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7 Tips for Outdoor Fireplaces or Fire Pits

7 Tips for Outdoor Fireplaces or Fire Pits

Fall is the time the fire pits and outdoor fireplaces start to light up the yards across our area as the evenings begin to cool. Sitting around an outdoor fire sipping a favorite beverage, roasting s’mores and quietly conversing is a favorite fall pastime.

We thought sharing a few ways to keep your fire burning for outdoor fireplaces or your fire pits would be helpful for our treasured clients and readers.

1) New Fireplace or Fire Pit Installations Need Extra Care

New installs need a little bit of extra care in the beginning. Wait thirty days before the first fire. After thirty days, keep the fire small for the next fifteen days. That makes it a total of forty-five days before a normal sized fire should be built.

2) Keep Flames at a Safe Height

The flames height should be contained within the fireplace or as high as the fire pit capping. Back drafts or sudden gusts of wind are common and hard to predict. Sparks and embers might go somewhere you do not want. The smaller the flame, the less likely it is the fire will get out of hand.

3) Don’t Use Water to Extinguish the Fire

Unless it is an emergency, never use water to put out a fire. Instead, bank the fire by burying flaming logs and smoldering embers with ashes. This will not completely extinguish the fire but it will cause it to die out slowly.

4) Select Materials Suited to Stand Up to High Temperatures

Build your fireplace or fire pit with materials with a high heating rating. One of the biggest mistakes in fire pit construction is when it is built with concrete block, stones or boulders found around the yard. If not meant to heat up, these materials can crack, splinter or even explode.

5) Keep Fireplace or Fire Pit Clean

A little maintenance always helps. This is true for your fireplace or fire pit. Clean off any debris around the area. Use a clean cloth to keep the igniter and burner holes clear. Logs should be cleaned using a soft brush.

6) Inspect and Check for Gas Leaks

Always check for gas leaks. If you smell gas, turn off the gas supply. Contact your gas company for service. You should also have the igniters and burner serviced by a gas company a minimum of every two years.

7) Protect Your Fire Pit

Use the manufacturers cover or use one that allows moisture to escape. This will protect your fire pit from the elements and prolong its lifespan.

Okay, so there is a little work to keeping your flames burning but it’s well worth it!

DiSabatino Landscaping teamed up with Esposito Masonry creates beautiful custom-designed fireplaces and fire pits for residences 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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7 Great Ideas for Creating a Beautiful Outdoor Living Area

7 Great Ideas for Creating a Beautiful Outdoor Living Area

Want to enjoy the outdoors anytime of the year by creating a beautiful outdoor living area?

Then consider adding a fireplace or fire pit to your outdoor living space. Don’t forget to get the kids involve by letting them cook their own food. There are plenty of campfire recipes to try. Of course there has to be s’mores!

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Do you have pizza lovers? Consider adding a wood fired brick oven to make authentic pizza for a hungry crowd. Did you know brick ovens cook quickly and efficiently? Better yet, they are a great way to cook desserts, meats, veggies and more!

Add a brick oven to your outdoor living area

How about a full outdoor kitchen? An outdoor kitchen allows you enjoy an outdoor party while you cook! In addition, it makes you more efficient and  lessens the need to run back and forth to the house. That is why we encourage clients to consider some sort of cooking options for their outdoor living area.

Check out some of our luxurious outdoor kitchens that will make your home the preferred party location. Likewise, be sure to create comfortable seating areas that will have you looking for every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

Add one of these below unique features for creating an even better outdoor living space that will extend the usable square footage of your home. Not only will it increase your home’s value, it will give REAL value to your home life. Also consider the savings from staycations, a great way to bond with family without spending tons of cash!

7 Great Ideas for Creating a Beautiful Outdoor Living Area:

  1. A pavilion to keep your seating area comfortable and dry
  2. A pergola is a great way to add shade, privacy and ambience
  3. Custom in ground pools and hot tubs are refreshing touches. Add special features such as waterfalls and ambient lighting
  4. Ponds and other water features, such as a fountain is great way to add character to your landscaping
  5. Create peaceful locations to relax and meditate
  6. A deck off the master bedroom – connect with nature any time of day.
  7. Utilize the front, side and back of house to add a custom made deck with gazebo, gorgeous pergola, pavilion or sun room

The possibilities are endless!

