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Create an Outdoor Kitchen for Easy Entertaining This Year!

This is the season that outdoor entertaining begins. At DiSabatino Landscaping, we believe creating an outdoor kitchen for entertainment will be a life changing experience for you.

Think on how easy it will be to socialize with guests while preparing a meal. Not to mention the added benefit of being able to meet the needs of the times by social distancing, yet still keeping relationships in tack.

Our custom outdoor kitchens make outdoor living spaces more usable and adds value to your home. They are a perfect addition to enhance your staycation with functionality, beauty and quality.

The past year has presented many unique challenges to residents around our community. With social distancing and mask wearing expected to be in place for the a little longer than expected, many are exploring ways to cope.

Enjoying the great outdoors and simplify entertaining by having an outdoor kitchen stocked and ready to go is a great way to adjust to our current climate.  What better way than to improve your outdoor living area to include an outdoor kitchen?

Extend your entertaining outdoors where social distancing is easier and airflow more conducive. Natural stone floors and outdoor rooms with built-in outdoor kitchen appliances can make entertaining possible anytime.

Outdoor Stone Fireplace_with Lumber Storage on Sides Customize your outdoor cooking area to meet your unique style is key to getting the most out of your outdoor kitchen design. Everyone’s entertaining style is different, consider yours before deciding on what the focus of your outdoor kitchen will be. More into creating signature cocktails than food? Then maybe incorporate a showcase bar as your focal point.

There is a wide variety of ways to customize an outdoor kitchen to meet your particular style. Are your family and friends really into pizza? We highly suggest you consider building a wood fired pizza oven. Our stone masons are the best!

Really into grilling? A full fledged cooking station with all the bells and whistles would most likely suit you. More into an ambient location to sit and converse? How about a custom fire pit or fireplace with an inviting seating area.

Farinola - West Chester, PA 19382 - Outdoor Kitchen by DiSabatino Landscaping & Esposito Masonry A combined pool house and kitchen is a great way to supervise children while preparing a meal and having a changing location or bathroom nearby. Framing a scenic view with a strategically constructed pergola or pavilion will enable for hours of time spent appreciating nature.

Creating an outdoor kitchen to enhance your living space should start with a professional and experienced designer. DiSabatino Landscaping creates beautiful outdoor kitchens  and has several decades of experience.

We have a well-earned reputation in Delaware and the Brandywine Valley with plenty of happy clientele to attest to our professionalism and quality of workmanship.

 


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Spring Pruning Tips to Keep Your Landscaping Looking Fresh

Rejuvenate Your Plantings With Spring Pruning

What is Spring Pruning?**

As the temperatures rise, your landscaping begins to blossom and green up, we thought sharing a few of our spring ‘must do’ spring pruning knowledge might be helpful.

Do You Have Questions?

  1. What plants in your landscape need spring pruning?
  2. How  do you go about spring pruning?
  3. How spring pruning beneficial?

We have answers! Read on for a quick guide and the answers to these questions.

Why Is Spring Pruning Beneficial?

Proper pruning can remove dead or diseased branches, as well as shape shrubs, bushes, and trees into more aesthetically pleasing forms. Some plants flower only on new growth, so pruning these plants promotes blooming and keeps overgrowth to a minimum. Other plants simply respond better to pruning during the dormant period of early spring, allowing stored nutrients to reach the actively growing parts of the plant.

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What is Rejuvenative Pruning?

Spring pruning is advantageous in that it allows you to properly assess a plant’s shape without blooms and new growth so there are fewer obstructions to determining the plant’s final shape. Pruning in early spring also allows the wounds created by the cuts you’ve made to seal properly before the rapid growth to come with warmer days.

Trees

With many trees, such as birches, maples, oaks, elms and crab apples, you should only prune during the winter months, to prevent pests and diseases from accessing fresh cuts, or to prevent excess sap from bleeding out. Prune spring flowering trees, such as dogwoods, only after flowering. You can prune dogwoods down to only a few branches each year.

