Top 3 Questions Homeowners Have About Having a Pool

Outdoor Pool at nightA pool makes a dramatic addition to any backyard. It’s a source of entertainment, and also a landscaping quagmire. Some homeowners struggle to landscape around their pool, with concerns that their pool takes up all usable space and prevents them from installing beautiful shrubbery.

Your pool and landscaping can work hand in hand, but it’s important to work with the right landscaping company. If your pool is pre-existing, your landscaping company can work with the space you already own to create a beautiful and relaxing outdoor environment. If your pool is not yet installed, it’s important to assemble a team that can make the most of your property.

How will my pool affect my landscaping?

Your pool is a focal point in your landscape. The eyes are drawn to that big blue shape on the lawn. Once installed, a pool will influence your landscaping in a variety of ways. These tips can help ensure that your pool will look its best in the environment where it is placed.

Keep Landscaping Practical

Shrubs, flowers and trees tend to shed debris that can blow around and fill spaces like pools and pool decks. When choosing shrubs and plants for the area around your pool, it’s important to identify types that create as little debris as possible.

  • Succulents. Succulents are slow-growing plants that are easy to keep contained to flower beds. They require little pruning and often create little debris.
  • No-mess perennials. Some perennials just make little mess, producing few dead leaves and needing little pruning or trimming over time. Hostas, ornamental grasses and heuchera are all examples of these kinds of plants.
  • Contained flowers. Most flowers produce lots of dead blossoms and even seeds as they age – but some do not. Some good examples of flowers that make little mess include zinnias, marigolds and strawflowers.

Landscaping needs to be set back far enough that it will not impede your ability to use your pool. If you’re working with a landscaping company, you should have no trouble with this.

What can I do to make my pool look like a natural part of my backyard space?

Pools have a way of standing out, and sometimes they can be tough to integrate into outdoor spaces. You can make your pool look like a natural part of your backyard space, but it helps to work with a landscaper that knows how to strategically position trees, shrubs and flowers around your pool deck and in the surrounding environment.

Strategically Position Trees and Shrubs

Trees and shrubs frame the landscaping around your pool, to create a varying green space that adds an attractive border around the deck. When planting trees, be cognizant of how large the tree will grow. Keep trees that might shed leaves far back, or you could spend the next several years fishing leaves out of your pool.

Integrate Boulders Into Your Landscaping

One way to make your pool look more like a natural part of your landscaping is to integrate boulders into the area just around the pool deck. This creates a transition from water to pavement to natural stone, so that the leaves and other plants around your pool seem to be a more natural part of the environment.

One way to smooth the transition from a man-made pool to natural landscaping is to install a water feature near the pool, with boulders and a waterfall. Install this feature just to the side of your pool.

Install Planter Beds Near the Pool

Line the pool deck with planter beds where you can plant large tropical plants or one of the easily contained plants described above. Line the planter beds with stone to prevent any dirt or leaves from blowing into your pool.

How can I prevent my pool from taking up all my usable backyard space?

Pools do take up a lot of usable space in the backyard, so it’s important to work with a landscaping company that can help you make efficient use of the remaining space. They can help you by devising design proposals that will enable you to make good use of the remaining space in your backyard.

Installing hardscaping is one way that your landscaper can help you create more useful space. By installing a separate patio, deck or play equipment set back away from the pool, your landscaping team will help you install useful space where you can engage in non-pool activities.

Work With Hidden Creek Landscaping

Want to make the space around your pool look its best? Call Hidden Creek Landscaping to discuss your upcoming landscape installation and what you can do to make your backyard a more attractive space for your swimming pool.

If you’re installing a pool in your backyard, talk to us to find out which pool installation contractors we’ve worked with in the past. By working with a team that already knows and trusts each other, you can help ensure that your pool and landscaping installation will be a success.

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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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Benefits of Gardening and Landscaping While Stuck at Home

While many of us are stuck at home doing our best to social distance and make the most of stay-at-home orders, some are taking to gardening and landscaping as an outlet for creativity and energy.

According to the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association, there has been a significant “increase in consumer interest in horticulture, house plants, improving curb appeal, upgrading/renovating backyards for staycations, edible gardening, cut flowers, and other green industry activities.”

