4 Tips to Get Your Backyard Ready for Summer Parties

Backyard PartyThe hot days and nights of summer are the perfect times to throw outdoor parties. However, it is necessary to get your patio in top condition. Here are five tips that will help.

1. Lighting is Essential

When you want to entertain on your patio in the evening, lighting is essential. There are simple types of lights to install that will add wonderful ambiance and utility to the space. String lighting, spotlights or solar lanterns will offer a touch of class and elegance.

2. Think Green

Greenery is a great addition around any patio. If you do not like the idea of large bushes and trees that need to be maintained, it may be a smarter idea to scatter small planter boxes around your yard. Small containers can be filled with colorful flowers that enhance the space. A good tip is to fill planters with a lightweight soil mixture. This encourages good drainage so that you maintain healthy plants.

3. Consider a Sheltered Space

In Ohio, the weather is unpredictable. Summer is known for sunshine and heat along with rain and humidity. If you are hosting an afternoon barbecue or similar event, your guests may want to have a place that is away from the warmth. You may wish to consider installing an awning or pergola over part of your patio. This could come in handy when an unexpected rainstorm pops up as well.

4. Outside Drink Station

No outdoor party is complete without a bar. It keeps people from constantly running inside of the house for drinks. The ideal bar will include a refrigerator to keep things cool and store ice, also containing a shelf to hold glasses will keep things compact and organized.

If you want to get your patio and backyard ready for summer, meet with the our experts to plan your perfect outdoor space.

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Essential Tips for Gardening In The Heat Of The Summer

Lawn care and gardening in the heat of summer Hidden Creek Landscaping July 2017Summer lawn care can be tougher to manage than other times of the year. The high temperatures can take a toll on your lawn and plants, leaving grass looking dry and yellowed, not to mention wilted flowers. Here are some tips for gardening during the heat of summer:

Water often

Keep grass green and flowers well watered during hot stretches. Check the forecast frequently to see if rain is expected. If it isn’t, be sure to water your lawn and plants in the early morning. It’s best to water in the mornings rather than the evenings. Try to avoid watering during the peak of the afternoon heat, since it will be harder for the lawn and plants to absorb the moisture.

Choose the right plants and the locations

When planting shrubs, flowers, and vegetables and herbs, it’s important to choose the right areas of your property. Consider the amount of sun that each area receives during the day. Aim for morning sunshine and afternoon shade for vegetable gardens. Check the requirements for each plant specifically. Some require full sun, while others need just a few hours.

Stay on top of weeding

Believe it or not, some weeds actually thrive in the sun and heat. In the evenings, you’ll want to check over your flower beds and keep up with weed removal. Try to pull them out by the root. Use a weed killer when necessary to tackle tough weeds.
Heat and humidity can cause stress for your lawn and garden. Proper care and upkeep throughout the summer months are critical to maintaining the beauty of your property. If you want a landscaping design that will look great throughout the summer without a lot of effort, consider working with a design-build firm. At Hidden Creek Landscaping, we will be able to come up with the best plan for your property, ensuring ideal care for every season.

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Simple Ways To Refresh Your Patio

Simple Ways To Refresh Your Patio Hidden Creek Landscaping July 2017A backyard patio can be the perfect place for summer entertaining. It’s a great spot to relax, entertain, and just enjoy the outdoors right at home. Here are some simple ideas for homeowners to spruce up the patio this summer:

Power wash & paint

Don’t underestimate the power of a good cleaning. Use a power washer to scrub your patio and remove built up dirt. You may be perfectly pleased with the refreshed look or you may decide to take it a step further and give the patio a whole new look. You can paint a concrete patio to give it style. Choose a neutral color or go for something bold. Painting can give a great fresh look to your outdoor living space.

Add landscaping

Beautify the area surrounding the patio with landscaping. Consider adding attractive elements like flowers, shrubs, a rock garden, and even a fountain next to the patio. Use potted plants to add lush greenery and vibrant flowers. Even if you’re working with a small space, simple changes to your landscaping design can instantly enhance the entire area.