Evergreens

Both needled and broadleaf evergreens can benefit from spring pruning. Focus on the desired shape of the shrub and trim to fit. Remove overgrown new growth, dead, and unwanted branches, but avoid cutting into old wood since it may not sprout again.

Summer Flowering Plants

Spring is an ideal time to prune shrubs and vines that do not flower in spring, such as crepe myrtle, butterfly bush, and Pee Gee hydrangea, but you must prune before the plant pushes out new growth. Trim to the desired shape and remove excess growth and thickness.

Spring Flowering Plants

Do not prune plants that flower in spring, such as lilacs, most roses, forsythia, most hydrangeas, and rhododendrons, until after they’ve flowered in late spring. Since they bear blooms on wood formed the previous year, prune right after blooming to prevent removing the new growth that will produce blooms next year.

Questions about pruning? Contact us for a consultation at your earliest convenience.

**This is a re-post from a previous article published in the spring of 2019

DiSabatino Landscaping design experts can help you determine all the answers to these questions and help you build a beautifully landscape yard that is sustainable and rejuvenating from year to year.

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Why Build A Patio Under Your Deck?

Spring is on the horizon and winter is slowly fading away. Many of us are chomping at the bit to get fresh air and enjoy the great outdoors. There is no better way to invigorate your soul than to soak in the warm rays of the sun with a soft warm breeze gently sending wafts of spring scents your way.

With how wet this past winter has been and the last dump of snow dosing our hopes for an early spring, outdoor living might not be front and foremost in our minds. It should be. In fact, optimizing your outdoor living space by adding an outdoor living area under a raised or second story deck is a great use of space.

5 Reasons to Add a Patio Under a Second Story Deck:

1) Increase Square Footage:

If your home is not large enough to entertain large crowds, building an outdoor living area under a raised deck is a great way to extend your home’s square footage and create a space that can be used year round.

2) Double Your Outdoor Entertainment Space:

An under deck patio gives you a second area to relax and enjoy nature at the ground level.

3) Gives You Cover:

Under the deck patios offer you protection from the elements, allowing for bringing some of the indoors outside, such as entertainment centers, fully stock outdoor kitchens and/or bars, fireplaces and more.

4) Better Functionality:

Because you can safely bring traditional indoor elements outside, thanks to the cover the second story deck provides, your outdoor living area provides better functionality. You can easily entertain outdoors without having to drag a bunch of things outside, because it is already there.

5) Extended Hours:

It is easy to create a patio with all the features such as lighting, heating and cooking capabilities that allows for extended entertaining into evenings, no matter what time of year it is.

A bit of advice is to determine what features you patio design should include by figuring out with what matters most to you. How do you plan to use your patio? How important is low maintenance? What specific features do you definitely have to have?

DiSabatino Landscaping design experts can help you determine all the answers to these questions and help you build a beautifully customized below deck patio that will fulfill your wildest dreams.

DiSabatino Landscaping creates beautiful custom-designed outdoor patios for residents in Delaware and the surrounding area. If you would like to find out what we can create for you, please get in touch

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How Proper Drainage Benefits Your Landscaping

Some homeowners might not realize the role that proper drainage plays in a healthy landscape. Drainage is just as important as irrigation system, if not more so. Excessive rainfall, soil erosion and flooding cause further problems when there is not proper drainage.

Pooling water can damage trees, flowers and plants by allowing disease to set in and insect manifestations. There is also damage to a home’s foundation to consider. That is why proper drainage is so important.

DiSabatino Landscaping suggest that property owner consider strategically placing piping and drains to protect your landscaping, hardscaping and foundation.

Spending a modest amount of money to protect your property just make good business sense. For a foundation constantly subjected to flooding, the cost of cleanup, replacement and repair far outweigh the cost of an effective drainage system.