Not only is gardening a great way to use the new-found time, but there are also many benefits that make it a great way to handle the uncertainty of our times. Spending time outside can be a great family activity, or if you prefer a great way to find some peace and quiet alone.

We’re here to help! At Hidden Creek Landscaping we understand the benefits that come with increase time outdoors. Our experts are available to help you design a plan that makes the most of your efforts, helping you to create the perfect outdoor oasis.

Why should I consider gardening and landscaping while stuck at home?

Imagine being outside, the fresh breeze whispering around, the sun warm on your face. Connecting with the earth by patting the soil around a freshly planted flower. And think of the satisfaction of personally creating your own vegetable garden or a lush outdoor oasis that gives you space and comfort to relax outdoors.

As we grapple with the effects of the pandemic and rethink how we spend our time at home, gardening and landscaping have never felt so beneficial and rewarding as now. Gardening is a great way to regroup and relax during stressful times. It has many benefits that you may appreciate even after “social distancing” becomes a thing of the past.

Plus, if you plant and nurture a vegetable garden, one of the best fringe benefits is a steady supply of food! Farm-to-table has been trendy at restaurants for some time. Now you can have your own harvest-to-table experience right at home.

Your shelves and pantry could overflow with fresh produce. If you plan properly, a steady supply of food like kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts, collard greens, and the like could be available even through the winter.

Are there any health benefits to gardening and landscaping?

Without question! Depending on the type of gardening you do, you will at a minimum achieve a level of exercise. It’s not running a marathon, but all kinds of gardening and landscaping require a certain degree of physical activity.

Digging, kneeling, raking, and lifting things over and over again increases the heart rate and blood flow, all while improving your range of motion and working out your muscles. Since gardening and landscaping don’t have to be high-intensity workouts, they are a perfect form of exercise for those who may have physical difficulties, are out of shape, or have other physical challenges.

It’s also a great way to build hand strength and dexterity. Gardening and landscaping conditions hand muscles, keeping them agile and strong. One tip is to alternate between the right and left hands while gardening so that both get a great workout.

Gardening and landscaping have also been shown to improve immune system functions. When you are washing the dirt out from under your fingernails it may not seem likely, but gardening and landscaping is one of the “cleanest” activities you can do. The bacteria commonly found in garden dirt has been proven to help alleviate symptoms of allergies, psoriasis, asthma, and is even known to decrease anxiety levels.

Are there mental health benefits to gardening and landscaping?

Indeed there are. A recent study found that participating in activities like gardening and landscaping can reduce the risk of dementia in older people, and it is known that gardening is beneficial for those with depression and stress.

The therapeutic properties of planting and watching things grow helps us to be in touch with our environment, creating a beneficial response and bettering our mental health.

Gardening and landscaping also decrease stress levels. It has been shown to decrease cortisol levels and improve your mood. Cortisol is commonly known as the primary stress level. By decreasing your stress level, you become more relaxed, further boost your immune function, and make you more energetic and productive.

Also, the confidence and satisfaction of watching your harvest grow, your plants flourish, and your yard look the best it ever has is a decided mental health benefit!

We’re here to help! If you are looking to get started but don’t know how, or if you just need some advice on design or the best plants for our region, the experts at Hidden Creek Landscaping are available to assist you in creating the perfect outdoor space to spend time at home.

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Five Reasons Great Landscaping Increases The Value of Your Home

It is conventional wisdom that a well-landscaped home increases property value. In fact, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects, great landscaping can increase your home’s value by up to 20 percent! Why not make sure your property is in great shape, an easy way to increase the value.

When you ensure that the landscaping is well-designed and well-maintained, you will maximize the return on your investment. Having the right design and the right materials installed by an experienced landscaper makes all the difference, guaranteeing you will see a great return on your investment.

The expert designers at Hidden Creek Landscaping are here to help! We will work with you to create a great landscape design plan that fits any budget and is sure to increase the resale value of your property.

What are some reasons great landscaping increases property value?

There are many reasons great landscaping increases the value of your home, but today we’ll focus on five major points.

