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Make Your Yard Kid-Friendly This Spring


Make Your Yard Kid-Friendly This Spring

With the changing weather, it’s time to start sending the kids outside to play again. If it’s time to renovate your back or front yard, taking the kids into consideration for remodels is a wise decision. Make sure all the corners and surfaces are ready for whatever rambunctious activity they come up with next!

Consider the Materials

Sometimes the location of backyard attributes is less important than the materials that make them up. Installing grass or turf in place of a harder surface is not only a safer option, but it can also be a more aesthetic one. Larger backyards can often incorporate both beautiful views and utility so that kids and parents are both happy!

Patios and walkways also make great additions to any spacious yard, and a little bit of sidewalk chalk can provide non-toxic fun close to home. When the sun goes down, patios also offer perfect surfaces for meals and events. Install lights and comfortable furniture to ensure that every family member is cozy and enjoying themselves when using the patio.

Account for Basic Safety

The appearance of your yard is important, but what happens under and behind surfaces can be pivotal to the overall structure. Always check for damages and general wear-and-tear caused by natural — and human — influences. Water damage and loose parts can cause problems, especially after the winter months, and taking that into consideration will ensure that your yard is safe.

Investing in snow removal services and any efforts to promote general upkeep are a must for conscientious parents and grandparents. Take care of any impending repairs before diving into any major changes to your yard.

Fence it in

If you have children who like sports, craft them a makeshift field by installing a fence that will enclose their play space and offer the privacy you desire. Not only will they have room to call their own, but balls and toys are less likely end up on the other side of the wall, or in the neighbor’s backyard.

Look into investing in a fence for your pool as well; especially with younger children. It will serve as added protection from falling or water incidents that can cause serious harm. This applies to pets too!

Start Today

Get ready for a spring makeover with Blue Tree Landscaping! Contact our team of experts to get a quote on brand-new amenities for your backyard. Whether you have basic commercial landscaping needs or need help with pool installation or lawn care, let us help you optimize your backyard for every family member.

How to Make Your Yard Tastefully Private

Landscape LightingThere are a few different ways that you can make your backyard or front yard more private. Privacy can be accomplished through tasteful, modern measures, through plants, or through new materials for fences and walls. If you’re interested in remodeling your backyard and introducing a much-needed update, the following examples will be a nice addition to any outdoor space.

Why You Should Add a Wall or Fence

If you have young children or pets, you might want to consider a modern wall or fence design for your yard. This will help you to keep a better eye on your loved ones, and keep them out of trouble. It can also help to keep intruders out, such as deer or other wildlife that may be interested in helping themselves to your garden. A wall or fence can help with nosey neighbors, too.

Consider New Materials and Designs

If you want to add a fence or wall to your yard, the design and material options are seemingly endless. Your fence could be made of horizontal wood panels (instead of vertical), or plexiglass and wood, for example. Not up for a fence or wall? If you’re interested in adding a pergola or similar structure to your yard, consider adding an outdoor curtain for additional privacy.

Make Your Yard Private With Plants

If gardening is one of your favorite pastimes, why not prove it? Make your garden grow to new heights — literally. Plant new shrubs and trees, or help your current plants to grow taller. You’ll be able to create a more natural barrier between your yard and the outside world. Another way to achieve new heights: add raised flower beds, so that your garden appears at various levels. Or, add a row of larger-than-life potted plants for a makeshift “fence.”

You could also add a lattice fence, trellis, or similar open structure — with a modern twist. There are many modern designs available now that will look more tasteful while still being useful. These designs will allow your yard to feel more open, while also allowing for another way to show off your plants. You could add roses or other vines to add a more romantic or private element to your yard, too.

Time to Get Started

Once you have some ideas in mind for your landscaping project, contact Blue Tree Landscaping. Blue Tree will help you at every step of the way, from planning, to design, to realizing your vision.

How to Use Contrasting Colors in your Landscape

Blue Tree Landscaping TipsHow to Use Contrasting Colors in Your Landscape

When brainstorming landscaping ideas for your yard, it’s important that your yard is both functional and aesthetically appealing. You want your yard to be functional in that you can enjoy activities like grilling and swimming, but you also want your yard to be enjoyable and inviting. Thus, if you really want to make your yard’s landscaping “pop,” consider using elements of color theory in your landscaping.