Functional furnishings

An empty, bare patio certainly isn’t very inviting. Make it comfortable and stylish with high quality outdoor furnishings. An outdoor sofa or sectional are ideal for creating a relaxing place to sit and unwind. Add a dining table to enjoy meals outside and to host get-togethers with friends and family. Don’t crowd the entire patio with furniture, but be selective about which items you want. Transform the space into a cozy spot to spend time.

Refresh your patio with just a few of these simple changes. Clean it, paint it, add landscaping, and set up some comfortable furniture. You’ll quickly create an outdoor living space that you’ll love and use throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons. For help with this, contact Hidden Creek Landscaping today.

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The Best Herbs To Grow In Your Yard This Summer

The Best Herbs to Grow In Your Garden Hidden Creek Landscaping June 2017Summer is a great time for home owners to host social gatherings with friends and family. Having a backyard setting that includes a garden with homegrown herbs can only add to the joy of eating a meal with your loved ones. Time as a family is enhanced by snipping off the herbs you grew, adding them to your meals and enjoying that garden-fresh flavor.

Whether you are using a design-build contractor or creating a garden on your own, the following are some of the best herbs to grow in your yard this summer:

Basil

You can grow basil in the ground or in containers. The leaves of this great culinary herb have a warm, spicy flavor. It can be used in sauces, soups, omelets and salads. Basil is also a great base for pesto and is a remarkable seasoning for poultry, meat and fish.

Rosemary

Rosemary will produce a fantastic flavor, whether it is used fresh or dried. It is a fine complement to red meat, lamb, fish, filet mignon, shellfish and other meat and poultry dishes. This herb also provides exceptional flavoring for potato dishes and vegetables, like onions and carrots. If planted in a pot, it can be moved inside when the weather cools down. The herb tends to dry out between watering and prefers its own space.

Parsley

Parsley requires plenty of space, a little shade and good soil. In late fall, the herb can be potted and moved inside. For a fantastic flavor, the leaves can be mixed into soups, salads, stews, omelets and casseroles. In addition, parsley can be served fresh as garnish with fish, meat and various onion dishes.

These are just a few of the best herbs you can grow in your backyard this summer. They are the perfect additions to both daily and special-occasion meals. If you need assistance constructing your garden, contact Hidden Creek Landscaping today.

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Irrigation Systems: The Key To A Summer Backyard

Irrigation Systems for Summer Hidden Creek Landscaping June 2017Getting your yard looking like a million bucks doesn’t cost that much. In fact, with minimal effort and regular application, you can maintain a pristine landscape. There’s no disputing, however, that the task of watering can be quite demanding, both physically, and financially. Like us, plants require water. Without it they wilt and loose their natural splendor. Irrigation is man’s century old solution to all those hurdles. Simply turn the valve and everything takes care of itself.

In terms of cost, setting up an irrigation system is expensive. On the flip-side, however, it’s only a once off cost and you’re set for many years.

Drill A Borehole: Say Goodbye To Municipal Water

Municipal water, though easily accessible, is generally expensive to say the least, and it’s unreliable at times. So what is your best option? Do yourself a favor and drill a borehole! This allows you to have a constant supply of free, clean water, which is a wise move now that drought is a perennial problem in most parts of the world. With your borehole drilled and the piping connected to the mains, installing your irrigation system remains.

 
Lawn Maintenance: Let Out The Sprinklers!

Invest in an automated sprinkler system. As for your flower beds, there are vertical sprayers that can be mounted at strategic positions amongst the flowers. Again, turn the tap and your yard will be engulfed in a cool mist that is is also perfect for any nearby vegetation. It’s really about taking plant care seriously. The other option homeowners have is drip irrigation. Preferable for fruit trees, vegetable gardens and bushes, drip irrigation is sustainable in the dry months when every drop counts.

