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Find Your Ideal Front Walkway

hardscaping-09How to Find and Create Your Ideal Front Walkway

We all use some sort of pathway to enter our homes, whether that involves an existing walkway or cutting through the yard to get inside. Hardscaping your yard, in addition to landscaping, will not only increase your home’s curb appeal, but also make your home a more inviting place for you and your guests.

Functional Hardscaping is Key

The term hardscaping refers to the “hard,” non-living materials used to create and define your outdoor space. This includes walkways, patios, and decks. Hardscaping helps you to appreciate and enjoy your outdoor space, in addition to making that space easier to navigate. This is crucial for a walkway. The walkway should be both visually appealing and functional. Your walkway should follow the natural pathway you or your guests might use to enter your home. The walkway might connect the sidewalk or street to your front door, or it might connect your driveway to the front door. It all depends on your needs.

Consider Your Space

Once you have an idea in mind of where your walkway should be, you should next consider the space you have to work with. A walkway should compliment your home, your outdoor space, and your landscaping. Factors to consider include the size and shape of your lawn and home, the materials and style of the home, any existing trees or plants that you want to keep, and any places where you might want to add large plants. When deciding the shape, width, and placement of your walkway, always keep the above factors in mind.

Design and Materials

Your pathway should be wide enough for one or two people to walk on it comfortably. Walkways that meet this requirement generally range from 3 to 5 feet wide, depending on the size of your home. A larger home, or a home with two front doors, will call for a larger walkway. As for the shape of your walkway, it could be either straight or curved. However, you don’t want the walkway to involve too many curves — more than one or two curves might tempt you and your guests to stray from the walkway, making it functionally useless. As for the material for your walkway, consider the style of your home. Stone and brick are both popular and versatile walkway materials, but a brick walkway would not necessarily compliment a “modern” home.

The Next Step

Blue Tree Landscaping will help you to actualize the transformation of your outdoor space. Contact Blue Tree for all of your hardscaping, landscaping, and lawn care needs. Whether you have specific ideas in mind or need help brainstorming, designing, and creating your space, Blue Tree is here to help during every step.

End of Summer Maintenance for Your Yard

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Yard Maintenance for the End of the Summer

When summer is at a close, it can be tempting to sit on the patio and enjoy the last bit of the season. But don’t stop now. There’s still yard work to tackle in order to ensure the very best start to the season the next year.

 Path Maintenance

All those walkways and footpaths have received a lot of use this year. Keep them going the next year, and avoid a winter spill, with a bit of maintenance now. Look over any bricks, pavers, and stones for cracks or slips. Adjust the paths as necessary, replacing any broken pieces.

 Lawn Care

It’s not over yet. Keep mowing and maintaining your grass to help it stay healthy. For the last mowing or two of the year, be sure to drop the mower blade. This way, more sunlight can get through, ensuring a healthier lawn. While you’re at it, this is a great time to aerate your yard. Aeration allows water, oxygen, and fertilizer easier access to your lawn’s roots.

 Problem Areas

Is the grass patchy in one area? Does your lawn need fertilizer? Assess the condition of your yard now and deal with it accordingly. Determine your grass type to decide on the optimal time to fertilize it. Plant grass seed to fix any sketchy areas so it has time to take root before snow hits.

 Playtime is Over

As the weather starts to cool down, put away any unused children’s toys. Store them indoors, or outdoors in specially made bins built to withstand the elements. Grab the rakes, shovels, and any other landscaping tools lying around the yard. Instead of just shoving them in the garage until next year, clean them up, polish them off, and make sure you get the dirt off of them to avoid wintertime erosion. Get rid of anything that won’t survive another season, and add it to your list of things needed for next year so you won’t forget (and take advantage of season’s end sales while you’re at it).

 Rake It Up

Piles of leaves in the yard may be fun to jump in, but they don’t do anything for your landscape. To avoid suffocating your grass, and any plants or flowers in the area, be sure to quickly rake up and remove any falling leaves before they become a wet, soggy problem.

 Avoid procrastinating over your late summer yard maintenance. With just a bit of work, you can ensure a beautiful, lush lawn for the next season. Send in the professionals for a spotless yard without the work. Call Blue Tree Landscaping, the one-stop-shop for everything lawn care (and pools), to get your yard in great shape tomorrow.

Landscaping Ideas to Beautify Your Front Yard

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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

Lovely Landscaping — Even in the Front Yard0

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