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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Bring curb appeal to your commercial property

First impressions are most important, especially when it comes to visitors arriving at your place of business! Having great landscaping and fantastic curb appeal will increase sales and customer satisfaction. Poor appearance can give customers and clients a negative impression of your operation and potentially even harm your company’s reputation. After all, the first thing they see is the exterior of your building.

This is why curb appeal for businesses is a very big deal. It allows you to create a fantastic first impression while also providing a means to improve your brand and give a visual cue to potential customers and clients about what it means to do business with you. A well designed and maintained exterior will also result in increased business, while a poor look could cause new customers to go running in the other direction.

You don’t need to break the bank to create good curb appeal for your business. There are some simple things you can do in conjunction with a regular lawn service that will keep you humming along.

Hidden Creek Landscaping has a full suite of commercial landscaping services available. Contact us today to see how we can help you create good first impressions and grow your business!

What can I do to increase my commercial property curb appeal?

While you can spend a ton of cash building highly sophisticated landscaping, there are several things you can do much more cost-effectively. No matter what you do, increasing the curb appeal of your business will have a significant impact, potentially leading to an increase in customer visits, increasing the property value, and helping to establish your brand as high-quality. Most of all, a great first impression will help you stand out among your competition.

Landscaping is the first thing you should assess and consider improving. The area surrounding your commercial property needs to be neat, tidy, and well cared for. A professional maintenance service like those offered by Hidden Creek Landscaping will make sure that your property is well-maintained, allowing you to concentrate on your customers and building your business instead of worrying about mowing the lawn or raking leaves. Your customers and clients will notice the attention to detail that you’ve given. After all, if your property looks great, your product must be just as good.

Another thing to consider is pressure washing. The walls of commercial buildings and their surrounding surfaces often collect a lot of dirt and debris. The accumulation of this dirt and debris can make the property appear dirty and dingy. Giving the walls and other surfaces a good, deep cleaning will often go a long way in increasing the curb appeal of your commercial property.

What are some more permanent things I can do to improve curb appeal?

There are some more permanent things you may consider to increase the curb appeal of your commercial property. They can be a bit more expensive, but the result could be a significant increase in business.

Signage is one such critical thing to consider. Well-designed signage not only directs customers to your business but is the first impression many will have of your brand. If your current sign is broken, dirty, faded, or otherwise worn out, potential customers may think that you don’t care enough about your business to keep it looking good.

Like signage, lighting is critical, especially if your business operates after dark. Having good lighting on pathways and highlighting your building creates a safe and inviting place for your customers, letting them know that you want them to come in.

Alongside lighting, assessing the condition of pathways and sidewalks surrounding your commercial property is not just a question of good appearances, but also a question of safety. If the walkways are discolored or damaged, they can be unappealing to customers, and if the cracks or breaks are big enough, they could be a safety hazard as well. Improving the pathways and sidewalks around your commercial property will lead new customers right to your door.

How do I know what will have the biggest impact on improving the curb appeal of my commercial property?

When it comes to figuring out what projects will have the most impact on improving the curb appeal of your commercial property, it’s best to consult with design experts like those at Hidden Creek Landscaping. They’ll know exactly what projects will do the most good while staying well within your budget.

While many people think of curb appeal as being a concern only for residential properties, owners of commercial properties need to think of it as well. It makes sense – when you visit a business and the exterior looks dingy, the parking lot is a mess, and the sidewalks are overgrown and treacherous, you may not want to continue doing business with that company. By putting a little focus on curb appeal, you’ll make sure that your customers and clients not only have a good impression of your business but feel safe and invited to return again and again!

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5 Things To Remember When Mowing Your Lawn

A seemingly simple task, how you mow your lawn can make a critical difference in the overall look and health of your lawn. Believe it or not, there are certain techniques and practices that you should follow to make sure that you are properly taking care of your property. After all, first impressions are most important, and how your lawn looks to visitors and potential buyers is the first look they’ll have when visiting or appraising your home.

While there is a lot to think about, we’re here to help! The expert landscape designers and maintenance specialists here at Hidden Creek Landscaping know exactly how to create the lawn perfect for your needs, and how to keep it in the most pristine shape possible. Learn more about how we can help maintain your investment.

There are several things you should keep front of mind when taking care of your lawn. We’ll discuss our top five recommendations below.

1. Maintaining the proper mowing height helps to prevent disease.

We often take for granted the health of our grass, cutting it too short or letting it go too long. Setting your mower deck at the appropriate height is probably the most important thing you can do when it comes to mowing your lawn. Set it too low, and you run the risk of creating bald spots on slight rises and dips, too long, and you run the risk of encouraging weed growth and exposing your lawn to pests and disease. Mowing your lawn at the right height helps to keep your lawn from yellowing and stress-related diseases.

In general, you’ll want to never cut more than 1/3 of the blade of grass at any one time. During heavy growing seasons like spring, this could mean that you’ll need to mow your lawn twice a week to keep it at the proper height of 3-4”. Creating a perfect lawn requires a lot of work and patience!

2. Keep your blade nice and sharp!

We’ve all picked up a pair of scissors at some point that was too dull. Remember how they tore the paper you were trying to cut, leaving the edges jagged and the pages torn? The same thing could be happening to your grass if your mower blade isn’t kept nice and sharp! Dull tools can ruin any project, whether its arts and crafts, or creating a picture-perfect lawn.

Dull mower blades will rip and tear your blades of grass, leading to yellowed tips and stressed turf. This in turn could lead to disease, even killing off large sections of your lawn. We recommend that you sharpen your blades every 8-10 cuttings to keep them sharp and safe for your lawn.