Now is a good time to have your property’s drainage system reviewed and maintained before the spring showers arrive. DiSabatino Landscaping can help you determine the best course of action for all your drainage needs.

Our specialists have been solving drainage problems for over 20 years. They can quickly evaluate the grade of your property and identify problem areas. We determine the most effective solution for your drainage issues.

DiSabatino Landscaping can ensure that your foundation and landscaping is protected from the heavy rains and prolonged wet periods ahead. Give DiSabatino Landscaping a call today. Our team will help you make all the right choices for your drainage problems

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All Season Sunrooms are a Perfect Home Addition

Four season sunrooms or all season sunrooms are a great way to bring the outdoors in all year round. They help you enjoy the benefits of natural light, which clinical studies show to improve physical and emotional well-being.

Sunrooms add space and utility to any home. All season rooms are likely to become one of the more popular spots for entertaining or relaxing. The thin veil between the outdoors and indoors make them a perfect location to grow herbs and prized plantings.

Sunrooms are a perfect option for homeowners that are looking to add a space offering that offers a variety of functionality. For example, a perfect breakfast nook use to start the day off right. Especially when the sun is shining.

All season sunrooms can double up on usability. They can be an office during working hours and a gathering space during the evening hours. A great spot for cocktail hour or casual dining.

Sunrooms can serve as craft room or playroom to keep the clutter and chaos away from the main areas of your home.

If your square footage is limited, a sunroom with privacy blinds, could serve as a temporary guest room.

Adding a four season room to your home allows you to bring all the best elements of the outdoors inside the home and leave the worst outside. Unlike a three season sunroom, an all season room can be used year-round.

Do not be fooled by the name ‘sunroom’. This space can be used all year long and with any weather conditions. DiSabatino Landscaping can design a room that caters to all of your needs, and then some!

Imagine looking out your windows as the snow falls to the ground in your backyard. Give us a call at 302-764-0408 to start your process!

10 Uses for an All Season Sunrooms:

  1. Breakfast Nook
  2. Home Office
  3. Greenhouse
  4. Entertainment Center
  5. Craft Room
  6. Playroom
  7. Guest Room
  8. Work out Room
  9. Game Room
  10. Library

If you want to extend the square footage of your home with an all season sunroom, give DiSabatino Landscaping a call today. Our team will help you make all the right choices for your home addition. 

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Now is a Good Time for Installing a Custom Fire Pit

Believe it or not, a custom fire pit can be used any time of the year. In fact, the cooler months of winter and spring are the most optimal time for installing a fire pit in your backyard. Most of us would not think winter as an opportune time to install a fire pit, yet they can be easily installed on a crushed compact base any time of the year.

In truth, a custom designed fire pit can be installed anytime temperatures are above freezing. Many below freezing days are ahead of us, so consider adding a fire pit to your outdoor entertainment space soon.

The benefits of fire pits are many –they make the outdoors a year round gathering spot. The winter night sky offers some of the best star gazing and the warmth of a roaring fire can make this past-time possible.

7 Reasons to Install a Custom Fire Pit:

  1. Expand Social Entertainment Space:  Many may not be able to expand the square footage of their home. Don’t let your foundation dictate your entertainment space. Creating an outdoor living space with a fire pit will extend your entertainment options for years to come!
  2. Affordable: Custom fire Pits are affordable and can be installed much quicker than any home addition.
  3. Creating Ambiance in your Backyard: Whether you are entertaining guest or sneaking out back for a little private time, a fire pit is a great option to add warmth and comfort to any occasion.
  4. Warmth: A fire pit can make staying comfortable outside in colder weather possible, as they are an excellent heat source.
  5. Romantic: Sitting around a fire having drinks, dinner and a conversation can be very romantic.  Keep away from the modern distractions by disconnecting from electronics and reconnecting with your sweetheart.
  6. Outdoor Cooking: Roasting marshmallows, shish kebobs, hot dogs,  and foil dinners is a great way to catch up with the family members at the end of a long day.
  7. Value: Finally, fire pits add value to your home when it comes time to sell it.