While not the only reasons, what we discuss in this blog will illustrate why having great landscaping is critical if you are planning on selling your home.

Great landscaping reduces the time it takes to sell your home
A home with great landscaping will help sell your home faster for a variety of reasons. Most homeowners overlook making the outside of their homes look as great as the inside, but the fact is that first impressions are most important.

When you take the initiative and give the exterior of your home an extra pop, you attract more buyers. And homes that sell quickly generally sell for more money than properties that linger on the market. Great landscaping sets your home apart from the competition and leaves a lasting impression on potential buyers.

Great landscaping is a sign that you take proper care of your home
Potential buyers will see the great landscaping at your home and will automatically understand the care that you have put into building and maintaining a private oasis. They’ll more than likely think that the care you’ve put into maintaining the outside of your home extends into the interior as well.

Preventive outdoor maintenance means that you have probably made repairs both inside and outside your home before they became a problem, meaning fewer headaches for the potential buyer down the road. Since buying a house is the largest investment anyone will ever make, the more you can put a buyer’s mind to ease, the better.

Great landscaping increases curb appeal
A well-designed landscape sends a strong message to passersby, neighbors, and, above all, potential buyers that a property is well-maintained. It also contributes to the charm of the neighborhood. An area that has well-manicured lawns creates an impression of affluence and sustainability that attracts new residents. By having one of the nicest yards on the block, the curb appeal of your home can only increase the value of your property in the minds of potential buyers.

Great landscaping adds living space
While many of us think of our living space as solely being inside the walls of your house, great landscaping can quickly illustrate more possibilities. A custom pool, and outdoor kitchen, and an inviting firepit are just a few of the elements that well-designed landscaping can add to your property, increasing both the value as well as the living space.

Having a serene setting for you to kick back and relax with your family and friends is a perfect way to add living space, and the investment will pay for itself over and over again.

Great landscaping makes your home unique
It doesn’t take a ton of imagination to throw some grass seed in the front yard, plant a few shrubs, and call it a day. But if your property features a great landscaping design that is flourishing and well-maintained, you are sure to set yourself apart.

It may be just the thing that makes the difference in the mind of the buyer who is weighing their options. By creating a beautiful outdoor space you set your home apart and increase its value.

Do I have to have a big budget to make a big difference?

The good news is that you can achieve great landscaping without having to spend big! By having a good design that is well-maintained, you are well on your way to increasing the property’s value.

While bigger projects like hardscapes, outdoor kitchens, and pools have a more significant impact on value, even simple things like regular mowing and pruning, in conjunction with a good design, will go a long way in making your home shine.

We’re here to help! The experts at Hidden Creek Landscaping know how to make your property the envy of the block. Give us a call today to see how we can get started increasing the value of your home!

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Have The Best Yard on The Block

It’s a natural thing to do to walk down your street, checking out the neighbors’ yards and think that they are greener than yours. We all want to have the best-looking yard on the block, and there are some simple things you can do to make this goal a reality!

We’re here to help! For decades, the experts at Hidden Creek Landscaping have been helping homeowners make their yard the best in their neighborhood. From design and installation to regular maintenance, we have the services you need to create the perfect yard.

How do I get started creating the best yard on the block?

The first thing to do when creating a prize-winning yard is to plot out your landscaping. Take a look at the shape and size of your yard, and factor the labor and cost of maintaining certain features. Think about if you want some permanent hardscape like stone retaining walls and paths, and what kinds of plants you’d like to see. Do your selections suit the conditions of the local climate and require regular fertilizing and watering? If you want a wide, green expanse of lawn, how much work will be required to keep is lush and well-groomed?

Other things to consider when planning your design includes making sure the result is aesthetically pleasing. You’ll want to incorporate shorter and taller plants to give your yard depth and remember that not all flowers bloom at the same time. A great idea is to use small bushes or hedges to create borders and shapes, as well as to make your yard look healthier and plusher. Plus, making the right choices and placement for bushes can make your yard look great no matter the season.

You’ll want to mix and match the plants you use so that there is always something in bloom.
Some people like to have a yard with several different colors while others prefer to keep the colors muted. You’ll want to consider this from the start, planting things that suit your color choices over all the different seasons.

