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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 to Plant in Your Garden This Spring


What to Plant in Your Garden This Spring

Gardening can be fickle this time of year, when the weather is still unpredictable. While most summer foods can be planted in months to come, there are still a few early spring favorites that will bloom with the season and provide green thumbs a chance to tend to their gardens early. The best part: these picks grow quickly, allowing for optimal use and care. Check out some of the best plants and produce to add to your garden for late spring!

Spinach, Lettuce, and Kale

These three leafy favorites have a quick turn-around in their respective growing seasons. Spinach is tough, and planting it close together can yield a bountiful supply of leaves for salads. Lettuce needs a bit more room to reach its proper size, especially when you are curating whole heads, but it can be picked and utilized at several stages of growing. Kale is the unsung hero of quantity in the garden; the smaller leaves can macerate in as little as three to four weeks, with big leaves taking less than two months.

Other Vegetables

Beets are a choice veggie to plant this time of the year due to their versatility. Turnips, onions, and asparagus are also savory options for planting, and the mild quality of soil at this time leaves several other food choices open to consider adding to your space. Frosts usually taper out around this time of year, and knowing what will flourish after the initial cold is helpful when planting vegetables.

Flowers

Often, flowers planted in close proximity to edible plants can assist the growing process and give your garden a pleasing appearance. Daffodils and tulips are classic choices and are easy to come by. Annuals have minimal upkeep and will bloom every year, and cornflowers, poppies, and sweet peas are beautiful plants that will give your yard dependable beauty time after time.

Herbs

Not all herbs are suited for spring planting, but several will outlast the weather and thrive in summer-time. Chives, mint, thyme, and tarragon are all perennials that will yield results well into the year. Rosemary and sage are also popular options that do well when the soil is heating up in warmer months. Conducting research on the best soil types for herbs is an important step to successfully growing them, so do your reading before planting!

Contact Blue Tree

Increase your garden’s potential with Blue Tree! Our services can help upgrade the landscaping in and around your garden, install proper soil, and equip your yard with stylish fencing and accessories that are sure to please. Let us help you build the garden of your dreams, and contact us with questions and inquiries today!

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.

Signs Your Pool Might Need Some Maintenance

Signs Your Pool Might Need Some Maintenance

As the weather begins to change, your pool might start to reveal the wear and tear it sustained during the cold winter months, and even before that. Foresight on a pool’s issues can be attained by noticing certain details early on, such as topical issues and potential damages caused by the pool’s environment. Here are some signs that your pool is in need of extra attention this spring.

Damage Caused by Ice and Snow

Ice can wreak havoc on an in ground pool. The expansion of the water can infiltrate both the walls of the pool and the surrounding landscaping, causing small cracks to form. If water or other substances enter these cracks, the damage it can cause can be costly when everything melts. This is not only unappealing, but a potential hazard underfoot.

Be sure to inspect your pool regularly for imperfections, and look into snow removal for the pool and the surrounding topography in your backyard. Removing the problem before it starts will decrease the chance of your pool suffering weather-related issues in the months to come.

Cleanliness

Depending on what surrounds your pool, there are certain factors that can affect its cleanliness. Dirt, leaves, animal residue, and other forms of natural waste are common contributors to a pool’s need for constant cleanup. Even remnants from backyard furniture or pool toys can deteriorate, causing plastic to get stuck in the systems that are essential to the pool’s functions.

All of those factors, in addition to the hazards they can cause, can leave unsightly stains and scratches on outward surfaces. Take care to check the surfaces of your pool for minor damages it may sustain. Taking the proper steps to fix anything that looks questionable will keep it looking picture-perfect for much longer.

Upgrade 

Even if there are no standing issues with a pool, sometimes a backyard can just use a makeover! Updating the overall look of your pool is one of the simplest and most enjoyable ways of giving it the attention it needs. Take into account the design elements you wish to incorporate that will increase your pool’s curb appeal and up-to-date functions.

Start Maintenance Today

Taking the correct measures to ensure your pool’s health, beauty, and functionality is necessary year-round. For any inquiries about upkeep, contact Blue Tree Landscaping to get a quote on the services we offer. Our capabilities include checking chemical levels, repairing visible damages, inspecting filters and drains, and much more. Call today to make sure your pool is ready for summer!

Yard Renovations for Kids Who Love to Play Outside

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For adults, outdoor renovations usually mean landscaping work, installing patios, and adding outdoor dining and grilling areas, among others. But if you have children, and you’re looking to renovate your yard, consider adding some kid-friendly changes. These renovation ideas will make your child want to spend more time outdoors — instead of playing video games or watching TV — which means that they’ll get more Vitamin D, exercise, and use out of your outdoor space.

