Why More are Being Built Each Year
Fireplaces and fire pits are one of the most popular outdoor projects today, and it’s not easy to see why. What could be more enjoyable than stepping outside to enjoy the comfort and relaxation of your own backyard?
A Gathering Place
As the warm summer nights make way for cooler fall temps, custom fireplaces and fire pits significantly extend your time outside. Fire warms the air and keeps bugs away to help when hosting guests and family members. They also create a gathering spot for parties and events.
From simple wood-burning fire pits to natural gas or propane with natural stone accents, the design of each project can be adapted to fit every yard. Esposito Masonry team members have been building elegant, inspiring outdoor fireplaces that last for decades. They carry a wide range of stone colors, shapes and styles.
Not only do outdoor fire pits allow guests to enjoy outdoor entertaining well into colder months, but they’re also just as useful in the summer season too. And they’re not just for roasting marshmallows. Outdoor fireplaces can double as outdoor barbecues in a pinch as well.
Whether you’d adding a fire pit to an outdoor patio or building a fireplace as a focal point for your yard, make sure to consult with a professional landscape firm to ensure safety measures are maintained. Check out DiSabatino’s portfolio of projects here.
As more people begin opening their homes for special events and outdoor entertaining, requests for pool installs have been surging. Nothing makes a successful party like a pool for guests to enjoy.
Fiberglass pools have been increasing in popularity due to their versatility and cost. They can be tailored to fit any shape or style, such as a lap or plunge pool, and last 25 years or more. Since fiberglass pools are built off-site and installed, they may also have a shorter wait time than concrete pools.
Before deciding on a fiberglass pool, there are a few options to consider:
Make sure you have the right yard for a pool. Depending on the terrain, you may need to move heavy rocks or install backfill to level your yard. Trees and plants may also need to be moved. Consider the size of your yard to decide on the shape and dimensions of your pool. A small pool for dipping can be just as enjoyable as a large pool/spa combo.
While fiberglass pools can withstand cold and icy temperatures well, they shouldn’t be installed in wintertime. Plan to have your pool built and installed from early spring to late fall. If you begin the project now, your pool should be ready to use by summer.
There are a wide range of ways to tailor your pool, from adding slides to waterfalls and spas. Consider how you like to entertain and how you’d like to use your pool. If you have younger children, a zero-entry pool helps them enter the water. For those interested in outdoor exercise, a lap or plunge design could be the best usage of your pool.
Reassess Your Outdoor Space
The addition of a pool may have you reconsidering how your backyard is laid out. Now is the perfect time to add an outdoor entertaining space, paver patio or screened-in porch. A large outdoor landscaping firm will be able to design a patio, deck or outdoor kitchen to create a seamless, integrated look for your home.
Top Tips to Keep Your Plants Healthy When You’re Away
August is one of the busiest months for travel, which means many of us will be leaving our homes for extended periods of time. The last full month of summer is also one of the hottest, with direct sunlight beating down on your new flower garden all day long.
If you’re worried about how to keep your flowers and shrubs alive when you’re gone, there are a few tricks from the landscaping experts at DiSabatino Landscaping on optimal plant survival:
Water Rope Wicking
Take a bucket and cut a piece of clothesline that’s long enough to reach from the bottom of the bucket to the bottom of your plant’s pot. Fill the bucket with water. Making sure the clothesline touches the bottom of the bucket, run the rope to the base of the plant near the roots. The rope will slowly water the plant, keeping a consistent moisture level for more than a week.
Globe Watering System
Similar to the painted glass globes, you can make a DIY version with a plastic bottle that’s simple and inexpensive. Clean and dry a plastic water bottle. The size depends on the plant – use a plastic water bottle for small to medium plants, and a liter bottle for larger plants. Drill a few drainage holes in the bottom. Fill the bottle with water, turn it over and plunge it into the first few inches of soil. The water will slowly leak out as you’re away.
Give Your Plants a Bath
If your plants have good drainage, simply fill your bathtub with a few inches of water and lay a towel down to prevent scratching. Rest your plants in there for up to a week. If you only have a few plants, you can also use the kitchen sink.
Is there a teenager in your neighborhood? A recently retired friend? Ask them to come by and water the plants every other day. You can pay them or reward them with a gift card. It’s also a nice gesture to move all the plants together so they can water them more easily.
All of these tips will help keep your plants and flowers healthy when you get back from your vacation. And don’t forget about your pets too!
Top Tips to Make the Process Smoother
Before beginning a large home renovation and remodeling project, there are a few things you can do to streamline the project for your family and the people working on your home.
DiSabatino’s landscape and design professionals put together the following tips to prep your property:
Clear Out Your Yard
You don’t need to move anything bulky or heavy, but putting away unnecessary clutter such as children’s toys, bikes or unnecessary items will help the installation crew get started quicker. If you know there are some things in your backyard that you won’t use after the project is completed, now is the time to sell or donate them.
Evaluate Any Safety Issues
Children and pets are less likely to realize the dangers of home renovations. For instance, if an existing deck is being demo’d, there may be a large drop off from your sliding door. Install gates, make sure doors are deadbolted, and place safety cones to keep visitors, young children and furry companions safe from construction areas.
Assign a Work Staging Area
Landscaping and construction materials can be heavy, large and cumbersome. Designate a drop off and storage area ahead of delivery to ensure the project materials aren’t blocking the driveway or entrances. You also want to ensure the area is dry, so puddles don’t form around the piles of stone, brick or wood.
Establish a Timeline
Are you planning on using your new patio or outdoor living space for an upcoming event? Make sure your landscape design firm is aware of any drop-dead dates before the project begins. There’s nothing worse than rescheduling a big event because the project took longer than expected.
In line with the previous point, prepare for reasonable delays. Landscaping firms can’t control the weather, and some points of the project may need to be delayed to ensure the quality of work is maintained. Make sure you build in a week or so in any project timeline.
Following the tips above will help move your next remodeling or renovation project along, so you can begin enjoying your new outdoor space as soon as possible.