New Year, New Landscape Project? If You Can Dream It, We Can Design It

As we head into the colder winter months, it’s the perfect time to start planning next year’s landscaping projects! Your dream landscaping could be right around the corner.

There is no reason not to make your landscaping dreams come true. The design experts at Hidden Creek Landscaping know exactly how to take your dreams and turn them into reality, no matter the budget.

The new year is a great time to take on new projects and start the ball rolling so that your new, dream landscaping is ready for you to enjoy when the temperature starts to rise. Whether it’s renewing the plantings, installing new trees and shrubbery, or a complete yard makeover, we are Central Ohio’s trusted partner for landscape design and residential landscaping services.

How do I get started designing a new landscaping project?

The first step when considering a new landscaping project is to gather some ideas. You’ll want to get a good idea of how you envision using your space. The easiest way to do this is to look around for inspiration.

If any of your friends, family, or neighbors have recently undertaken a makeover of their outdoor space, consider what they did as a starting point. Perhaps they installed an outdoor kitchen or firepit. Maybe you like the look of their garden beds and plantings. A new pergola may look perfect in your yard too!

Think about if there is anything specific you like or have seen, and take a look online for further inspiration. You may just find the perfect element via a web search. One good idea is to keep a list of your thoughts and links to any photos or web pages that include things you’d like to add to your landscaping design. With good organization, you’ll be in much better shape when it comes time to execute.

Once you have a great inspiration, you’ll want to evaluate your wants and needs. With luck, your inspiration and needs will perfectly align. Things to consider are if you need space for your children, areas for pets, spots that need specialized lighting, and the like. You’ll also want to think about whether or not you want to install things like water features, pools, firepits, or gazebos.

One tip is to start with a list of all the things you need, another list of reasonable wants, and then match the two to see what is truly practical in your space. While we all want to get everything to make the dream come true, practical limitations like space and specific needs should be prioritized. With luck, everything will line up perfectly.

Once I have my list of wants and needs ready, what’s next?

Your next step is to get in touch with a professional landscape designer, like those at Hidden Creek Landscaping. We’ve helped homeowners like you realize their dream yards for over 20 years. We know that our beautiful work speaks for itself, and can’t wait to help you design the yard of your dreams.

The first thing we’ll do is work with you to develop a timeline. Some landscape projects take much longer than others. If you are installing a pool, for instance, the lead time will be far greater than if you aren’t adding any hardscape features. In some cases, prefabricated elements could move the project along faster.

Winter is the best time to get your project lined up and ready to go, especially if you’d like to enjoy your brand new patio in the spring. By putting together the timeline well in advance, you are guaranteed to have your dream yard ready to enjoy when the weather starts to improve.

Once the timeline is in place, it’s time to get to the nitty-gritty of design! Our team are experts in current trends, materials, and have a wealth of experience ready to make sure that your project will be a success. We’ll sit down with you and go through that list of wants and needs, helping you make decisions regarding style and materials.

We’ll help you refine your vision and create a pathway to making your dream come true. Armed with a realistic timeline, solid design, and working together, we’ll make sure that the project stays on schedule.

I’m ready to make my dream landscaping come true!

We love helping homeowners like you turn their dream landscaping into a reality. Our reviews are glowing, and our beautiful work speaks for itself. Give us a call and we’ll provide you with references, then get to work on your design.

Our experts will work closely with you to not only make your vision a reality but also to create an outdoor environment that enhances your lifestyle and home value. We look forward to being your trusted partner, and help make your dreams come true!

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Best Tactics for Snow and Ice Removal

As the daylight hours grow shorter, it’s only a matter of time before winter weather makes its first appearance of the season. We all have visions of a winter spent drinking hot chocolate in front of a blazing fire as a fresh blanket of snow creates a winter wonderland outside. Once the snow stops falling, though, it means it’s time to get out there and clear the sidewalks and driveway!

It’s important to be very careful when you approach a physical activity like snow removal that uses muscles and stamina you may not be ready for. Many people manage to injure their backs or even worse when they overexert while shoveling snow.

Your best bet to avoid injury and to really enjoy the winter weather is to let the professionals do the heavy lifting. Hidden Creek Landscaping offers snow removal services that save you the backache, lighten the burden of snow removal, and let you keep enjoying the hot chocolate in front of the fire!

Is there a best approach when it comes to snow removal?

The best tactic when it comes to snow removal is to approach it incrementally. This is the best way to avoid overly strenuous activity. If it’s a light, dryer snow, it’s a good idea to shovel your driveway and walks in different stages throughout the storm.

If you remove an inch or two of snow at a time, you avoid moving the added weight that comes with bigger quantities of snow. Even if you have to do it several times during the storm, you will save yourself the extra exertion of moving bigger volumes.

When you get down to the shoveling, make sure you save your back by remaining aware of the bend in your knees and keeping your back straight. Avoid twisting from side to side, and don’t try to pack your shovel too heavily with snow. When it comes to snow and ice removal, taking it slowly but methodically is your best bet.

Don’t forget to get in front of the warm fire regularly! Frequent breaks are the key to avoiding excessive exhaustion.

While it might feel good to get out in the cool air, if you are elderly it’s best to leave the heavy lifting to the neighborhood kids, or even better, to the pros at Hidden Creek Landscaping. Take it easy and enjoy the snowy landscape from the comfort of your home.

Above all else, stay tuned in with how you are feeling. It is very easy to cause yourself a serious injury by underestimating how physically taxing snow shoveling can be and the extreme strain that snow removal can cause to your system.

Shouldn’t I just use a snowblower?

Snowblowers are a great weapon in the arsenal when it comes to removing large quantities of snow in a short amount of time. Especially if the snow is very wet and heavy, they can be much better than shoveling.

Before the winter sets in for good, give your snowblower a thorough inspection to make sure that all of the parts are in good working condition and ready to tackle the snow.

When using a snowblower, always be sure to use caution to prevent serious injury. Always keep the shields in their proper place and keep your hands and feet away from the moving mechanisms. And be prepared for the exertion – using a snowblower can be more physical than you expect.

As you move down your driveway or sidewalks, watch out for stray objects. If debris gets churned into the snowblower, it could throw objects into the air, not to mention cause serious damage to the machine. The chute must be pointed away from people, vehicles, and buildings to ensure safe operation and avoid injury to people and damage to property.

Is rock salt effective in melting ice?

Rock salt is most effective after you’ve removed the top layers of snow, directly onto paved or concrete surfaces. Once you’ve gone through the effort of removing the snow, throwing down some rock salt will help make sure that driveways and sidewalks don’t become dangerously slippery.

When applying salt, take care that you don’t overshoot the paved surfaces! Rock salt can be deadly to the beautiful plants that you spent all summer cultivating.

How can I get help with snow removal?

Of course! When it comes to strenuous activity like snow removal it’s best to call in the pros. By engaging a snow removal service like those provided by Hidden Creek Landscaping, you’ll save yourself the physical strain, make your life easier, and let you enjoy the snow instead of sweating through it!

Give us a call to learn more about our snow removal services and how they can help you avoid the backache and enjoy the season. You’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes.

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