Essential Tips for Gardening In The Heat Of The Summer

Lawn care and gardening in the heat of summer Hidden Creek Landscaping July 2017Summer lawn care can be tougher to manage than other times of the year. The high temperatures can take a toll on your lawn and plants, leaving grass looking dry and yellowed, not to mention wilted flowers. Here are some tips for gardening during the heat of summer:

Water often

Keep grass green and flowers well watered during hot stretches. Check the forecast frequently to see if rain is expected. If it isn’t, be sure to water your lawn and plants in the early morning. It’s best to water in the mornings rather than the evenings. Try to avoid watering during the peak of the afternoon heat, since it will be harder for the lawn and plants to absorb the moisture.

Choose the right plants and the locations

When planting shrubs, flowers, and vegetables and herbs, it’s important to choose the right areas of your property. Consider the amount of sun that each area receives during the day. Aim for morning sunshine and afternoon shade for vegetable gardens. Check the requirements for each plant specifically. Some require full sun, while others need just a few hours.

Stay on top of weeding

Believe it or not, some weeds actually thrive in the sun and heat. In the evenings, you’ll want to check over your flower beds and keep up with weed removal. Try to pull them out by the root. Use a weed killer when necessary to tackle tough weeds.
Heat and humidity can cause stress for your lawn and garden. Proper care and upkeep throughout the summer months are critical to maintaining the beauty of your property. If you want a landscaping design that will look great throughout the summer without a lot of effort, consider working with a design-build firm. At Hidden Creek Landscaping, we will be able to come up with the best plan for your property, ensuring ideal care for every season.

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Simple Ways To Refresh Your Patio

Simple Ways To Refresh Your Patio Hidden Creek Landscaping July 2017A backyard patio can be the perfect place for summer entertaining. It’s a great spot to relax, entertain, and just enjoy the outdoors right at home. Here are some simple ideas for homeowners to spruce up the patio this summer:

Power wash & paint

Don’t underestimate the power of a good cleaning. Use a power washer to scrub your patio and remove built up dirt. You may be perfectly pleased with the refreshed look or you may decide to take it a step further and give the patio a whole new look. You can paint a concrete patio to give it style. Choose a neutral color or go for something bold. Painting can give a great fresh look to your outdoor living space.

Add landscaping

Beautify the area surrounding the patio with landscaping. Consider adding attractive elements like flowers, shrubs, a rock garden, and even a fountain next to the patio. Use potted plants to add lush greenery and vibrant flowers. Even if you’re working with a small space, simple changes to your landscaping design can instantly enhance the entire area.

Functional furnishings

An empty, bare patio certainly isn’t very inviting. Make it comfortable and stylish with high quality outdoor furnishings. An outdoor sofa or sectional are ideal for creating a relaxing place to sit and unwind. Add a dining table to enjoy meals outside and to host get-togethers with friends and family. Don’t crowd the entire patio with furniture, but be selective about which items you want. Transform the space into a cozy spot to spend time.

Refresh your patio with just a few of these simple changes. Clean it, paint it, add landscaping, and set up some comfortable furniture. You’ll quickly create an outdoor living space that you’ll love and use throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons. For help with this, contact Hidden Creek Landscaping today.

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Irrigation Systems: The Key To A Summer Backyard

Irrigation Systems for Summer Hidden Creek Landscaping June 2017Getting your yard looking like a million bucks doesn’t cost that much. In fact, with minimal effort and regular application, you can maintain a pristine landscape. There’s no disputing, however, that the task of watering can be quite demanding, both physically, and financially. Like us, plants require water. Without it they wilt and loose their natural splendor. Irrigation is man’s century old solution to all those hurdles. Simply turn the valve and everything takes care of itself.

In terms of cost, setting up an irrigation system is expensive. On the flip-side, however, it’s only a once off cost and you’re set for many years.

Drill A Borehole: Say Goodbye To Municipal Water

Municipal water, though easily accessible, is generally expensive to say the least, and it’s unreliable at times. So what is your best option? Do yourself a favor and drill a borehole! This allows you to have a constant supply of free, clean water, which is a wise move now that drought is a perennial problem in most parts of the world. With your borehole drilled and the piping connected to the mains, installing your irrigation system remains.