What Are Contrasting Colors?

Contrasting colors, or complimentary colors, are the colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel. Each pair includes one primary color and one secondary color. The three main pairs are as follows: green and red, violet and yellow, and orange and blue. The various colors, and their effects on people, have been studied extensively. Blue and green are considered “cool,” relaxing colors, whereas red and yellow are “warm,” passionate colors. Violet, however, can be a “cool” color or a “warm” color, depending on how it’s used.

How to Use Contrasting Colors in Landscaping

Contrasting colors, when paired together, offer a natural focal point for your yard. If you want to use contrasting colors as a focal point, consider pairing violet and yellow flowers together, perhaps near an outdoor living space, front walkway, or garden. Color theory experts consider contrasting color combinations to be most effective if used in unequal proportions. Therefore, don’t feel like you have to split your yard equally between violet flowers and yellow flowers. Try, for example, an abundance of violet flowers with some yellow flowers mixed in. You can use this method for non-contrasting colors as well, too.

While pairing red and green plants together might bring back memories of Christmas decorations, it won’t come off as a seasonal design unless you’re using seasonal plants like pine trees and poinsettias. Think of red roses, tulips, or carnations paired with a green lawn or green foliage — they will draw attention to your yard in a more subtle way than a combination of blue and orange or violet and yellow.

Further, consider using contrasting colors when decorating your yard. If you want to add an outdoor living area during your landscaping project, try using contrasting furniture or accessories with your plants. For example, you could place a violet chair (or a violet pillow on a neutral-colored chair) next to yellow tulips.

It’s Time to Get Started

If you’re ready to get started on your landscaping project, contact Blue Tree Landscaping. They’ll handle all of your landscaping needs, in addition to hardscaping, lawn care, and routine maintenance.

Everything You Should Know About Planting in the Fall

Everything You Should Know About Planting in the Fall

Early fall is a great time to add new plants to your yard or garden. You’ll want to plan out what you’re going to plant long before your area will experience an intense frost so that your plants have time to root. The fall offers a great climate for your plants to grow, in addition to a more pleasant environment for you to work in. The following are all of the items you should plant this season.

Plant Vegetables in Your Garden

There are many vegetables that should be planted during cooler weather, such as different types of lettuce, salad greens like kale or spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, radishes, and cauliflower. Most of these vegetables should be planted as early in the fall as possible, or even in the late summer. So, make sure to check the seed packet before starting. Types of garlic and onion, for example, can be planted in the fall to be harvested in the spring or summer. This is also a great time to plant many types of herbs, like basil.

Plant Flowers for Spring

Now is the best time to plant flowers that will bloom in the spring. Unlike planting in the spring, when the ground is still cold from the winter, planting in the fall allows the flowers to root while the ground is still warm. Perennial flowers, like tulips, black-eyed Susans, pansies, peonies, and daffodils, are all great choices to plant now. This is also a good time to plant roses. Come springtime, you will have a beautiful array of flowers in your yard.

Plant Trees and Shrubs

It is also beneficial for trees and shrubs to take root while the ground is still warm. Trees and shrubs with fall colors — such as deep reds, oranges, and yellows — would be a great addition to your yard. Try planting a Japanese maple tree in your front yard to spruce up your landscaping. This is also a good time to plant larger trees, such as various types of maple or pine trees.

Make Your Yard Stand Out

Landscaping is a key component to making your yard stand out. Combined with hardscaping, landscaping your yard helps you to make the most of your outdoor space. Contact Blue Tree Landscaping to transform your yard into the manicured lawn you’ve been dreaming of. Whether you have an idea in mind or need help brainstorming, Blue Tree will help you every step of the way.

Why You Need Different Kinds of Soil While Landscaping

6 tips for growing vebetablesAutumn in America can mean many things to Americans. Football season is back. Apple picking is now the go-to weekend activity. And there is still time to plant crops like beets and broccoli. However, there’s more to seasonal gardening than just knowing what types of produce should be harvested at this time of year. The type of soil you plant your crops in matters almost as much as the crops themselves.

Below, we’ll discuss the properties of each kind of soil, and what conditions they’re best utilized in.

