Most homeowners know to get your yard ready for spring after a long winter, or the need to winterize your property before temperatures drop. But did you know that your backyard deserves attention before heading into the hot days of summer as well?
To get your home ready for friends and family, here are a few tips:
1.Tackle Plants and Shrubs
It’s always a good decision to prune shrubs, divide overgrown plants and prune bushes. Many overgrown plants can be dug up and divided in half before replanting. A good landscaping firm will be able to assess plantings and cut out any dead plantings, as well as assessing the roots and health of trees after a rainy spring season.
2. Fertilize Your Lawn
Aeration is key in the hot summer months. June and July are the perfect times to apply fertilizer. Be careful not to overdo it, as this can contribute to excessive growth without benefitting the lawn’s root system. Cut your lawn to no more than a third of its height each pass through. Although timing may not always be ideal, waiting for your grass to dry out before cutting is the best way to mow your lawn, as it reduces large clumps of moist clippings.
3. Assess and Repair Water Features
If you have a pool, spa or water fountain, have a certified professional inspect it to ensure it is sealed properly and there is no apparent damage. You don’t want an undiagnosed leak to wreak havoc to your property or cause a major water bill. A quick inspection can save you time, money and hassle down the road.
4. Clean Your Patio and Stonework
Long Northeastern winters can cause staining, water marks and debris to form on your outdoor decking and patio. A quick powerwash will make a major difference in the way your home looks. Cleaning your patio may also reveal if you need to address any loss of mortar between stones or chipped areas.
5. Add Some Lighting
Update your backyard lighting to make your home a showpiece. Landscape lighting can bring a summery feel to your backyard, while adding a layer of safety by illuminating a path or walkway. A well-lit yard helps extend entertaining with guests for hours to come.
6. Start Planning for Next Year
It’s never too late to begin planning a project for next year! Summer is the ideal time to consider your entertaining needs, create a wish list, meet with a landscape design team and begin developing a plan for next year. Start now and you’ll be enjoying the backyard of your dreams for seasons to come.
Natural stone is one of the smartest choices you can make for your home. The advantages of stone make it ideal for many homeowners looking to renovate or update the look of their property. As a result of its versatility and visual appeal, it has become one of the most popular and frequently used materials in landscaping.
An investment in natural stone will last a lifetime. There are many areas where it can be used to upgrade your landscape:
Outdoor Living Spaces
Stone is the natural choice for bars, fire pits and grilling areas. Its advantages over other materials include being durable, easy to clean and fire-resistant. Natural stone is versatile enough to look either rustic or modern, allowing it to blend seamlessly with its surroundings. It’s also one of the most attractive enhancements you can make to your home.
Decorative Walkways and Steps
Welcome guests to your home with style. Masonry contractors are capable of creating lasting works of art. Because natural stone can be cut as desired, the list of options is endless. From curving walkways to rough hewn steps, natural stone allows you to achieve the look you’ve always wanted.
Fire and Water
Natural stone can be used for pool decks and is a mainstay in many fountains, spas and even ponds. These gorgeous accents can be used to create decorative walls that blend seamlessly with the landscape and add visual appeal to water. Natural stone seating areas elevate the experience of custom pools and hot tubs.
But stone isn’t just meant for water. Natural stone fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are extremely popular, increasing the use and functionality of outdoor space. Build an outdoor fire pit now and extend the enjoyment of your patio into fall.
A Variety of Uses
Natural stone is unique. As one of the few building materials naturally found in nearly every shape and size, it can also be cut into even more variations. It comes in a range of colors and can be painted to coordinate with the elements. Stone also pairs well with brick, pavement and concrete. From a cost perspective, natural stone is a reasonably priced, readily available landscape material that’s versatile to use in nearly every outdoor project.
The Test of Time
The art of modern masonry requires accomplished workers with years of experience. It’s important to find a company that pairs expert artisans with practical knowledge. Make sure to choose a firm with a diverse portfolio of previous projects. The right company will offer skilled work at a reasonable price, backed by a solid warranty.
The Esposito family has been installing high quality stone walkways, patios and more for over 20 years. Their employees have passed their knowledge of masonry down from generation to generation, making them one of the most experienced firms in the Brandywine Valley. To schedule a consultation with DiSabatino Landscaping, call (302) 764-0408.
After this long brutal winter, don’t you deserve to make the most of your summer? Enjoy every moment without ever leaving your own backyard. If you start planning now, you will soon be enjoying every sunny day with a custom pool retreat.
The beauty of a custom pool is that it’s built to fulfill your needs. Whether you want to relax with a small, private hideaway or entertain friends and family with an elaborate backyard resort, a pool designer can match your wishes. Countless options and customized features ensure your pool will reflect your personality and enhance the beauty of your home.
Building Within a Budget
Consider how much you’re willing to spend. Professional pool companies are well equipped to work within a budget, ensuring your needs are met without breaking the bank. Most pool designers will suggest variations to allow for phasing, creating a multi-layered plan that makes room for potential features. This allows you to enjoy your pool now and add enhancements in the future.
Entertain in Style
How will you be using your custom pool? If you like throwing large bashes, you might think about adding a swim up bar with a grotto or waterfall. If you want a place to relax and unwind after a long week of work, you may want to install a hot tub. Your pool professional will work with you and your family to create an outdoor environment that accommodates your vision and lifestyle.
Highlight Your Home
The best pools are incorporated into the existing landscape. Features such as stone walkways, pergolas or decorative garden borders will enhance your pool’s setting. The right pool professional will design your custom pool so that it fits seamlessly into your backyard. Additional features such as outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and artistic lighting can be added to enhance your space.
Make the Right Choice
The first and most important decision when building a pool is picking the right firm. Use a pool expert with extensive experience building custom pools. Review their portfolio of projects. A montage of past work will give you an idea of their strengths and also spark ideas for you and your own backyard. The right firm will schedule an initial consultation, evaluate your landscape, and come up with a custom design that incorporates your vision and exceeds your expectations. They will also be able to back their work with a strong warranty.
Trust Delaware Valley’s premier pool and landscape design firm, DiSabatino Landscaping. DiSabatino has been blending artistic vision and superior craftsmanship for more than 20 years. To schedule an initial consultation, call (610) 361-0595 in PA or (302) 764-0408 in DE. You can also view their custom pool portfolio online at DiSabatinoInc.com.