If you want a beautiful custom made outdoor living area created just for you, get in touch with DiSabatino Landscaping and Esposito Masonry. We create unique outdoor rooms and patios!

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Three Ways to Transform Your Yard Into an Outdoor Room

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A typical backyard space can provide the kids a place to play, adults with a space to kick back in a lawn chair, and pets a place to roam away from busy streets. However, so many patio spaces are nothing more than a concrete pad, a few chairs, a grill, and perhaps a few potted plants. Why stop there?

Today’s backyards are essentially extensions of the interior, complete with comfortable furniture, outdoor kitchens, and even protection from the elements. Yet, these outdoor rooms retain the natural elements and connection with the outdoors necessary to provide an escape from the stresses of daily life. Here are three ideas to get your outdoor room started.

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Traditional Decking

A traditional deck can be the perfect beginning to an outdoor room. It elevates any furnishings up off the ground, providing space between you and natural annoyances such as insects, mud, and weeds. Decking also provides adequate drainage so that excess moisture does not remain trapped underneath any items you may have in your outdoor space.

You can choose from a variety of woods, stains and paint colors to accentuate the exterior of your home. However, you’ll need to seal your deck against the elements, and will need to refinish the surface every two to three years. In addition, traditional decking does not have the life expectancy of other materials. Generally, you may need to replace as soon as ten to fifteen years after installation.

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Although natural wood decks are certainly beautiful, more and more homeowners are choosing to use capped polymer materials for their outdoor spaces. Polymers, such as Azek, typically require less maintenance than traditional wood decking and will not warp, crack or split. As a result, a surface constructed of Azek won’t require replacement or refinishing as a natural wood surface would.

You can also install Azek near pools, spas and water features. It is resistant to mold and will not absorb water and warp. The only potential drawback for some homeowners is the decreased ability to refinish with various colors and stains; however, the product itself comes in a variety of widths, finishes, and colors.

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Timber Framing

If you’d like your outdoor living space to provide shelter from the elements and extend its use further into the fall and winter seasons, consider adding a timber-framed shelter. Gazebos, pergolas, pavilions and sunrooms all provide shade, protection from rain, and varying degrees of wind protection. In addition, your furniture, outdoor kitchen, and other design elements last longer and weather better when afforded some protection. Consider whether your home’s architectural features support an attached structure like a sunroom or awning, or whether a stand-alone structure would benefit your space.

If you’d like to discuss adding an outdoor room to your landscaping, contact us today.


Tree and Shrub Care Specialist DiSabatino Landscaping is Delaware’s #1 Hardscape and Landscape Specialist. We can help build an outdoor living area that will have you enjoying the great outdoors in style!  Give us a call today! 302-764-0408

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Check Out Our 17 Landscape Trends for 2019

With every year there comes change, improvement and trends to access. At DiSabatino Landscaping we are always looking to learn new things and explore our creativity in order to deliver the best landscaping product or service to our clientele.

With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of landscaping and outdoor living trends to look out for and consider this year.

17 Landscape Trends for 2019:

1) Younger customers: As I get older, everyone else starts to look younger. Over my many years in the landscaping business, I have notice that we are getting a large amount of millennials contacting us for major landscaping and hardscaping projects.

2) Integrating technology: Landscaping companies are utilizing all sorts of technology to the benefit of their clientele. Whether it is the use of a drafting program during the design and build stage, retractable awnings or solar powered lighting; expect increased integration of technology.

3) Battery-powered equipment: Cordless-electric outdoor power equipment has gained more power and dependability to the point that is becoming a formidable competitor of gas-powered equipment. Keep in mind when purchasing several pieces of battery operated lawn tools that it might make sense to stick with the same brand so you can use the same battery for several different pieces of equipment.

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4) Low-maintenance landscapes: People are working longer hours and looking for ways to cut back on home and outdoor maintenance. Low-maintenance plantings, cutting back on the amount of grass you must mow and installing automatic irrigation systems are just a few of the low-maintenance landscaping strategies you can take to lessen your workload.

5) Pollinator gardens: Many gardeners are stepping up to the plate to protect our native bee species whose population has greatly declined due to pesticides, habitat loss or other ecological changes. Create pollinator gardens with the best bee plants and nesting habitats according to the particular native species you are trying to help.