Sandy Soil 

Sandy soil behaves quite similarly to the beachy landscapes its name is derived from: it’s dry and gritty to the touch, and, because it is comprised of large particles, it doesn’t retain much water. Moreover, like the sand found on beaches, sandy soil gets heated up rapidly compared to the surrounding environment. While this means sandy soil is far from ideal for summer gardening, this light soil is great for springtime planting.

Silty Soil 

Silty soils is far smoother than sandy soil, and is much less coarse to the touch. This means that, unlike sandy soil, it will hold a far greater quantity of water. When moistened, silty soil will take on an almost soapy texture due to the water it retains. Of course, this water capacity comes at the expense of soil nutrients, and the soil should not be stepped on, as that will affect its aeration. Silty soil is ideal for agricultural uses at all types of the year, given ideal conditions are present.

Clay 

Out of the soils on this list, clay has the smallest sized particles. This means that clay can hold greater volumes of water than the other soils on this list, which makes clay among the densest and heaviest of soil types. Moreover, since it drains more slowly than all other soil types, clay retains nutrients for long stretches of time, which are ideal for plant growth. Clay soil is best used during the fall and spring, as summer weather can make clay very dry and heavy.

Peaty Soil 

Peaty soil, like moss or lichen, is soft to the touch, and is very rich in nutrients and organic material. In fact, much of the peaty soil around today formed during the last 9,000 years, as plants submerged as melting glaciers slowly decomposed. Once drained of excess water, peaty soil is a great growing medium in most climates. However, peaty soil should be avoided during the summer months, as it is highly combustible. Additionally, peaty soil typically contains a high pH, which, while detrimental for some plants to grow, can help regulate diseases in the soil thanks to its acidic composition.

Loam 

The type of soil that gardens and gardeners love is loamy soil. It contains an ideal balance of silt, sand, clay, and humus. Because of its high organic matter content, loam contains a high pH and a high amount of calcium. Loam does a great job of retaining water and plant nutrients, but isn’t difficult to drain, as air moves freely between soil particles down to the roots.

Although loamy soil is the ideal material to work with, don’t despair if you don’t have it in your garden. That’s because soil will always favor one particle’s size over the two others. Then again, there are many ways to condition your soil, and, depending on the unique composition of your land, loam can still yield verdant grassy lawns, delicious vegetables, or bountiful harvests.

If you’d like professional help deciding which soils to use, contact Blue Tree Landscaping for advice. Blue Tree will also assist with picking the right plants for your yard so that you can create a healthy and aesthetically pleasing space.

How to Choose the Best Color Scheme for Your Yard

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Once you’ve mastered interior decorating for your home, why not try exterior decorating? Whether you have yet to hire a landscaping service for your yard, or have already transformed your yard, you’re ready to think about the next step: choosing a color scheme and design aesthetic for your outdoor space. Think of your yard as an extension of your home. You want it to be a welcoming place, somewhere to entertain your friends and family, or a relaxing place to soak up some vitamin D. The right color scheme for your yard will make your space that much more enjoyable.

Before you choose a color scheme, think about your color preferences. Color can greatly affect our mood; we generally have colors that we strongly like and dislike. In addition, think about the colors in your yard and how they will pair with your outdoor space. Red flowers pair well with taupe furniture, for example, but not so well with red furniture. The following are some ideas on how to choose a color scheme for your yard:

A Modern Option

If you’re a fan of bright colors and want your outdoor space to feel vibrant and ready for nighttime entertaining, color blocking might be a trend to keep in mind. This trend focuses on pairing bright shades of opposite colors. Try pairing purples and greens or oranges and blues for a bold look.

 A Cohesive Variety

If your home is a collection of fabrics from your travels, knickknacks, and family heirlooms, then an eclectic color scheme for your backyard might be the perfect extension of your home. Look for mismatched patterns, fabrics, and materials with a variety of bright and neutral colors.

 Keep Minimalism in Mind

When in doubt, consider a minimalist approach, such as a neutral color that compliments the color of your home and your patio. This will help to make the shades of your garden and pool really “pop.” Feel like that’s a little too plain? Consider a neutral striped pattern for your patio furniture, or a bright accent color, such as red or orange. Or, if you’re into more of the relaxed ambiance of the ocean, try mixing in some pale blue or turquoise as an accent color.

