5 Tips On How Landscaping Can Increase Your Home’s Value

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 2.12.31 PMGood landscaping is an excellent way to heighten home value. Maintaining your yard increases curb appeal and highlights the best your property offers. Here are some simple tips that will boost the appeal of your exterior space.

1. Stick with a Plan. Some homeowners clutter their yards with many plants. Although different varieties keep things interesting, plants should maintain a uniform appearance. The perfect look will blend shrubs and perennials.

2. Match Home Style with Landscaping. To maximize property value, landscaping must mesh with a home’s style. For example, when you own a Victorian home, it is wise to create a country landscape that has old-fashioned flair. A more contemporary house may look better with an informal garden filled with bountiful greenery.

3. Trees. Although many homeowners concentrate on garden beds, lawns, and flowers, it is wise to consider planting trees. Real estate studies show neighborhoods lined with trees have higher sale prices. Since trees provide clean air, they attract environmentally conscious buyers. Also, the shade of trees creates a cooler environment where individuals can enjoy sitting outdoors on their porches or patios.

4. Think Four Seasons. Your home should be filled with plants that bloom at various times of the year. This keeps the property looking fresh though season changes. No matter when you decide to sell, your home will have landscaping appeal. It is easy to plant a mixture of spring bulbs, summer annuals, brightly colored fall bushes, and winter evergreens.

5. Maintain the Lawn. Nothing increases home value like a maintained lawn. Besides having a green and vibrant color, grass should be neatly edged. This gives the appearance of no weeds and a clean yard.

Investing in a home’s landscape will provide a large return on investment. For more tips, consult with the experts at Hidden Creek Landscaping. This business will provide you with a custom design that complements your property and enhances its appeal.

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5 Important Steps For Spring Lawn Care

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 3.01.58 PMSpring is finally here, the grass is turning green and the trees are budding. Even though the grass is not due to be mowed quite yet, there are still important things that should be done to ensure a lush, green, weed-free lawn. The following are five important tips every homeowner should take into account for spring lawn care.

One step that may need to be taken is getting the lawn power raked. If the lawn shows lots of dead, dry grass or has sparse areas that will need patching with grass seed, it is a good idea to power rake first. Power raking removes dead grass, allowing light, air, and water to reach the live grass.

After the long winter, most lawns need aeration. This process creates holes in the lawn that allow life-giving oxygen to reach the roots of the grass. The resulting plugs are left on the ground to decompose, adding rich nutrients to the lawn. Most local lawn care companies will perform aeration for a reasonable price. The lawn should be watered a day or two before the aeration is scheduled, but should not be soaking wet.

It is also imperative to apply a good fertilizer. If the lawn is prone to dandelions, thistles, or other weeds, a weed and feed might be more appropriate. This step should be done after the aeration and/or power rake for best results. Also, the homeowner should make sure that if there is a sprinkler system installed that this is prepared for spring, as watering should occur after fertilization, if it is not required prior to aeration.

The homeowner should check the landscaping for anything that needs repair or replacement. Landscaping fabric can develop tears or rips and need replacement. Waiting too long to perform repairs can cause weeds to become established. Other landscaping items such as timbers, rock, and mulch should be inspected and a determination made on whether or not replacement or replenishment is needed. A homeowner should also determine whether or not to install certain items, such as a water feature. Doing these things now and scheduling any necessary appointments with a lawn care professional will result in a summer free of lawn care worries.

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The Benefits of Working With Hidden Creek Landscaping

1889014_10152417886527083_3083518542988586641_oOur creative experts at Hidden Creek Landscaping can bring luxury to any landscape. We offer luxury services that can transform your yard into a breathtakingly deluxe five-star resort. Hiring our professionals will enable you to collaborate with us to come up with professional landscaping designs that combine recreation and relaxation. The combination of your ideas and our tips will make the outdoors of your home as alluring and luxurious as the indoors.

We provide a balance of aesthetics and functionality that allows us to seamlessly integrate each element into your high end landscaping design. In addition, we will use the natural surroundings of your property as a guide for our design as this will enhance the overall look and feel of the space.

Your yard will also flawlessly harmonize with the architectural style of your home, making it an enticing destination spot for entertaining members of your household, relatives and friends. Regardless of the variety of high-end features you would like to incorporate into your yard, we will take your wildest visualizations and transform them in remarkable reality.

Benefits of Professional Luxury Landscaping

Over the years, we have provided luxurious landscaping design services to our customers. This has substantially helped to increase the property value, while making the spaces a lot more functional and visually appealing. This will make your yard a much more inviting and friendly space.

In addition, you will get great use out of the property. Our experts will closely listen to all of your ideas and ensure all your specifications are included. For the active family, we can create a tennis court, swimming pool, basketball court or any other feature that will encourage physical activity. We can also create safe play areas for families with young children.

Luxury Lighting

Landscape lighting is among the most essential elements of high end landscaping designs. These lights contribute to making the property safer and they also enable the use of the property well into the night. We will ensure the lights are properly placed and create lighting effects to enhance the look and function of the space. Our lighting solutions include:

• Moon lighting
• Path lighting
• Up-lighting
• Silhouetting

Allow the creative minds at Hidden Creek Landscaping to satisfy all your needs for professional landscaping designs. We will create a beautiful backyard oasis that will be the envy of your neighborhood and a space in which loved ones can gather to eat, drink and be merry.

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Patio Designs For The Cooler Season

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 10.41.27 AMThe weather has turned colder so it’s time to cocoon inside the house around the fire. That’s not necessarily true for many Ohio homeowners who are increasingly using their backyard entertainment areas during three out of four seasons. As long as there isn’t a foot of snow on the ground, there’s no reason that you can’t have a cookout and enjoy your gorgeous outdoor space in the colder months. All it takes are some creative patio design tips to keep you and your guests warm and toasty.

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

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

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

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

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

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Top Patio Design Trends For Autumn 2015

10655427_10152465656102083_6763791038800108416_oPatio lovers can transform the look of their patio design this fall by following the hottest trends. Taking care of your home’s landsape design in the autumn will allow you to enjoy it throughout the season. Here are some of the top trends for autumn 2015 that you can incorporate in your outdoor living space this year:

Warm and Welcoming Harvest Decor

Bring the colors and textures of the season right onto your patio by decorating with features like corn stalks, bales of hay, colorful pumpkins and gourds, and beautiful hardy mums. Perhaps nothing says fall harvest more than a big pumpkin, so don’t be afraid to choose a large one to feature, surrounded by smaller ones. These natural elements will help to remind you of the season every time you step outside, no matter what the temperature feels like.

Simple Comforts

Since you likely won’t be doing as much outdoor entertaining in the fall as you would in the summer, keep the furnishings to a minimum. Enjoy cozy and simple comforts like wooden rocking chairs or a sturdy porch swing or glider. If possible, store some of the other furniture pieces away in preparation for the winter. A dining table is a great piece to keep out if you plan on serving up some warm fall comfort foods. Make the fire pit front and center as a place to gather around for warmth and relaxation. Add a few flannel blankets and toss some extra pillows around, too.

Set the Mood with Lighting

Since the sun sets earlier in the fall, you’ll need good lighting to enjoy the space in the autumn. Focus on soft, warm lights, like candles in lanterns, and strands of white twinkle lights. Choose a dimmer bulb for light fixtures so that you can take in that warm glow of a crisp fall evening. Lighting will really help to set the mood and create a cozy and inviting outdoor space that your family will love.

Patio lovers can still soak up every minute of the beautiful weather in the fall. It’s the perfect time to make your outdoor living space warm, comfortable, and cozy.

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