 
Lawn Maintenance: Let Out The Sprinklers!

Invest in an automated sprinkler system. As for your flower beds, there are vertical sprayers that can be mounted at strategic positions amongst the flowers. Again, turn the tap and your yard will be engulfed in a cool mist that is is also perfect for any nearby vegetation. It’s really about taking plant care seriously. The other option homeowners have is drip irrigation. Preferable for fruit trees, vegetable gardens and bushes, drip irrigation is sustainable in the dry months when every drop counts.

Yes, irrigation systems are hefty to install, but you’ll certainly have the freedom to express your landscaping ideas without limitation. Consult with Hidden Creek Landscaping to design an irrigation system best fit for your yard.

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Best Ways To Keep Your Yard Healthy This Summer

Keep Your Yard Healthy During The Summer Hidden Creek Landscaping June 2017Homeowners know that the summer heat can lead to unsightly damage to landscaping. Long, dry days can leave your front and backyard in rough shape if you don’t take steps to protect it. Here are some smart lawn care tips to keep in mind this summer:

Water often

To keep your grass looking green and healthy, you need to water it frequently. The best time to do so is in the morning, before the day’s high temperature hits. Grass needs a good amount of moisture, especially during heatwaves and stretches of dry weather. Be sure to really soak the grass, no matter how short it is. Grass needs as much as an inch of water each week in order to stay in great shape.

Tackle weeds

Weeds and crabgrass can instantly ruin the look of an otherwise nice lawn. Use the proper herbicide to tackle the types of weeds you see growing during the summer. You may find that once you’ve killed the weeds, you’re left with some bare spots. Use seeds and fertilizer to fill in those patches.

Proper mowing

In the summer, you don’t want to mow your grass too short or else you run the risk of scorching it in the hot sun. Keep it longer to promote healthier growth. You’ll likely find that you need to mow more frequently in the summer, especially if you’re keeping it well watered. Longer blades of grass allow for longer roots, helping it get established and protecting the crown from the sun.

Be mindful

Finally, be mindful of items left out on the lawn, such as inflatable swimming pools and outdoor toys and equipment. Leaving items sitting out on the lawn for days on end can damage the grass underneath. Pick these items up and remove them from the lawn to ensure that the grass stays green and lush all summer long.

For additional summer care tips, contact the experts at Hidden Creek Landscaping.

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Tips To Save For Landscaping Upgrades

Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 1.33.52 PMCreating a beautiful landscape can be done over time, especially if you are restricted by budget. There is no rule that dictates you have to put all desired elements in your landscape all at once. In fact, many breath-taking landscapes you see today took a while to come together. Below are some saving tips you can use to upgrade your landscaping:

Plant Research:

 Carrying out research is the best way to get started on any landscaping project. Formulate a plan that covers things like plants and flowers, hardscaping and lighting. Regarding flowers, to get the best results, choose the ones you want to incorporate into the landscape. After which, you can visit a few nurseries, tell them what you are trying to achieve and do a cost analysis to get an idea of what it will cost to get those plant into the landscaping design. Price out what you can comfortably fit into your budget at this time.

Plants are expensive and can take up a big chunk of your budget; therefore, it is important to spend a lot of time thinking about you options in the planning stage of the project. Although mature plants bring instant beauty to the space, buying a smaller version can save you money. Additionally, there are a number of nurseries that have sales on plants. Taking advantage of these sales is a great way to save for your landscape upgrade.

Getting Professional Assistance:

While this might not be automatically seen as a cost-saving tip, hiring a professional could save you from making expensive mistakes that could haunt you for years.

Creating the outdoor space of your dreams could take a while; however, there is no rush and you can work at your own pace. Saving and adding elements over time is a great way to go when creating your landscaping paradise on a budget.

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Spring Landscaping Tips To Kickstart The Season

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 10.02.21 AMWinter is long gone. The snow has melted and your yard looks like a tornado swept through it. Sprucing up your yard for the upcoming spring season should therefore top your list of priorities if you derive immense satisfaction from having serene surroundings. With a myriad of ideas causing a frenzy in your mind, that can prove to be impossible. However, there’s no need to panic though as all it takes is a few spring landscaping care tips and you’ll be well on your way to creating your ultimate spring paradise. You’ll be surprised by what can be achieved when you blend simple creativity with a little structure.

