Month: November 2022

Basketball Court

Why You Should Build a Sports Court

Make your home the neighborhood hangout with a basketball court in your own backyard. The benefits of building an outdoor sports court are immeasurable. It’s a place to hang out all year round without waiting for open baskets or interrupting a competitive game.

DiSabatino Landscaping has partnered with VersaCourt to build personal courts for the Brandywine Valley. These custom designs work with the terrain and slope of your yard and can be tailored to any style or color. They offer basketball, volleyball, tennis, pickleball, hockey and shuffleboard courts. 

Basketball Court

The best way to get your kids off their screens and outside with their friends is giving them something to do outside. Other benefits of an outdoor sports court include:

  • Accessibility day or night
  • Increased fitness and sports skills    
  • An activity for guests at every family gathering or birthday party
  • Convenience of your own court without driving to find one
  • Versatility as a clean, flat area to use for other sports and games
  • A safe, fun place for kids to hang out after school
  • Low maintenance surface

VersaCourt also offers multi-sport game courts that give players the ability to play multiple sports on the same durable, easy-to-maintain surface. They have a wide range of accessories and add-ons to choose from.

If you’re interested in learning how DiSabatino Landscaping can install a full court in your backyard, give us a call today.  

Ryan Grady - DiSabatino Family

Employee Spotlight: Ryan Grady

Ryan Grady has been working as a Sales & Design Consultant for DiSabatino Landscaping since June of 2022. A native of West Chester, he joined the team after returning to the area he grew up in.

Ryan Grady - DiSabatino Family

Ryan attended Unionville High School in Chadds Ford before graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in Agribusiness Management. While in school, he began interning at Outside Unlimited. He took a full-time position as a landscaper there after graduating college.

After working at Outside Unlimited, he began working as a foreman for Rupert Landscaping before deciding to move south to Miami, Florida, where he explored real estate development opportunities.

Ryan joined DiSabatino Landscaping after moving back to his hometown. “I’m enjoying working with everyone at DiSabatino and I look forward to establishing roots here,” he says. “It’s been a great experience getting to know the DiSabatino family and clientele.”

Chris has a sister and parents who live in West Chester. He enjoys spending time outdoors, working out and watching sports, especially his favorite team, the Virginia Tech Hokies.

How to Know if You Have a Drainage Problem

Standing or pooling puddles of water may seem harmless, but they can cause a great deal of damage to your property. Over time, water will work its way into the home and create mold, rot and foundation issues.

Addressing the problem now can prevent thousands of dollars in repairs down the road. While pools of standing water are obvious concerns, there are other less evident signs you might have a drainage problem.

How do you know it’s time to call a professional to evaluate your home? The following tips should help:

Overflowing Downspouts

A well protected home has water run at least five feet away from the foundation. If your gutters aren’t whisking water away, you can get up to 600 gallons of runoff per one inch of rainfall. That water goes right into the soil, putting pressure on your basement and causing cracks that can cost tens of thousands of dollars in repairs.

Moving Mulch

Have you noticed streams of water flowing through your plant beds? If small moats have appeared, you might have a drainage problem. Large streams of water can carve paths in your mulch due to backup. Over time, this can damage your walkways and exterior stonework. You’re also probably missing yards of valuable mulch. An experienced landscaper can build a swale or soil berm to redirect water from the house.

Fall Mulching

Attic Mildew

While it might not seem like moisture in your attic would be affected by drainage, it can definitely be a result of water damage. Moisture from the basement can rise through the house and grow mildew on the underside of the roof. If you see this issue, you should contact a professional immediately.

Flaking Walls

Efflorescence is caused by mineral deposits left behind by water. If gray or white frosty crusting appears on the basement walls, moisture is condensing. Flaking walls, called spalling, may also be a sign that water is getting behind the walls. Any spotting bigger than a half inch may be cause for concern.

If you see any of the above issues, you should contact your local professional landscaper DiSabatino Landscaping to evaluate your property and offer the most effective ways to mitigate the drainage problems. Time is of the essence to prevent additional complications such as mold and rotted foundations.

Growing Winter Plants and Vegetables

A Guide to Growing in the Mid-Atlantic Region

The growing season isn’t over. Late fall is an often overlooked but easy gardening season. You don’t need to water or turn the soil over as often, and the plants provide much needed color as the trees lose their leaves.

Some of the best plants for soups and harvest salads can be planted right now. This is the ideal time to plan garlic, a main ingredient in many meals. Root crops do well in colder weather and continue growing beneath the soil even in the snow.

Make sure to check any plants you purchase to see if they thrive in our region’s climate. In our area of the Brandywine Valley, the USDA rates the area as a 7A and 7B. This means we experience seasonal variations. We might have periods of warm weather in the winter and experience cold winds in early spring.

Mass planting embodies simplicity because it reads as one large element instead of a wide variety of individual plants

The hardiest winter plants are kale, spinach and collards. Root crops that flourish in the colder weather include radishes, turnips, kohlrabi and leeks. Planted in the fall, asparagus will appear after a year or two in the spring. Broccoli can be planted up to 10 weeks before a frost and will last through the winter.

If you’re looking to plant flowers, the following hardy plants make a vibrant winter garden: crocus, camellia, winterberry, ornamental cabbage, daphne and hellebore. These winter flowers will thrive in the cold and offer gorgeous displays all winter long.

Be sure to plant all winter plants and vegetables at least six weeks before the first frost to ensure they have time to establish a root system. It never hurts to protect new plants with burlap coverings for the first few weeks as well.

Outdoor Living Space with Natural Stone - DiSabatino

How to Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays

Tips for Hosting at Home

The entertaining season is quickly approaching, which means plenty of holiday parties, visits from out-of-town guests and other celebrations. Is your home ready for friends and family?

Make your guests feel extra special this holiday season with the following tips:

Clear Out Your Fridge

Your kitchen is about to get plenty of extra work. Take the time now to go through your fridge for expired salad dressings, condiments and other items. Also check your spice cabinets. Give your fridge and freezer shelves a quick wipe with an equal mix of vinegar and water. When you’re done, replace the baking soda box to eliminate odors.

Check Your Dining Table and Chairs

It may have been a while since you sat down in your dining room. They’re often the least used rooms in the home. Before you serve Thanksgiving dinner, you might want to check all chairs. Are they level? Do they need sliders? Spot treat any stains and give the table an extra coat of polish.

Buy or Borrow Extra Serving Items

You don’t want to be in the middle of cooking a big meal and realize you don’t have the tools you need. Once you’ve decided on the courses you’re going to make, go through your entertaining ware to make sure you have enough utensils, platters and other serving items. Do you need a gravy boat? An extra pitcher? Instead of buying, you can always ask a neighbor or guest to borrow them that day.

Get Your Fireplace Cleaned

You should have your fireplace inspected and “flushed” each winter. Besides helping prevent fires, having a clean chimney stops blockages that can create carbon monoxide poisoning. A clean fireplace also heats your home more efficiently, cutting down on heating bills.

Outdoor Living Space

Evaluate Your Entertaining Space

Consider adding an outdoor entertaining area to enjoy in the coming seasons. Outdoor living spaces increases space to host events, offers enjoyable areas to sit and relax, and extends the time you spend outdoors.

DiSabatino Landscaping can build any custom outdoor living space, including custom decks, pavilions, outdoor kitchens and sunrooms. Give us a call today and make your holidays a little brighter. 

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