Yes, irrigation systems are hefty to install, but you’ll certainly have the freedom to express your landscaping ideas without limitation. Consult with Hidden Creek Landscaping to design an irrigation system best fit for your yard.

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Best Ways To Keep Your Yard Healthy This Summer

Keep Your Yard Healthy During The Summer Hidden Creek Landscaping June 2017Homeowners know that the summer heat can lead to unsightly damage to landscaping. Long, dry days can leave your front and backyard in rough shape if you don’t take steps to protect it. Here are some smart lawn care tips to keep in mind this summer:

Water often

To keep your grass looking green and healthy, you need to water it frequently. The best time to do so is in the morning, before the day’s high temperature hits. Grass needs a good amount of moisture, especially during heatwaves and stretches of dry weather. Be sure to really soak the grass, no matter how short it is. Grass needs as much as an inch of water each week in order to stay in great shape.

Tackle weeds

Weeds and crabgrass can instantly ruin the look of an otherwise nice lawn. Use the proper herbicide to tackle the types of weeds you see growing during the summer. You may find that once you’ve killed the weeds, you’re left with some bare spots. Use seeds and fertilizer to fill in those patches.

Proper mowing

In the summer, you don’t want to mow your grass too short or else you run the risk of scorching it in the hot sun. Keep it longer to promote healthier growth. You’ll likely find that you need to mow more frequently in the summer, especially if you’re keeping it well watered. Longer blades of grass allow for longer roots, helping it get established and protecting the crown from the sun.

Be mindful

Finally, be mindful of items left out on the lawn, such as inflatable swimming pools and outdoor toys and equipment. Leaving items sitting out on the lawn for days on end can damage the grass underneath. Pick these items up and remove them from the lawn to ensure that the grass stays green and lush all summer long.

For additional summer care tips, contact the experts at Hidden Creek Landscaping.

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Landscaping 101: Keeping Your Yard Cool During The Summer

PlantsKeep your backyard cool Hidden Crek Landscaping June 2017 may not have ears, eyes, hands or an ability to speak, but they suffer from the heat as well as humans. So, as the summer heat bears down on you, you devise all sorts of ingenious ways to stave off dehydration. You alternate between wearing caps and carrying umbrellas. You even invest in a swimming pool and air-conditioning, all because you can’t stand it. But have you ever considered the plight of your budding petunias. Are they safe?

Just as we sweat, plants transpire through their pores as well. Dehydration can lead to your rosebush and other shrubbery to run dry. To avoid this, you need to figure out ways to keep your yard cool in the summer.

Landscaping doesn’t have to be unpredictable. There are a few quick fixes you can implement immediately with amazing results.

  • Canopies and umbrellas. A reasonable investment or rental option, they have the added benefit of great flexibility, as they can be placed wherever it suits you.
  • Sprinkling regularly. This works wonders, but is usually recommended for home owners who have a certain degree of permanency. You don’t want to overdo the sprinkling, as you’ll have to deal with humidity.
  • Misting. As an additive to sprinkling or a product on its own, a misting system produces instant, cool steam at preset intervals. These units are cheap and easy to install.

Staying cool in the summer is the best way to enjoy the season and have some backyard fun. Don’t let the heat be a barrier to your summer; follow these hints and contact Hidden Creek Landscaping today for more suggestions.

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5 Landscaping Tips For First Time Homeowners

Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 4.37.36 PMMany first time homeowners are eager to transform the interior and exterior look of their new property. Focusing on the Here are 5 landscaping tips for new homeowners to keep in mind:

Repair the lawn. If your lawn isn’t in the greatest shape, spend some time fixing it first. Buy the right type of grass seed for your region and repair the bare spots. Focus on fixing the problem areas to give your lawn a neat, uniform look. Fill in the bare patches with seed and fix any uneven areas before planting anything.