These are just a few of the factors you’ll want to think about when plotting out your perfect yard. Our design team are experts at helping you refine your vision, taking your goals, and making them a reality.

What kinds of things should I keep in mind when it comes to maintenance?

Sometimes it’s the easiest tasks that can have the biggest impact on your yard. For instance, getting rid of yard debris can change the appearance. Raking the dead grass out and cleaning up leaves and dead branches make your yard look fresh. It also creates a healthy environment for your grass and plants to grow and thrive.

You’ll want to create a regular schedule for fertilizing and reseeding. Fertilizing and reseeding will help make your lawn look more lush and green. Many people fertilize their yard at the start of every season, but the kind of fertilizer you use will determine the schedule. After fertilizing, inspect for any areas that are bare or brown and reseed. Pick the right kind of grass seed for your region, and scatter it over the brown patches. It’s good practice to scatter some over the green areas to fill in any gaps too.

What other things that will make my yard the best on the block?

The most important thing to remember is patience. It takes time and effort to create a beautiful yard. Planting is a long game, with some plants blooming now, and others blooming in different seasons. Watering wisely and planting properly goes a long way in making sure your yard will thrive and look great all year round.

Some plants require shade and others require sun. Since the angle of sunlight changes with the seasons, you’ll want to make sure you consider this. If you give it time to grow properly, your yard and garden will fill out perfectly, giving you the best yard on the block!

Another thing to remember is to start small. Your yard won’t be picture perfect on day one. By tackling it one area at a time, you can focus on making sure one part of the yard or one garden bed is in good shape before moving on to the next area. Over time, you’ll be able to reap the rewards of your patience, having a yard that makes all of your neighbors green with envy.

There are so many things to consider, where should I start?

It can be overwhelming when you start the process of creating a great yard, but with the right help, you can have the best yard on the block in no time! We are here to help. Give us a call and our design experts will help you visualize how your yard could look, our construction team will create breathtaking hardscape features and lush flower beds, and you can count on our maintenance team to keep everything looking perfect.

All you have to do is sit back and admire your personal oasis!

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Benefits of Working All-Year-Round at Hidden Creek

Many people consider landscaping work to be seasonal, but that’s not the case! We know our team is important at Hidden Creek, so we consider our employees an investment. Our team is the face of our organization, and the high-quality work our team does is what brings our customers back again and again.

We know that the unpredictability of a seasonal job is very stressful. The missed paychecks from that time off can be difficult for workers and their families. The lack of stability could cause unnecessary anxiety.

Also, while it is important to make sure that our customers are well-served during the warmer months, we emphasize the importance of year-round design and maintenance in making sure that their yards and landscaping look great throughout all seasons. Our design and sales teams work season after season to refine their artistic concepts and develop new business relationships. Give us a call to see how you can be an all-year-round employee at Hidden Creek.

What kinds of staff are you looking for?

It takes many different people with different skills to create the customer service experience that has distinguished Hidden Creek for over 20 years. Our design/build team is made up of visionaries, artists who take draft concepts and make them a reality. We look for leaders who know how to manage landscape design projects and are always on the lookout for the next architectural opportunities.

Our sales team is one of the best in the business. We seek high-profile sales drivers who know how to make the organization grow by constantly looking for new business and business to business-building opportunities.

We take a holistic approach when it comes to landscaping. This means that we remain front-of-mind with our clients throughout the year, making sure that their needs are met and new opportunities are timely serviced.

Are there benefits to working all-year-round at Hidden Creek?

Without question! Not only will you be part of an award-winning team, but we also take our commitment to the welfare and development of our employees seriously. Depending on the position, our year-round employees have paid vacation and holidays, paid smartphones/tablets or laptops, clothing, and boot credit, as well as traditional benefits like health and dental insurance, 401K retirement plan, and mileage reimbursement.

Other benefits to working all-year-round at Hidden Creek include paid continuing education classes, professional development, monthly company meetings with meals provided, monthly prize giveaways, and never-ending opportunities for growth.

