Tips For Mid-Winter Landscaping

Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 3.29.12 PMIn the depths of winter it can be difficult to believe spring is actually just around the corner. However, the lawn should not be totally forgotten. There are some important things that must be done to ensure the lawn is prepared for the upcoming season. Below are some winter landscaping tips to keep your lawn protected during the winter and ready for the spring and beyond:

Scatter the Snow. Snow mold could result from extended periods of snow coverage on parts of the lawn. This disease grows beneath layers of leaves during the winter season. Scattering built-up snow can prevent the development of snow mold and also stop air from getting to the soil. This could further prevent the soil from rejuvenating normally in the spring.

Clean Up. Leaving leaves and other debris on the lawn during the winter could be tremendously detrimental. These items could attract damaging pests, create the perfect conditions for diseases and smother the grass. Therefore, it is important to quickly rake away dead leaves to avoid wet spots that could become moldy or mossy. Every couple of weeks, you can sweep the lawn to prevent unwanted damage.

Avoid Excessive Traffic. Only a moderate amount of traffic should be allowed on grass under snow coverage. If there is excessive traffic, your lawn will have a hard time recovering. This will cause it to be slower in becoming green when spring comes around. Walking on wet lawns can cause the lawn to be compacted, which could kill the grass. Keep the walkways free of snow and ice so no one will be tempted to walk across the yard. Additionally, you should never allow any vehicle to be parked on your lawn.

These landscaping tips are just a few of the ways in which you can protect your lawn during the winter.

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Outdoor Living Trends In 2017

2419_Onandaga-1No longer is the backyard just a grassy area dedicated to energetic children and pets. For many, the backyard is an extension of the living space. More and more homeowners are creating comfortable outdoor spaces by incorporating features of the indoors. The outdoor living trends of 2017 are set to continue helping homeowners to create spaces that fit their lifestyles.

These trends include outdoor kitchens, decks and patios, lounge-worthy furniture and visually-appealing and functional lighting. These features can be combined to create the perfect setting. Creating a beautiful and comfortable outdoor space provides the ideal location to decompress and entertain family and friends.

Below are additional outdoor tips and trends to look for in 2017:

Resurgence of Natural Materials. Minimalistic designs have been dominating furniture, décor and hardscaping materials for years. However, you will notice a renewed focus on more natural, less geometric designs. Many homeowners are moving away from the clean and modern look and going for a more do-it-yourself, old-fashioned aesthetic. The year is trending towards features like swing seating, smaller outdoor furniture and free-form decks. These features create more organic and authentic spaces.

Hyper localism. Many landscaping designers are trending towards locally-sourced plants to bring greenery and color to the outdoor space. This includes both native and endemic plants; endemic plants are native to a specific ecosystem. This trend celebrates regionalism and helps to guard against the effects of climate change.

Color Blocking. Color blocking is now making a splash in landscaping designs. This fashion trend involves using discrete blocks of colors to make a bold statement. This is a trend you will see in features like color blocked patio walls. In addition, color blocking can be used to frame or highlight specific plants or areas around the yard.

These outdoor tips and trends can help you to make wise decisions about your landscaping projects.

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Tips For Cooking In The Outdoor Kitchen of Your Dreams

2419_Onandaga-6Outdoor kitchens can add an entirely new dimension to any backyard. They are also great for adding tremendous value to a property. These gems can range from simple to extremely elaborate. Some of these kitchens are complete with amenities like grill, oven, island, countertops, sink and a bar area.

Your dream outdoor kitchen will be largely determined by your budget and design preferences. However, regardless of the kitchen you decide on, it is important to think about the relationship between the outdoor and indoor kitchens. You should consider things like the traffic pattern between the two spaces and how they will be used when entertaining. A great flow between both kitchens will make using them more seamless.

In addition, the design of your dream outdoor kitchen should complement the architecture and landscape of your property. This can be done by using compatible materials and incorporating understated architectural details.

Ideally, low-maintenance equipment and materials should be used in your outdoor kitchen. They should also be able to endure the rigors of the elements. If your kitchen is easy to clean and maintain, you will be more likely to use it on a regular basis. High-quality stainless steel can provide a sanitary, easily-cleaned and corrosion-resistant surface. This makes it a popular choice among homeowners. Countertop materials should also have the capacity to withstand high temperatures and be extremely resistant to grease stains.

A reputable landscaping professional will assist you in designing the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. With help from the above-mentioned outdoor tips, you can tell the designer your ideas and collaborate in creating the perfect outdoor kitchen for you.

Having the outdoor kitchen of your dreams will open up a world of possibilities where cooking and entertaining is concerned. It could also create a highly-functional and visually-appealing centerpiece for your landscape.

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Patio Design Ideas For The Cooler Season

Tips To Creating A Landscape DesignThe weather has turned colder so it’s time to cocoon inside the house around the fire. That’s not necessarily true for many Ohio homeowners who are increasingly using the their backyard entertainment areas during three out of four seasons. As long as there isn’t a foot of snow on the ground, there’s no reason that you can’t have a cookout and enjoy your gorgeous outdoor space in the colder months. All it takes are some creative patio design tips to keep you and you guests warm and toasty.

Create a Windbreak. One of the most useful backyard tips for creating a usable patio design in colder months is to make sure that you have a windbreak to prevent cold winds from chasing everyone indoors. Work with your landscaping architect to determine from which direction prevalent winds blow during colder months and set up a berm or a decorative wall in that area to block breezes. Another option is to place your patio in a naturally sheltered area of your yard.

Add an Outdoor Fireplace or Fire pit. A source of heat is essential for outdoor entertaining during colder weather. From small portable firepits for informal spaces to gorgeous masonry fireplaces, the addition of heat to your outdoor entertaining area is a must. These features not only add atmosphere to your parties, but will also add value to your property.

Patio Heaters. Even with an outdoor fireplace or firepit, it’s a good idea to add patio heaters, particularly if your entertainment area is large. The further away you go from the heat source, the colder it will get. Patio heaters are available in electric or propane types and come in stand-alone, tabletop or wall-mounted models. If possible, make sure you place heaters under overhangs or awning to trap as much heat as possible as warm air rises.

Outdoor Kitchen. This is a feature that you will use all year, but make sure you have plenty of storage space as well as a food preparation area. After all, who wants to go walking back and forth to the house in cold weather.

Outdoor Seating. Use furniture that retains warmth, but not moisture. Pick furniture with insulated padding and a water-proof protective surface that will retain body heat during cooler weather.

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