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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!

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 Protect Your Plants from Frost Damage

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How to Protect Your Plants from Frost Damage

As the weather gets colder, you may wonder how you can protect your plants from frost. Some plants are able to survive better in colder weather than others. Still, there are many ways that you can protect your plants against the harsher weather so that they regrow in the warmer months.

Which Plants Are Affected?

Plants that are more equipped to survive freezing conditions include perennials, which are plants that live for more than two years. The plants that are most likely to be affected by frost include tropical plants, warm-season plants and vegetables, plants that bloom in the spring, houseplants, and citrus trees. Tropical plants, of course, cannot typically survive the freezing winter months. If you still have any houseplants outside or on your porch, be sure to bring them inside. In addition to that, dig up any delicate plants that are unlikely to survive the frost, pot them, and bring them indoors.

Cover Your Plants

A cover can help protect your plants from damage at below-freezing temperatures. Before nighttime, cover any vulnerable plants (and the surrounding soil) with a blanket, sheet, or tarp. Make sure to use a “breathable” fabric so that the cover does not trap moisture, and make sure to secure the cover with rocks or bricks. Remove the cover in the morning so that the plants can get sunlight and warmth. You may need to add stakes underneath to hold the cover up during bouts of rain or snow so that the plant doesn’t become damaged.

You can also buy or create individual plant covers. To do this, you’ll put stakes around the plant and then cover the plant in burlap. To further insulate the plant, you can add hay to the inside of the cover. As with a larger cover, be sure to remove individual covers in the morning so that your plant continues to get sunlight.

Protect the Roots

While the plant might appear visibly dead, the root is likely still alive. Protect the roots of your plants by adding mulch or hay. You can also add warm water to your plants at night to help protect them against colder temperatures.0

Contact Blue Tree

Ensuring that your plants survive the winter can involve a lot of work. In order to prevent time-consuming care, it might be best to landscape your yard in a way that incorporates fewer vulnerable plants. If you need advice on which plants to choose for your yard, or on how to maintain your yard during the winter months, contact Blue Tree Landscaping. Blue Tree can help with all of your landscaping, hardscaping, and lawn care needs.

6 Features That Can Make Your In-Ground Pool Shine

6 Features that can make your pool shineIs your inground swimming pool missing a little something? Design your pool to include elements that not only tie into your landscape design, but also fit your style. Add a bit of sparkle, and plenty of fun with these pool remodeling tips.

Features That Can Improve Your Inground Pool

Heater

It can take a week to open the pool for the season, and another week or two for the water to warm up. A pool is a major investment. Get the most out of it by extending the life of your pool with a heater, so you can swim around beyond those summer months.

Water Features

An inground swimming pool can boast fun touches, like water jets. Add a waterfall that’s hidden in a grotto, or go for a modern look with a wall of sheer waterfalls. Fountains, such as deck jets or bubblers, can be easily added to any pool–either within the pool itself, or as a detached feature that provides a touch of drama.

Hot Tubs

Get the spa feel right at home. Whether you install a standalone hot tub, or you include a spillover spa that connects your inground pool with your hot tub, it will quickly become a favorite pool time destination.

Water Slides

Gone are the days when water slides came in a single size. Today’s waterslides can have a fast drop, a gentle curve, or a corkscrew for longer slides. Children and adults can’t resist this eye-catching, interactive feature.

Lighting

Pool lighting is often overlooked, but the right lighting makes any space more appealing, and definitely more usable. Your pool lighting should match the tone set by the rest of your landscape. Look for long-lasting, energy efficient LED lighting, add a touch of ambience with submerged moon lighting, or consider the use of uplighting, in which lights can play against taller landscaping elements, like trees.

Pool Cleaner

Sometimes, it’s the elements you don’t see that make a project truly come together. A pool cleaner can brush, and clean your pool while minimizing the need for hands-on work. Simply empty the bag after it fills up, and in a matter of hours, you can relax in a spotless pool.

Update Your Inground Pool

Don’t let your inground pool just sit there. Make it a welcoming focal point, and a center of all the action, with these timely summer landscaping tips.

 

Renovating a pool can be tricky. Leave it to the experts at Blue Tree Landscaping. From design to planning and maintenance, your Philly home landscape is in good hands.

4 Ways to Keep Your Lawn and Pet Happy

4 ways to keep your lawn and pet happyAward-winning roses? Prize-winning plants? Whatever your yard has, you’ll want to keep destructive pooches out of the way! Here are a few pet friendly landscaping tips that can help:

 

Good Dog, Great Yard

Set a Barrier

A physical barrier is a useful way to distance your pets from delicate plants, or other recent additions. Hardscaping elements, like fencing, walls, or edging can help discourage your pet, while still looking attractive in the process. You may also turn to non-toxic plants, like thick hedges or shrubs, to make shortcuts impossible. Set down pathways where your pet tends to roam to avoid further damage.