When we bring on full-time employees, we consider it an investment in our people. We believe that recruiting the right talent that aligns well with our culture means that the company can live out our mission and provide quality-focused, responsive, and professional services for our clients. Investing in our staff by providing training means that your career in landscaping can grow and flourish as an all-year-round member of the team at Hidden Creek.

Why should I consider a career in landscaping?

A career in landscaping at Hidden Creek has many unseen benefits. You’ll be part of a team that strives for excellence in customer service and has at the heart of its mission the creation of beautiful landscapes. We help our clients realize their vision, whether it’s a backyard oasis that includes a pool, outdoor kitchen, or stone fireplace, or a commercial client who is providing a breathtaking backdrop for their place of business.

We directly impact the world we live in, often starting with a blank canvas that we grow into a natural work of art. Studies have shown that working in a job that allows a direct connection with the outdoors has many benefits for the body, mind, and soul. Working with nature has a positive effect on your energy levels, physical well-being, and attitude.

Whether you are part of the design or sales team or work as a member or leader of one of our field teams, you play an integral role in helping Hidden Creek fulfill its mission by providing high-quality services to our clients.

I thought landscaping jobs were just for the spring and summer?

While spring and summer are certainly the growing seasons, experts agree that if you want to have the best lawn on the block, you need to take care of it all-year-round. Regular maintenance like pruning, mulching, lawn care, trimming, and clean-ups are critical throughout the year.

Not to mention design and sales! The artistic vision never stops, and planning for spring and summer builds is done year-round. Designing and building hardscapes is often better in the off-seasons since there is less concern about harming or damaging existing plants, plus having the permanent structures placed in time for the growing season means that new plantings have an even better chance of developing into lush, perfect landscaping.

How do I join the team?

We have many open positions, just check out our website. You’ll learn more about the benefits of being an all-year-round employee at Hidden Creek.

We take our commitment to our team seriously, and we look forward to you joining us!

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Inground Pool Installation – What To Consider And The Process

Picture the view, looking out at your backyard, seeing a private pool inviting you to come outside and enjoy a hot summer’s day. There are many reasons to build an inground backyard pool, for the kids to play, for exercise, or even as a key component of your own private oasis. Installing a backyard inground pool not only gives you a peaceful outdoor space but also significantly increases the value of your home.

Whether you decided to install an inground pool for family events, play, or exercise, it is critical to consider design elements, local regulations, and construction concerns. You’ll also want to make sure that the pool is well-suited for your needs and aesthetically pleasing by making the right style and design choices from the start.

You’ll want to make sure you consider some very important things before launching your project. The experts at Hidden Creek Landscaping are experienced in building inground pools to meet every need! Call us today to learn how we can help you build your perfect backyard oasis. We’ll walk you through the process to make your dream of a backyard pool a reality.

What do I need to consider first when thinking about installing an inground pool?

While the idea of an inground pool is still a twinkle in your eye, you’ll want to consider some very important things before you go any further. First and most importantly, you’ll want to make sure that it’s even possible to install a pool on your property. Hidden Creek experts will advise you on the local regulations and rules that need to be considered, including setbacks, easements, and zoning.

In most instances, pools will not be permitted on easements, and there are almost always rules about the amount of space required between your property lines and the edge of your pool. These regulations are pivotal in designing how big a pool can be, and where it can be installed on your property.

Another thing you’ll want to consider before undertaking the project is the nature and slope of your property. With luck, you’ll have a nice flat yard, which will let you install a pool without the need for any additional reinforcement or structures. A slope or a grade will likely mean you’ll need to build retaining walls or other kinds of support to install a pool in your backyard. If not done correctly, your brand new pool could slide downhill into your neighbor’s yard!

The inground pool experts at Hidden Creek Landscaping know the local regulations and know how to help you navigate away from mistakes that could stop your inground pool project in its tracks.

Do I need to include enclosures or fences in my design plan?

Local ordinance undoubtedly will require you to build a fence or enclosure as part of your inground pool installation. They are considered critical to not only help prevent accidents but also help to keep your space secure and private.

Covers or other elements should also be considered to help protect your investment when it’s not in use during the colder months.

What should I consider when it comes to design features?

Now that you know it’s possible to install an inground pool on your property, it’s time to integrate it into your overall landscape design. The first step is to think about how it will look and what function it will serve.