Compiling a ‘to do’ checklist of chores for the season is important. Consider:

Dealing with weeds once and for all. There’s no better time to apply herbicides to your lawn than now. Since weeds are a constant nag, getting rid of weeds at the beginning of the season ensures that you can then focus on chores that demand more regular attention. Whilst you’re at it, this is the perfect time to be filing up all those bare patches in your lawn. For the sake of uniformity, pluck overgrown lawn -together with the roots- and fill the blank spaces. If you have the same lawn seed that can work as well.

Killing those parasitic pesticides. Pests not only feed off plants but they can spread very fast and become a perennial problem. Check plants regularly for any unusual coloring or foliage damage. Once you’ve spotted a few recurring pests be sure to take these samples to a gardening centre for a diagnosis.

Experimenting with an indoor garden. Bring plants indoors to make your indoors airy, vibrant and colorful. You’ll want to incorporate evergreen climbers and vines as they don’t shed their leaves often.

Spring is a fun time of the year. It is a time to go out and enjoy the sun, and what better way to do that than by preparing for it in advance.

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Tips For A Spring Garden Makeover In 2017

shutterstock_129376139You don’t need to spend a lot of time and money to give your lawn and garden a great new look this spring. Adding the right plants to complement your property will spruce up your home’s curb appeal. Here are some tips to help guide you through a makeover of your spring landscaping in 2017:

Add color and texture. If your garden is lacking color and texture, pick a variety of flowers and shrubs that will vibrancy. Plan in advance of planting to be sure that you get a good mix of plant life. Choose plants that are well suited to each area, as some plants need more hours of sunlight than others. With so many lush and beautiful flowers to consider, it shouldn’t be hard to find the right ones for your garden makeover.

Put in a patio. Putting in a patio is a great way to add outdoor living space and beautify your home’s exterior. A patio can be functional and decorative at the same time. If space allows, consider adding an outdoor kitchen or bar area. You can decorate with potted plants and do landscaping around the patio to create a cohesive look with your lawn.

Add focal features. Consider adding focal features like a pond, water fountain, or a gazebo. They can bring an elegant look to the garden, and will help to fill in a larger space that may be lacking in visual details. If you’re working with a smaller space, select just one feature to focus on. A bench is another great option so that you can relax and enjoy your garden when the weather is right.

If your garden is lacking in color, texture, and interesting elements, it’s time for a makeover. Keep these tips in mind when tackling spring landscaping this year.

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5 Main Steps To Prepare For Spring Landscaping

IMG_2262Before you know it, the refreshing season of spring will be here. Now is the perfect opportunity to start getting your flowerbeds, gardens and lawns ready for spring. Below are 5 important steps to prepare for spring landscaping:

  1. Do an Evaluation. Take a walk around your property to evaluate the condition of the green areas. The winter weather has caused stress and might have even damaged your trees, plants and bushes. However, with a bit of care, it is highly likely that they can thrive again. An evaluation will give you a great idea about what is required.
  2. Prune Your Leafless Trees. Using this time of year to prune you leafless trees is always a great idea. This is largely because it lowers the likelihood of certain tree diseases spreading across your property. In addition, this prevents huge pile up of snow from damaging the structural integrity of the tree.
  3. Protect Your Lawn From Weeds. Preventing weeds from surfacing in the first place is the best method of reducing or eliminating these nuisances. To do so, pre-emergent weed control is required. However, for this to be effective, timing is of utmost importance as soil temperature plays a major role in the success of this strategy.
  4. Renovate Your Lawns. If your lawn was damaged by the effects of the winter weather, now is the perfect time for some well-needed renovation. To restore its gorgeous appearance, it could become necessary for you to fix damages by seeding the grass. This type of application should be carefully carried out.
  5. Do a Status Check on Your Shrubs.

The emerging season provides the perfect opportunity to access the look and health of your shrubs. Examine them for water damage and determine if the damage is repairable. If you are installing new shrubs, do so before adding mulch as this will maintain bed consistency.

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Outdoor Living Trends In 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tips For Cooking In The Outdoor Kitchen of Your Dreams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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