If you want to extend your entertainment space and utilize the outdoors by installing a custom fire pit, give DiSabatino Landscaping a call today. Our team will help you make all the right choices for your custom made fire pit. 

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Make This The Year You Create a Custom Outdoor Living Area for Your Home

Make 2021 the year you create a custom outdoor living area you are proud of and that will give you pleasure for many years to come! Now is a good time to start planning for improvements to outdoor living space and outdoor kitchen areas. Cooking outdoors has become all the rage and is a great way to entertain, stay safe and in the thick of things when entertaining.

A host or hostess without an outdoor kitchen misses much of the party when it moves to the patio or outdoor sitting area. If they are stuck inside cooking and plating up food, they really can be part of the conversation.

Save time, stay safe and make entertaining outdoors easy by having a full-service outdoor kitchen and living area installed this year. That way everyone can join in the party! Outdoor kitchen designs have so many options available and have a great ROI on the value of your home. Here are a few to consider.

7 Great Ways to Add Value to Your Outdoor Kitchen

  1. Pavilion: Keep your dining area comfortable and dry with a pavilion
  2. Pergola: Add ambience, shade and privacy with a vine-covered pergola
  3. Pool: Custom in ground pools and hot tubs are refreshing touches that keep dinner guests hanging out for desert!
  4. Ambient Lighting: Special features such as path lights, string lighting or post lights add to every outdoor evening occasion without attracting pesky insects
  5. Water Features:Ponds, waterfalls and other water features, such as a fountain is great way to add character to your landscaping
  6. Alone Space: Create peaceful location away from the crowd to allow for relaxation or meditation
  7. Bedroom Deck: A deck off the master bedroom – connect with nature any time of day
  8. Outdoor Space: Utilize the front, side and back of house to add a custom made deck with gazebo, gorgeous pergola, pavilion or sun room

DiSabatino Landscaping creates beautiful custom-designed outdoor kitchens for residents in Delaware and the surrounding area. If you would like to find out what we can create for you, please get in touch

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Winter Landscape Lighting

How to Use Outdoor Landscape Lighting to Brighten Winter Nights

As the brisk weather and shorter daylights start encroaching this winter, do not let dark winter nights dampen your spirit. Outdoor landscape lighting can help. Sure, the month of December is full of bright seasonal lighting that brings about holiday cheer. However, those lights soon disappears after the New Year.

Low levels of natural light during the winter contribute to the winter blues. The remaining winter months do not have to be all doom and gloom. Not when there are varieties of subtle approaches homeowners can take to incorporate landscape lighting to lift their spirits.

Consider spotlighting, backlighting or up-lighting certain trees in your yard to add a stunning effect of shadows and silhouettes. Light reflecting off snow or water features makes for a softer ambient form of lighting. Colored lighting, such as yellows and reds, will create a coziness. While blue and purple lighting will add to a more natural lighting effect.

Do not forget to light up pathways and outdoor living areas for safety, as well as extending outdoor living into the darker hours.

 

DiSabatino Landscaping creates beautiful custom-designed outdoor lighting for residents in Delaware and the surrounding area. If you would like to find out what we can create for you, please get in touch

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Create Outdoor Living Spaces for All Seasons

Maximize your outdoor living spaces by adding features that will extend them for use year round. Try adding features, such as patio heaters, overhead coverage, wind blockers and comfortable seating. Entertaining or relaxing outdoors should not end when temperatures start to drop.

Because entertaining and getting social is a bit different this year, many homeowners are enhancing their outdoor living spaces so they can safely gather while social distancing and minimizing risk. Sure, it is getting cold out. Luckily, there are many ways to stay warm in outdoor living spaces.