Have a Designated Play Area

When brainstorming a design for your landscape, be sure to dedicate a specific section of your yard to your child. This doesn’t mean that they can’t play elsewhere in the yard, only that their swing set, toys, sandbox, and playhouse will be in the same area. Make sure that the area is covered in grass, padding, or soft ground if your child is particularly active. If you have younger children, this is a crucial move — it helps you to keep a better eye on them, and make sure they’re safe while outside.

This is also your chance to be creative and cater to your children’s imagination. Maybe you’ll want to include certain trees, shrubs, and flowers to make their area feel like a jungle paradise or a hidden forest. You could also add a hopscotch or four square area, child-sized furniture, a basketball hoop, a volleyball area, or an outdoor chalkboard — it all depends on what your child likes!

Other Child-Approved Ideas

Adding a pool to your yard is always a kid-approved move. If you already have a pool, or want to add one to your yard, consider adding a water slide or waterfall for your child. Another popular option: add an outdoor movie area. This is a great option for kids and adults alike, and will help you to bond more with your child outdoors. You could set up this area in a way that blends with an outdoor lounge or dining area. Further, you could also add a fire pit so that you can make s’mores with your child on nice summer nights — maybe during an outdoor movie.

It’s Time to Plan Your Renovation

If you’re ready to alter the look of your outdoor space — and make it more appealing to your child — be sure to contact your landscaper to discuss your ideas. Contact Blue Tree Landscaping for all of your landscaping, hardscaping, and lawn care needs — they’ll help make your outdoor vision come true.

Install a Pergola This Winter

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If you’re looking for a quick way to upgrade your outdoor space, consider installing a pergola in your yard. A pergola offers a great way to elevate your yard all year round, for practical and aesthetic reasons.

What is a Pergola?

A pergola is a type of open outdoor structure, usually constructed of metal or wood, that shelters a section of your yard. This type of structure is often used to cover a walkway or an outdoor living space, and it can be attached to your home or stand on its own. It is often used to create a more private outdoor space, offer shade on sunny days, support vines and other plants, and as an aesthetically pleasing focal point for your yard.

There are many different styles of pergolas, but they all utilize an open design with columns and a “roof” of beams. Depending on the style of your home and landscaping, you may want to choose a modern, sleek pergola or a pergola with an arch or Italian-style columns.

An Extension of Your Home

There are many ways that you can use a pergola in your yard, but they are often used as a private, shaded outdoor entertaining space. You may use it to shade an outdoor dining area, kitchen, sports bar, or a relaxing living space. Your pergola might be designed to be light and airy, or covered in dense vines and roses to create a romantic escape. No matter the design, it can transform your outdoor space by complementing your landscaping, pool, and home.

Pergolas in Winter

The winter season may seem like an unusual time of year for installing a pergola in your backyard. However, installing a pergola in the winter will allow you to entertain outdoors as soon as the weather gets warmer. Still, that doesn’t mean your pergola will be unusable until spring. Thanks to outdoor heaters, fireplaces, and fire pits, you’ll be sure to get some use out of your outdoor living space all year round.

During the winter, a pergola can transform your outdoor space into a type of winter retreat. It’s also a great way to embrace outdoor seasonal decorating. Decorate your space with outdoor rugs and furniture in festive colors, lanterns, strings of lights, wreaths, and potted plants.

How to Install a Pergola

If you’re interested in installing a pergola in your backyard, contact Blue Tree Landscaping to make your outdoor vision a reality. Blue Tree can help with all of your hardscaping, landscaping, and lawn care needs.

Interesting Lighting Ideas for In Ground Pools

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Unique Lighting Ideas for In Ground Pools

An in ground swimming pool is more than a great place to play and entertain — it’s also an obvious focal point. Is your in ground
pool properly using lighting to add ambiance to your yard? If not, look to these interesting ideas for unique pool lighting.

Multiple Lights

Far too many pools possess a single, lonely light at the deep end of the pool. Not only is this severely under-lighting the pool space, but it does nothing to highlight the area around the pool. Your pool deck receives plenty of use. Even at night it can benefit from properly placed lighting to subtly highlight the pool water. Multiple light fixtures and plantings around the pool will have this effect. However, to avoid harsh lighting on your guest’s faces, don’t point lighting directly at the surrounding tables and chairs.

Flawless Finish 

Avoid that shadowy pool look that seems to point out every pool floor flaw. For a pool that always looks its best, use multiple light fixtures, and face them directly across from each other. It instantly eliminates those pesky shadows.

Fantastic Fiber Optics 

There’s no electricity involved when you use fiber optics. Choose among colorful lighting or go with basic white. Either way, fiber optics may be used around the borders of the in ground pool and even up the steps. You won’t need to change light bulbs, either. It’s a less formal look for a tighter budget.

Fun Floating Lighting 

What could add more whimsy to an in ground pool than a floating lantern drifting upon pool waters? Use colorful lights to up the fun factor or keep it classy with white lights. These lights should never be tossed or thrown, so this may not be the best option for those with rowdy children or grandchildren.