The function is the most important consideration when it comes to design. How do you plan to use your pool? For exercise or serenity? Perhaps you are looking for a pool that will keep the kids occupied, a great place to host family parties.

Thinking through these questions will aid our design experts in helping you to create the perfect inground pool. You may need a deep end or can keep the entire pool shallow. You may consider installing learn-to-swim steps, diving boards, or slides.

Some people are looking more for a pool that helps with entertaining, adding bars, or pool seating. You can create an inclusive spa area that has a hot tub or whirlpool built-in. A cabana could be helpful to provide your guests with a place to change, and a shed may be needed to store chemicals and toys.

Appearances are also important. There are many different pavers and tiles that can be used for the deck and pool surround. An artistic design could be incorporated into the bottom of the pool. The design experts at Hidden Creek Landscaping will guide you through the many different options available, taking your vision and focusing you in the right direction.

What is the first thing I need to do to start my project?

The first thing you need to do when considering an inground pool project is to give us a call! We will work with you to define your goals, focus your vision, navigate local regulations, provide expert construction, and help you build your backyard oasis!

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Ways To Increase The Curb Appeal Of Your House

There is nothing more inviting than the serenity and peace of a healthy, lush lawn with vibrant flowers. Immersing yourself in exquisite landscaping reduces stress and improves your mood. It can also substantially increase the value of your property! Making sure that your home has the best curb appeal possible is not only good for your outlook on life, it could also lead to an increase in interested buyers and net you a better asking price when selling your home.

First impressions are the most important. The design experts at Hidden Creek Landscaping can help you create the perfect curb appeal for your home, and then help you put in place a maintenance routine that not only keeps it looking good but allows it to flourish.

How can I increase the curb appeal of my home without breaking the bank?

Improving the curb appeal of your home doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking. There are some very simple things you can do on a budget that will have a significant impact. For instance, you can add pizzazz to the front entrance to your home to create an instant positive effect.

Giving your door a fresh coat of paint in a pretty hue that complements your home’s color is simple yet effective. Make sure the color you choose creates a contrast between the façade and the front door. If your house is grey or white, consider a vibrant red door. Make sure that the house numbers have an appealing appearance, and use some hanging or potted plants to frame the porch.

What should I do to my yard to increase curb appeal?

The most important thing when it comes to your landscaping is to have a consistent design. You’ll want all of the elements to work together to create a beautiful canvas, with the focus on making sure that it suits your needs and aesthetic. The design specialists at Hidden Creek Landscaping can take your vision and create a plan that not only suits your needs but also instantly increases the curb appeal of your home.

If you already have a great landscaping design in place, there is nothing to help the curb appeal of your home remain strong than keeping the lawn manicured and ship-shape. Tending to your lawn regularly adds instant curb appeal. Cutting the grass on a regular basis and keeping the weeds in check is a great start, and making sure that the edges are crisp and clean completes the image.

Tending to your flower beds is likewise critical. Groomed garden beds tell onlookers that your home is your baby, that you take great care in making sure that it is beautiful and well-maintained. Make sure that the flower beds are weeded and that fresh mulch is spread, enough to cover the length and width of your front beds. Mulch creates a fresh, well-manicured look that goes a long way to increase your curb appeal.

Next, plant annual flowers for quick and long-lasting color. Choosing the right plants allows you to have a flowering bed that is inexpensive, grows quickly, and blooms longer. The best strategy is to plant brightly colored annuals for your spring and summer beds, and autumn colors for the fall. By changing the color palette with the season, you create an image of your home as warm and living. The colors can play a significant role in increasing the curb appeal of your home.

What are some things I can do to the structure of my home to increase curb appeal?

The exterior of your home is built to withstand the weather and outside world. It takes everything that mother nature throws at it and protects your family through all seasons. In the process, it can get pretty dirty without you even noticing! Consider putting your hose on the strongest setting and blasting the dirt and debris off the front of your home. Don’t forget to give the same treatment to your sidewalks and driveway. Be very careful not to get any water under your home’s siding or dislodge anything important. You can also rent a power washer, but if you do, be extra careful to not cause any unintended damage.