Fruits of Your Labor

Do you have a pet that won’t stay away from the garden? While low fencing is always an option, there are other possibilities. Use hedges or shrubs to create a natural border. You can keep birds and pets away from the fruits and vegetables with bird netting. For a truly pesky pet, consider spraying bitter apple or orange on your plants to help discourage any tastings.

Doggone Diggers

Dogs dig for multiple reasons: to de-stress, relieve boredom, or even bury their valuables. To make sure this habit doesn’t harm your garden, include a dense, narrow planting near the fenceline. Do frequent checks to make sure your pet hasn’t started up again. For dogs that need to be able to dig, set aside a portion of the yard for a sandbox or gravel pit. Reward your dog for digging in this area, and keep it consistent. This way, you can avoid having a bunch of holes in your lawn!

Keeping it Green

Help reduce the number of brown spots in your yard by setting aside a bathroom area. Train your pooch to use specific portions of the yard. Add in fencing to conveniently hide the area, or try a patch of gravel. It can easily be hosed off, and is a favorite material for many dogs. Include a “marking spot” for male dogs to discourage any unwanted watering on your plants.

Crafting a Pet Friendly Yard

These tips will help keep your pets healthy and happy, while ensuring your lawn stays in top shape. For a yard that truly wows, call Blue Tree Landscaping, the one-stop-shop for everything yard, garden, and pool.

 

From design, to planning and maintenance, no job is too big or too small. Call the professionals at Blue Tree Landscaping today to learn more.

How to Create a Successful Hardscape for Your Yard

How to create a successful hardscape for your yardHardscaping can provide the powerful visual appeal your yard is missing. But, before beginning a project, decide where you’ll be putting any hardscaping elements. Unlike plants or flowers, your hardscape won’t be easy to relocate if you change your mind. Take these tips to heart so you can avoid any costly mistakes!

How to Create Stunning Hardscape Design

The Big Picture

When thinking about your yard, consider it as a whole. Having a plan in place will help you not only tackle different pieces of your landscape in an affordable manner, but it will also keep you from adding a patio where you should really be putting a fire pit.

More Material

Brick? Stone? Whatever material you are working with, always purchase more than you think you’ll need. Not only will you come out ahead if your numbers need adjusting, but you may just come up with new, clever ways to use the leftovers in your hardscape design.

Water Matters

Hardscaping elements, like walls and patios, can affect how, and where your water flows. For some areas, this can become a serious problem, fast. Work water runoff into your plan, so you can capture some of that water before it reaches the drainage pipes.

Defining Style

While it is fairly easy to save every landscape design ever pinned on Pinterest, the pros know that it’s better to stick with one particular style. Make a short list of a few words that describe the ideal style for your yard, and stick with them. If you prefer sleek and modern, then resist the urge to throw in jarring elements that don’t line up. Pick two or three hardscape materials, choosing textures that complement each other, and work them in.

Prep Work

The most tedious part of any project is typically the work no one will ever see. Before installing a fence or following through with your patio design, it’s important to check for any building specifications. It’s the one part of the project that too many people skip, only to find that an improperly compacted area may result in their patio cracking after just a few years.

Showstopping Hardscape

Hardscaping is both a complicated, and rewarding part of redesigning a home landscape. Get it done right from the start with Blue Tree Landscaping.

From planning to design to maintenance (and pools), Blue Tree is a one-stop-shop for landscape design. Call today, and finally finish the hardscape project of your dreams.

 

Summer Landscaping Dont’s: What Not to Do to Your Yard This Summer

Summer MaintenanceBirds are singing, the pool is almost ready to open, and you’ve been busy cleaning up the yard. But, before you add in new plants or drag out the mower again, you might want to take a look at these common summer landscaping mistakes:

Common Summer Landscape Flops

Cutting Too Low

Mowing is a time-suck, but cutting your grass too short to buy yourself time isn’t a good idea. Bare spots are quickly revealed, making it easy for weeds, insects, and even diseases to move into your lawn. With more sun exposure, your lawn will require more TLC, as it needs more water to keep up with the summer heat.

Lackluster Roses

Roses are a popular flower for a reason. If your roses keep missing the mark, it’s time to take a closer look. Are you pruning after the first frost? Did you plant them in an area that matches each breed’s required amount of sun? Do they have room to grow? If not, it could be time for a re-plant.

Mulch Mounds

We’ve mentioned mulch volcanoes before, but this still bears repeating. While it may seem like everyone is placing large mounds of mulch around their plants, this doesn’t mean they’re making the right choice. No tree needs a foot-tall mound of mulch. Keep it flat and balanced so you can prevent weeds without any unnecessary waste.

Unwelcome Guests

Invasive plants can quickly take over your yard and garden, edging out native plants, and even destroying food sources for the local wildlife. Bamboo is one example of a plant that’s better left out of your landscape. You can add other invasive plant species, like English Ivy, Garlic Mustard, Japanese Honeysuckle, and Oriental Bittersweet to the list of plants to avoid.