6) Asymmetrical design: Abstract landscaping or asymmetrical design is key to creating landscaping results that are pleasing, artistic and free form. This gives a more natural and relaxed impression that is less dependent on the shape of your garden and more concentrated on creating unity through the use of a variety of elements such as rocks, plant and décor.

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7) Secluded spaces: Secluded Garden Spots or garden rooms are a great way to build an outdoor sanctuary to escape the everyday stress of life. A quiet place to sit and ponder or read can be soothing and reinvigorating.

8) Creating a “staycation” spot: More and more families are creating an outdoor oasis in their backyard where they can enjoy each other’s company, nature and extend the square footage of their home. Creating outdoor kitchens, dining areas, recreation or living areas is a great way to have a place to staycation every weekend!

9) Making backyard structures focal points: The ambience of sharing a nice bottle of wine while relaxing outside with a roaring fire is one of the best ways to wind up a long day. Creating an outdoor space to focus on you is going to be one big trend going forward.

10) Making a notable first impression: The entrance to your home is the first and often the most lasting impression friends and family will get when visiting. Many homeowners are investing in landscaping combined with hardscaping to make that impression a good one.

11) Including unexpected elements in your arrangements: Get creative! A café table set next to a lily pond, a lighted stone bridge leading to a welcoming sitting area, a tall urn fountain – these unexpected features will wow visitors and sooth the soul.

12) Including food in landscapes of all sizes: When planning your landscaping, include plants that provide food, cover and water for wildlife. This will ensure a lively and thriving garden while providing much-needed habitat restoration.

13) Giving back with gardens: The ‘Giving Garden’ is trending as a way to give back to the community. Many organizations are encouraging the giving garden as a way to foster sustainable community values while making an immediate impact on food security.

14) Investing in furniture that lasts: Outdoor furniture is subject to many abusive natural elements, such as the sun’s rays, high winds, pelting rains and sleet. Many homeowners are looking for more durable and sustainable features in outdoor furniture, such as concrete, stainless steel, synthetic wicker or teak furniture, which is a dense, close-grained hardwood with a natural oil content that makes if resistant to the elements.

3 ways to enjoy your backyard with protection from the elements 15) Pergolas: A pergola can provide protection from direct sunlight, yet allow air to circulate freely. This makes them a welcome respite from the harsh rays of the afternoon sun. Making a pergola the perfect feature of an outdoor living space.

16) Pink hues Pink promises to be the most popular hue in landscaping this year. Picture a lovely English garden on a sunny spring day. Expect to see a lot of pink hued knockout roses, delphinium, carnations, dogwoods, hydrangea, foxglove and petunias.

17) Metals: Metal landscape edging, corrugated metal sculptures or tall privacy screens are finding a niche in the landscapes of today. Metal is durable and weathers well, why hasn’t this become a ‘thing’ much sooner?


Tree and Shrub Care Specialist DiSabatino Landscaping is Delaware’s #1 Hardscape and Landscape Specialist. We can help build a outdoor fireplace or fire pit to keep you warm over the winter months ahead. Give us a call today! 302-764-0408

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Fire Pit and Fireplace Maintenance Tips


Winter is the perfect time to use that fireplace or fire pit. Letting the warmth of a nice roaring fire bask over you as you sip a hot toddy or yuletide drink while inhaling the brisk winter air is invigorating, yet soothing!

Don’t let you fireplace or fire pit sit idle this holiday season. Check out our video on fireplace and fire pit maintenance so you can safely enjoy the great outdoors this winter.

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Here are a few tips to keeping your fire burning this fall and winter.

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Whether you are enjoying the warmth as you listen to the crackling of the fire, sipping on your favorite beverage or toasting marshmallows with the kids, there’s nothing like relaxing in the comfort of your own backyard.

The benefits of fire pits are many –they make the outdoors a year round gathering spot. The winter night sky is a beautiful thing and being able to gaze at the vibrant stars by the warmth of a roaring fire is perhaps the biggest benefit.

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Tree and Shrub Care Specialist DiSabatino Landscaping is Delaware’s #1 Hardscape and Landscape Specialist. We can help build a outdoor fireplace or fire pit to keep you warm over the winter months ahead. Give us a call today! 302-764-0408