3. Keep the right frequency.

Tied closely to the need for mowing at the appropriate height, keeping watch over your grass during the growing season is critical in maintaining lawn health. Experts recommend that you grow your grass to between 3-4” to keep it at its healthiest. Since you never want to cut off more than 1/3 of the blade, this could mean that you are mowing twice a week during the spring, but only every other week or even less during the winter.

4. Change is a good thing!

It’s very easy to get stuck in the same routine when mowing your lawn. Starting in the same place every time, following the same pattern as you go. While seeing a freshly mowed lawn with its straight lines can be appealing, it can have a negative effect on your lawn. The patterns you see are caused by the “uptake” force as the mower moves over the grass. On the reverse, it also forces the grass to “lay” down in a given direction. This causes the sun to hit the blades of grass in different ways, which could create permanent stripes on your lawn.

You want your grass to enjoy the sunshine on all sides! To achieve this you’ll want to mix up your mowing pattern, allowing the grass to lay in different directions each time. Plus it could be fun to come up with new patterns to show off your healthy lawn!

5. Let it dry!

Last but most importantly, never ever mow your lawn when it’s wet! The clippings can stick together, become tangled, and clump in your mower’s catcher. They also get stuck on the remaining blades, preventing the healthy grass from getting their needed sunshine. Mowing a wet lawn is also very hard on the soil. The heavy mower on wet earth can lead to soil compaction, which leads to thinning, unhealthy grass. Pay attention to the weather and you’ll make your job that much easier in the long run!

Let us help!

Keeping your lawn healthy and beautiful is a lot to think about! The good news is that we’re here to help. Contact us today to learn how Hidden Creek Landscaping can make your life easier.

We’ll work hard on your lawn so you don’t have to!

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How Often Should I Mow My Lawn?

Everyone loves to see their lawn well-manicured and in stunning shape. A great lawn sets the stage for your home or business and gives your property the perfect backdrop for picturesque landscaping. It gives you the outdoor space you need to entertain or relax, a place for the kids to play on a summer day, or for you to relax in the shade.

According to some research, lawn quality is one of the first impressions a buyer will comment on when previewing a property to purchase, so a well-kept lawn is proven to increase property values.

Creating and maintaining a lush, healthy lawn requires adhering to a regular schedule of maintenance and using the proper techniques to help combat weeds, bald patches, and discoloration.

How often you should mow and other maintenance tasks you should undertake depends on the nature of your property and the vision you have for your outdoor space. Give us a call at Hidden Creek Landscaping for a free consultation. We’d love to help you plan, create, and maintain a beautiful lawn.

How do climate and season affect lawn maintenance?

Climate and season are two of the most critical factors to consider when it comes to your lawn maintenance schedule. The rate of growth of your grass depends on season and temperature, so if it’s warmer, you’ll need to mow the lawn more frequently, while during colder times your grass is more dormant, so slower to grow.

This means that you’ll want to adjust your mowing schedule to reflect the time of year. As you move into fall and temperatures start to drop, you can ease off of more frequent mowing. Then, when the grass stops growing over winter you can take a break, until growth picks back up in the spring and you need to get back out there on a more frequent schedule!

Does lawn height play a role?

Your desired lawn height is what to pay attention to when getting started for the season. If you cut the grass too short, it can lead to diminished root ability to absorb water and nutrients. This ultimately leads to discolored, unhealthy grass. On the flip side, allowing grass to grow too long leaves your lawn looking ragged and messy, also allowing weeds to grow.

In general, the target for cutting your grass is when it reaches 3-4 inches in height. This range is considered the optimal point at which cutting the grass doesn’t harm its growth, while maintaining an appealing appearance.

What is the 1/3 rule?

The 1/3 rule is the golden measure when it comes to cutting overgrown grass. If your lawn becomes overgrown, it is always tempting to go all in, cutting it down to size at once. This is an absolutely terrible idea! Cutting more than 1/3 off the top of the grass can shock it and cause severe discoloration. You are basically robbing the grass of essential nutrients, causing it to become malnourished and unhealthy.

It also causes the lower, remaining parts of the grass to become weather-beaten, particularly if the big cut is the first of the season. Tall grass provides shelter from direct sunlight for the base, so suddenly exposing the lower parts of the blade of grass essentially causes it to become sunburned.

Also, once you’ve started your regular seasonal cycle of lawn maintenance, you can leave the grass clippings in place on the grass. The clippings act as fertilizer, providing essential nutrients like nitrogen. Cutting too much off the grass causes excess clippings that lay on top of and suffocate your lawn. The resulting clumping is not only unappealing, it will kill your grass in patches. Removing no more than 1/3 at any time is the only way to prevent this terrible result!

The short answer is that if your grass is significantly overgrown, you’ll need to cut the grass more often, removing only 1/3 at a time until you reach the height that you prefer.

So, how often should I mow?

There are a couple of other factors that come into consideration when determining how often you need to mow. The amount of sunlight could encourage slower or faster growth, and the type of grass you have also plays a significant factor. You’ll also need to adjust your schedule if the season is particularly rainy or dry. More water means that the grass will grow more quickly and require more frequent mowing, while drier days means you don’t need to get out there as often.

The good news is that we are here to help! Our commitment is to help you grow and maintain a happy and healthy yard. We’ll work directly with you to not only design a perfect yard, but to help you keep it in tip-top shape. Learn more about the design and maintenance services we provide. Let us take the guesswork out of how best to keep your space well-manicured and looking good.

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