Category Archives: Outdoor Audio

Install A Gazebo In Time For Summer

Summer is a time for relaxation and rejuvenation, but the weather can be brutal during the warmer months. Anyone looking for a reprieve should consider building a gazebo for their yard, to cut the sunlight and provide a wonderful aesthetic to any space. Check out some positive features a gazebo can provide; there’s still time to get started on the plans for one!

Relief from the Weather

Many gazebos can be installed with solid roofing and ample shade from harsh sunlight. This makes them perfect for hosting daytime gatherings and getting work done outdoors. In some instances, fans or other electrical appliances can be placed into the design, providing even more relief from hotter days. A combination of versatility and durability will keep your gazebo in perfect shape for any weather.

The Perfect Party Location

A gazebo’s attributes can make it the ideal setting for any get-together, especially if you’ve gone the extra mile for some unique features. Consider putting in an electrical outlet or speaker systems to have automatic entertainment options, or generating enough space for a few pieces of furniture. A TV or gaming system is an automatic plus for sports fans, and even appliances such as a refrigerator or stove top will assist in entertainment endeavors.

Easy Installation

Gazebos are one of the most popular choices for major design accessories, and there are hundreds of designs to choose from! Its features, such as being above ground and smaller in scale, make it a prime choice for sprucing up your summer landscape. Do research on which materials and locations will work best for your backyard, to get premium use from what is available.

Make It Your Own

Customizing your new favorite spot is important, and no matter how simple or frivolous your ideas are, what matters is how your gazebo fits into your everyday use. Create a tiny escape with a few cozy chairs, or go bigger and put a table or bar in for prime entertainment options. Vines or plants surrounding the landscape will add a touch of greenery that accentuates any warm weather, and most of them are easy to maintain.

Contact Blue Tree

Let us help you build the gazebo of your dreams! Blue Tree offers hardscaping services that will assist you with the design and installation of even the most elaborate gazebos. Beyond that, our landscaping services and maintenance capabilities will have your yard ready for summer before it even begins. Explore the full range of what we offer on our website, and contact Blue Tree to get started today!

What can you add to your pool during a renovation?

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The Best Features to Add to Your Pool During a Renovation

A swimming pool renovation is a great way to make your outdoor space more enjoyable and appealing to you and your guests. Whether you’re looking to improve an outdated pool design or to install an in ground pool, the following are some ideas to keep in mind when redesigning your outdoor space. A well-designed swimming pool can make your outdoor space feel like a never-ending vacation — without ever having to leave your property.

Shape and Materials

A rectangular pool — along with sleek landscaping and hardscaping — can offer a modern, minimalist look. However, sometimes a rectangular pool can seem outdated and uninviting. Change the shape of your pool to dramatically update your outdoor space. There are seemingly endless options, all of which contribute a different look and feel to your yard. An “Oasis” shape might be best for a mountain or beach retreat look, while a “Grecian” shape might work best with more traditional, formal homes. As for the material of your pool, a mosaic or stone tile design can add color to your pool and outdoor space for a refreshing, inviting look.

Add More to Your Pool

Make your pool more enjoyable and useful by adding features like new steps and ledges, a hot tub, or a tanning ledge. Change the mood of your pool for events or parties by adding LED lighting. Further, turn your pool into a true vacation retreat with waterfalls, rocks, and an elevated garden.

Improve Pool Maintenance

Luckily, in ground pools have become easier and cheaper to maintain over the years. Control and monitor the status of your pool through an automated electronic system, test out a new Chlorine-free purification system, or install a solar pool heater to reduce heating costs.

 Further Complement a Pool Renovation

A pool renovation is not complete without a landscaped backyard. In addition to a patio area, turn your yard into a true outdoor living space for entertaining family and friends with an outdoor bar or kitchen, cabana, and fire pit.

 Time to Get Started

Now that you have some ideas in mind for how to improve your outdoor space with a pool renovation, it’s time to make those ideas come to life. Blue Tree Landscaping will help you every step of the way, from the planning stage to installation, to updating and repairing your current pool, to ensuring that your pool renovation complements the landscaping of your outdoor space.

Outdoor Audio: A Design Concept

Outdoor audioWe’ve all been to BBQs where someone brings out a pair of portable speakers and hopes the batteries will last at least as long as the party does. But…there are better options.

Outdoor Audio: A Design Concept

Playing ambient or other music outdoors needn’t be a messy affair, and it doesn’t need to disrupt the landscape design visuals of your backyard. By using aesthetically-pleasing outdoor sound equipment, you can have better sound, remove the need to setup a sound system outdoors each time you entertain, and enhance your overall backyard design.

Design

While looks aren’t everything, the design of your speakers is extremely important. Finishes and shapes that don’t blend in with your overall landscape design will stick out like a sore green thumb. Choose shapes that match your landscaping. So, if you use rocks in your landscaping architecture, consider using speakers that resemble rocks in shape, color, or size. If you have a lighter backyard, then go with a brushed nickel or sand color, and if you have darker tones and stained woods then opt for a copper color.

Function

The main point of designing an outdoor audio concept is to have beautiful sound for your backyard. So choose high-quality speakers that have an output that matches the rest of your sound system. An outdoor, cleverly-designed subwoofer can help make your sound much richer.

Placement

Your placement should ideally support both design and function. Subwoofers should generally be somewhat hidden in a spot that isn’t entirely conspicuous, like near shrubs or ferns. Speakers need to be placed so that they are pointing in the right direction (like towards your patio or swimming pool), but also spaced evenly apart so that you don’t create sound pockets or ‘battling’ sounds. Ideally, you want your speakers to surround your common areas, creating an outdoor surround-sound experience.

 Execution

Creating a sound concept and design is easier said than done. And that’s where our professionals here at Blue Tree Landscaping come in. Our full-service offering can sculpt the entirety of your yard, from inground swimming pools to hardscaping, all the way to a sound concept and garden lights. Our expert eye for design can help you incorporate an audio concept that is both unique to your yard and suited to your overall aesthetic.

Here at Blue Tree we’ve partnered with one of the most beautiful—visually and audibly—outdoor sound companies, Coastal Source. Click here to view some of the stunning outdoor audio system options available.

Beautiful sound components combined with our designer eye and expert installation professionals (and affordable pricing) means your eyes and ears (and wallet!) will be happy.