Time to Get Started

If you still haven’t hired a landscaping service, contact Blue Tree Landscaping today. Blue Tree will help you to create and maintain your dream outdoor space so that you can get the most out of your yard.

Landscaping Ideas to Beautify Your Front Yard

IMG_4531Landscaping Ideas to Beautify Your Front Yard

Front yards are far too often overlooked when it comes to landscaping. After all, a lot of free time is spent in the backyard on the deck, in the in ground pool, or on the patio. But the front yard sets the tone for the way your home is viewed, and a properly landscaped front yard adds instant curb appeal.

Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

Add Wow to Your Walkway

Jazz up the simple sidewalk that leads to your front door with strategic plantings. If your walkway is yet to be poured, consider adding a curve to it for a more interesting visual effect. Think beyond cement. Bricks, pavers, and stone make great (and unexpected) walkway materials.

Put in a Patio

Your backyard doesn’t have to hog all the fun. A front yard patio can be a wonderful way to get to know your neighbors as they walk by or to enjoy the serenity of your neighborhood. Line it with a short hedge to provide a little definition without entirely blocking your view.

Beautiful Barrier

A front yard doesn’t need to be an endless expanse of grass from one end to the other. Beautify it with perpendicular plantings. Bonus: if your driveway is less than appealing, you can align your plantings to keep it from feeling like the focal point. Bump up the space with a raised island. Take a note from your walkway and add in a curved flowerbed for needed flair.

Highs and Lows

Many homeowners forget that they can add pops of color that go above and beyond flowerbeds. Add a trellis and a vine, such as Clematis, for that something extra. No trellis? Try to train a vine to climb along your fence or add a container or two. Look to elevated planters and hanging flower baskets for a quick and inexpensive fix.

A Fork in the Road
In this case, it’s a path. Add a fork to your front yard walkway, and let one path head to the front door. The other path can meander around to the backyard, to the children’s play area, or to the hidden garden. Wherever it leads, the simple addition of a fork provides choices — and a touch of mystery. 0

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You can also choose to leave it to the professionals to get your front yard in shape and matching with the rest of your yard. From design to planning to maintenance, Blue Tree Landscaping is the one-stop-shop for everything landscape-related. Contact Blue Tree Landscaping today to learn more. 0

Tips for Keeping Your Home Landscape Budget-Friendly

prosemediaBig, beautiful home landscapes are on everyone’s favorite Houzz boards, but what can you do when you don’t have the budget for something so grand? Follow these tips to achieve backyard bliss, regardless of your cash on hand:

Home Landscaping on a Budget

Flowers Galore

Plants and flowers add interest to any space. Stick to perennial additions that will pop up year after year, rather than purchasing new plants each season. Looking for somewhere to place them? Rather than splurging on expensive containers, raid your kitchen cabinets for chipped dishware–even an empty fishbowl will work for your potted plants. Get creative, scour neighborhood yard sales for unique (and cheap) finds, and save.

Compost Pile

Don’t throw away those kitchen scraps. Your garden will love the nutrients they provide. Create a compost pile. Not only can it save you a few bucks on fertilizer, and rich dirt, but it will also help keep these items out of the landfill.

Love Thy Neighbor

Has your neighbor been gifted with a green thumb? If so, it’s about time you two buddied up! Instead of springing on expensive lawn equipment that you’ll only use once or twice each season, why not see if your neighbor has equipment you can borrow (or rent) for the day? Judging by their yard, your neighbor may also be a great person to ask for gardening, and home landscaping advice.

Shop Smart

If you’ve had your eye on certain landscaping tools, don’t buy them in the spring or early summer. Wait until late summer, fall, or winter to check those clearance racks. Stores mark up must-have items depending on the season. A little patience can have a big payoff!

Mulch It

Pulling weeds isn’t fun, but mulch can help keep your flower beds strong, and tidy. Use the right amount of mulch for your yard to not only create a finished, polished look, but to also keep down weeds, and avoid lost nutrients. Just make sure you don’t buy more than you need!

Economical and Beautiful Landscaping

Use common sense when you work on your yard this summer. Don’t buy something just because it is on sale. See if it fits your landscaping goals, and matches the needs of your specific region.

Give your landscape the best possible start by turning to a trusted landscaping company. Blue Tree Landscaping is the one-stop-shop for everything lawn, garden, and pool. Contact Blue Tree Landscaping today to see what their professionals can do for you.