Another great idea is to tidy up your driveway. Find ways to store your trash can and recycling bins out of sight, either on the side of the house or behind a bush, screen, or small fence. If you have a garage, that could be a great place to keep them out of the way.

If you have minor cracks in your driveway, you’ll want to seal them up to prevent water damage and the growth of weeds.

Lastly, don’t forget about your windows! Get in the routine of cleaning them regularly. Not only will they sparkle and increase the curb appeal of your home, but they will also make your outlook from inside that much sunnier!

Give us a call at Hidden Creek Landscaping today to find out how we can increase the curb appeal of your home.

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How does residential landscaping affect resale value

When it comes to your home, the peace and serenity of a lush, healthy lawn with bright flowers is key to reducing stress and improving your outlook. And if your house is on the market, a well-designed, well-maintained landscaping can increase the value of your property substantially. It will lead to more interested buyers and result in a better asking price.

In one survey, 94% of top agents agreed that better curb appeal will equal more money for you at closing. The good news is that there are some very simple things you can do to improve the look of your property without breaking the bank. The survey estimated that simple things like regular lawn care, mowing, fertilizing, and weed control can result in a 250% return on the investment at the time of sale.

Real estate and landscaping experts agree that the way your home appears on the outside increases buyer confidence and anticipation for what’s inside. The design experts at Hidden Creek Landscaping know exactly how to make your home look as good as possible while staying well within your budget. Contact us to see how we can help increase your home’s value!

The biggest question most homeowners have is where to start, what projects should you take on first? When designing landscaping, there are many things you can do that will not only increase the value of your home but also create a space that gives you pleasure and suits your needs.

What are some landscaping costs versus value?

There is a lot of research on the varying return on investment (ROI) for landscaping. Some projects are better than others, but one variable remains consistent – no matter what you do, professional and well-maintained landscaping will add significant value to your home.

In fact, over 75% of top real estate agents say that a home with great landscaping will be worth up to 10% more than homes without landscaping. Think of that – doing a few simple things can add 10% to the sale price when you sell your home! Buyers attach more value to your home when they see better landscaping because it is a signal that you have taken great care of your property.

So if you are thinking of selling your home, you’ll definitely want to get your yard into shape.

Can I get great curb appeal even on a tight budget?

Absolutely! There are very simple things that you can do for a small amount of money that has some of the biggest impacts.

First, make sure that your grass is cut and the edges are straight and clean. If you have a mower and edger, this is easy to do yourself. It’s also less expensive than you think to have a professional lawn care service maintain your yard. Hidden Creek Landscaping has a great service that will keep your yard in immaculate shape year-round.

One thing to watch out for – be sure you don’t cut your grass too often or too short, or you may end up with brown patches. Experts recommend that you never cut off more than one-third of the grass blade length with each mowing.

Another quick and easy thing you can do is apply fresh mulch. Fresh mulch makes your yard look clean, and is a very inexpensive project. You can also make your yard attractive by planting flowers in groupings to highlight the best parts of your yard. Even if you use potted plants instead of planting in the ground, bright, colorful flowers will make your house pop, attracting more interested buyers.

Should I consider more expensive landscaping projects?

What you spend on landscaping is entirely dependent on your budget, but there are some projects that may be worth the cost, returning hundreds of times more than your investment.

For instance, you may consider installing hardscaping like pathways, patios, or retaining walls that are not only beautiful and functional but also make the landscaping appear more permanent and easy to maintain. Buyers love to find a yard that is a perfect backyard oasis that doesn’t look hard to keep up.

Other things like pergolas and backyard kitchens will significantly increase the value of your home, but you’ll want to check with a design expert from Hidden Creek Landscaping to see what options make the most sense given your budget and sales timelines.

How do I get started increasing my home’s resale value?

That’s the easy part! Just give us a call. Hidden Creek Landscaping has long been helping homeowners like you increase the value of their home without breaking the budget. Even if you aren’t looking to sell right away, why not create a backyard oasis that you can enjoy while at the same time increasing your property value?

There is nothing better than having a yard you can relax in, and there certainly isn’t anything better than finding an easy way to make more money when you sell your home!

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