Tips To Make Outdoor Entertaining Easy

Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 1.33.52 PMSummer is the ideal season for outdoor lovers. One of the best ways to enjoy your beautifully landscaped yard is to host friends and family. There is nothing quite like enjoying fine company, good food and exceptional weather in the comfort and familiarity of your own home. Below are some easy entertaining tips to make your next outdoor gathering a success:

Mow to Perfection. Make sure to mow your lawn and prune your shrubs and trees. When entertaining outdoors, you should ensure your yard is looking its best. Call Hidden Creek Landscaping to handle this task for you and free up more time to prep for entertaining your fellow outdoor lovers.

Remain Cool. The summer heat is no joke and can quickly zap the energy out of both your guests and the party itself. Therefore, you should avoid hosting outdoor events between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m; during this time, the sun is at its hottest and very difficult to escape. You can opt for a brunch in the morning, a mixer late in the afternoon or host an evening dinner party on your beautifully manicured lawn. Even at these more ideal periods, the heat can be persistent. As such, you can provide guests with spritz bottles filled with iced water to cool their faces and arms. You should also ensure there are plenty of cold beverages to keep your guests hydrated.

Provide Lots of Comfy Seating. Use cushions and pillows to cover your chairs, benches and sofas to make them extra comfortable. You can even get a few oversized pillows to throw on the grass to provide additional seating. Cluster the seating areas so guests will find it easy to mingle with each other.

Having made these provisions, you can add mood music. However, it should be at a level that doesn’t interfere with conversations among guests.

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The Benefits of Using Our Design Center

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 9.30.57 AMEscaping the demands of everyday life and taking a daily retreat to a beautiful yard is among the best ways to enjoy a more fulfilling life. Having a marvelously manicured lawn and an expertly landscaped backyard can drastically transform your property into a paradise of beauty and function. This type of dream-like space will become a reality when you hire our landscape design experts at Hidden Creek Landscaping Inc.

With more than two decades of experience in design, implementation and landscape care, Hidden Creek Landscaping creates innovative and inspiring design concepts. Up-to-date 3-D technologies are used to provide clients with a realistic picture of what the space will look like when the project is completed. Our professionals will also provide landscaping tips on how to keep the landscape in tip-top shape. If you so desire, we will also take care of all your landscape maintenance needs.

Below are some of the benefits of using Hidden Creek’s Design Center:

  • Personalized Service that Incorporates Your Preferences
    • At Hidden Creek Landscaping, we listen to the vision you have for your space and collaborate with you to come up with the best design. Our aim is to create an outdoor space that boosts the value of your home and enhances your lifestyle. Our designs focus on maximizing views and limiting grading disturbance. The latter is done to minimize future landscape maintenance.
  • Choosing the Right Plants
    • A part of our expertise is recognizing the non-living and living materials that work well together. It is also important to know the types of environments in which certain plants will thrive. During the landscaping process, trees, shrubs, flowers, bushes and other types of greenery will be planted. It will be ensured that these plants fill the space with beauty and fragrance and that they will thrive in your local climate as well.

Our professionals at Hidden Creek Landscaping are skilled at transforming your yard into a haven of happiness. With our design plans, state-of-the-art equipment and top-quality workmanship, we can create a relaxation retreat that will bring joy to you and your loved ones for decades to come.

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Tips To Keep Your Lawn Green All Summer Long

20140711_hclservice_0562A number of individuals strive for a lush, perfectly green lawn to last all throughout the summer. However, lawn care takes dedicated effort that comprises steps like fertilization, moderate mowing and regular maintenance and repair. You or a professional should also have the capacity to troubleshoot as problems arise. Below are some lawn care and landscaping tips that can be used to keep your lawn green all summer long:

• Fertilize to Promote a Healthy Lawn

Synthetic and organic lawn fertilizer can be used to prevent invasive pests and weeds, promote lush growth and strengthen roots. A wide variety of lawn fertilizer is available but there are three main nutrients they supply — namely potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus. For leafy growth, nitrogen is the most essential of the nutrients. However, when used in surplus amounts, it can result in discoloration, yard burn and excessive growth.

Many fertilizers are available in liquid and granule forms and in organic and synthetic blends. There is also the option to decide on a fast-release or slow-release fertilizer. Additionally, there are blends with emergent controls to fight weeds and crabgrass. A professional can help you decide the one that is best for you.