Adding sources of heat and lighting will make it possible to stay cozy and warm. Use soft pillows and warm blankets to increase the comfort of guests. Play a game of charades or watch a football game while a roaring fire keeps you comfortable.

A fully stocked outdoor kitchen alleviates the need for several trips back indoors and streamlines entertaining. Be sure to install plenty of lighting to extend gatherings into the evening hours. Safely light pathways and patios to avoid falls and injuries. Some of our clients have even gone as far as installing radiant heating systems that will melt snow as it lands and keep ice from forming.

DiSabatino Landscaping, along with Esposito Masonry, has been quite busy helping Brandywine Valley homeowners create year round ‘safe’ outdoor living areas. Outdoor spaces with features, such as pavilions, gazebos and screened outdoor rooms.

Adding space heaters, fire pits, fireplaces, fire pit tables, outdoor kitchens, retractable screens and ambient lighting to extend outdoor living spaces for all seasons. We are even creating outdoor media and game rooms.

This might be a perfect time for you to consider extending the use of your outdoor living space. Fresh air could be just what the doctor ordered!

Installing heaters and retractable screens can create an outdoor living space for all types of weather! With the addition of lighting, this space can easily extend any party through the evening hours! Give us a call today to see how you can change your patio into the extra space you have been dreaming of!

DiSabatino Landscaping creates beautiful custom-designed outdoor living spaces for residents in Delaware and the surrounding area. If you would like to find out what we can create for you, please get in touch

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DRAINAGE FIXES TO PROTECT YOUR HOME & LANDSCAPING

How to Solve Landscape Drainage Problems


If you are experiencing an unusually soggy lawn with pooled water, there is a good chance you are suffering from landscape drainage problems. This year has brought more than our fair share of challenges to our area. Between the pandemic, the Spotted Lanternfly invasion  and unrelenting rainfall, our landscapes are saturated and mushy.

When your landscape is saturated, it can be bothersome all the way around. It is not only bad for your outdoor living; it can affect your indoor living, as well. If you property is suffering from drainage issues, it can permeate your home’s foundation and wreak havoc on your indoor environment.

Redirecting water away from your home’s foundation and using certain water management strategies can solve your drainage issues and get your property back to a healthy harmony.

Properly grading around the perimeter of your home to prevent water from seeping into the foundation is one-step towards solving landscape drainage issues. There are a number of other very effective ways to divert water to other areas of your landscape.

How to Solve Landscape Drainage Problems:

Add extensions to your downspouts: Attaching extensions to divert water from a downspout guiding water collected in gutters well away from the foundation. This will prevent water from flooding basements or sub-ground areas of the home.

Dry Well: A dry well holds water in a large hole filled with gravel allowing it to slowly soaks into the ground.

Strategically placed drainage grates and boxes: Placing surface drains with grates that keeps debris out, yet allows water flow into the box channeling to a slanted pipe allowing the water to run downhill.

Swale or French Drain:  Drainages swales are pitched areas lined with stone or grass designed to guide water off your property or to an area well away from the foundation. Whereas, a French drain is another effective way to fix drainage issues. A French drain is a perforated pipe sheathed by a fabric sock to keep dirt and sand from clogging the pipe.

Rain Garden or Barrel: A rain garden in problem locations of your property could be the solution when an underground spring or creek is the issue. Likewise, installing a water barrel or storage well below grade to capture the runoff that can be used to irrigate landscaping elsewhere.

Many drainage problems will require hiring a landscape drainage professional. A trained and experienced landscape professional knows what corrective drainage measures will work best for your specific water flow patterns. They will be able to assess the full scope of your drainage issues and create an overall design.

Please note this is not a full list of solutions to alleviate poor drainage areas. However, if you have a wet spot in your lawn or an area you are worried about please give us a call and one of our designers will find the right solution for you!

DiSabatino Landscaping helps fix landscape drainage problems for residences in Delaware and the surrounding area. If you would like to find out what we can do for you, please get in touch

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