Haphazard Design

You may have noticed a few areas here and there that could use a little perking up. Before digging in the dirt, make a plan as to where you want to place new plants. Keep shorter plants front and center, and taller plants toward the back. Figure out what plant fits where, and draw it all out. Don’t forget to add labels. This way, if something doesn’t “take,” you can easily experiment with a different plant next year.

Summer Landscape, Redefined

When mowing, weeding, planting, and planning threaten to take over your weekend, it’s time to send in the professionals. Call Blue Tree Landscaping today. As the one-stop-shop for everything lawn, garden, and pool, Blue Tree can take your project head on, from planning to design and maintenance.

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!

Landscaping Ideas for Small Yards

small yardsHaving a small yard doesn’t mean you have to limit your landscape design. With a little creativity, you can utilize both hardscaping and softscaping elements to create a welcoming space.

 

Make Outdoor Rooms

When you’re feeling cramped inside your Philly home, look to your yard as an opportunity for growth. View the outdoors as a series of rooms. Along with places for dining and relaxation, you can add a garden or even a shed office that will more than double the space you have inside by adding functional rooms outside.

Follow the Rules of Perspective

Design your landscape using the rules of perspective– the premise that parallel lines meet toward the center at a single vanishing point– so that certain objects and plants will appear smaller than others. By following these guidelines, your yard will feel more spacious than ever before. Introduce dwarf plants and conifers for pizazz that won’t overwhelm your yard.

Set Up Diagonal Paths

You may already know that winding paths can add visual interest to your outdoor space, but for a small yard, these paths are even more important. For tighter spaces, it is best to use diagonal lines. Your yard will look and feel larger as a result.

Mix It Up

Add some interest to a small, rectangular lot by adding different textures and patterns. Use walls, fences, raised flower beds, and other vertical plantings, in combination with raised decks and potted flowers, to break up the space.

Keep it Simple

Some yards, and lifestyles, benefit from a minimal approach. Rather than cluttering your lawn with more chairs than you’ll likely ever need, consider a space-saving bench that doubles as storage. Just be sure to set space aside so you can add chairs whenever necessary.

Let the Garden Grow

A small yard doesn’t have to forego a garden. Forget about the orderly garden rows, and go for vertical or raised planting beds. Take a cue from the Victorian-era, and mix fruits and vegetables into these planting beds as well. Add in hardscaping elements for a finished look.

Small Yard Savers

When a small yard still feels like it’s missing something special, turn to Blue Tree Landscaping, the one-stop-shop for everything lawn and garden. From design to planning and maintenance, stick with the professionals to get the job done right.

Contact Blue Tree Landscaping today to make even the smallest yard spectacular.

4 Hardscape Additions for Your Yard

4 Hardscape Additions for Your YardHardscaping can add instant appeal to most any yard. Fences, concrete, pavers, rocks, and walls are all useful hardscaping elements. A simple makeover that includes these building blocks can make your yard feel warm and welcoming.

A large yard, which can easily turn into a time-consuming maintenance project, can benefit from hardscaping. Rather than adding too many flower beds and plants, which will likely require daily attention, hardscaping can create a more livable space without regular, hands-on work.

Hardscape Additions for Your Yard

Patios

Whether they are added to an empty space near your home, or are set elsewhere in your yard, patios create spacious areas to play and relax. It’s easy to add potted plants or floral borders to this hardscape design. You can also add an outdoor fireplace, so you and yours can enjoy this space even when the summer heat fades.

Pathways

Flagstone pavers, brick, cement, pebbles, and mulch can create simple pathways throughout your yard. Mimic the natural flow of Mother Nature, shifting and bending paths to add visual interest. Just don’t forget to light the way. Include solar stakes or traditional lighting elements to illuminate these walkways, and highlight any plants along the way.

Playful, Useful Touches

Think outside the concrete and cobblestone, and consider adding hardscaping elements that are more functional. A gazebo can add a gorgeous focal point to your yard. Birdbaths provide a place for feathered friends to flock, while adding a simple, easy water feature. You can also add a wooden bench to the space, so you have ample room to admire the view.

Frame It Up

Too much hardscaping can look cold and unpolished. Be sure to include softscaping elements, like plants, flowers, and trees. Line the concrete or gravel edges of paths and patios with flowerbeds. Add potted plants of varying height to mix hard and soft elements all in one container.

Inviting Hardscape

Before getting started, you need to plan out what you’d like to accomplish. Are you adding patios, fencing, or steps? Whatever you choose, break it down into sections. By dividing the project into more manageable chunks, you’ll be more inclined to enjoy the process, while keeping it within budget.

Also check in with your local building office to see if there are any building codes or ordinances you should follow before breaking ground.

 

Whether your yard needs an entire renovation, or just a few tweaks, Blue Tree Landscaping is the one-stop-shop for everything yard. From planning to design and maintenance, you can get your yard from barren to beautiful without the hassle.