Home Landscaping Ideas Kids Will Love

sumlandkidsloveWhen it comes to landscaping, we often focus on things like curb appeal, and forget to consider one important element: the kids. If there are children in your home, you’ll need to keep them in mind when designing your home landscape. With these great tips, you won’t need to sacrifice style for inclusivity:

Home Landscaping Ideas Kids Love

Chalkboard Fun

Chalk isn’t just for sidewalks. Add an element of eye-catching art with a chalkboard addition to your fencing. You are no longer locked into basic black either. From red to blue, there’s an array of chalkboard paint colors available to complement any landscape style. Simply paint a piece of backer board, and add it to your fence. Then, let the chalk drawing fun begin.

Swings

Kids need a place to relax. Swings can provide both a restful spot, and a fun addition to your yard. Purchase a hammock swing, a hanging bowl chair, or even an old-fashioned tire swing. As your kids get older, what may have started out as a children’s plaything will quickly turn into a favorite spot to read, or spend time with friends.

A Day at the Beach

When you can’t make it to the beach, you can still get that sun-kissed feeling at home. Consider integrating a spacious sandbox in your landscape design. Top it with an awning so the kids can build, and play while staying protected from the sun’s rays. Just remember to cover it with a tarp when it’s not in use.

Tree house Fun

A tree house is what you make of it. Whether it’s in an actual tree, or works as a playhouse on the ground, kids can’t resist the appeal of a secret space that’s all their own. Use hardscaping materials that are already found in your backyard landscape to tie it into your overall design.

Musical Fence

Turn that barren spot of fencing into a toddler’s dream come true. Add colorful xylophones. Dig out your battered cake pans or bowls, and add in the pots you no longer need. Then leave wooden spoons or other metal utensils so the kids can drum away on these hanging objects. It’s music to the ears of any creative noisemaker.

Landscaping for the Kids

Don’t forget your children’s needs when working on your landscaping projects. Consult the experts so you can get your yard in tip-top shape for the season, and beyond.

Blue Tree Landscaping is the one-stop shop for everything lawn. From design to maintenance and planning, including pool installation and repair, you can trust in Blue Tree.

 

How Outdoor Landscaping Can Add Value to Your Home

How Outdoor Landscaping Can Add Value to Your HomeExperts agree that landscaping not only adds instant curb appeal to your home, but also increases the value of your property by a whopping 20%. If your home’s outdoor landscape is typically more of an afterthought, consider making a change. Whipping your yard into shape now can help you achieve maximum benefits later.

How Outdoor Landscaping Adds Value

The Outdoor Advantage

By adding outdoor rooms, you can merge the functionality of the indoors with the natural beauty of the outdoors, significantly doubling your living space in the process. Use like materials to help capture that home feeling. Hardscaping elements can help establish an easy flow, and increase the value of your home to future buyers.

Shady Spaces

If you aren’t planning to sell your home in the near future, planting a shade tree now will help you reap the benefits in more ways than one later on. Not only can a perfectly placed tree add that special something to your yard, but it can also reduce your cooling costs by 40%.

Native Plants

Which plants and flowers are indigenous to the Philly area? Consider these plant types first. The general rule is that plants that are particular to the area will require less maintenance, and be better able to resist the weather conditions and local pests of the Philly region. Furthermore, these plants will add value to your home without draining your budget or requiring constant care.

Shed a Little Light

Lighting will not only provide future home buyers with a feeling of security and safety, but when lights are placed just right, it will also create a welcoming ambience. Highlight the key features of your yard and garden with well-placed lighting structures. Install light fixtures that shine right to your front door. Potential buyers won’t be able to resist.

Good Fences, Great Neighbors

Sturdy, well-maintained fences can increase your property value. Skip the chain link fence and do something a little different. Opt for a fence that’s different from the rest of the homes on your block, while still being tasteful. It will make even a small yard seem more spacious, while providing some needed privacy.

Form and Function

Backyard construction projects are a great way to begin adding value to your home. If these projects seem too overwhelming, turn to the experienced professionals at Blue Tree Landscaping.

 

Blue Tree Landscaping is your one-stop-shop for everything lawn, from planning to design to maintenance. Call Blue Tree Landscaping and add value to your home today!