• Mow Moderately

Cutting the lawn as short as possible might seem like the natural thing to do. However, experts recommend allowing it to grow higher and mowing it more regularly. Therefore, you should resist the urge to do the buzz cut. Cutting the lawn too short restricts deep root growth and places stress on the grass. This decreases its capacity to resist pests, weeds and drought conditions. Elevate the blade to prevent scorching the grass in the blazing summer heat.

• Maintaining and Repairing the Lawn

Dead patches, bare spots and areas infested by weeds, crabgrass and dandelions are some of the most common problems associated with the lawn. The most noticeable of them all are bare spots; however, with a little bit of persistence and patience, they can be repaired. For large patches, you can use sod as an option but it might be difficult to blend it with the existing lawn. For smaller patches that do not have full-sun exposure for extended periods, grass seeds can be sown to fill in the bare area.

These are just a few helpful tips that can be incorporated in your regular lawn care routine. They are useful for keeping your lawn green all summer long.

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Tips To Save For Your Dream Patio

20130918_hiddencreek_0458-Edit_59-Edit_60-Edit_fusedA patio is essentially an organized space that effortlessly combines the best of the outdoors with some of the comforts of inside. Patios can range from very simple to extremely elaborate. A few square feet of pavers can create a small patio or it could be a sprawling construction with gardens, walkways and even a swimming pool. Some patios can rival the nicest living room and can be a haven for outdoor lovers. Patios have a wide variety of designs and costs. Whether you are planning on renovating or construction a patio, the budget will play a vital role in how it ultimately looks and functions.

For best results, a professional landscaping company should be hired to undertake your patio project. These experts will ensure that your new patio matches or complements existing features of your property. They can also create 3D designs that will give you good idea of how the patio will look in your outdoor space. Best of all, they are able to give patio lovers professional advice and saving tips on how to get a dream patio in the future.

If budgetary restrictions are hindering you from having your dream patio constructed right now, you can figure out the estimated cost of the patio you desire and start saving for your future masterpiece. To make your dream a reality, it is important to figure out a few essential things.

• You need to determine how the patio will be used; for example, will you be hosting large family gatherings or do you want to merely enjoy morning coffee alone or with a loved one?

• The type of furniture you want to use on the patio should be considered as well. Will a bistro set be enough or do you prefer a large table to seat many people? Deciding on the furniture you would like to have will help you to better determine the right layout, shape and size for your patio.

A landscape contractor has the capacity to assist you in determining the best patio for your budget and outdoor space. During the planning stage, they could even show you projects they have previously completed so you can have a better idea of what will work for your space. You could also get ideas from friends and family. Saving and putting your effort and time into proper planning with a professional will ensure the perfect patio for you.

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Summer Tips For Controlling Garden Pests

In addition to the flourish of the month of June, weeds and other pests seem to thrive around this time. It is important to note that even the healthiest looking gardens are not free from potentially being damaged by diseases and pests. However, keeping on top of the situation will keep your garden healthy and blossoming. There are a number of pests that come about at this time of the year. They include:

• Strawberry root weevil
• Miller moths
• Spruce spider mites
• Cottony maple scale
• Pinyon spindlegall midge
• Striped pine scale
• Poplar borer
• Rose leafhoppers
• Peach tree borer
• Douglas fir tussock moth
• Cooley spruce gall adelgid
• European elm scale
• Elm leaf beetle
• Honeylocust plant bug
• Honeylocust spider mite
• Two spotted spider mite
• Flea beetles
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While the situation may seem overwhelming, there are steps that can be taken towards pest control that will keep your landscape thriving. It is important to engage in sustainable gardening practices.

Below are some landscaping tips and summer lawn care guidelines to keep your yard healthy and looking great:

• Do your hoeing on warm days and leave the weeds on the surface, in the sun, to wither and die. Among other things, this benefits the lawn by holding water and neutralizing acid.

• Take a preventive pest management approach rather than practice reactive pest control. Problems should be identified and monitored before any strategy is formulated to address them. After the problems have been identified, you should take the least toxic approach to remedying them.

• The conservation of predators, parasitoids and other biological control agents should be chosen over chemical pest controls. Chemical controls should only be used when absolutely necessary and only after the pesticide label has been thoroughly read and understood. Cultural, physical and then biological controls should be considered and in that order. Again the least toxic options should be chosen, such as horticultural oils, insecticidal soaps, organic pesticides, botanical insecticides and synthetic pesticides, but only when used very carefully.

Pest control can be a daunting task and could require the expertise of a professional. Fortunately, you are able to fight against these predators without spending a fortune or risking your health or the health of your garden. In a number of cases, by simply changing the way in which you maintain your garden, you can prevent problems before they even come about.

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