Lovely LED Lighting 

The options are endless. LED lights look as good as they are versatile, offering energy savings and a variety of style choices. Use them in pools that have unique, yet hard to light, designs. Retrofit options enable owners of older in ground pools to receive a slick new update.

Install interesting lighting and not only will you get more use from your pool, but you will love the way it enhances an already successful landscape. Let the pros handle it all, if you’d like! Call Blue Tree Landscaping today. As the one-stop-shop for everything landscape and pool, Blue Tree will help you get the style you want.

In Ground Pools for Smaller Yards

002 (2)Some yards seem to have all the luck: there’s room for everything, and a sparkling in ground pool! But even a small backyard can handle an in ground swimming pool. In fact, there’s a lot of variety to in ground swimming pools, and it’s likely that you can find one to complement your little space.

Fitting an In Ground Pool in a Smaller Space

For a backyard that’s lacking, a swimming pool can provide countless hours of fun in the sun. A smaller sized pool, which is generally understood to be 600 square feet or smaller, won’t be any less delightful than a larger pool.

These pools typically aren’t deep, so diving is usually unsafe. Many of them are around five feet deep or less at their deepest point. However, even though diving may be discouraged, all regular pool games are more than possible. In addition, with a smaller pool, you may not be able to swim laps like you would in a larger one, but there are ways to get around this. You can install water jets and swim against the current, for example.

As you can see, having a small pool is the same as having a larger pool, with all the exercise and all the fun, but without the extra expense that goes along with it. Smaller pools use less chemicals and take less time to heat than their larger counterparts.

Making a Smaller Pool Feel Larger

The best way to make a small pool fit seamlessly into your space is to tuck it near a wall or fence that isn’t in the center of your yard. This way, you won’t take away from any gathering or play areas, you can use less fencing around your pool, and you will need far less pool deck to surround it.

You don’t have to stop at just a simple pool. When you want a truly show-stopping look, consider installing a waterfall. It’s the perfect addition when you need a focal point or have an area that won’t fit a pool deck. You can make great use of the space you have while still including a few special features like waterfalls.

With a small pool, you will still have your pick of shapes to choose from. Will you go with something curvy or boxy? Will you bump your pool up against a wall of your home or place it near a fence? You have options.

The Perfect Pool, Every Time

For an in ground swimming pool that fits your needs, call the professionals. Blue Tree Landscaping is a one-stop-shop for everything lawn and pool. From planning to repair to maintenance, Blue Tree Landscaping can handle it all. Call today to learn more.

 

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.

4 Tips for Keeping Your Lawn Healthy This Summer

IMG_4425Summer is for running through sprinklers, playing endless games of tag, and catching fireflies. But, all of that wear and tear can be hard on a lawn. So, what can you do to keep it looking, and feeling, its best all season long? Follow these steps for green, lush grass that’s comfortable underfoot, and ready for whatever the summer season throws your way.

Healthy Summer Lawns

Know the Lawn

What sort of lawn do you have? Is your grass a “cool season” grass, like Fescue or Bluegrass, or “warm season” grass, like Zoysia or Bermuda? Cool season grasses prefer temperatures in the 60s, while “warm season” grasses grow best in the 70s. But, in Montgomery County, summer can hit hard. When temperatures fall outside these ranges, grass may brown, dry out, or even lie dormant. Watering it won’t bring it back! You’ll have to be patient, and wait for the cooler temperatures of the fall to arrive. Next year, prevent this dormant state by watering your lawn often, and deeply, to foster roots that can handle any drought.

Water the Lawn

You know your lawn needs watering, but you may not realize that the best time to water your grass is in the morning, when you can help prevent fungal growth, and evaporation. Healthy summer lawns need an inch of water a week, and even more when higher temperatures kick in.

Mow the Lawn

If your lawn hasn’t gotten a good rain lately, set the lawnmower blade up a few notches. Shoot for 3” or 4” high blades to help prevent new weeds from forming. Ensure that your mower blades are kept sharp to avoid damaging the grass. It will help keep your grass from drying out too quickly, while also protecting the roots. A good rule of thumb is to cut no more than 1/3 of a blade of grass each time you mow.

Aerate the Lawn

Give your lawn’s roots the oxygen they need by aerating your lawn this summer. To properly aerate your lawn, simply remove small plugs of soil. Doing so will give your grass’s roots more room to grow. Once you finish aerating your lawn, you can also apply weed killer to the open holes.

Improve Your Lawn Savvy

Knowing how to mow, water, and fertilize your lawn goes a long way toward helping your yard stay healthy during the summer months. Keep your lawn in the best possible shape all season long by turning to the landscaping professionals.

Blue Tree Landscaping is a one-stop-shop for everything lawn (and even pool!). Call Blue Tree Landscaping today, and get your yard in tip-top shape!