season, drop the blade to the lowest setting. This will let more sunlight to the crown of the grass and there will be less to turn brown during the winter. Plant bulbs now Fall is the best time to plant shrubs, trees, perennials and flowering bulbs. They will have a few months to establish themselves. Remove leaves as often as possible A carpeting of
How To Transform Your Avon Backyard Into A Living Space Backyards allow homeowners to grow resources, relax and have fun. One of the biggest trends in landscaping is extending your living quarters to the great outdoors. More and more customers are requesting outdoor kitchens, bonfires to gather around and even a nice relaxing pond to sit by. Whether you are looking to have a more enjoyable home, whether it be for yourself or for the next homeowners, there are various back yard landscaping ideas that you can consider. Refer to the following list below for some lovely backyard ideas for your Northeast Ohio / Cleveland home. Country Garden Perhaps you have travelled to Europe and walked through some of the most beautiful and peaceful gardens youve ever seen. With professional landscapers, you can easily replicate the same tranquility and beauty with your own backyard. Also known as the English Garden, this backyard combines plants and flowers with smoothly paved walkways and rustic benches
Theres nothing quite as inviting as a well-designed and maintained front yard. While its easy to put down a couple of paving stones or plant a flower or two, those features can only do so much to change the look of your yard. If youre interested in doing more, the good news is there are plenty of options out there that can make your Avon home look its very best. Here are some ideas: Adding an Inviting Pathway A big beautiful yard full of grass is great to look at, but they can often leave visitors to your home confused on how to enter your home. A large, well-sculpted pathway makes a clear path for visitors, leading them to your front door while at the same time letting them know its okay to be there in the first place. While it may be summer now, we cant forget about the LONG Cleveland winter. A well-designed pathway will make it easy for your visitors to make their way to the front door, even in snowy conditions. In addition to the pathway, extra features such as lights or plants
The term landscaping often conjures up images of endless grass and trees, but there is so much more that can be done under the landscaping umbrella. Landscaping trends in Northeast Ohio do evolve over time. So, what is in style now? Creating an Outdoor Living Space Your yard doesnt have to be a sea of grass and trees. Theres an increasingly growing trend to bring more living space to the outdoors with larger patios, elegant walkways, stone fire pits and even outdoor kitchens. These features are called hardscaping and can add a tremendous amount of enjoyment to your life. Your outdoor space certainly doesnt have to include a kitchen, but it can still be very functional. Expanding patio space and adding attractive walkways can increase the value of your home. It can also bring you enjoyment by making your outdoor space great for entertaining, dining or just relaxing by the garden. Enjoying a Small Garden Smaller gardens are becoming more of a trend as yards are becoming smaller in
Do you have a hydrangea plant, but are not sure when to prune it? Youre not alone! Hydrangea trees are a common plant throughout Northeast Ohio. They come in many varieties and offer beautiful, colorful blooms and multiple blooming cycles, making it a desirable addition to any yard or garden. Once you get a pruning schedule in place, they are easy to maintain. Caring for hydrangeas and knowing when to prune them can be confusing given the many varieties, but overall, they are hardy trees that will stay colorful and healthy if you follow a few pruning tips. Know the Type of Hydrangea You Have Pruning your hydrangea properly depends on the type that you have. Different types of hydrangeas require pruning at different times of the year. For example, for smooth hydrangeas such as Annabelles, youll want to wait until they finish blooming before cutting them back. Pruning in late fall or early spring before new growth begins will bring new blooms all summer. Big Leaf and Oakleaf hydrangeas
Having a well-landscaped yard changes the entire look and feel of your Avon, OH property. From outdoor lighting, to flower beds, to quality lawn care and irrigation systems a good landscaping will have you reaping the benefits. Here are four reasons why landscaping is important: 1. Adds Value Proper landscaping will add value to your home. Landscaping and lighting can be the difference between selling or not selling your home. It is estimated that professional landscaping can increase the propertys value 10 to 12 percent. And, if you are considering selling your home, a poorly landscaped yard can lower your propertys value significantly. 2. Curb Appeal A well-landscaped yard makes the property look as put together as a man in a well-tailored suit. But it isnt just about the flower beds: its about the shrubbery, trees and accents as well. Dont overlook the condition of your lawn either. If you give all of your attention to the flowers beds and accents but neglect the lawn, it still
Have you considered adding an outdoor kitchen to your home, but youre not sure if its the right move? Check out these five reasons why you should build your outdoor dream kitchen. At the end of the article, learn more about Avon Landscaping, and how we can turn your outdoor dream kitchen into a reality. Five Reasons to Build Your Outdoor Dream Kitchen 1. Property Value Youre probably not building your outdoor dream kitchen just to flip your house - but if you did decide to sell, rest assured youd earn a return on your investment. Adding a luxurious outdoor kitchen to your home can increase your overall property value. Stainless steel grills and countertops, brick patios and BBQs and outdoor appliances are all items that add equity to your home. 2. Social Events Invite your friends and family over to enjoy the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. Your guests can enjoy the outdoors and socialize with you as the food gets prepared. Theres no need for everyone to stuff themselves into one
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,