Plan first. Having an entire outdoor area to design for both beauty and functional purposes is exciting. The best way to achieve exactly what you want is to create a plan. Sketch out your yard and put the design down on paper before purchasing anything. Think about what you want, including garden areas, walkways, and patio or seating areas, and include them in the design sketch.

Add color. There are many ways to add color to your yard. From annuals and perennials to flowering shrubs and bushes to lawn decor, you can bring your lawn to life with colors and textures throughout the year. Just be sure to read the care instructions for all plants before putting them in the ground, since shade and daylight are important to proper growth.

Don’t over-water. One of the biggest mistakes new homeowners can make when caring for their lawn and garden is over-watering. Be sure to follow the care guides for each plant and grass seed. Too much water can actually drown the seeds and kill plants.

Take your time. Keep in mind that a beautiful landscape design takes time and effort. You may not be able to achieve everything you want in the first year. Be patient, take your time, and think about what you really want to see in your yard.

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Tips To Save For Landscaping Upgrades

Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 1.33.52 PMCreating a beautiful landscape can be done over time, especially if you are restricted by budget. There is no rule that dictates you have to put all desired elements in your landscape all at once. In fact, many breath-taking landscapes you see today took a while to come together. Below are some saving tips you can use to upgrade your landscaping:

Plant Research:

 Carrying out research is the best way to get started on any landscaping project. Formulate a plan that covers things like plants and flowers, hardscaping and lighting. Regarding flowers, to get the best results, choose the ones you want to incorporate into the landscape. After which, you can visit a few nurseries, tell them what you are trying to achieve and do a cost analysis to get an idea of what it will cost to get those plant into the landscaping design. Price out what you can comfortably fit into your budget at this time.

Plants are expensive and can take up a big chunk of your budget; therefore, it is important to spend a lot of time thinking about you options in the planning stage of the project. Although mature plants bring instant beauty to the space, buying a smaller version can save you money. Additionally, there are a number of nurseries that have sales on plants. Taking advantage of these sales is a great way to save for your landscape upgrade.

Getting Professional Assistance:

While this might not be automatically seen as a cost-saving tip, hiring a professional could save you from making expensive mistakes that could haunt you for years.

Creating the outdoor space of your dreams could take a while; however, there is no rush and you can work at your own pace. Saving and adding elements over time is a great way to go when creating your landscaping paradise on a budget.

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Lawn Care Tips For New Homeowners

lawnmower-384589_1920You’ve recently purchased a new home. The property valuer says it’s worth a lot more than it looks on the ground, however, it needs a bit of work. A fresh coat of paint, maybe a few flower beds strewn along the pavement leading to the main entrance, or perhaps even a patio. So as wave after wave of ideas sets off sweet sensations down your spine, you look around the yard momentarily and you realise that something is missing. Both of your neighbors yards have lush green lawn whilst yours appears as if it was uprooted from a disaster hit Texas ranch and dropped right where it rests now. A properly maintained lawn not only gives your home a lively appeal and raise it’s value overnight. It gives you a sense of belonging, which is every home owner’s truest desire. However, without lawn care tips you might find yourself struggling to keep up.

Fertilizer vs Garden Manure

A rather familiar coin toss between two equally effective options. Organic fertilizers are fast acting and produce noticeable results in record time. Their application -in granular or liquefied form- is fairly easy and requires very little manpower. However, the cost of industrial fertilizers increases in proportion to the land area to be covered.

In comparison, organic garden manure is considerably cheaper. Nonetheless, applying it is labor intensive as you will require more manure than inorganic fertilizer per square inch. Otherwise, it stays much longer in the soil than inorganic fertilizers which, in the long
run, tend to damage your soil ph levels and lead to bleaching.

Weeds: A Perennial Solution To A Perennial Problem

Once asked what it took to get rid of weeds completely, one landscaping expert simply replied: “Time”. Apart from avoiding animal based manure -which introduces foreign weed seeds into your lawn- you ought to make sure that you get weed your lawn constantly whilst applying herbicides moderately over time.

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